The Golden LEAF Foundation last week announced that 215 rural North Carolina students were selected to receive up to a $12,000 Golden LEAF Scholarship. Recipient Katie Allison, of Smoky Mountain High School, will attend Greensboro College.

Workers installed the Southwestern Community College logo on the curved front surface of the new Health Sciences Center last Wednesday. SCC has outgrown its Balsam Center, built in 1988 to house four healthcare training programs, spokesman Tyler Goode said. The new 55,411-square-foot buildin…

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Western Carolina University officials are waiving admission application fees for both undergraduate and graduate programs for students wanting to enter the university during spring, summer and fall 2022 academic semesters.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Thomas Stith III (right), president of the North Carolina Community College System, visited Southwestern Community College on Tuesday, Aug. 10. Stith is pictured with Don Tomas, SCC’s president, in front of the college’s new Health Sciences Center.

Western Carolina University will celebrate its Class of 2020 through a series of live events – including fireworks – for those alumni whose senior year was largely virtual and anything but normal.

At the conclusion of the spring semester, 408 Southwestern Community College students earned their associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Western Carolina University is a recipient of a recurring grant from the N.C. Principal Fellows Program that will provide $4.1 million over the next six years, the University of North Carolina System recently announced.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Wednesday, July 07, 2021

As workers apply the last few coats of paint and other finishing touches this summer, Southwestern Community College officials are making sure everything is ready to open their new Health Sciences Center to students this fall.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The Golden LEAF Foundation last week announced that 215 rural North Carolina students were selected to receive up to a $12,000 Golden LEAF Scholarship. Recipient Katie Allison, of Smoky Mountain High School, will attend Greensboro College.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Workers installed the Southwestern Community College logo on the curved front surface of the new Health Sciences Center last Wednesday. SCC has outgrown its Balsam Center, built in 1988 to house four healthcare training programs, spokesman Tyler Goode said. The new 55,411-square-foot buildin…

Luke Moody and Jewel Coker, graduates of Smoky Mountain High School, were named to The University of North Carolina at Charlotte spring semester Dean’s List. Moody and Coker are juniors majoring in Psychology. To qualify, full-time students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of at…

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University has announced plans to host a permanent and contemporary exhibit of Cherokee culture and language, developed in collaboration with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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Anyone who graduated from a North Carolina High School in the past six months is eligible to have some or all of their tuition and fees covered at Southwestern Community College over the next two years through Gov. Roy Cooper’s N.C. Longleaf Commitment Grant.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Longtime Jackson County educator Sue Bartlett was sworn in as a member of the Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees on March 23.

Nathan Wade of Cullowhee was named to the Abilene Christian University Spring 2021 Dean’s Honor Roll. Wade is a junior majoring in Information Systems. Wade was among nearly 1,200 students named to the Dean’s Honor Roll. To qualify, students must be registered for 12 or more credit hours and…

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees appointed David Kinner as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as part of its special-called meeting April 27. Kinner, who served as the interim dean, started in his new position May 1.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The landscape of the K-12 teaching environment across the United States, and also North Carolina, lends itself to being predominantly comprised of white females. African-American male teachers are rare, research shows.

Circles of Jackson County is preparing to spread its wings and fly to Western Carolina University to work with students, but we need your help! We need volunteers. If you have a heart for young people this is your opportunity to make a real difference. 

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering a four-week online Introduction to Conversational Cherokee language course from May 17 through June 11 with live Zoom meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Local high school seniors seeking help to attend college may apply for one of six scholarships available this year from the Jackson County Genealogy Society.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will offer a live two-day online Effective Organizational Change Management Certificate, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 26. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Two years before a total solar eclipse left area residents breathless in 2017, Southwestern Community College started working with NASA in an effort to bring advanced Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education opportunities to Western North Carolina.

Thanks to a new articulation agreement with Western Carolina University, students enrolled in the Associate of Fine Arts degree at Southwestern Community College can now transfer credits to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design at WCU.

Amid the pandemic and a recession, total enrollment at Western Carolina University has dipped only slightly for the 2021 spring semester, while the number of graduate students enrolled moderately increased over previous years.

Matthew Toedt of Sylva earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for fall 2020 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 academic average for the semester.

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering a five-week online beginning German language course March 8-April 10. 

Matthew Turpin, 27, of Sylva, received his Juris Doctor from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in May, 2020 and was sworn in to the N.C. Bar Association by Judge Brad Letts on Feb. 5. Turpin, left, interned with Letts while in law school. He is the son of Philip and Cin…

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

East Tennessee State University has announced the names of students who attained a grade point average qualifying them for inclusion in the dean’s list for fall 2020.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Travis Ashe (left), area manager for Pepsi-Cola of Whittier, presents a donation to Don Tomas, Southwestern Community College president, on Dec. 14. Behind them is Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation. Every year, Pepsi employees forego their annual holiday party and instead give $1,0…

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will offer an online workshop titled “Facilitation: An Essential Leadership Skill,” from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, with live, interactive instruction.

Although the pandemic kept Southwestern Community College from holding an in-person ceremony this fall, SCC officials welcomed 88 – including 36 from Jackson County – new members into the college’s chapter of the National Technical Honor Society with an induction video.

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees endorsed a schedule of fees and rates for the 2021-22 academic year that would increase a mandatory student health services fee by 11.5 percent, or $36 per year.

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

The Faculty Senate and the Staff Senate of Western Carolina University have approved a joint resolution endorsing guiding principles for the university’s process in making budgetary decisions entering a year of fiscal uncertainty because of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Western Carolina University students will be allowed to request grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory for 2020 fall semester classes following a split-vote approval of a resolution of the Faculty Senate on Nov. 18.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Western Carolina University received $583,074 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education for an afterschool program to improve the academic skills of students at Cullowhee Valley School who speak English as another language.

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Western Carolina University Chancellor Kelli Brown has announced the appointment of Richard Starnes as the next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, effective immediately.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering an online High Impact Leadership Certificate from Monday-Friday, Nov. 9-13, with live instruction, activities and interaction.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering a live two-day online Effective Organizational Change Management Certificate, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Monday, Oct. 26.