On May 5 Southwestern Community College’s Therapeutic Massage program held a pinning ceremony for seven graduates in the Burrell Conference Center. Jackson County graduates are, from left: Melissa Swanson of Whittier, LiHui Noll of Sylva, Matt Nelson of Sylva and Noah Gallinger of Sylva. Not…

On May 12 Southwestern Community College’s Respiratory Therapy program held a pinning ceremony for eight graduates, including three from Jackson County, in the Burrell Conference Center. Jackson County graduates of the Respiratory Therapy program are, from left, Kendra Hall of Cullowhee, Ama…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

On May 12 Southwestern Community College’s Respiratory Therapy program held a pinning ceremony for eight graduates, including three from Jackson County, in the Burrell Conference Center. Jackson County graduates of the Respiratory Therapy program are, from left, Kendra Hall of Cullowhee, Ama…

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Southwestern Community College officials last month signed a partnership agreement with WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of the nonprofit, fully online Western Governors University.

Sylva residents Mallorie Mahoney, left, and Raven Forbes recently graduated from Southwestern Community College’s Radiography program.

Andersen Estes, granddaughter of Shirley Moses of Sylva and the late Doug Moses and daughter of Dr. Ron and Angela Moses Estes of Knoxville, Tenn., graduated from Quillen College of Medicine (East Tennessee State) in May.

Ellison Bryson of Sylva recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the College of Charleston. Bryson was among more than 1,450 students who received degrees.

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems announced last week that Western Carolina University and EmPOWERING Mountain Food Systems will host the upcoming Grower-Buyer Event on Tuesday, June 28.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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Western Carolina University Board of Trustees awarded former trustee, N.C. Board of Governor, and retired banker Ed Broadwell Jr., with its highest honorary degree, doctorate of humane letters, as part of its commencement ceremonies May 7.

Miguel Perez of Cullowhee is the recipient of the 2022 Henry & Jo Durham Sigma Chi Transfer Scholarship.

Southern New Hampshire announced Misty Smith and Kayla Dehart, both from Sylva, were named to the Winter 2022 President’s List: 

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Western Carolina University will hold commencement exercises at the Ramsey Center on Friday evening, May 6, and Saturday morning and afternoon, May 7.

Jackson County residents honored at Southwestern Community College’s Academic Awards ceremony April 7 included, from left: (first row) Judith Lowery, Milagros Marquez-Montes, Kimberly Krafft, Ellie Padgett, Mackenzie Franklin, Rachel Surrusco, Christan Blount , Lori Leamon and Carrie Shuler’…

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Efforts are underway to create an endowed scholarship to honor the life and legacy of Dan Robinson, a World War II veteran, former head football coach at Western Carolina University, Jackson County  Manager, North Carolina State Senator, Wildlife Commissioner and advocate for Western North  …

Thanks to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission grant, Western Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology will offer six scholarships for students studying in electrical power, mechanical and electrical disciplines. The NRC is the federal agency that regulates commercial nuclear p…

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North Carolina Wesleyan College, located in Rocky Mount, recently signed an agreement that will help qualified graduates of Southwestern Community College transfer to NCWC. The agreement aims to provide seamless transfer for students who enroll at NCWC following completion of their two-year …

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Western Carolina University will host a telescope clinic on campus, followed by a free, open to the public telescope viewing using in-house telescopes at 7 p.m. Friday on the fifth-floor terrace of the Apodaca Science Building.

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

On Valentine’s Day, representatives of First Citizens Bank presented a gift of $30,000 to the Southwestern Community College Foundation on behalf of the Robert P. Holding Foundation, Inc.

At the conclusion of the fall semester, 128 Southwestern Community College students earned their associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Western Carolina University is inviting runners of all ages and skill levels to register for the annual Catamount Climb Half Marathon and 5K on Saturday, April 9. The event raises money for student development and scholarships.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

A program to foster the development of future technology entrepreneurs, housed in the School of Engineering and Technology at Western Carolina University, has gained support through an almost $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Western Carolina University is again listed among the best providers of online degree programs in the 10th annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report, released Jan. 25.

Kaili Swanson of Whittier was named to the University of South Carolina-Aiken President’s List for fall 2021. To earn this distinction, Swanson had to be enrolled as a full-time student and maintain a 4.0 GPA. Swanson’s major is nursing.

Circles of Jackson County is so pleased to be partnering with Western Carolina University and to be hosting two WCU students as interns to our program. We want to take this opportunity to welcome these two delightful young people to Circles of Jackson. They are Charlie Buiter and Sausha Lotharp. 

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Amid the pandemic and its ongoing impact on finances of students and their families, total enrollment at Western Carolina University has dipped slightly by 2.7 percent for the 2022 spring semester, while the number of new graduate students and distance students enrolled increased.

The School of Nursing at Western Carolina University has received a $2.2 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to provide financial and academic support for nursing students from low-income, first generation and minority backgrounds to enhance classroom …

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Kayla Dehart of Sylva has been named to Southern New Hampshire University’s Fall 2021 President’s List. Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 and above are named to the President’s List. 

As a local student attending Western Carolina University in the early 1950s, Doris Monteith Sharpton frequently found herself thumbing a ride from her home in southern Jackson County to make it to her classes in Cullowhee – sometimes doing so with her young son along for the ride.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Ten Jackson County students attended Southwestern Community College’s induction into the National Technical Honor Society on Nov. 17. Pictured are, from left: (front) Keira Smith of Sylva, Autumn Burnes of Sylva, Seth Couch of Cullowhee and Daniel Metz of Sylva; (back): Jasmine Robertson of …

Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees endorsed a schedule of fees and rates for the 2022-23 academic year that would increase the cost of mandatory athletic fees paid by $86 a year.

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

After enduring a series of unexpected, pandemic-related challenges, the latest group of Southwestern Community College graduates will celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends during the college’s first traditional, indoor commencement ceremonies in two years.

Over the years, aspiring and existing entrepreneurs have come to rely on Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center for support, seminars and counseling that are critical to helping their businesses succeed.

North Carolina’s recently enacted state budget means historic Moore Building, a landmark for Western Carolina University and the community, will be renovated and reopen after sitting dormant for more than a decade.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Looking for study abroad opportunities in the midst of the pandemic, Brian Railsback, a professor of English at Western Carolina University, decided to try a virtual study abroad course – but unlike other digital efforts, he wanted to “team up” with a literature class from another country.

Southwestern Community College is one of 150 institutions nationwide that have been selected to compete for part of a prestigious $1 million grant from the Aspen Institute.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Betty Farmer, professor of communication at Western Carolina University and communication consultant, has been named Instructor of the Year, South Region, by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The pandemic has disrupted all or parts of three academic years for students. Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of confusion about COVID-19 student loan policies and the possibility of debt forgiveness.

For the first time, Southwestern Community College has been ranked among the Top 10 community colleges in the nation by two different ranking agencies in the same year.

For five years, Franklin resident Nancy Bergenstock had been looking for a way to make a legacy gift. She talked to an attorney and two financial advisors, but she never could find the answer she was looking for.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Western Carolina University is in the process of updating its 2014 Campus Master Plan and will hold two virtual forums to allow for public feedback.