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SCC President Don Tomas presents Kyle Dowling with the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award at Southwestern’s commencement in May. The college is seeking nominations for its second-annual award.

Southwestern Community College is now accepting nominations for the SCC Foundation’s second-annual Distinguished Alumni Award.

To be considered, nominees must have graduated with either a certificate, diploma or degree from the institution known today as Southwestern Community College and previously as Southwestern Technical College (1979-1988), Southwestern Technical Institute (1967-1979) or Jackson County Industrial Education Center (1964-67).

“We are looking for candidates who are truly exceptional in their field,” said Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation. “Our distinguished alumni recipient will receive this award at our graduation ceremony in May, and will serve as an inspiration of what new graduates can aspire to become.”

Last year’s recipient was Kyle Dowling, a 2013 graduate of the Emergency Medical Science program. After graduating from SCC, Dowling earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University, and soon became the paramedic supervisor and training officer for Harris Regional Hospital EMS.

In addition to being recognized at graduation, this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award will be recognized on SCC’s website, social media and receive an award plaque.

The SCC Foundation partnered with the SCC Foundation Faculty and Staff Advisory Council to create the award.

“We were so excited by the response to last year’s inaugural award,” said Mark Ellison, chair of the council. “We received several strong nominations. There are so many wonderful SCC alumni making real positive impacts on our communities, and we can’t wait to recognize another outstanding SCC graduate this year.”

Nominations for the award can be submitted in writing by someone other than a member of the potential candidate’s family.

The form for nomination can be found at www.southwesterncc.edu/award. Nominations will be accepted through March 1.

Upon completion, forms can be emailed to Kathy Posey, SCC’s institutional development associate, at k_posey@southwesterncc.edu, along with any supporting information. Forms can also be sent in by mail, addressed to: Southwestern Community College Foundation, 447 College Drive, Sylva, NC 28779.

Nomination forms will remain on file for three years for future award consideration. After three years, nominations must be re-submitted.

For more information about the Distinguished Alumni Award, call Posey at 339-4227.