On February 21, 2013, a ceremony was held on the Jackson Campus of Southwestern Community College to honor the most recent GED and Adult High School graduates. Dr. Don Tomas, SCC College President, congratulated the students and handed out certificates.
Guest speakers for the evening were John Chandler and Epsy Willard. Mr. Chandler spoke to students about his life experiences and how he recently just returned to earn his GED from Southwestern at the age of 81. He encouraged all graduates to continue their education. Mr. Willard, who was the youngest of the graduates, finished his GED after only 15 days of class.
Darlene Anderson, SCC’s Educational Opportunities Director, reminded students that the Educational Opportunities Program has resources to help them transition to college and the workplace.
SCC’s Educational Opportunities Department serves the educational and career preparedness needs of community members in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. Classes are held in Bryson City, Sylva, Cherokee, Franklin, Cashiers, Highlands and at Job Corps Centers in Franklin and Cherokee. Day, night and online options are available. Classes include Adult Literacy, English as a Second Language, GED, Adult High School and Career Readiness Training. Students enrolled in GED or Adult High School programs have the option to choose a Pathway to Success in Automotive, Business, Culinary, Early Childhood Education and Nursing Assistant. Students in these pathways can enroll in college courses while they are completing their high school credential. They may also earn a Career Readiness Certificate, a nationally recognized certification that assures employers that applicants are competent in applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information. For more information on any of these programs, call SCC’s Educational Opportunities Director, Darlene Anderson at 828-339-4361. Classes are free and have open enrollment.
Graduates included: Jackson County: Mandy Bradley, Samantha Brehm, Jonathan Collins, Haley Creasman, David Coulter, Michelle Dyson, Jessica George, Jonathan Jenkins, Ryan Jones, Ricki Medford, Sarah Moore, Kelly Pennington, Sheyane Plaster, Christian Smith, Jessica Smith, Kyle Smith, Rebecca Swayney, William Wright Swain County: Bianca Donaldson, Philip Reed, Rebekah Shearl, Brennan Spottedbird Macon County: Sharon Anderson, Kimberly Bramlett, Joe Bryson, Myrtle Epps, Willard Epsy, Jessica Jowers, Katie Queen, Raymond Ramirez, Anthony Ray, Trisha Schubert, Amanda Taylor, Christian Velez, Darren Zehner