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Ever tried laying wood floor or floating sheetrock in your own home?

You might spend a whole week just figuring out how to get it done. But if someone who’s been doing it for years were to show you a few fundamental steps, you could get the job done in a fraction of the time.

As Ben Nahlen of Franklin recently learned, the same principle applies with volunteer firefighters and learning how to complete essential tasks like toting a fully pressurized water hose up a staircase. It’s just one of many principles he was taught in Southwestern Community College’s Fire Academy.


Thanks to a significant contribution from presenting sponsor Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and the generosity of more than 180 attendees on July 25, the Southwestern Community College Foundation’s “Bluegrass, Blue Jeans & Bling” gala yielded more than $51,000 that will be used to create the $1 million endowed Student Success fund.

Harrah’s presenting sponsorship allowed the SCC Foundation to put about 90 percent of funds raised directly into the Student Success Campaign – the most ambitious fundraising effort in college history.

“We are so grateful for the phenomenal support and hospitality of everyone at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort,” said Dr. Don Tomas, president of SCC. “Everyone seemed to have a wonderful evening, and we’re thrilled to have been able to raise this much money to benefit our students.”


Ever thought of starting your own business?

Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center is offering a three-hour seminar starting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the Jackson Campus to help prospective entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground.

“The first step in becoming a successful business owner is equipping yourself with as much knowledge as possible,” said Tiffany Henry, director of SCC’s Small Business Center. “Starting your own business is a challenge, but you’ll increase your chances of success by seeking the right guidance and finding out what resources are available to help you.”

Like all programs through the Small Business Center, this seminar is free of charge. Registration is required.


Due to the ongoing nature of multiple construction projects on and around the Jackson Campus, Southwestern Community College officials encourage faculty, staff, students and visitors to check the college’s website and social media outlets for updates before fall semester classes start on Monday, Aug. 17.

Road construction related to the R5000 project will not be completed before fall classes begin, so there will be only one entrance into the Jackson Campus. The middle turn lane from NC Highway 116 has been shortened to roughly 2-3 car lengths, so vehicles waiting to turn left into College Drive will spill into the primary westbound lane at peak traffic times in the morning hours of school days.

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