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Southwestern Community College has been awarded a $1,250,000 grant under the Upward Bound Program from the U.S. Department of Education.

Upward Bound is among seven Federal TRIO Programs that serve middle, high school, and college students with the goal of increasing postsecondary enrollment and completion. Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for high school students designed to encourage academic success in high school as well as college.

Research has shown that Upward Bound program graduates are seven times as likely to attend college and graduate from college as those who do not participate.



Southwestern Community College Health Sciences Division recently collected non-perishable food items to donate to the Manna FoodBank.

The drive generated more than 2,100 items to fight hunger in WNC.


This month at Life Church Franklin

More than one and a half million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). Updated in summer 2012, the now nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Ramsey on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. FPU will be held in Franklin at Life Church Franklin located at 1024 Georgia Road. The classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. Contact Andrew Reed at (828)524-5858 for more information or to register.


The Region A partnership for Children has received $20,000 in grant funding from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to supplement current funding to expand the Family Support Network Project in Region A. The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving 18 counties in Western North Carolina.

The Region A Family Support Network program has operated for eight years in the region serving over 1400 families. Families of children with special needs benefit from the help and support that other families provide and from information about their child’s special needs and available resources.


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