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Conrad Burrell, retired Jackson County Register of Deeds was recently reappointed to Southwestern Community College’s Board of Trustees by Gov. Beverly Perdue. Burrell has served on SCC’s Board for the past 16 years, eight of those as Chairman. He and his wife Juanita reside in Sylva.

“We are honored to have Mr. Burrell serve another term on our Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Don Tomas, President of SCC. “His strong commitment to education and the mission, vision and goals of Southwestern Community College is invaluable, and the Board of Trustees and the College administration are well-served by his depth of knowledge and unwavering dedication. I am pleased to continue our solid working relationship for the future of SCC and those we serve.”


The North Carolina Virtual Academy, an online charter school operated by N.C. Learns that planned to enroll students from kindergarten through 10th grade beginning in August was back in court last Friday in Wake County.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones ruled Friday that the online charter school could not begin enrolling students this fall because it did not follow proper procedure which requires all charter schools to go through the State Board of Education before being granted permission to operate. Judge Jones' ruling did not determine whether the virtual charter school, if opened could legally operate, but instead stated that because it bypassed the state board and only got approval to operate in Cabarrus County, the school could not go live this fall.


The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will offer a basic introduction to Microsoft Excel on Wednesday, July 11 from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. The 90-minute class will be taught by retired WCU professor Roger Bacon, assisted by his wife Lisa Bacon and by library staffer Laura Chapman.

This introductory course is appropriate for people with some computer experience who are new to Excel and want to learn how to use this spreadsheet software. The course will cover such basic topics as entering numbers and text, doing simple calculations and using formulas, formatting the elements of a spreadsheet, how to find help when using Excel, and how to use the program for simple personal or professional projects, such as balancing a checkbook or budgeting.


Mathematics instructor Mary Bradley encouraged students to strive for excellence. Bradley was the featured speaker during Southwestern Community College’s Academic Awards Ceremony Tuesday, April 17, on the Jackson Campus.

As Bradley addressed the students, she said, “One of the most important things a teacher can do is to encourage excellence. Education is like life … you can make excuses and give up, or you can persevere and succeed. Success at anything takes practice and a lot of hard work. The greatest single lesson that you, as a college student will learn is that you are capable of teaching yourself.”


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