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For more than a decade South Macon Elementary School Counselor Rena Sutton has made an effort to encourage elementary students to make meaningful career choices. Experts say it’s important to expose students early to the variety of options available for careers. Career Day makes this possible by connecting investigating thought with realism. South Macon’s second, third, and fourth graders participated and were allowed hands-on opportunities such as dressing- up as career professionals, crawling on fire trucks and transfer trucks, wearing surgical caps, and cranking a motor.

In preparation for this day, all SME grade levels had career classes. Third and fourth grade students had studied financial literacy to establish the need to earn a living before exploring their current interests and strengths and studied careers from that perspective.


The Southwestern Community College Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society held its spring induction of new members Thursday, April 19, in the Bradford Conference Center at the Jackson Campus.

To qualify for membership a student must maintain a 3.5 grade point average for three consecutive semesters with a minimum of 12 credit hours and be selected by the teaching faculty from the top 20 percent within their degree, diploma or certificate program.


The Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment Committee is accepting scholarship applications for the 2012 year. The endowment is an affiliate of the NC Community Foundation.

This Scholarship Program for Nurses was established in 1997 as a memorial to Judy Moore, RN who was killed in a tragic accident in 1996. A resident of Macon County, Judy was an inspiration to both nurses and patients in her role as a Community Health Nurse III and as an OBGYN Nurse Practitioner. Since the first award in August of 1998, the scholarship has been given to 22 individuals ( some have been awarded funding more than one year) and over $20,000 has been issued.


David O. Belcher took the oath as Western Carolina University’s 11th chancellor Thursday, March 29, pledging to remain steadfast to its historic tradition of providing access to higher education while affirming a renewed commitment to student success, meeting regional needs, honing institutional focus, embracing excellence and taking care of its faculty and staff.

“Western Carolina is a great university with even greater promise, but we have only begun to tap that inherent potential,” he said. “The life we will breathe into Western Carolina University during our time of stewardship will be worthy of remembrance, not because of the fleeting glory of rankings and statistics, but because of the genuine difference Western will make in the quality of life of the people – the wonderful, resilient, diverse, extraordinary and ordinary people – we serve.”


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