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High school students from throughout Southwestern Community College’s service area participated in a pair of service projects last month. The students, who are in SCC’s Upward Bound program, made holiday cards that were sent to U.S. troops deployed overseas. They also wrapped small toiletry items that were given out at Sylva’s Community Table.

“Our students had a lot of fun performing these projects,” said Annette Kesgen, director of SCC’s Upward Bound program. “It’s really quite impressive to see these young people who already grasp the value of serving others, looking out for our neighbors and showing gratitude to the men and women in uniform who keep us safe.”

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Campus has seen many changes in 63-year history.

Thousands and thousands of students have passed through the halls of Franklin High School since its first day of school in 1952. While the campus has expanded over the last halfcentury, the first walls that educated FHS's very first graduating class in 1952 are still standing today, and have since provided the bricks and mortar for a total of 63 graduating classes.

Generations of families have passed through the halls of Franklin High School. Sitting in the same classrooms, gazing out the same windows, and each adding their own wear and tear on the building's infrastructure.

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Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin supports the North Carolina State Board of Education's (SBE) plan announced last Friday to change the current seven-point grading scale to a 10-point scale in high schools across the state.

"The state has made this change in order to allow our students to be more competitive with students in surrounding states when being considered for college entrance and scholarships," said Dr. Baldwin. "I am hopeful that this will indeed be the case. I am also glad that the state decided to implement this for all students next year as opposed to phasing in the new scale over four years. I am concerned that this will affect the class rank of students. The most recent SBE release should address this concern."

The change calls for students who earn between a 90 percent and a 100 percent in a course to earn an A. As it stands now, the scale assigns a "B" letter grade to students earning 90, 91, or 92. The change is expected to be implemented in its entirety this fall.

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To help remove financial barriers for students seeking to upgrade or gain new job-related skills, the State Employees Credit Union Foundation recently awarded a $750 continuing education scholarship to each of five Southwestern Community College students.

The five students are enrolled in the Professional Office Management Class at SCC’s Macon Annex in Franklin. The students are learning office skills, Microsoft Office software, Notary Public education, testing for Microsoft Office certifications and working on their Career Readiness Certifications.

The SECU Foundation provides a total of 10 scholarships to all 58 N.C. community colleges every year.

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