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As an essential element of the learning experience, cosmetology students at Southwestern Community College are offering haircuts, manicures and nail tech services this spring.

Students provide haircuts on a first-come, firstserve basis from 8-11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays at SCC’s Jackson Campus. Pricing is $12 for women and $8 for men. Shampoo and style costs $10, and other services are offered at discounted rates.

There is limited availability in the afternoons by appointment only. Call Randy McCall, SCC’s cosmetology program coordinator, at (828)339-4238 to reserve a time slot.

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Western Carolina University’s online bachelor’s degree program in entrepreneurship has received a high national ranking in affordability and “Best Buy” designation from the distance education information clearinghouse GetEducated. com.

WCU’s program was ranked No. 2 in affordability following a national survey of 69 regionally accredited higher education institutions that offer 165 business management- related online bachelor’s degrees, said Melissa Eubank, director of information services for GetEducated. com.

The survey showed that the average cost of an online bachelor’s degree in business is about $53,000, with the most expensive program coming in at more than $131,000, Eubank said. The cost of WCU’s program is $19,715 for North Carolina residents.

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The weather over the last few weeks has left Macon County administrators scrambling to make up the time students missed in the classroom. During the school calendar process, workdays are built in each year to account for weather. The number of days added to the calendar are an estimate and cannot accurately be predicted.

Last week, Macon County School officials announced makeup days for students to ensure that the district meets the state’s school calendar laws. By law, school districts must have 1,025 instructional hours or 185 school days each year. It is up to the district how that requirement is met, whether it be Saturday school or makeup days throughout the year.

Macon County plans to convert all the remaining workdays in the school calendar to instructional days in order to fulfill the 1,025 hour requirement. The days will be full days with no early dismissals.

Workdays that will now be class days are: Friday, March 28, Friday, April 11, and Friday, June 13.

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Spring enrollment at Western Carolina University is at an all-time high as the number of students at WCU this semester has topped 9,600 for the first time in university history.

WCU shattered its fall enrollment record in September, with 10,107 students (a 5 percent increase over last year’s tally of 9,608 students) on the rolls for the first semester of the 2013-14 academic year.

Spring enrollment numbers at institutions of higher education typically are lower than fall enrollment as some students don’t return for a second semester for reasons that range from academic to personal, university officials say.

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