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Melissa Faetz, a first grade teacher at South Macon Elementary School was recently named the Region 8 Teacher of the Year. She will now move on for consideration of North Carolina Teacher of the Year, a title most recently held by Karyn Collie Dickerson of Grimsley High School in Guilford County. Dickerson was on location at South Macon to present Faetz with the award on Dec. 19 before the school took its Christmas break.

"Every year the state of North Carolina looks for teachers that define the very best teaching in our state. That teacher is already a leader in their school and in their community. Out of 95,000 teachers in the whole state of North Carolina, one out of the nine finalists is right here in your school," said Dickerson.

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Developing the necessary skills for landing a dream job is ample incentive for Southwestern Community College students to attend career seminars this spring.

Drake Enterprises has once again stepped in to further sweeten the pot.

Three Drake entities (Boiler Room Steak House, The Factory and Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts) pitched in to secure a laptop that will be given away to a lucky SCC student who attends three or more of the 11 career seminars the college puts on throughout the school year.

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WCU remains among least expensive in the state.

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees approved a schedule of tuition and fees for the 2014-15 academic year that includes no change in the cost of tuition for students from North Carolina and a 1.85 percent increase in mandatory fees.

The proposal, unanimously approved by the board at its regular quarterly meeting Friday (Dec. 6) contains a legislatively mandated 6 percent increase in tuition for out-of-state students. It also follows guidance from the University of North Carolina General Administration earlier this year that encouraged campuses of the UNC system not to raise the cost of tuition for instate students.

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A new campus master plan endorsed Friday, Dec. 6, by the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees is designed to closely link physical facilities of the university, including future construction and renovation, to goals of its recently approved strategic plan.

The master plan is meant to provide “a flexible framework for growth,” said Keith Storms of Hanbury, Evans, Wright and Vlattas, a firm specializing in campus design and planning.

The plan is based on enrollment projections that anticipate more than 11,000 students studying on the campus in Cullowhee by the year 2023, and the need for approximately 486,000 gross square feet of additional interior space to accommodate the needs of those students. Currently, about 7,800 students out of WCU’s total enrollment of 10,107 live and study in Cullowhee.

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