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One-hundred-fifty-six graduates earned their associate degrees, diplomas and/or certificates from Southwestern Community College in the fall semester.

Among the graduates, 11 earned Cum Laude honors (3.85-3.89 GPA) while 12 were named Magna Cum Laude (3.90-3.94 GPA) and 12 were Summa Cum Laude (3.95-4.00 GPA).

Twenty-three graduates are New Century Scholars, who were identified as “high-potential” students when they were in the seventh grade. After meeting expectations in academics, behavior and service learning, these students were guaranteed the opportunity of an education at Southwestern without the worry of tuition and fees, thanks to the generosity of their respective communities.


Mrs. Jane Long's 5th and 6th grade classes at Mountain View Intermediate researched, wrote, and published American history and ancient civilizations books. They presented their books to social studies classes and shared what they had learned about each topic.

Topics included the Stone Age, pyramids, myths, Pompeii, castles, the Olympics, American Indians, the Gold Rush, the American Flag, the Statue of Liberty, and Sacajawea.




Depending on the applicant’s degree level and ability to meet requirements, Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS) can range from $3,000 - $14,000 per year. The priority deadline for fall applications is April 1, 2015. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. The 2015-16 application form and detailed information about program requirements are available at www.CFNC.org/FELS.

The Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS) Program was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011 and the first loans were awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year. To date, more than 5,200 loans totaling over $42,000,000 have provided financial assistance to qualified North Carolinians who are committed to working in fields designated as critical employment shortage areas in North Carolina. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) administers the program.


Southwestern Community College is bringing local nonprofits and dedicated volunteers together in hopes of bettering local communities. SCC Cares, a college committee and club co-chaired by Amanda Allen, works to facilitate, support and recognize community service done by members of SCC students, staff and faculty.

As part of that mission, SCC Cares has been working to host the first annual Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 24, with a snow date of March 3. The event, which will be held in the Burrell Conference Center on the Jackson County Campus from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., will feature a dozen organizations from Macon, Jackson, and Swain counties, as well as the Qualla Boundary.

SCC Cares began planning the event in hopes of encouraging volunteerism and helping non-profits, government agencies and groups find volunteers. "Non-profits are at a critical point right now; a lot of them have the highest amount of clients they've ever seen paired with some of the lowest budgets," said Allen. "Volunteers are the best way to continue providing great service at low cost to our communities."


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