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Southwestern Community College strengthens academic ties with higher education institutions to provide Honors Program credit for students achieving excellence. Southwestern currently has Honor Program agreements with WCU, ASU, UNCC, NC State, UNCW, UNCG, UNCA, Mars Hill College, and UNC Pembroke.

“The concept that ‘no student stands alone’ is well represented within SCC’s Honors Program— as this program is a perfect example of where we stand together—within a community of scholarship—a coming together of student and teacher—in teaching, exploration and learning, which best represents the academic excellence that is the single variable in defining Southwestern Community College,” said Cheryl Contino-Conner, director of SCC’s Honors Program.


The 30th Annual Academic Awards Ceremony highlighted the achievements of more than 300 students including award nominees of NCCCS Academic Excellence, All USA Today, Dallas Herring, and Who’s Who Among Junior Colleges.

To qualify, students must have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours and have a GPA of 3.5 or above.


Shannon Oliver graduated from Appalachian State University on June 12, with a BS degree in chemistry with a concentration in forensic science and a minor in criminal justice.

She is the daughter of Randy and Brenda Oliver, of Sylva, and the granddaughter of Lois and John Lathrop of Franklin.


REACH of Macon County has a promising new opportunity for the unemployed or underemployed looking to change their lives.

The New Choices program, which offers free classes in both Macon and Jackson counties, provides participants with the skills, knowledge and resources to transition back into the workforce or school.

New Choices Coordinator Ashley Freeman says participation in the program is beneficial in both the short term and long term.

“The New Choices program is about education,” said Freeman. “Education can change lives, it can improve your life and make it so much better than you thought possible.”


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