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To help supply the workforce for a growing industry, Southwestern Community College has secured the necessary equipment to start a craft brewing program.

Class starts Oct. 23 at SCC’s Jackson Campus and will meet from 5-10 p.m. on Thursdays through Dec. 18. Teaching the course will be Taylor Rogers, a brewer at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville.

Course content will focus on understanding the brewing process and beer ingredients. Students will also gain a base knowledge of beer history, the beer industry, ingredient identification and purpose, steps of the brewing process and an introduction to the styles of beer. Those who successfully complete the program will be eligible for employment in the industry.



5 years: Jim Hippensteel, history instructor, was among the Southwestern Community College employees honored for five years of service during Welcome Back Day festivities on Aug. 13. Others with five years of service who aren’t pictured are Scott Clontz, advertising and graphic design instructor; Lisa Fisher, coordinator of advertising and graphic design; Tyler Norris Goode, director of public relations; Josh Goodman, grounds technician; Darrell Mc- Daniels, forestry conservation and firefighting instructor at Oconaluftee Job Corps; and Matthew Shirey, carpentry instructor for Jackson County Schools (HUB).



Delaney Holloway decided to venture into the public education field because she strongly believes that every child should have access to a quality education. It is because of that belief and dedication that Holloway has been named the Macon County Teacher of the Year.

“I have said many times that I feel that the level of teachers and personnel in my school and in my county is of the highest quality,” said Holloway. “Having a group of people which I admire so much nominate me for this distinction is humbling. I am so impressed by the skill and dedication I see from my coworkers every day. I am truly so proud to work in the school system in which I do and to call the teachers in this county my colleagues.”


When Governor Pat McCrory signed the state’s new budget into law earlier this month, local school districts knew to expect budget cuts, but just how severe was unknown, until now.

Jackson County Superintendent Dr. Michael Murray informed his board that the recently approved state budget will force the county to exhaust the district’s fund balance to balance the books.

Murray explained that through the efforts of the previous administration, the school board, and administrators not rehiring, Jackson County has been able to save approximately $1.6 million for the district’s fund balance. “We have been using these “rainy day dollars” to maintain our programs/teacher assistants etc., without having to ask the county commissioners for additional dollars during my last three board budget presentations,” said Murray. “We have only asked them to hold us harmless without having to lay off any employees.”


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