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    Closings & Delays for February 18th, 2021

                    Catamount School: REMOTE LEARNING DAY Cherokee Reservation School: TWO HOUR DELAY Graham…
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    Preregistration now open for annual Lake Cleanup at Lake Junaluska

    Volunteers of all ages are invited to take part in the annual Lake Cleanup at Lake Junaluska, which will be…
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    Local Schools Follow State Guidelines in Offering In-Person Learning

    SYLVA, NC – A press conference on February 2nd in which Governor Roy Cooper and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr.…
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    NASA extends partnership with SCC for 5 more years

    Two years before a total solar eclipse left area residents breathless in 2017, Southwestern Community College started working with the…
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    Operation Christmas Child 2020 “A Success”

    Despite a global pandemic, millions of shoebox gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child were collected at more…
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    Nominations open for Distinguished Alumni Award

    Southwestern Community College is now accepting nominations for the SCC Foundation’s third-annual Distinguished Alumni Award. To be considered for the award, nominees…
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    Legislators Working on Bill to Reopen Schools

    North Carolina lawmakers are drafting legislation to reopen schools. Conversations have been underway for several weeks, and a formal proposal…

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      Closings & Delays for February 18th, 2021

                      Catamount School: REMOTE LEARNING DAY Cherokee Reservation School: TWO HOUR DELAY Graham County Schools: CLOSED/ANNUAL LEAVE DAY Haywood Comm. College (Day): OPEN AT 10AM Haywood County Head Start: REMOTE LEARNING DAY/OPTIONAL TEACHER WORK DAY Haywood County Schools: CLOSED/OPTIONAL WORK DAY Haywood Public Transit: OPEN AT 10AM Jackson Co. Schools – All Districts: REMOTE LEARNING DAY/OPTIONAL TEACHER WORK DAY Jackson County Head Start: REMOTE LEARNING DAY/OPTIONAL TEACHER WORK DAY Macon County Schools – Franklin Districts: TWO HOUR DELAY – NO BUSES ON ICY ROADS Southwestern Community College – Jackson Co.: OPEN AT 10AM Southwestern Community College – Macon Co.: OPEN AT 10AM Southwestern Community College – Swain Co.: OPEN AT 10AM Swain County Schools: TWO HOUR DELAY

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      Fire At Harris Regional Hospital

      Emergency crews responded to Harris Regional Hospital on Tuesday, February 9th after an apparent fire. The first calls into the 911 center came just before 7pm Tuesday. Sylva and Balsam fire crews promptly responded and found a fire in the Emergency Department. The flames were contained fairly quickly. The Fire was caused by a space heater that had been brought in by an employee in the check-in area of the emergency room. The Emergency Department had to go on temporary diversion in order to get the situation under control. Damage was minimal and did not extend beyond the desk area where the employee was using the space heater.

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      Preregistration now open for annual Lake Cleanup at Lake Junaluska

      Volunteers of all ages are invited to take part in the annual Lake Cleanup at Lake Junaluska, which will be hosted on four days – February 19, 20, 26 and 27 – as part of added safety precautions for the 2021 event. The event will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on two Fridays and two Saturdays to enable volunteers to come at different times and more easily socially distance as they pick up trash and debris along an assigned part of the lake’s shoreline. “We are trying to make this cleanup day as safe as possible and have added extra safety precautions this year due to the risk of COVID-19,” said Jim Pearson, coordinator of the lake cleanup. “We know the event will be quite different, but we still hope many of our community members and families, and people who love Lake Junaluska will be able to join in the cleanup or help support the effort in some way.” The challenge for this year’s cleanup organizers was to eliminate the social gathering aspect of the cleanups in past years, said Pearson. For 2021, volunteers will go directly to their assigned areas, where trash bags and litter pick-up…

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      Local Schools Follow State Guidelines in Offering In-Person Learning

      SYLVA, NC – A press conference on February 2nd in which Governor Roy Cooper and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Catherine Truitt urged school districts to return to in-person learning created confusion across the state about what, if anything, had changed. Many families were unsure if the comments indicated a mandate from the state to bring students back to school on a regular schedule. Interim Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton explained that Jackson County Public Schools already makes every effort within existing state guidelines to offer each student an option for in-person learning at least two days per week.  Currently, 77% of the district’s total enrollment have chosen the option for in-person learning. “Nothing changed in the requirements that schools must meet,” Tipton said.  “The governor and state superintendent were simply encouraging districts to open up as fully as possible across the state.” All schools in North Carolina must follow the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) from the NC Department of Health and Human Services. “We had hoped the six feet distancing requirement for grades 6-8 would be changed to align with the requirement for grades K-5 so we could add middle school students to the four-day week,” Tipton…

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      NASA extends partnership with SCC for 5 more years

      Two years before a total solar eclipse left area residents breathless in 2017, Southwestern Community College started working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in an effort to bring advanced Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education opportunites to Western North Carolina. That made SCC the nation’s only community college to have a scientific activation partnership with the renowned space agency, and the positive impact extends far beyond the college’s classrooms. As the lead institution in the NASA-funded Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative, SCC has organized and oversaw dozens of science activities and projects aimed at increasing interest in STEM fields among K-12 students in the region. The college’s efforts were so successful that NASA recently extended its partnership with Southwestern for a second five-year term. Out of 23 projects across the U.S., SCC is one of just 11 that received an extension. “It’s an honor, and honestly humbling, to work with some of the world’s brightest minds at the world’s premier space agency,” said Matt Cass, the NASA project’s Principal Investigator who also teaches Astronomy and Physics at SCC. “Our partnership has already yielded so many success stories and built more bridges than I can count with the…

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      Operation Christmas Child 2020 “A Success”

      Despite a global pandemic, millions of shoebox gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child were collected at more than 4,000 locations nationwide. Creativity, determination, and faith inspired many individuals, families, churches, and groups to persevere in their efforts to pack shoeboxes amidst unprecedented challenges. Generosity throughout Western North Carolina resulted in over 15,600 shoebox gifts collected at curbside drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Here in Jackson and Swain Counties, 1,188 shoeboxes were dropped off at our Collection Centers.  Across the U.S., the project collected more than 7.8 million such gifts in 2020. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2020, the ministry is now sending more than 9.1 million shoebox gifts to children worldwide. “Shoebox packers overcame the challenges of this unprecedented year to generously donate gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need,” said Operation Christmas Child senior director Randy Riddle. “Now more than ever, boys and girls around the world need hope. We are excited to deliver millions of shoeboxes to children in Jesus’ Name—sharing God’s love and reminding them that they are not alone.”   Through the continued generosity of donors since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 186 million gift-filled shoeboxes to…

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      Nominations open for Distinguished Alumni Award

      Southwestern Community College is now accepting nominations for the SCC Foundation’s third-annual Distinguished Alumni Award. To be considered for the award, nominees must have graduated with either a certificate, diploma, or degree from the institution known today as Southwestern Community College and previously as Southwestern Technical College (1979-1988), Southwestern Technical Institute (1967-1979) or Jackson County Industrial Education Center, a satellite of A-B Tech (1964-67). “We are looking for candidates who are truly exceptional in their fields,” said Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation. “Our distinguished alumni recipient will receive this award at our graduation ceremony in May, and will serve as an inspiration of what new graduates can aspire to become.” Past winners include Kyle Dowling and Dustin Wilson. A 2003 graduate of SCC’s Outdoor Leadership program, Wilson later earned his Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from Clemson University. Now he holds the title of Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. Dowling was a 2013 graduate of SCC’s Emergency Medical Science program before receiving his bachelor’s degree at WCU. Within two years of graduating, he became a supervisor and training officer for Harris Regional Hospital’s EMS Department, and now he has a list of credentials…

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