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SCC requires masks starting Aug. 5

SYLVA – Due to high and substantial COVID-19 transmission in the region, masks will be required indoors at all Southwestern Community College locations starting Thursday, Aug. 5.

This mandate aligns with CDC and local/state guidance and applies to everyone regardless of vaccination status.

SCC is still keeping a full schedule of face-to-face classes this fall.

Jackson and Swain Counties are currently in the CDC’s “high-transmission” level while Macon County is listed as having “substantial transmission.”

“We know that getting all eligible people vaccinated is the best way to combat this virus,” said Dr. Don Tomas, SCC President. “We need to implement this mask mandate to try and keep everyone as safe as possible as we start our fall semester. We will continue to monitor daily case numbers and review CDC and local/state guidance.”


For more than 50 years, Southwestern Community College has served Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties, and the Qualla Boundary by offering a wide range of educational options for residents in all stages of life.  SCC has been ranked No. 1 by in its listing of “The Best Community Colleges & Trade Schools of 2020,” marking the fourth time in the past 15 years Southwestern has ranked among the nation’s Top 10 community colleges. SCC provides a supportive learning environment and more than 40 degree programs in Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences/College Transfer and Career Technologies.  SCC also offers a variety of community resources, including the Small Business Center, Workforce Continuing Education and Career Services.

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