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SCC’s C-STEP program is accepting future Tar Heels; deadline for high school seniors is April 1

SYLVA – More than 250 miles separate Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus from UNC Chapel Hill.

For area residents dreaming of attending the state’s oldest public university, a growing program at SCC brings a Carolina degree within reach.

Now in its fourth year at Southwestern, the Carolina-Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) is designed to guarantee admission to UNC from community colleges around the state. SCC is now accepting current high school seniors to join the fall C-STEP cohort with a deadline of April 1.

SCC’s first two C-STEP graduates – Puja Patel and Trevor Cole – are currently working toward their degrees in Chapel Hill.

“The University of North Carolina may feel like it’s a long distance away, but this program can make it a reality for high school seniors who graduate this May and come to Southwestern this fall,” said SCC C-STEP advisor Deanne Oppermann. “Besides ensuring admission to UNC, C-STEP saves students a lot of money because the first two years at Southwestern are exponentially more affordable. Plus, this is a great place to get acclimated to college life before moving halfway across the state.”

Once students have transferred to UNC, the C-STEP program continues to provide transition and support services.

For more information about C-STEP, visit www.SouthwesternCC.edu/cstep or contact Oppermann at 828.339.4298 or deanne@southwesterncc.edu.

 

ABOUT SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE …

For more than 55 years, Southwestern Community College has served Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties, and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina by providing a wide range of educational options for residents in all stages of life.

SCC has been ranked among the nation’s Top 10 community colleges six times in the last 15 years – including a No. 1 ranking in BestColleges.com’s listing of the “Best Community Colleges & Trade Schools of 2020.”

Through a supportive learning environment, Southwestern offers more than 40 degree programs (including more than 90 credentialing options, 28 of which are offered online) in Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences/College Transfer and Career Technologies.

A variety of community resources – including the Small Business Center, Workforce Continuing Education and Career Services – are also available.

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