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.
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.