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May 19, 2024

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Free College Tuition Opportunity

Southwestern Community College graduates are shown during the spring commencement ceremony on May 20 at the Jackson Campus in Sylva. Through a new grant opportunity, area residents who’ve been unemployed for 13 weeks or longer may be eligible for free SCC tuition and educational expense reimbursement.

Through a federal grant for displaced workers, residents of the seven westernmost North Carolina Counties are eligible to receive free tuition as well as reimbursement for all education-related expenses at Southwestern Community College starting this fall.

Anyone who’s experienced a recent layoff or has been out of work for 13 weeks or longer may be eligible. To confirm eligibility, call 828.456.6061 or fill out the “Contact Us” form at WNCDislocatedWorkerGrant.com.

The WNC Dislocated Worker Grant, which is managed by the Southwestern Commission, is providing this financial assistance and can help determine eligibility for current and prospective SCC students who live in Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, Graham or Cherokee Counties.

“Anyone who meets the residential and unemployment criteria can give us a call or visit our website,” said David Garrett, Southwestern Workforce Development Director for the Southwestern Commission. “Our goal is to make sure no obstacle stands in the way of anyone who wants to get back to work.”

On October 24th, which is the first day to register for the spring semester, representatives of the Southwestern Commission will be on SCC’s Jackson Campus to answer questions and help individuals determine if they qualify for this opportunity.

For more information about the WNC Dislocated Worker Grant, visit WNCDislocatedWorkerGrant.com.

For more information about Southwestern Community College and the career paths it offers, visit SouthwesternCC.edu, call 828-399-4000 or drop by your nearest SCC location.

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