WCU was founded in 1889 to bring higher education and career opportunities to the western region of North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina system, Western Carolina University now provides an education to more than 9,000 students from 38 states and 32 countries.
The university's mission is focused on quality education and preparation for responsible citizenship in a changing world. Since its founding, WCU has grown in size to become a major cultural, scientific, and educational force in the region and the state - and we're still growing.
Our academic programs span more than 120 specialties - including the nation's highest-ranked entrepreneurship and project management programs, a national award-winning teacher education program, a criminal justice program used as a model for North Carolina's accreditation program, and the nation's first accredited four-year emergency medical care program.
Our distinguished faculty includes national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and winners of Emmy, O. Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards - to name a few.
Western Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, education specialist, and doctor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Western Carolina University.
Also, the university holds 21 special program accreditations and is a member of more than 30 state and national associations and organizations to which its professional programs are related.
EDUCATION • Franklin, NC Area Schools, Colleges, and Universities
Located in the scenic southwestern part of the state, Macon County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina. Our county is home to approximately 32,395 full-time residents, and our public schools serve almost 4,400 students.
SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
There are six elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school within an eight-mile radius of Franklin, the county seat, two k-12 schools located in Nantahala and Highlands, Union Academy 6-12, and one early college high school. All eleven schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the North Carolina State Board of Education.
Southwestern Community College is one of 59 institutions operating in the North Carolina Community College System, a statewide organization of public, two-year, postsecondary educational institutions.
The Macon County, NC Campus is on a 20-acre site on Siler Road just south of Franklin, North Carolina. This high-tech, state of the art facility is the beginning of a resource-rich campus, offering technology enhanced learning with computer laboratories, virtual and interactive classrooms, borrower privileges at SCC Library on Jackson Campus and adjacent Macon County Public Library, and access to major research institutions.
The Macon Campus is home to the Macon Early College High School. This high school is designed to be housed on the community college campus for students who seek a different public school experience that allows them to earn college and high school credit. Students have the potential to graduate in four or five years with both a high school diploma and an Associates Degree.
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