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With the start of a new year, Southwestern Community College embarks on a new direction of leadership.

Thom Brooks has been named Vice President for Instruction and Student Services and Scott Baker takes over Brooks’ former position as Dean of Career Technologies.

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North Carolina educators are seeing red over drastic cuts to the state's public school education budget that are currently under consideration. When legislators return to Raleigh this week for the new session of the General Assembly, the educators want them to start seeing red too. In a coordinated statement of opposition to the proposed cuts, teachers and public school employees across the state plan to wear red to work this week.

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The American Legion Post 108 hosted the 25th District’s American Legion High School Oratorical Contest last Saturday. Two students competed for a chance to go to the 5th Division competition in Hickory, North Carolina on Feb. 12. Winners of the division will go on to the state, followed by the national competition.

“This year is the 74th Oratorical Contest. The theme of the contest is the Constitution. Today’s winner can go on to compete for scholarships of $3,500 for First Place at the state level and an $18,000 scholarship at the national level,” said 25th District Commander Larry White, of Franklin. “We had two wonderful contestants today. It was a close contest.”

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Graduates of Southwestern Community College’s Professional Office Management class are ready to show local businesses how well they’ve done in class, and what effective employees they would be. Over a three-month period they’ve worked to sharpen their office management and computing skills in class. In fact, they’ve done so well that the class is going to be extended, as a “master class,” according to instructor Trish Myler. The students will be fine-tuning their skills using actual work provided to them by members of the Franklin business community.

“Perhaps a business needs to send out a personalized email to a large number of customers but isn’t set up to do that. Our students are adept at designing e-mails and creating and merging mailing lists that are crucial for a business,” Myler said.

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