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Catamount Compass Program leads SCC graduates to WCU

WCU Chancellor Kelli Brown and Don Tomas, president of Southwestern Community College, recently met to sign a renewal of the memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.  

Armani Blair

Armani Blair

Armani Blair has run track for as long as she can remember. She inherited the passion of running from her mother, Jamicka Abraham, who also ran track. But Blair, a junior from Charlotte and a member of Western Carolina University’s women’s track and field team, will be the first to tell you she’s not your average track athlete. Track is not at the forefront of her life. For Blair, a double major in political science and sociology, it’s grades first.  

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Professor’s work on historical resource spans 20 years

Last September, English Studies professor Brent Kinser was recognized for more than 20 years of editorial work when Duke University Press held a celebration for the publication of the 50th and final volume of “The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle.”   


WCU opens new passport facility, awards 25 free passports for students to study abroad

WCU has been selected by the Institute of International Education to receive an IIE American Passport Project grant that will enable 25 students to obtain a U.S. passport to support their study abroad journeys.   

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WCU and Blue Ridge CC renew memorandum of understanding

WCU Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and Laura B. Leatherwood, president of Blue Ridge Community College, signed a renewal of the memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.  

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A-B Tech graduates will continue to blaze a trail at WCU with renewed MOU

Through the partnership, which is called the Catamount Trailblazer Program, there were 85 applications from A-B Tech students for the fall 2023 semester.  

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WCU spring enrollment shows positive growth, retention rate

For the first time since 2020, total headcount enrollment climbed, with the spring semester total enrollment numbers topping out at 10,742, which is an increase of almost 200 students compared to spring 2023.  

CJ Mitchell

C.J. Mitchell

When C.J. Mitchell arrived at Western Carolina University in the fall of 2020, the only thing he knew about student government was what he saw in high school; that it primarily was an organization that put on a few dances during the school year. He had no idea that by his sophomore year at WCU, the Student Government Association would be the main catalyst for shaping the man who will graduate this spring.  

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Grant to support Indigenous students in STEM

The University of North Carolina Asheville and WCU have partnered to help Indigenous students pursuing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields.   

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