After measuring lead levels of more than 200 times the state limit for safety near its shooting range, Southwestern Community College is getting ready for some potentially pricy cleanup.
“I just don’t want to take any chances,” the hard-hatted contractor tells the officers as they get out of their flashing police car.
The hotel he’s working on has been getting threats from a group of environmental extremists, and caution kicked in when he caught sight of someone slipping around the corner of the building as he pulled into the driveway after hours. He’d come back to pick up a paper he’d left behind, but nobody else was supposed to be there.
Southwestern Community College is in the business of dreaming big as it works through the preliminary stages of a master plan to guide its development over the next five to 10 years.
What should the future of Southwestern Community College look like in Swain County five to 10 years from now?
Southwestern Community College broke state policy this summer when it launched a construction project before securing final contract authorization from the state.
In addition to wanting more curriculum classes offered for residents, Swain County commissioners want better representation on the Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees.
Southwestern Community College is celebrating its 50th year by inviting the public to see all the programs being offered to students.
Dr. Don Tomas likes to be ahead of the curve.
As Southwestern Community College celebrates 50 years, Tomas, who has been SCC’s presidents for three years, continues to look ahead and plan for the future.
Most ribbon cuttings are routine. Bland, even.
But then, most ribbon cuttings aren’t executed by a robot.
“You’ll note there’s a pair of scissors strapped to one hand,” said Jim Falbo, mechatronics program coordinator for Southwestern Community College, pointing to the robot across the room.
Results are back from the first round of testing for lead at Southwestern Community College’s shooting range, and the conclusion is that there’s plenty of lead to go around. In the area 15 to 20 feet downslope from the range, lead levels are as much as 73 times higher than the safe amount, occurring in concentrations of 19,700 mg/kg 0 to 6 inches below the surface and 5,320 mg/kg 2 to 3 feet below the surface.