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Human Services grads honored in SCC pinning ceremony

Five new graduates of Southwestern Community College’s Human Services Technology (HST) program are ready to help address the opioid and mental health crises facing the region and nation.

Matt Litchford of Franklin, Railey Martin of Sylva, Ashley Moore of Clyde and Kayla Smathers and Katelynn Ledford-McCoy of Cherokee were honored with a pinning ceremony on May 16 at SCC’s Jackson Campus.

“All of these graduates bring different backgrounds and natural abilities to our field, but one attribute they have in common is a desire to make this world a better place,” said Crystal Rhynes, who oversees the HST program at Southwestern. “I’m extremely proud of all of them for the progress they’ve made and the eagerness with which they’re entering our profession.”

Three of the graduates received associate degrees in both HST and Addiction and Recovery Studies: Ledford-McCoy, Moore and Smathers. Litchford and Martin earned HST certificates.

For more information about Southwestern Community College and the programs it offers, visit , call 828.339.4000 or drop by your nearest SCC location.

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