Thirty campus leaders from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee crisscrossed the mountains of western North Carolina from Murphy to Asheville for a week long tour May 12-16 to learn more about the region that the university serves and to help strengthen relationships between the college and its surrounding communities.
The group consisted of 11 members of the inaugural class of the Western Carolina Leadership Academy and other campus leaders who are either new to the university or in new positions at the college.
The tour included local stops at Clay County Schools in Hayesville, John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown and Tri-County Community College in Peachtree. Stops on the tour were centered on the themes of education, tourism and heritage, recreation and the environment, creative arts, and technology and innovation.
“The tour gave me more insight into the region’s needs and how WCU can fit into that puzzle,” said Andy Voelker, manager of student computing.”
Sue Grider, learning management system manager in Coulter Faculty Commons and a region resident for 18 years, said the tour illustrated the way various organizations across the region are working together to help solve problems. Grider cited the example of Tri-County Community College teaming with Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort to try to help employees of Stanley furniture plant who will be unemployed when the Robbinsville facility closes later this year.
“This was a great example of how these groups are working together to help maintain
the regional structure,” she said.
“Tri-County Community College part of WCU campus leaders’ weeklong tour.” Cherokee Scout June 18, 2014: 7B. Cherokee Scout.
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