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BRCC to serve as satellite location for SCC's Respiratory Therapy program

Mar 22, 2024 10:17AM ● By WNC Business

HENDERSONVILLE – This fall, Blue Ridge Community College’s Transylvania County Campus in Brevard will serve as a satellite location for a new Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy program through Sylva’s Southwestern Community College. With accreditation for the satellite campus received in mid-March, Blue Ridge and SCC are now accepting applications for respiratory therapy programs at both locations for the fall semester. 

“Our primary goal in partnering with Blue Ridge Community College is to streamline the process for students entering this vital healthcare field,” said Melissa Hyatt, SCC’s dean of health sciences. “With this accreditation in place, we are hoping to fill all our classes at Southwestern and at Blue Ridge. That way, we can effectively double the amount of graduates while simultaneously addressing the severe shortage of healthcare workers throughout Western North Carolina.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, respiratory therapist employment is projected to grow 14% through 2031, revealing a rapidly increasing need in this segment of the local workforce.

Last summer, the partnering colleges formed the Western North Carolina Respiratory Care Consortium, and this accreditation ensures that students in Henderson, Transylvania and surrounding counties can pursue a Respiratory Therapy education closer to their homes.

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About Blue Ridge Community College:

Blue Ridge Community College is a two-year, post-secondary institution that elevates the educational experience to prepare students for 21st-century success in the workplace or at four-year colleges and universities. Providing real-life, affordable, and accessible education, the College offers more than 200 degrees, diplomas, and certificates; more than 200 online courses; and fast-tracked job training.

About Southwestern Community College:

For almost 60 years, Southwestern Community College has served Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties, and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina by providing a wide range of educational options for residents in all stages of life. Southwestern offers more than 40 degree programs (including more than 90 credentialing options, 28 of which are offered online) in Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences/College Transfer and Career Technologies. A variety of community resources - including the Small Business Center, Workforce Continuing Education and Career Services - are also available.

Source: Blue Ridge Community College