The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.25 million grant to Western Carolina University for a five-year effort designed to address a shortage of qualified educators and other school staff who work with students with severe disabilities and to improve the knowledge and skills of current personnel in Western North Carolina.
Western Carolina University will begin offering a new bachelor’s degree program in athletic training beginning next fall to help meet a growing demand for skilled athletic trainers in North Carolina and across the United States.
There’s apparently no trouble with writer’s block in the Western Carolina University history department, as four faculty members have written books on topics ranging from the history of tourism in the South to books and printing in Europe’s Golden Age.
Erin K. McNelis, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science at Western Carolina University, is the third faculty member to be accepted into Project NExT, a nationally competitive program for new professors who hold doctoral degrees in mathematics.
Western Carolina University will hold special commencement exercises in two Jamaican cities in September in honor of 138 Jamaican middle-school teachers who have upgraded their teaching certification to bachelor’s degrees in education through WCU.
The president of Western North Carolina’s largest health care system, the head of one of the world’s leading furniture manufacturing companies, an Asheville attorney, the mayor of Asheville, and an economic development executive are the five newest members of the Western Carolina University board of trustees.