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Colleges and universities in Western North Carolina vary when it comes to deciding whether students should be required to get a Covid-19 vaccine before returning to campus in the fall. 

 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on resignation of Margaret Spellings as president of University of North Carolina (all times local):

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A former U.S. education secretary who is resigning as head of North Carolina's public universities is getting more than $500,000 as she leaves.

Margaret Spellings resigned Friday as president of the University of North Carolina and made clear it was her decision to quit midway through her five-year contract. Her resignation takes effect in March 2019.

The Martin Luther King Association of Asheville & Buncombe County is partnering on a new scholarship program with UNC-Asheville.  The university will offer up to $5-thousand in grants for students who are nominated by the local MLK Association.  Dr.

BPR News

The TV show Shark Tank matches charismatic investors with fledgling entrepreneurs who are hoping to snag a business deal.   Earlier this month, some students at UNC- Asheville got a taste of the reality show experience.  Blue Ridge Public Radio’s Helen Chickering has details.

Southwestern Community College

On August 21, most of the country will pause and look up to the sky to observe the Great American Eclipse.  If you aren't able to make it outside for the astronomical event, no worries. NASA is planning to live stream the eclipse using cameras attached to high altitude balloons.  A local community college is part of the balloon project.  BPR's Helen Chickering has details. 

BPR News

A local community college is going for gold.  The  five member culinary team from A-B Tech in Asheville won its tenth regional title and is now competing for the national honor. 


Jan 3, 2017
Matt Bush WCQS

STEM is a well-known buzzword in education circles.  It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  It’s gained traction as schools teach more of those subjects to prepare students for the job market. The University of North Carolina-Asheville is adding ‘A’ to STEM, making it STEAM.  The ‘A’ stands for arts…