Established in 1964, Southwestern Community College is one of the leading educational institutions operating in the North Carolina Community College System. It offers various degree, diploma and certificate programs in arts and sciences, career technologies and health sciences, a college transfer program. The college also provides a wide range of continuing educational and vocational training programs, such as basic law enforcement training, business and industry, computer education, fire and rescue training, health care professions, heritage arts institute, motorcycle safety training, national park service, personal development and enrichment programs, and professional licensure and certifications. It additionally specializes in distance learning programs providing online and Web-based coaching to students. Southwestern Community College is approved by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Sylva, N.C., the community college also offers financial aid and scholarship programs.