Southwest Tennessee Community College

October 6, 2003

For information contact: Kimberly Stark, (901) 333-4023 or Marilyn Duncan (901) 333-4247

Southwest To Raise New College Flag

On October 10, the entire Southwest family is invited to join together to honor the College with two flag raising ceremonies on both main campuses. At 8 a.m., a ceremony will be held on the Union Avenue Campus at the flag poles near the Parrish Building. At noon, a second ceremony will be held on the Macon Cove Campus at the flag poles in front of the Farris Building. During the ceremonies, President Nate Essex will speak about the College and the new flag. Ceremony attendees will be treated to an official patriotic flag raising ceremony by the Southwest Campus Police, who will attend the event wearing their Class A dress uniforms and patriotic music.

The College recently designed the flag to be flown on the main flag poles at both the Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses. The flag is a representation of the unity that the College strives for daily. The newest symbol for the College will be a splendid sight to see flying in the breeze. It has a large blue stripe on top, red stripe on bottom and the College’s logo emblazoned in full color in the middle on a white background. The traditional school colors of red and blue were used for the design of the flag, which makes it a perfect compliment to the US flag and Tennessee state flag.

Southwest, Tennessee’s largest two-year college, serves more than 12,000 students in Memphis, Shelby and Fayette counties, and the Tri-State area.

Southwest offers 39 programs for career studies and transfer, 37 two-year programs leading to immediate career entry through the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and more than 40 areas of interest in traditional university transfer programs through the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.

In addition, Southwest offers Academic Certificate and Technical Certificate programs in 28 areas. Technical certificates are usually completed in no more than one year, and prepare students for immediate entry positions in high-demand, specialized fields.

Southwest, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.