Southwestern Community College wants Jackson County to give it an extra $600,000 for capital improvements. The county has already promised an initial $600,000.

[SCC President Don] Tomas said some the improvements are necessary to keep up with the college’s growing student population and maintain its status among other community colleges. One of the top priorities is a campus quad and central student gathering area designed with outdoor seating, walkways and green spaces, which Tomas said is long overdue.