Haywood Community College (HCC) and the Southern Highland Craft Guild are collaborating for the college’s Professional Crafts Program’s Graduate Exhibition. The installation opened May 27 in the main gallery of the Folk Art Center. The 36 jury-selected pieces crafted by 19 students in clay, fiber, metal, stone, and wood included furnishings like tapestries, dinnerware, and hutches. HCC, located in Clyde, enjoys membership in the guild as an educational center member. Both the program and the guild share a mission of preserving traditional culture through education. The Professional Crafts Program was created to teach students the basics of craft media and how to transform making into a business. It opened with a clay studio in 1974; added courses of study for jewelry, wood, and fiber; and by 1977 was offering a comprehensive two-year curriculum. Students now take courses in crafting with supplemental classes in business planning, marketing, craft photography, design, and craft history. All faculty master crafters are selected for their passion and expertise. Upon graduation, students should have the skills to go into business as independent studio artists or experienced employees for crafting organizations. Many graduates continue to work with the guild, either as member artisans or volunteer contributors.