2017-1-10

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Josh Baird is a great example of a person with a good work ethic.

Josh Baird is a great example of a person with a good work ethic.  He graduated from Brunswick High School on a Saturday and began working as a contractor at the Dominion Power Plant on Monday.

Thanks to training Baird received in high school through Dual Enrollment Classes at Southside Virginia Community College, he was able to obtain this great job at the new facility located in Brunswick County.

“I received certificates in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and High Performance Technology (HPT) from SVCC (while still in high school)”, Baird said.  This is the reason I was able to secure such a great job, he added.

One of his instructors in the program, Vincent Brown, SVCC Assistant Professor of Technology, said, “ Josh was a great student. He was eager to learn and excelled in both the HPT and AMT programs.  When Dominion Power was looking for an intern, I thought of Josh first.   Since Josh has been at Dominion Power, he has excelled there and continued to be successful.   I'm excited that this innovative SVCC program prepared him for a good job, AND a career.

After finishing the Certificate programs, Baird continued to study at SVCC while working and received an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Maintenance Technician in May of 2015.

Currently a Vibration Technician, Baird works for TEC Industrial headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee but his work location is at the local power station of Dominion.  In his job, he collects vibration data on rotating equipment and performs basic vibration analysis to assist with determination of problems and potential repair plans.  His career goal is to become a Maintenance Operator at the Brunswick plant.

“I would like to share with potential students that they should consider going in the HPT Program during high school.  It is truly a great learning experience,” said Baird.

Baird is from White Plains, Virginia. 

The SVCC HPT and AMT programs are offered through Dual Enrollment at several high schools in the college's service region.  The programs are also available as a Career Studies Certificate programs to the general public.   The HPT consists of 19 credit hours and the AMT is completed in 24 credit hours.  For more information, contact Dr. Chad Patton at 434 949 1038 or email chad.patton@southside.edu

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Livestock Clinic Coming to Town

Courtland, VA – Even though there aren’t as many hog pens scattered across the countryside as there were 50 years ago, knowledge of rearing livestock is still a very important and essential skill and part of food and fiber production.  It is also provides a avenue to impart some very important life skills to young people.  Caring for livestock enforces elements of responsibility that are needed more than ever in today’s society.

Along these lines, the Southampton County 4-H Livestock Club is sponsoring a livestock clinic on Saturday January 28th near Franklin.  Veterinarians will offer sessions on how to evaluate feed, how to interpret the health certificate for cattle, as well as a host of other current topics related to the care of livestock.  Youth ages 5-19 with interest in livestock and their parents are encouraged to contact the Southampton Extension Office at 757-653-2572 or email southamptonextension@vt.edu to sign up.

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