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Virginia Governor Attends SVCC Power Line Graduation

Graduates of Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Program

Front Row L-R: Jamall Walker (Blackstone), Hunter Cline (Gretna), Brandon Morgan (Farmville), Jackson Clay (Evington), Kyle Edwards (Amelia), Matthew Kirby (Montpelier), Scott Geovannello (Chesterfield), Brad Wike, Instructor, Clyde Robertson, Director.  Middle Row- Donald Neece (Powhatan), Kenny McMichael (Sedley), Chris Walker (Windsor), Jacob Bailess (Hurt), Raphael Rector (Dunnsville), Zachary Patterson (Powhatan), Jacob Taylor (Appomattox), Caleb Krahenbill (Palmyra) and Nathan Nelson (New Castle).  Back Row- Sonny Smith, Instructor, Peter Hoskins (Marshall), Dylan Fraser (Stafford), Justin Chandler (Henrico), Trevor Paul (Crewe), Chase Barnard (Chesapeake), John-Mark Hall (Ruther Glen),  Jacob Pruitt (Painter) and Douglas Dunn (Sutherland).

 

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was tapped as the honorary 100th graduate of the Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Training School on November 21, 2017.  He joined the 24 other graduates completing the sixth class held since opening of the program in March of 2016

SVCC’s Power Line Worker Training Program is a direct result of McAuliffe’s belief in credentials for workforce readiness and he noted his administration provided the first $200,000 Talent Solutions for Economic Development Grant to get it rolling.

In introducing the Governor, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, said, “ “Governor McAuliffe’s presence at today’s ceremony serves to highlight the value of the Power Line Training Program in meeting a critical workforce need.”  

“This is a great day in Virginia.  We are training people for real jobs, higher paying jobs, this is exciting that we are preparing for the Bold New Virginia Economy,” McAuliffe said.

He noted that the state of Virginia is at almost full-employment, noting his efforts to bring industry and jobs to the state while ensuring there are people to fill these jobs. 

The governor also praised the community colleges in Virginia for the move in the right direction by training the workforce of the state.  The Power Line program also fits into the Virginia Community College System Rural Virginia Horseshoe initiative of which the goals areimproving the educational outcomes of rural communities to establish a common foundation for all Virginians, wherever they may live.

The first of its kind in Virginia, the school was founded by a public-private partnership between Virginia’s electric co-ops, Southside Virginia Community College, the Virginia Community College System and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The motivation to establish the program grew from the demand for power line workers throughout Virginia and the nation. 

Clyde Robertson, Instructor and a 41-year veteran lineman, has lead each class through completion with a 90 percent hiring rate. 

Students completing the program receive five Workforce credentials, including Commercial Driver’s License, OSHA 10, CPR/First Aid, NCCER Power Line Worker Level 1 and VCOT Traffic Controller. 

After the ceremony, the class demonstrated their prowess at climbing poles, rescuing techniques and repairing lines on the field where they train at the SVCC Occupational/Technical Center at Pickette Park;  the field is often referred to as “The Playground.”

Inset Photo:  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (Left) was awarded the honorary 100th certificate from the Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Graduation on November 21m 2017.  Dr. Al Roberts (Right), SVCC President, gave him the certificate, a PLW shirt and hat.

A.R. Chesson Construction Introduces Southern Smiles Orthodontics

One of A.R. Chesson Construction Company’s most recent projects is Southern Smiles Orthodontics, located in Roanoke Rapids, NC.  Owner and orthodontist, Courtney Aman, DDS, MS and her husband, Eric Nicholson, DDS, who is a dentist and partner at Arthur & Nicholson, are very excited about this endeavor.

Throughout their 36-year history of crafting iconic projects across eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, A.R. Chesson’s design and construction expertise have established them as the premier client-focused general contractor in the region.  Their long-term alliances with reliable subcontractors, suppliers, design firms, and fellow contracting firms give them the resources for project success. A. R. Chesson Construction coordinates the collaborative process with these parties to provide leadership, meet production schedules, ensure safety, control costs, and achieve results for their clients.

 “This occasion has been a long time in the making,” said Dr. Courtney Aman, a Roanoke Rapids native, who plans to    have the practice open by January. “Having spent a decade away from the Roanoke Valley while pursuing my education, it is with excitement that my husband, Eric (Nicholson), and I return to the community where I grew up.”

Dr. Aman said, “We had many choices when deciding where to settle, but ultimately chose to build our businesses and family life in the town that has served me so well. We both look forward to embracing all the positive aspects that a small, close-knit community has to offer and in turn giving back to our community.”

She noted the love and support of friends and family during her journey to reach her educational goals and her dream of being a business owner. “I would like to give special thanks to my husband, Eric, and to my parents Scott and Renee as well as my sister, Emily. I am also very fortunate to have such close relationships with my grandparents and other extended family and friends.”

Dr. Aman said she is excited to bring her orthodontic services to the community in which she grew up. “The spacious office is designed with patient comfort in mind and will feature modern technology, leading to a truly personal and quality treatment experience.”

During the design build process, A.R. Chesson chose several local subcontractors in order to create a team of professionals who are dedicated to this project from the groundbreaking to the ribbon cutting.  Southern Smiles Orthodontics is scheduled to open in January 2018.

A.R. Chesson has a long-standing history with the Aman family, having completed 12 design build projects for Courtney’s father Scott Aman, owner of New Dixie Oil Company.  This partnership has been fostered by A.R. Chesson’s commitment to providing quality construction through expertise, efficiency, and integrity for each and every client.  This pledge has resulted in repeat clients, their referrals, and many longstanding relationships within the construction industry and community.

A. R. Chesson Construction Company, Inc. is a full service construction firm providing a comprehensive portfolio of innovative project development, management and construction services.  Family owned and operated since 1981, A.R. Chesson Construction has been a leader in design/build construction, project management and development services for new construction, renovation and expansion.  The A. R. Chesson Construction team has the management skills and technical expertise to drive each project to completion. Their experience encompasses a wide range of project types, sizes and complexities.

To learn more about A.R. Chesson Construction Company, Inc. and their client-focused design build experience, call (252) 792-4486 or visit them at www.archesson.com.

Southside Regional Medical Center Partners to Offer FREE “Stop the Bleed” Class

Petersburg, VA - Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) partners with Petersburg Fire and Rescue, Southside Virginia Emergency Crew and Petersburg Bureau of Police to bring the National “STOP THE BLEED” class, endorsed by the American College of Surgeons – Committee on Trauma to citizens of Petersburg.

The goal of the class is to partner with Fire, EMS, Police and our community to train together, provide public awareness and teach lifesaving skills to our community.   The class will focus on wounds, application of tourniquets, wound packing, Self-Aid and Buddy-Aid.  This course also includes additional psychomotor and didactic skills for our students to build a knowledge base and comfort factor in the event of an injury.

The class will be held at Saint Joseph School, located at 123 Franklin Street, Petersburg on Wednesday, December 6th from 6-7:30pm.  This course is FREE and open to the public.  Please call 804-765-5689 to register.

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