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SVCC Employee Completes Apprenticeship Training in IT Field

Maynard Stowe (Left), with the Department of Labor, presents Anthony Taylor (Center), a Southside Virginia Community College employee, with his Apprenticeship card and certificate, and is accompanied by Kelly Arnold (Right), SVCC Apprenticeship Coordinator.

A Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) employee has distinguished himself as the first in the Virginia Community College System to complete a certificate of Apprenticeship in Information Technology.  Anthony Taylor of Alberta, a server technician, received his journeyworker card from the Virginia Apprenticeship Council in a ceremony held on August 7, 2019, at the Christanna Campus of SVCC. Implementing the apprenticeship model proved to be an ideal training platform for SVCC’s IT department, relates Chad Wollenberg, Chief Information Officer.  

Maynard Stowe, an Apprenticeship Consultant for the Department of Labor, presented the certificate and card to Taylor. This certificate represents 2000 hours of On-The-Job (OTJ) training and 144 educational hours completed by Taylor, who is a graduate of SVCC and Old Dominion University.

“The program proved to be a lot of work but carries so much value with it,” Taylor said.

Taylor’s dedication and commitment to the program guaranteed a positive experience. The college’s investment in a Registered Apprenticeship program is ensuring a talent development program for the IT staff at SVCC.

According to Kelly Arnold, SVCC’s Apprenticeship Coordinator, “The IT industry is constantly changing and evolving. Keeping current is critical and the college’s apprenticeship program is the solution. While the apprenticeship model is well known within the building trades, it’s coherent approach to training fuses well in the IT world.  OJT hours combined with educational hours contribute to the program’s strong success. New IT occupations are being added to the DOL’s database.”

This training was made possible through the AAI Grant (American Apprenticeship Initiative) which awards funds to support the expansion of IT and Advanced Manufacturing apprenticeships in Virginia. 

Brunswick Students Attend SVCC STEM Camp

    

    

Brunswick High School students were able to attend a Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Camp held on the campus of Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) in Alberta this summer.  The supervisor of the camp is Dr. Christy Lowery-Carter who is an assistant professor of Mathematics on the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville.

The first half of the camp focused on the current epidemic in the increase of cases of mumps and measles in the United States.  Students learned about the diseases, how they are spread, and symptoms.  Using their math skills, students explored if there was a correlation between the number of cases of mumps compared to the number of cases of measles.  They also computed the equation for the line of best fit to predict the cases of mumps and measles.

The second portion of the camp explored the decline in the bee population in the United States.  Students learned about the importance of bees to pollinate the plants that make many of the foods we consume today. They simulated how drones could deliver pollen to pollinate crops without the assistance of bees.  Students enjoyed sampling various kinds of honey and made beeswax candles the last day of the camp.

SVHEC Welcomes New Community College Presidents

It was a day of camaraderie and collaboration as the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) hosted a welcome reception for the region’s new community college presidents. Dr. Jacqueline Gill-Powell, Danville Community College (DCC) and Dr. Quentin R. Johnson, Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) took the helm of their respective institutions on July 1st. By virtue of their positions, they will each have a seat on the SVHEC’s Board of Trustees.

“We enjoyed a phenomenal day meeting and celebrating with our new Community College Presidents. Both presidents impressed me as sincere, down-to-earth, collaboratively-minded professionals who want to do what's best for students. I’m excited to work with them to strengthen our region,” said SVHEC Executive Director, Dr. Betty Adams.

Dr. Johnson stated, "We are excited about our partnership with the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center! Many thanks to Dr. Adams, and the entire SVHEC Team, for the warm welcome and excellent tour provided during the recent reception in South Boston. We are looking forward to building a stronger partnership moving forward as we collaborate to better serve the workforce and educational needs of the Southside Virginia region."

The tour of SVHEC facilities provided Dr. Gill-Powell and Dr. Johnson with an opportunity to learn more about the SVHEC, their off-campus operations at the Center, and options for expanding the community colleges presence. A welcome reception provided community leaders and stakeholders with a chance to meet and introduce themselves to the new presidents.

“The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center provides a great opportunity for the people in Halifax County to receive a quality education at DCC and other institutions,” said Dr. Gill-Powell. “As I gain more understanding during my first year as president at DCC, I look forward to collaborating on future initiatives with SVHEC. Expanding on the key partnerships we have developed in South Boston and Halifax County to bring in-demand workforce training opportunities to the great people of Southern Virginia is something the three of us, Dr. Adams, Dr. Johnson, and myself do not take lightly and will make every effort to ensure the success of this new chapter together. I am humbled and honored to have been so warmly received by the community at the elaborate reception held on July 31st. I look forward to extending that same warmth and welcome to students, colleagues, and new industry partners as our regional economy continues its transformation.”

DCC and SVCC are founding partners at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, with a collaboration that dates back more than 30 years.  Today, the majority of students who attend classes at the Center are enrolled with one or both community colleges.

“The SVHEC can't be successful if our Community College Partners are not successful,” Adams stated. “I pledge that the SVHEC will do everything it can to support and complement the work of our Community Colleges, and to focus on the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Adams believes those future opportunities include:

  • Developing feeder programs from SVHEC technical programs to Community College Associate Degree programs;
  • Featuring Community College degrees in an upcoming marketing campaign;
  • Participating in the College & Career Readiness Initiative under the Halifax County Community Strategic Plan; and
  • Expanding the use of technology to livestream instruction from DCC & SVCC campuses to the SVHEC.

SVCC Grad’s Cool Job Is A Family Tradition

By Meredith Feinman, SVCC Intern

Whitney Hawkins' job is cool because she followed in her parents’ footsteps by becoming a school teacher.  She grew up in Alberta, Virginia and attended Nottoway High School and the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia at the same time. 

Whitney said, “I chose to attend the governor's school while in high school because I wanted a head start when it was time for me to graduate and attend a university. Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC)  allowed me to get a feel for college-level coursework while also allowing me to prepare myself to be successful for life after high school.” 

Since graduating from high school and SVCC with an Associate degree in General Studies, Whitney transferred to James Madison University where she majored in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in 2016 and went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Teaching the following year. She now teaches kindergarten in Brunswick County Public Schools and was recently named Teacher of the Year for both her school, Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary School, and the entire county. 

Her dad, Crawley Hawkins, teaches at Red Oak-Sturgeon and has been a teacher for 25 years and her mother, Priscilla, retired after 30 years in the classroom.  

Outside of teaching, Whitney runs a program called “Bike and Read”. In this program, students are provided with the opportunity to enjoy bike rides on a local trail, have lunch, and read books throughout the year. She also recently hosted an event called “The Mommy and Me Brunch,” where she celebrated all mothers do for their daughters and recognized key mothers from the local area. 

In the future, Whitney says she plans on “pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership with hopes of becoming a principal. I also would like to work on getting my summer Bike and Read program to be an official nonprofit organization.” Whitney also said, “Many people dream of moving far from home and establishing themselves, but I truly love making an impact here in my hometown.”

Looking back on her experience at SVCC, Whitney had these thoughts: “My time at SVCC was challenging but so well worth it. I was able to experience college-level course work while still in high school in a more personal setting, and I encountered some of the best professors such as Dr. Joyce Hurt, Mrs. Celeste Paynter, and many more. I also made lifelong friends who I am still in contact with to this day. I continue to rave about the wonderful experience I had while attending SVCC for governor's school, and recommend all high school students to look into it and apply if the opportunity arises for them.”

She is proof that you don’t have to land far from home to have a very rewarding and cool career!!

SVCC STEM Camp Students Launch Rocket Replicas of Apollo 11

Students work at Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center on rockets at a STEM Camp offered through Southside Virginia Community College.  The Saturn V replicas of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon were successfully launched after being constructed by the students.  The camp was designed as a commemoration of the actual trip to the moon undertaken by Americans 50 years ago. 

During July of 2019, Associate Professor Brent Richey from Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) led a group of  Mecklenburg County students through a space camp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew completed the national goal set by President John F. Kennedy eight years prior: to perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth.

Held in South Hill’s Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center, this camp was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The students spent two days creating four feet tall replicas (1/100 scale) of the Saturn V rocket that launched Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin,  and Michael Collins into space.

On the third day of the camp, which was the actual date of the moon landing 50 years ago, the students got to see if their rockets would successfully launch. There were many excited spectators present at Parker Park to view launching of the model rockets including the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department who were there as a precaution. The spectators watched in wonder as all 20 rockets built by these young scientists launched as planned. 

Richey said, “The students had to commit to all four days of the camp, or not at all since there was no way to "catch up" if someone missed a day.  Also, the construction of the rockets is tedious but rewarding and there is no cost to participants.”  

He noted that the rocket kits are very detailed and the finished product makes a great display once finished properly.  

“Everyone got to keep his/her rocket after the launch, provided it survived,” he said.

SVCC Truck Driving School On The Road for 23 Years

Since opening the Truck Driver Training School in 1996, Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) has enrolled almost 2,800 students and 85% of those have completed the six-week course to earn the Commercial Driver’s License.  SVCC operates at three locations in Virginia, Pickett Park in Blackstone, South Boston and Emporia. 

There are about 70 trucking companies that actively recruit the graduates and many will graduate one day and go to work the next.  The average salary for beginning trained drivers is between $40,000 and $55,000 with benefits. 

Course work includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, safety procedures, daily logs, vehicle maintenance, security and fire protection, defensive driving, freight handling, highway driving and map reading and trip planning.  Training range exercises and classroom lectures are used to develop the student’s knowledge and skills.

"Our graduates do a great job of staying in touch. They are constantly calling, texting, emailing, and even dropping by in their rigs to let us know about their wonderful experiences in the trucking profession. All of us at the Truck Driver Training School are honored to be able to  play even a small part in sharing with their success,” said C. Duncan Quicke, Coordinator

SVCC Truck Driver Training School

 Currently, SVCC is working with Danville Community College and Patrick Henry Community College to offer this training to their students at the South Boston site.  Tuition is $4,500 but the FastForward Credentialing Program may help pay tuition for qualifying Virginians and other scholarships are available.

Upcoming classes in Blackstone are September 9 through October  17, and November  4 through December 11 and in South Boston September 16 through October  24 and

November 18 through December 18.  For information, call Susan Early at 434 292 3101.

SVCC Offering Early Childhood Education Certificate

Do you enjoy working with children?  Come take courses in the Early Childhood Career Studies Certificate at Southside Virginia Community College this fall!  Registration is now open.

Program coursework includes College Success Skills; Introduction to Early Childhood Education; Guiding the Behavior of Children; Health, Safety and Nutrition Education; Creative Activities for Children; and Coordinated Internship.  All classes will be available online, plus two will meet on alternating Tuesdays from 5-8pm this fall.  Guiding the Behavior of Children begins August 20, while Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education starts August 27.  Dean Dixie Dalton states, “We’re excited that students can earn six credits (of the sixteen required) by attending class one night per week utilizing a course model that combines seated and online work.”

The program prepares students to work with children in safe and healthy environments that are supportive of their individual development.  Career options include daycares, pre-schools and Head Start programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Dixie Dalton at dixie.dalton@southside.edu.

What are you going to do this fall?

 

What are you going to do this fall?  How about signing up now for classes at Southside Virginia Community College?  Classes begin on Monday, August 19 but there is still time to register, apply for financial aid and meet with advisors and line up books and other supplies for college. 

Your mailbox should receive the printed schedule of classes soon.  There is a photo of the college’s new president, Dr. Quentin Johnson, and the new construction at the Christanna Campus on the cover.  Inside, there are so many classes and programs of study to take as well as Workforce Credentialing options in Certified Nurse Aide, Truck Driver Training, Power Line Worker and many others.  The college offers welding, the first two years of a university degree, networking and computer support, nursing, and much more.  There are plenty of clubs and student activities to round out the college experience. 

You can also view information about SVCC on the website at southside.edu  You can come to a campus or center or call 1-888-220-SVCC for more information as well.

Breanna Williams – Success Story

 

Breanna Williams of Nottoway County recently obtained her GED® certificate through Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC), but the road to her goal was not always easy. Breanna left high school before graduating due to a lack of support and feeling incomplete. She gained experience in the workforce being a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) and working for Amazon for a short time.

Lacking a sense of direction and with self-doubt keeping her from completing her GED®, she realized she needed to clear everything away that was not important, focus on the present, and control what she could to shape herself into a better person. Shortly thereafter, she began working towards completing the equivalency diploma.

When asked to talk about her experiences with the Adult Education/GED® preparation classes, Breanna stated, “I actually loved this class because I had more than just support; I had love also. My instructor was my English teacher from high school, (Mrs. Hickman) and she played a huge part in my whole experience in the program. She kept reminding me of how far I’ve actually come, and that will stick with me and be in my heart forever!”

Now that Breanna has her GED®, many doors have opened, and she is excited about the future.  She plans to enroll in SVCC’s Truck Driver Training program and earn her Class A Commercial Driver’s License.

She stated, “Either way it goes from now on, I will always do anything that comes from the heart and not because I want a paycheck. Love will keep you young, and I want my career based solely on helping the homeless, donating to charities, keeping babies and children as healthy as possible, and making people’s dreams come true! More like an activist all while driving a truck.”

Breanna explained that the process of completing her new high school-level education impacted her relationship with her son. “Coming to class at first was pretty decent; I had a little help. But every day I left home to come to class my desire to graduate grew a little bit more. My son made me start to view myself in different lights, and I started to ask myself personal questions like: “Is this what I really want to keep doing in life? Is this what I want my son to learn about me? Is this what I really want to pass down to my son? Is it possible to go higher than the normal person that graduates?”

Breanna has advice for today’s teenagers who may be thinking of leaving high school: “Do you want to win or do you want to WIN WIN?! There is a huge difference between the two. Do you want to get hired, or do you want to be the one doing the hiring and owning your own business? You need a degree or a GED® for good jobs. No more settling for less!”

Breanna also had advice for adults returning to the classroom also. 

She said,  “Since we all are grown, always keep your mind clear and sure of what you want out of life. No need to hesitate on it anymore, just go! Take that risk you were always dying to take. What can honestly happen when you aim higher than your comfort zone?”

SVCC offers FREE GED classes throughout 10 different counties at many convenient locations. Please contact Lois Hicks at 434-736-2048 for more information.

New SVCC Local Board Chair Welcomes New SVCC President

J. Wesley Shepherd (Left), newly selected Chair of the Southside Virginia Community College Local Board, welcomes Dr. Quentin Johnson,(Right) new president of the college, to his first board meeting on July 10, 2019.  Shepherd, Market Executive for Touchstone Bank, has served on the board since 2015 and represents Nottoway County.  Dr. Johnson began his duties on July 1, 2019 and is the sixth president in the history of SVCC.

Welding by SVCC Offered at Emporia Site

Southside Virginia Community College will be offering a Welding Certification Training Program August 5 through December 19, 2019. The program will be held at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

The program curriculum provides both hands-on training and a detailed knowledge based in the most prevalent welding and cutting processes used in industry today. Students will become proficient with metalworking tools used in manufacturing and fabrication, learn to read technical drawings, develop basic hand drafting skills, and train for welding certification tests in structural plate and pressure pipe. The welding certificate program provides a firm foundation of skills students will be able to build their career upon.

Financial assistance may be available and often,  our graduates earn the cost of the program within 4-10 weeks of graduating. Quite a few companies in Southside Virginia hire workers that weld.  Welders are needed in the fields of construction, manufacturing, timber, agriculture, industrial maintenance, motorsports and transportation. If you are willing to travel, there are even more opportunities and higher pay.

SVCC is a great option in Southside Virginia for welder training. We have state of the art facilities, excellent instructors, free certifications, and low tuition. 

 For more information, visit southside.edu, contact courtney.starke@southside.edu, or call (434)-949-6614.

SVCC Hosting New Student Orientation in July!!

All new students are invited to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) this summer at Southside Virginia Community College! New Student Orientation will be held on the John H. Daniel Campus on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 200 Daniel Rd. Keysville, VA and on the Alberta Campus of SVCC(109 Campus Drive, Albert, VA)on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Registration will start at 9:00am in the Workforce Development Building. Please wear comfortable shoes. Parents and/or mentors are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Registration is not required. While at NSO, you can finish your admission process, learn more about SVCC services, win door prizes, and meet SVCC staff. Plan now to attend.  For more information, contact Le’Tina Giles at letina.giles@southside.eduor 434-736-2023.
 

SVCC Allows Expedited JMU Completion for Feinman

All through high school, Meredith Feinman of Charlotte Court House, Virginia, was enrolled in college classes at Southside Virginia Community College.  She attended Randolph-Henry High School from 2013 to 2017 and during her sophomore year, decided to take The Governor’s School of Southside Virginia (GSSV) test and was accepted into the program. For the next two years,  Meredith attended GSSV classes on SVCC’s John H. Daniel campus.

“There was definitely a transition period when I got to Governor’s School where I had to learn to manage my time extremely wisely. The amount and expected quality of work had increased compared to my high school classes, and I wanted to still have time for the extracurricular activities I was involved in,” she said. 

 Meredith was in the Humanities strand of the program and stated, “Since leaving Governor’s School, I’ve rarely had teachers that truly care about and support their students like my GSSV teachers did.”

After graduating from SVCC in 2017 with her Associate degree of Arts and Science, general studies, with highest honors, Meredith began attending James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

 She said, “Governor’s School and my dual enrollment classes really prepared me for a four-year university. Because of the credits I was able to transfer, I was in classes with juniors and seniors my first semester, and I felt confident. I knew how to study effectively, and I knew how to manage my time.”

Due to transferred credits form SVCC, Meredith graduated from JMU in just two years.  In May of this year, she received  a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Communication Studies and a minor in General Business.

Meredith has been accepted into, and will attend, JMU’s Graduate Program for Communication and Advocacy. She also will be working as a graduate assistant in the Communication department during the first year of her program, and she will teach classes for the department during the second year. Meredith is currently interning in SVCC’s Public Relations office and is looking forward to returning to JMU in the fall.

Her parents are Shannon and Steve Feinman.

Mother/Son Graduate from SVCC

Mother and son team, Amy Sloan(Left) and JaReese Arrington (Right) are proud graduates and shown being congratulated by Dr. Al Roberts, President of Southside Virginia Community College on May 11, 2019 during the annual commencement ceremony.  

By Meredith Feinman

Every graduate is unique; however, Amy Sloan and JaReese Arrington truly stood out on May 11, 2019, when mother and son graduated from Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC). From Emporia, Virginia, they attended Greensville County High School where Sloan graduated in 1997 and Arrington graduated in June 2019.

Sloan’s journey to her diploma was far from easy. She began taking classes at SVCC in 2004 after being recruited by Dr. Al Roberts who is currently the president.   Between raising three children and working full-time, life just got in the way of taking classes. In 2015, Dr. Roberts urged Sloan to return to Southside to finish her degree. Life was not any less hectic for Sloan as it was in 2004. She was still working full-time, raising her family, and would soon be a caretaker for her mother. With the help of her son, JaReese, Sloan returned to Southside in 2015 to complete her degree.

JaReese’s path to his degree began in high school. His guidance counselor pushed him to take advantage of the great opportunity SVCC provides to high school students. By taking dual enrollment classes at his high school, while also working, playing sports, and teaching dance classes, JaReese was able to complete his associate degree before his high school graduation.

Both Amy and JaReese say that their most meaningful experiences at SVCC came from the people they met. Dr. Roberts, Erica Andrews, Kayla Green, and Kathryn Slagle are a few of the people that helped this mother and son on their journey. Dr. Dianne Edmonds also played a vital role in their success as she not only taught both these graduates, but counseled them after the passing of Sloan’s mother and kept her from leaving college in her time of grief.

After completing her associate degree in Human Services, Amy plans on continuing to work full time and attend Old Dominion University in the fall to study sociology. She wants to work improving the lives of others by teaching and mentoring, just as Dr. Edmonds did for her. After completing his associate degree of Arts and Sciences, General Studies, JaReese plans on attending Virginia Commonwealth University to major in dance, possibly with another major in social work. He has been dancing since the age of seven, choreographing since he was 10, and dreams of showing people how dance can be a powerful counseling tool.

When asked if they had any advice for future SVCC students, JaReese said, “SVCC makes everything worth your while. They are always there to work with you, and they give you the chance to succeed.” Amy replied, “Adults and parents, SVCC gives you the opportunity to keep your current life and still succeed. They help you get to the next level; they open every door to you.”

SVCC Truck Driving Graduates Hear from Top Driver

Duncan Quicke(left)a Truck Driving Coordinator, Southside Virginia Community College and Nikki Weaver, guest speaker.

By Meredith Feinman

Southside Virginia Community College Truck Driver Training graduations in April featured a truly inspiring graduation speaker.  Nikki Weaver has two major passions in her life – her eight-year-old son and truck driving. She is a road driver for Federal Express Freight with a  route that consists of pulling twin trailers from Harrisburg, PA to Old Washington, OH and back. This totals 570 miles a day, and she completes the route five days per week. Weaver has been a dependable and loyal employee, only working for three trucking companies in the past 18 years. Amazingly, she has accumulated 1.7 million accident and citation free miles.

In 1986, American Trucking Associations established America’s Road Team. Sponsored by Volvo and Mack trucks, this team attempts to educate the public about the importance of trucking. Approximately 2,000 drivers from across the country are nominated by various companies to serve as road team captains. These captains have the goal of improving the public’s perception of the trucking industry.

For 2019-2020, Weaver was one of only 18 chosen to serve as a captain on America’s Road Team. In addition, three other women were chosen to be part of the 18 captains, making this the largest contingent of women to serve since the beginning of America’s Road Team.

SVCC has offered a program in Truck Driver Training 1997 graduating the first class in February of that year.  Duncan Quicke has been program coordinator since it began. 

Brothers, Twins and SVCC Graduates

Twins Bryan and Ryan Craighead (pictured with their mother Sirvena Craighead) have more than just their birthday in common. As of May 11, 2019, they are now Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) graduates.

From Saxe, Virginia, both graduated from Randolph-Henry High School. The brothers had heard such positive feedback about SVCC that they decided to enroll in classes on the John H. Daniel campus. Bryan chose to study Information Technology, and Ryan chose to study what he has always dreamed of, Administration of Justice. While taking classes, Bryan was employed by SVCC’s Buildings and Grounds department, and Ryan was a part of SVCC’s Safety Patrol and was a Student Ambassador.

Both say that the most meaningful part of their academic journey was the teachers they met through SVCC and how much they truly cared about their students’ success. Bryan would like to thank Joan Tuck for all her support, and Ryan would like to thank Doug Whaley, Judith Vaughan, Wanda Vaughan, and, two important people from the brothers’ church, Loretta Bailey and Reverend Marvin Bowman.

After three years of hard work for Bryan, and two years for Ryan, the brothers earned their Associate degrees. Both are currently pursuing jobs in their relative fields of study, and Ryan plans to continue his education online with Liberty University while working.

When asked if they had advice for current and future SVCC students, their responses were, “Never give up on yourself” and “Be prepared for the unexpected.” Just one out of many stories, these brothers, twins, and now college graduates are an example of how SVCC can put you on the road to success.

Truck Driver Training Classes Begin in July

Train now for a great, well-paying job! Southside Virginia Community College is offering Truck Driver Training classes in July at locations in Emporia and South Boston, Virginia.  The Emporia class will begin July 15, 2019.  The South Boston class begins July 22, 2019.  Classes run for six weeks.  SVCC's program is an excellent school turning out qualified drivers that are in high demand.  Pre-registration is required so contact the school at 434-292-3101 or visit our website at www.southside.edu for more information.  There is assistance with tuition so call soon to register for this exciting program to put you on the road to success.

Dr. Dalton Receives Distinguished Alumni Award at Virginia Tech

Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton, Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business at Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) is Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics’ recipient of the Distinguished Alumna in Academia Award.  The award is presented by VT’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences during its “Celebration of Ut Prosim,” the college’s alumni organization’s annual recognition program.  Ut Prosim is the university motto meaning “That I May Serve”.

For 17 years at Virginia Tech (VT), Dr. Dixie, as she was known by her students, taught numerous classes, provided leadership to the undergraduate program, and contributed academic and career advising to undergraduate and graduate students in VT’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. In recognition of her teaching and advising contributions, she was selected as VT’s recipient of the outstanding teaching award and the outstanding advising award— both in the same year.  At the national level, she received teaching awards from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Association and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. In addition to teaching and advising, she contributed to Virginia’s agricultural industry through her extension work.  In recognition of those contributions, she received Virginia Farm Bureau’s Service to Agriculture Award and the Virginia Cooperative Council’s Cooperative Education Leadership Award. She continues to make a positive impact in her current position at SVCC.

Dixie has played a major role on the VT College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Organization board of directors. Beginning as a departmental faculty representative in the 1990’s and more recently as a director, she has served as vice president, president, and past president.  During the presentation of her award at the college ceremony, this was said of her contributions: “Always working quietly but effectively and always in the spirit of Ut Prosim, Dixie has provided steady, thoughtful, and consistent leadership throughout her career for the Department, the College, Virginia Tech, and Virginia.” During the ceremony, in addition to receiving the alumna award, she was also recognized by current president, Rachel Kohl, for her two years of service as the alumni organization’s president.

SVCC Students to Benefit As State Board Holds the Line on Community College Tuition for Upcoming Academic Year

RICHMOND —Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) is among the 23 colleges to benefit from a recent vote by the State Board for Community Colleges.   By a unanimous vote, the Board elected to maintain the current in-state tuition and mandatory fees for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Board’s decision means tuition will remain at today’s rate of $154 per credit hour, and keeps community college tuition and mandatory fees at approximately one-third of the comparable costs of attending Virginia’s public four-year universities.

Dr. Al Roberts, Southside Virginia Community College president, said, “Maintaining the current tuition rate for attendance at SVCC is a boost to help students continue their educations at affordable rates.  We are grateful for this move to keep prices low.”

“The Virginia General Assembly deserves a great deal of credit for helping us avoid a tuition increase,” said Robin Sullenberger, chair of the State Board for Community Colleges. “Their decision to increase General Fund appropriations gave us the resources necessary to meet the inevitable operating expense increases without asking our students to pay more. We applaud their efforts during the 2019 legislative session.”

Further, the State Board maintained the existing tuition rate for out-of-state students, which is $351.60 per credit hour. The Board approved a technical fee increase for capital cost recovery that applies only to out-of-state students who make up approximately five percent of the total enrollment of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Established in 1970 as a part of the 23-college Virginia Community College System, SVCC is a two-year institution of higher education.  The college operates under the guidance of a local board and is financed by state funds, supplemented by contributions from the participating localities.  The college serves ten counties and one city in southern Virginia.  SVCC is dedicated to the belief that each individual should be given a continuing opportunity for the development and extension of skills and knowledge along with an opportunity to increase his/her role and responsibility in society.

Practical Nurses Pinned at SVCC

Southside Virginia Community College students who recently completed the Practical Nursing Program were recognized with a Pinning Ceremony on May 7, 2019.  Those completing from the program on the Christanna Campus are (Left to Right)Patricia Arthur, instructor, Candis Joyner of Victoria, Kristen Rollins of South Hill, Ashely Mason of South Chesterfield, Lavon Hayes of Victoria, Phyllis Konrath of Blackstone, Samantha Hudson of Crewe, Amber Thornton of Victoria, Dylan Pahe of Victoria, Sa'da Garnes of Kenbridge, Jennifer Gibson of Rawllings, Jackie Ware of Blackstone, Brittany Patterson of Blackstone, Amber Gaddy of Hopewell, Alfreda Wilson of Blackstone and Macey Taylor of Blackstone.  

Register Your Team for the Reekes Memorial Tournament

The Southside Virginia Community College Foundation presents the Fred “Freddie” Reekes Annual Memorial Golf Classic on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Lake Gaston Golf Club.  Sign up now to participate in this highly anticipated event.  This year, Honorary Tournament Chairs are Shep Moss, Ken Peace, David Talbert and Andy Walker, all of whom were influenced by  Reekes when he taught at Brunswick High School.

The event is a Captain’s Choice Format with three flights awarded, first, second and third.  For more information or to register a team or become a sponsor contact

Donna Worley at 434 939 1008, donna.worley@southside.edu Bobby Wrenn at 434 594 4149 or Mary Elkins at 434 949 1051 or Mary. Elkins@southside.edu

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