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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!!

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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.

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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

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
 

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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.

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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.”

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SVCC Awarded Scholorship

First Citizens Scholarship Awarded to SVCC:  Cindy Thomas, Sr. Vice President (2nd from right) of First Citizens Bank, presents a check to SVCC President, Dr. Al Roberts to support the established First Citizens Bank Nursing Scholarship. Also pictured are Nancy Edwards, Business Banker (left), and Dr. Michelle Edmonds, Dean of Nursing, Allied Health, and Natural Sciences (right).

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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.

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Transferring Success

 

By Dr. Al Roberts

In March of this year, 250 representatives from more than 60 educational institutions across Virginia met to discuss potential obstacles facing students with plans to transfer to baccalaureate-awarding colleges and universities after beginning their postsecondary educational journeys at two-year institutions. Existing pathways involve an assortment of articulation agreements that can be complex to navigate. The Virginia Community College System maintains agreements with more than three dozen public and private colleges and universities. These are supplemented with hundreds of additional agreements between individual institutions.

Legislation addressing this concern led to the development of Transfer Virginia, a three-year initiative to reform the Commonwealth’s transfer system. Goals include improving communication and collaboration among institutions of higher education, more closely aligning academic expectations, and streamlining agreements that facilitate transfers.

Removing barriers to transfer success offers significant financial benefits. When compared with the cost of beginning academic pursuits directly at four-year institutions, students who begin their postsecondary education at a community college can save an estimated $17,000 on the cost of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Part of the savings can be lost, however, if students are unable to apply all earned credits toward their degrees.  According to some estimates, the current system can cost improperly prepared students the equivalent of an extra semester in time, tuition, and fees.

To address these concerns, SVCC offers resources to help guide and prepare students. Transfer Clubs on both main campuses give students opportunities to explore options. Four-year college campus fairs and visits highlight opportunities. Transfer counselors provide one-on-one and group guidance. Added to these efforts, SVCC is playing an active role in the work of Transfer Virginia to develop consistent and uniform transferability between all of Virginia’s community colleges and baccalaureate-awarding institutions. Specific tasks include developing transferrable programs where all courses satisfy lower-division general education requirements, mapping degree program requirements from two-year to four-year programs, ensuring common student learning outcomes in all transfer courses, and exploring dual admission and co-enrollment.

The VCCS Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Workforce Programs, Sharon Morrissey, explains Transfer Virginia’s anticipated results: “Virginia will be better off for the effort, with a higher education system that is more affordable, more efficient, more equitable, and more relevant for students in the 21st century marketplace.” Transfer Virginia estimates that it will result in the Commonwealth’s ability to award more than 6,000 additional baccalaureate degrees annually to transfer students.

SVCC already has a strong record for preparing transfer students for success. The top five destinations for transferring graduates are Old Dominion University, Longwood University, Liberty University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia State University. For more information on how to structure your educational journey with the most efficiently, contact Matt Dunn, Transfer Counselor, at 434-736-2020 or matt.dunn@southside.edu.

Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the City of Emporia. He can be reached via email at al.roberts@southside.edu.

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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.  

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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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2019 SVCC Diesel Tech Graduates

Southside Virginia Community College's Diesel Technician program celebrated graduates for 2019 recently   They are Front L-R:  Alex Payne (DE Student Powhatan), Paul Elliott (S. Prince George), Cody Lynn (Crewe), Corey Taylor (Charlotte CH), Antonion Uribe (Lawrenceville), Wilson Treese (McKenney) Bryan Lewis (Instructor)

Back L-R:  Billy McGraw (Instructor) Russell Hicks (Instructor), Tyler Pattison (Chesterfield), Malik Gentry (Roseland), Tyler Foore (Amelia Courthouse), Ethan Eggleston (S. Chesterfield) and Jacob Guill (Red Oak)

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Southside Virginia Community College Truck Driver Training Graduates from Pickett Park on April 18, 2019

Front: L-R: Zachary Phillips (Kenbridge), Shaun Bragg (Warrenton, NC), Grego Coleman (Chesterfield), Juan Garcia (Alberta), A J Spino (Ebony) Bobby Doyon (instructor)

Back L-R:  Reggie White (Instructor), Doug Kemerer (Instructor), Zach Williams (Clarksville), Tom Jones (Crewe), Jonathon Folz (Rice), Mike Turner (South Hill) Duncan Quicke TDTS Coorinator, Nikki Weaver , ATA Road Team Captain and Driver for Fed Ex Freight.

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SVCC Dual Enrollment Students Collaborate with Microsoft and Schneider Electric

Those who worked on the prototype insulator project are(Left to Right)Desmyn Owens, Tiffany Broadnax-Bacon, Jordan Wesson, Bryana Murphy, Philip Poole,  Ayanna Coleman, Ronnie Boyter, John Mize, Kiman McCarthy, Seita McCarthy, Justin Stansell, Vincent Brown and Scott Edmonds.

Southside Virginia Community College’s dual enrollment program is taking the student learning experience to the next level. Over the past few months,the students have been collaborating with Schneider Electric and Microsoft to rapid prototype an insulator for a DC terminal block. For these Park View High School students, this involvement has been an invaluable real-world experience.

The proposed project idea started when John Mize, Electrical Maintenance Lead for Schneider Electric, a facility management company for Microsoft, could not find an electrical cover for a high voltage electrical junction box at the Boydton datacenter. When nothing fit the specifications, he recommended working with SVCC to 3D print the part. Philip Poole, Schneider’s Critical Facility Manager drafted the design parameters and Justin Stansell, an electrical engineer for Microsoft, worked to ensure all electrical insulating properties were achieved.

The next step was involving the Advanced Manufacturing dual-enrollment students who attend class at SVCC at Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center (LCAKC) in South Hill. 

Vincent Brown, Professor of Industrial Technologies, presented the challenge to the students.

“Simply put, I asked each student to see how they would write the code for the program and how they would solve this problem” stated Brown.

Each one quickly analyzed and researched how they would design a 3D printed electric cover. Utilizing the Autodesk Inventor program, each student inputted their design. Once this task was complete, the parts were sent to one of the 3D printers housed at the LCAKC.

Students and brothers, Kimani and Seita McCarthy, each described how they tackled the challenge.

“I measured the gap holes and then factored in an extra ½ inch gap, but this left a large gap, which was a safety issue” added Kimani.

“My approach was similar” quotes Seita, “but my overall design had to be tweaked to fit properly.”

Ronnie Boyter, and Brianna Murphy, each contributed but stressed the importance of measuring for accuracy after printing. Our main goal was to make sure our designs were safe, precise and ergonomically compliant for Schneider, they said.  

In a classroom setting producing a realistic workforce project is difficult, but when you have the opportunity to work directly with local companies the classroom training morphs into vibrant work experience. Once the fabricated prototypes were tested and modifications made, the part was approved for installation.

Recently, the students met with  Mize, Poole, and  Stansell, and explained their design methodology. As Stansell listened, he encouraged the teams to learn from each other’s design and collaborate to enhance the overall design.

Both Kimani and Seita have been accepted at Virginia Tech and will pursue degrees in engineering. Murphy has been accepted to Longwood where she is pursuing a Science degree. Boyter plans on attending SVCC in the fall to complete his degree in Industrial Maintenance. This is just a sampling of the outstanding young minds learning and growing with SVCC.

Brown, explains, “The graduates from Southside Virginia’s dual enrollment program, walk away prepared to enter the workforce or to attend four-year university. Many of the former students are now employed with Dominion Energy, Army Corp of Engineers, NASA, Newport News, MC Dean, and Rolls Royce and many local industries.  It’s exciting to be a part of a program that has such a positive impact on the lives of students .”

 “Over the course of a year, we start with students who are unsure of what direction or career path they want to pursue, but after exposure to our programs, teachers and training facility, they finish with a clear picture of the direction they want to follow,” said Tiffany Broadnax-Bacon, LCAK Center Director.

One of the goals of SVCC is to prepare students for the local workforce.  With small classroom sizes and dedicated teachers, these goals are being met. Whether you call it career, vocational, or workforce training, these dual enrollment students are immersed in technologies of the future. And that is Real World!

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Graduate to deliver SVCC Address May 11

Stephen Franklin has accomplished much in his life and graduation speaker will be added to his resume on May 11, 2019 as he delivers the graduate address at Southside Virginia Community College in Keysville at 9:30 a.m. 

Franklin will graduate from SVCC as a nursing student along with more than 1,200 other eligible students from the Class of 2019.  A native of  Bossier City, Louisiana,  he is an Armed Forces Veteran with over a decade of experience in Navy Special Operations as a Search and Rescue Swimmer/Aircrewman.

He is a proud husband to wife, Celena, and father of two beautiful girls (Ava and Adelyn). He is a volunteer youth Soccer and Volleyball Coach in Halifax County and a member of the American Legion. He has an Associate’s Degree (RN) in Business Management and after completion of the SVCC Associate Degree Nursing Program plans to work in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine while continuing pursuit of advanced nursing education.

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Jones Awarded Scholorship

Summer Dawn Jones senior at Greensville County High School and Southside Virginia Community College was selected to receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 from Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative.

She will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall to study nursing.

She is the daughter of Melissa and Paul Wozniak.

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Community College Philanthropists Honored with 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

Joining Microsoft representative, Anthony Putorek, Senior Lead Workforce Development Program Manager, at the Leadership in Philanthropy Luncheon were (left to right), Kelly Arnold, SVCC Apprenticeship Coordinator, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, Dr. Glenn DuBois, VCCS Chancellor, Mr. Putorek, Jeanette Putorek and Dr. Chad Patton, SVCC Dean of Career & Occupational Technology.

Richmond – The Virginia Community College System and Chancellor Glenn DuBois has presented Microsoft represented by Anthony Putorek, Senior Lead Workforce Development Program Manager,  of Boydton, Virginia, with the 14th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. Microsoft was nominated for the award by Southside Virginia Community College.

Mr. Putorek was recognized along with two dozen other individuals, families, and businesses from around Virginia for their exceptional support of Virginia’s Community Colleges. The awards were presented at a luncheon sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education in Richmond on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019. As part of the award, each college will be given funds for the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, to be named in honor of the college’s 2019 Chancellor’s Award recipient.

Now in its 14th year, the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy recognizes outstanding leaders who have helped support Virginia’s Community Colleges and their respective foundations. This year, among those to be honored are four members of VCCS faculty, all of whom have made contributions that have helped their colleges and their students grow. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $18 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Microsoft’s corporate mission is to empower every person and organization to achieve more.  SVCC is a direct benefactor of the company’s efforts through a partnership that includes the donation of data center equipment, the establishment of a scholarship program, and ongoing externships for students.

According to SVCC president Dr. Al Roberts, “This relationship with Microsoft has become a driving force for SVCC’s fastest growing information technology program.  Microsoft’s generosity extends beyond hardware and financial donations to include personal interest in student success.  The company’s employees tutor, coach, advise, and mentor, fulfilling their mission in our community.”

 

 

Donald Graham, keynote speaker and Chairman of the Board at Graham Holdings Company and Co-Founder of TheDream.US, spoke about the importance of Virginia’s Community Colleges and the ways that the philanthropists have contributed to the Commonwealth.

“We are in this room today to tell you, whether you work for one of the colleges or have given to one of the colleges, that what you are doing is absolutely right,” Graham said during his remarks. “I am so proud of this crowd for what you’re doing, and I hope you are proud of yourselves and your fellow donors and of the leaders and teachers at the community colleges you serve.

Recipients of the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy:

 

  • BLUE RIDGE: Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Bowman
  • CENTRAL VIRGINIA: Donna Schewel Clark Charitable Lead Annuity Trust
  • DABNEY S. LANCASTER: Stephen and Donna Vaughn
  • DANVILLE: Danville Kiwanis Club Foundation, Lions Club of Danville Foundation
  • EASTERN SHORE: Tom and Page Young*
  • GERMANNA: Mary Jane Pitts O’Neill
  • J SARGEANT REYNOLDS: Mitchell F. Haddon and Sabine Neumann
  • JOHN TYLER: Amsted Industries
  • LORD FAIRFAX: The Jenkins Family – Russell, Elta Rae, Rodney and Karen
  • MOUNTAIN EMPIRE: Ralph T. and Shirley M. Fisher
  • NEW RIVER: Dr. and Mrs. Lee Wheeler
  • NORTHERN VIRGINIA: Dr. Glenn Fatzinger
  • PATRICK HENRY: The Harvest Foundation
  • PAUL D CAMP: Charles R. Henderson, Jr., Bank of America Foundation     
  • PIEDMONT: H. Gordon* and Mary Beth Smyth
  • RAPPAHANNOCK: Rick and Sue Farmar
  • SOUTHSIDE VA: Microsoft                               
  • SOUTHWEST VA: Mary W. Lawson
  • THOMAS NELSON: Newport News Shipbuilding
  • TIDEWATER: Stanley Black & Decker
  • VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS: David and Schéry Collins
  • VIRGINIA WESTERN: Maury and Shiela Strauss Family
  • WYTHEVILLE:  Floyd and Hilda Jonas
  • VFCCE: The Petters Family Foundation

 

*honored posthumously

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Correctional Officers Honored at 11th Annual Banquet

Southside Virginia Community College recently hosted the 11th Annual Corrections Awards Banquet at the Christanna Campus in Alberta to recognize Officer and Employee of the year from area correctional facilities.  The event was sponsored by Lawrenceville Correctional Center and the guest speaker was Mr. Harold W. Clarke, Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections.  Those receiving recognition are (Front Row, Left to Right) Officer Shelyne Smith of Lunenburg Correctional, Christine Watkins of Lunenburg Correctional, Shelia Booker of Diillwyn Correctional, Officer Daphne Andrews of Lawrenceville Correctional, Officer Myesha Gaines of Buckingham Correctional, Officer Michael Boone of Deerfield Correctional, Lt. Ronald Gallimore of Halifax Correctional, Lt. Aaron Benny of Greenville Correctional, Officer Milicent Clayton of Nottoway Correctional and Dr. Alfonzo Seward, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at SVCC and (Back Row, L to RO)Tiffany Robinson of Lawrenceville Correctional, Officer Edward Tolbert of Dillwyn Correctional, Sandra Garner-Coleman of Halifax Correctional, Linda Peete-Pierce of Greensville Correctional, Veesa Gough of Buckingham Correctional, Destiny Johnson of Nottoway Correctional.  Those who were unable to attend are Officer Jennifer Ksor and Dennis Yohe or Baskerville Correctional and Sandra Banty of Deerfield Correctional.

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SVCC FBLA Members Compete at State Leadership Conference

Southside Virginia Community College students Janet Wilson(Right) of Farmville and Kimberly Solomon(Left) of South Hill are in the Administrative Support Technology program. These students attended the FBLA-Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Glen Allen on April 6, 2019 and competed against students from two- and four-year colleges across the state. Wilson placed first in Computer Applications. Solomon placed first in Administrative Technology and third in Business Communications. 

In addition to the competitions, the students and advisers participated in informative and engaging workshops on topics that included Keys to Getting the Job You Really Want, Emotional Intelligence, and Beyond Networking. 

Students were accompanied by PBL advisers, Crystal Jones and Elizabeth Burns.

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VCU School of Nursing opens accelerated path to a bachelors to Rappahannock and Southside Virginia Community Colleges

RICHMOND, Va. (April 16, 2019) — The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing has partnered with Southside Virginia Community College and Rappahannock Community College to offer accelerated coursework to registered nurses who are students at both community colleges, providing them a faster path to obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Students will be enrolled concurrently at VCU and their respective community colleges.

“We’re looking forward to offering SVCC and RCC nursing students a more efficient path to earn a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing, which subsequently will help to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared RNs in Virginia’s health care workforce,” said Jean Giddens, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Nursing.

The partnerships are in line with a national push to enhance academic progression for nurses. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” report, which recommended that 80 percent of the nursing workforce be educated at a baccalaureate degree in nursing or higher by 2020. Reduction in medication errors, lower mortality rates and positive patient outcomes are linked to nurses being educated at baccalaureate and higher degree levels, according to a recent position statement by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 

Enrollment will open on May 1 to nursing students at both community colleges and classes will start in fall 2019. Enrolled students will complete six credits of baccalaureate courses during their last year at either community college and subsequently complete the remaining credits online through the VCU School of Nursing.

Both VCU and SVCC aim to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses who might seek employment at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Virginia, and other health care facilities in Southside Virginia, said Michelle Edmonds, DNP, dean of nursing, allied health and natural sciences at Southside Virginia Community College.

“This partnership brings world-class baccalaureate education to the communities of Southside Virginia,” Edmonds said. “Additionally, the partnership will increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses to Southside Virginia. I am certain that SVCC and VCU will together advance the health of this region.”

The agreement with Rappahannock Community College will provide nursing students in eastern Virginia with more extensive educational opportunities, said Ellen Koehler, an associate professor of nursing for Rappahannock Community College.

“This concurrent enrollment agreement with VCU School of Nursing is an extraordinary opportunity for the students of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula region,” Koehler said. “This affords our students the opportunity to enhance their career goals toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a prestigious school that values advancing the profession of nursing.”

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Springtime in Paris From SVCC Chorus

The acclaimed Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) Chorus, is bringing “Springtime in Paris” with Harpist, Winifred Garrett to Southside Virginia on Sunday, April 28th at 3:00 PM at the South Hill Presbyterian Church at 914 N. Mecklenburg Ave, South Hill, VA 23970. Admission is free.

The Chorus of the Southside Virginia Community College is fully supported by SVCC, your local community college, and its Foundation. SVCC realizes the value of bringing quality choral music to you in Southside Virginia. Because of the valuable support of the SVCC Foundation, harpist Winifred Garrett from Durham, NC will be performing this Spring with flutes, Dee Pinnell and Laurel Sciortino, both from Boydton. This exceptional concert will be offered at South Hill Presbyterian Church’s accessible space at no cost to you.

Winifred Garrett last played with the SVCC Chorus in December 2015. She is a noted harpist from Durham where she teaches and performs within a full concert and recital schedule. With a career of over thirty years, Winifred has had the privilege of being the first African American harpist to grace the stage in countless performance venues and settings. The Founder/Artistic Director of “The Harp Studio” based in Durham, North Carolina, highlights from her performance career includes appearances with Stevie Wonder at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, performing with Marvin Gaye at Radio City Music Hall, playing the wedding of singer/actress Whitney Houston, and performing with the Boys Choir of Harlem and for the Dance Theater of Harlem. She continues to maintain a heavy performance schedule and is the Principal Harpist for the Fayetteville Symphony. She presently plays for the Umstead Hotel and Spa, one of the prestigious four star/five diamond hotels of North Carolina.

“Springtime in Paris” features a Romantic selection of music for Harp, Chorus, Piano and Flutes with a French accent, composed by Gabriel Fauré, Aaron Copland, and even a Claude Debussy harp solo. Fresh arrangements of, “Angel Band”, tunes by George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, “Goin’ Home” by Antonin Dvořák, popular love songs,  and music from “Les Miserablés”, are just a sampling of the repertoire to be presented on April 28.

The SVCC Chorus has been under the direction of Carol Henderson of Buffalo Junction since 2014. And through the support of pianist Sally Tharrington of Boydton, and the inclusion of its great singers, the chorus is growing in vocal beauty. Rehearsals are conveniently located at the crossroads of Highway 58, Route 1, and Interstate 85 at the South Hill Presbyterian Church. The chorus, now 42 members, continues to attract new singers from the surrounding Southside areas. Rehearsals for Fall 2019 will begin on the Sunday following Labor Day, September 8th at 6:00 PM at South Hill Presbyterian Church.

Thorough continued support by SVCC and its Foundation, we are looking forward to plans for 2019-20 season which include brass and carols for Holiday Concerts 2019,  and  a special presentation of  Handel’s MessiahPart 2 with chamber orchestra for Spring 2020. For more information on the SVCC Chorus: NEW! visit:www. southside.edu/svcc-chorus

The SVCC Chorus promises to bring you a concert of excellence and beauty,…and what better inspiration than with music of the classical harp and music from France! Presented on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM at South Hill Presbyterian Church, fully accessible, the concert includes a reception. Church lot parking is available, and also, across the street at Benchmark Bank and the neighboring parking lot. You are invited to bring your families, friends and neighbors for “Springtime in Paris”!

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