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Career Opportunity

Custodian

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services seeks an energetic, self-motivated individual with an attention to detail to fill the position of Custodian.  The Custodian cleans and maintains all residential units, school buildings, offices and recreational facilities.  The custodian cleans all bathroom facilities and ensures that they are properly furnished with appropriate hygiene items.  The custodian sweeps, vacuums, dusts, mops, cleans, and buffs all areas as applicable.

Custodial experience in a formal business setting is preferred.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JfBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions open until filled.

E-mail or fax cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2018-7
E-mail:careers@jacksonfeild.org
Fax:  (434) 634-6237

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

 LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN

LCSW or LPC

(In-Patient)

Psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescent girls and boys located 15 minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks experienced licensed clinician (LCSW or LPC) to provide therapy and case management services on an inpatient basis.  Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling experience and certification preferred.  Population served includes adolescent girls and boys with complex developmental trauma, co-occurring mental illness, and substance abuse issues.  Position provides individual, group, and family therapy within a psychiatric residential setting. 

Virginia license is required.  Two years’ formal experience counseling adolescents is required.  Residential experience is preferred. 

Seeking experienced candidates.  Highly competitive pay & benefits including employer sponsored Health, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance and employer matching 401(k) retirement plan.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place.  Post offer criminal background and drug screenings required.  Position open until filled.

Submit resume and cover letter to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Job# 2018-4
Attn: Chris Thompson
E-mail: careers@jacksonfeild.org
Fax: (434) 634-6237


Career Opportunity

Residential Counselors

(Youth Service Workers)

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Rural Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a psychiatric residential treatment program.  The Youth Service Worker is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior, teaching life skills, administering a trauma informed behavioral support program, and leading youth in and participating in social, cultural, and recreational activities.  This position supervises youth in the residential unit and on off-campus activities and appointments.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights.  Supreme flexibility required.  Seeking candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology, Sociology or other Human Services field.   Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions open until filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Job# 2018-6
Attn: Chris Thompson
E-mail: careers@jacksonfeild.org


Southside Virginia Community College's Truck Driving Training Program Graduates from October 19, 2017.

Front Row, Left to Right: Shawn Allen (Farmville), Jonathan Wilmouth (Drakes Branch) ( also graduated from Diesel Tech), Robert Judy (Phenix), Jessie James, Sr. (Crewe). Back Row L-R: Dennis Seay (Instructor), Doug Kemerer (Instructor), Wesley Drake (Lawrenceville), Jarrett Coleman (Amelia), Tim Redd (Meherrin), Latwaun Robinson (Prospect), Ron Burk-Bryan (Kenbridge), Duncan Quicke (TDTS Coordinator) and Kurtis Jones, Public Safety & Recruiting for Abilene Motor Carriers. (Guest Speaker).  Next class at Pickett Park begins November 6, 2017.

Pumpkin Patch Carves Out New Agribusiness Niche

In fairy tales, pumpkins turn into coaches; in Dundas, Virginia pumpkins turn into the latest successful agribusiness venture for one farm family. Producing and providing ‘genuine farm charm’ is the way the Parrish family has reinvented agribusiness on a four-generation piece of land in Lunenburg County called the Parrish Pumpkin Patch.

Currently, two students of the Southside Virginia Community College Agribusiness program have the cool job of working there as interns. Students gain hands-on experience to complement classroom training and determine if the responsibilities of the internship position match future full-time employment interests. The internship can also provide insights into many different facets of the business.

The Parrish’ family has been instrumental to the College’s Agribusiness program by providing internships and jobs to students. Casey Early of Keysville interns at the PPP. She has plans to continue her SVCC studies by transferring to Virginia Tech. Caitlin Lee of Kenbridge is also interning at the pumpkin farm and plans to continue studies online for her four-year degree. Other SVCC students who have been a part of the Patch team include Taylour Edmonds, Kelli Haizlip, Wade Bagley, Will Daniel and Taylor Robbins Edmonds said of her experience, “It was a job: I got paid, I worked, I hustled, I complained on occasion, I sweated, I organized, and so on. I did not, however, ever have a day at Parrish Pumpkin Patch that I did not look forward to.”

This innovative farm provides a great ‘lab’ for classes at the College. Recently, a class from the College spent a day at the farm observing the events as three school busloads of children descended.

PPP is a family affair and the idea was hatched by Liz and Jeff Parrish about nine years ago. With help from their three children and their parents, the venture has grown and morphed into a portion of the farm’s annual income. They grow pumpkins from seeds in flats, transfer to the ground and tend to them until harvest.

Besides getting a pumpkin at the patch, entertainment includes an Imax theater experience in a repurposed 75-foot silo, a hayride, trip through a corn maze, farm animals and corn bins to jump in. There are also places to take photos and picnic. The pumpkin patch operates seven days a week during the month of October.

Jeff Parrish noted that the farm combines the old with the new. He said they still farm soybeans, corn and pumpkins in a place where a dairy farm stood for forty years. The farm has been featured on the Virginia Is For Lovers website as a fall event.

The parrishpumpkinpatch.com website tells the whole story. As noted in the About Us section, “The family’s favorite part of the May-November process is the PEOPLE along the journey; their supporters and staff, returning faithfuls and all the newcomers, young and old. But especially, the gratification felt by being able to run the business at their farm, where at the end of each draining day, they can take a short walk to the back door of their humble abode, and crash.”

Eli Parrish, son and integral part of the operation, studied Agribusiness at SVCC and now attends Virginia Tech to complete a four-year degree. 

Jarratt Native Has a Cool Job

This guy’s job is so cool that he was among those called to help people recover after a natural disaster.  Hurricane Irma devastated Florida and James L. Ozmar III, a native of Jarratt, is a graduate of the Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Program who joined the long line of power and construction workers to help rebuild in that state. 

A graduate of the second class of Power Line Workers held at SVCC, he began working for River City Construction a few months after his September 2016 graduation.  The company provides power line construction and maintenance and is prepared to answer the call for post storm damage, according to their website.

Ozmar says, “All things considered, Florida was not as bad as everyone was expecting.  It was like any other storm, just in a much hotter climate and on a larger scale.”

His team was sent to Plant City, Florida which is located near Tampa towards the west coast of the state. 

He said, “It felt great helping the people in Florida.  Throwing that last cutout switch and hearing the whole neighborhood cheer is a feeling that just cannot be described.”

About what he learned at the 11-week SVCC PLW program, he said, “The school taught me many skills but the most relevant would be my ability to work on hooks [climbing poles often hanging on hooks].” 

He said there were times they faced several poles where the primary came off the insulator or when we needed to replace a jumper on poles inaccessible by bucket truck. 

In these cases, “It is imperative to be able to work on hooks and do it with confidence, “Ozmar said.

JOB FAIR COMING TO EMPORIA AREA **NOTE CORRECTED DATE**

►PLEASE NOTE CORRECTED DATE

A Job Fair will be held Thursday, October 26,   2017 at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia.  The event is free and open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Job seekers should dress to impress, bring copies of resume, a photo ID and a copy of your WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate(CRC).

This Job Fair is sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services along with Crater Business Services Team.  The event is also sponsored by WPTM 102.3, WWDW 107.7, WTRG 97.9, WSMY 1400 “All Sports”,995 JAMS, and WDLZ 98.3    Reserve a booth by October 19, 217.  Employer registration is required by contacting Angela McClintock at angela.mcclintock@southside.edu or 434 949 1026.

Job Fair Prep Workshops on Resume Writing Job Search and Applying for Jobs will be held at the SVEC on October 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. An Interview Skills workshop is planned for October 23, 2017, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required at https://southside.augusoft.net.

Embracing the Challenge

By Dr. Al Roberts

American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard claimed, “Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There’s nothing that compares to testing yourself the way you do every time you step into the ring.”

Leonard certainly knew about testing and pushing himself to do his best. Among his many achievements, he won three National Golden Gloves titles, claimed two Amateur Athletic Union championships, and received an Olympic gold medal. His professional career spanned twenty years, and he won world titles in five different weight classes.

As Leonard’s words suggest, gifted athletes need rigorous challenges to achieve their full potential. Without testing limits and pushing beyond them, athletes may never have the opportunity to discover what they can accomplish.

This same principle holds true for talented students. Recognizing that some students thrive on strenuous challenges and have academic needs that differ from their age-level peers, Virginia instituted the Governor’s School program in 1973. Today, that program includes 19 academic-year schools throughout the Commonwealth.

Southside Virginia Community College is proud to host one of those schools, the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia, at its Christanna Campus in Alberta and John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville. GSSV’s student body includes nearly two hundred academically skilled juniors and seniors from eleven high schools in ten counties. These hard-working young adults thrive in a learning environment that is more independent than a traditional high school setting, and they tackle an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes conducting a two-year research project. During the course of their research, students work with scientists in the field, travel to facilities with specialized laboratory equipment, and develop mentoring relationships with working professionals. Along the way, they master college-level material in subject areas such as mathematics, science, and English. Finally, they hone their public speaking skills to present their findings at a senior symposium.

GSSV students spend part of the school day on the SVCC campus. They also participate as dually enrolled students in college-level courses offered at their home high schools. These courses help round out the curriculum in a way that enables students to earn both a high school diploma and Associates degree when they graduate.

The GSSV application process, which is highly competitive, begins during the fall of a student’s 10thgrade year. In determining admission, participating school divisions follow a matrix that considers teacher recommendations and each applicant’s test results, grade point average, and writing ability. Prospective students also participate in a shadowing event where they follow a GSSV student for a day, ride to SVCC on the bus, and visit classes.

Students who want to push themselves to see what they can accomplish can get more information about the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia by contacting GSSV Director Laurie Michaelson at 434-736-2086.

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.

JOB FAIR COMING TO EMPORIA AREA

A Job Fair will be held Thursday, October 9, 2017 at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia.  The event is free and open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Job seekers should dress to impress, bring copies of resume, a photo ID and a copy of your WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate(CRC).

This Job Fair is sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services along with Crater Business Services Team.  The event is also sponsored by WPTM 102.3, WWDW 107.7, WTRG 97.9, WSMY 1400 “All Sports”,995 JAMS, and WDLZ 98.3    Reserve a booth by October 19, 217.  Employer registration is required by contacting Angela McClintock at angela.mcclintock@southside.edu or 434 949 1026.

Job Fair Prep Workshops on Resume Writing Job Search and Applying for Jobs will be held at the SVEC on October 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. An Interview Skills workshop is planned for October 23, 2017, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required at https://southside.augusoft.net

Apprenticeship Takes Center Stage at Data Center

 

Matthew Hamlett (Left)  and Maynard Stowe from the Department of Labor.

Over a year ago, Matthew Hamlett was looking for a job. His outlook did not seem promising but still, he had to find a job. Apprehensively he drove to the South Boston Workforce Center praying someone there would help. His simple plan, file for unemployment, and look for a job. Uncertain on what to expect, he quickly realized the benefits available to him at this community resource center.

Connecting with two individuals at the center answered Hamlett’s hopes.  The first was a caseworker with WIOA (Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act), Kris Tuck, and the second was the Apprenticeship Coordinator for Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), Kelly Arnold. The two shared programs that would open doors for a career that he had never considered.

The first step was to enroll at SVCC in the Industrial Maintenance program with a concentration in Electrical and HVAC. Secondly, he entered into an Apprenticeship program with ISS, a facilities management company for a local IT data center. Additionally, WIOA’s collaboration effort allowed ISS to receive wage reimbursement for Hamlett’s on-the-job training.

The SVCC apprenticeship program works directly with the Department of Labor and Industry(DOL). Maynard Stowe, the DOL representative, registered Hamlett as an Industrial Maintenance Technician, and outlined the requirements needed to combine on-the-job training in the amount of 2700 hours, with SVCC classes.

Hamlett willingly accepted the task:  long days at work, followed by long nights in the classroom, but soon it began to pay off.

“It seemed as if what I learned in the classroom lined-up with the exact project we were working on at the data center”, remarked Hamlett. “In fact, this encouraged me to study more because I knew I would see it the next day at work”.

Many hours, and many SVCC classes later, he earned his Apprenticeship card as an Industrial Manufacturing Technician. While many cheered at his accomplishment, he said that this was not the end of the journey.

In fact, he said, “I am still taking classes in the evening and plan on graduating with my associate’s degree in May, 2018. From there, I want to pursue a degree in Engineering, and yes, still working full time at a great job, surrounded by encouraging mentors, in a career pathway I never considered. “

Endnote: for more information on the Apprenticeship program, visit the website www.Apprenticeva.com. Information on WIOA, visit the South Boston Workforce Center.

Safety is Cool for SVCC Graduate

Stuart Bowen’s job is cool because he makes safety a priority for the citizens of the area. Bowen is Chief of Police for the town of South Hill, Virginia, a job he began in July of 2016. 

Bowen began training for this cool job at Southside Virginia Community College.  A graduate of Halifax County High School, Bowen attended SVCC from August of 1993 to May of 1995 graduating with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in Administration of Justice. 

He said, “SVCC was instrumental in laying the groundwork that led to my graduation from Longwood and the cutting-edge topics that I was exposed to at both schools gave me a leg up as I started my career and was able to quickly move into leadership roles in the police department.”

Chief Bowen is also a graduate of Longwood University, attending from January of 1996 to December of 1998, at which time he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology (Criminal Justice Concentration).

He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico and Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond. 

He moved through the ranks at the Lynchburg Police Department serving that city for 16 years.  He worked as a Patrol Officer, Community Policing Officer, Special Operations Division, and Criminal Investigation Division.  He notes one of the highlights of his career was as Acting Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division during two successful homicide cases in Lynchburg.   Also, as Special Investigations Unit Commander (Vice, Gang, Intelligence Units), he helped to develop the department’s intelligence lead policing model and, also had the opportunity to lead the Street Crimes and K9 Units.

During his career, he has received numerous awards including Field Operations Officer of the Year, two Honorable Service Awards, one Unit Citation and over 70 Department Commendations.  He has received specialized training and participated in activities such as Breath Alcohol Operator, Taser Instructor, Special Deputy US Marshal (Operation Falcon) and sworn with DEA. 

For information on the Administration of Justice Program at SVCC, visit www.southside.edu

Class offered by SVCC for Restaurant Workers

ServSafe® will be offered by Southside Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development Team in two locations during October.  The course covers food safety training from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. This is a necessity for all restaurant owners, food service managers, cooks andl ine staff and satisfies the “Person in Charge” requirement of the Virginia State Health Department.

This course is being offered at the Lake Country Advanced knowledge Center in South Hill on October 10, 12, 17, 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

The course will be offered at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia October 17, 19, 24, 26 from 5  p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pre-registration is required through http://southside.augusoft.net or contact Angela McClintock at 434 949 1026 or angela.mcclintock@southside.edu

COLLEGE DAY AND FOUR YEAR COLLEGE TOUR SET FOR OCTOBER 4

Area eleventh and twelfth-grade high school students and their parents are invited to attend “College Day” at Southside Virginia Community College’s Christanna Campus in Alberta on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  This is the Regional College Day program for Brunswick, Mecklenburg, and parts of Lunenburg and Nottoway counties.  Second-year students and graduates of two-year college degree programs are also urged to attend.  Over 40 colleges, universities and special schools will be represented.

Institutions that should be represented include Art Institute of Washington, Averett University, Bluefield College, Bryant and Stratton-Richmond, Christopher Newport University, College of William and Mary, Concord University, Davis and Elkins, Eastern Mennonite University, Emory and Henry College, Ferrum College, George Mason University,  Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, Hollins University, James Madison University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Johnson & Wales University, King University, Liberty University,  Longwood University, Lynchburg College,  Mary Baldwin College, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina Wesleyan College,  Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University On Line, Pfeiffer University, Radford University,  Regent University, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Southside Regional Medical Center, Southside Virginia Community College, The Apprentice School, University of Mary Washington, University of Mount Olive, University of Virginia, University of Virginia at Wise, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech and Virginia Wesleyan College.  Also attending will be a representative for the Virginia Tobacco Region Scholarship.  For more information about “College Day” contact the Admissions Office at SVCC’s Christanna Campus at 434-949-1014.

Panther Prep Day for SVCC Is October 3, 2017

Plan now to attend Panther Prep Advising Day at various sites of Southside Virginia Community College on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.  This event is the perfect time to register for Spring 2018 classes, meet with advisors learn about the offerings at SVCC and just have some fun.  There will be music, food, giveaways, demonstrations, financial aid information, entertainment and more.  Get immersed in the culture of SVCC at this event.

Save the date and time, October 3, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 6 P.m.  This event will be held at six locations.  Christanna Campus in Alberta, John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill, Southside Virginia Education Center in Empoiria and SVCC Occupational Technical Center in Blackstone.

For information, check out the SVCC Facebook or www.southside.edu

Daughters of the American Revolution Encourage Commemoration of Signing of US Constitution

Members of William Taylor Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (Louise Ogburn of South Hill, Christie Hales of Lawrenceville, Mary Jane Elkins of South Hill and Nancy Turner of Kenbridge) encourage students at Southside Virginia Community College to join in commemorating the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America—September 17-23.  

The Transformative Power of Education

By Dr. Al Roberts

The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan group that informs the public about issues, attitudes, and trends that shape the country and the world, examined the situation facing workers in the United States. The report summarizing their findings was titled “The State of American Jobs: How the shifting economic landscape is reshaping work and society and affecting the way people think about the skills and training they need to get ahead” (October 2016).

“The nature of jobs is changing,” the report noted. “Employment data shows that the job categories with the highest growth tend to require higher social skills, analytic savvy, and technical prowess.” The study’s survey of employed adults found that an overwhelming majority—87%—said getting training and developing new skills were either important or essential for staying abreast of changes in the workplace. The report stated, “Americans believe knowledge of computers, social dexterity, communications skills, and access to training are key to success for today’s workers.”

To address these concerns, Southside Virginia Community College maintains active partnerships with business and industry leaders throughout our service area. These collaborative efforts help ensure that curricula are up to date and aligned with current and future workers’ needs. One example is the recent launch of the Center for Information Technology Excellence (CITE) Lab located at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill.

The CITE Lab was made possible through a grant from the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and developed under the guidance of local employers, including Microsoft. Microsoft’s cloud computing facility in Mecklenburg County is one of the largest in the world. The CITE Lab’s state-of-the-art equipment lets students learn in a situation that replicates the work environment of large data centers and prepares them to earn important CompTia industry credentials (A+, Server+, Network+, and Security+).

The rise of cloud computing, which involves collecting and storing data, is one of the driving forces behind technology-related employment growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in computer and information technology occupations will grow faster than the average for all occupations. Furthermore, they report wages within the field are more than double the median wage for all occupations.

At SVCC, our mission is to give everyone an educational foundation that develops and extends their skills and knowledge. This enables students to embark upon or move along career paths in growing fields with family sustaining wages. We believe in the transformative power of education. We believe students can meet challenges and change their lives through learning, and we believe education can lead to individual prosperity and regional economic vitality. The responsibility to instruct scholars and train tomorrow’s workforce drives all our activities. For more information about how your education needs can be met, call 434-949-1000.

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

August 24 2017 Graduates from SVCC Truck Driving Program

Southside Virginia Community College Truck Driver Training Graduates from the most recent Emporia class on August 24, 2017 along with college personnel are (Left to Right) Duncan Quicke, Truck Driving Program Coordinator, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, Jimmy Edwards of Courtland, Douglas E. Cannon of Brodnax, Kenneth Francis of Boykins, Travis Kidd of Franklin, Doug Kemerer, Instructor, Kashadd Stith of Jarrett , Dennis Seay, Instructor and Clyde Rothgeb, Instructor and   guest speaker,  Frank Sinclair, the recruiter for Schneider National.

SVCC Nursing Club Elects 2017 Officers

Southside Virginia Community College Christanna Campus Nursing Club officers are (Left to Right) President, Patricia Rice, Emporia, Vice President, Randy Roberts, Boydton, Secretary, Emily Watts, Gasburg, Treasurer, Allison Cheely, Blackstone, Co Treasurer, Jacqueline Parham, Dinwiddie.

Help For Harvey Victims at SVCC

The office of Student Activities at Southside Virginia Community College has collaborated with several non-profit organization who will be taking supplies to Texas for Hurricane Harvey Relief.  The student services areas on the Christanna and Keysville campuses will be drop off locations from now until September 15, 2017. 

Items needed include: bleach, cleaning supplies, mops, brooms, dust pans, paper products, laundry detergent, non-perishable food, manual can openers, plastic food containers, plastic zip bags, toothbrushes and toothpaste, combs, brushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, dry or canned pet food, cat litter, collars and leashes, tarps, batteries and flashlights, emergency candle, clothes pins and lines, matches, generators, shovels, trash bags, diapers, personal care items, and formula for babies. 

Any questions can be directed to Le’Tina giles, Student Activities Coordinator, 434 736 2023 or letina.giles@southside.edu

SVCC Graduates Fifth Class of Power Line Workers

The Power Line Worker Training Program of Southside Virginia Community College graduated the fifth class of students on August 30, 2017.  Those completing the 11-week course are

L-R front Row: Sonny Smith (Instructor) Quadre’ Pulliam (Saxe), Wyatt Timberlake (Crewe), Sidney Card (Chesterfield), Khalil Watson (Farmville), Zachary Davis (Beaverdam), Trey Pruitt (Tangier), Brad Wike and Clyde Robertson (Instructors). 2nd row L-R: Will Nickel (Powhatan), Dylan Loving (Aylett),Dakota House (White Plains) Ryan Keesee (South Hill),  Jimmy Woolcott (Powhatan), Jordan Harris (Nellysford). Back Row L-R: Daniel Hobson (Windsor), Dylan Stimpson (Famrville), Cole Tapp (Wilsons) Corey Clark (Freeman) Josh Quinn (Blackstone), Alex Fletcher (Louisa), Chris Dulin (Locust Grove), Todd Scott Chisholm (Louisa), Tyriq Welton (Prospect), Matthew Townsend (Prospect)

Anita White Recognized for 45 Years of Service

Anita White received recognition from the Commonwealth of Virginia for 45 years of service at Southside Virginia Community College.  She was hired in 1971 as a secretary to the faculty.  She is currently Administrative Assistant to the Director of Workforce Development and Continuing Education.  Anita lives in Lunenburg County.

SVCC Employees Recognized for 5, 10, 15 and 25 Years of Service

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees for Five Years of Service to the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Those who received the recognition are (Left to Right) Mary Downing-Garner, Christin Jackson, Anthony Taylor, Leslie Jackson and Suzanne Shook.  Those unable to attend the ceremony who also are recognized for five years of service are Katherine Irby, Diane "Dee" Pinnell, Michael Williams and Donna Worley.  

Dr. Sarah Horne also was recognized for five years of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Southside Virginia Community  College recently recognized employees who had Ten Years of Service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. They are (Left to Right) David Canning, Leslie Cline, Marika Peterson and Sally Tharrington.  Those unable to attend the ceremony who are also Ten Year recipients are Lois Hicks, Emily Noblin, Kathy Pegram, and Melissa Wood.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees with 15 Years of Service to the Commonwealth of Virginia.  they are (Left to Right) Leigh Moore and Misty Smiley.  Not pictured is recipient Detra Carr.  

 

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees for 25 Years of Service to the Commonwealth of Virginia.  They are (Left to Right) Dennis Smith and Brenda Elder.  

Accommodating Students with Differences

By Dr. Al Roberts

Many left-handed people observe International Lefthanders Day annually during the month of August. The focus helps raise awareness about the inconveniences and frustrations left-handed people face in a world built for right-handed people.

I am right-handed. Most people are—nearly 90% according to some studies. As a right-handed person, I have never had to cope with scissors that failed to cut because of my grip. When I use a ruler to draw a straight a line, my hand does not obscure the numbers measuring its length. Every time I write in a spiral-bound notebook, use a hand-operated can opener, or peel potatoes, I take advantage of the fact product designers work most frequently with people of my handedness in mind.

Historically, left-handedness carried a stigma. Although this is no longer the case, at least in most of the United States and other places where Western cultural patterns prevail, the English language retains remnants of past prejudices. For example, the word “sinister” means evil, malicious, or devious. The word comes from the Latin sinister, meaning left or left-handed. On the other hand, literally, the Latin opposite, dexter, for right-handed, shows up in English words such as “dexterity” (skill, agility, or nimbleness). A person with “two left feet” is awkward or clumsy, but a “right-hand” man or woman is a reliable helper.

Although contemporary culture no longer views left-handedness as a disability, left-handed students often benefit from using appropriate tools in order to accomplish learning tasks efficiently. Sometimes, these accommodations involve simple items, such as left-handed scissors or notebooks, but accommodations can also extend to complex issues, such as desk design and the ergonomics of computer stations.

In a similar way, students experiencing other needs can benefit from various modifications in the learning environment. Some students struggle and require accommodations because of physical or learning disabilities. Others have chronic health concerns or other challenges.  At Southside Virginia Community College, our mission involves making sure every student has access to an education, and

SVCC’s commitment to equal educational opportunities includes providing reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Examples of accommodations include preferential seating, note-taking assistance, copies of instructor’s notes, Braille books, adaptive software, private testing rooms or extended time on tests, and oral test administration.

Students with disabilities or chronic health problems are encouraged to identify themselves to a Disability Services Counselor to establish eligibility and to coordinate reasonable accommodations. Students with physical access concerns can also learn about campus parking, wheelchair access availability, and evacuation plans.

Disabilities Services maintains confidential contacts and records. Disability is never indicated on college student records. For more information about accommodations, contact SVCC’s Director of Counseling at 434-949-1063.

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.

Nursing is Here!

Ivory Richardson never imagined himself as an OR nurse, but in just a few months he’ll be completing his 10th year at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Virginia. Forget what you thought you knew about the way nursing should look because Ivory has been breaking the mold since day one. A member of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe, one of the largest Native American Indian tribes in North Carolina, he was born and raised in Hollister, NC. Although his community was severely impoverished, Ivory was determined to succeed.

Before pursuing nursing, Ivory worked for the  volunteer fire department and full time as a transport medic for EMS. After attending UNC Chapel Hill, Ivory made the decision to continue his education closer to home. His extensive EMT experience helped him get into the RN program at a local community college. He accepted a position at CMH in the ER, before eventually finding his home in the OR, where he fills multiple roles, both as a scrub and circulating nurse.

For Ivory, seeing patients again or out in the community and having them remember the good care that he gave them is incredibly rewarding. “I love taking care of patients,” he says.

He also values the flexibility that his career in nursing has given him, as well as his wife who also works at CMH as an X-ray sonographer and nuclear medicine technologist, a highly-specialized field in and of itself.

“The nursing profession has given both me and my wife incredible flexibility over the years,” says Ivory. “There are so many different fields and areas you can go into that you can truly find something that fits you and your needs.”

“One of the best parts about being an OR nurse is that the schedule is planned ahead and apart from emergency procedures. We don’t work most weekends,” Ivory adds.

Ivory is aware that being a male nurse shatters a few stereotypes but he’s proud of the level of care that he provides his patients.

For more nursing information, visit www.nursingishere.com

Southside Virginia Community College has been named a “2017 Great College to Work For”

SVCC is a great college to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.

The results, released July 17, 2017 in The Chronicle’s tenth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 232 colleges and universities.

Only 79 of the institutions that applied for the program achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with SVCC included among the 22 two year institutions that made the cut.

SVCC won honors in two categories this year which are Facilities, Workspaces and Security and Work/Life Balance.

"The legacy of Southside Virginia Community College as a great place to work continues.    Once again, we have gained this designation by fostering a college culture that promotes a phenomenal work/life balance and provides a safe, secure and comfortable environment.   We invest in our human resources and encourage inclusive and transparent communication; promote and value diversity; and support innovation," said Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President.

“Ten years in, the Great Colleges to Work For distinction is well-known by academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employees are valued and given opportunities for growth even when they face financial constraints,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle. “Any college or university that’s on the list is showing that they emphasize one of their most valuable assets: their faculty and staff.”

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times are tough that the

commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner, ModernThink LLC. “And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”

August 2017 Truck Driving Graduates

Graduates of the Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC)Truck Driver Training Program held in Emporia are shown with others attending the ceremony.   They are (Left to Right) Dr.  Rene Felts,  VP Workforce Paul D Camp Community College (PDCCC), Dennis Seay Instructor, Doug Kemerer Instructor, Allen Boyd ATA Road Team Captin (Guest Speaker), James Cook of South Hill, Nathan Kraemer of Chesapeake, James Banty of Stony Creek, Michael Prince of Emporia, and Kent Montgomery of Petersburg,  Clyde Rothgeb Instructor, Duncan Quicke, Coordinator of TDTS, Dr. Daniel Lufkin (President PDCCC) and Dr. Al Roberts, President of SVCC

SVCC Welding Program Graduates First Class

Proud graduates of the first Welding Skills Certification Program which was taught at Southside Virginia Education Center of Southside Virginia Community College, Greensville County, Virginia.  The welding laboratory was spearheaded by Fluor, a company that came to Southside Virginia to build two colossal power stations for Dominion Energy.  

Other partners in the creation of the lab are Virginia Tobacco Commission, Dominion Energy, Greensville County and American Equipment Company (Ameco).  The graduates receive three NCCER Credentials as well as an OSHA 10 Credential in this fast track, 11-week training program.  Graduates are (Front Row, Left to Right)Herbert Ruffin of Lawrenceville, Antonio Stewart of Dolphin, Alexia Gary of Emporia, Starr Barnes of Lawrenceville, Paulus Brown of Emporia and (Back Row, L to R) Damienne Drumgold of Lawrenceville,  Bernard Parham, Jr., of Lawrenceville, Isiah Johnson of Emporia, and Dr. Marcus Bridges, Instructor.

Another class begins in September.  Call 434 634 9358 for information.

Southside Virginia Community College Recognizes K-12 Partners

At the July 2017 Board reception held at the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, Dr. Al Roberts recognized the K-12 partners who help to ensure the success of Southside Virginia Community College.  The partnership the college has with the local public school divisions and private schools is great, he said.  "Together, we have lead the Commonwealth in the establishment of dual enrollment programs and continue to be among the state's leaders in participation as well as in the number of college certificates and degrees awarded through dual enrollment.  SVCC is proud to serve as host to the Governor's School of Southside Virginia which provides gifted, highly motivated high school juniors and seniors in the region a challenging, interdisciplinary program of studies," Dr. Roberts said.   

He also noted high school partners host the SVCC Career Coaches who work with students to promote secondary education and training.  There are also successful STEM Camps, professional development activities and teacher recertification courses.  Dr. Roberts thanked all those dedicated to supporting the college mission and their dedication to the well-being of the citizens of Southside Virginia.

Dr. Al Roberts (left to right), presents SVCC book bag to Dr. Jack McKinley, Superintendent of Schools for Amelia County, along with SVCC Local Board Chair Sid Smyth.

Dr. Al Roberts (left to right), presents SVCC book bag to Dora Wynn, Superintendent of Schools for Brunswick  County, along with SVCC Local Board Chair Sid Smyth.

Dr. Al Roberts (left to right), presents SVCC book bag to Dr. Angela Wilson, Superintendent of Schools for Greensville  County, along with SVCC Local Board Chair Sid Smyth.

Dr. Al Roberts (left to right), presents SVCC book bag to Dr. Mark Lineburg, Superintendent of Schools for Halifax County, along with SVCC Local Board Chair Sid Smyth

Dr. Al Roberts (left to right), presents SVCC book bag to Paul Nichols, Superintendent of Schools for Mecklenburg County, along with SVCC Local Board Chair Sid Smyth
 

SVCC Nursing Club Donates to Local Cancer Care Fund

SOUTH HILL, VA– The Southside Virginia Community College Nursing Club made a recent generous donation to support VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Care Fund.  Pictured: (L to R) Brandi Harrell, SVCC Nursing Club member; Molly Buchholz, SVCC Nursing Club President; Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing & Development at VCU Health CMH; Ashley Willis, Registered Nurse at the VCU Health CMH Hendrick Cancer Center and Shannon Lambert, Manager CMH Foundation & VCU Health CMH’s Pharmacy Connection.

The donation benefits the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund”established for cancer patients in financial need.

Donations to the “CMH Cancer Patient Care Fund” help offset emergency needs such as transportation, treatment and medication costs for cancer patients. Supporting the cancer care fund can give these patients peace of mind knowing that the inability to cover these costs will not stand in the way of their treatment. 

Learn More About SVCC's Power Line Worker Training Program

Learn more about the Power Line Worker Training Program at Southside Virginia Community College on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  The informational event begins at 6 p.m. at the SVCC Occupational/Technical Center located at 1041, W 10th Street, Pickett Park, Blackstone, Virginia.

Those interested can learn about admission requirements, schedule, cost, housing, job prospects and scholarships.  Please register by emailing susan.early@southside.edu  Pizza will be served.  (Use the Main Entrance to drive onto the base.)

Grants Enable Workforce Training at SVCC

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that, through the New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant program, Virginia’s Community Colleges provided workforce training that enabled 2,173 Virginians to secure industry-recognized credentials, licenses, and certifications needed for high-demand careers, in the first year of the grant program.

This milestone nearly triples the number of people who were credentialed last year, bringing the total to 4,268 Virginians.  More than half of the credential earners, 2,173, took advantage of the New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant program. Training for the remaining 2,095 credentials was funded by employers, federal grants, or other private sources. 

Nate Humphrey of Amelia Court House enrolled in the power line worker program at Southside Virginia Community College.

The retired U.S. Army Ranger served seven combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. When he came home, he was looking for that same camaraderie.

“When I retired, I missed it,” he said. “And I found it being a lineman.”

Just days after completing the program, he locked down a job at Southside Electric Cooperative.

“I think the course was just at $11,000, but with the grant, I didn’t pay anything,” he said. “The only thing I paid for was my boots and my belt.”

The Workforce Credential Grant Program is now in its second year. Right now, grants are available to support 146 training courses offered at 23 community colleges in the commonwealth.  At SVCC, the grant can cover the following programs for eligible students:  Welding, Power Line Worker Training, Truck Driver Training, Nurse Aide, Massage Therapy, Phlebotomy, Medication Aide and Precision Machining.

See class offerings and register at southside.augusoft.net

Assessing the Value of Education

By Dr. Al Roberts

Every year as the summer turns its focus toward the coming of autumn, back-to-school stories tend to proliferate in national and local media. One recurring theme seems to be the rising cost of college tuition and questions about its value and payback.

To be sure, college costs have risen, and they continue to rise. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan research and policy institute, released a report last year that documented the ways in which recession-related budgetary concerns led to cuts in the support of higher education. In 46 states, including Virginia, government spending per student continues to remain less than what it was prior to the beginning of the recession in 2008. In fact, based on inflation-adjusted dollars, funding for higher education in Virginia is now 22.5 percent less per student. Such reductions in support are one of the factors that contribute to rising tuition. In this fiscal climate, evaluating the return on investments in higher education seems fitting.

Some benefits fall outside the realm of dollars. College graduates tend to be healthier, more engaged in their communities, and better able to understand diverse points of view. In most assessments, however, the question of value revolves around expenditures and paybacks.

In Virginia, community colleges offer a lower-cost, value-based choice. According to information from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), tuition and mandatory fees for full-time, in-state undergraduates in Commonwealth’s four-year colleges averages $12,137. With fees of $9,989 for room and board, that yields a grand total of $22,126 per academic year. By comparison, here at Southside Virginia Community College in-state tuition and fees add up to $4,582.50 for 15 credit hours per semester for the entire 2017-18 academic year. Furthermore, 94 percent of beginning undergraduate students receive significant financial aid packages.

But what’s the payback?

College Measures, an initiative of the American Institutes for Research, studied that question. They found that students who graduate from a community college with an Associate’s degree in an occupational or technical field earn an average of $35,718 in the first year after graduation and $41,879 eight years after graduation. At VA.EdPays.org on-line you can download the entire report or interactively explore the data to learn more details about wage variations by field of study and region.  Additionally, students who earn an Associate’s degree in a transfer program can save approximately $35,000 on the cost of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree. They also have an opportunity to establish their academic competitiveness and get a clearer picture of their overall career goals.

For more information about your higher education choices and opportunities, contact SVCC at 434-949-1000. Our team of academic and workforce advisors can help you get the most value from your education dollars.

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.

Nursing Is Here

At eighteen years old, Na’Shiyaa Robertson might look like your average high school student: active, happy and working hard to balance studies and social life. Beneath the composed exterior however is a highly motivated young woman who is completing the SVCC Nurse Aide program in addition to completing her high school studies at Randolph Henry High School.

Redefining the term ‘multitasking’ SVCC’s dual enrollment program allows Shiyaa to attend nursing classes at the Southside Virginia Community College’s Keysville campus while still in high school. In May, Shiyaa crossed her graduation stage with not only a diploma, but poised to take the state boards to become a Certified Nurses Aide and jumpstart her nursing career.

Shiyaa says she has always felt drawn to the field of nursing, enjoying connecting with and helping others. Shiyaa and her family were deeply affected after losing an uncle to liver disease. Although Shiyaa was very young when her uncle passed, his illness impacted her close knit family profoundly. With multiple aunts already working as RN’s at area hospitals, for Shiyaa, nursing was a natural and fulfilling fit. Once finishing high school, the CNA program and passing her state boards, Shiyaa will follow in the family footsteps to pursue an associate degree in nursing.

“The most incredible part of being a nurse, for me,” says Shiyaa, “is being able to help people do things they’re no longer able to do.”  

Visit nursingishere.com for more information.

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