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Boating Safety Classes offered at Southside Virginia Community College

Southside Virginia Community College is offering Boating Safety classes this spring starting April 21 in South Hill and May 10 in Clarksville.

Scheduled class dates are as follows:

Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center – South Hill, VA
April 21st and 23rd, 2014 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM
(Must attend both dates to complete class)

Or

Clarksville Enrichment Complex – Clarksville, VA
May 10, 2014 8:30AM – 5:00PM

In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law to establish a boating safety education compliance requirement. This requirement will be phased in over the next several years and by 2016, all operators of PWCs (Personal Watercraft such as jet skis, Sea Doos, Wave Runners) and operators of Motorboats with a 10 hp or greater motor, will be required to have a boating safety education course completion card on board when operating a PWC or Motorboat.

As of July 1, 2009, all PWC operators 20 years old and younger must complete a boating safety course. This is the beginning of the phase-in of the Education Compliance Requirement for all Virginia boaters. As of July 1, 2010, all PWC operators 35 and younger must complete a boating safety course

PWC Age Restriction: No person under the age of 14 may operate a PWC. Those operators 14 and 15 MUST show proof of completing an approved and accepted boating safety course either in a classroom or online. The challenge exam or other provisions of the Education Compliance Requirement do not meet the requirements of the age restriction law.

A Personal Watercraft or PWC, more commonly known as a Sea-Doo® (Bombardier Recreational Products), Waverunner® (Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA), and JET SKI® (Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA), is defined as a motorboat less than 16 feet in length that are powered by jet pumps, not propellers, where the persons stand, kneel, or sit on, rather than inside the boat. If you are an experienced boater, you may choose to take an equivalency/challenge exam rather than take a boating safety course.

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Human Services Workshop Offered

Southside Virginia Community College is hosting a Human Services Workshop on Wednesday, April 16 in Alberta.  Family System in Human Services Part Two is being offered.

 In Family Systems Part Two, participants will understand the patterns that are developed by family members and how behaviors of family members affect others in the family.   One of the best ways to begin therapy and to gain understanding of how the emotional system operates in your family system is to put together your family Genogram. Studying your own patterns of behavior, and how they relate to those of your multigenerational family, reveals new and more effective options for solving problems and for changing your response to the automatic role you are expected to play.

Crisis Intervention with Adolescents - This workshop explores the differences in the brains of teens and adults, discusses common mental health diagnoses, gives participants invaluable information on managing family conflicts, and explores suicide prevention and intervention.

Individualized Service Plan (ISP) - This unique workshop allows professionals to actively practice writing ISPs, get one-on-one support with planning their ISPs, and understand the clinical elements of a

Person Centered ISP. This workshop uses the P.A.T.H. Intervention developed by Nikole Jiggetts, LCSW.

Pre-registration required by Friday, April 11th

Presented by: Pulliam Innovative Consulting Firm – .5 CEUs will be earned

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time: Check-in: 8:30AM – 9:00AM | Seminar: 9:00AM – 3:30PM

Fee: $15.00 (includes lunch)

Location: Southside Virginia Community College, John J. Cavan Workforce Development Center – 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA 23821

Pre-registration required by contacting: Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or angela.mcclintock@southside.edu. Non-Credit applications can be faxed to: 434-949-0107

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IST Program at SVCC Leads To Careers

“I don’t think Southside Virginia Community College gets nearly enough credit.  The professors are knowledgeable and approachable.  The classes are challenging and I never felt like I was wasting my time or not learning enough in class,” is how one student in the Information Systems Technology program describes the local college.

Jean Lucas continues, “As a busy mom, one of the main reasons I chose SVCC was the availability of so many online and evening classes.  I don’t think most people realize the quality and variety of programs that are offered at SVCC.”

Lucas is a 2013 Summa Cum Laude graduate with the Associate of Applied Science degree in IST.  She is currently participating in an internship at Kinex Telecom in Farmville, Virginia, a local telecommunications company specializing in telephone and internet services serving southern Virginia.    Kinex also repairs computers for businesses and individuals and is a partner and supporter of the Information Systems Technology program at SVCCKinex also provides a representative to serve on the Advisory Committee at the college for Information Technology. 

Lucas is putting her classroom knowledge to work in a hands-on environment in the area of computer repair and troubleshooting.  She is Microsoft Office Specialist certified in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

“When I contacted Joan Tuck with SVCC and explained that I was looking for an intern, I never expected to have someone of Jean Lucas’ caliber apply.  Jean came to us, mild, friendly and with a beautiful smile. Jean is a highly talented and a dedicated professional who is helpful and intuitive.    Her technical experience is strong and her organizational skills are invaluable.  She has effectively demonstrated her learned professional and technical abilities from SVCC.  We are happy to have her working with our team and recognize the valuable service SVCC offers our communities,” said Lorraine G. Carter, General Manager, Kinex Telecom, Inc.

Another successful IST student is Oscar Ramirez (pictured) of Buffalo Junction, Virginia who is a 2011 graduate of Bluestone High School.  He completed his Associate in Applied Science degree at Southside Virginia Community College in December 2013 and has been hired full-time by Atos, an international Information Technology services company, in Boydton, Virginia as a data center entry-level technician.  Ramirez received his Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification in Security Fundamentals while taking classes at SVCC.

According to Joan Tuck, Professor, Information Technology for the Daniel Campus, “the Information Technology field changes rapidly and is an exciting career choice for many people, especially those who enjoy a hands-on, challenging, problem-solving environment.   The faculty in the Information Technology Department are dedicated and committed to the success of our students.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the national median pay for computer support specialists is $46,260.  The national median pay for network support specialists is slightly higher at $59,090.  Computer support specialists provide installation, repairs, updates, help, and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment.  Network support specialists analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), and Internet systems. They also perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption. 

SVCC has a robust associate degree program in Information Systems Technology with a variety of classes that include application software, operating systems, web design, programming, PC hardware troubleshooting and repair, networking, and security.   A networking specialization within the associate degree program is also available.  Many of the courses prepare students for industry certifications that are valuable in information technology careers. 

For information, see the website at www.southside.edu

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Seminars for Small Business Owners

Art As A Business & Doing Business in a “GAFA” World (Google, Amazon, Facebook & Apple) **Rescheduled from January 30, 2014**

Marc Willson, Retail Consultant for the Virginia Small Business Development Centers will conduct a FREE seminar on “Art as a Business & Doing Business in a GAFA World”. He will discuss how to sell your art without selling your soul, define and engage your collector, master merchandising basics, market and advertise your product/artwork, build your brand, create a social media presence, and embrace and understand the business side of selling your product/artwork.

Marc brings 35 years of experience in assisting retail, restaurant and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public. He joined the Virginia SBDC in 2009 as a Retailer Industry Consultant and has delivered seminars and assisted retailers throughout the United States.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
9:00am—12:00Noon
Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center
118 E. Danville Street
South Hill, VA 23970
FREE seminar
To register: 434-738-6191 Ext. 4261 or gina.mull@mecklenburgva.com
**If you registered for the class for January 30, PLEASE REGISTER AGAIN**

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SVCC Students and Administrators Visit General Assembly

Southside Virginia Community College students and administrators visit the Virginia General Assembly each year speaking with Delegates and Senators about the importance of the college and the benefits to people in the area.  This year's delegation is shown with Delegate Tommy Wright and they are (Left to Right) Robert Wrenn of Emporia, Aaron Newby of South Hill, Makayla Evans of Lawrenceville, Jeff Karow of Emporia, Delegate Wright, Tyler Johnson of Lawrenceville, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC Provost, Freddie Reekes, SVCC Recruiter and Dr. John J. Cavan, SVCC President.
 
 
This year's delegation is shown with Delegate Rosalynn Tyler and they are (Left to Right) Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC Provost, Jeff Karow of Emporia, Makayla Evans of Lawrenceville, Delegate Tyler, Tyler Johnson of Lawrenceville and Bobby Wrenn of Emporia.

Dr. John J. Cavan Recognized As Devoted, Innovative Leader By Virginia General Assembly

The General Assembly of Virginia recently commended Dr. John J. Cavan, President of Southside Virginia Community College, for his work helping student of the Commonwealth to build bright futures.  Dr. Cavan is retiring in 2014 after 32 years at the helm of SVCC.

Senate Joint Resolution Number 92 was agreed to by the Senate and House of Delegates on January 14, 2014.  It recognized Dr. Cavan as a devoted, forward-thinking leader in higher education.  The resolution states that “due in large part to John Cavan’s dedicated leadership, Southside Virginia Community College has one of the best served and largest service areas in the Commonwealth.”

Dr.  Cavan began his presidency at SVCC in 1983 with a goal of moving the college into the 21st Century.  Dr. Cavan never forgot his roots and made a commitment to serve the under-served community and build a strong tradition of education for the region that he has come to love.               

A graduate of Nicholls State University, he received his master’s degrees from Kean University and Yeshiva University.  He also completed the Ed.S. and Ed.D. from Yeshiva’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and has completed postdoctoral study at Harvard University.

Dr. Cavan held numerous administrative positions at Atlantic Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey and Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York.  He has taught in the graduate school of George Mason University, George Washington University and Yeshiva University and been a guest lecturer at the Center for International Leadership in New York City. 

Growth of centers offering college courses has been initiated by Dr. Cavan during his tenure with him promising to “take the college to the people at any place and any time.”  The college has two campuses, and many permanent centers.

An avid basketball player, he has been named to two college basketball halls of fame and the athletic hall of fame for Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Cavan is as persistent in his athletic endeavors as he is in providing quality education to Southside Virginians.  A marathon runner, he has completed a total of 120 marathons including 18 Boston Marathons and 29 New York City Marathons. 

Cavan has devoted his life to education and athleticism. 

“With his vision, determination and professionalism, Dr. John Cavan leaves a legacy of excellence to SVCC and community college presidents throughout the Commonwealth,” the resolution reads.

Senator Louise Lucas presented the resolution to Dr. Cavan.

Battle Follows Tough Act at SVCC

Bernadette Battle faced a tough act to follow when promoted at Southside Virginia Community College recently.  When Judy Shepherd, former Director of Counseling on the Christanna Campus, retired last spring after 40 years of service to the College, she left a void that was not easy to fill.

Fortunately for Southside, Battle was waiting in the wings and ready to follow in Judy’s footsteps.  Bernadette, or “Bern” as she is affectionately known, joined the Southside family in 1999 as Student Activities Coordinator and has since held several positions of increasing responsibility. She says she is “humbled and honored to accept the torch of leadership from my friend and mentor.” Bern, who describes herself as “a student-centered administrator,” credits Judy with preparing her to assume the responsibilities of her new position and is “also grateful for the support of the entire student development team and College administration.”

Throughout her tenure at Southside, Bern has been recognized for her outstanding professionalism and superior performance. She has been responsible for the creation and implementation of numerous activities and programs that contribute to student engagement and success.

Additionally, she has served the Virginia Community College System as an active member of several state-wide committees and workgroups. In recognition of her many accomplishments, Bern represented the College at both the Classified Leadership Academy and the Faculty and Administrative Leadership Academy, received the Chancellor’s Fellowship, and selected twice by her peers to receive the VCCA Showcase Award. 

According to Judy, her former supervisor, Bern “truly lives the College mission in the fullest sense.  She is an advocate for students, helping them to find the very best that they have.”

Battle received her B.S. in Human Ecology from Virginia State University and her Master of Education in Counseling from the same institution.  She completed the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 and also has taken course work towards n Ed.D. in Community College Leadership. 

She resides in Emporia Virginia with her husband, Preston, and two children, P.J. and Brooke.

SVCC Sponsoring the Tenth Annual African American History Quiz

The tenth annual African-American History Contest sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College will challenge what you know and offer a chance to win monetary prizes, too.  Students and the general public are eligible to participate for prizes of $125, $75 and $50.  Sponsors include the SVCC President Dr. John J. Cavan, Student Development and Student Activities.

Contest questions will require some knowledge and/or investigation on the part of the participants. 

Contest materials can be picked up from these SVCC locations now: Southside Virginia Higher Education Center in Emporia from Gary Cifers; the SVCC Christanna Campus in Alberta from Vondrenna Smithers or Susan Early or Louise Ogburn; SVCC John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville from Letina Giles; the Estes Community Center in Chase City from Melissa Robbins; Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston from Kathy Whitt; Occupational Technical Center in Blackstone from LaTonya Fowlkes; and Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill from Makiko Malone.

The deadline for submitting completed entries is 5 pm on Thursday, February 20, 2014.  Celebrate African American History Month by participating in this exciting challenge.  For further information, contact Vondrenna Smithers  at 434-949-1028 or Le’Tina Giles at 434-736-2023.

SVCC co-sponsors Open House/Job Fair for Lignetics, Inc.

Southside Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development Services is co-sponsoring an Open House/Job Fair for Lignetics of Kenbridge, Virginia.  Lignetics manufactures wood pellets for wood heating, firelogs and animal bedding.  Lignetics is seeking highly skilled individuals to fill positions as Front End Loaders, Industrial Electrician, Dryer Operator, and Industrial Maintenance Technician.

The Open House/Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, February 11th from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Lignetics, Inc. located at 11068 South Hill Road in Kenbridge, Virginia.  This event is open to the public.  Any questions may be directed to Debra Smiley, Director of Workforce Development at 434-949-1060, debra.smiley@southside.edu or Robert Pritchett  with Lignetics at 434-676-4800.

Dr. John Cavan Receives 2013 Margaret H. Traylor Distinguished Service Award from Brunswick Chamber

Dr. John J. Cavan, Southside Virginia Community College President, received the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce 2 013 Margaret H. Traylor Distinguished Service award on January 8, 2014.   Dr. John Sykes, Jr., former Provost of the Christanna Campus introduced Dr. Cavan and presented facts about his years at SVCC

His legacy includes years of record enrollment, innovative new programs, thousands of college graduates and the best served and largest service area in the state community college system, according to Dr. Sykes.   “His innovation and ability to formulate a strong offensive has enabled him to bring many educational opportunities to this rural area including Truck Driver Training, the largest dual enrollment program in Virginia, athletic teams who have done extremely well, the Middle College Program, Honors Program, associate degree nursing and practical nursing programs and strong transfer opportunities,” Dr. Sykes said.

Dr.  Cavan began his presidency at Southside Virginia Community College in 1983 with a goal of moving the college into the 21st Century.  Dr. Cavan never forgot his roots and made a commitment to serve the under-served community and build a strong tradition of education for the region that he has come to love.  A graduate of Nicholls State University, he received his master’s degrees from Kean University and Yeshiva University.  He also completed the Ed.S.  and  Ed.D.  from Yeshiva’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and has completed postdoctoral study at Harvard University.

Dr. Cavan held numerous administrative positions at Atlantic Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey and Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York.  He has taught in the graduate school of George Mason University, George Washington University and Yeshiva University and been a guest lecturer at the Center for International Leadership in New York City. 

Growth of centers offering college courses has been initiated by Dr. Cavan during his tenure with him promising to “take the college to the people at any place and any time.”  The college has two campuses, and many permanent  centers .  An avid basketball player, he has been named to two college basketball halls of fame and the athletic hall of fame for Newark, New Jersey.

Dr. Cavan is as persistent in his athletic endeavors as he is in providing quality education to Southside Virginians.  A marathon runner, he has completed a total of 120 marathons including 18 Boston Marathons and 29 New York City Marathons.  Cavan has devoted his life to education and athleticism.  As the leader at Southside Virginia Community College he has approached the job with the same fevered commitment.  The college has experienced record growth during Cavan’s tenure and currently serves more than 8,000 students per year.

He and his wife, Ann, reside in Kenbridge, Virginia.  They have four daughters and eight grandchildren.

Photo Caption:  The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce chose Dr. John J. Cavan as the recipient of the 2013 Margaret H. Traylor Distinguished Service Award.  Shown in the photo are (left to right) Linda Branson, Chamber President, Dr. Cavan, and Dr. John Sykes, Jr., past president of the Chamber and former Provost at SVCC.

DR. CAVAN’S 2014 CALENDAR IS A HIT

A year’s worth of mandela art featuring institutes of higher education and bound together in a glossy calendar has garnered much praise for the creator.  Dr. John J. Cavan’s Higher Education in America 2014 Calendar features colleges and universities throughout the world depicted through his artwork. 

Mandala is an ancient art form from the Sanskrit word for “circle” and features symmetrical geometric designs that serve as cosmograms and focal points for meditation, according to Mandala Designs by Martha Bartfeld, copyrighted by Dover Publications, Inc., in 1997.  Dr. Cavan’s mandala’s feature college colors and mascots and designs of more than 200 of these colleges.

This year’s calendar features 144 institutes of higher learning including Southside Virginia Community College, Harvard University, the University of Virginia, North Carolina State University, University of Michigan, Murray State University, James Madison University, University of Delaware, Johns Hopkins University and the College of William and Mary just to name a few.  Dr. Cavan sent calendars as gifts to the presidents of colleges featured and other colleagues and received a grand response.

Drew Faust, President of Harvard, emailed that he appreciated that his college was included in the calendar.  W. Randolph Woodson, Chancellor of North Carolina State University, wrote, “I look forward to enjoying your work throughout the year and seeing our nation’s institutes of higher education portrayed in such a beautiful manner.”

Cornell University President David J. Skorton noted that the designs were interesting and was also pleased Cornell is included in this year’s calendar.  The College of William and Mary is featured in the month of January which was noted in the thank you from that college’s President W. Taylor Reveley, III.

Others who responded with notes included presidents from Emory and Henry College, Averett University, Randolph-Macon College, Campbell University , St. John’s University,  the University of the Ozarks, Coastal Carolina University and the Admissions representative from Johnson and Wales University.

This is the third in a series of calendars designed by Dr. Cavan.  This year features the most colleges and universities.  The president of St. Joseph’s University noted, “I enjoyed looking through the pages of the calendar, Dr. Cavan, and was thrilled to see Saint Joseph’s University among your work.  I did, however, wonder if you are aware of the longstanding rivalry between St. Joseph’s University and Villanova University.  We are situated side by side in the month of November.  Of course, I am joking, but I did get a laugh out of seeing that.”

The calendar offers an interesting and new perspective on the colleges and universities we all love to hear about and cheer for in sports situations. 

Dr. Cavan is the President of Southside Virginia Community College and has presented his artwork to many people throughout the nation including our nation’s presidents, governors, chief justices, senators and college presidents.

SVCC Offers Pesticide Application Training

Southside Virginia Community College is offering a new non-credit course designed to deliver training to earn a Private Pesticide Applicator Certification.  This Private Pesticide Applicator Certification training covers categories in 90-Food, Fiber, Forestry Products and Commodity Production Pest Control and 91-Ornamental Production Pest Control.  

Classes will consist of an in-depth review of all chapters within the core manual followed by the private pesticide applicators test.  This training will be held at the SVCC Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle in Emporia.  Class meets every Monday beginning February 10th through March 31st from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Cost is only $89 which includes textbook and certification card.  Pre-registration for this course is required by contacting Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or angela.mcclintock@southside.edu

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Nationally recognized comedian to speak at free community cancer event

 

Cancer survivor and comedian Scott Burton to keynote Connected by Cancer and Beyond, a free conference for cancer survivors, patients and caregivers in Southside Virginia

Headlining comedian and bestselling author Scott Burton is slated to be the keynote speaker at Connected by Cancer and Beyond, a free program for cancer survivors, patients and caregivers on Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Workforce Development Auditorium at Southside VA Community College at 109 Campus Drive in Alberta, Va. Burton, a stage IV cancer survivor who has worked with famous comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno, has turned his cancer fears into strengths and now focuses on using his experiences to benefit others affected by cancer.

“We are delighted to have such a dynamic and well-known national speaker for our event,” says Vivian Taylor, health information coordinator at VCU Massey Cancer Center and coordinator of the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia in Lawrenceville. “We have several additional guests hosting breakout sessions, and we expect this to be a very entertaining and educational event.”

In addition to Burton’s keynote address, the event will include breakout sessions hosted by health care professionals from Emporia, South Hill and other areas in Southside Virginia, including:

  • “What do I do now…that I have finished my cancer treatment?” by Paul Goetowski, M.D., director of radiation oncology at Community Memorial Healthcenter (CMH) Cancer and Specialty Care
  • “Cancer and restorative therapy” by Lesley O. Horne, speech and language pathologist at CMH
  • “Colon cancer awareness and early detection” by Theopolis Gilliam, Jr., M.D., gastroenterologist at Emporia Medical Associates
  • “Ten tips for family caregivers” by Bill Humphreys, founding member of Partners in Healthcare and part of the Crater Caregivers Coalition
  • “Nutrition for cancer survivors” by Ratia Kirby, health information program coordinator at VCU Massey Cancer Center and Halifax county nutritionist

Tzann Fang, M.D., medical director at CMH Cancer and Specialty Care will also be available for brief one-on-one confidential consultations throughout the entire conference.

“As a resident of the Emporia Greensville community I have seen the collaboration of multiple organizations whose purpose is to improve the quality of life and health of our area,” says Marilyn S. LeGrow, community outreach coordinator for VCU Massey Cancer Center. “I am happy to see resources and research projects becoming increasingly available for community-based participation, and I am honored to be included in the planning of Southside Virginia’s first cancer survivor and caregiver’s conference.”

For more information about the conference or to make reservations, please contact Vivian Taylor at the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia at (434) 848-4850, or email vjtaylor@vcu.edu. This event is  sponsored by The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission and VCU Massey Cancer Center.

(Editor's Note:  See a sample of Scott Burton's story in this video:

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