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COLLEGE DAY AND FOUR YEAR COLLEGE TOUR SET FOR OCTOBER 7

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 7, 2015, 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 50 colleges, universities and special schools will be represented.

Institutions that should be represented include Averett University, Bryant & Stratton College, Christopher Newport University, Chowan University, College of William and Mary, Ferrum College,  George Mason University,  Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, James Madison University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Johnson & Wales University, Liberty University, Living Arts College, Longwood University,  Lynchburg College, Mary Baldwin College, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, National University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Old Dominion University, ODU Distance Learning, Radford University, Randolph College,  Roanoke College, Shenandoah University,  Southside Virginia Community College,  Sweet Briar College,  The Apprentice School, The Art Institutes, University of Mount Olive,  University of Mary Washington, University of Virginia, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and William Peace University.  Also in attendance will be a representative from the Virginia Tobacco Region Scholarship.   For more information about “College Day” contact the Admissions Office at SVCC’s Christanna Campus (Phone: 434-949-1014).

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Funds to Benefit Apprenticeship Based Training Through SVCC

President Barrack Obama recently named a consortium of four Virginia community colleges — including Southside Virginia Community College — to receive $2.9 million in grant funds to develop and implement an apprenticeship-based jobs training program.

The award, made under the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Apprenticeship Initiative, will teach advanced manufacturing and information technology career skills to both incumbent workers as well as those new to the workforce. Apprenticeship training combines classroom study with on-the-job training.

Partnering with SVCC on this project are fellow consortium members Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College, both from the Richmond area, and Danville Community College.  Based on Department of Labor data, as well as regional industry surveys, these colleges share with SVCC a common need to train workers in career pathways such as mechanical engineering technology, computer programming, welding, chemical operations, and database technology, to name but a few of the occupations that will be targeted by the American Apprenticeship grant.

SVCC anticipates that over $600,000 of the $2.9 million award will be directed to SVCC's service region, with the majority of funding going to cover tuition and training costs for participants.  SVCC serves ten counties and one city in the Southside region of the state.

“Strategies like apprenticeship programs are both great for talent development and for sourcing talent for employers,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “We want to increase these programs in Virginia to help prepare our workforce, and we congratulate the award recipients.”

Registered Apprenticeships is a training system that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy, through a combination of on-the-job training and theoretical classroom instruction. It is a "win-win" approach to workforce development. In addition to industry certifications that apprentices earn through their work study efforts, the programs SVCC will offer through this American Apprenticeship funding will enable participants to earn college credentials as well.

SVCC's Vice President of Workforce Services Keith Harkins's said “This award underscores the commitment SVCC has to serving the employers in Southside Virginia. When we leverage the knowledge and skills of our community partners, everyone benefits."

Employers who would like to participate, as well as current employees and first-time job seekers who would like to develop lifelong career skills can call SVCC at (434) 949-1029, or email gloria.westerman@southside.edu for more information.

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CEREMONY HELD FOR MACHINING SKILLS CERTIFICATION PROGRAM OF SVCC

Those successfully completing the Southside Virginia Community College Machining Skills Certification Program were recognized September 3, 2015 at a ceremony at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Greensville, County.  They are (Left to Right) Nakia Chambliss, John King, J'nai Foreman, Bradley Doke, Tyler Burgan, Javier Lopez and Decorress Parrott.  Another graduate, Anthony Rivera, was unable to attend.

 

A graduation ceremony was held September 3, 2015 for the first class the Machining Skills Certification Program based at Southside Virginia Community College’s Southside Virginia Education Center location in Greensville County.  A total of eight transitioning active duty soldiers and veterans associated with Fort Lee, Virginia completed the course and obtained five industry certifications through the program.

The program is a  collaboration amongst,   Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), the Commonwealth Center for Manufacturing (C-CAM), the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC), the Crater Regional Workforce Investment Board (Crater WIB),the Fort Lee Soldier for Life Program and 180 Skills, an online career and technical education curriculum provider.

Bruce Sobczak, Director of Workforce Development for the Commonwealth Center for Manufacturing, talked about how the program came to fruition calling it “First Say Yes, a story of innovative collaboration.”  He talked about all the partners that joined forces to make the program a success despite some obstacles.  Students in the program completed 162 online modules plus 300-plus hours  of lab work. 

Command Sargent Major Clarence Richardson noted that the program is great for the military as it downsizes

“This Is a great opportunity to take care of our service men and women and it means a lot to us,” he said.

Certificates were presented to the graduates by Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President.  The graduates are Tyler Burgan, Nakia Chambliss, Bradley Doke, J’nai Foreman, John King, Javier Lopez, Decorress Parrott and Anthony Rivera.

Douglas Beaver, instructor for the Machining Program said, “Many of our students are continuing with the second part of the Program while working in the field.  The average hourly wage is $16.93 per hour.”

Presenting the certificates are (Left to Right) Evan Feniman, Executive Director, Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, with J'nai Foreman, and Sergeant Major Clarence Richardson.

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TASTE OF BRUNSWICK FESTIVAL RETURNS OCTOBER 10 TO SVCC

The 19th Annual Taste of Brunswick Festival will be held Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southside Virginia Community College, Christanna  Campus., Alberta.   One of the highlights of the festival is the Brunswick Stew Cook-off and more than 20 crews put their hats in the ring to be declared the best in the very competitive cook-off.

Don’t miss this event attended by thousands each year.  Admission and parking is free.  Events include Car and Tractor Show, variety of entertainment including Steve Owens and Summertime, playing beach music and southern soul and rock and roll, bluegrass bands, rides and games, tractor rides, horse exhibition with Rachel Jackson providing Truck and Roman Riding, Civil War Reenactment, stage coach rides, food, vendors, organ grinder, arts and crafts, Brunswick fest t-shirts and hats, kids train rides and plenty of good ole Brunswick Stew.

Mark your calendar now for the biggest event of the year for Brunswick County!!

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SVCC Offers Continuing Education Class

Online Continuing Education Course for Licensed Nurses!!! Pap Smear Management

Fall 2015 | Online NUR 295 Class Dates: October 1, 2015-December 11, 2015

This continuing education online course is for licensed registered nurses who want to improve their knowledge of pap smear management based on the ASCCP (American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology) guidelines. This is a self-directed review of the current evidence based guidelines for health care providers that includes the 2013 guidelines, management of normal and abnormal pap smears (age specific), risk factors, prevention and patient education strategies for the licensed nurse. At the completion of each module, participants will complete a brief examination of the information presented.

Participants that successfully complete this course will be awarded 15 contact hours (1 college credit) towards their license renewal.

Register by September 28th, 2015 by contacting: Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or angela.mcclintock@southside.edu

NUR 295 (68305-A6) 1 Credit Hour | In State Tuition: $145.00 | Out of State: $339.60

 

 

 

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Faculty members from Southside Virginia Community College were recognized with Excellence

Awards for Learning Environment during 2015.   Those receiving this award are (Left to Right) Kristen Beekwilder, Dr. Dixie Dalton, Jonette Talbott, Felicia Omick, Karen Hopkins and Sharon Freeman.  

Annual Faculty Awards were presented by Southside Virginia Community College and the recipients are (Left to Right) Dr. Dixie Dalton, Kristen Beekwilder, Dr. Christy Lowery-Carter, Richard Bell and Tommy Wright.

Faculty receiving the Professional Excellence Award from SVCC are (Front Row Left to Right) Crystal Jones, Sharon Freeman, James Wilkerson, and Karen Fisher and (Back Row, L to R) Martha Reed, Katrina Wells, Vincent Brown and Joan Tuck. 

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SVCC Recognizes Long Serving Employees

Five Years of Service

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for five years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving Five Year Recognition are (Left to Right) David Braun, Tiffany Griffin, Dr. Jackie Daniel, Dr. Anne Hayes, Pam Jackson, Rebecca Laben, Makiko Malone and Chad Rogers.

Ten Years of Service

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for ten years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving Ten Year Recognition are (Left to Right) Linda Allen, Karen Fisher, Melissa Arthur, Sandra Bacon, Gary Cifers, Allen Fulks, Ricky Lyles, Leonard Martin, Angela McClintock and Mary Rodriguez.

Fifteen Years of Service

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for 15 years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving 15Year Recognition are (Left to Right) John Hicks, Bernadette Battle, Robin Daniel, Shannon Feinman, Angela Jackson, John Duty, Dr. Chad Patton, David Smith and Rosa Townsend.

Twenty Years of Service

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for twenty years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving Twenty Year Recognition are (Left to Right) Buddy Hyde and Dr. Percy Richardson.

Twenty-Five Years of Service

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for twenty-five years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving Twenty-Five Year Recognition are (Left to Right) Rodnita Blackwell, Crystal Jones, Diane Nipper and Louise Ogburn.

Thirty Years of Service

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for thirty years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving Thirty Year Recognition are Toni Lambert and Pardha Gadiyaram.

Forty Years of Service

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized employees who had served the Commonwealth of Virginia for forty years.  Service awards are given at each five year mark to the faithful employee of a state agency.  Those from SVCC receiving Forty Year Recognition is Rhina Jones.

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Teaching Peer and Fellow Recognition

Southside Virginia Community College honored adjunct faculty members on August 19th at the Estes Community Center in Chase City.  In order to be named a Teaching Peer, an adjunct faculty member must have taught at least 30 credits over a minimum of five years and have above average evaluations.  A Teaching Fellow must have taught at least 60 credits over a ten-year period and have excellent evaluations.  The adjunct faculty members recognized as Teaching Peers and Fellows were:

Teaching Peers: (L to R) Joanne Catron, Karen Osborne, Jeffrey Lazenby, Angela Mills

Teaching Fellows: (L to R) Susan Zachensky-Walthall, James Popek, Danna Revis

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SVCC Truck Driving Training School Graduates

Southside Virginia Community College recognized graduates from the Truck Driver Training School located at the Southside Virginia Education center on August 7th.  Graduates were:

Left to Right:  Duncan Quicke, TDTS Coordinator, Bobby Wrenn, guest speaker, David Gwaltney (4.0 GPA, Jarratt), Kevin Phillips (4.0 GPA, Emporia), Jerrell Turner (Emporia), Shaheed Ahman (Emporia), Cleo Malone (Emporia), Trey Martin (Emporia), Harry Woodly (Emporia), Willie Crawley, Instructor, Jason Drinkwater, Instructor.

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SVCC Workforce Offers Groundsman Program

Southside Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development is pleased to announce its first cohort has completed the Electrical Utility Groundsman Training non-credit program.  

The class consists of 16 days of instruction (128 hours).  Within the course curriculum, the student receives several certifications necessary for this field of work including, OSHA 10, Work Zone, Flagging, CPR/ First Aid.

The hands-on, high-demand training program affords students the opportunity to utilize various pieces of equipment and tools of the trade. The course prepares the student for an entry level position as an electrical groundsman.

The next class will begin Monday, November 2nd, 2015 and runs through Wednesday, November 25th, 2015. The class will meet Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4PM at the SVCC Occupational Tech Center/Picket Park in Blackstone, VA.

For more information about the upcoming Electrical Utility Groundsman training class, contact Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or angela.mcclintock@southside.edu. Pre-registration is required.

On June 29th, Mecklenburg Electric representatives Leilani Todd and Ron Campbell spoke with the SVCC Electrical Utility Groundsman students on safety, job opportunities, and job readiness skills. Pictured (from left to right): Leilani Todd, Joshua Gilbert, William Weston, Stuart Armes, Dakota Rhodes, Robert Uribe, Ken Ashworth, instructor from TCR Management and Ron Campbell.

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Impact the Future of Our Food: Fall Course Offerings at SVCC Include Seated and Online Options

Whether an agricultural producer or a food consumer, each of us is affected by what happens within our food production system.  Southside Virginia Community College’s agribusiness program assesses all aspects of the food production system and offers four agribusiness courses this fall, including online options. 

In the animal science course (AGR 141), students will gain an overview of the types of livestock raised in the United States and will get a basic understanding of the science behind the nutrition and reproduction of farm animals.  The plant science course (AGR 142) provides a similar type of background in plant biology, with a look at ecosystems, climate, soils, plant structure, and plant growth and development.  A key component of these two science courses is a Friday lab which takes students into the field to see agricultural production and agribusiness in action.  In past semesters, students have visited beef, dairy, swine, goat, and diversified animal operations; tobacco, soybeans, peanuts, cotton, small grain, and fruit/vegetable operations; as well as input supply and output marketing firms such as Meherrin Chemical, CPS, Spaulding Equipment, Southern States, Farm Credit, Clay’s Garden Center, and Mid Atlantic Gin.  Online students are provided with options that will work for their individual situations.

The agribusiness marketing course (AGR 231) provides an understanding of consumer decision-making and all of the steps that it takes to get a product from the farmer to the end consumer.  Students create a marketing plan for a product or service of their choice, conducting market research, selecting a target consumer, selecting a pricing strategy, and determining the best way of getting the product into the consumers’ hands.  This course would be particularly helpful to existing farms or businesses seeking to expand or diversify operations. 

The food production and food safety course (AGR 233) addresses the types of processing that farm products undergo enroute to the final consumer and emphasizes food safety regulations in place to keep the U.S. food supply safe.  Students will create a biosecurity plan for a farm of their choice. 

In addition to the traditional seated daytime course offerings, the agribusiness program is offering these courses in an online format.  Students can register for the online section of the course and can listen to the two weekly lectures via the course Blackboard site.  The lecture will include a Powerpoint presentation and an audio recording of the seated class.  In place of any in-class activities assigned to the students in the seated section of the course, students in the online section will be given an assignment to be completed on the Blackboard discussion board.  Therefore, students who are unable to enroll in the seated courses due to work or family obligations can still participate in the agribusiness program.  If there is ever a time that online students are able to visit a campus location, they are welcome to join the seated class on those days.

Agribusiness classes will begin meeting the week of August 24 and can be added throughout that week.  To register for any of the AGR courses, visit www.southside.edu .  First-time enrollees should click on the admissions link and complete the registration request.  Current students can enroll utilizing MySVCC.  For additional information about the courses or the degrees offered through the agribusiness program, contact Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton at dixie.dalton@southside.edu or 434-949-1053.

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SVCC Graduates Nurses

Southside Virginia Community College held a Pinning Ceremony for its Practical Nursing graduates on August 6th at the Christanna Campus in Alberta, VA.

The graduates were: Pictured (L to R):  1st Row: Kaelyn Williams, Crystal Bendall, Michelle Hensley, Autumn Britton; 2nd Row:  Sydney Marshall, Alyssa Velvin, Nicole Hicks, Chantel Walker, Candace Lee

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Start A Great Career Through SVCC’s Precision Machining Program

Precision Machining classes, also known as Integrated Machining, are available in Greensville County through Southside Virginia Community College.  The program offers a two-year Career Studies Certificate at the Southside Virginia Education Center located at the Government Complex of Greensville County.    The curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative, and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product. 

As the instructor, Douglas Beaver has 20+ years working in the Precision Machining Industry.  His wealth of knowledge is from experience as CNC Computer Numeric  Control ) Machinist, CNC Programmer, Quality Manager, and Sales Engineer in the Machine Tooling Industry. Previously, he was an Instructor in the Computer Integrated Machining program at Johnston Community College, Smithfield, NC.  He also holds a Degree in Aviation Systems.

The Greensville site offers state of the art machining equipment for hands-on training.  The course curriculum is based on the standards of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS) offering  students  the opportunity to earn national industry certifications.  In addition to open enrollment classes, Precision Machining is offered as Dual Enrollment for Greensville County High School students in partnership with the school system. 

Nakia Chambliss, one of two women currently in the program, notes that learning the new workforce skill will offer her “job stability” after her military career.

Entry level machinists currently make about $20.00 per hour and experienced machinist can make more than $50,000 per year.  The Virginia Employment Commission projects there will be major increases in job openings for machinists by the year 2020.  The program at SVCC is designed to meet the need for machinists locally and regionally.

 Machining is any of various processes in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size by a controlled material-removal process.  Many of the tools now used in the processes are computerized and the industry is much more high tech than when it began using processes such as carving wood or hand-forging.

Courses for the program include Machine Shop Practices, Blueprint Reading, Computer Numerical Control, and Geometrical Dimensioning.

Classes start August 20, 2015.  For more information, visit the college website at www.southside.edu or call Doug Beaver or Gary Cifers at 434-634-9358.

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SVCC Panthers Baseball Tryouts Starting August 11th

Southside Virginia Community College’s baseball team is having tryouts starting on August 11th from 3-5pm on the baseball field located on the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville.  The tryouts will continue on August 13th at the same time and location.  Games will begin in the Fall.

To be eligible to participate on the team, students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours at SVCC for the Fall semester which starts on August 20th.

For more information contact head coach Jamie Jones at 434-949-1068 or email:  jamie.jones@southside.edu.

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SVCC Classes Start on August 20!

Sign of the Times!!  Just in case you need something to do August 20, 2015, Southside Virginia Community College will be at your service as classes start for the fall semester.  Now is the time to register for classes, get information on financial aid, take placement tests, meet with counselors, visit a campus near you!!  For information on classes and how to register, visit www.southside.edu or call 1-888-220-SVCC (7822) The sign says it all..your future begins August 20!!!

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SVCC’s New Student Orientation Dates - Fall 2015

Southside Virginia Community College is inviting all incoming Fall 2015 students to attend NSO 2.0 (New Student Orientation) to be held Thursday, July 16 at the John H. Daniel Campus located in Keysville, VA; Friday, July 17 at the Christanna Campus located in Alberta, VA; and at both main campuses on Friday, August 14.

SVCC is encouraging all new students to attend one of the orientation sessions that are available.

All sessions will begin at 9:30 AM.

This fun, half-day event will jump start our new students’ academic career and ensure a successful transition to SVCC.

To RSVP or find out more information, please visit www.southside.edu/orientation.

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New Porgram at SVCC

Southside Virginia Community College is an integral part of a new program announced by Governor Terry McAuliffe recently. The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) has launched a new advanced manufacturing training program for active duty soldiers preparing for the civilian workforce and veterans who have recently transitioned to civilian life. The program is a collaboration amongst the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC), Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), the Crater Regional Workforce Investment Board (Crater WIB), the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), the Fort Lee Soldier for Life Program and 180 Skills, an online career and technical education curriculum provider.

Mike Coleman, Military Relations Liaison to the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs recently toured the facility in Greensville County and talked with the instructor and students in the program. In the photo, Coleman (Second from Left) is shown with students and retired or soon to retire military personnel from Fort Lee Tyler Burgen (Left to right), Javier Lopez and Bradley Doke.
 

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SVCC Awards 20,000th CRC

Southside Virginia Community College recently awarded its 20,000th Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) becoming the first member of the Virginia Community College System to reach the benchmark. The recipient was Isaiah Godfrey, a rising senior at Prince Edward County High School, who scored at the platinum level.

Virginia’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is an assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills. The WorkKeys system was developed by ACT (formerly American College Testing) to meet the demand from business and industry for a reliable screening tool that could help employers identify the best candidates based on the work-related skills needed to be successful on the job.

“The CRC is a wonderful tool for workforce development,” said Dennis Smith, Director of Workforce Development on the John H. Daniel Campus at SVCC. “The WorkKeys system was established to provide a common language for employers, educators, and job seekers. SVCC has been involved with the WorkKeys program since 1995 and we understand the importance of the system in helping to develop our local workforce. We are delighted that many of our high-school partners are offering the assessments so students can document the skills they have to enter the workforce.”

The CRC is based on three assessments that are universally used by most employers: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics and Locating Information.

The assessments validate workplace skills by utilizing situations and scenarios that occur in the workplace. Participants readily recognize that these are not academic questions but rather problem-solving situations that occur every day in America’s workplaces.

Individuals testing in Virginia earn one of three levels of Career Readiness certificates based on their test performance. A bronze level signifies that a recipient possesses skills for approximately 17% of all jobs while silver signifies that a recipient possesses skills for 69% of jobs and gold signifies skills for 93% of jobs.

The CRC allows the employer to evaluate the skills offered by the candidates against the skills required for success in the position which eliminates a large portion of poorly qualified and unmotivated individuals while quantifying the skill sets of those who do apply with the CRC as a part of their applications.

For incumbent employees and recruits, the CRC provides a baseline for training and development.

For more information about the CRC, contact Dennis Smith on the John H. Daniel Campus at 434-736-2008 or by email at dennis.smith@southside.edu or Debra Smiley on the Christanna Campus at 434-949-1027 or by email at debra.smiley@southside.edu or Pam Taylor in South Boston at 434-572-8289 or by email at Pamela.taylor@southside.edu

BENCHMARK AWARD – Prince Edward County High School student Isaiah Godfrey recently earned a Career Readiness Certificate awarded by Southside Virginia Community College. The CRC was the 20,000th issued by the local community college becoming the first member of the Virginia Community College System to reach the benchmark. Pictured from the left are Dennis Smith, Director of Workforce Development at SVCC; Mark Daniel, SVCC Testing Specialist; Isaiah Godfrey and Dr. Brad Bryant, Coordinator of Career and Technical Education/Adult and Continuing Education at Prince Edward County Public Schools.

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SVCC Hosts Job Fair

Job Fair was held at the Southside virginia Education Center in Greensville County on June 3. Almost 200 people attended the event to talk to 25 employers who were gathered to talk to potential employees.

The event was sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services in partnership with Crater Business Services Team.

    

    
 

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SEWARD TEACHING ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE AT SVCC

Alfonzo R. Seward joined the faculty of Southside Virginia Community College for 2015 as Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice on the Christanna Campus in Alberta.  Previously, he held the rank of Sergeant with the Department of State Police in Virginia where he was instructional leader and coordinator of 122nd Basic Session Trainees.

A native of Brunswick County, Seward joined the Unites States Army serving with the Military Police at Fort Bragg.  He was honorably discharged from the Army with the rank of Sergeant Military Police in 2003.  He worked for a security company in Virginia Beach and Fort Monroe until becoming a Virginia State Police Trooper in 2006 where he rose to the rank of Sergeant. 

A graduate of Brunswick High School, he received certification from Military Police School, U.S. Army in 1998, completed courses in Primary Leadership Development and Military Police Basic Non Commissioned Officer with the Army then received Certification from the Virginia State Police.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Paul’s College and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice form University of Cincinnati. 

He is currently enrolled at North Central University pursuing a doctorate in Philosophy of Business Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice. 

He is a mentor at Wilson Chapel Baptist Church and a volunteer at local public schools.  He is married to Taleisha Seward, and they have two daughters , Jarielle and Jaluauni and reside in Lawrenceville. 

SVCC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree In Administration of Justice, and a Certificate in Administration of Justice.  The college also offers a Career Studies Certificate in Corrections.  For information about the college visit www.southside.edu

Southside Virginia Community College Assumes New Training Initiative to Transition Veterans into Advanced Manufacturing

RICHMOND– Southside Virginia Community College is an integral part of a new program announced by Governor Terry McAuliffe this week.   The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) has launched a new advanced manufacturing training program for active duty soldiers preparing for the civilian workforce and veterans who have recently transitioned to civilian life.  The program is a collaboration amongst the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC), Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), the Crater Regional Workforce Investment Board (Crater WIB), the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), the Fort Lee Soldier for Life Program and 180 Skills, an online career and technical education curriculum provider.

About the announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “This new workforce program for active duty soldiers and veterans is an outstanding example of the power of public and private partnerships to drive state and regional workforce solutions that will help build the new Virginia economy.  CCAM and our institutions of higher education in Southern Virginia have collaborated to establish short term, intensive training that creates opportunities for high-value certifications and job interviews upon completion.”

“SVCC is excited about the opportunity to host this innovative pilot program,” said Dr. Al Roberts, President of SVCC.  “The success of this effort is in large part due to the collaborative efforts of statewide partners who have shared their time, expertise and resources.”

“This is exactly the type of workforce solution that the Governor called for in Executive Order 23,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “By working together as a team, state and regional partners are delivering these ‘Credentials to Compete’ for well-paying, available jobs.  By offering the training to active duty soldiers in the months preceding their transition from the service, the program offers our soldiers a seamless transition from active duty status to civilian employment.”

The pilot program is located at SVCC’s Emporia Center.  The program includes 162 modules of customized, interactive online learning and 260 hours of project-based hands-on training in advanced manufacturing principles and practices.  The instruction will prepare soldiers and veterans for as many as six highly marketable National Institute for Metalworking (NIMs) certifications.

“Keeping the military’s talent pool of transitioning soldiers in Virginia and primed for high-demand manufacturing jobs is exactly the type of training CCAM and the Virginia Tobacco Commission had in mind when the Centers of Manufacturing Excellence were established,” said Dr. Betty Adams, Executive Director of the SVHEC.

Virginia Senator Frank Ruff, Chair of the Tobacco Commission’s Education Committee, initially approached CCAM with the idea to train veterans.

“The plan was for the newly established Advanced Manufacturing Centers of Excellence at SVHEC to be utilized to give this highly skilled and disciplined population the necessary tools to ensure a successful transition to civilian life - as well as talent for companies seeking a highly skilled and mature workforce,” said Senator Ruff.  “Our military men and women have learned good work habits as they have served our nation.  They can provide the same work ethic and problem solving to Virginia's manufacturing employers.”

The Fort Lee’s Soldier for Life Program worked with the VEC to identify a pilot group of transitioning soldiers and veterans to participate.  Training is provided at no cost to students or employers, thanks to funding provided by the Crater Regional WIB under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), which is designed to help job seekers access education, training, and support services to succeed in the workplace.  More than 15 Virginia manufacturing companies will interview the pilot program graduates when they earn their NIMs certifications in late August.

“Traditional training programs are often taught in 16-week semesters, but Fort Lee soldiers have the unique opportunity to pursue training during the last three months of their enlistment.  Creating a condensed certification training program that takes advantage of a time frame when soldiers are still on active duty gives the soldiers greater opportunities to seamlessly transition into the civilian workforce,” said Bruce Sobczak, Workforce Director of CCAM.  “Soldiers receive two-and-a-half years of training in approximately five months through a hybrid online and hands-on laboratory program.”

CCAM and its partners plan to use the program as a model for other Virginia regions and nationally.  New training locations near other Virginia military installations will be identified, and a second skills training curriculum in industrial maintenance will be developed.   

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1,400 GRADUATE SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ON MAY 16

“Southside Virginia is the place I call home.  Today sets in motion the futures of 1,400 men and women.  This is your day and you earned it.  You are Southside Strong,” began the commencement address at Southside Virginia Community College on May 16 in Keysville by Halifax County native Dr. Dietra Y. Trent, Deputy Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Dr. Trent earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Hampton University, and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Commonwealth University.    

She reminded graduates to continue to be proud of their hometowns and part of this community.  Even though the area has suffered economic setbacks, Southside changed with the times and remained relevant.

“Go into the world carrying the Southside flag, share your talents and give back,” Dr. Trent said

SVCC President Dr. Al  Roberts presided over the commencement ceremony before a Saturday morning crowd of more than 4,000.  A record number of Dual Enrollment students graduated this year.  More than 500 students from area high schools completed a SVCC degree, diploma or certificate in the program that offers classes with both high school and college credit.

One graduate, Summer Fink, was recognized as a 2015 nominee for the American Association of Community Colleges/Phi theta Kappa/All-USA Team.  Honors program graduates this year are Joshua Baird, Landon Baker, Cameron Covington, Tyler Johnson and Christopher Nelson.  Students accepted into this program have high academic standards and outstanding leadership potential.

Area graduates are listed below.

Graduates from Emporia

Darlwin Bernard Lee
Shyheim Layquan Anderson
Tiffany Richelle Anderson
Kiara N Atkins
Alexis Tihon Autry
Anthony Bourn
Jennifer Lane Coker
Sabra Breann Davis
Jessica Marie Flynt*
Nyashia Nicole Gregory
Jessica Mitchell Harris
Tyrell Bernard Jenkins
Talesha Danielle King
Carman Kelli Larson*
Stephen Sean Manley
Mallie Evelyn Manning*
Kelli A Miller
Dana Lashae Mitchell
Ishmael Jabril Muhammad
Joshua D Nunnally
Brittany Lachelle Owens
Evaan Hunter Saaski
Carleen Theodosia Scott
Michael Javon Seay
Lance Alexander Short
Felecia Janice Stukes
Brooke Michelle Velvin
Henry Eugene Wall Jr.
Jordan Elizabeth Watson
Richard Taylor Watson
Erica Latrice Whitfield
William Alan Woodruff
Aremetria Titiana Yates
Patrice Monique Jones
Drequan Cortez Turner
Timmy Recardo Sloan Jr.
Gregory Demetrius Daughtry
Francine G Wright
Taquanna Nashe Lane
Sheena Denise Johnson
Titiana De'Juanee Nicholson
Earl Dequan Squire
Rasheek Tyrell Futrell
Mary Annie Parker
Demetrius Lonzale Seaborn
Jasmine Renee Sykes
Charlene Haskett
Tamekia Danielle Owens
Kaliqua Latee Stokes
Shannon Kitchen Seward
Ye'Tonnah Danae Worrell
David Damarcus Ramsey Jr.
Jamal Malik Davis
Peitra Antionette Simmons
Corey Jacob Williams
Marcus Allen Hicks
Ahkeem DaVae Allen
Courtney Denise Vaughan*
Austin Craig Jarratt
Jakyesia Charae Murrell
Promise La'Sha Mason
Piaget Nicole Hicks
Tamara Lynn Starke
Alexandra Nicole Allen
Robert Ernest Allen III
Kelly Malik
Barry David Allen Jr.
Millicent Ann Slate
Ryan Howard Short
Nakia Danielle Allen*
Roland Eubank Weaver III*
Rasha McKail Green
Deshaun Lamont Artis
Kiana Janae Hancock
Austin Wood Harvey
Stephanie M Ferguson
Caleb Nathaniel House
Khalilah Alia Jones
Aron Blade Taylor
Stewart Eric Veliky
Jamie Lee Watkins
Brooklyn Taylor Simmons
Thomas Shawn Hennessey Jr.
Joshua Michael Davis
Allison Nicole Mitchell
Samantha Lee Powell
Haley Dawn Allen
William C Bowser
Emily Christine Ogburn
Kathy Robinson Drummond
Tristan Kavon Gillus
Steven Paul Little
Tyler McKay Ferguson
Kristen Nicole Moseley
Kristen Nicole Moseley*
Porscha C Offer Lundy
Elishia Brashay Powell
Daionna Tomise Wright
Brooke Nicole Allen
Te'la Tamara Harding
Travonnia Deshay Bullock
Isabella Mae Harvey
Kayla Nicole Mullins
Kayla Ivona Maloney
Dominic Yagich Grant
Ma'Kayla Jennice Palmer
Shakayla Yanastavia Smith
Rahmel Ali Peebles
Michael Ray Stephens
Aikayla Lyshelle Green
Kaitlin LeAnn Velvin
Kevin McGlenn Stephenson*
Etavia Funj Anderson
Adreanna Marquisa Hines
Sonji S Davis
Tamiko Tamira Taylor
Jonathan Neal Lucy
Brian Matthew Bullock
Lance Ryan Wyatt
Nicholas Steven Simms
Shanita Lashae Jeffress
John H Seaborne Jr.
My'esha Dasha Burrell
Grayson Lane Walton
Heather Nicole Veliky
Dontae Shaquille Tucker
Latisha Pitt*

 

Graduates from Jarratt

Alexis Brooke Barnes
Payton Elizabeth Doyle
Courtney Deandre Gomes
Melba Carrie Jones
Matoya Shenelle Nicholson*
Diamond Charmaine Taylor-Robinson
Antoine Lamont Whitaker
Dillion Ray Whitby
Chantay Lenise Williams
George June Garrette
Kayla Brook Watts
Cody M Wray
Corey Tremell Lee Sr.
Aaliyah De'Kimia Broadnax
Nicholas Shane Turner
Mary Bridgeman Bailey
Cameron Shane Phelps
Tevin De'Shawn Chambliss
Michelle Ashley Scott
Tabria Neshae Bailey
Tayvon Alexis Alston
James Brandon Driver
Faye Mangum Elliott

Graduates from Skippers

Hunter Ryan Aycock
Tavonia Danielle Banks*
Brandy Blythe Epps
Lexus Abigail Long
Lyssa Celeste Rivers
Anthony Mcghee Sr.
Natalie DaShay Manning
Heather Rene' Williams
Jonathan Carl Jones
George David Slagle III
Ceilidhe Kate Brown
Isaiah Terell Brooks
Tiffany Amber Brooks

Graduates from Dolphin

Margarete Leane Davis*
Sarah Allison Howerton*
Brittany JoAnna King
Patsy Gauldin Lucy
Leslie Gill Edwards

Graduates from Ebony

Makita Shalae Clements
Yadasia Ja'Niece Clements*

Graduates from Freeman

Dawn Marie Poythress
Vongretchen Price
Selina Levon Thompson
Darrell Anthony Stewart Jr.
Shawn F Livingston
Shadhri L Stith
Alana Chanel Brown
Victoria Ann Clark
Marsha Michelle Hays
Aaron Sims Huff
Tonya Jeanette Weddington*
Sherwood Wayne Harrison

Graduates from Gasburg

Christopher Michael Richard Rather*
Candice Ann Elmore

Graduated from Rawlings

Timothy Scott Everman II

Graduates from Stony Creek

Theba Sheree Bellamy*
Danielle Latrice Prosise
Cameron Paul Gross*
Christina Joeanna Knight
Jacob Brandon Owen
Justin Charles Owen

Graduates from Valentines

Ashley Writtenberry Argueta
Marsha R Pearson
Albert Lewis Mason Sr.
Cedric Juwan Smith
Jaquan Lamar High
Jenipher LeAnn Singleton
Jasmine Love Price

 

Graduates from Dewitt

Danielle L Jones
Sydney M Marshall
Michael Dean Dunn
Paul William Dunn
Rachel Louise Harper
Blair Lynn Sullivan

Graduates from Warfield

Anthony Eden Short Jr.*
Jeremiah Kevin Stokes
Courtney Moore Thompson
Stephanie Walker

Graduates from Carson

Tyler Keith Waterfield
MaQuetta Shenika Aurelia Easter

Graduates from White Plains

Camille Rosetta Wilkins
Kaid Dwayne Moody*
Tiffani Krystle Livingston
Cheyenne Taylor Kent
H. Elizabeth E Farrar-Clary

 

 

 

 

*Summer 2015 Graduates

 Graduates from Lawrenceville

Demetrius Marcell Alexander
Ja'Mila Shaquisia Blunt
Makayla Diane Evans
Crystal Yolanda Goldsberry
Kristen Paige Hammack
Courtney Noel Harris
Chrissie J Hines
Leroy Hurt Sr.
Ja'Onna Kazmira Jacobs
Joseph Tyler Johnson
Whitney Marie Jones
Earl Bernard Lee*
Aja McLeod Walker
Ethan Wayne Moore
Amanda Skyy Pate*
Latarsha Shenea Peterson
Althea Olivia Robinson*
Laura Jo Sain
Jayla Letitia Seward
Gerica La'Quella Singleton
Reginald Cleon Singleton*
Jordan Elizabeth Sumpter
Carol MacLin Vaughan*
Antionette R Wilkins
Zachary Julian Adams
Latyra Dominique Rice
Garetta La'Sha Johnson
Devonte Rashawn Stith
Darren McKinley Owens
Daylan Mitchell Owens
Jaquan Antione Ruffin
Sha'Damia Kayla Hargrove
Alexandra Brooke Doucette
Marilynn Rhodes Cabiness*
Robert Tiler Peebles
Trinity Janee Harrison
Keon Fonte Morgan*
Victoria Latrice Wallace-Williams
Margaret McLeod Cain
Jalen Andrew Taper
Brishauna Jaaliyah Hawkins-Wesson
Celesteen Easter Yancey
Madison Lee Browder
Allison Lane Powell
De'Andre Andrew Jones
Tychelle Donecia Callis
Shaquanna Shane' Morgan
Larry Junior Hale Jr.*
Katlyn Ann Clary
Loren Elizabeth Propst
Jamisen Omar Baskerville
Shadae Alexus Ruffin
Leatrice Chenise Boyd
Katherine Day Gurkin
Kristen Michelle Clarke

Graduates from Bracey

Christopher Smith Read
Joel Allen Wilson
Miranda Lynn Curry
Destiny Christine Pulver
Samantha Ariel Spraggins
Matthew William Bailey*
Genia T Read*
Jeremiah Dalton Gilmer

Graduates from Alberta

Danielle L Fields*
Malissa A. Walker Knight
Patrice Ladawn Rhodes
Roberta A Tyler
John Randolph Stith
Tiara Lutfiyah Mustafa
Shakeera Wright
Sharon Palmer Cypress
Bernard Parham

Graduates from Yale

Latonya M Jones
Marsha Lynette Granderson*

Graduates from Lacrosse

Candace Rajette Cypress
Avereen Crenshaw Bennett
Dione Drummond Davis
Jasmine Maureen McCray*
Meghan Hope Young
Clinton T Brame
Anieca Chauntraya Clements
Katrina Michele Dix Brown
Ariel Kaiondra Harris*
Destiny Arnasia Harris*
Lakiya Nicole Hawthorne
Kanika Rasheeda Hite
Krystal O Cheely
Shannon Renne Brewer*
Maurice Andre' Saunders
Kristen Lauriel Wallace
Ryan D Crutchfield
Amari Deloris Walker
Sydney Gayle Crafton
Christopher Pierce Martin Sr.
Michael Christopher Gill
Chytori Tabonne Valentine
Joshua Austin Baird
Devin Lavar Evans
Latonja S Harris
Christopher Xavier Cousin
Bruce Vincent Cliborne
Linda Patillo Feggins
Cierra Elizabeth King
Dylan Wayne Tucker
Catandra Michelle Chavis
Derricka Lemonya Patillo
Lacie Dawn Sadler
Amanda Lee Stone
Monica LaJean Blalock
Jenel M Lynch
Jarrett Tyler Kidd
Kyle Vernon Pelletier
Ashley Danielle Ownby
Kaitlin Alexis Hodge*

 

 

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Pinning Ceremony for Greenville County High School Nurse Aide Students

Greenville County High School  Nurse Aide Students from Southside Virginia Community College recently participated in a Pinning Ceremony at the Christanna Campus.  Those completing the course are ( Left to right) Kayla Maloney, Millicent Slate, Jordan Watson, Te'la Harding, Ahkeem Allen, Mrs. Rose, Aaliyah Brodnax, Shanita Jeffress, Tavonia Banks, Jakyesia Murrell and Etavia Anderson. Back row- (Left to right) Nicholas Turner and Natalie Manning

Basic Contractor Business Licensing Course offered at SVCC

Southside Virginia Community College is offering a Basic Contractor Business Licensing Course on June 13, 2015 from 8:30AM-5:00PM on the Christanna Campus in Alberta.

This eight-hour course provides an overview of the statutes and regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia. This course is approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Board of Contractors.

Topics include: Starting a Business in Virginia, Laws and Regulations, Contractor Limits and Classifications, Virginia State Statutes Relating to Contractors, Statement of Consumer Protections, The Licensing Process, Obtaining the Contract, Customer Service and New Home Warranties, Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), Underground Utilities, Insurance, Virginia Taxes, Labor Law, Erosion and Sediment Control, Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH), and Liens.

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Make it Happen at SVCC

The mission of the Make-It-Happen Program at Southside Virginia Community College is to enroll minority males students in institutions of higher education and provide support services to ensure their success.  This year's graduates were recognized recently at an event held at SVCC in Alberta.  They are (L to R) Dontae Tucker, Rashaun Alexander, Aja Mcleod, Earl Lee, Catandra Chavis, Amir Marks, Marques Sydnor, and John Hicks

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SVCC JOB FAIR COMING TO EMPORIA JUNE THIRD

Job Fair sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College returns Wednesday, June 3, 2015 to the Southside Virginia Education Center at 1300 Greensville County Circle in Emporia.  The event is open to all job seekers from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Early entry will be allowed at 1:45 p.m. for those with proof of WorkKeys CRC.

The event is sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services in partnership with Crater Business Services Team.  This regional job fair will serve employers in this area.  Interested employers who have job vacancies should reserve a booth for this event by May 21, 2015.  A catered luncheon is included for those who register earl and registration can be made at http://tiny.cc/jobfair2015 or by contacting Angela.McClintock@southside.edu.

GREENSVILLE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2015 TO BENEFIT FROM NEW SCHOLARSHIP TO SVCC

Students in the Greensville County High School Class of 2015 will continue to soar after graduation as they benefit from the EAGLE Scholarship to attend Southside Virginia Community College free of tuition and fee charges.  This Southside Virginia Community College Access the Future Program is a public/private partnership that allows current graduates, who meet scholarship guidelines, to attend SVCC with no out of pocket expense for tuition through a combination of federal/state financial aid and donor funding. 

Funded by Greensville County and the city of Emporia, EAGLE stands for Emporia And Greensville Leads Everyone to Success.    “This scholarship will assist you with the education and training you need for a sustainable career or to continue your education at a four-year university,” said Dr. Tara Carter, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at SVCC.

According to Peggy Wiley, Chairman of the Greensville County Board of Supervisors, “The future is bright for the graduates of Greensville County High School who will have the opportunity to attend SVCC and get a start on their post-secondary education.  I am so proud and excited about this community-funded initiative as it proves we are ready and willing to invest in our future.”

Success starts at SVCC and it continues as students earn a two-year degree, receive workforce credentials, and prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university.  The future is bright and accessible for those taking advantage of this opportunity offered by those who care the most, the surrounding community.  

Emporia Mayor Mary Person added, “The city of Emporia is proud to support educational opportunities for graduates of our high school.  It is our commitment to continued education and training for our young people.  We are fortunate to have local access to Southside Virginia Community College and the programs offered.”

Students in the graduating class of Greensville County High School for 2015 are eligible for this scholarship.  The benefits include no out of pocket tuition expenses beginning in the fall semester of 2015 and to last for two consecutive semesters at SVCC.  Students must complete and submit a college application, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information, SVCC scholarship application and complete the college’s placement requirements.

Greensville County Public School Superintendent Dr. Angela B. Wilson said, “On behalf of the School Board and the Greensville County Public Schools Family, I express our most sincere appreciation to Greensville County and the city of Emporia for their vision in the future of our community and investing in the continuing education of our graduates.  The EAGLE Scholarship is a generous gift and a strong vote of confidence in the potential of our young people.  We believe our partners at Southside Virginia Community College are well able to provide the next phase of educational preparation for the bright futures that lie ahead for the graduates of Greensville County High School.”

The staff at the Southside Virginia Education Center will assist students with the admissions and scholarship processes and other requirements.  Students may call the Southside Virginia Education Center at 434-634-9358 or contact your Guidance Counselor or Career Coach, Buck Brockwell.

In the photo: Front Row: (L-R) Mary Person, Emporia Mayor, Taquanna Lane, Talesha King, Michelle Scott, Jonathan Jones, Hannah Lovell, Tiffany Brooks, Yetonnah Worrell, Superintendent Dr. Angela Wilson, Bessie Reed Moore, Chair of Greensville County School Board.  Back Row:  Aaliyah Broadnax, Matthew Bullock, Tristan Gillus, Dr. Tara Carter, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs for SVCC, Gary Cifers, Coordinator of Off-Campus Instruction for Southside Virginia Education Center, Michael StephensBrenda Parson, Greensville County School Board.

Phi Theta Kappa Inducts New Members

New members were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Alpha Theta Chi Chapter on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College recently.    Membership is extended by invitation. To be considered for membership a student must be enrolled in a two-year college, have accumulated 12 semester credit hours, have established academic excellence as judged by faculty, and be of good moral character and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.  Those inducted are with (Left to right) Earl Lee(member), Leslie Cline, Advisor, Marsha Hayes, President, Trevor A. Robinson of South Hill, Wade C. Bagley of Victoria, Lovell Palmer of Alberta, Tynesha S. Mayfield of Boydton, Jenna Harris of Buffalo Junction, Grace-Marie Eckler of buffalo Junction, Lindsay Barretta of Clarksville, Bryce Burke of Chase City, Kadesya Rainey of Brodnax, Brandy Crawford of LaCrosse, Althea O. Robinson of Lawrenceville, Sherry M. Walker of Alberta, Thomas M. Crews of Blackstone, Kiera French-Toprres of Chase City and DeVeata Fuller, member.  Back row, L to R Cecily Williams of South Hill, Isaiah Hicks of Emporia, Jasmine M. Aleman of LaCrosse, Madison Finch of South Hill, Marcus Morton of Lawernceville, John Robert Thomas of Lawrenceville, Jalen Taper of Lawrenceville, Mallie Manning of Emporia, Dana Nikolaisen of Forksville, Bridgette Clary of Brodnax, Catherine D. Jeter of Bracey, Devina Woodley of Blackstone, Dillon Jenkins of Emporia, Brandon E. Capps of Lawrenceville and, Arden Cosio of Emporia.

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Bernadette Battle Receives Celebration of Excellence Award

Bernadette Battle, Director of Counseling at the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College,  recently received a Celebration of Excellence Award which honors Virginia Community College Association (Black Concerns Commission) members who have made a profound difference in the lives of minority students through life-time service, leadership, and teaching. These individuals have made profound contributions which have significantly changed the climate of a department, campus, or the Virginia Community College System as a whole. 

This year's Celebration of Excellence  Awards were presented at the Annual BCC Conference in Williamsburg.  Battle received the Unsung Hero Award recognizing her profound contribution to education.  

Battle is a resident of Emporia, is married to Preston Battle and has two children.  She has been at SVCC since 1999. 

Rain Tickets Available for Southside Virginia Community College Graduation May 16

Students graduating from Southside Virginia Community College can pick up Rain Tickets beginning Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the following locations:  Christanna Campus in Alberta, Daniel Campus in Keysville, Southern Virginia Education Center in Emporia, Lake Country  Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill and Southside Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston.  Each graduate will be allotted two tickets.

The determination of moving the ceremony from the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville to Central Middle School, Charlotte County, 250 Statesmen Drive, Charlotte Court House, Virginia will be made on Friday afternoon, May 15, 2015.  If moved the ceremony will still be held at 9:30 a.m.

SVCC sincerely hopes that the weather allows the event to be held as planned in order for everyone to be able to attend; however, if bad weather occurs the Rain Plan may go into effect.

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