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SVCC Workforce Offering FREE CLASSES

Southside Virginia Community College’s Workforce Center is offering a number of free classes during the winter months.  Be sure to register for the classes you are interested in taking!!

Computer Courses

Students will be introduced to the wonderful world of the computer and an overview of the Internet, in these noncredit entry level classes.

Beginners Computer Courses

Cost: Free

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center - 118 East Danville Street, South Hill - March 17, 2016

Clarksville Enrichment Complex - 1567 Noblin Farm Road, Clarksville - January 28, 2016

Southside Virginia Education Center - 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia - March 15, 2016

Southside Virginia Community College - 109 Campus Drive, Alberta VA - April 30, 2016

Pre-registration for non-credit classes is required. Register online at www. southside.augusoft.net. For additional assistance contact Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or by email at angela.mcclintock@southside.edu.

Personal Finance

February 5, 2015

Cost: FREE

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center - 118 East Danville Street, South Hill - This seminar includes barriers and hurdles of personal finance and action steps for getting your finances in order.

Pre-registration for non-credit classes is required. Register online at www. southside.augusoft.net. For additional assistance contact Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or by email at Angela.mcclintock@southside.edu.

Use Your Financial Capital to Produce an Income Stream

March 4, 2015

Cost: FREE

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center - 118 East Danville Street, South Hill. This workshop covers ways to use your financial assets to build your retirement paycheck.

Pre-registration for non-credit classes is required. Register online at www. southside.augusoft.net. For additional assistance contact Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or by email at angela.mcclintock@southside.edu.

Social Security

April 8, 2015

Cost: Free

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center

118 East Danville Street, South Hill. This workshop offers the tools to help you with one of your most important retirement decisions — when and how to claim Social Security.

Pre-registration for non-credit classes is required. Register online at www. southside.augusoft.net. For additional assistance contact Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or by email at angela.mcclintock@southside.edu.

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SVCC in 2016

Make Southside Virginia Community College your destination for 2016.  The college re-opens on January 4, 2016 for business.

Plan now to sign up for classes that begin January 11, 2016.  The new year means a new start so check out what SVCC has to offer for you in your educational or career future.  There are many programs of study to consider such as Truck Driving, Diesel Tech, Nursing, Information Technology, first two years of a four-year degree, Power Line Worker, Welding, Automotive, Fire Fighter, EMS, Business Technology and much more.  Visit www.southside.edu for more information.

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NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION SET FOR 2016 AT SVCC

Southside Virginia Community College wants to help make your first year experience the best possible. One way to prepare for your academic success is to begin with the right tools, starting day one. NSO 2.0 (New Student Orientation) is a fun, half-day event that will jump start your academic career and ensure a successful transition to SVCC. This FREE event is open to all incoming Spring 2016 students.

DATE:

  • Christanna Campus  (Alberta, VA) – Wednesday, January 6th  (Registration beginning at 9:30 AM) 
  • John H. Daniel Campus  Campus (Keysville, VA) – Thursday, January  7th (Registration beginning at 9:30 AM)

For more information  please call Le'Tina Giles, Student Activities Coordinator at 434-736-2023 or by email at letina.giles@southside.edu.  www.southside.edu/orientation

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Six Reasons to attend Southside Virginia Community College

There are many reasons to choose Southside Virginia Community College when furthering your education beyond high school.  Six of the most important reasons are offered in this article.  Try Southside and you will discover more reasons why we say Success starts here.

Affordability

Tuition and Fees at Southside Virginia Community College for two semesters equals $4,080.00 as compared with $9, 919.00 at an average public four-year college.  In two years, students save an average of $10,000 by attending community college.

Relationship To Professors

Some students have difficulty transitioning from a small high school to a large, impersonal university. These students may find the smaller campus and classes of a community college are more comfortable right after the high school years. Community colleges typically offer more personalized attention, from the counselors in the admissions office to the professors in the classroom

Second chance to go to your dream college

Virginia’s community colleges offer students more than the opportunity to earn a degree or certificate. They provide a gateway to the commonwealth’s four-year colleges and universities.  Through system-wide agreements, students who graduate from one of Virginia's 23 community colleges with an associate's degree and a minimum grade point average may obtain GUARANTEED admission to more than 20 of the commonwealth's colleges and universities.
Easier Admission Policies

Southside, like many community colleges, has an “open door” admission policy that means anyone can register for the school as long as he has a high school diploma or GED®

Flexibility

High school graduates who find they need to work while in college may discover that community college schedules are much more flexible than those provided by a four-year institution.  Plus, they can keep the job they have been working through their high school years.

Hands-On Experience

Since community colleges often prepare people for professions right out of the door, there is more hands-on learning offered.  Students in truck driving actually drive the truck; in welding, they weld; in nursing, they work in the hospitals during clinical rotation; and in automotive and diesel tech, the students fix car and truck engines.

 

Spring Registration is going on now for classes that begin January 11.  For more information, www.southside.edu

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SVCC's McMillan Selected to Attend the SVA Leadership Institute

Walter Tillman(left photo)  who is the Director of Programs at Student Veterans of America and (right)s Jared Lyon the Chief Development Officer/Executive Vice President of Operations for Student Veterans of America. The corporate sponsor for our event was Gulfstream General Dynamics Company.  Shown with Monica McMillan

Monica McMillan, who is president of Student Veterans of America(SVCChristanna Chapter, Southside Virginia Community College, was selected to attend the  SVA Leadership Institute held in Savannah, Georgia recently. 

With a focus on easing the transition from combat to classroom and building sustainable student veteran organizations, the themes of the 2015 Leadership Institute were Strategic Planning, Collaborative Integration, Advanced Chapter Management Techniques and Networking and Professional Etiquette.

Throughout the three day event, student veteran leaders in attendance had  the opportunity to work with other chapter leaders to develop innovative solutions to real life scenarios that affect life on campus every day. Attendees were also able to connect with corporate leaders from the Institute's co-host, Walmart, during networking receptions and events. The corporate sponsor for our event was Gulfstream General Dynamics Company.

McMillan is WIOA Youth Case Manager at SVCC.

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SVCC Graduates Truck Drivers

Graduation was held on November 19,2015 of the Southside Virginia Community College Truck Driver Training School.  

Jason Cutcliff and Don Trammell both graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Kneeling, l-r, Don Trammell (North Dinwiddie), Georgeann Goldsberry (Blackstone), Rausheen Terry (Farmville) Standing l - r, Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Career and Occupational Technology, Cedric Drumgold, Jr.(Lawrenceville), Kim Terry (Dillwyn), James Cutcliff (Emporia) and Alan Caviness, Director of Safety & Risk Management with Houff Transfer.  3rd row l-r, Willie Crawley, TDTS Instructor, Jonte' Stith (Alberta), Doug Kemerer, Instructor, Jason Drinkwater, Assistant Instructor and Duncan Quicke, Truck Driver Training School Coordinator.

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SVCC Students Inducted Into Phi Theta Kappa

These students are recent inductees into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Theta Chi Chapter on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College.  The ceremony was held November 2, 2015.  PTK is the international honor society of two-year colleges with students required to maintain a grade point average of not less than 3.5.  The new inductees are (Front Row, Left to Right) Advisor Tiffany Griffin, Ciara Cifers of Emporia, Cade Hamm of South Hill, Saquanna Price of Freeman, Christopher Hayes of Nelson, Terence Hardy of Clarksville, Olivia Tanner of LaCrosse, Madilynne Tanner of LaCrosse, Christina Beale of South Boston, Kayla Robinson of Kenbrige, Tiffany Hawkins of Lawrenceville and Leslie Cline, Advisor. (Back Row, L to R) Morgan Dianis of Emporia, Dallas Phelps of Jarratt, Jessica Buchanan of Kenbridge, Donovan Burkhardt of South Hill, Jasmine Berry of South Hill, Colton Seamans of Clarksville, and Delaney Basso of Blackstone.  

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SVCC to Offer Forklift Train the Trainer Course

This Forklift Train the Trainer Workshop is designed for powered industrial vehicle operators. Topics covered include: Basic Safety Principles, PIV accident causes, usage for unintended or non-designed purposes, exceeding capacity, inattention by operator or pedestrian, using defective equipment, horseplay, defective equipment, OSHA, specific operator training with

video, PowerPoint, and/or handbook, classroom and practical testing, testing by vehicle type, licensing for specific vehicle type, documenting the raining/testing, 3 places individual file, license, and training session records, company policy and training/operations, PPE requirements eye, fall protection, hard hats, etc., and sources for additional training material/information.

Who should attend? Lead safety officers and trainers at companies that use powered forklifts. Participants will learn procedures on how to train and certify their own company employees.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Pre-registration for non-credit classes is required by contacting

Angela McClintock by email at angela.mcclintock@southside.edu or

 by phone at 434-949-1026.

  Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015

Time: 10 am - 4 pm | Fee: $89 (Includes booklets)

Location: Clarksville Enrichment Complex

1567 Noblin Farm Road, Clarksville, VA

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SVCC Student Places Second in National Competition

Southside Virginia Community College graduate Jonathan Kelly of Crewe, Virginia won Second Place in the Technology & Maintenance Council’s National 2015 Future Tech Competition held in Orlando, Florida recently.   Kelly, along with nine other students from various schools, was sponsored by Wal-Mart Transportation for the event.   Kelly competed with 38 students from Tech schools around the nation such as Wyoming Tech, Lincoln Tech, Forsyth Tech and Mid Florida Tech.  This is the second year of the Future Tech competition as the industry tries to promote future technician development by getting the next generations involved.

 With a total of 13 stations such as ASE written, electrical, lighting systems, torque, fasteners, drive belts and wheel end, he received the top score in six of the 13 stations as well as reserve champion overall. 

Bryan Lewis, a part time instructor in the Diesel Tech program at SVCC and winner of numerous professional Super Tech titles, was a training facilitator for the event held in Orlando, Florida.  Prizes won by Kelly included a Cornwell tool box and tools, Imperial cordless flash light and numerous other cash prizes.

A graduate of the Diesel Tech program, Kelly is currently enrolled in the college’s Automotive  program.  He has worked part time for the past eight months for Automotive Excellence  in Blackstone. 

The Diesel Technician Program is offered at the Pickett site of SVCC.

Kelly is the son of Jarrett and Andrea Kelly.

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Dr. Dalton Named Dean at SVCC

A new Dean of Humanities, Social Science and Business will begin duties at Southside Virginia Community College in November.  Dr. Tara Carter, Vice President of Academics and Student Services, announced that Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton, current Professor of Agribusiness, has accepted the position.

Dr. Dalton grew up on a 150-acre family farm in Lunenburg County.  She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Virginia Tech in Agricultural Economics and her PhD from Duke University in Economics. She has served the last five years as professor and program director of the agribusiness program at Southside Virginia Community College.  She and her husband, Johnny, own a small cow-calf herd in Kenbridge and have a hunting supply business.

Prior to coming home to Southside in the fall of 2010 to give leadership to the new agribusiness program, she spent seventeen years in her teaching and extension position in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.  In 2003, the university awarded her its Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and its Alumni Award for Excellence in Advising. At the state level, she has received the Virginia Agribusiness Council’s Special Recognition of an Individual Award, Virginia Farm Bureau’s Service to Agriculture Award, and the Virginia Cooperative Council’s Cooperative Education Leadership Award.  At the national level, she has received teaching awards from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Association and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.  She has published numerous journal and popular press articles and has made hundreds of presentations around the state and nation, as well as in the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, and South Africa.  In March 2015, she was selected as Virginia Farm Bureau’s Lady Leader, Proudly Promoting Agriculture.

In their spare time, Dixie and Johnny enjoy playing and watching sports.  They both travel extensively throughout Virginia and North Carolina to play competitive slowpitch softball and have competed in the softball World Series in Orlando (Florida), Phoenix (Arizona), and Las Vegas (Nevada).   Her two sons, Kyle and Jacob, are recent SVCC Governor’s School graduates.

Dixie is the daughter of Albert and T.J. Watts of Keysville and the niece of former SVCC business instructor, Barbara “Polly” Beard.

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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

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