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SVCC Offers Deal On Welding Testing

It has been said, “the best things in life are free.”  This does not typically apply to professional credentials, but it does in the Southside Virginia Community College Welding Program. Welder certification is free to all welding students while they are enrolled in welding courses during the 2016-17 school year. 

In the welding industry, welders performing code quality work are required to pass a skill test to prove that he or she has the skill to make a sound weld.  These tests are called Welder Qualification Tests, and are typically part of the interview process at many companies that hire welders.  The tests are administered in various positions, welding processes, joints and shapes of material.  SVCC offers students the opportunity to take both plate and pipe tests while enrolled in welding courses at SVCC.

David Braun, Professor of Welding at SVCC, is an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (CWI).  CWIs inspect welds and certify welders through Welder Qualification Tests. 

Cost can be a barrier for many students in attempting to earn the credential during training, which is why SVCC has removed that barrier.  Welder Qualification Tests typically cost between $150 and $450 elsewhere.  Some students enrolled in the SVCC welding program have passed as many as 12 tests saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars. 

For more information about Welding at SVCC, visit the website at www.southside.edu  The college offers welding at the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston and Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia.

COLLEGE DAY AND FOUR YEAR COLLEGE TOUR SET FOR OCTOBER 5

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 5, 2016, 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, Bluefield College, Chowan University, Christopher Newport University, College of William and Mary, Concord University, Eastern Mennonite University, 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, Meredith College, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, National University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina Wesleyan College,  Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University On Line, Pfeiffer University, Potomac State College of West Virginia University, Radford University, Randolph College, Regent University, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Southside Regional Medical Center, Southside Virginia Community College,  Strayer University, Sweet Briar College,  The Apprentice School, University of Mary Washington, University of Mount Olive, University of Virginia, University of Virginia at Wise, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Wesleyan College and William Peace University.  Also attending will be a representative for the Virginia Tobacco Region Scholarship.

For more information about “College Day” contact the Admissions Office at SVCC’s Christanna Campus (Phone: 434-949-1014).

Chancellor Visits SVCC To Learn Of Best Practices

The Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System recently visited Southside Virginia Community College in order to learn more about programs that enhance student success.  At SVCC, he heard about the Make It Happen (MIH) Program that benefits African-American Males in their successful pursuit of higher education.  Those participating in the event are (Left to Right) Shauna Davis, Executive Director of VCCS Student Success Center, Dr. John Hicks, SVCC MIH Advisor, Andre Harrell, MIH student, Sharon Morrissey, Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research, Kaleb Greene, MIH student, Dr. Glenn Dubois, Chancellor, Anquinnie Lee, MIH student, LaFreda Ogburn, SVCC Local Board member, Jarius Miller, MIH student, Van Wilson, VCCS Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, Dr. Anne Hayes, SVCC Dean of Institutional Effectiveness.

Dr. Glenn Dubois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, recently began a statewide listening tour of best practices related to student success.   He stopped by Southside Virginia Community College on September 13, 2016 to learn more about one of the college’s successful programs as well as facilitate a discussion around barriers to student success within the community college system.

The SVCC presentation featured students from the Make It Happen (MIH) program who participated in internships and research projects at Hampton University during the summer.  This MIH program began in the fall of 1998 in an effort to enhance the academic success of African-American males at the college.  This comprehensive program provides meaningful activities for participants and establishes an institutional climate of support.

The students presented information about the Hampton University Minority Men’s Health Initiative.  They participated in this programto promote and deliver the highest quality of research, education, training, and outreach to combat and eliminate health disparities affecting minority men in several areas.  These areas of research included cancer, cardiovascular disease, violence prevention, diabetes and obesity, and melanoma in Hispanics by, transforming cultural lifestyles resulting in healthy bodies, healthy families and healthy communities of minority men and ultimately all Americans.

The MIH participants who presented during the Chancellor’s visit were Andre Harrell of Brunswick, Kaleb Greene of Brodnax, Anquinni Lee of Nottoway and Jarius Miller of Prince George.

50th Anniversary Graduating Class Breaks Records for Virginia’s Community Colleges

RICHMOND — Virginia’s Community Colleges are off to a promising start in their quest to triple the number of credentials students earn annually by the year 2021. As the VCCS celebrates its 50th anniversary, the 2016 class was the most successful in history, reaching record numbers for both individual graduates and credentials earned. This past spring’s graduations also represented the end of the first year of the VCCS’s six-year statewide strategic plan, Complete 2021, which established the goal of tripling credentials.

All told, Virginia’s Community Colleges saw a 7.6% increase in degrees, certificates and diplomas earned, from 31,194 to 33,580 – and a 5.2% increase in the number of individual graduates, from 25,562 to 26,899. There were significant increases in certain groups driving those record numbers including:

  • A 14% increase in the number of Hispanic/Latino graduates;
  • An 11.4% increase in the number of so-called traditional-age graduates, those between the ages of 18 and 24; and
  • A 9% increase in the number of graduates who are the first in their family to attend and graduate college – in fact, first generation students earned one out of every five awards earned by the 2016 class.

There was also a smaller, though notable, increase of 6.5% in the number of men graduating. Traditionally, men pursue and complete postsecondary credentials at rates well below that of women. Today, men make up just more than 41% of the total VCCS enrollment.

The graduation numbers above do not include the more than 13,000 industry-certified credentials earned by VCCS students in short-term workforce training programs last year. Those programs operate outside of a traditional academic calendar and are counted separately.

“With a focus on student success, we are helping more individuals overcome the barriers that can prevent them from earning a postsecondary credential, the passport that is essential today to pursuing the American Dream,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Much work remains, however, if we are going to reach that tripling goal of Complete 2021 and truly prepare individuals for the new Virginia economy.”

No one, perhaps, better personifies that pursuit of the American Dream better than Augusto “Gus” Infantas, 22, who became the first in his family to attend and graduate college when he earned his degree last May from Northern Virginia Community College.

Infantas was born in Peru but raised in America. The sometimes-frustrating process of obtaining legal residency, and a lack of resources, delayed his pursuit of a college education. Instead, he began working fulltime to support his family. He wasn’t sure what to think by the time he made it to campus.

“As a very non-traditional student, I was nervous going into college; I was older and working two jobs all through school. But the diversity of people, thoughts and ideas made me comfortable. I was encouraged by faculty and other students to succeed. They motivated me to reach toward my goals,” said Infantas.

Infantas is now studying finance at the University of Virginia. “NVCC really sets students up for success,” he added. “You just have to be willing to work for it.”

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Recognized at SVCC

2016 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is upon us, September 11  – 17.  Southside Virginia Community College salutes our nation’s truckers and continues to provide training to keep the freight and economy moving. 

For the past 20 years, SVCC has successfully trained 2,029 people for careers in this industry.  The college’s Truck Driver Training Program is recognized by companies as a topnotch, high quality program to train the employees they want to hire.

According to Dale Bennett, President and CEO of Virginia Trucking Association in the Richmond Times-Dispatch tabloid, Heroes of the Highway, published Sunday, September 11, 2016, “These drivers delivered nearly 10 billion tons of freight last year, that’s about 70 percent of all the freight moved in the U.S.  Here in Virginia, trucking transports 88 percent of our total manufactured freight.” 

He also noted, trucking employs more than 150,940 Virginians (one out of every 20 jobs in the state) including 55,100 tractor-trailer and delivery truck drivers.

SVCC continues to offer this training in three locations:  Blackstone, South Boston and Emporia.  For information, contact Susan Early at 434-292-3101.

Answering the Call

By Dr. Al Roberts

On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen people carried out suicide attacks against targets within the United States. Two airplanes smashed into the twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Center and another plunged into the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania without reaching its intended target. More than 3,000 people, including hundreds of police officers and firefighters, were killed during the assaults.

According to a report by the 9/11 Commission that investigated the horrifying events, casualties at the World Trade Center “were very high among first responders who stayed in danger as they tried to save lives.” The report goes on to note that ultimately, “all but approximately one hundred of the thousands of civilians who worked below the impact zone escaped, often with help from the emergency responders.”

In honor of the bravery and courage with which men and women faced these strikes against our national security, the U.S. Congress passed bipartisan legislation in 2009 designating September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. By instituting a tradition of charitable service, the commemoration redirects memories of destruction toward the establishment of hope. It encourages people to show respect to the victims, survivors, and first responders by promoting goodwill and unity. The declaration calls people to work together through service motivated by the desire to make the world a better place.

Our nation’s first responders include a diverse range of dedicated individuals who place their duties and responsibilities ahead of their own personal regard. They are professionals and volunteers; they are our nation’s first line of defense. The National First Responders Organization defines a first responder in this way: “Any individual who runs toward an event rather than the other way.”

In order to perform their duties, first responders must be well-equipped. They face day-to-day dangers and handle large scale crises. Being prepared includes undergoing readiness training, maintaining mental and physical capabilities, and being able to deploy safety technologies to meet emergency needs. Because they are such skilled leaders, first responders often serve as role models within their communities.

Southside Virginia Community College takes pride in the part we play in providing instruction and credentialing for people who embrace these vital responsibilities. We offer Associate degrees, Certificate programs, and Career Studies Certificates in the fields of Administration of Justice, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Science Technology. In addition, we offer CPR and first aid training classes.

If you yearn to answer the call to service, I invite you to visit SVCC’s website (www.southside.edu) or call SVCC at 888-220-7822. Admissions personnel can help you to learn about the training opportunities that will qualify you to join the elite cadre of first responders.

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

Local Law Enforcement and SVCC Partner for Active Shooter Training

Numerous law enforcement agencies across the nation have taken extra steps to standardize their first responders’ reaction to active shooter incidents through their agencies and academies. A two-day training session was held recently for preparedness in such an event on the John H. Daniel Campus of Southside Virginia Community College, organized by Sheriff Arthur Townsend of Lunenburg County. 

Virginia was among the first to implement a statewide plan. In 2007, The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) partnered with Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) to develop and deliver an aggressive state-wide response and prevention model.  This model will allow Virginia’s law enforcement officers to respond, prevent and/or mitigate an active shooter incident implementing ALERRT’s pivotal uniform response standards.  It is critical to the safety of the public as well as the safe and efficient mitigation of active shooters for all responding agencies to be trained to the same set of standards and tactics.  This consistent and proven partnership is and has proven vital to officer survivability and public safety.

Those participating in the training were the following agencies: Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Department, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department, Nottoway County Sheriff’s Department, Victoria Police Department, Kenbridge Police Department, Virginia State Police and included observation by a member of the administration of Southside Virginia Community College.

The participants of this training received an overview of the Active Shooter Level I course.  The module covered all administrative requirements including registration, waivers, and training rosters. The course was designed to prepare the first responder to isolate, distract, and neutralize an active shooter.  The course curriculum includes weapon manipulation, threshold evaluation, concepts and principles of team movement (including solo officer strategies), setting up for room entry and room entry techniques, approach and breaching the crisis site, follow-on responder tactics, improvised explosive devices (IED's), and post-engagement priorities of work.  The course will culminate with dynamic “force-on-force” scenarios.  Also included was a post test to assess participant’s base knowledge of the course material.

SVCC was very appreciative of the time and effort expended by Sheriff Townsend seeking grant funding for this project, organizing the training, and communicating with surrounding agencies inviting participation.

SVCC Recognizes Tobacco Commission Partnership

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission as a partner that has been, and continues to be, instrumental in providing resources to students in the form of scholarships and in the development and expansion of programs.

In making the presentation, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, said, “the college has a history of making the most out of our individual and community partnerships. It is how our institution has grown over the years and how we are better able to serve our communities and all residents of Southside Virginia. Tonight, the SVCC Local Board and the SVCC Foundation Board would like to recognize The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission was created in 1999 by the Virginia General Assembly to promote growth and development in tobacco dependent communities.”

He noted that for over 15 years, SVCC and the communities served have partnered with the Commission. He said funds have assisted in the creation and development of many facilities and programs that are instrumental to SVCC. Centers, such as The Estes Community Center, the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, the Clarksville Enrichment Complex, the Southside Virginia Education Center, and the Occupational Technical Center, allow SVCC to offer classes and programs that make education and training accessible throughout the 4,200 square-mile footprint. The Commission partnered with the communities in the development of these state-of-the-art facilities.  Programs offered by SVCC have been established and expanded because of Commission funding. Nursing, Welding, Precision Machining, Automotive, Truck Driver Training, Diesel Technology, Information Technology, Emergency Medical Services are all included and, the list goes on and on! The Commission has supported programs to encourage and assist students to complete their GED. It has provided scholarship assistance to help hundreds of students in their quest for education and training.                                                       

SVCC’s grateful appreciation was expressed with the presentation of  a plaque that will be placed in the lobby of the Student Services and Learning Resource Center on the Daniel Campus.

SVCC Recognizes Employees for Years of Service

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Nancy Turner of Kenbridge received her Thirty Year Award.  Brent Richey of South Hill (not pictured) received the Twenty Five Year Award.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Those receiving the Twenty Year Award are (Left to Right) Debra Andrews of Charlotte Court House, Matt Dunn of Keysville, Dr. Al Roberts of Emporia and Dr. Dixie Dalton of Kenbridge.  Not pictured is Duncan Quicke of Blackstone.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Those receiving the Fifteen Year Award are (Left to Right) Marysue Lewis of South Hill, Tim Jenkins of Kenbridge, Sharon Freeman of Lawrenceville and Stephen Capon of Keysville.  Not pictured are Mary Elkins, Teresa George, Mike King, Gunay Smith.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Those receiving the Ten Year Award are (Left to Right) Terri Milroy of Midlothian, Christy Lowery-Carter of South Boston, Janet Lenhart of Chase City, Stacy Hines-Bentley of Lynchburg, John Hays of Ashland and Alfonzo Seward of Lawrenceville.  Not picured is Christopher Dickerson.

Southside Virginia Community College recently recognized Commonwealth of Virginia employees with Service Awards .  Those receiving the Five Year Award are (Left to Right) Patricia Archer of Kenbridge, Mashonda Macklin of Lawrenceville, Bobby Lester of South Hill and William McGraw of Blackstone.  Not pictured is Pamela Taylor of Clarksville.  

So Many Choices

By Dr. Al Roberts

The Model T was America’s first automobile priced for the middle class. In writing about it, industrialist Henry Ford quipped, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”

Not all early cars were black. Cars built by craftsmen—and even some of the first production models of the Model T—sported different colors. The switch to all-black was made to accommodate nascent assembly lines and to overcome technical problems related to paints. The one-color-fits-all approach didn’t last long.

After the end of World War I, improvements in painting technologies opened the way for car manufacturers to offer a variety of colors. By 1926, even Henry Ford found himself bowing to customer demand and offering more choices.

It seems that in every area of human endeavor, individual needs based on unique circumstances call for customize solutions.

This is especially evident in education. Students come from diverse walks of life. They face multi-faceted challenges. Daily, they juggle numerous obligations, and each faces different sets of complications and worries.

For this reason, Southside Virginia Community College offers courses in a variety of places and with a wide array of scheduling options. SVCC serves students from more than seven different physical sites across its service area. Classes include those taught in traditional 16-week semesters, but others are available in shorter formats of twelve, ten, eight, five, or even four weeks. Some classes are held during the day; others meet at night.

And, just as improvements in painting technologies ushered in a rainbow of car color choices, the present internet age has introduced a host of new technologies for teaching. SVCC makes full use of these state-of-the-art developments to offer classes in a wide variety of formats, including online, hybrid, compressed video, and shared distance learning courses. Online course can be completed from anywhere with a computer and a reliable internet connection. Hybrid courses combine the benefits of seated and online components. Compressed video technology makes courses available at more locations by enabling instructors and students to connect with two-way communication tools. Furthermore, shared distance learning lets SVCC students broaden their online class choices to include offerings from other partner institutions.

So many choices! Yet, not every choice is right for every person. At SVCC, counselors work with each individual to customize a roadmap to success. This dedication to personalized assistance helps ensure that every individual finds just the right mix of class schedules, formats, and locations to successfully reach his or her chosen destination.

If you’re ready to start or to continue on an education journey, call 888-220-7822 or visit www.southside.edu for assistance in choosing the right education model for your lifestyle.

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

SVCC Attracts International Students

Wenchan S. Dickens of Emporia, Virginia, has been accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing Program of Southside Virginia Community College for fall 2016 semester. She graduated from high school in China and received her Masters Degree in Horticulture in China.  Wenchan is a Phlebotomy Technician.   Her mother, Zhapo Lan, lives in China.  Wenchan is married to Joseph A. Dickens and has one child.

Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply for the licensure examination for Registered Nursing.    The program is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Nursing Education and is fully approved as an associate degree nursing school by the Virginia Board of Nursing.   The nursing program is made possible through partnerships between SVCC and VCU/Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia, Sentara Halifax Regional Health Systems in South Boston and Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville as well as numerous other partners throughout the Southside area. 

Katherine M. Belcher of Carson,  Virginia has been accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing Program of Southside Virginia Community College for fall 2016 semester.  She is a graduate of the University of the Visayas in the Phillipines.  Her husband is Robert Belcher and they have a son, Adam, 13.

Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply for the licensure examination for Registered Nursing.    The program is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Nursing Education and is fully approved as an associate degree nursing school by the Virginia Board of Nursing.   The nursing program is made possible through partnerships between SVCC and VCU/Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia,  Sentara Halifax Regional Health Systems in South Boston and Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville as well as numerous other partners throughout the Southside area.

Small Town Girl Now Working At The Pentagon

“Just because you are from or live in a small town, this does not mean your chances and options are limited,” advises Brishauna J. Hawkins-Wesson.  A native of Lawrenceville and graduate of Southside Virginia Community College, this small town girl now works as a Temporary Hire for the U.S. Department of Army Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management at Headquarters, U.S. Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia.

Hawkins-Wesson graduated from Brunswick High School in 2014 as number 6 in the top ten percentile of her class.  Having tried but not gotten a spot in the prestigious Governor’s School of Southside Virginia, she enrolled in dual enrollment courses as well asclasses on her own at SVCC in order to complete her Associates of Arts and Science degree in General Studies with a specialization in Administration of Justice the same year as her high school graduation.

Having many credits to transfer to her four-year college of choice, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree at James Madison University in two years.  Hawkins-Wesson received the B.S. in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Public Management and a minor in Political Science in May 2016. 

An added bonus was serving the state of Virginia and Virginia’s 5th Congressional District by interning for U.S. Representative Robert Hurst and U.S Senator Mark Warner from May to August of 2015.

About her experience at SVCC, she said, “First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the late Mrs. Rosa Hawkins (former dual enrollment Coordinator) for her dedication and service in shaping and molding the dual enrollment program, as well as serving as a mentor to the students within the SVCC community. Her encouragement and spiritual wisdom carried me through this program and made my SVCC experience the greatest. In addition, I would like to thank Professors: Lisa Jordan, Teresa Hudson, Shanley Dorin, and Mary Downing-Gardner for shaping and molding me to become a better learner and student.”

She also encourages students to “seize every opportunity that is provided or available for you and persevere and stay focused on achieving your goals.”

Both of her parents are Brunswick County natives. Her mother, Rachelle Hawkins-Wesson, is a popular educator and We The People coordinator for Brunswick County Public Schools and her father, Terrence Wesson, is SGT First Class in the U.S. Army and human resource specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Setting and meeting goals is in Hawkins-Wesson’s DNA.  Her future plans include receiving a Master’s in Homeland Security and Emergency Management or Security Studies at a well accredited and qualified institution of higher learning within the next two years. Within the next four years she plans to be proficient in Arabic and to obtain graduate certificates in Islamic or Middle Eastern Studies and possibly cyber security.   She hopes to work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the future also. 

SVCC offers dual enrollment opportunities throughout Southside Virginia in many areas of studies including administration of justice, nurse aide, culinary arts, fire science, welding, emergency medical services, high performance technology, advanced manufacturing, general education coursework, and more! For more information, please contact the guidance department at your local high school.

WIOA Summer Program Recognizes Participants/Partners

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act's Summer Youth Work Experience contracted through Southside Virginia Community College held a closing luncheon and awards ceremony on July 29, 2016 at the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville.   Guest speakers included Edward DeJesus, motivational speaker and author of Makin’ It”: The Hip-Hop Guide to True Survival.  Other speakers included Joseph Ashley, Assistant Commissioner of Grants and Special Programs for the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and Dr. Rick Mitchell, Deputy Director of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. 

For the program, participants are matched with an employer in their area to do a four to eight week paid work experience. 

According to Christin Jackson, Coordinator of the WIOA Adult and Your Programs for SVCC, “There were 19 employers that worked with our 41 participants this summer.  Each week, the WIOA Case Managers (Suzanne Lawson, Monica McMillan, D'Elia Gafford, and part-time assistant case manager Julia McInturf) taught the employment soft skills class created by the NCCER called Tools for Success.  Successful participants in this class received a certificate for completion to put with their resume that included their employment skills such as resume writing, interview skills, working as a team, conflict management, thinking outside the box, sexual harassment awareness, etc.”

The students were also offered the opportunity to take the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) Assessment. A total of 14 took the CRC Assessment and the results were: 1 - Gold, 2 - Silvers, and 6 Bronze Certificates.  

This year for the Work Experience SVCC and WIOA partnered with DARS (Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services) in a Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities (CPID) Grant to put on three Dream It Do It Academies.  This enabled all 41 participants to experience an academy.   The first academy was taught by Vincent Brown and was a Robotics/Drones Academy where the students built robots and flew drones and were able to take aerial photos and videos.  These students also toured UAV Pro, a drone manufacturer in Blackstone.  The second academy was taught by Scott Edmonds and was a 3-D Imaging Academy and the students designed marketing tools for various companies using AutoCad.  They were able to print their designs using 3-D printers.  They created a portfolio of their work and they were able to tour Cardinal Homes, Inc. of Wylliesburg to see 3-D imaging that is used in creating homes.  The last academy was Welding taught by Fernandez Bruce.  The students worked as a team to create two beautiful drafting tables.  Also, individually the students designed and created a fireplace poker and shovel.  These students toured Slap Nasty Custom Designs of South Boston.  All of the academy participants got to tour Dollar General Distributing in South Boston to see what happens to products after manufacturing. 

“At the finale on July 29th, the employers were awarded certificates of appreciation for their participation in the program.  The students were given portfolio's with their resume, a letter of reference from their employer, their CRC Certificate, their Dream It Do It Certificate and their Tools for Success Certificate to ensure that along with the valuable work experience, they would be prepared for interviews,” said Jackson.  

The 2016 Summer Work Experience Employers are Virginia Cooperative Extension Office (4-H0 in Charlotte Court House, Charlotte County Treasurer’s Office in Charlotte Court House, Ellis Acres Memorial park, Dillwyn, Southside Virginia Community College Buildings and Grounds, Keysville, Southside Virginia Community College Student Services Office, Keysville, Randolph-Henry High School office in Charlotte Court House, South Boston and Halifax County Museum in South Boston, The Prizery in South Boston, The Prissy Hippie Beauty Shop, South Hill, Central Middle School, Charlotte Court House, YMCA, Farmville, @Work Personnel Services, Farmville, Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library, Farmville, Central High School, Victoria, South Hill Workforce Center, South Hill, Estes Community Center, Chase City, Butler Memorial Library, Chase City, Life Changing Community Development, Blackstone, Chase City Rescue Squad in Chase City.

Lauren Upton of Dinwiddie Receives K. George Verghese Memorial Academic Merit Award

Lauren Upton of Dinwiddie was a recent recipient of the K. George Verghese Memorial Academic Merit Award. Dr. Verghese was a long time faculty member at SVCC and was instrumental in the establishment of the Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs. Lauren (center) is shown with Karen Abbett (right), Practical Nursing Program Director and Patricia Archer, Associate Professor of Practical Nursing.

Machining Skills Program Graduates

Front row, left to right: Gary Holderness; Jason Cates; Chad Garcia, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee, Command Sergeant Major Clarence D. Richardson; Chief Antonio Belmar, Sr of Fort Lee; Gabriel Kelechi;   Second row, left to right:  John Bright;  Brandon Cooper;  Robert Homer.  (Absent were Smith Jeandenis, Vantyne Montes, and Bruce Trask)

2016 New Student Orientation at SVCC

New Student Orientation (NSO) will take place on both main campuses of Southside Virginia Community College in August. New students, parents, and mentors are encouraged to attend an NSO closest to them!  Students will learn about SVCC services, tour the campus, complete the enrollment process, and get a Student ID card. A variety of dates and times are offered to make this informative event convenient for our newest SVCC Panthers!

New Student Orientation Dates Fall 2016:

 

August 18th    5:30 PM       John H. Daniel Campus located in Keysville, VA    

 August 19th 10:00 AM      Christanna Campus located in Alberta, VA

*Please check in with Student Services when you arrive on campus*

The New Student Orientation program is hosted by Student Services on each campus of SVCC. For additional information about the New Student Orientation experience please call Le’Tina Giles Student, Activities Coordinator at 434-736-2023. New students may also visit the NSO website at www.southside.edu/orientation.

2016 Century 21 Clary & Associates Scholarship Awarded

Jean Clary Bagley (left) recognizes Hannah Hendrick (center) as the recipient of the 2016 Century 21 Clary & Associates Scholarship though Southside Virginia Community College.  Representing SVCC is Bernadette Battle, SVCC Director of Student Services.

Check Your Mailbox

Coming to a mailbox near you!!!! The Fall 2016 Printed Semester Schedule from Southside Virginia Community College is coming back to your mailbox. There is much information contained in this 20-page booklet to explain how to register for classes, what is being offered, special events, orientation, workforce training, CNA, Power Line Worker Training, nursing, HVAC, and much much more. Be on the lookout for your personal copy or stop by an SVCC location to pick one up!!!! Register Now. Classes begin August 22, 2016.  For more information, call 1 888 220 SVCC or visit the website at www.southside.edu  Success Starts Here!!

SVCC Graduates Nurses

The Associate Degree Nursing Program graduates from the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College are (First Row, Left to Right) Instructor Leigh Moore, Haley Wilborn-Crewe, Ashton Paul- Lunenburg, Dawn Poythress-Lawrenceville, Kristen Wilkinson-Blackstone; Second row, l to r; Joanna Baird- South Hill , Sydney Brumbelow-Boydton Kelli Powell-Emporia; Third Row:   Kathy Davis-Brodnax, Savanna Barker-Victoria, Jennifer Bradley-Valentines, Meaghan Frick-Dinwiddie, Amanda Earp-Emporia; Last step up: Amanda Matthews- South Hill, Melissa Hoefer-Lunenburg , Polly Carr-South Hill, Alexandra Orrell-Dinwiddie, Victoria Lewis- Blackstone

Who's Who at SVCC

Each year, Southside Virginia Community College recognizes a select group of students to accept one of the most prestigious awards an academic community can bestow.; that of being selected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  Among those chosen who attended a ceremony recognizing the accomplish from the Christanna Campus are Left to Right Wade Bagley, Monica McMillan, Faith Merricks, Kaylin Weise, Derrick Carpenter, Jr., Richard Watson, Cade Hamm and Kathy Drummond. 

Cupcakes and Calculus

By Dr. Al Roberts

What do cupcakes and calculus have in common? Students at Southside Virginia Community College are learning about both through the wide variety of camps and classes available this summer.

Calculus is just one of many opportunities for students who are continuing their studies, working toward certifications, associates degrees, or entry into a four-year institution. In addition to Mathematics, the college’s summer schedule features offerings in many other diverse areas from Accounting to Welding (too bad we don’t offer zoology).

Some other summertime opportunities feature enrichment activities intended to foster excitement and curiosity in younger learners. That’s where the cupcakes come in. Through a fun and tasty activity, SVCC’s Kids Camp Cupcake Wars provided sessions for children to learn about cake decorating techniques and designs.

The Cupcake Wars launched a series of Kids Camp activities available from SVCC. Other Kids Camp activities on slate for June and July include “Commotion in the Ocean,” a storytelling and painting activity, “SNAP! I’m an Engineer,” through which young people experiment with resistors, capacitors, LEDs, and other electronic equipment, and “Lego Robotics,” an activity that enables students to use creativity and problem-solving skills as they design, build, and program Lego Mindstorm Robots.

SVCC also partners with Dream It Do It, an initiative formed to introduce students to advanced manufacturing and engineering technologies. One of this summer’s Dream It Do It camps will provide students who are registered for services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) an opportunity to receive hands-on experiences with 3D modeling and printing. Another will focus on robots and drones. During its five days, students will learn to create and program a robot and how to fly a drone and capture video. In addition to providing first-hand experience with cutting edge technologies, these activities will help students improve their computer skills, participate in brainstorming and decision-making processes, and learn to work in teams.

Summertime is also a great time to think about career advancement. Some SVCC students will take a preparation class prior to receiving a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), a portable credential designed to provide evidence that an individual is ready for work with respect to fundamental standards. Plumbers, electricians, HVAC mechanics, and gas fitters will be taking continuing education classes for tradesmen. Additionally, for people who need CPR and First Aid training, SVCC offers one-day courses at several locations.

With these and other activities, SVCC is doing its part to help young people and students of all ages maintain active and engaged minds throughout the summer months. If you’re interested in knowing more about SVCC’s numerous seated and online classes, please visit the college’s website, www.southside.edu.

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

Southside Virginia Community College Class of 2016

Caption for this photo:  Dr. Al Roberts leads the processional at Southside Virginia Community College on May 14, 2016 during the 26th Commencement.  To the left is Gerald W. Watts, SVCC Local Board Chair, and Dr. Tara Carter, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and behind is Martha Reed, Speaker, and Dr. John J. Cavan, former SVCC President.

Dr. Al Roberts awards Tiffany Posey of Emporia with her diploma at SVCC's graduation.

Debra D. Norwood of Emporia was among those graduating from SVCC on May 14, 2016

Graduates from Emporia

Disheka Lanae Adams

Shaheed Nasir-Hakim Ahmad

Alexandra Nicole Allen

Haley Dawn Allen

Lesley Daniel Allen

Moniqua La'Chae Allen

Tamarreious Kemond Anderson

Sarah Kathleen Ashcraft II

Alexis Tilton Autry

Deborah Leigh Barnes

Jordan McKaley Boney

Autumn Karen Britton

Tenisha Renee Broadnax

Aviel Ranisia Brown

Brian Matthew Bullock

De'Shawn Tre'Von Cain

Derrick   Carpenter Jr.

Harvey Lee Cifers Jr.

Ciara Dare Cifers

Arden Carol Samson Cosio

James Bryant Cutcliff

William Henry Davis Jr.

Dynisha Te'sha Davis

Khadysia Simone Davis

Sonji S Davis

Morgan Elizabeth Dianis

Leslie Claire Dickens

Allison Gray Draper

Kathy Robinson Drummond

Terri LaPHaraha Drummond

Stewart Cordell Dugger

Amanda Lynn Earp

Skylar Dawn Ferguson

Ayjah Lashay Fields

Jessica Marie Flynt

Jessie Roland Gay

India RaQuell Gillus

Tammy Jo Goddard

Markeisha Denise Green

Paula Pettis Grizzard

Garrett Leon Gund

Denita Powell Hardy

Dykee Quashawn Harrison

Taylo Mariah Harrison

Andre' Malik Hayes

Michelle J. Hensley

Bryant O'Neal Hicks Jr.

Isaiah Cornelius Hicks

Davida S Jackson

Felicia A Jackson

Dillon Jacob Jenkins

Ny'Lisha Shaqiell Jones

Tillacia Breyaun July

Nathaniel Joseph King

Carman Kelli Larson

Zacia Tianna Lewis

Kimberly Ann Lucas

Porscha C Offer Lundy

Shastany DeAnn Lundy

Meredith Kaitlyn Lynch

Cleophas Franklin Malone

Kayla Ivona Maloney

Mallie Evelyn Manning

David Franklin Martin III

Lorraine   McDowell

Haylee N Miller

Deja Imani Moody

Kristen Nicole Moseley

Laurice Danielle Moses

Debra D Norwood

Michaela Romonza Parker

John Russell Perkins Jr.

Angel M Person

Austin Lee Petty

Justin N. Phillips

Kevin Neal Phillips

Latisha   Pitt

Rafiq JaQuail Akmed LilNay Pitt

Tiffany La'Rose Posey

Erica Rose Potempa

Kelli Miller Powell

Shaketta Shanelle Powell

Terrance   Price

Nayr Q Robinson

Valerie J Robinson

Edmund Marcus Saleeby

Moesha Chardae' Seaborn

Kayla Marie Simmons

Markesha Tonyale Simmons

Martina La'Shay Singleton

Darius Marcel Sneed

Kiarra Litia Speller

Tamara Lynn Starke

Michael Ray Stephens

Kevin McGlenn Stephenson

Allysa Jordan Thomas

Dominique Montayia Thomas

Sedarous Martiz Thomas

Makayla Lynn Tomlin

Al Lee Tucker

Dontae Shaquille Tucker

Angela Rowena Turner

Courtney Denise Vaughan

Stewart Eric Veliky

Alyssa Brooke Velvin

Tyler Wayne Velvin

Jarques James Walton

Katina Tiara Washington

Keeana Nastaaja Washington

Roland Eubank Weaver III

Ahmeara Elizabeth Wilfong-Linder

Kylah Simone Williams

Deondre Malik Williams-Porter

Harry Wilson Woodley Jr.

Rebecca Leeann Wrenn

Alanna   Wright

Lance Ryan Wyatt

 

 

Graduates from Jarratt

Stephen Dwayne Allen

Codi Alexander Autry

Tabria Neshae Bailey

Precious C Colbert

Donella Grant Crist

David Michael Gwaltney

Kaitlin Renee' Harrison

Madilyn Marie Harrison

Candace W. Joyner

Desmond Naron Manning

Matoya Shenelle Nicholson

Shacacia Tygi Parker

Laquishia Denise Person

Dallas Morgan Phelps

Kathryn Alexandra Rae

Shanice Shanae Squire

Robert   Sykes Jr.

Tameka Massenburg Williams

Graduates from Slippers

Tavonia Danielle Banks

Nicole M. Hicks

Dashawn   Jefferson

Jonathan Carl Jones

LaMoni Chetrel Lee

Tyler Dean Moore

SVCC College Diesel and Auto Tech Graduation

The Southside Virginia Community College Diesel and Auto Tech programs held a ceremony to recognize successful graduates on May 5, 2016.  The program is taught at the SVCC Occupational Technical Center in Blackstone at Pickett Park.  Two of the students completing the program, Chad Philpot and James 'Kenny' Davis, are Dual Enrollment students who received the college Certificate before their high school graduation.  Those completing the program are:

Front Row Kneeling L - R: Antonio Watkins - Roanoke, Chad Philpot - Amelia, James (Kenny) Davis - Blackstone, Charles McKay - Rice, Tyler Moore - Skippers, Zachari Perkinson - Dinwiddie, Robert Cofer, Roanoke. 2nd row: Russell Hicks, Instructor, Tavon Jones - South Hill, Kyle Harlan - Jetersville, Arrick Chaffin - Nottoway, Chris Griffin - Chase City, Dylan Ray - Moseley, D. J. Winn - Chesterfield, Damon Honn - Chester, Ryan Huddleston - Farmville, Bryan Lewis, Instructor, Josh Smith, Instructor, Billy McGraw, Instructor.  3rd Row: Sedarous Thomas - Emporia, Thomas Wach - N. Chesterfield, Skyler Woollett - Lynchburg, Jeremiah Kelly - Crewe, Jonathan Kelly - Crewe, Michael Stephens - Emporia, Chance Holland - Lexington, Zachary Piper - Blackstone.

First SVCC Power Line Worker Program Celebrates Graduation

Graduates of the Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Program are(Front Row, Left to Right) Joseph Alan Anthony, Jr.  of Blackstone, Kevin Lee Dalton of Blackstone, Robert Joseph Parlante, Jr. of South Chesterfield, Derek Hunter Staton of Clarksville, and Brad Wike, Instructor and (Back Row, L to R) Cameron Willis Gibbs of Burkeville, Clyde Robertson, Instructor, Anton Andrew Lewis Carwile of Charlotte Court House, Joshua Lanier Crenshaw of Midlothian, William Andrew Jordan of Mineral, Lucas Brent Storey of Chester, of Powhatan,  Matthew Thomas Cox of Powhatan and Jackie Eugene Lewis, Jr. of Chase City.

The inaugural class of the Power Line Worker Program of Southside Virginia Community College celebrated graduation with family, friends and supporters on May 12, 2016.  Eleven students completed the 11-week program earning Level 1 certification from NCCER (National Center for Construction Education & Research), a commercial driver’s license, first aid & CPR certification and OSHA 10 safety training.

This comprehensive training program includes pole climbing, pole-top rescue, power line repairs, electrical circuits, rigging, setting and pulling poles, electrical test equipment, and trenching, excavating and boring equipment.  Prior to the graduation ceremony, students demonstrated pole climbing, rescues and other skills on the outdoor pole range.

The first of its kind in Virginia, the school was founded earlier this year by a public-private partnership between Virginia’s electric co-ops, Southside Virginia Community College, the Virginia Community College System, Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The motivation to establish the program grew from the demand for power line workers throughout Virginia and the nation. 

Clyde Robertson, Instructor and a 41-year veteran lineman, noted, “This class set a high bar for the classes to follow.”

Senator Frank Ruff, guest speaker, said, “This type of skill and training is a building block to your future.”  He commended the partners who brought this program “to our part of Virginia, it saves costs and keeps dollars in our economy.”

The Program opened on March 1, 2016.  At the time, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President said, “The establishment of the Power Line Worker Training School is a shining example of the high level of partnership and collaboration that is required if we are to advance our local economies and meet the demands of Governor McCauliffe’s New Virginia Economy.”

SVCC Vice President of Workforce Development, Keith Harkins points out “ this program is a wonderful example of how short-term training leading to an industry credential can result in a rewarding career”.  Two of the recent graduates have accepted jobs with electric cooperatives and several others have had interview opportunities.

The second class of the program starts on July 11 and is almost full.  An October class is filling up also.  This program is open to any high school graduate or GED recipient and includes extensive hands-on training that will prepare students for apprentice level line work at electric utilities.

Serving Those Who Have Served

By Dr. Al Roberts

Every year, more than 200,000 men and women leave the military and re-enter civilian life. These returning heroes often possess advanced skills and good work habits acquired from valuable service-related training and experiences. Despite these advantages, however, many veterans encounter obstacles as they transition to civilian life.

Dean Schwartz, the Veterans Affairs School Certifying Official at Southside Virginia Community College, who is himself a wounded veteran, explains that part of the problem stems from the military’s culture. He cites interpersonal communication as just one example. “Military communication is blunt, very blunt, and not following an order can hurt or kill someone.” As a result, Schwartz says veterans sometimes find it difficult to adjust to civilian perceptions about what it means to be polite.

Additionally, veterans who pursue education opportunities are typically nontraditional students, returning to the classroom after a break in schooling. They are likely to be older than many of their classmates and more likely to have families and dependents. For some veterans, injuries have left lasting disabilities. For some, settling down after frequent moves is a significant lifestyle change.

Identifying a new career path can also be a challenge. Schwartz says his military training—dealing with landmines, explosives, and machine guns—had little applicability to what he wanted to pursue in civilian life. For him, a successful career meant one devoted to serving others. Swartz has been able to achieve this goal at SVCC where he meets with veterans, helps them learn about available GI benefits, and guides them as they explore options.

SVCC also reaches out to veterans in other ways. Each of the college’s main campuses hosts a Student Veterans of America chapter. Monica McMillian, past president of the Christanna chapter, served with the Army Reserves for nearly ten years. She says SVCC provided a veteran-friendly, comfortable environment with one-on-one assistance that helped her remain motivated.

Sometimes SVCC’s engagement with service members begins while they are still on active duty. In collaboration with the Fort Lee Soldier for Life Program, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), and other partners, the college developed an innovative advanced manufacturing training program. Its graduates prepare for a seamless transition to civilian employment through the attainment of National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications.

Financial assistance to qualifying veterans is also available. The SVCC Foundation administers the William M. "Bunky" Warren Memorial Veteran's Scholarship and the Jack M. Rainey Memorial Veteran's Scholarship, both established by American Legion Post #79. Veterans who would like more information about these scholarships, and people or organizations interested in funding additional scholarship opportunities, can call 434-949-1051. Former military personnel and transitioning service members who are re-entering civilian life can learn more about the services SVCC offers veterans by contacting Dean Schwartz at 434-736-2100.

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

SVCC Classes are Coming for Summer Beginning May 23

Summer is hot, welding is cool.  You can take welding this summer at Southside Virginia Community College or a lot of other cool classes.  Our classes can get you a head-start or transfer to your away-from-home college.  Check out the listings at www.southside.edu

Home from college for the Summer??  Right out of high school?  Don’t waste your long hot summer, take classes at Southside Virginia Community College!!!  Jump start your college education or pick up a few transfer courses such as biology, Physics, English, Public speaking, Business or many others.   Or the college is offering Administration of Justice classes, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Cosmetology, Diesel Tech, First Aid and CPR and much more. 

 Southside Virginia Community College has a variety of class offerings and there are ten week and five week sessions.  Classes begin May 23, 2016.  For more information, to see the entire schedule of classes and to put some class into your summer, www.southside.edu

Or call 1-888-220-SVCC or come by a location!!!

SVCC RESTRUCTURES IN RESPONSE TO BUDGET REDUCTION

In keeping with Southside Virginia Community College’s Strategic Plan for 2015 – 2021, the college is dedicated to making efficient and effective use of resources in order to serve the region as the leading provider of quality academic and workforce services.  This, along with reductions in funding due to enrollment declines, necessitates a major restructuring and realignment of departments and personnel at the college. 

As of June 30, 2016, a total of 14 fulltime positions at SVCC will be eliminated, some of which have been vacated due to retirements and other factors and will not be filled.   Several additional part-time positions will also be eliminated.  The major budget expenditure of the college is in the area of personnel.

Dr. Al Roberts, President, said, “None of the eliminations are performance related.  There are several factors that go into the multimillion dollar shortfall for the 2016-17 fiscal year including a decline in enrollment, lower revenues and decreases in state funding.”

Over the past year, the college administration has implemented a number of measures in anticipation of a budget shortfall including a hiring freeze in September 2015 for full-time and wage positions.  Voluntary early retirement incentive programs were offered as well as pre-retirement workload reductions to further alleviate the possibility of cutting the workforce.  Operational cost saving measures were initiated and will continue. 

As a part of the restructuring process, SVCC is targeting growth by focusing on programs, both credit and non-credit, which offer career opportunities and nationally recognized credentials that meet employers’ needs.

“We are committed to the college’s mission that says all citizens should be given an opportunity to acquire an educational foundation.  By focusing on quality education, student success, and community partnerships to provide workforce training and enhance economic development, we will continue to make decisions for the long-term future of Southside Virginia Community College and the communities we serve,” said Dr. Roberts.

Southside Virginia Community College Hosts 8th Annual Corrections Awards Banquet

Southside Virginia Community College held the 8th Annual Corrections Awards Banquet at the Christanna Campus on April 21, 2016.  This event recognizes Officer of the Year and Employee of the Year for correctional facilities in the area of the college.Kenneth J. Reagans, Assistant Warden of Operations, Lawrenceville Correctional Center was guest speaker.  Those receiving awards are (Front Row, Left to Right) Cassandra Roberts, Employee, Halifax Correctional Unit #23, Rosa L. Booker, Employee, Dillwyn Correctional Center, Officer Alease J. Royall, Buckingham Correctional, Linda H. Mayo, Employee, Lawrenceville Correctional, Alfonzo Seward, SVCC Criminal Justice Assistant Professor, LaCretia Watkins, Employee, Lunenburg Correctional, Cindy F. Spencer, Employee, Nottoway Correctional, Officer Betty J. Wardell, Nottoway Correctional and Officer Lisa V. Pearson, Lawrenceville Correctional and (Back row, L to R) Officer Michael Gary, Greensville Correctional, Dr. Tara Carter, SVCC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, John A. Stearrett, III, Employee, Buckingham Correctional, Officer James D. Jackson of Halifax Correctional, Paul E. Hawkins, Employee, Deerfield Correctional, Lt. Jeanette S. Minggia, Deerfield Correctional, Robin Y. Ramsey, Employee, Greensville Correctional, Dale C. Compton, Dr. Chad Patton, SVCC Dean.Southside Virginia Community College held the 8th Annual Corrections Awards Banquet at the Christanna Campus on April 21, 2016.  This event recognizes Officer of the Year and Employee of the Year for correctional facilities in the area of the college.Kenneth J. Reagans, Assistant Warden of Operations, Lawrenceville Correctional Center was guest speaker.  Those receiving awards are (Front Row, Left to Right) Cassandra Roberts, Employee, Halifax Correctional Unit #23, Rosa L. Booker, Employee, Dillwyn Correctional Center, Officer Alease J. Royall, Buckingham Correctional, Linda H. Mayo, Employee, Lawrenceville Correctional, Alfonzo Seward, SVCC Criminal Justice Assistant Professor, LaCretia Watkins, Employee, Lunenburg Correctional, Cindy F. Spencer, Employee, Nottoway Correctional, Officer Betty J. Wardell, Nottoway Correctional and Officer Lisa V. Pearson, Lawrenceville Correctional and (Back row, L to R) Officer Michael Gary, Greensville Correctional, Dr. Tara Carter, SVCC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, John A. Stearrett, III, Employee, Buckingham Correctional, Officer James D. Jackson of Halifax Correctional, Paul E. Hawkins, Employee, Deerfield Correctional, Lt. Jeanette S. Minggia, Deerfield Correctional, Robin Y. Ramsey, Employee, Greensville Correctional, Dale C. Compton, Dr. Chad Patton, SVCC Dean.

Greensville Correctional Center employees were recognized at the 8th Annual Corrections Awards Banquet held at Southside Virginia Community College.  Assistant Warden Valerie Washington(Left to Right) and Joyce Merritt-Johnson congratulate Officer of the Year Michael Gary along with Alfonzo Seward,Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at SVCC.

Greensville Correctional Center employees were recognized at the 8th Annual Corrections Awards Banquet held at Southside Virginia Community College.  Assistant Warden Valerie Washington(Left to Right) and Joyce Merritt-Johnson congratulate Employee of the Year Robin Y. Ramsey along with Alfonzo Seward,Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at SVCC.

Deerfield Correctional Center employees were recognized at the 8th Annual Corrections Awards Banquet held at Southside Virginia Community College.  Assistant Warden Cynthia Bhuya and Assistant Warden Jo Ann Halsey-Harris (Left to Right)  congratulate Employee  of the Year Paul E. Hawkins along with Alfonzo Seward,Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at SVCC.

Deerfield Correctional Center employees were recognized at the 8th Annual Corrections Awards Banquet held at Southside Virginia Community College. Assistant Warden Jo Ann Halsey-Harris and  Assistant Warden Cynthia Bhuya (Left to Right)  congratulate Officer of the Year Lt. Jeanette S. Minggia along with Alfonzo Seward,Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at SVCC.

Student Appreciation at SVCC and SVEC

Students at the Southside Virginia Educational Center and Southside Virginia Community College were treated to Chili Dogs and a movie.  In addition to the Hot Dogs and Homemade Chili, there was fresh popcorn and a large selection of candy and soda.  There were several door-prizes.  Students screened the movie "San Andreas," staring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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New Members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at SVCC

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.  Students recently inducted into the Christanna Campus Honor Society are

(Front Row, Left to Right) Savannah Sixbey of Chase City, Jonaya Lewis of White Plains, Jessica Gillis of Lawrenceville, Javana Boyd of Brodnax, Shadae Ruffin of Lawrenceville, TaNeisha Moore of South Hill, Amber Woodard of Emporia, Albertina Drumgold of Lawrenceville, Deona Hancock of Emporia, Julia Gilliam of Emporia, and Back Row , L to R) Ahmad Negm of Crewe, Chiatyra Turner of Ebony, Donella Crist of Jarrett, Susan Seitzinger of Kenbridge, Ingrid Fogg of Kenbridge, Taquanna Lane of Emporia, Zacia Lewis of Emporia, Anthony McAvoy of Bracey, Summer Howerton of Bracey, Marjorie Crayton of Brodnax, Marva Jones of South Hill and Cameron Basham of Lawrenceville. 

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