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SVCC Hosted SHARP Logging Course

Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension hosted a 16 hour, 3 day SHARP Logger Core program that was held on the Christanna Campus in Alberta.  A total of 38 were in attendance and each participant either received credit or completed the Core program. A special thank you to: Scott Barrett, Virginia Tech, Jason Fisher, Virginia Corporative Extension, Trooper Coates, State Police Motor Carrier Units, Pipeline Group, Don Giegerich, Virginia Department of Forestry, Keith Biggs, Bryan Wagner and Eddie Campbell, Forestry Mutual Insurance and Bill Pownall, FRM Forester.

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BOATING SAFETY COURSE OFFERED

Southside Virginia Community College is offering a boating safety course in Mecklenburg County.  Cost is $30 and pre-registration is required. 

The course will be offered at Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill on April 29 and April 30, from 5 to 9 p.m. (Must attend both days).  Also offered at Clarksville Enrichment Complex in Clarksville on May 16, 2015 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.    This is a non-credit course limited to 30 students.

For information on registration, contact Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or email angela.mcclintock@southside.edu

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SVCC Chorus has "So Much to Sing About"

The Southside Virginia Community College Chorus (SVCC Chorus) has “So Much to Sing About!” and you are invited to attend. The SVCC Chorus is giving their annual Spring Concert on April 12th at 7:00 PM at the South Hill Presbyterian Church (free). Under the direction of Carol Henderson and with the assistance of Sally Tharrington on the piano, this year’s concert is featuring songs about the inspiration that develops from depths of our human spirit. We have “So Much to Sing About!”.

In the SVCC Chorus music, you will hear beautiful poetry that sings of our Faith, Love, Hope and Joy. After the cold, icy and snowy winter, the SVCC Chorus hopes to warm your hearts and inspire you as springtime is welcomed with beautiful music... we have “So Much to Sing About!”

In the spiritual, “I’m Gonna Sing!” by Andre Thomas, our spirit is told to “sing on!” “dance on!” as we sing of our Faith.  “How Can I Keep from Singing?” by Gwyneth Walker is a resonating song of Hope.

Flutist Dee Pinnell joins the chorus for “Prayer Litany” a treasured anthem by Helen Kemp. Betty Edwards is a featured soprano soloist.  Gavin Honeycutt sings the tenor solos in a medley, “Lost in the Fifties Tonight” where we re-live the Joy of our younger years.  Other chorus members featured in the program are: Lloyd Farnsworth, Jimmy Martin, Kelli Lewis and Julia Hawthorne.

Other gentle gems: “Over the Rainbow”, “Gentle Annie”, a folk-like song by Stephen Foster; “Danny Boy” by Joe Flummerfelt and “Sing Me to Heaven”, will warm your hearts with remembered Love.

Carol and Sally reside in Mecklenburg County. Sally works at SVCC and also serves as the musician at Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Boydton. Carol serves as the musician at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Halifax and is also the director of the Lake Country Chorale, Inc. in Clarksville.

Come to the SVCC Chorus Spring Concert on April 12th ...we have “So Much to Sing About!” sponsored by the Southside Virginia Community College. The concert is free and is open for all friends, neighbors and families. South Hill Presbyterian Church, 914, Mecklenburg, Ave, South Hill, Va. 23970

No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I’m clinging. Since I believe that love abides, How Can I Keep from Singing?”

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SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROFESSOR DIXIE WATTS DALTON RECOGNIZED BY AGRIBUSINESS COUNCIL

Dalton Honored for Service to Students, Industry

Council President Katie Frazier(left), and Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton

(Blacksburg, VA)  Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton, associate professor and leader of the Agribusiness program at Southside Virginia Community College, was presented the Special Recognition award from the Virginia Agribusiness Council. Council President Katie Frazier presented the award on March 20 at the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences awards banquet.  

Each year, the Council acknowledges an individual deserving special recognition for his or her service to the agribusiness industry.

Dr. Dalton grew up on a family farm in Lunenburg County. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees from Virginia Tech in Agricultural Economics and her PhD from Duke University in Economics. She spent seventeen years in a teaching and extension position in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech before returning home to Southside in 2010 to provide new leadership to Southside Virginia Community College’s Agribusiness program. 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 addition to all of this work, Dr. Dalton also served as an advisor to many different activities on campus, including the Agricultural Economics/NAMA Club. And she has been a longtime leader in the Virginia Cooperative Council, focusing efforts on educating both high school and college students about the importance of cooperatives to agriculture and Virginia’s economy. She has been recognized countless times for her teaching, advising, and service at the university, state, and national level, including by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Bette Brand, with Farm Credit of the Virginias, said, “Dixie's ability to connect with young people and to inspire a passion for agriculture is unmatched. Her influence spans across several college campuses across the state as well as countless high school students through the Virginia Cooperative Council's VICE weekend at Graves Mountain and NICE at Virginia Tech. She has built a strong foundation for our industry's next leaders through her work.”

Agribusiness Council Director of Government Affairs Brad Copenhaver, a former student of Dr. Dalton, said, “Her commitment to teaching and to truly connecting with her students genuinely makes her among the very best professors and mentors someone can have when considering a career in agriculture.”

President Frazier commented during the presentation that “for Virginia agribusiness to be successful, we have to have good educators throughout the Commonwealth to teach students about our industry and to instill in them the passion that it takes to succeed. Dixie has done all of this and much, much more.”

About The Virginia Agribusiness Council

The Virginia Agribusiness Council is a non-profit organization committed to representing the interests of the agriculture and forestry industries in the Commonwealth through effective governmental relations efforts and initiatives. Its membership includes farmers, foresters, and other agricultural producers; industry suppliers; marketers and processors; and commodity and industry associations. It is headquartered in Richmond. For more information, please visit www.va-agribusiness.org.

SVCC’s President Is Keynote Speaker at Founder’s Day

An inspirational message of loyalty and values,  tributes to inspirational leaders and  inspirational acts of generosity were the order of the evening at Virginia State University’s 2015 Founder’s Day Convocation. Dr. Alfred A. Roberts, President of Southside Virginia Community College, keynoted the celebration of the 133rd anniversary of the institution’s founding in 1882.

Urging the assembled alumni, students, faculty and administrators to honor the values upon which VSU was built, Dr. Roberts said “strive to be one of the finest universities in the country, but always uphold and enhance the unique qualities that make VSU different.”

To become a truly great institution, he said, VSU must “embrace and rejoice in the future; see the future as a friend” and should also “never lose focus on your historic mission of teaching, while instilling the value of service.”

 Embracing the value of service through action, alumnus Charlie W. Hill (’66) presented $100,000 to Interim President Pamela Hammond to establish the Annase Wilks Hill Minerva Circle Endowment. The Endowment honors Hill’s late wife, Annase Wilks Hill, who earned bachelor and master’s degrees in microbiology from VSU. Funds from the endowment will support primarily female students who exhibit outstanding academic performance and equally outstanding citizenship while studying in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) areas.

Mr. Hill deemed his gift “a down payment” and urged students to begin giving immediately. He pledged to match any gifts the students raised. “Excellent students should never be turned away because funds aren’t available.”  Giving, he said, “allows the VSU magic to happen!”

Richmond Ambulance Authority CEO Terone Green presented what he termed “a first installment” gift of $25,000, also in support of STEM disciplines.

Earlier on Founder’s Day, Interim President Pamela Hammond and First Gentleman Greg Hammond placed wreaths on the grave of VSU Founder Alfred W. Harris in Petersburg’s historic Blandford Cemetery and on the front lawn of Virginia Hall in honor of the past year’s fallen Trojans. Participating in her first VSU Founder’s Day, these solemn activities served to inspire Dr. Hammond with a greater understanding of the storied history of this great institution.

In the Photograph, left to right:First Gentleman Greg Hammond and Virginia State University Interim President Pamela Hammond are shown with Dr. Al Roberts, Southside Virginia Community College President,  and his wife,  Mrs. Janet Roberts, on Founder's Day at VSU.  Dr. Roberts was the Keynote speaker for the event.

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SVCC Captures USA National Prep Championship

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The Southside Virginia Community College basketball team captured the 2015 USA National Prep Championship title with a thrilling 67-65 win over Moravian Prep on Saturday evening at the J. Bryant Floyd Center.

The win completed a 4-0 run in the national tournament to improve SVCC to 17-6 on the season.

“It was a tremendous tournament for our team,” said SVCC coach Dennis Smith. “To win a national tournament title at any level is quite an accomplishment and Coach Brown and I are extremely proud of our young men.”

Moravian entered the tourney as the defending national champions in the post-grad division, having knocked off SVCC in a thrilling 64-61 victory in last year’s semifinal round.

This year’s contest would also go down to the final buzzer.

Tied at 65 with 21 seconds left, SVCC’s Marcus Hoosier (pictured at left) knocked down a 15-foot jumper with 12 seconds left and the Panthers’ defense made one final stand to seal the title.

Hoosier finished with 23 points and four rebounds in the championship game and was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

Guard Edmund Maxwell also had a sensational title game for SVCC finishing with 20 points and eight assists to help key the second half comeback.

Moravian jumped out to a 24-16 lead in the first half but Cavan Bryant buried a trey at the 4:56 mark and Reggie Dennis added a bucket to trim the Moravian lead to 26-22 at the 1:19 mark.

Moravian took a 28-24 lead to the halftime break.

E. Maxwell scored the first four points of the second half and Hooiser followed with two straight buckets to give SVCC its first lead at 32-30 at the 14:13 mark.

A massive dunk following a steal by Hoosier at the 10:09 mark trimmed the Moravian lead to 39-38.

A bucket by Cordaro Boyd and a trey by Tevin Holloway cut the Moravian lead to 55-54 at the 4:36 mark.

A layup by Khari Jenkins tied the score at 61 with 1:46 left to play.

After getting a big defensive stop, Hoosier completed a 3-point play and Boyd hit one-of-two from the line for a 65-61 lead with 44 seconds left.

Moravian didn’t quit however and completed a 4-point play with 25 seconds left to tie the score at 65.

SVCC took a timeout and refocused and Hoosier hit the jumper to hand the local school its first national title.

Jenkins led the team with eight rebounds in the game while Boyd added seven and Bryant and Holloway finished with five apiece, respectively.

SVCC……24  43 - 67

MP………28  37 - 65

SVCC – Hoosier 23, E. Maxwell 20, Dennis 2, Holloway 7, Boyd 7, Jenkins 4, Coleman 1, Bryant 3.

SVCC. 65-63

SVCC got some big defensive plays from Reggie Dennis and Trevor Williams down the stretch to help the local team hold on for a 65-63 win over MMG (FL) in a semifinal contest on Friday night.

The local team trailed by as many as eight in the first half against MMG but got a trey from Hoosier and two free-throws from E. Maxwell to close to 28-26 at the halftime break.

SVCC cut the MMG lead to 34-33 at the 13:00 mark of the second half on a trey by Holloway.

Jenkins scored six straight points for SVCC to give the local team a 53-48 lead at the 4:54 mark.

A three-point play by Maxwell gave SVCC a 58-53 lead with 3:47 left to play.

MMG fought back with a trey and a short jumper to take a 60-59 lead with a 1:45 left to play.

The local team didn’t panic and the 5-9 Dennis pulled a deflected pass away from the 6-11 MMG center and tapped it to CJ Boyd who converted a 3-point play with 40 seconds left to give SVCC a 64-63 lead.

A big defensive rebound by Williams helped seal the win in the final 10 seconds.

Hoosier led SVCC with 20 points and six assists while Jenkins scored 12 points and added six rebounds.

Maxwell scored 11 points and added 10 assists while Boyd finished with seven points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

SVCC…….26  39 – 65

MMG……..28  35 – 63

SVCC – E. Maxwell 11, Dennis 6, Hoosier 20, Holloway 6, Boyd 7, Jenkins 12, Williams 3.

SVCC, 79-73

SVCC topped Mount Zion Academy (NC) 79-73 in their second round game on Friday afternoon.

The local team jumped out to a 13-7 lead on a dunk by Hoosier at the 11:07 mark of the first half.

Six straight points by E. Maxwell extended the SVCC lead to 32-24 at the 3:58 mark and the local team took a 41-32 lead to the halftime break.

Mt. Zion cut the SVCC lead to one point five minutes into the second half but a 3-point play by Hoosier gave SVCC a 65-59 lead at the 5:46 mark and the local team hung on down the stretch.

Hoosier led SVCC with 19 points and five rebounds while E. Maxwell added 17 points and four assists.

Jenkins finished with 12 points and eight rebounds while Holloway added 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Boyd finished with five points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

SVCC……..41  38 – 79

MZP………32  41 – 73

SVCC – E. Maxwell 17, Dennis 4, Hoosier 19, Holloway 11, Boyd 5, Jenkins 12, Williams 1.

SVCC, 87-60

SVCC came out on fire in their national opener topping Prestige Prep (NJ) 87-60 on Thursday afternoon.

The local team jumped out to a 13-3 lead at the 13:06 mark of the opening quarter on three straight dunks by Jenkins, E. Maxwell and Boyd.

Three straight treys by Hoosier, Maxwell and Bryant extended the lead to 32-16 at the 7:24 mark.

SVCC took a 44-27 lead to the halftime break.

The local team took a 51-31 lead at the 11:09 mark of the second half on a layup by Boyd and cruised from there to the victory.

Hoosier led SVCC with 21 points and seven rebounds while Jenkins scored 15 points and added 17 rebounds and five blocks.

Boyd scored 12 points and added 12 rebounds.

SVCC…..44  43 – 87

PP………27  33 – 60

SVCC – D. Maxwell 3, E. Maxwell 8, Hoosier 22, Holloway 5, Harris 4, Burgess 2, Dennis 0, Tucker 2, Boyd 12, Jenkins 15, Williams 6, Coleman 4, Bryant 3.

2015 USA NATIONAL PREP CHAMPIONS – The Southside Virginia Community College basketball team captured the 2015 USA National Prep Championships with a thrilling 67-65 win over Moravian in the title game on Saturday evening in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On the front row from left are Shawon Tucker, Tevin Holloway, Edmund Maxwell, Donald Maxwell, Reggie Dennis, Marcus Hoosier, Anthony Harris and Coach Vincent Brown. On the back from left are Coach Dennis Smith, Taron Burgess, Shaun Coleman, Cordaro Boyd, Khari Jenkins, Cavan Bryant and Trevor Williams. (SVCC photo)

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER – SVCC’s Marcus Hoosier was selected as the Most Outstanding Player in the 2015 USA National Prep Championship tournament in the Post-Grad division.

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Local College Presidents Meet Governor McAuliffe

Dr. Paul Conco (Left) President of Paul D. Camp Community College, and Dr. Al Roberts (Right) President of Southside Virginia Community College, met with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (Center) during the Virginia Community College Systems Annual Legislative Reception held February 11, 2015 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

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Dr. Hurt Publishes Article In Educator’s Journal

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Editorial Board is pleased to announce the publication of the article “Utilizing Student Passions and Interests to Create a More Meaningful Research Experience,” by Dr. Joyce F. Hurt in the Winter 2015 issue of The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin.  Dr. Hurt is an English Instructor for the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia and adjunct faculty member at Southside Virginia Community College.

In the article, Dr. Hurt discusses the juniors in her dual enrollment classes describing how incorporating students’ interests and choices into the regular research process created a new enthusiasm for researching, writing and sharing with peers.  She notes that the projects chosen by the students were as diverse as the students themselves and topics included Nazi Germany and Jehovah’s Witnesses; Polynesian Tattoos; Pat Summit; Athena; Pirates; Scuba Diving; Ice Hockey; Human Trafficking and Criminal Profiling; among others.

Dr. Hurt is a member of Delta Alpha Chapter, Virginia.  The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honorary society for women educators with over 82,000 members in approximately 2504 chapters in 17 countries worldwide.  It focuses the collective energies of an international organization to achieve the greatest good for everyone involved in all fields of education—students, instructors and administrators.  The Society promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education through seminars, workshops, conferences, scholarships and the publication of members’ research and writing.

Delta Kappa Gamma was founded by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and eleven other educators from throughout Texas.

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Never Too Late To Start A New Career

George Garratte finished high school in 1976.  He went back to school in 2014 attending Southside Virginia Community College’s Truck Driver Training School and now works for Swift Transportation Corporation as a Commercial Driver.

Currently completing his orientation period with the company, Garratte will receive his own truck soon through Swift and probably will drive over-the-road in the 48 contiguous states.  Today, Swift generates over $4 billion in revenue and operates nearly 18,000 trucks.

During his lifetime, Garrette has worked for Toll Brothers in Emporia and also worked as a freelance landscaper in Baltimore.  At age 57, he notes he was the oldest student in his trucking class but this did not stop him from becoming class president. 

He returned to his native Emporia to seek employment and saw a flyer about the SVCC Truck Driver Training class that was being offered locally at night. 

“I decided that this is what I am going to do, to go to school,” Garrette said.

He visited the Southside Virginia Education Center located in Greensville County and worked with a counselor, Shelia Harper.  Garrette notes that he was taken step by step through the process of enrolling in class.  The class itself offered a great deal of one-on-one instruction and he notes that it was a great experience.  He credits Willie Crawley, Instructor, with helping him to be successful and also, “I give the glory of my success to God”, Garrette said.

With a new start and a new career, Garrette also has plans to marry this year.  Success stories start at SVCC, stories like Garrett’s are happening every day.  Visit www.southside.edu   Truck Driving will be offered again in Greensville County during the spring.  For information, call 434-292-3101.

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Southside Electric Cooperative Donates to SVCC Ag Program

"Southside Electric Cooperative is proud to partner with SVCC to help expand career training opportunities in Southside Virginia.  SEC’s Board of Directors and I believe strongly in giving back to the communities we serve, and we’re excited to be a part of this new endeavor led by Dr. Dalton.  It is our hope that other organizations and businesses in our area will not only see the benefits of preparing our students to work in the agribusiness industry, but will be encouraged to partner with SVCC in providing additional internship opportunities" - SEC President & CEO, Jeffrey S. Edwards said.  Edwards is shown here presenting a check to SVCC's Dr. Dixie Davis Walton.

A donation to the Southside Virginia Community College Foundation, Inc., to start an internship program for students in the Agribusiness Program has been announced by Southside Electric Cooperative headquartered in Crewe, Virginia.  Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton, Professor and Program Director of Agribusiness, (Right) accepts the donation from Jeffrey S. Edwards (Left), President and CEO of SEC.  The Agribusiness program started at SVCC in 2010 and offers a two-year program in General Studies with a specialization in Agribusiness as well as a Career Studies Certificate.   As consumers, we are all impacted by the agribusiness industry.  From the food we eat to the clothes we wear and the homes we live in, agribusiness directly affects each of us on a daily basis, notes Dr. Dalton.  She looks forward to involving community businesses from all areas of agribusiness, including farms, financial institutions, farm supply stores, feed and chemical companies, information and consulting services, and others by partnering with them to create internship opportunities for students. For information, contact  Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton,Professor & Program Director, Agribusiness,109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA 23821 or call 434-949-1053

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SVCC Great Place To Start Timber Harvesting Career

Matthew Vassar’s family has been bringing in the wood since the 1940’s when his grandfather and great uncle harvested timber for Chesapeake Corporation (now Rock Tenn.).   The family tradition will continue as he becomes the fifth generation to be involved in the timber/forestry/logging industry. 

In today’s economy and setting, Vassar determined that more education would benefit him in the family business and he is enrolled in the Forest Management Technology program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.  This program is designed for persons who seek employment in forestry occupations. Students use industry-standard equipment and gain practical experience through summer internships regionally and across the country with organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, Virginia Department of Forestry and private forestry employers. The program supports forestry and forest-related industries that are vital to the economy of Virginia, where 60 percent of the total land area is forested.

Vassar began his community college experience locally through Southside Virginia Community College as a dual enrollment student from Randolph-Henry High School in the Automotive  program.  He is the third generation in his family to attend SVCC.  He earned a Career Studies Certificate and a Certificate from SVCC

Upon graduation from high school in 2012, he continued to attend SVCC to take classes specifically to transfer to DSLCC at Clifton Forge for their FMT program.  SVCC and DSLCC counselors and advisors worked together to make sure all of the classes he took would transfer seamlessly and he will graduate from DSLCC this May with his Associate's Degree in FMT.

While he has already been working in his family's business for quite a few years,  he recognized that the courses offered at DSLCC would be a great benefit to him in his career and running his own business one day.  The rural atmosphere of DSLCC suited him perfectly.  However, he wanted to take some of this general education courses in math, English, business, social sciences, and humanities at SVCC before he transferred, so that his academic load would be more manageable after her got to Clifton Forge.

While equipment, prices, planting and other aspects of the business have changed over the years, something that has not changed is the commitment of the Vassar family to the industry.  According to the book “Bringing in the Wood: The Way it was  at Chesapeake Corporation” written by Mary Wakefield Buxton and published in 1999, “There was probably no other wood dealer who served longer and worked harder for the Chesapeake Corporation than the John Vassar family in the Charlotte County, Virginia area in the central part of the state.”

Asked to compare his experiences at the two community colleges, Vassar noted that both were similar saying that both had faculty that cared about a student’s successful progress.  

Attending SVCC during and right after high school “helped prepare me for my future and taught me how to study,” he said.

“Our college does a great job of helping students find their niche whether we offer the specific program they want or the general education courses required for transfer.  Southside students receive all the essentials here to be successful on the job or at another institution.   Also, our counselors are so knowledgeable about the transfer process and are great at guiding students in the direction they want to go”, said SVCC President Dr. Al Roberts.

Vassar’s story is like others who find a way to make progress at their local community college and then transfer credits to complete a degree at another two-year or four-year school.  For more information, visit the SVCC website at southside.edu

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SVCC’s REED RECOGNIZED BY COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM

Martha Reed, Southside Virginia Community College Assistant Professor of Biology, was recognized by the Virginia Community College System as the recipient of the 2014 Chancellor’s Award in the Community Services category.  The Award was presented during the 2014 Hire Education Conference held at the Homestead during December.  The Innovator’s Award event is designed to recognize the outstanding contributions of workforce and economic development practitioners at community colleges and other partner organizations. 

Reed was nominated due to her involvement in many outreach programs in the Southdie Virginia area and also, because she is a champion for SVCC students.  She encourages students to participate in community programs such as blood donation and Stop Hunger Now.  In a year’s time, she has worked with her church to glean over 200,000 pounds of vegetables that were distributed in a ten county region.  She has also worked with a medical mission organization to establish health clinics in remote areas of Guatemala, organized a local Alzheimer’s Memory Walk and much more.

She began teaching at SVCC in 1993 and is a native of Nottoway County.  She and her husband, David, have two daughters.

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SVCC Earns Communications Award

The NCMPR District 2 Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges in District 2. It's the only regional competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges. States in District II are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,  North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and The Bahamas.  Southside Virginia Community College's Public Relations office received three Medallion awards presented at a conference in Nashville, Tennessee recently.  The college team, Christie Hales (Left) and Jamie Jones (Right) received a bronze award for the College Annual Report:  The Legacy:  31 Years of Innovation in Education which honored Dr. John J. Cavan, president, upon his retirement.  Jones received a Silver Medallion award for creation and design of a college Newsletter--The PROUD Panther and Hales received a Gold Medallion in the category of Feature Article/General News Story/OpEd for "A Tradition of Education."

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Next Big Step for High School Students

Tavorise Marks was the guest speaker at the Southside Virginia Community College The Next Big Step event held at the Christanna Campus in Alberta for area high schools.  He was speaking to students from his high school of Brunswick.  Marks is a2002 graduate of Brunswick High School, 2007 graduate of Norfolk State University with a2011 Masters from Old Dominion University(masters degree in Urban Affairs and Planning).
Currently, 1LT(P) Tavorise Marks is stationed at Fort Belvoir out of the PentagonDomestic Allhazard Response Team (DART).  He advised students to remember three things:  1.  Don't worry about being cool.  2.  Chase the paper (get degrees and certificates and diplomas to prove accomplishments) and 3. To Dream Big.

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SVCC Spring 2015 New Student Orientation: NSO 2.0

Southside Virginia Community College’s spring semester orientation will take place on Wednesday, January 7th on both main campuses, the Christanna Campus in Alberta and the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville.

Students may arrive as early at 9:30 a.m. to the Workforce Development Building on the Daniel Campus or the Little Theater room B-13 on the Christanna Campus to register and to pick up an information packet.  The program will start at 10:00 a.m. and will include refreshments and a variety of door prizes!

New students are encouraged to R.S.V.P. to this exciting event by visiting the “New Student Orientation” webpage on the college’s website, www.southside.edu/orientation.

Students will have the opportunity to meet other SVCC students, staff and faculty as well as attend information sessions to learn more about SVCC services.

Students who have not completed the admissions process will have the chance to finish the final steps to becoming an SVCC student. The New Student Orientation program is hosted by Student Services on each campus of SVCC.

For additional information about the Christanna campus New Student Orientation experience please call Vondrenna Smithers, Student Activities Coordinator located in Alberta, VA at 434-949-1028.

For more information about the John H. Daniel campus New Student Orientation experience please contact Le’Tina Giles, Student Activities Coordinator located in Keysville, VA at 434-736-2023.  New students may also visit the NSO website at www.southside.edu/orientation.

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SVCC Workforce Partners with American Buildings For Specific Job Training

Southside Virginia Community College is partnering with  American Buildings  Company to offer skill training for specific jobs at the company.  The LaCrosse, Virginia business is interested in having a workforce trained in Computer Aided Drafting. 

SVCC will begin offering a Career Studies Certificate in this discipline in January of 2015 with a total of 19 credit hours needed for successful completion.  Courses include Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Technical Writing, Computer Aided Modeling and Rendering, Team Concepts and Problem Solving and Applied Technical Mathematics. 

These skills will help in preparing applicants for the job of Steel Detailer/BIM Modeler at the local site.  The job entails creation of construction drawings using specialized software, generating drawings and reports, bill of materials for field construction, designing and troubleshooting standardized steel framing conditions and ensuring quality.

“American Buildings Company a division of Nucor, is committed to staying in the forefront of building technology as we increase our capacity in LaCrosse Virginia.  As we continue to expand career opportunities the SVCC workforce development is helping by providing training for highly qualified candidates with knowledge of Computer Aided Drafting at our Virginia office.  Nucor teammates enjoy excellent benefits, profit sharing and highly competitive wages along with pay for performance bonuses.  American Buildings Company, is proud to be a division of Nucor the largest producer of steel and steel products in North America.”, Cindy Kirby, Human Resource Coordinator.

American Buildings is one of the largest and most experienced manufacturers of custom engineered steel building systems in the world.

Classes start in January of 2015 at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill.  For more information, contact the LCAKC at 434-955-2252.

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Books Donated to SVCC Students

Angela Marie Carter, author of Memory Chose A Woman's Body and Southside Virginia Community College graduate from Alberta, Virginia has donated 12 of her books to the college.Quoted from Amazon.com where her book is sold," it is a poetic memoir, one woman’s harrowing yet hopeful story of harm and healing. The poems, each powerful as stand-alone works, are a journey of self-discovery, an epic tale of finding one’s way and voice."  Carter credits SVCC with helping her to find her voice and giving opportunities that have helped to lead to her success.  She recently visited the campus for a poetry reading and to mentor students who now walk the halls she once inhabited.  She donated these books to give back to her community and her college.  Students who are members of the Empowered Women's Organization on the Christanna Campus gathered to welcome Carter's book to campus and they are (Front Row, Left to Right) Raven Stigall of Blackstone, Christina Hippert of Emporia, Maria Hayes of Blackstone, Kaylin Weise of Baskerville, Kristen Thorpe of Gasburg and (Second row, L to R) Taylo Harrison of Emporia, Keydra Rosser of Lawrenceville, Michaela McGhee of Blackstone, Torri Long of Freeman,  Kalia Moore of Lawrenceville and Jasmine Price of Gasburg  and Back Row, from the Christanna Campus :Bernadette Battle, Director of Counseling, Vondrenna Smithers, Students Activities Coordinator, and Marika Peterson, Librarian. 

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SVCC Hosts 8th Annual Law Enforcement Awards Banquet

 
Southside Virginia Community College hosted the 8th Annual Law Enforcement Awards Banquet on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the John J. Cavan Workforce Development Center in Alberta.  Area law enforcement agencies were invited to attend and honor one of their own as the recipient of the Officer of the Year Award for 2014.  The event was hosted by Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Instruction on the Christanna Campus.  Ms. Francine C. Ecker, Director of the Department of Criminal Justice Services was the keynote speaker.  Those recognized as the Officers of the Year for 2014 are (Front Row, L to R) Sgt. Harvey A. Hoyle, Sr. of the Chase City Police Department, Inv. D. L. "Rusty" Callahan of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, Det. Ella Turner of the Crewe Police Department, Special Award Recipient, Dr. James H. Taylor, III recent SVCC retiree and former Assistant Professor and Program Head of the Administration of Justice Department, Capt. Bernie R. Puryear of the South Hill Police Department, Trooper Tom W. Reeves, Jr. of the Virginia State Police, South Hill District, Sgt. James A. Crawford of the Clarksville Police Department, (Back Row, L to R) Deputy Clay Sasser of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Seth E. Wenger of the Nottoway County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Kevin L. Abernathy of the Lunenburg County Sheriff's Office,  Trooper Keith H. Pearce of the Virginia State Police, Emporia District, Trooper Brandon D. Coles, Sr. of the Virginia State Police, Petersburg District, Officer Jason D. Robertson of the Blackstone Police Department and Ms. Francine C. Ecker, Director of the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

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REGISTER NOW FOR SVCC CLASSES BEGINNING IN JANUARY

Now is the time to plan for a great new year by registering for classes at Southside Virginia Community College.  Registration for the Spring 2015 semester that begins Friday, January 9 is underway now. For information about registration, visit the college website at www.southside.edu or call 1-888-220-SVCC

SVCC offers traditional classes to attend on campus day and night or at off-campus sites, online courses that can be completed mostly by computer, off-campus classes, special classes with eight week sessions and even some Friday only and Saturday only classes.  Free Adult Education Classes and GED® are available as well as truck driver training, phlebotomy, cosmetology, massage therapy, the first two years of a university degree and many other majors and programs of study.

Also, tuition and fees at community colleges are about one-third of the cost of a four-year state college or university.  A student can save about $50,000 by attending a community college for the first two years of college and then transferring.    

If you are not sure what you want to do or how to get started, SVCC offers a great counseling center to help you with placement tests, financial aid, a map for your future, the admissions process and more.   Success starts at SVCC and today is the day to start that success story.

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SVCC Hosts Health Careers Fair for Local High School Students

A host of high school students converged on the Estes Community Center in Chase City recently to attend the Southside Virginia Community College Health Careers Fair.  More than 200 high school juniors and seniors in attendance were from the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward.

The purpose of the event was to familiarize students interested in health careers with SVCC's programs, including nursing, both LPN and RN, massage therapy, emergency medical services, and medical office assisting.  Students also had the opportunity to learn about ways to further education in varied health care fields they can complete by transferring to nearby schools, including physical therapy, respiratory therapy, radiology, sonography, and more.

One of the highlights of the event was a student panel consisting of men and women who have completed or are currently enrolled in the PN and ADN programs.  The student panel was asked various questions about SVCC’s health career programs and the dedication it takes to complete these programs. 

        

The SVCC Panther was on hand as well as a Zumba instructor and other college representatives. 

Students were able to experience the college’s Sim Lab that features a computer-driven human simulator known as Sim Man and its smaller counterparts Sim Baby and our newly arrived Sim Newbie. Together, they allow students to assess changeable heart sounds, breath sounds, chest movement, experience cardiac monitoring and effects of interventions and medications given with patients across the life span. Our simulators can demonstrate different customized patient profiles and individualized medical scenarios ranging from basic to complex nursing care. Another simulator, "Noelle", provides maternal and neonatal birthing simulation.

    

The VCU LifeEvac helicopter also landed outside the Estes Center and students were able to learn about this service.  VCU LifeEvac provides both scene and interfacility transfer of critically ill patients for areas that have previously not had this transport option available to them.

Dr. Michelle Edmonds, Dean of Nursing and Health Technology at SVCC stated, "It is an exciting time in health care, and it was wonderful how many students were interested in learning more about health career opportunities at Southside Virginia Community College."

The event was made possible through the generosity of the SVCC Foundation's Educational Excellence Grant and generous giving of time and expertise from many area health care professionals, surrounding colleges, VCU/CMH in South Hill, and PATHS in Boydton.

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PTK at SVCC Christanna Campus Holds Induction

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 on November 10, 2014.    Membership is extended by invitation. To be considered for membership a student must be enrolled in a two-year college, have accumulated 12 semester credit hours,  have established academic excellence as judged by faculty, and be of good moral character and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.  Those inducted are with Deveata Fuller, a member who helped with the ceremony (Front Row, Left to Right) Christopher Bowen of White Plains, James Alexander of Bracey, Noah Nichols of South Hill, Caylin Broadnax of South Hill, Payton Gwaltney of South Hill, Hunter Padgett of Jarrett, Sarah Lacks of Crewe, Kathy Drummond of Emporia, Marrica Hazelwood of Blackstone, Kaylin Weise of Baskerville, Destiny Staten of Chase City, Emily Mullins of Skipwith, Sarah Parsons of Boydton, Jenipher Singleton of Valentines, and (Back Row, L to R) Malissa Knight of Stony Creek, Felicia Jacskon of Emporia, Kailyn Drohan of Bracey, Claire Walker of South Hill, Robert Kirks of Petersburg, Lauren Burnette of South Hill, Maygan Clary of Lawrenceville, Levi Kent of White Plains, Daryl Lawson of Baskerville, Faith Ann Merricks of Stony Creek, Taylor Robbins of Kenbridge, Rachel Brown of Emporia, Monica D. McMillan of Lawrenceville, Sharon Cypress of Alberta and Linda Murphy of Brodnax.  These are the students who were selected and able to attend the ceremony.

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Jobs and Job Seekers Converge In Emporia

More than 400 job seekers converged with 35 employers at the SVCC Regional Job Fair held at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia recently with a positive outcome.  Some attendees were hired on the spot at the event sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development, Student Development Services, Crater Business Services Team, WYTT and First Media Radio.

 “It’s always rewarding to be able to provide something tangible and practical to potential candidates, regardless of where they end up ultimately working,” said Matthew Stewart, a senior staffing specialist at Dominion. “Advice as simple as customizing one’s resume for the respective job a candidate is interested in can make all the difference between a recruiter glancing at a resume, versus making it to a phone screening or interview. Not only did we get a chance to meet some wonderful people, we were also able to impart some helpful knowledge. There was a good turnout from the community and the students, and we were glad to be a part of it.”

“It was wonderful! I spoke to several applicants who all had very positive things to say about the Job Fair. I spoke with more than half of the Employers and every one of them said they would come back in the spring.  SVCC especially impressed me with the degree of preparation; Separate tables set up for applicants to fill out applications, places for impromptu interviews, etc.  SVEC/SVCC did great work for our community and for the people we serve, said  John Holtkamp, Director LISW-S, ACSW, Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services. 

“Representatives from First Citizens Bank’s Recruiting and Human Resources Department and I agree our participation in the SVCC Job Fair was time well spent,” said Cindy Thomas, area executive for First Citizens Bank. “The event was very well organized and attendance far exceeded our expectations.  The communication from SVCC before the event was timely and often, keeping this a “top-of-mind” event for us and I expect for those planning to attend as well.  The luncheon and presentation for the vendors before the Job Fair was informative and provided time for networking with the other vendors.  It was a successful event, and First Citizens would not hesitate to participate again the future.”

A similar event was held in Alberta at the Christanna Campus of SVCC with 300 attendees.  There are plans to offer another job fair event in Emporia also, said Debra Smiley, Director of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at SVCC.

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SVCC Wins Award

Southside Virginia Community College’s Public Relations office recently received recognition in the 2014 Virginia Community College’s Association Excellence in Communications awards competition.  Entrants represented the 23 community colleges in the state of Virginia and were evaluated against other entries in the same group and category by a panel of marketing and advertising professionals. Judging was based on overall creativity of the piece, marketing execution, effectiveness and impact of message and winners were  announced at the 2014 VCCA Conference held October 2-4, at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA.  Christie Hales(Left) and Jamie Jones (Right) are the team at SVCC.  Jones received two First Place VCCA awards for Newsletter (the college Student Services newsletter) and for New Media/Social Media for an event announced and marketed through Facebook.  Hales and Jones were also recognized with a First Place Award for Publication-External for a booklet dedicated to Dr. John Cavan’s legacy upon his retirement from SVCC.

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SVCC Instructor Completes Certification Programs

Lisa Vaughan Jordan, assistant professor of History at Southside Virginia Community College, recently completed two certification programs. 

The Virginia Elected Officials Leadership Academy is a voluntary certification program open to elected officials in Virginia Municipal League (VML)-member cities, towns and counties. The purpose is to encourage continuing education, promote excellence in local governance and recognize local elected officials who take advantage of training opportunities.  Jordan completed this program and received certification at the recent VML conference held in Roanoke, and currently serves as a member of Town Council in South Hill, Virginia.

Another program she has recently completed is the Archeological Technician Certification Program, designed to give individuals the opportunity to obtain recognition for formal, extended training in the techniques and goals of archaeology without having to participate in an academic degree program.  Certification students are provided technical training in both the field and laboratory in conjunction with rotational lectures and workshops and required readings. In fulfillment of these requirements, Mrs. Jordan has volunteered at Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Petersburg National Battlefield, and multiple other sites throughout the state. The program is sponsored by the Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV), the Council of Virginia Archaeologists (COVA), and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

Raised in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, she received her BA in History, MT in Teaching Social Science, and MA in History from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has spent time in education K-12, the National Park Service, and recently as the Chief Operating Officer for The Colonial Center for the Performing Arts before coming to Southside Virginia Community College. She lives in South Hill with her husband, Bill and her son, Jared.

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SVCC Hosts Job Fair

Employers from Mecklenburg County to Virginia Beach came to Golden Leaf Commons looking for workers Tuesday.  SVCC hosted the event in cooperation with the Department of Social Services.  37 employers from the region were offered a Luncheon prepared by Southside Virginia Students from the Alberta Campus before 401 eager job hunters descended upon them. 

Below is a slideshow of photos taken at the event.

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Virginia Community College Association Showcase

The Virginia Community College Association annually recognizes faculty and staff from the state's community colleges with Showcase Awards.  These awards are presented for leadership, hard work and dedication to the mission of Virginia's community colleges.  Awards were presented at the VCCA Convention held in Arlington, Virginia and three representing Southside Virginia Community College were present.  They are (Left to Right) Vondrenna Smithers of Lawrenceville, Student Activities Coordinator at the Christanna Campus, Ashley Leslie, Instructional Technologist from the Daniel Campus who resides in Burkeville and Martha Reed, Assistant Professor of Biology for Christanna Campus who resides in Blackstone.  SVCC is made special by these exemplary employees.  Terry Clarke (retired) was also a Showcase Award winner for faculty from the Daniel Campus.

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Free Workshop but Must Pre-Register

Diabetes: Making Sense of All the Numbers!

This program will focus on the problems associated with uncontrolled blood sugar and the most common treatments. We will also discuss the goals of Diabetes treatment as recommended by the American Diabetes Association.

When: October 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Where: Southside Virginia Community College
John J. Cavan Workforce Development Center
109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA 23821

Pre-registration required by contacting Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or angela.mcclintock@southside.edu.

Presented by:

Chris Buchanan, owner of Smith’s Pharmacy in Kenbridge, Virginia, has been helping pharmacy customers with their medication needs since 1999. He    attended Virginia Tech then went on to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Pharmacy. Rebecca Reitz has been with Smith’s Pharmacy for 10 years. She attended       Virginia Commonwealth University for her undergraduate courses and pharmacy school.

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JOB CENTRAL IS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28

Over 30 companies seeking employees will be under one roof on Tuesday, October 29, 2014 at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia.  There will be 33 employers/agencies participating in this  Job Fair co-hosted by SVCC Workforce Development, SVCC Student Development and Crater Business Services Team.  Dress to impress and bring your resume to this event from  2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Following is a list of participants:

  • The Center for Child & Family Services
  • SVCC - Career Center
  • AmeriCare Plus
  • Transamerica Agency Network
  • Penmac
  • Virginia Employment Commission
  • First Citizens Bank
  • American Buildings
  • New Journey Family Services
  • Wilco Hess - Subway
  • Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center
  • AVON
  • Hampton Inn Emporia
  • DOMINION POWER
  • Stage Stores, Inc (Peebles, Goodys)
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Mecklenburg County Public Schools
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Oran Safety Glass
  • Fedex Ground
  • ProLabor Temps (Toll Brothers)
  • VCU Community Memorial Hospital
  • Bojangles
  • Kaine Connects
  • GEO GROUP
  • Health Insurance Navigator
  • Marriott
  • Fastenal
  • Dish Network
  • Care Advantage
  • Personal Touch Home Care Services
  • Global Safety Textile
  • Greensville Correctional Center

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Proud SVCC Alum Returns As Published Author

You can go home again.  Author Angela Marie Carter did that recently by taking a leap of faith to return to Southside Virginia.  Describing herself as ‘a proud graduate of Southside Virginia Community College,” Carter visited the Christanna Campus as a published author and mentor to students who now fill the halls she once walked.  The “Meet the Author” event was sponsored by the SVCC Empowered Woman organization and Student Development Services.

Her book of poetry, Memory Chose a Woman’s Body, sells on Amazon.com, resides in libraries and is heard through her readings at colleges, schools, and art shows. 

Carter is poetic in her expression as she noted, “First talk. Student body. Out of everything I've achieved as an author so far, yesterday had to be the most special accomplishment. I went back to my hometown. I spoke on three different occasions (all full) about my story, the book, what I've learned and how our very own community college changed my life--and how it's changing  their's.

I got up on stage three times. Three times I said...My name is Angela Carter. I am a survivor....I ran away from this town, and realized later that our college is one of the reasons that I have the happiness I do now. (And then they listened....).”

She also noted, “Abuse. Depression. Bullying. Importance of community college. Art and writing. All topics that I talked about yesterday, in THREE talks I gave at Southside VA Community College. Not only were the topics accepted, but I received over 8 messages last night regarding how my talks helped those that attended. I'm dancing on the inside and cannot explain what it meant to me to talk to students, faculty/staff and many community members.

I feel that I can formally announce that this country gal is changing the world. Many past tears were cried and every single one was worth it for what I'm doing now.”

Carter is a graduate of SVCC.   She got involved with student art and literature and helped to organize the SVCC Arts and Literature Festival featuring writers, artists and musicians.  Because she was going through turmoil in her personal life, she welcomed the involvement and escape through college life. A young mother, writer, motivational speaker and surprisingly strong woman wonders what her life would be like if she had not attended SVCC

  During her years at SVCC (1999-2001), the college offered a Study Abroad Program in which students could travel to the University of Bath in England to study for a semester.  SVCC offered scholarships to the program and one was offered to Carter. 

“I was not the typical person to receive this, but I feel it was just meant to be,” she remembers.

After what transposed in England, Carter notes that she is afraid to consider what her life would be like had she not gone.

Carter notes that the trip to England was her first escape from the grim specter of a childhood stolen and the first chance to discover her true self. As a child, Carter had encountered abuse by a non-family member. Her own parents were not aware of the long-standing effects, and toll it had taken on her life, until the last few years.

Carter blossomed in England, was mesmerized by the country and the classes and after returning to the United States to get her life in order, she went back to England on a work visa.  She met her husband and they lived there for five years and have two daughters.  Returning to the U.S., she received a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University and now lives in Harrisonburg, VA.

Her triumphant return to her alma mater was marked by great attendance at each phase of the event, sales of her book, students and friends seeking autographs and photos.  Reviews on Amazon.com  say

It's beautifully written, and the content is vividly real” and “a raw talent with honest words.” 

SVCC is extremely proud of the accomplishments of this former student and hopes she will come home again soon!!

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MSI & Southside Virginia Community College Announce New Industry Skills Partnership

-Nine Community Colleges Designated MSI Assessment Centers-

NEWPORT NEWS, VA– The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI), the workforce development affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, announced today at the Dream It Do It Virginia Symposium that nine community colleges will be designated as authorized MSI Assessment Centers:  Blue Ridge Community College, Community College Workforce Alliance (John Tyler Community College and J. Sargent Reynolds Community College), Mountain Empire Community College, Southside Virginia Community College, Tidewater Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College and Virginia Western Community College.

The new MSI Assessment Centers will expand credentialing opportunities for Virginians to demonstrate skills to close the workforce skills gap.  The initial focus of the partnership will be to expand the MSI Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1) certificate program as a baseline credential for Virginia’s 6,000 manufacturers as well as integrating it into degree pathways and dual enrollment opportunities so that the emerging workforce has the 12 critical technical skillsthat are fundamental to occupations in advanced technology industries.

The system office of Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) has been integral in this development.  The VCCS recently provided support to local community colleges wishing to pursue MSI training and Assessment Center status.  This investment from the VCCS has enabled Virginia’s community colleges to further enhance students’ pursuit of industry credentials to prepare them for modern manufacturing.

“The MT1 certification can be a launching pad for individuals across Virginia,” said VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois. “This holds the potential to be a stackable credential that helps a person on his or her pathway to a specific career within the manufacturing field, like welding, metal working or mechatronics. And it’s one more step away from that ‘bachelor’s or bust’ mindset that can prevent people from promising opportunities in high-demand career areas.”

This announcement is part of an aggressive move to expand the MT1 certificate program into community colleges and educational partners across the United States.  The MT1 is part of the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certifications System and is approved by the Virginia Board of Education for high school use.  The MT1 has also been approved for use by Workforce Investment Boards for special populations and veterans wishing to improve their manufacturing skills. 

“Southside Virginia Community College thrives on partnerships that offer growth and opportunity for people in our region.  The partnership with VMA to offer MT1 Certification is another example of SVCC's commitment to improve and enhance the region's workforce and bring industry and jobs our way,” said Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President.

“We knew in 2007 that manufacturers would have a skills gap of approximately 11,000 people a year.  We also knew that the largest need was in the Manufacturing Technician occupation and 96% of manufacturers wanted people with these applied and measurable skills.  Although the economic challenges of the last few years slowed demand, it is back and we need to move quickly and this partnership between MSI and Virginia’s community colleges will help close the skills gaps for manufacturers” said Brett Vassey, VMA President & CEO.

The new community college based MSI Assessment Centers will be joining ECPI University, which has six MSI Assessment Centers across the Commonwealth, as well as the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in offering MT1 resources.  MSI’s next MT1 Train-the-Trainer Course for community college instructors begins October 20 in Richmond, Virginia.

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