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Career Opportunity


Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services seeks an energetic, self-motivated individual with an attention to detail to fill the position of Custodian.  The Custodian cleans and maintains all residential units, school buildings, offices and recreational facilities.  The custodian cleans all bathroom facilities and ensures that they are properly furnished with appropriate hygiene items.  The custodian sweeps, vacuums, dusts, mops, cleans, and buffs all areas as applicable.

Custodial experience in a formal business setting is preferred.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JfBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions open until filled.

E-mail or fax cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2018-7
Fax:  (434) 634-6237





Psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescent girls and boys located 15 minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks experienced licensed clinician (LCSW or LPC) to provide therapy and case management services on an inpatient basis.  Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling experience and certification preferred.  Population served includes adolescent girls and boys with complex developmental trauma, co-occurring mental illness, and substance abuse issues.  Position provides individual, group, and family therapy within a psychiatric residential setting. 

Virginia license is required.  Two years’ formal experience counseling adolescents is required.  Residential experience is preferred. 

Seeking experienced candidates.  Highly competitive pay & benefits including employer sponsored Health, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance and employer matching 401(k) retirement plan.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place.  Post offer criminal background and drug screenings required.  Position open until filled.

Submit resume and cover letter to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Job# 2018-4
Attn: Chris Thompson
Fax: (434) 634-6237

Career Opportunity

Residential Counselors

(Youth Service Workers)

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Rural Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a psychiatric residential treatment program.  The Youth Service Worker is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior, teaching life skills, administering a trauma informed behavioral support program, and leading youth in and participating in social, cultural, and recreational activities.  This position supervises youth in the residential unit and on off-campus activities and appointments.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights.  Supreme flexibility required.  Seeking candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology, Sociology or other Human Services field.   Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions open until filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Job# 2018-6
Attn: Chris Thompson

SVCC’s New Student Orientation Dates - Fall 2015

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

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

All sessions will begin at 9:30 AM.

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

To RSVP or find out more information, please visit


New Porgram at SVCC

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

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


SVCC Awards 20,000th CRC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SVCC Hosts Job Fair

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Area graduates are listed below.

Graduates from Emporia

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


Graduates from Jarratt

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

Graduates from Skippers

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

Graduates from Dolphin

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

Graduates from Ebony

Makita Shalae Clements
Yadasia Ja'Niece Clements*

Graduates from Freeman

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

Graduates from Gasburg

Christopher Michael Richard Rather*
Candice Ann Elmore

Graduated from Rawlings

Timothy Scott Everman II

Graduates from Stony Creek

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

Graduates from Valentines

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


Graduates from Dewitt

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

Graduates from Warfield

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

Graduates from Carson

Tyler Keith Waterfield
MaQuetta Shenika Aurelia Easter

Graduates from White Plains

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





*Summer 2015 Graduates

 Graduates from Lawrenceville

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

Graduates from Bracey

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

Graduates from Alberta

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

Graduates from Yale

Latonya M Jones
Marsha Lynette Granderson*

Graduates from Lacrosse

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




Pinning Ceremony for Greenville County High School Nurse Aide Students

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

Basic Contractor Business Licensing Course offered at SVCC

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

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

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


Make it Happen at SVCC

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phi Theta Kappa Inducts New Members

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


Bernadette Battle Receives Celebration of Excellence Award

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

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

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

Rain Tickets Available for Southside Virginia Community College Graduation May 16

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

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

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


SVCC Students Named to the PTK All-Virginian Academic Team

The Phi Theta Kappa All-Virginian Academic Team Awards Luncheon was held on Wednesday, April 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Richmond, Virginia.  Southside Virginia Community College student Debra Shifflett was honored at the Luncheon.  SVCC students, Summer Fink and Heather Noe were also recognized at the event but were unable to attend

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges, symbolizing excellence in higher education and a commitment to students.  Virginia is one of the 37 states participating in the State Academic Teams project introduced in 1994 as a way to provide scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members while promoting excellence at two-year colleges.

Pictured:(L to R)  Dr. Tara Carter, SVCC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Anne Holton, Virginia Secretary of Education, Debra Shifflett, SVCC Student, and Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.


SVCC Honors Corrections Employees

Southside Virginia Community College  held its Seventh  Annual Corrections Awards Banquet on April 16, 2015 at Christanna Campus in Alberta.  Mr. Layton T. Lester, Virginia Department of Corrections presented the Keynote address.  Officer and Employee of the Year from each institution were recognized and presented with an award to commemorate the honor.  Alfonzo Seward, Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice at Christanna was emcee for the event. 

(Front row, left to right) Lt. Linda Griffin, and Rosalee Stone of Lunenburg Correctional, Sargeant Wilson accepting for Officer William Medlin of Baskerville , Alfonzo Seward, SVCC Program Director, Shelia Monteria of Greensville Correctional and Julie M. Flowers of Nottoway Correctional.

(Back row, left to right) --Barry K. Williams and Officer Gene E. Eason of of Deerfield Correctional, Lt. Ralph Coleman of Greensville, Linda B. George of Baskerville Correctional, Officer Ernest H. Davis and Samantha Dunn-Miller of Halifax Correctional, Officer Shawn Haskins of Nottoway Correctional, Officer Danisha Baker of Lawrenceville Correctional and Layton Lester.



SVHEC Designated as Area Healthcare Education Center

AHEC designation will expand healthcare education and training opportunities to 15 counties and 3 cities.

South Boston, VA--The Virginia Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program, as part of the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority (VHWDA), is pleased to announce a partnership with the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) to support an Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Through the Center of Nursing Excellence, the SVHEC will serve a vast AHEC region of 15 counties and three cities that extends to Danville in the west, Petersburg in the north, and Emporia in the east.

nn Switzer, MSN, RN, and SVHEC Center of Nursing Excellence Associate Director, will serve as Southern Virginia AHEC Director. “The Center of Nursing Excellence at the CNE already supports AHEC goals as a learning resource center for healthcare professions. We plan to build on our network of healthcare stakeholders throughout Southern Virginia to expand and coordinate healthcare education and training opportunities for our healthcare workforce. We will also initiate healthcare occupations recruitment efforts among high school students and non-traditional students throughout our rural, medically underserved region,” said Switzer.

The Virginia AHEC Program is a federally funded initiative that aims to: (1) educate and train students to become culturally competent primary care health professionals who will provide healthcare in underserved areas and to health disparity populations; (2) increase the number and variety of primary care health professionals who provide care to underserved populations in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and other medically underserved areas; and (3) recruit into health careers individuals from underrepresented minority populations or from disadvantaged or rural backgrounds. AHEC and VHWDA goals are aligned with the SVHEC’s mission to advance Southern Virginia’s economic potential through education, innovation, and collaboration.

“Healthcare is one of the key job sectors identified by the Governor as being critical to developing the New Virginia Economy,” said Dr. Betty H. Adams, SVHEC Executive Director. “SVHEC and our educational partners have been focused on healthcare for almost ten years through the Center of Nursing Excellence. Receiving the AHEC designation is an incredible honor and a logical next step in our established history of healthcare education,” she said.

The Virginia AHEC Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Grant (#U77HP26289) for $815,999 (FY14). For more information on the AHEC at SVHEC, contact Ann Switzer 434-572-5443, toll-free 1-800-283-0098 ext 5443, or email


Truck Driving Returns to Greensville-Emporia

Southside Virginia Education Center (SVEC), an off-site campus of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), serving Emporia, Greensville County, and the surrounding area will be holding an informational session for prospective truck driving students on Monday, April 27th.  The informational session, followed by a video presentation, will be held from 5:30 pm until approximately 7:00 pm at the Southside Virginia Education Center, 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia.  All interested candidates desiring to enroll in the Truck Driving program for the summer, 2015 semester should attend.  The summer truck driving semester begins on Tuesday, May 12th and runs through Wednesday, August 5th.  Classes will be held at the Truck Driver Training School by the Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport, 139 Airport Drive, Emporia, VA.  Class meeting times are Mondays through Fridays from 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  

Please call 434-634-9358 for any additional information required.


Truck Drivers Graduate

Southside Virginia Community College's Pickett Park Truck Driver Training School Graduating class on 4/17/15 are 

(Pictured L to R)Willie Crawley, Instructor, Doug Kemerer, Instructor, Colton Kemerer, Preston Hardaway (Blackstone), Will Vick (Jetersville), Terry Hazelwood (Kenbridge), Andrew Blackwell (Freeman), Mario Nash (Petersburg), Tammareious Anderson (Emporia), Duncan Quicke, Instructor and Derrick Whittle ATA Road Captain.  Preston Hardaway graduated with a 4.0 GPA..  For information on the six-week to CDL program, call 434-292-3101.


Southside Native to Deliver Commencement Address at SVCC

Southside Virginia Community College is proud to announce the guest speaker for the 2015 Commencement is Dr. Dietra Trent who currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Education. The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, Virginia

Dr. Trent previously held this position during Governor Tim Kaine’s administration.  She joined the Administration of Governor Terry McAuliffe in January 2014.  In this position she works collaboratively with Virginia’s colleges and universities, libraries, museums, and the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV).  Her primary responsibility is to promote the Governor’s agenda for higher education.  Prior to joining the McAuliffe Administration, Dr. Trent served as Deputy State Director for Senator Mark Warner.  Having served in former Governor’s Tim Kaine and Mark Warner’s offices, as well as the Office of Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, she has a wealth of federal, state and higher education experience. 

During her time in Governor Warner’s office, Dr. Trent’s proudest moment was establishing and obtaining state funding for the Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI), housed at Virginia Commonwealth University.  MPLI is a six-week intensive program designed to promote leadership for aspiring individuals interested in running for elected office or assuming leadership roles in minority communities. She currently serves on the MPLI advisory board.

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



Free Programs To Help Entrepreneurs Use Their Minds In Their Business

April 6, 2015, Keysville, Virginia - Virginia's Growth Alliance economic development region has developed an innovative entrepreneurial initiative called Think Bigger, and businesses who participate in the following programs will automatically earn bonus points to qualify for funding from VGA's new revolving loan fund.

The failure to plan is at the root of most small business failures, where the old adage, “fail to plan, plan to fail,” couldn't be truer. VGA is here to help.

The Think Bigger initiative kicks off for the Spring in mid-May with Longwood Small Business Development Center's bold new program, the UpStart Entrepreneur Bootcamp. This exciting series is designed for serious participants to learn from face-to-face, hands-on application through 6 sessions.  Students will learn interactively using the best content from around the world, applying it locally with professional experts and peers in real time.

Real world experts will work with participants to create and test assumptions with real potential customers in a structured way, tracking their progress as they work to develop a meaningful business model.

A student from the Fall 2014 session said, “The UPstart class was ideal for me as it offered the tools that helped me see if my idea would make a good business or if it was more of a hobby.  After working the Business Model  I was given suggestions and information that took me down a path well suited to my goals.  The information given in the class is invaluable to anyone who thinks they might want to go into business themselves. The speakers are well selected professionals offering information on marketing a business and financing.  The teachers make the entire experience flow from the beginning to the end, always approachable, very supportive and enthusiastic.”

Also beginning in May is the Think Bigger Marketing workshop series, produced by marketing and design firm Glerin Business Resources. Participants in these 6 workshops will learn how to combine social media with traditional marketing, create an easy-to-use marketing plan, and market their businesses and sell online for free through VGA's new websites, and

To top it off, one outstanding marketing workshop participant AND their VGA member community will win $750 in free design services from Glerin - $1500 total.

Businesses who combine the UpStart Entrepreneur Bootcamp with the Think Bigger Marketing workshops automatically position themselves to become more successful and build more value.

If you're serious about growing your business – or starting a new one - go to and submit the form to let VGA, LSBDC, and Glerin know you're interested in participating, and in which locality you prefer to attend. Localities will be determined by the level of interest in each. For more information on UpStart, call 434-395-2086 or email

These programs are FREE to businesses and residents within the VGA region, thanks to funding from VGA, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, in partnership with Southside Virginia Community College.

Virginia’s Growth Alliance is a regional economic development marketing organization serving the city of Emporia, as well as Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties.

Longwood Small Business Development Center provides professional business counseling, training, and information resources to help grow and strengthen Virginia businesses.

Longwood University is a four-year public, liberal arts university located in Farmville, Virginia.

Glerin Business Resources is a Halifax-based design and marketing firm specializing in helping small businesses bridge traditional and digital marketing.


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.



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


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?”



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

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.


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.


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.


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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