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The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will hold its regular meeting Thursday, November 15th, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.





Please visit the employment page of our web site at for details.

Danville Community College is committed to becoming a model higher education institution for diversity and inclusion and invites multicultural professionals from all backgrounds to contribute to its aspiration for building an inclusive community where everyone is given equal opportunity to reach their full potential.  Employment will be contingent upon the results of a background check.         

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.


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   Truck Driving will be offered again in Greensville County during the spring.  For information, call 434-292-3101.


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


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



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.


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."


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.


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,

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


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.


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 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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