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Think that just because spring classes have already started it’s too late to start college this year? Wrong! We have a new twelve-week session of classes beginning February 13 and there’s plenty here to get you started on your way to a college or technical degree. If you or anyone you know is interested in continuing their education, finding an exciting career or just improving their competitive edge, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is your partner for success! With more than 40 programs, Southern proudly offers academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify. Visit us online at for a complete list of classes and more information. Find your direction at Southern.
Shawntel Hunter and Randal Johnson have been selected to represent Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College as nominees for the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Community College Academic Team. The All-USA Community College Academic Team recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Twenty team members are named annually with each receiving a $5,000 scholarship, a total of $100,000 in scholarship awards. In addition to scholarships, team members are featured in the USA TODAY newspaper and presented at the annual President’s Breakfast held during the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention. Judging criteria include academic excellence and intellectual rigor; leadership and service; and how students have extended their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. It is a merit award based on what students have done while attending community college, rather than a need-based scholarship. Phi Theta Kappa notifies students selected as team members in March each year. The program is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA TODAY with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.
You're invited! The Logan Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will be the location for a free Small Business, Big Brand Workshop on January 24th. In today's highly competitive small business climate, business owners need to develop a brand that makes their companies stand out from the competition. More than just an eye catching logo, a brand is about everything your business does to attract and serve clients. This workshop will help small business owners and entrepreneurs understand the basics of building a brand for their company and why it is important to consider in all aspects of your business interactions. Participants also will have an opportunity to meet local business owners who can help them in their brand development during a networking luncheon. Each workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Training will be conducted by Lillian Graning of Graning Associates. There is no cost to attend but seating is limited, so participants are encouraged to register early by clicking the Register Now button below or by calling 800.469.7224. . The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), Hatfield McCoy Trails and Mingo County Redevelopment Authority are hosting the workshops as part of the Third District Accelerator, a partnership to spur economic development across southern West Virginia. The initiative is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will host a Meet the Author event on the Boone Campus at Foster, WV. Guest speaker, Scott McClanahan is an American writer, filmmaker, and martial artist. He lives in Beckley, West Virginia and is the author of six books: Stories, Stories II , Stories V! , The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan Vol. 1, Crapalachia and Hill William. In 2010, McClanahan made Dzanc Books' list of "20 Writers Worth Watching," which was a response to the New Yorker's earlier "20 Under 40" list. McClanahan won Philadelphia's third Literary Death Match in 2012. McClanahan is also a co-founder of Holler Presents, a West Virginia-based production and small press company. McClanahan will be joined by Southern instructors and selected students reading their original works. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 11th beginning at 2pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Located in the heart of Southern West Virginia, Rock Creek Development Park holds vast promise for our region. For months, I have watched this ongoing project develop, and each milestone has brought us one step closer to the opportunity at hand. Since becoming president of Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College in January of 2016, I have had the privilege of getting to know both the students and residents of our area. I have heard their stories and have experienced firsthand the struggles this region has endured with the recent economic downtown in the coal industry. To that end, I have also learned that West Virginians never quit and are the hardest working men and women you will find across the country. That is why I see so much hope and promise in Rock Creek Development Park. It offers approximately 12,000 acres of flat, developable land ideal for new business and industry investment and a level of job creation that is unmatched throughout our state’s history. With such job creation, lies an exciting opportunity for both potential investors and those who call this area home. Over the years, the West Virginia Community & Technical College System (WVCTCS) has undergone significant restructuring and has taken on a new approach – one that focuses on preparing our state’s workforce to meet the long-term needs of business and industry operating in West Virginia. Over the past decade alone, our state’s community and technical colleges have created nearly 150 specialized programs, ensuring there are more job training programs in place than ever before. And I know I speak for myself and my fellow colleagues in saying that leadership at community and technical colleges across West Virginia have made it a priority to establish lasting partnerships with local businesses to design, develop and grow custom training programs. To me, this approach is a win-win situation. Business and industry now have access to the highly skilled and specialized workforce they need, while local students and displaced workers can receive the training required for stable, secure and well-paying jobs in the area. I’m grateful for the work of Governor Tomblin and his administration to bring this project to fruition, but it is now time for us to do our part. That is why I am offering the assistance of Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College to prospects interested in Rock Creek Development Park. An investment of this magnitude represents more than just a financial investment in our economy; it also demonstrates a vested commitment to our local communities and our workforce. Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College will continue to work hand in hand with leaders in government to ensure regional employers and potential investors haves direct and immediate access to our educational resources. Moving forward, we will also continue to work with companies to identify emerging careers and high-demand skill sets so that we can better refine our curriculums and create new programs to match business needs. The future of our state depends on our ability to provide business and industry with a highly skilled, well-trained workforce that’s ready to get to work and get the job done. And I can assure you, you’ll find just that in people of Southern West Virginia.
It’s a new year, why not have a new career? Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is hosting an event to prepare you for the job seeking skills you will need to land that perfect job. Join our University Transfer and Adult Education staff for a Job and Career Readiness Workshop to be held January 27, 2017 from 9am until 3pm on the Logan Campus. The workshop will include, interview skills, resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and personal job readiness. Lunch will be provided. All events are FREE and open to all students. For more information contact Toni Redmiles at .
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced today that it has been named a Gold-level Military Friendly® School Award recipient for 2017. Victory Media, originator of the family of Military Friendly® employment, entrepreneurship and education resources for veterans and their families, published its special awards for 2017 Military Friendly® Schools and Employers at For more than a decade, Military Friendly® ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families. New this year, Military Friendly® Awards showcase the most powerful and effective programs of more than 200 companies and 1,200 post-secondary schools that were designated as “Military Friendly®” in November. Of those designated, 154 employers and 541 schools have been recognized for excellence in different categories, highlighting not only “Are you Military Friendly®?” but “How Military Friendly® are you?” “All of our Military Friendly® award recipients set the standard for excellence,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and head of Military Friendly® development. “They offer exceptional examples of what it means not just to build a program that meets federal requirements, but one that serves the military and veteran community from classrooms to careers.” Companies and schools must have successfully completed a 2017 Military Friendly® survey and been designated as a 2017 Military Military Friendly® School or Employer to be considered for the Awards program. The names of awardees are published online at and will be printed in the December issue of G.I. Jobs® or Guide to Military Friendly® Schools. To see a complete list of this year’s award winners, or to learn more about Military Friendly® ratings and how to participate, visit
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is reminding students that the application for the Applied Health and Nursing programs is now available. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2017 for priority selection. Applicants applying for Allied Health programs must have a GPA of 2.0 and be eligible to enter college level English and math. They should submit all high school or college transcripts and an ACT score. Although there is not an official minimum ACT score requirement, applicants will be selected competitively based upon total scores. The ACCUPLACER will not replace these scores. For consideration in Nursing, the applicant must be eligible to enter college level English and math before the application deadline. They must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in high school OR in previous college level courses in order to be considered for the Nursing program. Copies of transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be attached. If the applicant has not taken previous college level courses, they must attach a copy of their high school transcript. The applicant must take the HESI A2 Exam and achieve a score of 75% or higher (please see the current nursing application on Southern’s website for further information regarding the HESI A2 exam). Please note admission requirements for nursing differs from admission requirements to other Allied Health programs. For more than 30 years, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been preparing students for their critical leadership role in the health care industry. Choosing Southern means that you’ve not only chosen an innovator in allied health and nursing education, you’ve also chosen a program where your success is our priority. For more detailed information visit our website at or call 304.896.7346.
Carol Ann Howerton, Principal Investigator/Project Director for the National Science Foundation Grant, Director for Distance Education, and Professor of Computer Information Systems at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been recognized as an Outstanding Contributor to Community College Education. Howerton received the award during the 2016 annual conference of the West Virginia Community College Association and the West Virginia Association for Development Education recently held in Charleston. Howerton was nominated this year for her leadership in proposing the Creating Resources, Opportunities, Pathways and Support (CROPS) in Agriculture project through the POWER initiative for grant funding. CROPS will be a regional, multi-state comprehensive program that promotes economic diversification, job creation, and workforce development and reemployment opportunities that support and contribute to the local and regional growth of the Agricultural Industry in southwestern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky through educational initiatives. The proposal is a result of focused discussions with local and state leaders, local economic development organizations, local farm owners, residents, extension agents, and potential partners who identified existing initiatives, issues and needs along with potential areas for development and support. Howerton’s leadership on both state and federal grants have contributed significantly to Southern’s ability to expand and enhance program offerings and services for students, faculty, and staff. With 28 years of service, Ms. Howerton has served in many capacities at Southern. She began her career in August of 1988 as a data processing instructor, and later became the Applied and Industrial Technology Department Chair in 2000. She currently holds the positions of Principal Investigator/Project Director for the National Science Foundation Grant, Director for Distance Education, and Professor of Computer Information Systems. Howerton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Concord College, and a Master of Science degree in Management of Information Systems from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. She resides at McConnell, West Virginia, with her husband, John.