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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Entrepreneurship and Business Coaching Center will be offering a free Basic Accounting with QuickBooks workshop on Wednesday, September 26, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Hatfield McCoy Trails Authority Office in Man. Lunch will be provided.

Topics to be discussed include how to measure your business’s profitability, customize reports, and track and pay sales tax.

Registration is required to attend. There is limited seating, so only one registration per business is requested.

The Entrepreneurship and Business Coaching Center is funded through the Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Initiative.

To register, or for more information, please contact Bryan Shaw, with Scaleable Ventures, at or 304-389-6742.

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia community college students who transfer to West Virginia University before earning their associate degrees can now receive their credentials retroactively, thanks to a new partnership between the institution, the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) and the National Student Clearinghouse.

The partnership, which uses the Clearinghouse’s Reverse Transfer Service, is focused on boosting college completion rates across West Virginia.

“Seeing more of our students earn postsecondary degrees is always our leading goal,” Dr. Sarah Tucker, WVCTCS Chancellor, said. “Through the reverse transfer process, we can give students the two-year credentials they’ve earned, while they continue pursuing a four-year degree. We’re proud to partner with WVU to make this possible, and to put even more of our students on track to strong and rewarding careers.”

"WVU is privileged to work with our state’s two-year institutions to provide earned credentials to our state’s students," said Paul Krieder, vice provost for academic strategies, curriculum and assessment. "This partnership solidifies a process of awarding degrees to students who have completed courses at WVU that can fulfill degree requirements where they began. That is important to the students, their earning potential, and will ultimately help the economy of the state of West Virginia.”

Under the agreement if a student goes to a community college, but transfers to WVU before earning an associate degree, the credits earned at WVU can be transferred back to the community technical college and the student will then have earn an associate degree while working toward a four-year one.

“The Clearinghouse is excited to work with the West Virginia Community and Technical College System to help more West Virginians be successful and earn a degree via reverse transfer,” said Michelle Blackwell, National Manager of Reverse Transfer at the Clearinghouse. “The Clearinghouse’s Reverse Transfer service supports eligible students’ ability to earn an associate degree and, thereby, enhance their employment opportunities and make more money. Studies show that completing an associate degree yields on average $4,640 to $7,160 per annum in extra earnings compared to entering college, but not finishing."

A memorandum of understanding between West Virginia’s nine community and technical colleges, WVU and the Higher Education Policy Commission paves the way for students who have transferred to WVU to begin the process of seeing if they’re eligible. To participate, students must agree to have their WVU transcripts sent back to their community colleges, which will determine whether the students’ university courses have met requirements for degrees or other credentials.

Students who are in good standing with their community college will be eligible for reverse transfer when they have earned at least 16 semester credit hours from the community college and at least three semester credit hours from WVU.

All of West Virginia’s community and technical colleges are participating: BridgeValley CTC, Blue Ridge CTC, Eastern WV CTC, Mountwest CTC, New River CTC, Pierpont CTC, Southern WV CTC, WV Northern Community College, and WVU at Parkersburg.

Contact: Casey Sacks / / 304-558-0265

On Tuesday, August 28, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College welcomed Tim Hatfield, CEO of Tug Valley ARH, and thanked him for donating a Beckmann Coulter DxH600, a state-of-the-art hematology analyzer, to Southern’s Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Student Laboratory. It was donated by Tug Valley ARH to the MLT program when the hospital’s lab upgraded to a different instrument. This instrument will allow Southern’s MLT students to perform automated Complete Blood Counts as they are performed in hospital laboratories. “We are very fortunate to have this state-of-the-art instrument in a student laboratory setting,” Shirley Dardi, Southern’s MLT Coordinator and Associate Professor, said. “This will allow our students to compare the results they get on their manual cell counts to the automated results.” In the photo are pictured, from left: Dr. Deanna Romano, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Mr. Tim Hatfield; Southern’s President, Dr. Robert Gunter; Shirley Dardi, MLT Coordinator and Associate Professor; and Russell Saunders, Dean for the School of Career and Technical Studies.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will be hosting a site review for the continuing accreditation of its associate degree nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The public is invited and encouraged to meet the site visit team and share comments about the nursing program in person at a meeting scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on September 19, 2018 at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Logan campus, Building C – Room 408.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:
Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Ga. 30326

You may also email your comments to

All written comments should be received by ACEN by September 12, 2018.

For more information, please contact Sheliah Elkins, Southern’s Nursing Program Coordinator, at

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Foundation will be hosting its 6th annual Mike McGraw Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic at Twin Falls State Park and Resort on Thursday, October 4. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m., with tee off following at 10:00 a.m.

All proceeds of the tournament go to the Mike McGraw Memorial Scholarship fund, whose purpose is to provide assistance to deserving Wyoming County residents who want to pursue their education at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact David Lord at

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has established a chapter with the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). Student Success Center Coordinator Tim Ooten and Darrell Taylor, Director of Enrollment Management and Student Engagement, will serve as the chapter advisors, helping to facilitate the five-step leadership program on Southern’s campuses. Southern’s first event for NSLS will be held on September 28, 2018.

NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership honor society and collegiate leadership development program, working with nearly one million students on over 600 colleges. NSLS differentiates itself from traditional honor societies in that students must complete a step-by-step leadership development program in order to become inducted. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop many indemand skills such as leadership, communication, and team building.

If you are interested in learning more about the Southern NSLS chapter, please contact Tim Ooten at 304-896-7658 or Darrell Taylor at 304-896-7432.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Foundation and the Tug Valley Road Runners Club are partnering to host their third annual Southern Harvest Half Marathon and 5K on Saturday, November 10, 2018. The marathon will begin at Southern’s Williamson campus at 9:00 a.m.

Participants can begin registering now for the half marathon (13.1 miles) and the 5K (3.1 miles). Late registration will be open just prior to the marathon, from 7:00 – 8:45 a.m. Please visit the Southern Harvest Half Marathon and 5K Facebook page at for more information or to register.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Tug Valley Road Runners Club President Alexis Batausa at 304-235-3400, or All proceeds from this event go to Southern’s Foundation, which awards scholarships to Southern students every semester.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and the Tug Valley Road Runners Club are registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Donations for this event may be tax deductible.

Mount Gay, W.Va. – Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is proud to offer a degree program that enables students to apply their general course work and real-world experiences toward earning their degree.

Southern’s Board of Governors (BOG) Adult Degree Program is an alternative, non-traditional degree program that is specifically designed for adult students seeking a general education associate’s degree. This is one of Southern’s most useful degree programs, according to Brandon Kirk, the BOG coordinator and assistant professor of history at Southern.

“The BOG program is a flexible pathway designed for those persons who seek to apply earned credits or life/work experience toward a general associate’s degree,” Kirk said. “The BOG degree, while not directed to a specific area of expertise, such as nursing or electrical engineering, nevertheless gives an edge to a person’s employability, or, if already employed, can mean a promotion or an increase in salary.”

The Census Bureau estimates that a person with an associate’s degree will earn $400,000 or more over his or her lifetime than a person with a high school diploma.

The Board of Governors Adult Degree Program requires a 2.0 GPA. BOG candidates must have graduated high school or passed a high school equivalency exam more than two years prior to entry into the program. The student cannot possess another college degree. Twelve hours from a regionally accredited institution, including three hours at Southern, are required to graduate with the BOG degree.

The traditional pathway is to apply courses/credits toward the degree. The General Education Requirements are 21 credit hours: six hours in Communications (English, Speech), six hours in Math/Science, six hours in Social Science (History, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science), and three hours in Computer Literacy (computer class). The General Electives are 39 credit hours in most any non-remedial course.

“Southern’s BOG program is pleased to partner with West Virginia’s Remote Online Collaborative Knowledge System (WVROCKS) to offer anywhere from six to ten online courses every semester,” Kirk said. “These courses, offered exclusively to our BOG students, run in eight-week cycles. Aside from the benefits of an online experience, our BOG students gain more choices in terms of academic courses than non-BOG students. I believe strongly enough in their benefit to West Virginia students that I teach their Appalachian History and Culture course.”

WVROCKS courses do not show up in Southern’s schedule, however. They can only be accessed through an academic advisor, or Kirk. This semester, Southern is offering six WVROCKS courses to its BOG students: Allied Health 275: Science of Nutrition; History 275: Appalachian History and Culture; Math 275: Practical Math; Psychology 275: Drugs, Brain, and Behavior; Psychology 275: Principles of Mental and Emotional Health; Theater 275: Movies and Meaning: Communication in Film.

Students can also apply their life and work skills toward their BOG degree. Portfolios are typically the instrument of choice to show mastery over content areas and earn college credit. Southern offers a portfolio class to guide the student through the portfolio process and the program coordinator offers one-on-one guidance.

“I see many different types of BOG students,” Kirk said. “It’s a flexible program, so students come to me with many different scenarios and backgrounds. Some are students who have been enrolled at Southern for a certain period of time, switched programs or majors a few times, and have earned a relatively large number of credit hours. They are anxious to hold a degree in their hand, something to validate their hard work. Other BOG students are persons who have been enrolled in college on and off as life permitted, adding credits as they were able, perhaps without any specific direction. They may have completed or are close to completing the BOG degree and not realize it. Some BOG students bring an incredible life-work background to their college experience and can apply much of it earning credit for the BOG adult degree.”

If you are interested in learning more about the BOG degree program, or would like to register for classes, please contact BOG Coordinator Brandon Kirk at 304.307.0711 or

Mount Gay, W.Va. – Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has named Tim Ooten as the Student Success Center Coordinator. In his new role, Ooten will oversee all student activities, from on-campus events to registration.

As Student Success Center Coordinator, Ooten will coordinate and schedule activities in the Learning Studio, formerly known as the tutoring lab, at each campus location. He will also recruit professional, faculty, and peer tutors, and will work closely with faculty to refer high-risk students to the Learning Studio. All student leadership activities that fall under the umbrella of the National Society of Leadership Success will be under Ooten’s tutelage, as well.

Ooten has been employed with Southern for 30 years, having started as a production specialist in our television department in 1988. He served as the Adult and Veteran Coordinator, and has most recently been a Student Services Specialist. He is also currently serving as the Board of Governors representative for Southern’s classified staff.

“I’m proud of Tim’s dedication to Southern, and his commitment to our students,” Southern’s President, Dr. Robert Gunter, said. “He will excel in this new role, and our students will have a true advocate.”

In addition to being a dedicated employee for 30 years, Ooten also began his educational career at Southern, earning his associate’s degree here. He holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and a master’s degree in education and counseling from Lindsey Wilson College.