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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will be offering a scholarship to students who graduate from Logan High School. The scholarship will be available for Southern’s 2019-2020 academic year, and applications are now being accepted. Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The scholarship will pay tuition, text books, and/or related educational expenses up to $2,500 per academic year. The student must be enrolled in a technical program at Southern, and have a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0. Preference will be given to students from Mud Fork, W.Va.

The scholarship was created by former Logan resident Danny Vance in honor of his parents, Otto and Iris K. Vance.

“Neither of my parents got the chance to finish high school, yet they were huge advocates of education,” Danny Vance said. “They believed that education not only gave you opportunities for a better career but also made you a better person because it opened your mind to newer ideas. This scholarship is a way to give back to a community that Mom and Dad both loved.”

Please visit for an application. Completed applications may be submitted in person on Southern’s Logan campus, through email to [email protected], or by fax at 304-792-7173.

For more information, please contact Rita Roberson, Southern’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at 304-896-7425.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical will be hosting Math Boot Camp Brown Bag Sessions at each of its locations beginning Monday, May 20 and running through Thursday, May 23, from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. each evening. The sessions will be offered to local high school students, as well as currently enrolled Southern students.

During the sessions, tutors will be discussing fractions, metric conversions, and coordinate geometry. Students who attend are asked to bring a calculator and photo identification. Because this is part of the Learning Studio’s Brown Bag Dinner Sessions, students are also encouraged to bring dinner or a snack to the session.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Tim Ooten, Southern’s Student Success Center Coordinator, at 304-896-7658, or [email protected].

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is currently registering students for our Summer/Fall 2019 semesters. Students may contact their advisor to develop a schedule, or call 304-896-7100 to speak with a Student Services Specialist.

Students who are new to Southern are asked to attend a session of New Student Orientation. During these sessions, students will be able to register for classes or amend their schedules, learn about student email and online classes, and obtain their student ID and parking permit. Space is limited in these sessions, so please call 304-896-7100 to reserve your spot.

Students are also encouraged to complete their FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, as soon as possible. During New Student Orientation, Southern’s Financial Aid staff will be assisting students with verification, additional documentation, and completion of the FAFSA. To complete the FAFSA, students may want to bring a copy of their or their parents’ 2017 federal income tax return.

New students are also encouraged to bring with them a copy of the ACT or SAT test scores. If a student has not taken one of these tests, or does not have access to the scores, they may take the ACCUPLACER test at Southern prior to registering.

If you would like more information, please contact Southern’s Student Services Office at 304-896-7100.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will hold its 47th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Memorial Fieldhouse in Williamson. The public is invited to attend.

General Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong will serve as guest speaker during the commencement ceremony. Foglesong is the President and Executive Director of the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, a non-profit he founded whose mission is to identify and enable financially challenged, motivated young men and women from Appalachia to attend college and prepare themselves for leadership roles in their communities and businesses. He was appointed by the President of the United States as Chairman of the U.S.-Russia Commission on MIA/POWs and continues to serve in that role. Foglesong is a retired General from the United States Air Force, having served in various jobs, including the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Commander of United States Air Forces in Europe, and Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After retiring from the Air Force, he served as the President of Mississippi State University and as an independent director on numerous Board of Directors across a variety of businesses. Foglesong has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, an M.S.Ch.E., and a B.S.Ch.E. from West Virginia University, as well as several honorary doctorates.

During Saturday’s commencement ceremony, Southern will graduate about 200 students, having earned their one- or two-year degree, or program certificate.
“I am incredibly proud of our students, and I am honored to be able to present them with the degree or certificate they have earned,” Southern President, Dr. Robert Gunter, said. “This is the culmination of their hard work and dedication. Southern is committed to providing excellent education close to home, and our graduates are a testament to that.”

ADA-compliant parking and seating will be available during the ceremony. A shuttle will be available to take guests to and from the Fieldhouse. It will leave from the parking lot of Southern’s Williamson campus beginning at 8:30 a.m., and will begin shuttling guests back from the Fieldhouse beginning at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, please contact Mandy Lester at 304-896-7429, or [email protected].

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) voted to award provisional accreditation for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College to begin a cohort for its Respiratory Care Technology Program on our Wyoming/McDowell Campus in Saulsville, W.Va.

Under this accreditation, one cohort per calendar year with a maximum enrollment of 10 students will be able to earn their Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Care Technology exclusively at Southern’s Wyoming/McDowell campus. Southern’s Respiratory Care Program Coordinator is Stephanie Daniel, and Emily Browning will serve as the instructor for the new cohort in Wyoming County.

“This is fantastic news for Southern, and for Wyoming county,” Dr. Robert Gunter, Southern’s President, said. “We have looked for ways to better serve students in the Wyoming county area, and this is a wonderful start. We hope to continue to broaden our scope in this area, so this is just the beginning.”

This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report [PSSR] and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit), to be allowed to admit students. It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation.

For more information, please contact Mandy Lester at 304-896-7429, or [email protected].

Josh Stewart has reflected on his time at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and he sees the influence the institution has had on his life.

“I started at Southern in 2004,” Stewart said. “I went to Southern because it was close to home.”

Stewart was interested in the school’s Criminal Justice Program. When he began his classes, he clicked with his instructors immediately.

“My instructors were so knowledgeable and so effective, they just knew how to relate it to you,” Stewart said. “One of my instructors was a retired Virginia State Trooper. They just took the time, and they really cared about my education.”

Stewart excelled in his classes, and his instructors took notice.

“I had a public speaking course, and I was almost phobic about it,” Stewart said. “But, I completed it, and I’ve used it so many times in my career. That course was an ice-breaker.”

Fast forward 15 years, and Stewart is still thriving in the law enforcement field, and he’s now earning his Bachelor’s Degree. He’s also a busy husband and father. But, he’s ever mindful of the impact Southern has had on his life and career.

“A chain of events was set in motion, and it’s still having an impact on my life today,” Stewart said.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will be offering a free PC Tune Up Day on our Logan campus Thursday, May 2. Computers can be dropped off in Building C, Room 340, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Computers may be picked up beginning at 6:30 p.m.

During the event, Southern’s Information Technology students and staff will be removing viruses and completing a security scan on each computer. If any computer needs a software update, that will be done as well. Staff will not be able to work on Macs during the event.

For more information, please contact IT Instructor Zack Johnson at 304-896-7363 or [email protected].

Mount Gay, W.Va. – Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Charles Lopez as Dean of Student Services. Dr. Lopez comes to Southern from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Wash. He will begin his new role on May 28, 2019.

In this position, Dr. Lopez will provide leadership for the Student Services Unit, including recruitment and retention, tutoring, new student advisement and orientation, student outreach, student government and other student clubs and organizations, student development, and the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programs and services which supports and promotes student development and success in the comprehensive community and technical college environment. Reporting directly to the College President, he also will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet, as well as chairing and serving on numerous institutional committees.

Dr. Lopez is a licensed professional counselor and has more than 28 years of experience providing support services to students. As a first-generation college graduate, he understands some of the needs of specific populations. Dr. Lopez has taught management, statistics, and counseling courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has provided support to students in both academic and student affairs. His research has focused on the affordability, accessibility, and academic success of military students and their families. Dr. Lopez's experience is in areas such as orientation, counseling, career development, disability services, academic advising, student conduct, learning centers, TRiO, transfer centers, and veterans’ programs. Dr. Lopez enjoys working closely with faculty in the areas of service learning, honors, undergraduate research, faculty development, general education, program review, Ronald E. McNair Scholars programs, and upholding academic integrity standards.

“I am excited that Dr. Lopez and his family are making the journey to become part of the Southern family,” Southern’s President, Dr. Robert Gunter, said. “With his vast knowledge and expertise in student affairs, I am confident that he will provide strong leadership to the Student Services Unit. I look forward to working with him in moving our student services and programs to new levels of success.”

Southern’s new Dean of Student Services holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University; a Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University; and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Dr. Lopez, his wife Angie, and their children will reside in the Chapmanville, W.Va. area.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will be welcoming author Charlie J. Eskew to our Logan campus for a Meet the Author event on Thursday, April 25, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Savas-Kostas Performing Arts Center.

Southern will also launch its third edition of Sticks Magazine, our exclusive student-produced literary arts magazine, during this event. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Eskew is perhaps best known for writing Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark, a “biting satire of the comic books the author grew up on,” according to Zoe Yates, a Southern student and Sticks Magazine Editor who recently interviewed Eskew.

Eskew will be on hand following the event to speak with guests and sign autographs. Southern’s students who contributed their own creative work to the new issue of Sticks Magazine will be presenting highlights during the event, and will be on hand afterward to speak with the crowd.

For more information, please contact Mandy Lester at 304-896-7429, or [email protected].