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PRIDE Community Services and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have formed a partnership to build jobs by providing on-the-job training to displaced coal miners and others who have been economically affected by the decline in the coal industry. Through the partnership, PRIDE and Southern will work together to provide training opportunities in technical areas including plumbing, electrical, HVAC, welding, and residential contracting. Participants completing the technical training will have the opportunity to participate in business coaching, small business development, and entrepreneurial training; or complete next level training through academic programs such as Welding, Electrical Engineering Technology, or Mechatronics. Funded by an Appalachian Regional Commission POWER grant, the BuildJobs program began on July 1, 2017. This program serves Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, and Wyoming counties in West Virginia. Participants must reside in one of these five counties.

The BuildJobs program is 16 weeks in duration and free to participants. Applications are processed the first week including drug testing and background checks. Each participant must have a valid driver’s license and Social Security card. Participants are placed with a partner contractor or in a Southern classroom during weeks two (2) through 15. PRIDE’s Training Coordinator prepares participants to take required exams during the last week of the program by teaching test taking tips. PRIDE pays the licensure exam fee to be taken up to twice by each participant. If tools are required, PRIDE purchases tools for the participant to use during training, as well as, to help them get started in their new career. PRIDE also provides a $20 fuel stipend daily (excluding days off) to each participant.

Southern is partnering with PRIDE to articulate the technical training into credits toward the Technical Studies certificate and associate degree programs. Students can receive credit for the training provided by BuildJobs partners as well as other work experiences, then complete additional technical skills or work on business skills necessary to open and manage their own business.

According to PRIDE Project Director, Shelia Riddle, “The BuildJobs program will create a trained workforce to fill positions that continue to be in high demand. We are hearing from employers who want to hire qualified applicants, but these positions go unfilled because there continues to be a low supply of folks who are trained to fill these positions. The program will also create small businesses which will hopefully grow into big businesses. When businesses grow, so do communities and when our communities grow, so do our people.” Dr. Robert Gunter, President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, stated “We are excited to work with PRIDE in this grant opportunity. It’s a perfect example of blending community services, workforce, academic, and business and industry partnerships to serve our communities and provide growth in job opportunities.”

For more information about the BuildJobs program, contact the PRIDE office at 304-752-6868, Sheila Riddle, Project Director, at 304-785-2433, Jason Compton, Training Coordinator, at 304-785-1264, or Carol Howerton, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, at 304-896-7337.

Back Row (left to right): Dr. Deanna Romano, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern, Ms. Carol Howerton, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern, Mr. Samuel Litteral, Vice President for Finance and Administration at Southern, Ms. Shelia Riddle, PRIDE BuildJobs Initiative Project Director, Ms. Allyn Sue Barker, Vice President for Workforce and Community Development at Southern; Front Row (left to right): Dr. Robert Gunter, President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Ms. Lisha Whitt, Executive Director, PRIDE Community Services, Inc.

The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation will sponsor a Telethon on Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Southern's Williamson Campus Television Studio. Nate Siggers, the host of "Relate With Nate" which airs on Southern's Channel 17 and Eastern Kentucky Broadcasting, will host the Foundation's Telethon as it reaches out to raise funds for student scholarships to help those in need of financial assistance.

Through the generosity and support of many donors to Southern's Vision 2020, Major Gifts Campaign, the College and Foundation have been able to quadruple the number of scholarships provided to students. More than $145,000.00 in financial assistance has been awarded to approximately 130 students during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The upcoming Telethon, broadcasting live on Sunday, April 29th from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, will feature selected performances from throughout Southern's service area by local church choirs and individuals, as well as student testimonials from Southern Foundation scholarship recipients. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase local talent, while helping students obtain their educational goals.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the production of the Telethon or wish to perform during the Telethon, please contact Ms. Rita Roberson, Director of Campus Operations, at or 304-236-7648.


  • Student Career Fair: Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

  • Community Career Fair: Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • What:
    Career fairs to highlight job opportunities for professions from all 16 career clusters. During the Student Career Fair, 10th grade West Virginia GEAR UP students from Boone County Schools will hear professionals from various careers discuss the education and training required for jobs in their respective fields. Professionals will also discuss which skills are in demand in their fields. The Community Career Fair will be open to the public and will allow community members to learn about career opportunities available.

    1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: Student Career Fair for Boone County students 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Community Career Fair open to the public

    The Student Career Fair will welcome 10th grade students who attend Boone County Schools. The Community Career Fair will be open to the general public. The event was organized by staff from the West Virginia GEAR UP program. West Virginia GEAR UP is a federally funded college readiness project coordinated by the Higher Education Policy Commission. The project serves students in 10 counties, including Boone, Fayette, Mason, Mercer, Mingo, Nicholas, Summers, Webster, Wirt and Wyoming counties. Partners for the event include U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, Boone County Schools, the Boone County Chamber of Commerce, the Boone County Development Authority and WorkForce West Virginia.

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    College presidents pose for recognition after signing the agreement with WorkAmerica. The partnership was dated to begin on March 1, 2018.
    CTCS partners with WorkAmerica to give students tools to find careers in their fields

    CHARLESTON, WV, March 5, 2018 - West Virginia’s community and technical colleges are partnering with WorkAmerica, which hosts an artificial intelligence powered online platform to help students and alumni obtain meaningful employment. The goal is to give community college students and graduates a foothold into jobs in their career fields right here in the Mountain State.

    WorkAmerica signed this agreement with the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) to assist students and alumni as they build professional online profiles, connecting them to a vast network of employers. Driven by artificial intelligence, profile holders will also receive job feeds that match their educational background, skills, industry credentials and experience. Current students will be able to use WorkAmerica profiles to connect with local internship and apprenticeship opportunities in advance of graduation.

    “Our focus is on accelerating the connection between job seekers and employers needing skilled and qualified candidates. Using AI [artificial intelligence] in a mobile-ready platform brings a whole new level of efficiency to historic employment models and holds tremendous promise for the students and graduates of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System,” said Dave Garza, WorkAmerica’s Vice President of Workforce Partnerships.

    Students and graduates will have access to additional support services through WorkAmerica. This includes guided assistance in building and optimizing profiles, and maximizing value to prospective employers. Employers will be able recruit via email and instant messaging individuals with profiles matching the skills and qualifications they are looking for. Conversely, WorkAmerica profile holders will be able to apply for positions they are interested in directly through the free app.

    “Giving students access to these types of support services allows them to take control of their career paths as they seek job placements,” said WVCTCS Vice Chancellor Casey K. Sacks. “These tools will not only help them now, but in the future as they seek out career advancement by teaching students what skills to highlight to catch a potential employer’s eye.”

    Through their industry engagement efforts WorkAmerica will gather information about employer needs throughout the state, creating a better understanding of what jobs are available and the skills needed to succeed in those jobs. This will allow students and colleges to gear program choices toward the employment needs statewide. “This is an integral part of the community college system,” said WVCTCS Chancellor Sarah Armstrong Tucker. “Community colleges routinely partner with employers to create programs that meet statewide employment needs. The partnership with Work America is another way for us to guide students toward available jobs.”

    This partnership is just one of many ways CTCS works to make connections for students between higher education and available jobs and careers. Students who are interested in finding lasting careers in their fields after graduation or internships as they continue their path toward a degree are encouraged to reach out to their school counselors for more information and details.

    # # # If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Samantha Willis at 304.558.0087 ext. 265 or email at

    The Community and Technical College system of West Virginia (WVCTCS) serves nine community and technical colleges with campuses throughout the state. Our mission is to promote and provide high-quality, accessible, and responsive education and training opportunities that maximize student learning, improve the standard of living for West Virginians, and contribute to the economic vitality and competitiveness of our state.

    Photo Caption: College presidents pose for recognition after signing the agreement with WorkAmerica. The partnership was dated to begin on March 1, 2018.

    Top Row (left to right): Dr. Chuck Terrell-President of Eastern WV CTC, Dr. L. Marshall Washington-President of New River CTC, Dr. Robert Gunter-President of Southern WV CTC, Dr. Jane Milley-Interim President of WVU at Parkersburg Bottom Row (left to right): Dr. Vicki Riley-President of WV Northern CC, Dr. Eunice Bellinger-President of BridgeValley CTC, Dr. Keith Cotroneo-President of Mountwest CTC, Dr. Johnny Moore-President of Pierpont CTC

    Southern Ambassadors Receive Training: Back row left to right: Tim Ooten, Blake Halstead, and Austin Davis - Front row left to right:  Ricki Stewart, Elizabeth Manuel, Hannah Ellis, and Andrew Bias
    Our Southern Ambassador Program had its first leadership training session last week. Elizabeth Manuel, CFWV's College Access and Success Program Director for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, presented on the following topics: Image and institutional Representation, Professionalism and Etiquette, Non-Positional leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Inclusiveness, Communication and Dialogue, Emotional Intelligence, and Social Media usage.

    > The Student Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to serving and representing Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

    Student Ambassadors provide campus tours, serve as a Southern representative and perform duties at various Southern campus and community events.

    For more information, contact

    Back row left to right: Tim Ooten, Blake Halstead, and Austin Davis
    Front row left to right: Ricki Stewart, Elizabeth Manuel, Hannah Ellis, and Andrew Bias

    Southern Voted Top Military-Friendly School
    Veterans Coordinator for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College's Military and Veteran Success Center is proud to announce that Southern has, once again, been selected as a Top Military-Friendly School by Military Advanced Education & Transition magazine. Southern is one of 4 West Virginia Higher Education institutions to receive the magazine's designation.

    If you are a veteran, or know of a veteran student needing assistance in their educational career, contact Ricky Ellis at 304-896-7433 or stop in to see him in Building A, Room A-105 of our Logan Campus. Southern is proud to have dedicated servicemen and servicewomen as part of faculty, staff, and our student body, and we thank you all for your service.

    Southern designated "Best for Vets"
    Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been designated one of 2018's "Best for Vets" award by Military Times.

    Veterans Coordinator for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College's Military and Veteran Success Center, shared the news and is proud to be an integral part of the success in increasing the school's military and veteran enrollment. Southern is one of only 24 community colleges, nationwide, to receive the award.

    If you are a veteran, or know of a veteran student needing assistance in their educational career, contact Ricky Ellis at 304-896-7433 or stop in to see him in Building A, Room A-105 of our Logan Campus. Southern is proud to have dedicated servicemen and servicewomen as part of faculty, staff, and our student body, and we thank you all for your service.

    Despite budget cuts and declining student enrollment, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has no plans to close its Boone/Lincoln Campus.

    “Southern remains firmly committed to its Boone/Lincoln Campus and to the communities it serves,” said Southern’s President, Robert Gunter. “Absolutely no plan whatsoever exists to close the campus or reduce our service to the citizens of the Boone and Lincoln county areas.”

    Boone/Lincoln Campus, serving the Boone and Lincoln County areas since the early 1980s, occupies a contemporary facility adjacent to the Boone Career and Technical Center in Foster.

    “We take great pride in our Boone/Lincoln Campus,” said Dr. Gunter. “We are especially proud of the faculty, staff, and students who are the heartbeat of the campus. We also know that Boone Campus’ location near Corridor G combined with its close proximity to Charleston is a real asset for Southern.”

    The Boone/Lincoln Campus offers a Medical Assisting program, a PowerSports Technology program, and a multitude of physical and on-line classes, and boasts seven full-time faculty, four staff members, several adjuncts, and a student assistant. The Campus is an approved test site partner of the National Heath Career Association offering eight independent, allied health national certification exam opportunities for Southern students. NHA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The campus facility, constructed in 1996, consists of three traditional classrooms, three interactive classrooms (ICR), two computer labs/classrooms, one library/Learning Lab, one science classroom/lab, and a student commons area. The Campus works in collaboration with its Lincoln location, adjacent to Lincoln County High School, in Hamlin. Current enrollment at the Boone/Lincoln Campus is 184 students.

    “Southern has been a vital part of Boone and Lincoln counties for more than 30 years and we remain unequivocally dedicated to its people and to our original mission: to offer quality and affordable education to area residents,” said Dr. Gunter. “Coal River communities are a valued part of the Southern family.” Southern has lately invested in noteworthy improvements at its Boone/Lincoln Campus. More significant enhancements include the furnishing of a Medical Assisting Laboratory, equipment for the PowerSports Technology program, hardware and software computer upgrades in two labs, introduction/enhancement of high-tech teaching equipment (SMART board, data projectors), addition of two ICRs, upgraded technology in three ICRs, construction of a student placement testing mini-room, designation of a Learning Lab/library, offering of online English courses, free Wi-Fi, interior structural improvements, an array of security cameras, landscape improvements, and plans for the construction of a new roof for the facility.

    “The future outlook for student enrollment in technical programs and general education coursework at the Boone/Lincoln Campus is tremendous,” said President Gunter. Southern is investing in its Boone/Lincoln Campus by providing the college portion of the Van High School P-20 “College in High School” Project in partnership with Boone County Schools, the WV Department of Education, WVU College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, the WVU Extension Services, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M. Van High School students will earn college credits by taking college classes at both the high school and Boone/Lincoln Campus. As this project develops, it will be extended to other schools within Boone County. Van High School students have enrolled in their first wave of course work for the Spring 2018 semester.

    With the recent announcement for the development of the Rock Creek Project, Southern’s Boone/Lincoln Campus is poised to provide critical workforce training for all businesses/industries that locate in the industrial park. Also, a partnership in Sustainable Agriculture and Welding Technology is currently under development at the Campus’ Lincoln location.

    Recent budget cuts, declining student enrollment, faculty/staff retirement, and institutional reorganization has fostered additional changes at the Boone/Lincoln Campus. Longtime Director of Boone/Lincoln Campus Operations, Bill Cook, retired in mid-January 2018. David Lord, current Wyoming/McDowell Campus Director, temporarily serves in his stead. Southern plans to hire a new Campus Director as well as an office personnel in the near future.

    For more information about the Boone/Lincoln Campus, contact Director David Lord at (304) 294-2010 or

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