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Howard Seufer, a partner in the Charleston office of Bowles Rice, has been appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to the Board of Governors at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Seufer has practiced in the area of education law for more than 35 years. During his career, he has served all 55 of West Virginia's county boards of education, all eight of its regional education service agencies, the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, the State Department of Education, West Virginia community colleges and other institutions of higher education. As counsel to the West Virginia School Board Association, he is West Virginia’s liaison to the National Council of School Attorneys. Seufer leads the Bowles Rice Education Law Group, ranked #1 in West Virginia School Law by The Best Lawyers in America® and listed as "Top Tier" in West Virginia for Education Law by U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Best Law Firms. In addition, Best Lawyers in America has designated Seufer as its 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Education Law in the metro area encompassing southern West Virginia. A trained facilitator, Seufer is frequently engaged as a presenter and panelist on school law issues, emphasizing preventive legal advice and practical action steps for education leaders and administrators. Seufer is an emeritus director and past chair of the nation’s first statewide education fund, the Education Alliance. He also serves as vice chair of the West Virginia University Diversity Visiting Committee. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College provides accessible, affordable, quality education and training at each of its four campuses in Boone, Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties and its Lincoln County High School location in Hamlin, WV. For further information visit or call 1-866-SWCTC1.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been awarded $220,000.00 from the WV Advance Development grant to create a PowerSports Technology Program. The Powersports Technology program will offer interactive classroom instruction and hands-on experience in the technical and mechanical repair of sophisticated recreational outdoor vehicles such as motorcycles and ATVs. Emphasis within the program on troubleshooting and maintenance allows students to build a solid foundation in shop safety and precision measuring as well as the systems of repair work standard in the industry. Additional entrepreneurial training will be available to those individuals in the program interested in starting their own small business. “We have an opportunity to provide the industry in our community with world-class technicians,” said Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President Dr. Robert E. Gunter. “Southern continues to look for ways to enhance the work force in our region, and the new Powersports Technology program does just that by targeting the specific needs of the growing industry in our area.” Southern West Virginia dealers, Mike Ratz and Eddie Keefer have been a guiding force to seeing this program come to life. They agree that finding qualified technicians is a challenge as there are few training centers. “There is a great demand nationwide not just locally” said Keefer. “This program could be a great opportunity for those looking to turn a hobby into a career or to retrain from a recent layoff.” “This program meets a need in our community, “remarked Keefer. “Not just the existing businesses but I can imagine repair shops popping up all over.” For more information visit or call Guy Lowes at 304-236-7619.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College student Shane Blackburn has been elected to serve as student representative to the institutions Board of Governors. A native of Pike County, Ky and a 2011 graduate of Belfry High School, Blackburn is enrolled in the Mechatronics program, Blackburn will and graduate in May 2017 with an Associate in Applied Science and Certificate in Electro-Mechanical Instrumentation. He plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management and continue with a career in Robotic Surgery. Blackburn serves with the WV Army National Guard as an Infantryman. He has traveled the world as a missionary and served in Uganda, Nicaragua, Honduras and New Orleans. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College provides accessible, affordable, quality education and training at each of its four campuses in Boone, Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties and its Lincoln County High School location in Hamlin, WV. For further information visit or call 1-866-SWCTC1.
West Virginia Executive Magazine reached out to each of the Mountain State’s higher education presidents to acquire their unique perspective on the challenges facing our state, where we are heading, how education needs to evolve to prepare the work force of tomorrow and what role education will play in helping move the Mountain State forward. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College president, Dr. Robert E. Gunter is featured in the article. To view Dr. Gunters remarks visit .
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College professor, Carol Howerton, has been appointed to serve on the National Science Foundation grant review committee. Howerton serves as the current NSF Grant Coordinator at Southern, as well as Distance Education Coordinator. Her past work with the NSF lead to the development of a statewide Information Technology Program. Howerton appointment began with a nomination by a Program Officer based on her work with National Science Foundation grants over the years. She currently serves as Principal Investigator on her second award and previously served as a panelist in 2002. Panelists must have proven excellence in education, technical expertise, grants background, and/or government experiences. Howerton will serve on the 2016 award cycle. As part of the panel she will read assigned proposals and prepare written reports to serve as either primary or secondary panelist. On proposals assigned as primary panelist she will provide a summary of the project and lead a panel discussion, prepare a panel summary and rating for each proposal. On those as a secondary panelist she will provide written pre-review and participate in discussions to assist with final summary. The panel provides ratings for each proposal that provide guidance and input on funding for the grant cycle or feedback to help grant writers revise and improve projects for resubmission. NSF depends upon the reviewer community for nearly 240,000 reviews per year and each panel member will have anywhere from 15-20 specific proposals depending on the program needs. “It’s a great opportunity to network and work closely with so many other educators, grant personnel, and National Science Foundation staff,” Howerton said. “You also get to see innovations that other colleges across the country are planning and implementing and future trends in the industry.” National Science Foundation grants are among the most competitive grants to obtain. “I’ve worked with some great grant writers and assisted in the development of NSF grants but mostly involved on the implementation side. There is so much that goes into writing strong proposals and I'll gain a lot of insight and first-hand information on National Science Foundation guidelines and expectations beyond what I've already experienced along with new strategies to use and problems to avoid for future grants,” she added. Howertons appointment will last through the current grant cycle. For more information on the programs supported by the NSF Grants at Southern visit online at
Several students from Abigail Michelini’s English 101A class are featured contributors on Orion Magazine's "Place Where You Live" map website. The students participated in a writing challenge describing their hometown. The students and their hometowns include Rodney Cline, Glen Fork; Zach Harper, Brenton; Jeffrey Brown, Ramey Addition and Christian Adkins, Mullens. To view the entries follow the link:
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College honored faculty and staff for their military service during a special program presented at the annual holiday meal on Governance Day. The presentation included the group pledging allegiance and singing a heartfelt rendition of the national anthem. Manager of Business & Auxiliary Services, Chris Gray presented the history of Veterans Day and President Dr. Robert E. Gunter shared his personal experience growing up in a military family. Dr. Gunter then welcomed all veterans to join him at the podium for recognition. Those pictured are: Matt Lewis, Will Smith, Jack Dilbeck, Leslie Goldie, Johnny Bell, Christopher Ward, Dr. Gunter, Shane Blackburn, Steven White and Ricky Ellis.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced today that it has again earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM , and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. “Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is honored to once again be included in this prestigious list. Southern is proud to be recognized for the work we do to help veterans and active-military acquire a college education,” said Dr. Robert E. Gunter, president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.” For more information about Southern’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Southern’s website at Southern will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Frien dly® Schools, special education issues of G .I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on .
Members of the English faculty at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will present readings at the upcoming Bare Branch Writers event hosted by Step by Step. Darrell Hugueley, Anna Dickson James, Abigail Michelini and Lillie Teeters You are invited to spend an afternoon immersed in a creative environment surrounded by diverse folks at The Hot Cup in Logan on November 12, 2016 beginning at 2pm. Readers will present from different genres, which could include poetry, fiction, screen plays or creative nonfiction. Lillie Teters will also conduct a writer’s workshop. An open mic session and acoustic music will also be featured during the event. For more information, call Kandi Workman @ 304.946.7211