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In recognition of her significant contribution to mining education, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, WV First Lady and president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, received the “Because of You” Educator of the Year Award. The award was presented at the 2014 Spirit of the Coalfields Miners’ Celebration at Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley, W.Va. “I am extremely honored to receive this award,” Tomblin said. Tomblin assumed her duties as President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College on November 16, 1999, making her the highest ranking president in years of service in West Virginia.  Her heart-felt zeal for the mission of the college has created an atmosphere for overall growth and her vision for preparing a well skilled workforce for the coal industry lead to a successful mine management program and the Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies. Last year Tomblin took The Academy to a global status when she led a delegation to China. As a result, students from the Shanxi Province will train at the facility. Throughout her years of service she has been most successful in fostering cooperative relationships and partnerships between business and industry groups, government officials, boards of education and the College. “Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has created a gold standard for mine training in southern West Virginia. Our students are looking for that expert training, with the latest technology and best resources available. Southern provides that for them. Identifying the needs and successfully providing them to the students is producing extraordinary results.” The Miners’ Celebration is a cooperative project of the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences at Marshall University; the National Coal Heritage Area; Strategic Solutions LLC; the United Mine Workers of America; the West Virginia Coal Association; and the West Virginia Division of Energy, Office of Coalfield Community Development.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced its Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic program received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The CAAHEP voted to award initial accreditation to the program after peer review conducted the group's Committee on Accreditation and the CAAHEP Board of Directors recognized substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards. The initial accreditation status will last through September 2019. CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits more than 2000 educational programs in 22 health science occupations. “Accreditation is a process of assurance to the students and the public of the quality of our programs”, said Katherine Deskins, Assistant Professor/Coordinator for Emergency Services. “Obtaining accreditation confirms we are meeting the standards of the profession.” Upon graduation from an accredited program the student will have the skills and knowledge needed to function as a competent entry-level health care professional. “This distinction places our program among the elite Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic programs in the state,” said West Virginia First Lady/ Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. “I am very proud of the commitment and dedication of our faculty to educate the best prepared emergency medical technicians and paramedics.”

West Virginia First Lady and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, is featured in the current issue of WV Focus Magazine. The article, ‘West Virginia’s Wonder Women’, is celebrating the strong women of Appalachia and acknowledging the spirit these women bring to their professions and communities. Tomblin is highlighted for her contribution to education.

Read more at http://www.wvfocus.com/2014/09/west-virginias-wonder-women/

 

 

A new group of students from China’s Shanxi Province have completed training at the Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The instruction focused on communications, rescue and safety. The students began with an orientation session that included a meeting with First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. They continued with basic classroom instruction, enhanced by the first class interactive experiences provided by The Academy. The Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies at Southern has the reputation for unsurpassed, state of the art training to recreate these real life scenarios. “Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has created a gold standard for mine training in southern West Virginia. These students are looking for that expert training, with the latest technology and best resources available. Southern offers that to them.” Tomblin said.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been invited to partner with Country Music Television as a partner in a new campaign promoting higher education. CMT Empowering Education is a comprehensive campaign that provides online resource, www.CMTEMPOWERINGEDUCATION.com, to aid viewers in overcoming commonly perceived obstacles to furthering their education. Building off this portal, CMT made a Commitment to Action at the 2014 Clinton-Global Initiative-America, the CMT Empowering Education Community College Initiative, to raise visibility for the education and workforce struggles in rural America and strategic solutions for economic development. Performer Justin Lynch is spokesperson for the campaign.
Renada Snodgrass, Veterans Education Coordinator for the WV Community and Technical College System, will be guest speaker at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Veterans Club Meeting taking place on Wednesday, October 1st. Snodgrass is a graduate of WV State University and a fourteen year member of the WV Army National Guard. She has deployed to Iraq, functioned as an Intel Sergeant, and served as a Global War on Terrorism Recruiter. Snodgrass has also served as a VetCorps Veterans Prevention Coordinator for Texans Standing Tall in Austin Texas and has been called to address the importance of substance abuse prevention and treatment for veterans across Texas and Washington, DC. In her current role as education coordinator, Snodgrass says her goal is ‘to find affordable education for any veteran who wants to go to school and to ensure that, that veteran has meaningful employment upon graduation’. The Southern West Virginia and Technical College Veterans Club meets the first Wednesday of each month at 12:30 pm in the Veterans’ Lounge on the Logan Campus.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. “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 First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. For more information about Southern’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit the website at www.southernwv.edu .

Anna James, Instructor at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been awarded second place in the West Virginia Fiction Competition. James story is titled ‘Paddle Like Hell’ and follows the Appalachian theme required by the contest.  The story is about a young West Virginia expatriate who decides to come back home to West Virginia.  “I'm not from WV, but this is a story that I've heard many times... the desire for people to "come home" to their hills.  I love it here and feel fortunate to be able to make a living at a job that I love in a place that is physically beautiful and holds the country's warmest, most genuine people,” said James. “Because of my affection for what's become "my" state, I enjoyed the challenge of writing a story about the place.”   The West Virginia Fiction Competition is a literary competition designed to encourage writers and storytellers, whose talent and ability in creative writing is distinctive and promising, and to foster an appreciation of Appalachian culture and values represented in the diverse writing of the region. It is part of Shepherd University's Appalachian HeritageLiterary Project.This year the judge was distinguished WV author and Rocket Boy, Homer Hickam.  James will enjoy dinner with Hickham, his wife, and the other finalists on September 25th when her award will be presented.

 

 

 

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