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Lee Stroud Employee of the Month
Lee Stroud is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, September Employee of the Month. Stroud graduated from Southern and joined the staff in August 2000. He started in the Television Services Department before moving to his current position as IT Consultant with Technology Services in 2011. Stroud describes his job as having the responsibility to make sure that technology works in classrooms for students and that the students can use and get their email. The second key responsibility is to make sure that staff and faculty’s technology functions normally. “I am here to serve Southern the very best that I can,” he said. “I take pride in Southern. I get great joy in making people here smile when I fix broken equipment!” He states that the best part of his job is working with the students. “I like the challenges that solving each new task brings to me. I like seeing peoples faces light up when I solve and take care of their problem which may be software issue or hardware issue on their computer, printer, or phone.” Stroud says his greatest challenge is keeping up with all the latest technology and he states his greatest accomplishment comes from having the opportunity to fix technology and “make someone have a better day and a better future”. His coworkers describe him as remarkably capable, thorough and professional while always presenting a polite, calm demeanor. They credit him with always being ready to assist. Stroud volunteers each semester to help student services with new student orientation and is active in helping his church and elderly people in the community. In his spare time he likes going fishing and flying R/C helicopters. He also admits he likes working and tinkering with computers too. “I am humbled that I was selected out of all the fine employee’s that work here at Southern. I am truly honored. Thank you so much!”
2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients

2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients

2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently awarded nearly 100 students with scholarships. Row 1: Eric Burnette, Erica Kitchen, Ashley Cline, James Hill, Katie Kirk Row 2: Emilee Osborne, Megan Vinson, Mackenzie Miller, Kelsey Kirk, Jordan Bourne Row 3: Chelsea Browning, Ronni Vance, Savannah Anderson, Zebulon Vance, Katlyn Mollett

The West Virginia Higher Education Consortium is pleased to offer our students the opportunity to enroll in an affordable, comprehensive health insurance for the 2013-2014 policy year. This Plan features:


  • The strength of UnitedHealthcare’s Choice PPO network- Students will be able to locate providers whether at home, school, or throughout the country
  • Up to $500,000 per each Injury or Sickness under the Basic Maximum benefit for Covered Medical Expenses
  • Low annual deductibles: $500 in-network and $1,000 out-of-network
  • Coverage at 80% in-network & 60% out-of-network
  • Prescription drug card with low copays
  • Preventive care services with no deductibles, copays or coinsurance
  • Worldwide Coverage including Medical Evacuation, Repatriation & Travel Assistance Services
  • Wellness discounts including Vision and Dental
  • Affordable pricing for 12 months of comprehensive coverage
  • For 2013-2014, the Annual Insurance Premium will be split evenly between Spring and Fall tuition bills 


For a complete description of the benefits available, limitations and exclusions please visit

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in the administration of any of its educational programs, activities, or with respect to admission or employment. Faculty, staff, students, and applicants are protected from retaliation for filing complaints or assisting in an investigation.  The follow persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies and complaints:

Darrell Taylor
Dean, Student Services and Enrollment Management

Debbie Dingess
Director of Human Resources
Phone: 304-896-7408
Email: debbie

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, contact of the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadephia, PA 19107-3323 Phone 215656-8541, Fax: 215-656-8605:  TTD: 887-521-2172 or

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Chuck Puckett, Assistant Professor of Biology at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in Biology. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score free-response sections of the AP Exams. AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the finest academic institutions in the world. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged. “The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and College Readiness at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Mr. Puckett.” The Advanced Placement Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies-with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both- while still in high school. Through APP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students. In 2012, more than 11,000 AP Readers evaluated more than 3.7 million AP Exams.