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Dr. Alderman to Speak at Rural Community College Alliance
Dr. Pamela L. Alderman, Dean for Career and Technical Programs at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, has been invited to speak at the Rural Community College Alliance 2013 Conference being held this week in Sunday River, Maine. This is a leading conference for the latest ideas, and best practices for rural community colleges. Her topic will be the “Development of a State-Wide Associate-Degree Nursing (AND) Common Curriculum”. The Rural Community College Alliance is a network and advocacy group that helps build the capacity of member community colleges to improve the educational and economic prospects for rural America. The Alliance seeks to reduce rural isolation and share effective solutions to problems facing distressed rural communities.
The Tug Valley Entrepreneurship Group was formed recently to promote entrepreneurship as an economic development strategy for our area. This group is conducting research on how other rural communities across the country are growing their local economies by supporting and encouraging entrepreneurs. This research is being used to help create an economic development strategy for our area. To date, the group has defined its mission and a four-year vision, focusing on three areas of perceived need: fostering an entrepreneurial spirit in our community, creating a one-stop shop to actively support local entrepreneurs, and attracting new business ventures to our area. The newly formed group has been meeting monthly at the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority offices. If you would like to participate in the group's efforts please contact Bruce Curry.
SGA Welcome Back Events
The SGA- Logan Campus sponsored activities for Welcome Back Week. Events included students celebrating Pajama Day, Black and Gold Day and complimentary pizza. Nominations were accepted for Mr. and Ms. Southern. Other upcoming SGA sponsored events are: American Red Cross will be on campus Oct. 14th from 10am-3pm and on Oct. 15th Sandy Sowell will bring her Laser Karaoke back to campus.
Southern Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools ® Designation

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Southern’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” Complete survey methodology is available at

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

AT&T Contributes to Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign

For Immediate Release - Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced today that AT&T has made a $10,000 contribution for scholarships as part of Southern Community College Foundation's Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign.

“There is no greater investment that any organization can make than in the education of West Virginia’s future leaders,” said Andy Feeney, Regional Vice President, AT&T. “The work that the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College does is to be commended, as it keeps our youth on track to graduate and prepares them to succeed in the workforce.”

Southern Foundation President George Kostas commented that "this gift from AT&T will support many educational opportunities for our local students." "We are very fortunate to have a global company such as AT&T support our educational programs at Southern."

The support is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s $350 million commitment to education. With more than 1 million students impacted since its launch in 2008, the AT&T Aspire program is one of the nation’s largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.  AT&T Aspire drives innovation in education through investing locally in organizations making a measureable difference in stemming the high school dropout crisis; connecting people through its employees and customers; and seeking exponential change through national partnerships and technology and innovation.

The Southern Foundation was established in 1971 to support student scholarships and educational programs to those residing in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.

For more information about scholarships available at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, contact Vice President for Development Ronald E. Lemon at 304-896-7425 or e-mail at

Online donations can be made at  Southern's website

Southern 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. 


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!”