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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.




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,, 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 .

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.




AT&T Donates to Southern

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

“Community colleges are a key element of the higher education landscape in West Virginia, offering students another way to prepare for rewarding and in-demand careers,” said Andy Feeney, regional vice president for AT&T in West Virginia.  “Our contribution will help more lower-income West Virginia students prepare for success in a global economy.”

"This contribution provides vital support to our students," says First Lady and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College president Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. "Our economy is changing and tomorrow's workforce needs new skills. Thanks to AT&T more students are on their way to successful careers."


AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate, employee, social investment and AT&T Foundation giving programs.  This contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.


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 the Southern Foundation's website at


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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.


Pictured: WV First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin; Regional Vice President for AT&T in West Virginia , Andy Feeney; and Vice President for Development Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Ron Lemon.




Women on Wellness Retreat

Women on Wellness will have an event on Saturday, July 19th from 8am until 5pm at the Larry Joe Harless Center in Gilbert, WV. There is a registration fee of $25 which includes materials and food. The Women on Wellness (WOW) program is an interactive and intensive one day retreat to help women enact positive lifestyle changes. A day for and about women, WOW provides a holistic, pro-health message of personal empowerment. Through a cognitive behavior process that seeks to help women balance mind, body, and soul, WOW provides the tools women need to examine their thoughts and beliefs, behaviors, consequences, and impact on others.

With a focus on prevention, the retreat serves to link each participant to local resources available as she starts on her journey to wellness. For more information visit the website at or phone (304)293-5690.