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Ellucian Technology Donation to Southern Foundation

Scholarship support through Ellucian Technology Management Advantage program was recently presented to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign. Gary Holemen, Chief Information Office at Southern and David Buck, General Manager at Ellucian, presented the check to Ronald E. Lemon Vice President for Development and Southern Foundation Liaison, and Dr. Debra Teachman, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services.

The Medical Assistant Program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been accepted as a member of the National Association for Health Professionals. This association will provide an exciting opportunity for individuals who wish to enter, continue, or advance in their profession through the certification process and the issuance of credentials to those individuals who meet the required level of competency. The Boone Campus is now a testing site for the nationwide certification exam. Students from the program at Southern as well as from other institutions may sit for their exams at this site. According to Instructor / Coordinator for Medical Assistant Program, Lora Foster, the Medical Assistant program at Southern offers a broad education that prepares students to perform a variety of administrative, laboratory and clinical duties.

Foster, a certified Medical Assistant for over 30 years, worked tirelessly for two years to complete the accreditation process. Her motivation was the desire to give her students another step to success. “This gives our students pride in the education and training they received here,” said Foster. “Students leave here with the certification proving they are the best of the best.” The new testing site will allow students to test in EKG, Pharmacy Tech, Insurance Billing and Coding, Phlebotomy and Administrative Health Assistant. The exam is accepted nationwide. “This affiliation will help the program to thrive,” said Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. “It will benefit the students we train and the patients they will care for throughout their professional lives.”

Angela Dotson is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, March Employee of the Month. Dotson is a Southern graduate and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Marshal University. She began her career at Southern as Program Coordinator for APPALREAD, she then moved to the position of Allied Health Secretary. Dotson is currently Student Records Assistant in the Central Records Office. She describes her job as requiring a variety of responsibilities all of which “are nearly 100% student interaction”. Dotson assists with many events at Southern including graduation. She also served as reporter on the Assessment Committee. Away from the college she is actively involved in her church and enjoys playing the piano and reading in her spare time. Dotson and her husband of 20 years have a daughter, Elizabeth, who will attend Southern next year. When asked how she felt being named employee of the month Dotson said, “Surprised, but proud”. Her pride is evident when commenting on her service to Southern. “I believe in Southern and the students that attend. I view myself and coworkers as part of a team. It takes each and every one of us working together to guide and support the students to help them succeed because that is our ultimate goal.”

Student 1098-T Forms

1098-T tax forms have been mailed out. The only students who will receive a 1098-T are those who paid all or part of their tuition out-of-pocket (i.e. cash, check, or credit card). Students whose tuition was paid in full by financial aid, scholarships, or an outside agency will not receive a 1098-T. Only those students who paid their tuition themselves can qualify for the tax credit. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Gray, Manager of Business/Auxiliary Services at or call 304-236-7614. If you choose to contact Mr. Gray by email, you must use your Southern student email account.

Southern Medical Donates to Southern
Southern Medical Donates to Southern
Logan Bank and Trust Donates to Southern
Logan Bank and Trust Donates to Southern
Foundation Annual Meeting Held
The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation recently held their Annual Board Meeting. The meeting was opened by Southern Foundation President George Kostas. Vice President Eddie Canterbury detailed the financial position. Election of new officers and the review of amended and approved policies were a focus of the business portion of the meeting. First Lady/President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin provided the Major Gifts Campaign update. Southern Medical presented a pledge and LB&T renewed their commitment to the Foundation. A special presentation was made to Rev. George Kostas, Elizabeth S. Kostas and Eddie Canterbury for their years of service and dedication to the Foundation.
Nancy Blackburn is February 2013 Employee of the Month
Nancy Blackburn is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, February Employee of the Month. Blackburn is a graduate of Belfry High School and Bryant and Stratton Business College, Louisville, KY where she received her business training. Blackburn recently celebrated her 19 year anniversary as a Southern employee. She joined the staff in January 1995 as an Administrative Secretary in Student Support Services, a position she still holds today. Blackburn describes her job as maintaining data entries, purchasing, travel and tutoring records. But she says she also has the opportunity to get to know the students. Blackburn says that this is the best part of her job, “I care about our students and love to see them succeed, especially the ones who are apprehensive about attempting college.” She also comments that she has co-workers “going the extra mile to help others”. Her coworkers describe her as someone who enjoys working with the students, always kind and courteous and as someone who takes great pride in her work. Much of her time away from the college is spent volunteering at her church. She serves as church clerk, member of Hospitality and Décor Committees and Vacation Bible School registrar. In her spare time he likes reading, sewing and confesses to an addiction to Downton Abbey! In reflection, Blackburn says, “Working at Southern has been an incredible experience. My supervisor and co-workers are the best that anyone could hope for. I have always believed in Southern. Nine members of my family have been students here. It is a joy and pleasure to work at Southern”.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will extend the deadline for Medical Assisting and Respiratory Care Technology for two weeks, and only for the Wyoming/McDowell Campus. The application deadline will be February 15, 2014. For more information please visit our website at or cal 304-896-7346.

A Respiratory Therapist is responsible for the assessment, treatment, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Commonly performed duties includes:
 care for patients on life support systems in intensive-care units
 consult with physicians and other health care professionals to develop, monitor and modify patient care plans
 work with high-tech equipment
 work with patients of all ages (from premature infants to the very elderly)