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MADISON — The new president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (SWVCTC), Robert Gunter, recently made a presentation to the Madison Rotary Club concerning issues the school faces and the best path he sees for SWVCTC going forward. Gunter took the reigns at SWVCTC Jan. 1 after the retirement of former president and first lady, Joanne Tomblin. Despite the school’s programs which include what is considered to be one of the best healthcare programs in the state, Gunter explained enrollment and retention rates have been declining at SWVCTC since 2008. To address the school’s enrollment problem, a new marketing program for recruitment is being planned, but Gunter added the school must holistically take on the issue saying, “…it will take our entire faculty and staff to change the direction of this enrollment problem.” Gunter added, in the short amount of time he has been at SWVCTC, he has learned the school has an excellent staff and very dedicated students which gives him confidence the school will be able to accomplish the tasks before it. Gunter noted the school will also focus on expanding their student base by reaching out to so-called non-traditional college students who are over the age of 25 and high school students. Gunter explained the area’s economy, which has one of the lowest labor participation rates in W.Va., is currently in need of people with something more than a high school education but still less than a bachelor’s or associate’s degree. After students graduate from college, Gunter noted, “…in a lot of cases, they end up going back to a low level job they could have done without the college education they received.” To address this issue, Gunter stated he hopes to work with local businesses to provide training in skills that are valuable to both the students and the communities they serve. Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or by email at Pictured: Ron Lemon, Bill Cook, Beth Kinser, Randy Foxx, Bob Gunter and Randy Skeens
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has announced that it has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both 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 seven 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 Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President, Dr. Robert E. Gunter. “Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.” For more information about Southern’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Southern’s website at . Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is pleased to announce that the following students have been placed on the Dean's List for the Fall 2015 semester. This honor recognizes achievement of a scholastic average of 3.25 or higher in at least twelve semester hours of academic work. Congratulations on your outstanding academic achievement and best wishes for continued success!
Students heading to college this fall can receive deadline reminders and get help completing college-related tasks — all through text messaging. The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) is offering the service to any West Virginia student considering entering a two-year college, four-year college or career and technical program in the fall of 2016. Participating students will receive a few text messages per month reminding them of upcoming deadlines and providing information about important college-planing tasks such as applying for financial aid, registering for orientation and purchasing text books. Additionally, students can text back anytime they have questions to receive one-on-one help from a college counselor. To sign up, students should visit There is no cost to join, but standard text messaging rates apply. Students can cancel the service at any time. CFWV is a college- and career-planning outreach initiative led by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS), the state agencies responsible for overseeing a public agenda for higher education in West Virginia and administering services such as state-level financial aid. The text messaging project is funded by a grant from the Kresge Foundation and supported by partnerships with eight colleges: Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Marshall University, Shepherd University, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, West Virginia Northern Community College and West Virginia State University.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College History Instructor, Charles Keeney III, will be featured on national television. On January 26, PBS the American Experience will air a two hour documentary on the West Virginia Mine Wars. The documentary will air nationally at 9 pm. The American Experience will also be publishing an article written by Keeney about the documentary next week. For a preview follow the link:
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is reminding students that the application deadline for the Applied Health and Nursing programs has been extended until February 15, 2016. Applicants applying for Allied Health programs must have a GPA of 2.0 and be eligible to enter college level English and math. They should submit all high school or college transcripts and an ACT score. Although there is not an official minimum ACT score requirement, applicants will be selected competitively based upon total scores. The ACCUPLACER will not replace these scores. For consideration in Nursing the applicant must eligible to enter college level English and math before the application deadline. They must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in high school OR in previous college level courses in order to be considered for the Nursing program. Copies of transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be attached. Applicant who has not taken previous college level courses must attach a copy of their high school transcript. The applicant must take the HESI A2 Exam and achieve a score of 75% or higher (please see the current nursing application on Southern’s website for further information regarding the HESI A2 exam). Please note admission requirements for nursing differs from admission requirements to other Allied Health programs. For more than 30 years, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been preparing students for their critical leadership role in the health care industry. Choosing Southern means that you’ve not only chosen an innovator in allied health and nursing education, you’ve also chosen a program where your financial needs are recognized. For more detailed information visit our website at or call 304.896.7346.
A new year and a new president! Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College welcomed Dr. Robert E. Gunter as the president on January 1, 2016. Dr. Gunter was most recently engaged as the Vice President for Workforce Education at Arkansas State University Mid-South, West Memphis, Arkansas. As a senior manager, he was responsible for all aspects of Technical Education, including all technical credit and non-credit bearing courses; the secondary shared-time technical center; and, various workforce development grants. Dr. Gunter previously served as Deputy Director for Career and Technical Education at the Arkansas Department of Career Education, Little Rock, Arkansas, and as Vice President for Workforce Technology at Mid-South Community College (MSCC), West Memphis, Arkansas. Dr. Gunter has a record of successful partnership creation, grant writing and management, and fund raising through grant writing and the development of donor support for career and technical programs. He earned his Doctorate in Secondary Education Administration/Technology Education from Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona. He received his Master’s degree in Vocational and Adult Education, and his Bachelors’ degree in Vocational and Adult Education/Industrial Arts Education from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. "We feel confident that Dr. Gunter understands the college's needs, mission, and vision and is the best choice to lead Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College,” said Thomas Heywood, Board of Governors Chair.
Ellucian, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s information technology partner, will be holding a drawing to give away a Samsung Galaxy Tab4 tablet. Your name will automatically be entered into the drawing by using the Ellucian GO Mobile app that Southern rolled out last April. By registering or participating in any type of registration activity qualifies you for the drawing. To install Ellucian GO on your mobile device, select Southern as your school and then login. It's that simple. For more information, browse to, click on Current Students and then Tech Tips for Students. Under the Software category, there is a link to a page with information and video demos of the Ellucian GO app. Or will take you directly to that information page.
The newest class of the Appalachian Leadership Academy (ALA) of Cotiga Fellows was introduced at a special luncheon presentation at the Williamson campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College on Monday. Retired U.S. Air Force 4-star General Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong, who is president of the ALA Education Foundation, came back to his hometown as featured speaker for the induction. Foglesong, who grew up in Chattaroy and graduated from Williamson High School and West Virginia University, started the scholarship program for local Mingo County students. The 2016 class consists of Cassidy Hudspeth, Joshua McClanahan, Susan “Kim” McClanahan, Kyle Newsome, Tiffany Queen, Amber Thaxton and Kelly Warren. The graduating class was also introduced and that group consisted of David Boyd, Josh Cassell, Lee Diamond, Angela Sloan, Taria Watson and Kelly Webb. Others from Southern present were Vice President for Economic, Workforce, and Community Development Allyn Sue Barker and Vice President for Development Ron Lemon. The Cotiga ALA program is designated to students who reside in Mingo County and are based at the Williamson Campus. However, this award does not preclude the student from registering at other college locations. The scholarship is renewable and the student may reapply each semester but renewal is not guaranteed. Renewal applicants must maintain a cumulative college grade point average of 3.0. Cotiga Development Company, LLC, is a long-standing land and mineral resource company and helps fund the Appalachian Leadership Academy Fellows Scholarships. For more information visit us online at .