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Jennifer Dove

Administrative Secretary, Sr., Jennifer Dove is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, May Employee of the Month.               

A graduate of Southern, Dove also attended Marshall University earning a degree in Legal Assisting.

Dove joined the staff of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College as secretary for the Out of School Youth program in 2003.   In 2007, she became the Administrative Secretary, Sr. for the  Humanities Department. Dove also serves as support for the Respiratory Care program.

Dove describes says her job responsibilities vary depending on the time of year, but mainly the class schedule, textbooks, working with faculty, adjuncts, students, and most importantly assisting the chair are her duties.

She explains that one of the best parts of her job is, “working with a wonderful group of people that I am fortunate to work with on a daily basis!   We help and support each other.  When you have the support and confidence of your  coworkers you can do just about anything!”

Dove serves on several committees at Southern, including the Classified Staff Council as the Williamson Campus Rep and the recorder of that committee as well. She serves on the Classified Staff Council Sub Committees, Chair of  the Hallmark Committee, Co-Chair of the Website Committee with  Teri Wells and serves as the recorder for the Technology Committee.         

Her community activities include coordinating the lunch walk program in conjunction with the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition on the Williamson Campus.    “This program continues to grow and I am very proud of those who participate.”   She is a Sunday School helper  for the preschool class at Nolan Freewill Baptist Church and is  a member of the Ladies Auxiliary there as well.

In her spare time she enjoys fishing, four wheeling, and working in her flowerbeds.  Dove has recently taken up jogging and has participated in a few 5k’s in the Williamson area.  

Lester has been married to husband ,Wesley,  for 18 years. They have a  12 year old son, Brady, and a cat named  Bumper.  

Dove said the recognition came as a complete surprise. “It was so nice to be recognized by my coworkers, many of whom are very deserving of this award.   What a great bunch of people we have here!”



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Apprenticship Signing

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is pleased to announce a new agreement that offers an approved apprenticeship for students.

The agreement was signed with Unilin NA, LLC, Robert C. Byrd Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship. The program was planned to enhance the skill level of employees and offer education options to enhance their employment goals.

“Everyone knows the importance of designing and implementing multiple educational pathways for students and today there are no one-size-fits all approaches to meet the needs of students or business,” said WV First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. “More of these partnerships will need to be created and developed to build the workforce that West Virginia and this region will need.”

Southern will provide Unilin employees an occupational development program with an emphasis on Mechatronics. Upon completion of the on the job training and educational requirements, an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Development: Mechatronics may be obtained.

Mechatronics is a relatively new training opportunity. Mechatronics refers to an interdisciplinary field involving control systems, electronic systems, computers and mechanical systems that integrates product design and automated manufacturing processes. Because industrial applications are becoming more and more complex, industries need technicians with skills that cross a variety of disciplines.

“Our goal is to work closely together to ensure that students are constantly moving forward and attaining new knowledge and skills so that they are equipped to achieve their goals,” added Tomblin.

Pictured: Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, WV First Lady/President Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College; Linda McEntire, HR Manager-Unilin; Charlotte Weber, VP for Federal Program, Marshall University, Director Robert C. Byrd Institute; Kathy J. D’Antoni, Associate State Superintendent of Schools; Thomas J. Bydlon, US Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship, Region 2 Director; Kenneth W. Milnes, State Director, US Dept. of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship; Andrew Messenger, Plant Manager-Unilin and Ted Beaver, HR Director-Unilin

Chris Gray is April Employee of the Month

Chris Gray is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, April Employee of the Month. Gray is a graduate of Marshall University, where he received his BA in Business Administration in 1993, followed by a Master’s in Business Administration in 1995. He joined the staff in January 1996 as a part-time Assistant to the Dean for Student Services, Wyoming Campus. In 1999 he accepted the position of Accounting Assistant II, Wyoming Campus, which was soon followed by the position of Business Manager I, Williamson Campus in 2000. Gray began his current position of Manager of Business and Auxiliary Services in 2008.Gray describes his job as being responsible for the operation of the Williamson Business, Information Desk, Switchboard, and Campus Store. “ I’m dealing with the assessing of tuition and fees, collection of payments, student and third party sponsor accounts receivable, 1098-T tax processing, and helping to maintain the Virtual Bookstore.” Gray says that the best part of his job is, “getting to interact and work with the employees and help our students be successful". He considers his greatest accomplishment has been to have the confidence of his coworkers to represent the college on numerous committees. His greatest challenge? “Knowing when to say no and not volunteer for everything. I want to do my best to help Southern grow and thrive.” Gray volunteers for many activities at the college, such as campus beautification and the Applied Technology Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. In the community he is a member of the Matewan Drama Group. The Drama Group performs the Battle of Matewan Drama at least twice a year in May and September. In his spare time he declares himself a British Drama fanatic and antique collector. He also enjoys cooking and photography. He is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. It is an international organization that tries to recreate the best aspects of the Middle Ages. “I try to attend several events every year including the biggest SCA event on the East Coast called Pennsic War which is held every year at the end of July and beginning of August in Slippery Rock, PA.” Gray said he was shocked to learn that he had been named Employee of the Month. “I’m not one who is accustomed to getting recognized by others because I work mostly behind the scenes.”

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.