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2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients

2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients

2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently awarded nearly 100 students with scholarships. Row 1: Eric Burnette, Erica Kitchen, Ashley Cline, James Hill, Katie Kirk Row 2: Emilee Osborne, Megan Vinson, Mackenzie Miller, Kelsey Kirk, Jordan Bourne Row 3: Chelsea Browning, Ronni Vance, Savannah Anderson, Zebulon Vance, Katlyn Mollett

The West Virginia Higher Education Consortium is pleased to offer our students the opportunity to enroll in an affordable, comprehensive health insurance for the 2013-2014 policy year. This Plan features:


  • The strength of UnitedHealthcare’s Choice PPO network- Students will be able to locate providers whether at home, school, or throughout the country
  • Up to $500,000 per each Injury or Sickness under the Basic Maximum benefit for Covered Medical Expenses
  • Low annual deductibles: $500 in-network and $1,000 out-of-network
  • Coverage at 80% in-network & 60% out-of-network
  • Prescription drug card with low copays
  • Preventive care services with no deductibles, copays or coinsurance
  • Worldwide Coverage including Medical Evacuation, Repatriation & Travel Assistance Services
  • Wellness discounts including Vision and Dental
  • Affordable pricing for 12 months of comprehensive coverage
  • For 2013-2014, the Annual Insurance Premium will be split evenly between Spring and Fall tuition bills 


For a complete description of the benefits available, limitations and exclusions please visit

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in the administration of any of its educational programs, activities, or with respect to admission or employment. Faculty, staff, students, and applicants are protected from retaliation for filing complaints or assisting in an investigation.  The follow persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies and complaints:

Darrell Taylor
Dean, Student Services and Enrollment Management

Debbie Dingess
Director of Human Resources
Phone: 304-896-7408
Email: debbie

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, contact of the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadephia, PA 19107-3323 Phone 215656-8541, Fax: 215-656-8605:  TTD: 887-521-2172 or

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Chuck Puckett, Assistant Professor of Biology at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in Biology. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score free-response sections of the AP Exams. AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the finest academic institutions in the world. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged. “The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and College Readiness at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Mr. Puckett.” The Advanced Placement Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies-with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both- while still in high school. Through APP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students. In 2012, more than 11,000 AP Readers evaluated more than 3.7 million AP Exams.
New Agreement with University of Charleston

Mount Gay, W.Va. (July 17, 2013) - University of Charleston President Ed Welch and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College First Lady/President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today signed an articulation agreement, which allows Southern students to easily transition into select bachelor degree programs at UC after completing an associate degree. The signing took place today at the Southern campus in Mount Gay, W.Va.

"We are delighted that this partnership with the University of Charleston will provide our students another pathway to a four-year degree. We are very excited about the additional options this agreement will provide," said Tomblin. "We will continue to strive to provide students opportunities to excel not only while they are on our campus, but also as they continue their education at four year institutions."

The articulation agreement will enable Southern students the ability to better plan their academic careers and minimize credit loss when transferring to UC to earn their baccalaureate degrees. Transfer students will be eligible to graduate with a bachelor's degree in just two years, and in many cases move directly into one of UC's graduate programs, such as the Master of Business Administration and Leadership, Master of Strategic Leadership or Master of Forensic Accounting.

"The University of Charleston has a proud history of serving students in Southern West Virginia and we are pleased to provide incentives for students who earn degrees at Southern to be successful," said Dr. Welch. "This agreement offers a clear path for these students to continue their college careers at UC and attain their personal and professional goals."

Southern students who serve in the West Virginia National Guard and transfer to UC will be eligible for the Golden Eagle Scholarship. The scholarship will provide up to $9,000 per year in tuition assistance, while the State of West Virginia provides a $6,500 educational stipend to National Guard members. The scholarship aid from UC will mean that members of the National Guard can attend UC at a very affordable cost.

In addition to the National Guard scholarship, the University of Charleston participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides tuition benefits to veterans. UC is recognized as Military Friendly School, which recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country.

Front: Tomblin, Welch

Back Row;Darrell Taylor, Dean enrollment Management and Student Services Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Pamela Alderman, Dean for Career and Technical Programs Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Joan Clark, Vice President for Admissions University of Charleston

The University of Charleston is a private, independent college based in Charleston, W.Va. The University recently announced the opening of new locations in Beckley, W.Va., Martinsburg, W.Va., and online which opened January 1, 2013. The 2012-13 academic year marked UC's 125th anniversary as an academic institution.

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.

The 12-member Board of Governors is the governing body of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Of the 12 members, nine are citizen members appointed by the Governor, and three are institutional members elected by the constituent group they represent faculty, classified staff, and student body. Members of the Board of Governors work cooperatively with the college president and administration to establish institutional governance and strategic planning.

Board Chair, Tom Heywood, thanked Mr. George Morrison (outgoing faculty representative) for his outstanding leadership, service, and dedication to the Board over the past eight years, and for generously giving of his time and talent in support of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.  Mr. Morrison’s term as Faculty Representative to the Board has concluded, and Ms. Mary Nemeth-Pyles will assume that role effective July 1, 2013.  Chair Heywood read a proposed resolution honoring Mr. Morrison for his service, leadership, and dedication to the College and Board of Governors.  The resolution was unanimously approved by the Board and will become a part of the official meeting minutes.

In addition to Heywood, Zigmond, and Yost, citizen members appointed by the Governor include Linda Q. Akers, Shelly Huffman, Jada Hunter, George Kostas, and Terry Sammons. Southern's institutional members include Mary Nemeth-Plyles (faculty representative), Debbie Dingess (classified staff representative), and Eileen Aranas (student representative).

“We are fortunate to have a board with such a bold and exciting vision to benefit and support our mission,” said Tomblin. “We will benefit from the strong guidance of a board that understands the critical role of Southern in the community.”

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. 

Southern Receives Governor’s Commendation
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has received a commendation for the exporting of services to China from the Mining Academy. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined the West Virginia Export Council and the West Virginia Development Office, to honor a state record-setting 52 West Virginia businesses with the Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry awards. This award honors companies that have successfully exported to a new country in the past year. The Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry award is a framed piece of currency from each new country to which the recipient business began exporting in 2012. The presentation is based on the tradition of displaying the first dollar a business earns. On hand to receive the award was First Lady/President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Carl Baisden, Allyn Sue Barker and Bethany Howerton.
Pamela Alderman, Dean of Career and Technical Programs at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has announced an impressive 100% pass rate for this year’s graduates of the Surgical Technology Program. The surgical technician functions as an integral part of the surgical team under the direct supervision of a licensed registered professional nurse and in cooperation with the surgeon, anesthesiologist or anesthetist. Duties and responsibilities include preparing the sterile field, equipment and supplies, instrumentation during surgical procedures, as well as being able to operate complex machinery such as sterilizers, electrosurgical units, and diagnostic equipment used in surgery. The surgical technician will assist medical and nursing personnel in operating rooms, emergency rooms, and obstetrical facilities. “Southern students continue to post impressive results on certification exams for their fields,” said Alderman. “We couldn’t be prouder of their commitment to their education and career.”