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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College solidifies its global reach.

West Virginia First Lady and President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Director of Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies, Carl Baisden and Academy Instructor, Bethany Howerton joined members of the West Virginia Development Office for a Mission Trip to China. The group attended the 2013 China Coal and Mining Expo in Beijing, China, where Tomblin represented West Virginia during the opening ceremonies. It is the largest coal mining exhibition in China and draws a worldwide audience. It is the top event in the China Coal industry. The representatives from Southern also attended a meeting hosted by officials of the Shanxi Province. In August 2013, Southern signed an official agreement with Shanxi officials to permit students from their province to train at Southern’s Academy during the next four years. The meeting addressed the arrival of the first students in November. The training will focus on communications, rescue and safety. “Identifying the needs and successfully providing them to the students is likely to produce extraordinary results. Southern looks forward to offering this opportunity,” said Tomblin. “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 will provide that for them.” Tomblin said. "Our understanding of educational experiences abroad is expanding, and there are more opportunities for students beyond the traditional study abroad for academic credit," she added. First Lady/President Tomblin also had the opportunity to visit the Affiliated High School of Shanxi University. Tomblin was given a tour of the 3000 student facility by the principal and had a chance to meet with teachers also. Senior students were invited to join a question and answer session with Tomblin. Visiting a new Coal Liquification Plant, Electric Power Plant and the newly created Trade Free Zone was an additional highlight for the group. The Free Trade Zone provides countries with the opportunity to export products at a reduced tax rate. “China’s economic growth is creating exceptional opportunities for greater engagement between West Virginia and China. Southern is proud to be a part of that partnership,” Tomblin said.

National Radiologic Technology Week
Southern celebrated National Radiologic Technology Week® . The annual event is to recognize the vital work of R.T.s across the nation. The celebration takes place each November to commemorate the anniversary of the x-ray's discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895.The week-long celebration calls attention to the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in patient care and health care safety. This year's theme is "R.T.s: Positioning Ourselves for Excellence." Students participated in activities throughout the week.
Program Assistant, Debra Johnson is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, November Employee of the Month. A graduate of Southern, Johnson received her AS in Business Accounting and General Business in 1986. Johnson began her career at Southern in 1986, helping at the switchboard on the Logan Campus. She then worked at a cashier until 1989. She was then transferred to the Boone Campus as a secretary where she holds her current position. As Program Assistant she is responsible for maintaining and explaining student accounts, billing students and third parties, invoicing refunds and giving out financial aid checks. She says she loves working as a member of the team at Southern. “We recognize potential problems and work together to resolve them. We have adopted the philosophy of adapt, improvise, and overcome,” Johns said. Johnson states that one of the best parts of her job is giving out financial aid checks, “you make everyone happy”. Her off campus actives include attending church, spending time family, crafting, cooking and decorating. She and her husband, Robbie, will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on February 3, 2014. Together they have 4 children and 15 ‘fantastic’ grandkids. Being selected November Employee of the Month came as a pleasant surprise to Johnson. “It is really nice to be thought of.”
Miller Named Outstanding Contributor
Patricia Miller, Manager of Business and Auxiliary Services on the Logan Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College was recognized as an Outstanding Contributor to Community College Education. Miller received the award during the 2013 annual conference of the West Virginia Community College Association and the West Virginia Association for Development Education recently held at Bridgeport Conference Center. Miller joined the staff at Southern in August 1983. She began as PBX Operator before accepting the position of Cashier. In 1998, she accepted the position of Accounting Assistant. She held this title until 2001 when she was named Business Manager. Her job expanded in 2008 to Manager of Accounting and in December 2009 she moved into the position she holds today. Miller holds an AAS in Accounting from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. She has continued her studies at Marshall University. First Lady/ President of Southern West Virginia and Community College said, “Pat sets the ‘employee’ standard. Her professionalism, enthusiasm and dignity make her an excellent employee. She is an inspiration and has made an impact on us all with her uplifting attitude.” Miller is the oldest of five children. She and her siblings sing and play music in local churches.
Southern Students Celebrate Respiratory Care Week
The students in the Respiratory Care Technology program celebrated Respiratory Care week with several activities including a class luncheon on Monday and a Lung Health Fair on Tuesday for Williamson faculty, staff, and students. The students then attended the annual Charleston Area Medical Center Respiratory Week celebration at Coon Skin park in Charleston on Wednesday where they competed against other Respiratory schools across the state of WV in a softball tournament.
Dr. Debra Teachman Named Vice President for Academic Affairs
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College today announced that Dr. Debra Teachman has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services. Teachman joins Southern from New Mexico State University Alamogordo, where she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Dr. Teachman embraces Southern’s values and is fully committed to helping our students succeed,” said Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. “Her enthusiasm, leadership, past experiences, and focus on innovation will enable us to enhance our already outstanding instructional programs, responsiveness to our community, and yield exciting new opportunities for our students.” Her responsibilities at New Mexico State University Alamogordo included the oversight of all instructional programs, developing and maintaining community and statewide partnerships in instructional programming, fundraising and supporting the coordination of academic advising and admission/registration processes for the college. At NMSU-Alamogordo, Teachman is credited for successfully coordinating college and community efforts with legislative committees and with the NM Higher Education Department, resulting in planning funds for the Advanced Technology Center for Career/Technical programs in Automotive, Welding, Renewable Energies, HVAC, and Building Construction. Teachman also served as Interim CEO/President of NMSU-Alamogordo during a particularly difficult rebuilding period at the institution. Teachman’s career includes serving twenty -three years in higher education. Six of those years were spent at Marshall University in Huntington, WV as an Assistant Professor in English. Teachman says she welcomes the opportunity to return to West Virginia. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in English from Northern Illinois University. She followed that with a doctorate in English from the University of California –Davis. “My life’s mission matches the mission of [Southern]. I am focused on and dedicated to providing strong, high quality educational opportunities to students who may otherwise be unable to pursue them, and to supporting the communities I am a part of through development of a strong, well educated workforce that has the skills and knowledge needed by those communities,” she said. Teachman’s appointment will begin in November. 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 Board of Governors Trustees Attend ACCT Congress

Southern’s Board of Governors Trustees joined nearly 2,000 community college trustees, presidents, professional board staff, and national and state leaders at the 44th Annual Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress held October 2-5 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Move the Needle on Student Success was this year’s theme. The ACCT Leadership Congress featured over 80 educational sessions on best practices for community colleges, fundamental and advanced trustee training, and a lively town hall meeting dedicated to determining priorities in the governance of community college student success initiatives. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and former Microsoft CEO, and Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation President and CEO, were keynote speakers for the Leadership Congress. Pictured l-r: Emma Baisden (Professional Board Staff), Debbie Dingess (Classified Staff Trustee), Stacy Dingess, President/First Lady Joanne Tomblin, Mary Nemeth-Pyles (Faculty Trustee), and Board Chair, Thomas Heywood.

McGraw Golf Tournament Held

The 1st Annual Mike McGraw Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic was held October 3rd at Twin Falls State Park. The event began with a plaque dedication attended by McGraw’s family. David Lord welcomed all and Bill Cline lead the opening prayer. Kim Gross, representative from the Governor’s Office made the Honorary Mountaineer presentation. This award is presented in recognition of an individual having demonstrated an expression of goodwill and respect for the people of the Mountain State. Merle Dempsey spoke of McGraws contributions and presented the plaque. The tournament concluded with a picnic dinner. Top scorers were; 1st place: Phillip Murphy, Ed Murphy, Randall May, Tommy Brown (52, -19); 2nd Place: Lazzer Graphics (54. -17); 3rd Place: Jim Prater, Tom Vogel, Larry Dolson, Pat Jack (62. -9)

Southern Participates in College Fair

Each year West Virginia launches a statewide College Fair Program that bring institutional representatives together from across the state to meet with high school students. Students have the opportunity to learn about the admissions process, the availability of educational programs and financial aid awareness. Thousands of high school juniors and seniors meet with institutional representatives to discuss the possibly of attending their institution upon graduation. Through the many college-planning and financial aid displays, these students are provided with information needed to help them in the college-readiness process. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is an active participant in the West Virginia College Fair program.