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Mount Gay, W.Va. – Monday, January 7, 2019 begins the final week to register for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Spring 2019 semester. Students will be able to register for full-term 16-week classes until Thursday, January 10. After that date, students may register for alternate term 12-week classes, which are full-credit courses that begin on February 11.

Southern’s Spring 2019 semester begins Monday, January 14.

If you are interested in enrolling, you are encouraged to stop by any Southern campus and get registered today!

For more information, please contact Mandy Lester at [email protected].

During its recent meeting, Southern’s Foundation presented a $1,000 check to Dignity Hospice in memory of Mr. George Kostas. Pictured are: Dr. Tom Nuckols, Southern Foundation Executive Board Member; Dr. Robert Gunter, President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College; Rita Roberson, Southern’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Drew Lewis, Dignity Hospice Chief Operating Officer; Eddie Canterbury, President of the Southern Foundation; Dee Kapourales, Secretary for the Southern Foundation; Josh Workman, Southern Foundation Executive Board Member; Mark Mareske, Treasurer for the Southern Foundation; and Ron Lemon, Southern Foundation Executive Board Member.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Medical Assisting Program held a pinning ceremony for their December graduates on Thursday, December 6. Program Coordinator Lora Foster and Instructor Ashley Starkey led the ceremony. Each student received their Medical Assisting pin, and a rose. Academic excellence for highest GPA went to Kayla Chafin and Stephanie Scott, Clinical Excellence went to Casey Hatfield, and the Medical Assisting Spirit award went to Terri DeFlumeri. Congratulations to each of you! We’re proud of all your accomplishments!

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is offering a Welding Certificate Program at our Lincoln County site location beginning with our Spring 2019 semester.

Students who complete the program will earn their certificate after two semesters. Classes will be held in the evening on Monday through Thursday during Southern’s spring and summer 2019 semesters. The program will be offered at Southern’s Lincoln County site, adjoining Lincoln County High School in Hamlin.
Southern will be registering students for the Spring 2019 semester until January 10.

For more information, or for help registering, please contact Brittany Bartram, the Boone/Lincoln campus director, at 304-307-0718, or [email protected].

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is currently enrolling students for the Spring 2019 semester.

Registration will be open at each of our campus locations during regular business hours Monday through Thursday, and available 24 hours a day online. Returning students may register online or see their assigned advisor if assistance is needed.

It is important to note that Southern’s campuses will be closed from December 13 until January 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Registration and advising will not be available during this time, so anyone interested in enrolling is encouraged to stop by one of our locations to begin the process as soon as possible.

Registration for the Spring 2019 semester will resume when the college reopens on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, and will continue until January 10. Southern’s Spring 2019 semester begins Monday, January 14.

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., season six winner of America’s Got Talent, will bring his “Home for the Holidays Tour of Champions” holiday concert series to Logan on Saturday, December 22, 2018. The concert will be held in the Savas-Kostas Performing Arts Center on Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Logan campus. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m.

General admission tickets begin at $20, and tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Radiologic Technology Program has earned the maximum accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Southern’s Radiologic Technology was evaluated and given accreditation for a period of eight years – the maximum duration awarded by the JRCERT.

“Southern’s Radiologic Technology program has an outstanding record of success as shown by the many graduates gainfully employed or pursuing an advanced degree or certification,” Eva Hallis, Southern’s Radiologic Technology Program Coordinator, said.

“Our Radiologic Technology program is unparalleled, and this accreditation underscores that fact,” Southern’s President, Dr. Robert Gunter, said. “To have been given the maximum accreditation is to receive the ultimate validation that we have the right people doing the absolute best job. I could not be more proud of our faculty, student, and graduates of this program.”

JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiology, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.

This week, thousands of students in 10 West Virginia counties are celebrating a program that helps them prepare for postsecondary education.

GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federally funded program that helps to promote a college-going culture among schools all throughout the United States. In the Mountain State, the West Virginia GEAR UP program serves more than 5,000 students through activities that encourage and assist them in planning for and pursuing an education or training beyond high school. These activities include college visits, tutoring, mentoring, test preparation workshops, academic camps, financial aid workshops and career academies.

Elizabeth Manuel is the College Access and Success Program Director for the Division of Student Affairs that oversees the WV GEAR UP project. She has been with the program since its inception. During that time, she has worked closely with Southern as a college partner to implement various college Access initiatives aimed at preparing students for postsecondary training opportunities.

“Partnerships are vital to the work that we do through the WV GEAR UP project,” Manuel said. “These partnerships allow us to extend our reach, and in the end, help more West Virginia families. West Virginia GEAR UP aims to create a culture of college readiness in the schools and communities we serve. Having colleges like Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in the center of the schools we serve is an asset to the work we do. I believe because of the WV GEAR UP grant and the partnership with Southern, we have helped prepare more students for education and training beyond high school.”

During the 2016-17 academic year, West Virginia GEAR UP students spent more than 30,000 hours engaged in activities that promote academic achievement, career awareness and interest, college awareness and ultimately increased participation in postsecondary education. Approximately 63 percent of GEAR UP seniors in the Mountain State filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, exceeding the statewide 60 percent completion goal for 2016-17. GEAR UP students are more likely than their peers to speak to someone in their school about college entrance requirements, and 83 percent of GEAR UP sophomores reported that they aspire to obtain at least a two-year degree.

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia community college students who transfer to West Virginia University before earning their associate degrees can now receive their credentials retroactively, thanks to a new partnership between the institution, the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) and the National Student Clearinghouse.

The partnership, which uses the Clearinghouse’s Reverse Transfer Service, is focused on boosting college completion rates across West Virginia.

“Seeing more of our students earn postsecondary degrees is always our leading goal,” Dr. Sarah Tucker, WVCTCS Chancellor, said. “Through the reverse transfer process, we can give students the two-year credentials they’ve earned, while they continue pursuing a four-year degree. We’re proud to partner with WVU to make this possible, and to put even more of our students on track to strong and rewarding careers.”

"WVU is privileged to work with our state’s two-year institutions to provide earned credentials to our state’s students," said Paul Krieder, vice provost for academic strategies, curriculum and assessment. "This partnership solidifies a process of awarding degrees to students who have completed courses at WVU that can fulfill degree requirements where they began. That is important to the students, their earning potential, and will ultimately help the economy of the state of West Virginia.”

Under the agreement if a student goes to a community college, but transfers to WVU before earning an associate degree, the credits earned at WVU can be transferred back to the community technical college and the student will then have earn an associate degree while working toward a four-year one.

“The Clearinghouse is excited to work with the West Virginia Community and Technical College System to help more West Virginians be successful and earn a degree via reverse transfer,” said Michelle Blackwell, National Manager of Reverse Transfer at the Clearinghouse. “The Clearinghouse’s Reverse Transfer service supports eligible students’ ability to earn an associate degree and, thereby, enhance their employment opportunities and make more money. Studies show that completing an associate degree yields on average $4,640 to $7,160 per annum in extra earnings compared to entering college, but not finishing."

A memorandum of understanding between West Virginia’s nine community and technical colleges, WVU and the Higher Education Policy Commission paves the way for students who have transferred to WVU to begin the process of seeing if they’re eligible. To participate, students must agree to have their WVU transcripts sent back to their community colleges, which will determine whether the students’ university courses have met requirements for degrees or other credentials.

Students who are in good standing with their community college will be eligible for reverse transfer when they have earned at least 16 semester credit hours from the community college and at least three semester credit hours from WVU.

All of West Virginia’s community and technical colleges are participating: BridgeValley CTC, Blue Ridge CTC, Eastern WV CTC, Mountwest CTC, New River CTC, Pierpont CTC, Southern WV CTC, WV Northern Community College, and WVU at Parkersburg.

Contact: Casey Sacks / [email protected] / 304-558-0265