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Southern was host to Ramaco's job fair this past weekend. The turnout, for this event, filled our parking lots to capacity with job-seekers. Carl Baisden, Director of Southern's Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies, commented that it was "one of the largest job fairs we have done in my 10+ years at Southern," and that "over 800 applications were given out" during the day's activities. The Logan Campus is hosting its own Job Fair (hosted by Student Services) today, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Various employers will be on site seeking employees, and making themselves available to talk to students about job opportunities with their businesses. Need help writing/improving your resume? We can help you do that today, too. Come out to Building A of the Logan Campus of Southern West Virginia community and Technical College, and #FindYourDirection.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will participate in the SkillsUSA competition on March 31, 2017 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Students participating are Alberto Coffin, Jake Compton, Arron Copley and Charles Maynard in welding; Jessica Goins, Helena Surber, Chastidy Wiley, Jardrian Saunders and Katelyn Thompson in cosmetology. Shane Blackburn will represent Southern in the Mechatronics in Prepared Speech competition. Instructors Sheridan Taylor and Irma Colegrove will accompany the teams. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving individuals enrolled in career and technical education programs at our nation’s high schools and colleges.  SkillsUSA’s mission is to develop our members into world-class workers and entrepreneurs as well as responsible American citizens.  Skills complements technical skill training with the development of employability skills that make a well-rounded worker and citizen. A special meet and greet reception for the teams will be held on Tuesday, March 28 at noon in the Allied Technology Building on the Williamson Campus for the technology students. Cosmetology students will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 29 at 11:00am in the first floor lobby of Building C on the Logan Campus. The public is invited to attend.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia, testified today before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, at a hearing on “STEM Education: Preparing Students for the Careers of Today and the Future.” Both U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, who reached out to Chancellor Tucker to speak, serve on the subcommittee. Chancellor Tucker recognized them as “strong allies for community colleges in West Virginia.” Her remarks highlighted how STEM programs and business and industry partnerships are helping West Virginians get the education and training they need to succeed in today’s evolving economy. “Our typical community college students in West Virginia have families to feed, mortgage and car payments, childcare issues, and sometimes parents for whom to care. Many are either out or work or are under-employed,” she told the committee. “These circumstances often cause our students to need to get into and out of a program that will lead to a high-wage career as quickly as possible. In West Virginia, nearly all of those careers are in the STEM fields.” Chancellor Tucker noted that the four largest growth industry sectors in the Mountain State are manufacturing, health care, IT, and energy – all STEM areas – and that while STEM fields have historically been thought of as baccalaureate programs, community and technical colleges are becoming more critical for emerging STEM workforce needs. That’s why, she said, federal support and collaboration on STEM-focused training opportunities are invaluable for community colleges in West Virginia and nationwide. She encouraged congressional support of federal programs that have proven effective, including National Dislocated Worker Training grants; year-round Pell grants; the GEAR UP program; TechHire; Career and Technical Education; and internships, apprenticeships, and workplace training programs. “I cannot emphasize enough the value these programs provide,” Chancellor Tucker said. “Students, employers, schools, and communities have benefited significantly from them. Adults who have lost their jobs are getting a second chance. Youth who never thought they could attend college are doing just that. Together, we are changing lives.” Watch the archived hearing at LINK.
Since 1996, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has partnered with the local Chapter of the NAACP to host community events focusing on cultural diversity. This year two Southern employees, production assistants Darrell Mitchem and Christopher Lawson were presented the annual Believe, Achieve, Succeed Award at the Harmony 365 Candlelight Vigil Ceremony in Williamson, WV on February 17, 2017. The pair were recognized for their many years of hard work, dedication and the special role they have played in bringing these events to the public.
A free computer tune-up ,will be Wednesday, April 26th on the Logan Campus /Allied Health and Technology Building (Building C) Room 340 – 3rd Floor. Drop your computer off between 8am and 4pm. First come, first served. PC only, no monitors keyboards or mice needed. Please have all passwords handy. Note: We will not perform any software or hardware based repairs or upgrades unless the owner has the hardware and software license information on hand. Questions? E-mail Matthew Payne at Matthew.Payne@Southernwv.edu
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s new art literary magazine Sticks is still looking for submissions! Faculty advisors Lillie Teeters and Abby Michelini invite all students, staff and faculty to submit original poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction (word limit 2500), photography or artwork. It is not too late! Deadline is MARCH 17 at midnight! Get writing and get published! For more information or to submit your project contact: sticks@southernwv.edu .
The deadline has passed for submitting applications to the Allied Health and Nursing programs at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Submitted applications are currently under review with the first round of selections to take place in late March. Selected applicants will then receive an email notifying them of their selection and requesting the applicant accept or deny the selection by the designated date. Allied Health Programs that are not filled by qualified applicants will be re-opened for a second round of applications after the first selection process.
Carol Ann Howerton, has been named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Howerton will be responsible for providing leadership and management for the Office of Academic Affairs and interpret policy for the office while assisting in the development and implementation of college policies and procedures, planning, organization and administration of functional areas related to the Office of Academic Affairs with a major focus on student success. Distance learning, coordinating all grant activities and collecting data to assist with institutional effectiveness are also among the many duties of this position. Howerton has a proven record of leadership on both state and federal grants that have contributed significantly to Southern’s ability to expand and enhance program offerings and services for students, faculty, and staff. “The position as a whole creates some new and exciting opportunities to branch out and expand my involvement and leadership at the college. I’ve always been involved with distance education so having the opportunity to continue in that capacity was my main draw,” said Howerton. She states that growing the distance education, and expanding growth through the use of grants is a top priority. With 28 years of service, Howerton has served in many capacities at Southern. She began her career in August of 1988 as a data processing instructor, and later became the Applied and Industrial Technology Department Chair in 2000. She currently holds the positions of Principal Investigator/Project Director for the National Science Foundation Grant, Director for Distance Education, and Professor of Computer Information Systems. Her service on numerous committees demonstrates the high level of dedication she has to Southern. Howerton has also been the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards in her field, just this year she was named Southern’s Outstanding Contributor by the West Virginia Community College Association. Howerton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Concord College, and a Master of Science degree in Management of Information Systems from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.
Charleston, WV – The EntreEd K-14: Every Student, Every Year program is a regional effort to drive entrepreneurship education in Appalachia. The program, funded through a three-year grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) funding, seeks to establish and strengthen relationships between K-12 schools and local community colleges to ensure participating schools deliver entrepreneurship education to every student in the building each school year. Schools that complete this requirement will earn supportive stipends and the school designation as one of “America’s Entrepreneurial Schools.” The program serves distressed, coal-impacted counties throughout Appalachia. Seven community colleges have been identified to assist K-12 schools in their service areas with implementation of entrepreneurship activities. The seven colleges include: BridgeValley CC, Southern CC, New River CC, Southeast CC, Hazard CC, Big Sandy CC, and Mountain Empire CC. The lead organization for the grant is EntreEd, the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education. Project partners include The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), Behavioral Business, LLC, and The EdVenture Group. Behavioral Business and NACCE will play a large role in engaging and organizing the community college partners. The EdVenture Group will deliver professional development workshops focused on entrepreneurship for all participating K-12 schools. Two regional coordinators, Toi Hershman and Melony Denham, will act as liaisons between community college and K-12 to strengthen relationships and ensure each school completes entrepreneurship education for every student, every year. The first meeting of all project partners and the participating community colleges occurred on February 17, 2017 in Charleston, WV. This meeting was designed to introduce community college partners to the program and educate them on the expectations of their involvement. The meeting took place at the Advanced Technology Center at BridgeValley Community and Technical College, one of the participating colleges.

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