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Students who graduated from seven programs in Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Department of Allied Health and Nursing passed state licensure examinations at a rate of 100 percent this past spring and summer.

Graduates from the school’s Central Sterile Supply, Electrocardiography, Medical Laboratory Assistant (1-year certificate), Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Technology, Salon Management/Cosmetology and Respiratory Care Technology(2-year associates degree) have all pass national and/or state licensure/certification exams and are  eligible to practice their chosen profession.

“Exams are national, so this puts Southern in the highest ranking for each program. This is an excellent accomplishment for the students, faculty and institution,” said Dr. Pamela Alderman, Dean Career and Technical Programs. “The staff does an outstanding job providing the education to prepare these students for success in their careers,” she added.

Programs are staffed by: Dental Hygiene, Dr. Lisa Haddox-Heston, Coordinator and Andrea Brown, Faculty; Medical Laboratory Technology, Vernon Elkins, Coordinator and Shirley Spriggs Dardi, Faculty; Respiratory Care Technology,  Steven Hall, Coordinator and Stephanie Daniels, Faculty; Salon Management/Cosmetology, Melissa Adkins, Instructional Specialist and Irma Colegrove, Instructional Specialist; Central Sterile Supply,  Judy Curry, Coordinator and Meloney McRoberts, Faculty; Electrocardiography,  Katherine Deskins, Coordinator and Cyndee Lowes, Faculty; Medical Laboratory Assistant,  Vernon Elkins, Coordinator and Shirley Spriggs Dardi, Faculty.

Alyce Patterson-Diaz serves as Department Chair for these programs.

“We are extremely proud of our graduates from the Applied Science Programs this year,” said First Lady/President, Joanne Jaegar Tomblin. “Having our programs record a 100 percent pass rate on their board exams is quite an accomplishment. We believe this level of success can be attributed to quality program curriculum, proactive faculty and excellent facilities.”

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.

Erica Farely

Erica Farley is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, November Faculty Member of the Month.

Farley graduated from Southern and Marshall University. She holds a degree in Computer Information Systems and Information Technology.

Farley joined the faculty in August 2007. She teaches students about computers and how to use certain programs, such as Microsoft Word, Excel , PowerPoint and Access. She defines her responsibilities as “being available to students anytime they need assistance.”

She states that the best part of her job is working with the students.  “I love to see how some students go from having little or no knowledge of computers to a student who feels confident when using a computer,” she said. “I also love meeting new people each semester and getting to know a little about them.”

Farley serves on the C&I committee at Southern.

She is a member of Whitman Free Will Baptist Church where she assists teaching the Nursery class. She also serves as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and on the Community Day committee. 

Her hobbies include spending time with her children and sports, especially watching her son play.

Farley lives in Chapmanville with her husband of 10 years and their son and daughter.

“I was surprised and honored to be named Faculty Member of the Month,” Farley said.

Boone Campus Program Assistant I, Debra Johnson is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, November Classified Staff of the Month. 

A graduate of Southern, Johnson received her AS in Business Accounting and General Business. Johnson joined the staff of Southern in May 1986. She works as cashier and has responsibilities in the bookstore.

Johnson states that the key to being successful for 26 years is the knowledge of her job, the ability to multitask and keeping a sense of humor. In her spare time Johnson teaches Sunday School and does crafts. She has been married to her husband Robert for 23 years. They have 4 children and 15 grandchildren.

Johnson says she was, “very surprised” to be named for this recognition.

Steve Lacek

Assistant Professor and Transitional Studies Department Chair at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently received the 2012 Outstanding Contributor Award presented by the West Virginia Community College Association during a state conference held at Canaan Valley, WV.

This award is given to employees representing each community college who have made a substantial contribution and significant impact on the operations of their institution.

Lacek began his career at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in the fall of 1997 as a part time lab manager on the Wyoming Campus. After several semesters he left the state but returned in 2004 as an Instructional Specialist for the Transitional Studies Department eventually leading to his current position.

Lacek has recently assumed a leadership role as the Co-Coordinator of Southern’s Self Study for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.

“Since joining our faculty he has proven to be an excellent educator and wonderful asset to our college,” said First Lady/President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.

He has been generous with his time serving on numerous committees at Southern.  Lacek is past Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate, Co-Chair Southern Enrollment Management Advising Sub Committee, Chair Southern Assessment Committee and was recently named Faculty of the Month.

Lacek was the 2011 recipient of the Savas-Kostas Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence. The Savas-Kostas Award for Excellence is presented annually to honor outstanding faculty members of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College who have made significant contributions to the College, community, or to improve education in southern West Virginia. Evidence of qualities befitting a recipient of the Savas-Kostas Award for Excellence includes integrity, professionalism, selflessness, commitment, and cooperation.

He was also selected to be a participant in the President’s Future Leaders’ Academy.

He is a member of the National Association of Developmental Educators and serves on the WVCTCS Developmental Education Task Force Sub Committee on Assessment.

Lacek states that he strives to make learning ‘fun and take the mystery out of mathematics ’. He encourages students to go further in their education beyond their immediate goal.

"Steve Lacek has demonstrated a passion for connecting with students as a teacher and mentor,” added Tomblin.

Lacek earned his bachelor's degree in Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Concord University and Master of Arts in Mathematics from Marshall University.
He resides in Beckley, WV with his wife, Josie and son, Jude. 

Tomblin commends Lacek’s selection, “Steve has embraced the definition of college educator and is an extraordinary asset to Southern. He is certainly deserving of this honor.”

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.

Guest in Class

Boone campus history instructor Brandon Kirk recently hosted guest speaker, Boone County Circuit Clerk Sue Ann Zickefoose.

She is pictured with the class.

Alderman awarded "Because of You" Educator of the Year

William Alderman, Associate Professor/Coordinator of Mine Management of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, was recently awarded the “Because of You” Educator of the Year at the 2012 Miners’ Celebration at Tamarack. The presentation was made by Dr. Stephan Kopp, President of Marshall University and Homer Hickam of ‘Rocket Boys’ fame.

Alderman was nominated for providing innovation and leadership in the development of curriculum and knowledge of the mining industry and its relationship with coal communities and the state.

Alderman received his Master degree from Regent University Graduate School of Business, Bachelor degree from Bluefield State and his Associate degree from Southern. He has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry and holds certifications in Mine Foreman, Blasting and Slurry Impoundment Inspection.

“The award could not have been bestowed on any individual more deserving than Bill,” said Gail Hall, Department Chair for Business at Southern.  “Mr. Alderman arose to the challenge of developing the Mine Management A.A.S. program for Southern and has built it into a strong, viable program that is meeting industry needs.  We commend him for this recognition and the Department is quite proud of this achievement,” she added.  

The Mine Management Program at Southern is designed to prepare and to educate individuals for front-line or mid-level positions in the mining industry, both surface and underground. Alderman was influential in developing the curriculum for the program.

The conference theme ‘Past, Present , Future’ is echoed through Alderman’s goals for the program. “Mining is such a vital part of our economy and its socio-economical culture. It is imperative to preserve the storied history as well as educate on the innovative trends that continue,” Alderman said.  “An educated workforce and community are well-versed on the essential phases of mining and the skills required to be effective in a technical role or a managerial role,” he added.

“ I am honored to have been chosen from a pool of several colleges and universities; however, I am proud of the program and more proud of student successes,” said Alderman.  

Linda Workman

Student Program Advisor, Linda Workman is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, October Classified Staff of the Month.            

A graduate of Southern, Workman received her BOR from Bluefield State and MA in Agency Counseling from Marshall University.

Workman joined the staff of Southern in September 2005. She works with new students to assist them in getting registered for classes and choosing a major.  She completes education plans, provides advice on choosing particular classes, and general advice in terms of completing schedules. Among her many duties, she advises students who plan on transferring and how to be sure they are taking the classes that they need for their major at another college. She also acts as site supervisor for numerous students with Lindsey Wilson College of Human Services and Counseling. 

Workman also serves Southern as an adjunct instructor for Psychology, Sociology, and Counseling Classes.

Workman says she tries to take the time to treat each student as a special individual and make sure the students understand what is needed for them to be able to complete their degree.

Workman states that her   greatest accomplishment has been in working with someone (students) and then seeing them succeed and graduate. “I see many of our students out in the public sector working and it pleases me to see them going on with their lives,” she said.

Workman serves on several committees at Southern.  She is serving her second two year term on the Classified Staff Committee; she is the chair for the Natural Disaster Emergency Fund Committee, Enrollment Management Committee, Quality Integrated Services Committee and various other subcommittees.

In her spare time Workman supports, S.A.F.E. (animal rescue) and hopes to someday take Ball Room dancing lessons.

She and her husband of 33 years, Wade, have one daughter, Alicia.

Workman says she was, “very surprised and very honored” to be named for this recognition.

 “I feel that when you care about what you do, it will show,” said Workman. “It will show in the way you talk to and treat students,   coworkers, and the public.”

Harmony Steering Committee

A community tradition gets underway as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Harmony 365 Week  Steering Committee recently held its first meeting to plan the 2013 event.

Entering its 17th year, the college holds events on both Logan and Williamson campuses focusing on the diversity and similarities that define our culture.
This year’s events will be announced soon.

Michael Redd is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, October Faculty Member of the Month.

Redd graduated from Marshall University with a BSBA and received his MBA from West Virginia University. He joined Southern in August 1986 as a faculty member. A position he still holds today.

Redd defines his responsibilities as not only instructing students but advising. “My greatest challenge has been convincing students that education is important,” Redd said.  “The thing I like most about the job is the interaction with the students.  I have found that students re-act better to instruction when the instructor sees them as a person, and not a body sitting in a seat.”

Redd says that his greatest accomplishment at Southern would be utilizing the Interactive Classroom to deliver courses that otherwise may not have been taught because of low enrollment.

Redd has served on several committees at Southern, and volunteers   to present at the Tech Prep Days each time they have been held at the Wyoming/McDowell Campus. 

He is an ordained deacon at the First Baptist Church of Wilcoe, where he is also serves as Sunday  School teacher, church musician, and the church treasurer.  Redd is also a musician for the Flat Top Missionary Baptist Association, as well as the auditor for the organization. 

Redd’s hobbies include amateur astronomy, music (playing piano and organ at church), railroad history (especially Norfolk & Western), and reading about aviation and space. 

He has been married to wife Bonita since 2001 and they are currently attempting to adopt their foster son Alec, who is 14 months old. 

Redd said he was “pleasantly surprised” to be named Faculty Member of the Month.