Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has hit the ground running with Phase II of its Major Gifts Campaign with the goal of raising $7 million by the year 2015.
Phase I was ultra successful for the college as it raised $7 million in gifts will ahead of the 2010 deadline. The program was initiated in Sept., 2006 and within 18 months, the $7 million goal was reached. Because of the major gifts campaign, Southern has been able to offer such new programs as Heavy Equipment Operation, Cosmetology, Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Therapy Technician, Mining Technology-Surface, Mining Technology-underground, Central Sterile Supply Technician, Survey Technician, Mine Management and Energy Related Technologies.
Based on the accomplishments of Phase I, a new set of priorities was established for Phase II by members of the Southern Foundation, Southern’s Board of Governors, administrators, faculty staff and students. The overwhelming success of Phase I and accomplishments of the college have established Southern as a model community and technical college in West Virginia.
Priorities of Phase II include Robust Infrastructure, instructional and emerging technology such as interactive video classrooms, hi-tech classrooms, virtual library, virtual classrooms, enhanced state of the art labs and administrative technology.
In the classroom, the college hopes to expand mine management, oil and gas management, forensic sciences, entrepreneurial studies, addiction counseling, advanced technical intelligence, leadership studies, mine technology, expand opportunities for 4-year and masters degree programs on campus, expansion of skill sets and certificates, service learning, sustainable energy and leadership institutes.
Programs to be offered at the Williamson campus include commercial vehicle maintenance, wellness studies, communication technology, mobile welding and cutting technology, heavy equipment operation, industrial maintenance, mechatronics, robotic automation technology, HVAC, paralegal, geospatial technology and faculty and energy management.
With a successful Phase II, the major gifts campaign hopes to increase the number of students receiving financial assistance from 69% to 80%, or an increase of $2000,000 in annual scholarship distribution.
An effort of this magnitude can only be successful when it is supported by businesses, the community and volunteers. Donations to the Vision 2020-Major Gifts Campaign can be given as a one-time gift or through a multiple-year pledge, Gifts may be made payable to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 2020, Mount Gay, WV 25637. Donations can also be made online via the College’s website at http://www.southernwv.edu.
Because the major gifts campaign has allowed Southern to expand at such a rapid rate by offering students more choices, it has played a vital role in Southern’s climb to become one of the country’s top community and technical colleges.
In the Washington Monthly’s article in early fall, Southern was ranked No. 14 among the nation’s top 50 community and technical colleges in the nation. It was the only community college from West Virginia listed.