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Logan, WV - Several new and expanded programs are being offered this fall at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, including an associate degree in Mine Management and a certificate program in Central Sterile Supply/Sterile Processing.

According to Southern's Dean of Career and Technical Programs Pamela L. Alderman, seven new or expanded degree and certificate programs are being made available to students looking for additional career options.

Associate degree programs being offered at the Boone/Lincoln Campus include Accounting and Survey Technology. Due to numerous requests, the accounting classes will be offered in the evenings, Alderman said. For information about the evening Accounting program at the Boone Campus contact Dr. Gail Hall, Department Chair of Business at 304.236.7619 or email her atgailh@southern.wvnet.edu.

Also, an Associate in Applied Science program in Survey Technology is available due to industry demand on the Boone Campus. This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Professional Surveyors.  Students may enroll in the Certificate or the Associate in Applied Science degree program.  For information contact Carol Howerton, Department Chair for Technology at 304.896.7337or by email at carolh@southern.wvnet.edu.

A new Mine Management Associate in Applied Science degree will be offered this fall at the Logan Campus and on-line classes. This associate degree program is designed to educate individuals who will be employed as mid-level managers in the mining industry, both surface and underground. This program is being offered in formats to meet the needs of the working adult.  Both weekend and web courses are available.  The Mine Management program was developed in conjunction with the mining industry to meet a growing demand.  For further information regarding Mine Management, contact Coordinator Bill Alderman at 304.896.7381 or at billa@southern.wvnet.edu.

The Cosmetology/Salon Management program has relocated to the Logan Campus for Fall 2009.

"We are extremely excited about this move. Not only have the classes been relocated but the salon clinic has also been moved. We will begin accepting appointments in January," Alderman said. Individuals interested in this growing career field should contact Joan Thompson, Cosmetology/Salon Management Coordinator at 304.896.7372 or email her at joant@southern.wvnet.edu.

The Office Administration program is being expanded to the Logan Campus this fall.  Students can take classes in a traditional classroom setting or enroll in on-line courses.  The Office Administration program prepares students to work in various office settings.  The Executive Secretary is a high demand career and Southern offers an excellent program to prepare students for employment.  This program offers both a Certificate and Associate in Applied Science degree. For further information contact Dr. Gail Hall at 304.236.7619 email her atgailh@southern.wvnet.edu.

A new certificate program, Central Sterile Supply/Sterile Processing Technical program will be offered on the Logan Campus this fall.  This two semester program is designed for individuals who want a career that is in demand in the health care industry. Students will learn how to properly sterilize and package instruments used during surgery and other patient care areas. For more information on this growing career field, contact Judy Curry, Surgical Technology Coordinator at 304.896.7312 or by email atjudyc@southern.wvnet.edu.

For those interested in pursuing an entry level career in allied health, a certificate program in Electrocardiology (EKG) is being offered at the Boone, Logan, Williamson and Wyoming Campuses this fall.  This is a two semester program and gives individuals the opportunity to become employed the health field in a short amount of time.  For information about the EKG program contact Alyce Patterson-Diaz, Department Chair for Allied Health at 304.896.7355 or email her at alycep@southern.wvnet.edu.

For a complete list of class offerings visit the web site at www.southernwv.edu. For more information about any of these programs,  contact Dean Alderman at 304-896-7302 or email her at pama@southern.wvnet.edu.

The final week to register for Fall 2009 classes is Monday, August 10th through Friday, August 14th. Saturday classes will start on August 15th and regular classes will begin on Monday, August 17th.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College offers many degree and certificate programs in its Career and Technical Division, including Allied Health, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Mine Management, and Survey Technology. The University Transfer Division offers degrees that prepare students to transfer into upper division programs at four year colleges and universities. Southern operates four campuses and two sites located in Boone, Logan, Lincoln, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming counties. Kentucky students residing in Pike, Martin, Boyd and Lawrence counties are eligible for in-state tuition rates.

The college's web site is www.southernwv.edu and the toll free number is 1-866-798-2821.

Southern is offering a new technical certificate program, Central Sterile Supply/Sterile Processing, this fall at the Logan Campus. This is a two semester program designed to train students in sterilizing and packaging instruments used during surgery and well as other patient care areas. Wanda Cook, a CSS worker at Williamson Appalachian Regional Healthcare, is shown packaging instruments used during surgery. A central sterile supply technician can work in areas where instruments, supplies, and medical equipment are processed, sterilized or disinfected. Central service is an emerging occupation and will expand as health-care becomes more specialized and the volume of surgeries increase.

Washington, D.C. - The United States Department of Education has approved a $2 million grant application submitted by Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, according to President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.

Southern was approved for a Title III grant under the Strengthening Institutions Program. The college will receive the $2 million dollars over a five-year period beginning October 1, 2009.  This funding will be used to upgrade classrooms with multimedia equipment.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank Chief Academic Officer Katie Smith-Cox, Dean of Career and Technical Programs Pamela L. Alderman, Dean of University Transfer Programs Dr. Cindy McCoy, Production Assistant Tim Owens and Administrative Assistant Hope Adams for their hard work and diligence in pursuing this grant. This is a wonderful opportunity for Southern in these challenging times and budget constraints," President Tomblin said. "Congratulations to this team for a terrific job!"

A summary of what the grant funding will provide to Southern was presented by Smith-Cox. The Title III project addresses the need for student open learning spaces (labs) and the integration of multimedia into classroom instruction. The grant will affect the most centrally located campus in Logan, and specifically, the Center for Allied Health and Technology (CAHT).

"This funding will enable us to strengthen faculty development and advancement of academic programs. It will also allow us to upgrade our technical capabilities in our new building," Smith-Cox said. "We are very excited to have this opportunity."

The grant will provide for the creation or re-purposing of the Teaching and Learning Centers on two campuses, training of faculty on the use of multimedia in the classroom, and the purchase of data storage devices. Simulators for classroom use will also be deployed.

At the end of the grant cycle, all classrooms in the CAHT will be multimedia equipped and a majority of courses will have multimedia components. Two open computing student learning spaces will also be created. 

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College offers many degree and certificate programs in its Career and Technical Division, including Allied Health, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Mine Management, and Survey Technology. The University Transfer Division offers degrees that prepare students to transfer into upper division programs at four year colleges and universities. Southern operates four campuses and two sites located in Boone, Logan, Lincoln, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyomingcounties. Kentucky students residing in Pike, Martin, Boyd and Lawrence counties are eligible for in-state tuition rates. The college's website is www.southernwv.edu and the toll free number is 1-866-798-2821.

Pictured are (seated), Chief Academic Officer Katie Smith-Cox and Dean of Career and Technical Programs Pamela L. Alderman. Standing are Dean of University Transfer Programs Dr. Cindy McCoy and Production Assistant Tim Owens.

Cedar Donation

Representatives for CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resource) presented a check for $5,000 to fund scholarships in partnership with the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation following a recent Logan Rotary Club meeting.  The CEDAR Scholarships are funded by the West Virginia Development Office, CEDAR of Southern West Virginia, Inc., and the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation, Inc. The scholarships are designated to high school seniors in Mingo, Logan, Boone, McDowell, and Wyoming counties.

Pictured are l-r, Southern's Foundation Accountant Crystal Hensley, Vice President for Communications Cindy Crigger, Foundation Vice President Eddie Canterbury, CEDAR representatives Georgene Robertson, Debbie Mudd and Helen Curry. The 10 annual CEDAR Scholarships support education, the development and the use of the largest natural resource in West Virginia - coal. For a complete list of scholarships, visit the college web site at www.southernwv.edu. Click on Quick Links, then Foundation and the scholarship link is located on the left of the web page.

Logan, WV - Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announces a new associate degree in Mine Management for Fall 2009. This program is designed to educate individuals who will be employed as mid-level managers in the coal industry, both surface and underground. A degree in Mine Management will provide graduates with a diverse range of opportunities which include a high salary, career progression, and the ability to be employed in a global profession.

Mining of coal encompasses a wide range of activities involving technology, people, equipment, financial resources, community, and state and local governments.

According to Southern's Coordinator for the Mine Management program, Bill Alderman, theoretical principles and practical methodologies associated with mine management, planning, finance, evaluation and law are incorporated throughout the program. The implementation of an associate degree program was developed in response to the mining industry's future employment needs.

"With the need to replace retiring workers and existing personnel through attrition, the industry has a promising future with a better than average employment growth," Alderman said. "Only fourteen post secondary level mining programs exist in the United States."

Alderman explained that students will be able to take classes in various modes of delivery, including online classes, pod-cast, web enhanced (web-cam), a combination of web-cam/live meetings, and finally, weekend courses. Weekends courses generally are offered Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class is completed in only four weekends.

Admission criteria includes being eligible to enter college level English and math. Students enrolled in the Mine Management degree program will be required to successfully complete the following courses:

  • Communications in Business
  • Computer Literacy
  • World Economics and the Energy Sector
  • English Composition I
  • Finance for The Non-Financial Manager
  • Geology
  • History Of Mining
  • Technical Math
  • Introduction To College
  • General Psychology
  • Principles Of Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Supervision
  • Project Management
  • Labor Relations
  • Industrial Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior and Communications
  • Project Evaluation
  • Mine Law And Safety
  • Introduction To Mine Management
  • Environmental Aspects Of Mining
  • Advanced Mine Management And Planning
  • Introduction To Surveying

Southern's new Mine Management degree program curriculum focuses on the business operations of the mining industry and upon course study completion, graduates will receive an academic associate degree.

For more information contact Coordinator Bill Alderman at 304-896-7381 or email him at billa@southern.wvnet.edu. His office is located at the Logan campus.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College offers several degree and certificate programs, including Allied Health, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Mine Management, Survey Technology and many more. Southern operates four campuses and two sites located in Boone, Logan, Lincoln, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming counties. Kentucky students residing in Pike, Martin, Boyd and Lawrence counties are eligible for in-state tuition rates. The college's website is www.southernwv.edu and the toll free number is 1-866-798-2821.

Assistant Professor Bill Alderman, coordinator for the Mine Management program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, is pictured inside an electrical engineering classroom based at the Logan campus.

Former West Virginia Secretary of State, Betty Ireland, joined the Appalachian Leadership Academy’s Cotiga Fellows on April 17, 2009 on the Williamson Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.  Ireland was elected to the office in November 2004 and served as the 28th Secretary of State of West Virginia, making history as the first woman elected to the executive branch of the government of the State of West Virginia. Ireland was also the first Republican elected to that position since 1972.

The Appalachian Leadership Academy is sponsored by Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and Cotiga Development.  The Leadership Academy is an on-site program, located at the Williamson Campus.  Ten students are selected annually to participate in the two-year  program.  The mission of the Academy is “To identify Southern students with outstanding character and prepare them with the leadership and diversity skills needed to serve as engaged, conscientious citizens as they enter the business, political, and academic world.”  The Academy’s core values include the highest commitment to honor, integrity, leadership, civic engagement, and service.

Ireland engaged in two-hour conversation with the Fellows, focusing on political leadership, ethics, and character.

Pictured from left to right are Pauline Sturgill, Academy Director, Shelley Rose, Whitney Dempsey, Betty Ireland, Joyce Varney, Kevin Whitt, Anita Copley, Rita White, Michelle Ford, Kimberly Irick, and Sandra Cox.

Logan, WV - Can you imagine being blind for more than seven years and then waking up one morning having regained your sight? That is exactly what recently happened to Sam Tenney when he awakened to see the inside of his house for the first time in a long time.

Tenney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001 and lost his sightdue to the swelling of the optic nerves located behind his eyes. He was told that his condition was brought on as a result of a traumatic fall he suffered while working in Texas. After falling from a scaffold, he underwent back surgery and also had his appendix removed. Soon thereafter, he started noticing a difference in his sight and eventually became legally blind.

Over the years he has taken some experimental drugs to help treat his MS,including steroids. Nothing seemed to help his symptoms. Currently, he isusing vitamins and mineral therapy to treat his condition.

"This is truly a miracle and I will tell anyone that. I am so excited about the new opportunities for me. I'm still in shock,"Tenney said. And so are a lot of people that know him, including his parents.

Tenney grew up in a military family and lived in a variety of places, including Germany. His parents currently live near Elkins, WV who he credits for encouraging him to never give up when he lost his sight.

"My dad was always a strong person and basically told me I needed to learn how to deal with this in order to go on with my life," Tenney said. "So I went to the Rehab Center at Institute where I learned how to use various software for the visually impaired and other ways to deal with my blindness. While I was there, I met a special friend and she brought me to Logan."

While at the rehab center, Tenney said he tried to learn to read Braille but that did not work out for him. After moving to Logan, he discovered Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Employees there have played a big role in Tenney's life during the past two and a half years. He has taken numerous basic college level classes and credits the student services staff for helping him through difficult times.

"I guess you could describe them as a mother hen. They really stayed after me to make sure I continued my education," Tenney explained.He added that Art Instructor David Jeffries has been a positive influence on his educational experience. "It takes a special person to tea chart to a blind student."

What's next for Tenney? Now that he has regained his sight, he plans to enroll in the Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies at Southern. He is interested in learning more about fire rescue training.His family has roots in the mining industry.

"Sam is independent enough and is willing to do what it takes to get things done," said Sherry Dempsey, director of Student and Academic Services. "You might say he is stubborn, but in a positive way." Dempsey has been a constant force in Tenney's college experience and is excited that he has a new lease on life.

The seven years of blindness has been life altering for Tenney to say the least, but the experience has taught him to be patient, humble and more accepting of others; a far cry from his former self.

"When you are blind, you see others for what they really are. It is not just about looks but what people have in their hearts."

Now that he has regained his sight, Tenney says he plans to help others by sharing experiences and most importantly, the story of his miracle.

West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney

Coal - America's fuel of choice...West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney addressed the group during a meeting held on December 10th at the Logan Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Board members visited the college's new 55,000 square foot Allied Health and Technology Center and learned more about the Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies.

Director Carl Baisden Jr. demonstrated the academy's wireless capabilities provided by Task Force One, a mobile communications unit designed to support mine rescue teams. Representatives from 30 states and three foreign countries have visited Southern's mining academy to see for themselves how future coal mine employees are trained. Over 5,000 students in the mining, gas and oil industries, have received hands-on, simulator training since the academy opened its doors in the fall of 2006. Baisden said the virtual training provided at the academy helps to build confidence by placing students in work related situations. Raney said he was pleased to bring the coal association members to Logan since it is centrally located among the coal and energy related businesses in southern West Virginia.

Southern Students at Competition

Radiology Technology students at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College received first and third place awards during the Student Bowl Competition held at the 56th Annual Conference of the West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists held in Morgantown, WV.

Congratulations to first place team members Savannah Duncan, Krista Jarrell and Rebekah Maxwell. Sharing third place honors were team members Paul Fraley, Sammeley Noe and Andrea Sloan. Alternates were Daniel Varney and Brandon Thacker. Southern's teams were under the direction of Eva Hallis, MS, RT, (R) and Russell Saunders, BA, RT, (R) (CT). Both instructors conducted practice sessions with the teams for weeks prior to the competition.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announces the second group of students selected for its prestigious Appalachian Leadership Academy, Cotiga Chapter. Following a rigorous selection process, six students met the qualifications and will receive a full scholarship to attend Southern and up to $500 for books.

Mingo County native, Retired General Robert "Doc" Foglesong, USAF and Southern President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will participate in the induction ceremony on Wednesday, December 17th beginning at 10:30 a.m. at The Brass Tree, according to Pauline Sturgill, ALA program director. Current Cotiga Fellows Kevin Whitt and Rita White will also participate in the ceremony. A special brunch for the ALA fellows and their families will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Southern's leadership academy chairpersons are Dr. Cindy McCoy and Karen Preece. Board members include Rita Roberson, Mary Hamilton, Stella Estepp, Dee Kapourales and Sturgill.

Those selected for the Appalachian Leadership Academy's 2009 class are as follows:

Anita Copley is an active member of her hometown community, Dunlow, West Virginia. Anita reports that one of the most difficult decisions in her life was to return to school. Anita hopes that her involvement in the Appalachian Leadership Academy will give her more confidence and help her to develop leadership skills she can use every day at home and work. Anita loves helping people and plans to one day work as a nurse.

Whitney Dempsey, a resident of Delbarton, West Virginia, was an honor student at Burch High School and a member of the Beta Club and the National Honor Society. Whitney loves children and her dream is to become an elementary school teacher. Whitney believes that her participation in Southern's Appalachian Leadership Academy will give her more confidence and will allow her to make new friends and meet important leaders.

Michelle Ford a resident of Belfry, Kentucky, is a Licensed Practical Nurse, youth pastor and an active member of her community. Michelle's goal is to one day serve others as a Registered Nurse. Michelle considers her acceptance into the Appalachian Leadership Academy a great honor and believes that her involvement as a Cotiga Fellow will guide her through life's journey in the medical field and will allow her to meet new and interesting people.

Kimberly Irick, a resident of Pinsonfork, Kentucky, was a cheerleader at Belfry High School and served as a member of several clubs, including Students Against Drunk Driving, FCA, Spirit Team, Homecoming Committee, and the French Club. Kimberly wants to serve as a role model for younger children. Kimberly plans to use her involvement with the Appalachian Leadership Academy to develop skills and techniques needed to stay strong and confident in herself and keep on track to become successful in the medical field.

Shelley Rose, a resident of Kermit, West Virginia, is a graduate of Tug Valley High School. She served for two summers mentoring young children as an AmeriCorps member with Energy Express. Shelly had been accepted into the Respiratory Therapy program and believes that Southern's Appalachian Leadership Academy will allow her to develop better leadership skills, become more involved in the college community, and take greater responsibility for activities that promote growth in our communities.

Joyce Varney, a resident of Hardy, Kentucky, is an active member in her church and community. She enjoys bringing peoples ideas together and completing projects. Joyce is pursuing a career in Respiratory Therapy and considers acceptance into Southern's Appalachian Leadership Academy a great privilege. Joyce plans to use her experiences in the Academy to develop and polish her leadership skills, not only for herself, but for those she will come into contact with in her community and profession.

The Appalachian Leadership Academy, Cotiga Chapter is based at Southern's Williamson Campus and is sponsored by Cotiga Development Company. For more information about the academy contact Pauline Sturgill at 304.896.7371 or paulines@southern.wvnet.edu.

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