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Southern designated "Best for Vets"
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been designated one of 2018's "Best for Vets" award by Military Times.

Veterans Coordinator for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College's Military and Veteran Success Center, shared the news and is proud to be an integral part of the success in increasing the school's military and veteran enrollment. Southern is one of only 24 community colleges, nationwide, to receive the award.

If you are a veteran, or know of a veteran student needing assistance in their educational career, contact Ricky Ellis at 304-896-7433 or stop in to see him in Building A, Room A-105 of our Logan Campus. Southern is proud to have dedicated servicemen and servicewomen as part of faculty, staff, and our student body, and we thank you all for your service.

Despite budget cuts and declining student enrollment, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has no plans to close its Boone/Lincoln Campus.

“Southern remains firmly committed to its Boone/Lincoln Campus and to the communities it serves,” said Southern’s President, Robert Gunter. “Absolutely no plan whatsoever exists to close the campus or reduce our service to the citizens of the Boone and Lincoln county areas.”

Boone/Lincoln Campus, serving the Boone and Lincoln County areas since the early 1980s, occupies a contemporary facility adjacent to the Boone Career and Technical Center in Foster.

“We take great pride in our Boone/Lincoln Campus,” said Dr. Gunter. “We are especially proud of the faculty, staff, and students who are the heartbeat of the campus. We also know that Boone Campus’ location near Corridor G combined with its close proximity to Charleston is a real asset for Southern.”

The Boone/Lincoln Campus offers a Medical Assisting program, a PowerSports Technology program, and a multitude of physical and on-line classes, and boasts seven full-time faculty, four staff members, several adjuncts, and a student assistant. The Campus is an approved test site partner of the National Heath Career Association offering eight independent, allied health national certification exam opportunities for Southern students. NHA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The campus facility, constructed in 1996, consists of three traditional classrooms, three interactive classrooms (ICR), two computer labs/classrooms, one library/Learning Lab, one science classroom/lab, and a student commons area. The Campus works in collaboration with its Lincoln location, adjacent to Lincoln County High School, in Hamlin. Current enrollment at the Boone/Lincoln Campus is 184 students.

“Southern has been a vital part of Boone and Lincoln counties for more than 30 years and we remain unequivocally dedicated to its people and to our original mission: to offer quality and affordable education to area residents,” said Dr. Gunter. “Coal River communities are a valued part of the Southern family.” Southern has lately invested in noteworthy improvements at its Boone/Lincoln Campus. More significant enhancements include the furnishing of a Medical Assisting Laboratory, equipment for the PowerSports Technology program, hardware and software computer upgrades in two labs, introduction/enhancement of high-tech teaching equipment (SMART board, data projectors), addition of two ICRs, upgraded technology in three ICRs, construction of a student placement testing mini-room, designation of a Learning Lab/library, offering of online English courses, free Wi-Fi, interior structural improvements, an array of security cameras, landscape improvements, and plans for the construction of a new roof for the facility.

“The future outlook for student enrollment in technical programs and general education coursework at the Boone/Lincoln Campus is tremendous,” said President Gunter. Southern is investing in its Boone/Lincoln Campus by providing the college portion of the Van High School P-20 “College in High School” Project in partnership with Boone County Schools, the WV Department of Education, WVU College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, the WVU Extension Services, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M. Van High School students will earn college credits by taking college classes at both the high school and Boone/Lincoln Campus. As this project develops, it will be extended to other schools within Boone County. Van High School students have enrolled in their first wave of course work for the Spring 2018 semester.

With the recent announcement for the development of the Rock Creek Project, Southern’s Boone/Lincoln Campus is poised to provide critical workforce training for all businesses/industries that locate in the industrial park. Also, a partnership in Sustainable Agriculture and Welding Technology is currently under development at the Campus’ Lincoln location.

Recent budget cuts, declining student enrollment, faculty/staff retirement, and institutional reorganization has fostered additional changes at the Boone/Lincoln Campus. Longtime Director of Boone/Lincoln Campus Operations, Bill Cook, retired in mid-January 2018. David Lord, current Wyoming/McDowell Campus Director, temporarily serves in his stead. Southern plans to hire a new Campus Director as well as an office personnel in the near future.

For more information about the Boone/Lincoln Campus, contact Director David Lord at (304) 294-2010 or

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Dr. Deanna M. Romano, Vice President for Academic Affairs
President Robert Gunter is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Deanna Romano as the new Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Serving most recently as the Accreditation Liaison Officer and Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, Dr. Romano will begin her new role at Southern on January 22, 2018.

"Her broad range of experience in leadership, accreditation, and higher education in general, will be a true asset to Southern as we continue to ensure that our academic programs meet the needs of students, business and industry. Dr. Romano is a key addition that will enable Southern to continue to grow in academic offerings, enrollment and quality, and I am pleased to appoint her to this vital role," said President, Robert E. Gunter, Ed.D. "Delivering quality education that supports student success is the foundation of everything we strive to do at Southern. Dr. Romano brings expertise, energy, and vision that will help us advance strategic plans and achieve our goals. I look forward to working closely with her and introducing her to our faculty, staff, students, and community this semester.”

“I am excited to assume this new role and look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and administration to advance the mission of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College,” Dr. Romano said. “During the interview process, I was impressed by the friendliness, professionalism, and dedication to the school shown by so many. It is clear that Southern is an integral part of the communities in this region. I feel fortunate to be selected for this position and to continuing to meet the needs of the students, community, and the workforce.”

Romano’s 17-year career at Ashland University includes serving as the Interim Associate Provost for the College of Online and Adult Studies, and as chair of several departments within the Dwight Schar College of Education. She has expertise in curriculum development, program implementation, assessment, and accreditation. Dr. Romano designed a nationally recognized Master of Education in Educational Technology, ranking in the top 10 online programs in Ohio. She has authored a book chapter, several refereed publications, presented at conferences across the country, and virtually presented at the International Technology, Education, and Development Conference in Valencia, Spain. She has more than 20 years of experience in the area of educational technology and distance education.

Dr. Romano earned her Doctorate degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Cleveland State University, in Cleveland, Ohio.

CHARLESTON, WV, December 21, 2017– The West Virginia Community and Technical College System (CTCS) facilitated an agreement between its nine (9) member schools and Marshall University last week.

The agreement allows students at any of the system’s nine community and technical colleges to continue their education to receive a Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) degree from Marshall University. Marshall will accept students who remain in good standing with their community college and allow up to 72 hours of college credit to be transferred for credit toward their RBA degree.

“We at Marshall University believe that the future prosperity of West Virginia depends on a highly educated workforce who contribute to the commerce of the state. As such, we are proud to collaborate with our colleagues in the community and technical colleges to find new and innovative ways to provide a high-quality education at the right time and place for each student,” said Marshall University’s Interim Associate Vice President of Outreach David J. Pettinger.

CTCS will provide academic advising and counseling for students to ensure their courses will lead them to a timely completion of the associates degree and help them stay on track to transfer as many credits as possible for the RBA at Marshall University. This extra assistance will give students of all ages an opportunity to get started with their first two years of college before making the transition to complete their bachelor’s.

“We are always looking for ways to assist students to continue their education,” said CTCS Vice Chancellor Dr. Casey K. Sacks. “This opportunity allows students to get their start at a community college where classes are smaller and more affordable and then transfer to Marshall University to finish their bachelor’s degree.”

A student’s prior experiences in work, military service, specialized training and civilian licensure could make them eligible to receive extra credits toward their associates degree and accelerate their progress in their first two years. All of these factors will be weighed in as the students discuss their next steps with advisors, in order to find the most efficient path toward an RBA.

“Agreements and partnerships between our colleges make higher education easier and more efficient for everyone,” said Sacks. “We hope this will make higher education a more accessible and more attractive option to West Virginians than it ever has been before.”

The agreement between Blue Ridge CTC, BridgeValley CTC, Eastern WV CTC, Mountwest CTC, New River CTC, Pierpont CTC, Southern WV CTC, WV Northern CC, WVU at Parkersburg, and Marshall University was signed on Wednesday December 6, 2017.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Samantha Willis at 304.558.0087 ext. 265 or

The Community and Technical College system of West Virginia (WVCTCS) serves nine community and technical colleges with campuses throughout the state. Our mission is to promote and provide high-quality, accessible, and responsive education and training opportunities that maximize student learning, improve the standard of living for West Virginians, and contribute to the economic vitality and competitiveness of our state.

Articulation agreement photo from left to right:

Back Row: New River CTC Dr. President, L. Marshall Washington, Marshall University Interim Associate Vice President for Outreach, Dr. David J. Pettinger, Pierpont CTC President, Dr. Johnny M. Moore

Middle Row: Eastern WV CTC President, Dr. Chuck Terrell, WVU at Parkersburg Interim President, Dr. Jane Milley, Southern WV CTC President, Dr. Robert E. Gunter

Front Row: BridgeValley CTC President, Dr. Eunice Bellinger, Mountwest CTC President, Dr. Keith J. Cortoneo, WV CTCS Vice Chancellor, Dr. Casey K. Sacks

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has granted funding to the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority as part of the POWER Initiative to help market the trail and assist potential entrepreneurs. Coupled with a separate ARC grant to the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF), the funds have helped establish a program in partnership with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (SWVCTC). Together, they aim to provide business coaching, small business training and risk capital to entrepreneurs developing businesses to support the in-demand trail system. The article in its entirety may be viewed here.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College's Assistant Professor of History, Brandon Kirk, is featured in an article published by the Herald-Dispatch. He will participate in the Writers Can Read event scheduled for December 18, 2017, hosted by Empire Books and News at Pullman Square in Huntington, WV. The complete article may be viewed in the Herald-Dispatch.
Grant money used by company to create local scholarship

CHARLESTON, WV, December 13, 2017– Learn & Earn grants are an incredible opportunity for employers in West Virginia to have the chance to train ideal future employees. Employers select students who are studying at a local community and technical college (CTC) and are reimbursed from grant funding for up to half of the student’s wages while that student works for the employer and completes their studies at the CTC. This benefit is intended to be an incentive for employers to take on trainees; however, some employers also see is as an opportunity from a different perspective. Some see it as an opportunity to help their own employees continue their education here in West Virginia.

Right at Home, a local Charleston healthcare service has been partnering with BridgeValley Community and Technical College since 2015. What makes this learn and earn unique is that Right at Home uses their grant reimbursement to give back to students. Right at Home uses the funds to create a scholarship for students pursuing a Health Science Associates or Certificate degrees at BridgeValley. Starting December 2017, one intern will be chosen each semester to receive a $2,500 scholarship. The award goes to a student who shows hard work and excitement out in the field while they are working.

“We saw this as an opportunity to draw individuals with a passion for providing care to our program. We want to hire and show them that though this program there is a career path for professional growth.” said Right at Home President, Eric Hicks. When they graduate we want them to stay in West Virginia and in some instances, we will be able to employee them.”

Right at Home gives students hands-on experience in the healthcare field, by allowing them to visit clients in the home and provide “companion care” services such as meal prepping, house cleaning, and laundry. They also assist with “personal care” services such as bathing, feeding, dressing and incontinence care. Right at Home gives people the option of being able to stay in their homes safely by supplying caregivers to perform these tasks. Students receive a hands-on internship experience where they are paid $14 per hour and earn credit toward a degree in health care.

“This program is an exceptional opportunity for our students to gain real world experience and enhance classroom learning,” said Kim Knapp Associate Professor and Director of Grants and Contracts at BridgeValley. “In addition to earning a pay check to help cover expenses while attending college, these students also have an opportunity to apply for Right at Home’s scholarships to help pay for tuition. We appreciate Right at Home’s commitment to helping students overcome barriers and reach their goals.”

Right at Home said they plan to expand the learn and earn program to include their Beckley location by partnering with New River Community and Technical College soon. # # #

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Samantha Willis at 304.558.0087 ext. 265 or

The Community and Technical College system of West Virginia (WVCTCS) serves nine community and technical colleges with campuses throughout the state. Our mission is to promote and provide high-quality, accessible, and responsive education and training opportunities that maximize student learning, improve the standard of living for West Virginians, and contribute to the economic vitality and competitiveness of our state.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (SWVCTC) is now offering a series of courses on unmanned aerial systems. Newly enacted rules by the Federal Aviation Administration on routine commercial use of unmanned aerial systems has created a pathway to integrating the airspace and advancing growth to the $82 billion market and an estimated 100,000 new jobs over the next decade.

Southern is partnering with local and regional industry leaders and Maysville Community and Technical College through an Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Initiative grant to prepare students for this growing occupation. This new program will allow students to enjoy working with the latest in drone technology and explore a variety of career options while earning skill set certificates or a full degree.