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Members of the West Virginia Legislature Interim Committee visited Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College's Logan Campus on August 7 and 8 as part of their three day, monthly meeting at Chief Logan State Park.

During their visit, members of the Joint Standing Committee on Technology, the Joint Standing Committee on Education and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability were welcomed to Southern by President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, who provided an overview of the college's new programs and ongoing expansion projects. Members were also provided with a tour by Director of Logan Campus Operations, Randy Skeens, which included a stop on the MEET-U, a mobile education, evaluation, and training unit.

Additional presentations were made by Vice-President and Dean of Allied Health Pamela L. Alderman; Professor/Coordinator for Nursing Barbara Donahue; Academic Lab Manager I/Allied Health Cindy Lowes; Vice-President for Economic Worforce and Community Development Allyn Sue Barker, Technical Training Specialist Dara Fann-Vargas; Chief Technology Officer Ron Hamilton; Director of Distance Learning and Computer Operations Chris Cobb; TV Production Specialist Tim Ooten; TV Production Assistant Lee Stroud and Director of Libraries II Kimberly Maynard.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  Marshall University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an Elementary Education K-6 Comprehensive Collaborative Program that will begin this fall, the schools announced today.

Students from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College who have completed the associate degree may enter the collaborative program. Faculty from Marshall‚College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) will deliver the remaining two years of courses to students in the program at Southern‚ Williamson campus.

This agreement renews and affirms the strong cooperative relationship that has existed between Marshall University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. For residents of southern West Virginia it increases the access and opportunity to complete bachelor and professional degrees locally. I anticipate that this agreement, which is the first between President (Joanne Jaeger) Tomblin and me, is the beginning of what will become a series of such agreements between our institutions.

Tomblin said Marshall and Southern have worked closely on projects before.

It is always a pleasure to work with Dr. Stephen Kopp and the administration, faculty and staff at Marshall University, Tomblin said. This unique agreement will provide students who receive an associate degree from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College an opportunity to acquire the baccalaureate degree in elementary education without leaving the area. In addition, courses will be delivered in a non-traditional format so students will have more flexibility in attaining a degree.

We look forward to starting yet another great chapter in our history as well as helping students from our region become successful.

Marshall COEHS dean Rosalyn Templeton said courses will be offered this fall for five hours on Friday and six hours on Saturday, and tentatively will run four weekends. When one course ends, another begins, she said. Four Marshall faculty members will be teaching the following courses:

- CI 301, teaching elementary school mathematics;<br />
- CI 350, instructional technology and computing;
- CI 360, elementary social studies methods;
- CI 448, integrated science methods for elementary education

I really feel it is wonderful for students in southern West Virginia to have the opportunity to obtain a four-year degree in elementary education, Templeton said. We're going to try to deliver it in the format that each cohort desires.

Sarah Denman, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, agreed with both presidents that Marshall and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have a rich history.

This is one more example of the two institutions collaborating to bring higher education opportunities to students in West Virginia, Denman said. are pleased and proud to continue our collaborative relationship with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Southern student Tina Browning of Whitman, said the new program is perfect for her schedule because it will allow her to stay close to home and be with her young son while earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Browning is an example of the type of student that community and technical college's serve. She graduated from Logan High School in 2001,  then married and started a family. But due to the untimely death of her husband, decided to attend Southern and earn an associate's degree. She will enroll in Marshall's program this fall.

Southern students who enter the collaborative program must apply for and meet the College of Education and Human Services requirements for Admission to Teacher Education, which includes successful passage of the Praxis I Examination-PPST, an overall GPA of 2.7 or better and completion of ED 218 with accompanying ED 275 Level I Clinical Experience.

Templeton said about 50 students are ready to enter the final two years of courses Marshall is offering.

Registrar Roy Simmons was named Southern's 2006 Employee of the Year and was presented with a trophy by President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin during the Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony held May 5 in the Savas Kostas Theater on the Logan Campus. Roy has been employed at Southern for eight years.

Logan, WV - Cotiga Development Company recently established four scholarships following a generous donation to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation. The scholarships are named for key company representatives including John V. Ramey, Stuart Wood (founder of Cotiga), Edward Randolph Wood and Richard D. Wood, II.

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses conducted a successful accreditation site visit in April at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The board periodically surveys all nursing education programs accredited by the board, including all satellite sites of any program. The last visit to Southern by the Board of Nursing was in 1999. An official report of the 2006 accreditation visit will be made in June following the board meeting. The nursing program at Southern is nationally accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The last NLNAC site visit occurred in 2002 and the program received the maximum length of accreditation, 8 years, without any recommendations or concerns. "This visit by the Board of Nursing was excellent. Nursing Coordinator Barbara Donahue, faculty, staff and students are to be commended," stated Pamela L. Alderman, administrative vice-president and dean of allied health. "Without the support of President Joanne Tomblin and Executive Vice President Merle Dempsey this program would not be as successful."

Madison, WV - A donation to the Carrie Ann Scott Memorial Scholarship was recently made to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation by members of the Madison Middle School Student Council. Monies were raised by the council during a spaghetti dinner held at the school.

The Carrie Ann Scott Memorial Scholarship was established in her honor by the family. She was a teacher at the Madison Middle School.

Southern representatives Randy Skeens, Logan Campus manager and Ronald E. Lemon, director for development, received the donation on behalf of the college  The scholarship funds are administered through Southern's Foundation.

Skeens was the guest speaker at the Hour of Honor banquet on April 11th which recognized 6th , 7th , and 8th grade  honor students at Madison Middle School. The event was attended by over 500 parents, faculty, students, and representatives of the Boone County Schools Superintendent's office.                                       

Attorney General Darrell V. McGraw, Jr. awarded $60,000 in funding to Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College on Wednesday following a press conference at the Logan campus. This funding will go to support Southern's School of Nursing and comes from the proceeds of actions taken against the pharmaceutical industry on behalf of West Virginia consumers.

The funding presented to Southern is the first of three annual installments of $60,000.

"This funding will support the training and education of nurses in West Virginia," McGraw stated. "Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College provides an opportunity for students to train their community and it provides southern West Virginia with a reliable source of qualified nurses. The expansion of the nursing program with the funding presented today will go a long way in alleviating West Virginia's nursing shortage. I am proud to see the fruits of our labor go back to the citizens of West Virginia through the works of Southern."

According to Southern's President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, the college has been in existence since 1971 and is one of the original free standing community colleges in West Virginia. Southern has campuses in Boone, Mingo, Logan and Wyoming counties and has a reciprocity agreement with Pike and Martin counties in Kentucky. President Tomblin further stated that the funding will go to expand the college's nursing program to accommodate more students.

Southern's Allied Health Program has received state and national recognition and presently has approximately 200 nursing students in Logan, Kanawha Valley and Moorefield. Southern has an enrollment of 5,000 credit and non-credit students.

Louisville, Ky. - Nursing students from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently attended the National Student Nurses Association's mid-year conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference was held from November 9th through the 12th at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. The students attended sessions designed specifically to enhance their knowledge base as well as a National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses review. The NCLEX-RN is the test nursing graduates must pass to become a registered professional nurse.

"It is always exciting to have students attend a national conference. The knowledge and experience gained by the students is invaluable. Without the support of President Joanne Tomblin, the nursing coordinator, Barbara Donahue and the nursing faculty this opportunity would not be possible," stated Pamela L. Alderman, Administrative Vice-President and Dean of Allied Health. Southern prides itself on being one of the best nursing programs in West Virginia.

Those attending the conference were Randy Belcher, Lorna Poole, Sarah Fouch, Buddy Stidham, Cynthia Mays, Brooke Knearnem, Celia Ward, Loretta Dolin, Tonia Calloway, Tabitha Dent, Alaina Frye, Robert Zickafoose, Adam Richardson, Catherine Hames, Peggy Fields, Brandon McGuire, Chris Johnson, Tiffany Preece, Kristin Neal, Ariana Jessie, Michelle Dotson, Kerri Spry Lambert, Jeremy Walls, and Teresa Preece. Southern's Student Nurses Association is sponsored by Associate Professor Shawn Cline-Riggins and Nursing Instructor Melissa Kirk.

Representatives from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and West Virginia State University recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement to participate in a two plus two program beginning in the spring of 2006. This program will provide students who achieve an Associate in Applied Science degree in specified Business and Public Administration programs from Southern a process to transition into the Bachelor of Science degree program in Business Administration at West Virginia State University located at Institute, WV. Those specific programs include AAS degrees in Business Accounting and Business Administration with options of General Business, Small Business Management and Marketing.

Participating in the agreement signing were l-r, John W. Preece, Certified Public Accountant; Patricia Shafer, Interim Dean, West Virginia State University College of Business Administration and Social Sciences; Patricia Dickinson, WVSU Director of Public Relations;  Dr. Hazo W. Carter, Jr., President, West Virginia State University; Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, President, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College; Katie Smith-Cox, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern; Dr. Gail Hall, Chair, Division of Business and Public Administration at Southern; Dr. Eleanor Maliche, Professor of Marketing at WVSU; and Angela Phillips, a graduate of Southern and a current accounting student at WVSU. For more information concerning business programs at Southern, contact Dr. Hall at (304) 235-6046, ext. 302.