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Charleston, WV – The EntreEd K-14: Every Student, Every Year program is a regional effort to drive entrepreneurship education in Appalachia. The program, funded through a three-year grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) funding, seeks to establish and strengthen relationships between K-12 schools and local community colleges to ensure participating schools deliver entrepreneurship education to every student in the building each school year. Schools that complete this requirement will earn supportive stipends and the school designation as one of “America’s Entrepreneurial Schools.” The program serves distressed, coal-impacted counties throughout Appalachia. Seven community colleges have been identified to assist K-12 schools in their service areas with implementation of entrepreneurship activities. The seven colleges include: BridgeValley CC, Southern CC, New River CC, Southeast CC, Hazard CC, Big Sandy CC, and Mountain Empire CC. The lead organization for the grant is EntreEd, the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education. Project partners include The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), Behavioral Business, LLC, and The EdVenture Group. Behavioral Business and NACCE will play a large role in engaging and organizing the community college partners. The EdVenture Group will deliver professional development workshops focused on entrepreneurship for all participating K-12 schools. Two regional coordinators, Toi Hershman and Melony Denham, will act as liaisons between community college and K-12 to strengthen relationships and ensure each school completes entrepreneurship education for every student, every year. The first meeting of all project partners and the participating community colleges occurred on February 17, 2017 in Charleston, WV. This meeting was designed to introduce community college partners to the program and educate them on the expectations of their involvement. The meeting took place at the Advanced Technology Center at BridgeValley Community and Technical College, one of the participating colleges.
The Wyoming County Community Fund Scholarship is now accepting applications. The scholarship is for any Wyoming County resident that is looking to attend the Wyoming County Career & Technical Center or the Wyoming County Campus of Southern WV Community and Technical College. Applications are due on April 12, 2017. This scholarship is a one time award of $2,500 to be used in the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 term. The application is available for download at .
CHARLESTON – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has appointed Latisha “Tish” Marcum of Williamson to the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Board of Governors. Marcum recently accepted a job as assistant principal at Logan High School. For the past six years she served as a counselor at Mingo Central High School. Marcum holds a B.A. in Psychology from West Virginia University, and an M.A. in Counseling and an M.A. in Special Education from Marshall University. She is a candidate for a Ph. D in Education Leadership from Capella University. ”We are excited that Latisha Marcum will become part of the governing body for SWVCTC,” Governor Jim Justice said. “She has a strong background in education and we look forward to her input and contributions.” Marcum said, “I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the Board of Governors for our local Community College. I am very honored and humbled by the trust that Governor Justice has me in to serve in this capacity. As an educator, parent, and a person who is dedicated to success, I promise to pursue this opportunity to the best of my ability. It is a wonderful opportunity and I again, thank Governor Justice for his confidence in me as I humbly accept this leadership role.” Her term on the board of directors is until June 30, 2018.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and University of Pikeville’s Kentucky College of Optometry officials have signed a memorandum of understanding allowing qualifying students the opportunity for direct entry into the program. Students may complete as many as 90 credit hours at Southern to fulfill the requirements for entry. The Kentucky College of Optometry at the University of Pikeville is committed to honoring these courses and will guarantee the admittance of three Southern students to the program annually. This agreement is one of many ways that Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is committed to extending opportunities to students throughout the region. Southern also has MOUs in place with a number of other regional institutions.
Looking for something fun and creative to do on these wintery evenings? Join us for “Play & Paint" classes on the Logan and Williamson Campuses. Williamson Campus - Room 433 Feb 1: 6-8p - “BUT FIRST, Coffee" Feb 10: 6-8p - "I Love You More" Logan Campus - Room116 B Feb 3: 6-8p - “BUT FIRST, Coffee" Feb 8: 6-8p - "I Love You More" Feb 11: 3-5p -"Key to My Heart-for Couples" Course fee - $35 Contact Rita Roberson at 304-236-7648 for more information.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — College students in Kentucky and West Virginia who train for the rapidly growing drone industry are getting some financial backing from the Appalachian Regional Commission. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia says in a news release that students from Maysville Community and Technical College in Kentucky and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will benefit from the $1.3 million grant. The grant involves the Regional Drone Technology Workforce Project involving the two schools. Under the grant, the schools will be able to enroll 100 students and give them the chance to study the drone industry.
Members of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Harmony 365 committee and members of the Williamson NAACP recently met to discuss upcoming Harmony events. Willene Moore announced the signing of the 2017 NHM/ Harmony 365 Proclamation with Williamson Mayor Robert Carlton on Wednesday, February 1st at 4:30 p. m. in the Council Chambers. On February 19th the Black History Month/”Harmony 365” Program, “Harmony and Peace” will be presented at the Logan Street First Baptist Church Williamson, WV at 3pm with the theme The Crisis in Black Education. Those pictured: Willene H. Moore, Member, NAACP Program Committee Chairman, Rev. Frank Jones, President, Williamson Branch NAACP and Youth Council, Richard Wright, Past President NAACP , Michael Johnson, Member NAACP, Virdell Banks, Member NAACP, Jada Hunter, Member NAACP Program Committee, Juanita Hooks, Member, NAACP Program Committee and NAACP Scholarship Fund Chairman. Attending, but not seen in photo: Zada Hairston, Member NAACP Program Committee / Immediate Past NAACP Treasurer, Prestine Warren, Member NAACP Program Committee and Henry R. Moore, Member, NAACP.
Think that just because spring classes have already started it’s too late to start college this year? Wrong! We have a new twelve-week session of classes beginning February 13 and there’s plenty here to get you started on your way to a college or technical degree. If you or anyone you know is interested in continuing their education, finding an exciting career or just improving their competitive edge, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is your partner for success! With more than 40 programs, Southern proudly offers academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify. Visit us online at for a complete list of classes and more information. Find your direction at Southern.
Shawntel Hunter and Randal Johnson have been selected to represent Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College as nominees for the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Community College Academic Team. The All-USA Community College Academic Team recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Twenty team members are named annually with each receiving a $5,000 scholarship, a total of $100,000 in scholarship awards. In addition to scholarships, team members are featured in the USA TODAY newspaper and presented at the annual President’s Breakfast held during the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention. Judging criteria include academic excellence and intellectual rigor; leadership and service; and how students have extended their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. It is a merit award based on what students have done while attending community college, rather than a need-based scholarship. Phi Theta Kappa notifies students selected as team members in March each year. The program is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA TODAY with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.