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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College honored faculty and staff for their military service during a special program presented at the annual holiday meal on Governance Day. The presentation included the group pledging allegiance and singing a heartfelt rendition of the national anthem. Manager of Business & Auxiliary Services, Chris Gray presented the history of Veterans Day and President Dr. Robert E. Gunter shared his personal experience growing up in a military family. Dr. Gunter then welcomed all veterans to join him at the podium for recognition. Those pictured are: Matt Lewis, Will Smith, Jack Dilbeck, Leslie Goldie, Johnny Bell, Christopher Ward, Dr. Gunter, Shane Blackburn, Steven White and Ricky Ellis.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced today that it has again earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM , and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. “Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is honored to once again be included in this prestigious list. Southern is proud to be recognized for the work we do to help veterans and active-military acquire a college education,” said Dr. Robert E. Gunter, president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.” For more information about Southern’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Southern’s website at southernwv.edu. Southern will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Frien dly® Schools, special education issues of G .I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on militaryfriendly.com .
Members of the English faculty at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will present readings at the upcoming Bare Branch Writers event hosted by Step by Step. Darrell Hugueley, Anna Dickson James, Abigail Michelini and Lillie Teeters You are invited to spend an afternoon immersed in a creative environment surrounded by diverse folks at The Hot Cup in Logan on November 12, 2016 beginning at 2pm. Readers will present from different genres, which could include poetry, fiction, screen plays or creative nonfiction. Lillie Teters will also conduct a writer’s workshop. An open mic session and acoustic music will also be featured during the event. For more information, call Kandi Workman @ 304.946.7211
The Broadway smash, hit movie and cult classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors, comes alive in the Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center on the Logan campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The musical will be presented Friday, Nov. 11th, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 12th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 13th at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18th at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 20th at 2 p.m. Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman and starring Jack Nicholson. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Somewhere That’s Green”, and “Suddenly, Seymour”. The Aracoma Story Inc. is offering a $2 discount for employees and students for their Saturday evening performance on November 12th at 7:00 p.m. The discount is for employees and students. Employees and students must present their Southern I.D. to get the discount. The discount is only for the employee or student. Family members attending with them will pay the full price.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Wyoming/McDowell Campus will be hosting the The National Coal Heritage Traveling Exhibit "Architects & Architecture of the Coalfields" art exhibit during the month of November. The National Coal Heritage Area Authority has developed a traveling exhibit that explores the buildings and communities that were developed as a result of the building boom during the growth of the coal fields. The exhibit examines the company housing and company stores of the region as well as looking at the downtowns developed and the public buildings built to serve communities. This exhibit is designed to highlight the work of Hassell Hicks and Alexander Mahood, prominent coalfield architects, but also share examples of other interesting and well-designed buildings within the region. The exhibit will be on display at Southern from November 1st through the 30th. The public is invited to stop by the Wyoming/McDowell campus. For more information, contact Linda Hawkins of CoalHeritage.org - 304.465.3720
Second year nursing students from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College saw a need and moved into action. The group became aware of some basic needs for the Logan area Child Advocacy Center. The group collected children’s clothes, bed linens, shoes, backpacks, and toys. Southern nursing students often share their time with the community by volunteering for groups such as WECAN, Energy Express and the Child Advocacy Center.
Time to plan ahead! Registering early for college classes helps you beat the crowds and take care of business before the busy holiday season hits. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will begin registering for Spring 2017 classes on November 2, 2016. Why register early? 1. You'll get the classes you want at the times you want. Registering early gives you the opportunity to choose your classes while plenty of sections are still available. 2. You won't waste your time waiting in a line. The busiest time for the Student Services and Financial Aid offices is the two weeks prior to classes starting. So if you need to see your advisor or need some one-on-one help, now's the time to get it done before the crowds hit. 3. You'll have time to handle roadblocks. Unexpected hold? Financial aid error? Starting early gives you time to figure out any barriers that might keep you from registering and take care of them in plenty of time to register. 4. You'll get it out of the way. This time of year is super busy, and closes for several weeks for the holidays. Cross this off your to-do list before the hectic holiday season hits. Look through our webpage or visit any campus for more information.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will offer EMT-M (Emergency Medical Technician-Mining) Recertification classes in November and December. These classes are for all EMT-M whose card expires on December 31. The classes will be as follows: November 7: this class is for an EMT-M whose card expired December 31, 2015 ONLY (RESA is only allowing EMT-M’s to back up to last year this one time) This will eliminate having to repeat the entire class. November 17: for those whose card expires December 31, 2016 and December 14: for those whose card expires December 31, 2016 The cost of the class is $60.00 plus fees and all classes will be held in B116 on the Logan Campus. For more information and to register contact Cheryl at 304.896.7413.
Run for the hills! Or better yet, join us in the hills as Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College partners with the Tug Valley Road Runners Club for the first Southern Harvest Half Marathon & 5K. The race will take place on Saturday, November 19, in the beautiful hills of West Virginia and Kentucky at the Williamson campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The first 150 people to signup will receive a tech shirt! To register visit us online at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/23851 or at the Coal House and Williamson Health and Wellness Center #healthyinthehills. The run will support student scholarships through the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation. The Foundation has distributed $2.2 million in scholarships since 2007.

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