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Carol Ann Howerton, has been named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Howerton will be responsible for providing leadership and management for the Office of Academic Affairs and interpret policy for the office while assisting in the development and implementation of college policies and procedures, planning, organization and administration of functional areas related to the Office of Academic Affairs with a major focus on student success. Distance learning, coordinating all grant activities and collecting data to assist with institutional effectiveness are also among the many duties of this position. Howerton has a proven record of leadership on both state and federal grants that have contributed significantly to Southern’s ability to expand and enhance program offerings and services for students, faculty, and staff. “The position as a whole creates some new and exciting opportunities to branch out and expand my involvement and leadership at the college. I’ve always been involved with distance education so having the opportunity to continue in that capacity was my main draw,” said Howerton. She states that growing the distance education, and expanding growth through the use of grants is a top priority. With 28 years of service, Howerton has served in many capacities at Southern. She began her career in August of 1988 as a data processing instructor, and later became the Applied and Industrial Technology Department Chair in 2000. She currently holds the positions of Principal Investigator/Project Director for the National Science Foundation Grant, Director for Distance Education, and Professor of Computer Information Systems. Her service on numerous committees demonstrates the high level of dedication she has to Southern. Howerton has also been the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards in her field, just this year she was named Southern’s Outstanding Contributor by the West Virginia Community College Association. Howerton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Concord College, and a Master of Science degree in Management of Information Systems from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.
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.