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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 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.
Radiology technology students from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will attend the 64th Annual Conference of West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown, WV. The convention offers a diverse program covering some of the most up-to-date trends in medical imaging to enhance professionalism and optimize patient care quality. The students will also have the opportunity to participate in a student academic bowl. Southern will enter two teams this year. Those participating will be Autumn Cunningham, Mariah Perry, Macy Craddock, Morgan McCracken, Alexandra Perry, Katie Petry, Amber Hitt, and Tyler Dillon. Students Sarah Blair, Tiffany Chapman, and Vanessa Howell will also be attending and participating in the educational meetings/discussion. The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Southern is to meet community and employer needs for medical imaging professionals with high quality, student-friendly and accessible educational opportunities and services. The program strives to instill professionalism and transferable behaviors into the work place. Students planning on applying are encouraged to go on line at for more information.
Second year healthcare professional student, David Paul Lane, was awarded the Michael J. McGraw Memorial Scholarship at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College for the 2016-2017 academic year. The scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional student who resides in Wyoming County and attends the Wyoming Campus. Lane, who is a paramedic, hopes to pursue a career in nursing. The Michael J. McGraw Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament is an annual event to sponsor award. Those pictured are: Patty McGraw, Jeremy McGraw, David Paul Lane, David Lord, Director of Campus Operations for the Wyoming/McDowell Campus and Ron Lemon, Vice President for Development.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will host an open house for high school students on the Logan Campus on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. This is a premier opportunity to prepare for the college experience. The continuous event will be between the hours of 5pm and 7pm. You choose the time and the session based on your interests. This event is specifically designed for high school junior and senior students and their parents. Those attending will be able to familiarize themselves with the campus, attend academic sessions and interactive demonstrations, meet current Southern students, and have an opportunity to learn all that a higher education has to offer. This event will connect you and your student with our faculty and staff. Live entertainment and refreshments will be offered. In today’s competitive job market, choosing knowledge and skills acquired through higher education is more important than ever. Choosing the right school is your first step. We would like to share the many opportunities available to students at Southern. Our certificate and associate degree programs offer a variety of career choices including: Business, Technology, Healthcare and Criminal Justice. At Southern, we're focused on providing you with the quality education and focused support you need to pursue success in your chosen career field. Contact Steven Hall for more information.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will present a professional development workshop, “How assessment is useful in the classroom.” on Friday, October 28, 2016. Dr. Virginia Anderson, Professor Emerita in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University will be the guest speaker. Anderson serves as an assessment consultant both in the United States and abroad, and has presented over 300 grading and assessment workshops for faculty in community colleges, colleges, universities, and allied health institutions. She has also served as a consultant for numerous professional science organizations (NSTA, NABT, ASM, ESA), national accrediting agencies (MSCHE, SACS, and NCA), secondary school state science grants, and Writing Across the Curriculum funded workshops. The workshop will be divided into two sessions. Participants can attend a single session: * Morning Session 9:00am to 12:00pm * Afternoon Session 1:00pm to 4:00pm or attend the complete workshop: * All Day (Lunch will be provided for all day participants.) Contact Kim Hensley for more information.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently announced the appointment of a new Board of Governors member. Kevin Hill, MPAS, PA-C of Foster, West Virginia was appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to the board. Hill is the Executive Director of Medical Affairs for Boone Memorial Hospital and is an adjunct faculty member of the physician assistant program at the University of Charleston. Hill earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mountain State University and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. Hill is actively involved with numerous community committees. Some of those include serving as Provider Champion for the West Virginia Stroke Care Pilot Project, Field Faculty / Student Preceptor for West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnership, a member of the State Trauma Advisory Committee, and a member of the Boone County Ambulance Authority Board of Directors. The 12-member Board of Governors is the governing body of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Of the 12 members, nine are citizen members appointed by the Governor, and three are institutional members elected by the constituent group they represent faculty, classified staff, and student body. Members of the Board of Governors work cooperatively with the college president and administration to establish institutional governance and strategic planning.
Think that just because Fall classes have already started it’s too late to start college this year? Wrong! Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is offering a new eight-week session of classes beginning October 10th and there’s plenty here to get you started on your way to a new career! This schedule gives you the flexibility of many online courses allowing you to start your journey on your time in the comfort of your own home. Classes being offered include: Document Processing II / Medical Administrative Proc. I / Special Topics In History / Medical Terminology / First Aid / CPR / Comm. Skills for HC Profession / Intro to Customer Service / Essentials of Human System for HC Prof / General Psychology / Early Childhood Health, Safety, Nutrition / Speech Fundamentals. 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 is available for those who qualify.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Assistant Professor History/Sociology, Brandon Kirk, will be featured in an upcoming edition of The New Yorker magazine. Kirk was interviewed for his expertise in local history. The publication will be available on newsstands October 3rd. Kirk also recently attended the Lewisburg Literary Festival with a delegation of authors and publishers. The two day event featured renowned authors who found inspiration for their writing in the land and people of West Virginia. Kirk was on hand to sign and promote his published works. Kirk is a scholar on Appalachian feuds and Southern violence. He possesses an M.A. degree in history from Marshall University and has written more than fifty articles on Appalachian-themed topics for regional newspapers and books. His new projects include constructing a sequel to Blood in West Virginia, researching slavery and post-war life for freedmen in western Virginia and compiling a manuscript that details John Hartford’s final years.
Twin Falls State Park will be the site for the 4th Annual Mike McGraw Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic on Thursday, October 6, 2016. All proceeds of this tournament go to the Mike McGraw Memorial Scholarship Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide assistance to deserving Wyoming County residents who want to pursue their education at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. For more information contact