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CHARLESTON, W.VA. — West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and Community and Technical College System (CTCS) today announced that this year’s application deadline for the need-based Higher Education Grant Program has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the only application required for the grant, can be completed at The state extended the deadline because of a technology issue at the federal level. Last month, the U.S. Department of Education and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced an outage of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which allows students and parents to electronically access, review and transfer tax information required for the FAFSA. Federal officials are working to correct the issue, but estimate the tool will be unavailable until at least next fall. “The Higher Education Grant is a lifeline to college for thousands of low-income students in our state, and we want to ensure that they and their families have ample time to complete the necessary steps to apply,” said Paul Hill, HEPC Chancellor. “We still encourage completion of the FAFSA as soon as possible, but we hope this extension allows as many students as possible to be considered for the grant, which paves the way for so many of our community and technical college students,” said Sarah Tucker, CTCS Chancellor. Like in previous years when the IRS Data Retrieval Tool was not an option, students and parents can estimate their income information on the FAFSA and correct the information later, if necessary, in order to meet financial aid deadlines. If students or their parents do not have a paper or electronic copy of the necessary tax form available – which for this year is the 2015 tax return – they can access it online at . A hard copy can be requested by calling 1-800-908-9946 and a transcript will be delivered to the address on record within 5-10 days. For help completing the FAFSA or applying for financial aid, West Virginia students and families can call the HEPC and CTCS financial aid office at 888-825-5707 or visit the state’s free college-planning website at
Southern's Logan Campus is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive today until 3:00 PM in Room 111 of Building A. Stop in and help save a life. For more information, go to or stop in to talk to one of their representatives today.
Notice of Open Meeting The Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Board of Governors Agenda Committee will conduct a meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Building C, Room 428, 2900 Dempsey Branch Road, Mount Gay, West Virginia and by teleconference. The purpose of this meeting is to establish the agenda for the April 18, 2017, regular business meeting of the Board of Governors. This meeting is open to the public.
Southern was host to Ramaco's job fair this past weekend. The turnout, for this event, filled our parking lots to capacity with job-seekers. Carl Baisden, Director of Southern's Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies, commented that it was "one of the largest job fairs we have done in my 10+ years at Southern," and that "over 800 applications were given out" during the day's activities. The Logan Campus is hosting its own Job Fair (hosted by Student Services) today, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Various employers will be on site seeking employees, and making themselves available to talk to students about job opportunities with their businesses. Need help writing/improving your resume? We can help you do that today, too. Come out to Building A of the Logan Campus of Southern West Virginia community and Technical College, and #FindYourDirection.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will participate in the SkillsUSA competition on March 31, 2017 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Students participating are Alberto Coffin, Jake Compton, Arron Copley and Charles Maynard in welding; Jessica Goins, Helena Surber, Chastidy Wiley, Jardrian Saunders and Katelyn Thompson in cosmetology. Shane Blackburn will represent Southern in the Mechatronics in Prepared Speech competition. Instructors Sheridan Taylor and Irma Colegrove will accompany the teams. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving individuals enrolled in career and technical education programs at our nation’s high schools and colleges.  SkillsUSA’s mission is to develop our members into world-class workers and entrepreneurs as well as responsible American citizens.  Skills complements technical skill training with the development of employability skills that make a well-rounded worker and citizen. A special meet and greet reception for the teams will be held on Tuesday, March 28 at noon in the Allied Technology Building on the Williamson Campus for the technology students. Cosmetology students will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 29 at 11:00am in the first floor lobby of Building C on the Logan Campus. The public is invited to attend.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia, testified today before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, at a hearing on “STEM Education: Preparing Students for the Careers of Today and the Future.” Both U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, who reached out to Chancellor Tucker to speak, serve on the subcommittee. Chancellor Tucker recognized them as “strong allies for community colleges in West Virginia.” Her remarks highlighted how STEM programs and business and industry partnerships are helping West Virginians get the education and training they need to succeed in today’s evolving economy. “Our typical community college students in West Virginia have families to feed, mortgage and car payments, childcare issues, and sometimes parents for whom to care. Many are either out or work or are under-employed,” she told the committee. “These circumstances often cause our students to need to get into and out of a program that will lead to a high-wage career as quickly as possible. In West Virginia, nearly all of those careers are in the STEM fields.” Chancellor Tucker noted that the four largest growth industry sectors in the Mountain State are manufacturing, health care, IT, and energy – all STEM areas – and that while STEM fields have historically been thought of as baccalaureate programs, community and technical colleges are becoming more critical for emerging STEM workforce needs. That’s why, she said, federal support and collaboration on STEM-focused training opportunities are invaluable for community colleges in West Virginia and nationwide. She encouraged congressional support of federal programs that have proven effective, including National Dislocated Worker Training grants; year-round Pell grants; the GEAR UP program; TechHire; Career and Technical Education; and internships, apprenticeships, and workplace training programs. “I cannot emphasize enough the value these programs provide,” Chancellor Tucker said. “Students, employers, schools, and communities have benefited significantly from them. Adults who have lost their jobs are getting a second chance. Youth who never thought they could attend college are doing just that. Together, we are changing lives.” Watch the archived hearing at LINK.
Since 1996, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has partnered with the local Chapter of the NAACP to host community events focusing on cultural diversity. This year two Southern employees, production assistants Darrell Mitchem and Christopher Lawson were presented the annual Believe, Achieve, Succeed Award at the Harmony 365 Candlelight Vigil Ceremony in Williamson, WV on February 17, 2017. The pair were recognized for their many years of hard work, dedication and the special role they have played in bringing these events to the public.
A free computer tune-up ,will be Wednesday, April 26th on the Logan Campus /Allied Health and Technology Building (Building C) Room 340 – 3rd Floor. Drop your computer off between 8am and 4pm. First come, first served. PC only, no monitors keyboards or mice needed. Please have all passwords handy. Note: We will not perform any software or hardware based repairs or upgrades unless the owner has the hardware and software license information on hand. Questions? E-mail Matthew Payne at
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s new art literary magazine Sticks is still looking for submissions! Faculty advisors Lillie Teeters and Abby Michelini invite all students, staff and faculty to submit original poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction (word limit 2500), photography or artwork. It is not too late! Deadline is MARCH 17 at midnight! Get writing and get published! For more information or to submit your project contact: .