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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announces new Board of Governors members, Raamie Barker and Kevin Zachary. Fletcher Raamie Barker is the former Senior Advisor to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, and former Chief of Staff to then Senate President Tomblin.Barker is a former public school teacher; has worked as an editor of six West Virginia newspapers, and as a publisher of two. He has also served as editor/publisher of newspapers in North Carolina and Kentucky and as Labor Commissioner, aide and speechwriter to former Governor Arch A. Moore Jr. (1985-89). Barker holds a Master’s degree from Marshall University. He is married to the former Lillian Farley of Harts, and is the father of three children and grandfather of three. He and his wife reside in Chapmanville, West Virginia Kevin Zachary is the CEO for Logan Regional Medical Center. He has also served as CEO of Parkview Regional Hospital and Ennis Regional Medical Center in Texas. Zachary was COO of Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma, a 148-bed acute care hospital in Durant, OK and served in other leadership roles at hospitals in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Zachary holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas and an associate degree in nursing from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. He lives in Logan with his wife, Belinda, and son Matthew. The Zachary’s also have two adult children at college in Texas. Southern provides accessible, affordable, quality education and training at each of its four campuses in Boone, Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties and its Lincoln County High School location in Hamlin, WV. For further information visit or call 1-866-SWCTC1.
Natalie Roper, Executive Director of Generation West Virginia, will address the 2016 graduating class of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College on May 14, 2016. Roper has been the Executive Director of Generation West Virginia (GWV) since October 2014. Generation West Virginia is a statewide network of young talent organizations established to serve as a source of action and a voice for young talent across the Mountain State. The group represents the current and future generation of young leaders who want to contribute to our state’s present and future success with energy, ideas, collaboration, and most importantly action. Roper works with local and state partners to strengthen statewide programming and infrastructure needed to attract, retain, and advance young talent in the Mountain State. Roper received her undergraduate degree and Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Virginia. With an interdisciplinary background in nonprofit administration, grassroots advocacy, and social innovation, Roper leads GWV’s efforts to serve as a voice and a source of action for young West Virginians. A West Virginian by choice, Roper is motivated each day to help make the state a place where more of the next generation can choose to stay. Commencement Exercises will take place beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Coalfield Jamboree Theater in downtown Logan. The public is invited to attend.
Deciding to move on to a four year college can seem to be an intimidating task. Dozens of questions about the transfer process fill your mind, and you’re not exactly sure what to do. Well we do! Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will host Transfer Opportunity Days to answer all your questions. The dates and locations are: Monday March 21st Logan Campus 10 AM– 2PM Tuesday March 22nd Williamson Campus 10AM-2PM Wednesday March 23rd Boone Campus 10AM-2PM Thursday March 24th Wyoming Campus 10AM-2PM For more information contact Tim Ooten at 304-236-7658 or
If you’re tired of blindly applying for positions to never receive a call, then bring your networking skills to the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Career Event 2016. Spend time connecting face-to-face with representatives of prominent local companies, while receiving advice to help you succeed while on the job hunt. Southern is hosting the event on Monday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Logan Campus. The event is open to job seekers of all career stages. This career event gives employers the opportunity to offer job seekers challenging employment while fulfilling the employment needs of our area. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dianna Toler, Director of Disability and Adult Services/Career Development Office at or 304-896-7315.
Justin Tomblin, a student and graduate of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will display his artwork at the Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park. Tomblin holds an associate degree of arts, but after a short side trip to a larger college, he decided that Southern could best suit his needs for the future and has returned for a degree in nursing. Tomblin says that although he plans to be a nurse, art will always be a major part of his life. Tomblin was encouraged to express his artistic side as a high school student and added, “my instructor at Southern encouraged me to draw and paint bigger, to see the big picture but focus on the details. That took it to a new level. Everyone at Southern supported my art.” Tomblin noted he paints mostly with acrylics on canvas but added, “It’s all very eclectic. I do a lot of pop art. I do canvas work. I draw with charcoal and pen. I do a lot of pastel work, but I like to paint the most though. A lot of it is movie stars and people that inspire me. I have a few different television characters and stuff like that I do.” “I love drawing inspiration from my family, and occasionally diving into the darker side of art,” said Tomblin. His portrait of Lady Gaga’s character in “American Horror Story Hotel”, the Countess is one he is especially hopeful people will enjoy. The public is invited to the opening of the exhibit on Friday March 4, 2016 from 3:00 pm until 5:00pm. “I’m very happy for this opportunity, and I thank all the people that have encouraged me throughout my lifetime to pursue my artistic ability…,” added Tomblin. The art will remain on display for an extended period of time.
A generous donation was recently presented to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation by representatives of Cotiga Development Company LP. The check presentation was made during the Foundations annual meeting. The donation will be used to support student scholarships. "Cotiga has been a long-time supporter of scholarships at Southern. We appreciate their long-term commitment and service to the Tug Valley area. This gift will provide many educational opportunities to Mingo County students. We are very blessed to have them as a community and education partner," Said Ron Lemon, Vice President for Development at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College..
MADISON — The new president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (SWVCTC), Robert Gunter, recently made a presentation to the Madison Rotary Club concerning issues the school faces and the best path he sees for SWVCTC going forward. Gunter took the reigns at SWVCTC Jan. 1 after the retirement of former president and first lady, Joanne Tomblin. Despite the school’s programs which include what is considered to be one of the best healthcare programs in the state, Gunter explained enrollment and retention rates have been declining at SWVCTC since 2008. To address the school’s enrollment problem, a new marketing program for recruitment is being planned, but Gunter added the school must holistically take on the issue saying, “…it will take our entire faculty and staff to change the direction of this enrollment problem.” Gunter added, in the short amount of time he has been at SWVCTC, he has learned the school has an excellent staff and very dedicated students which gives him confidence the school will be able to accomplish the tasks before it. Gunter noted the school will also focus on expanding their student base by reaching out to so-called non-traditional college students who are over the age of 25 and high school students. Gunter explained the area’s economy, which has one of the lowest labor participation rates in W.Va., is currently in need of people with something more than a high school education but still less than a bachelor’s or associate’s degree. After students graduate from college, Gunter noted, “…in a lot of cases, they end up going back to a low level job they could have done without the college education they received.” To address this issue, Gunter stated he hopes to work with local businesses to provide training in skills that are valuable to both the students and the communities they serve. Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or by email at Pictured: Ron Lemon, Bill Cook, Beth Kinser, Randy Foxx, Bob Gunter and Randy Skeens
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has announced that it has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. “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 Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President, Dr. Robert E. Gunter. “Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.” For more information about Southern’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Southern’s website at . Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is pleased to announce that the following students have been placed on the Dean's List for the Fall 2015 semester. This honor recognizes achievement of a scholastic average of 3.25 or higher in at least twelve semester hours of academic work. Congratulations on your outstanding academic achievement and best wishes for continued success!