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During Southern's quarterly Governance Day, on April 26th, 2017, Bob Gunter honored Carol Jobe as Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College's Employee of the Year. Carol has been instrumental in recent payroll system conversions, and has always shown unwavering dedication and commitment to the institution, even if it meant sacrificing time off with family, adjusting vacation schedules, or working from home. In her 13 years at Southern, she has been an exemplary employee who is self-motivated, dependable, conscientious, enthusiastic, and has always maintained an upbeat attitude. Join us in congratulating Carol Jobe as Southern's 2017 Employee of the Year!
Logan, WV – Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is pleased to announce that Ms. Ruth Ryan Lemmon, President of the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association, will address the Class of 2017 at the College’s 45th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Being a pioneer in an industry which is mostly male-dominated, Ms. Lemmon began her career as one of the first female sales professionals at Xerox Corporation. She went from a successful career in public relations and education to sales, where she became one of the first females in the country to head an automotive trade association. Representing the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association for more than four decades has given Ms. Lemmon an opportunity to help shape an industry of great importance to the state, its business leaders, and its citizens. Through her leadership, the West Virginia International Auto Show was founded. Currently in its 19th year, the annual show introduces the latest models and future vehicles to auto enthusiasts in West Virginia and surrounding states. It provides a glimpse of both the industry and West Virginia to attendees, and is one of 20 regional auto shows in the country. During her career, Ms. Lemmon has received many awards for outstanding performance. In 2014, she received the Lorenelle White Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named as one of the top 2,000 Female Business Executives in America by a leading business magazine in 2009. On multiple occasions she was named as “Automotive Trade Executive of the Year” by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). Working closely with the NADA and counterparts across the country, she has served on boards of directors and many pro-active committees. A member of the Vandalia Rotary Club, Association of Auto Show Executives, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Business Industry Committee, Lemmon believes that every path can be driven by being an effective communicator and salesperson. Ms. Lemmon is a West Virginia and Kanawha Valley native. She is a graduate of Clendenin High School, attended Morris Harvey College (which is now the University of Charleston), and Xerox International Training Center in Leesburg, Virginia. She and her husband Ret. Col. David Lemmon, reside in Nitro, WV. Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Coalfield Jamboree Theater, 308 Main Street, Logan, West Virginia. The public is invited to attend.
Southern is partnering with the Robert C. Byrd Institute, Hatfield-McCoy Trails, and the Hatfield-McCoy Convention & Visitors Bureau to present a FREE Marketing and Social Media Luncheon on May 23, from 10 AM to 2 PM, in room 111 of Building A on our Logan Campus. The luncheon is geared at helping small businesses learn how to develop an effective marketing and social media strategy. The lunch and workshop is free, but you must register to attend. To register, go to by May 18 at 3PM. For more information, contact Jane Bostic - 304.781.1681 or [email protected] For more information on the Robert C. Byrd Institute, go to or call 800.469.RCBI (7224)
First Year Students, from Southern's Nursing program, visited the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in Lewisburg, WV, April 19th, 2017, for Anatomy Lab Day. The students participated with cadavers to identify the pathophysiology linked to the cause of death (autopsy), identified normal/abnormal diagnostic x-rays, used microscopes identifying normal/abnormal tissues, and viewed various diseased organs. The students gained insight into how the human body works both critically and “hands on”.
Melissa Deskins, Classified Staff Representative to Southern's Board of Governors, was administered the Oath of Office by Samuel Litteral, Vice President for Finance and Administration, before the full Board during its meeting on April 18, 2017. Ms. Deskins was elected in March 2017 to fulfill the unexpired term of Virginia Stepp.
All classes on our Lincoln County Site (at Lincoln County Regional High School) will resume regular schedule today, April 6, 2017, at noon.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Students Win Gold and Silver Medals at SkillsUSA Competition Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College students in Aesthetics, Nail Care, and Prepared Speech won gold and silver medals in the 52nd Annual SkillsUSA West Virginia State Leadership and Skills Conference held March 31 - April 1, 2017. Fairmont State College and Pierpont Community and Technical College hosted the event for approximately 950 students. Career and technical students from across the state of West Virginia competed against their peers in various skill areas including Additive Manufacturing, Advertising Design, Automotive Service Technology, Carpentry, Collision Repair Technology, Crime Scene Investigation, Culinary Arts, Electrical Construction Wiring, Firefighting, HVACR, Masonry, Mobile Robotics Technology, Nail Care, Nurse Assisting, Plumbing, Practical Nursing, Technical Computer Applications, Technical Drafting, Web Design and Welding Fabrication just to name a few. Students also had the opportunity to compete in several leadership competitions including Chapter Business Procedure, Employment Application Process, Extemporaneous Speaking, Job Interview, Job Skill Demonstrations and Prepared Speech. The competitions were judged by experts from industry and education, and prizes awarded are gold, silver, or bronze. Shane Blackburn, a Mechatronics student and Board of Governors student representative, brought home the gold medal for his skills in Prepared Speech. Helena Surber won a gold medal for her skills in Nail Care. Fellow Cosmetology student, Jadrian Saunders, served as Ms. Suber’s model for the competition. Cosmetology student, Chastidy Wiley, brought home a silver medal for her Aesthetics skills. Fellow student, Katelyn Thompson, served as her model. Southern students also participated in the Welding and Welding Fabrication portions of the competition this year. Both the students and faculty involved agreed that the experience was invaluable to their education and skill development, and they are looking forward to future competitions. The gold medal winners are eligible to advance to the 53rd National Leadership and Skills Conference, which will take place in Louisville, KY, June 19-24, 2017. “We are extremely proud of our students who competed and congratulate them,” said Southern’s President, Dr. Robert Gunter. “I am proud of the students who stepped into a leadership role to compete in this event for the first time and brought home gold and silver medals. This shows their amazing level of intellect and the quality of education they received at Southern to help them succeed in today’s workforce. I congratulate their instructors, Irma Colegrove, Sheridan Taylor, and John Evans for their excellent teaching skills. Also, congratulations to Rita Roberson, Director of Williamson Campus Operations and SkillsUSA WV Lead Advisor, and Rebecca Ferris, Administrative Secretary, Sr., for their volunteerism work above and beyond the call of duty to provide these students with an opportunity to participate in this competition.”
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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