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West Virginia First Lady and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, is featured in the current issue of WV Focus Magazine. The article, ‘West Virginia’s Wonder Women’, is celebrating the strong women of Appalachia and acknowledging the spirit these women bring to their professions and communities. Tomblin is highlighted for her contribution to education.
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Anna James, Instructor at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been awarded second place in the West Virginia Fiction Competition. James story is titled ‘Paddle Like Hell’ and follows the Appalachian theme required by the contest. The story is about a young West Virginia expatriate who decides to come back home to West Virginia. “I'm not from WV, but this is a story that I've heard many times... the desire for people to "come home" to their hills. I love it here and feel fortunate to be able to make a living at a job that I love in a place that is physically beautiful and holds the country's warmest, most genuine people,” said James. “Because of my affection for what's become "my" state, I enjoyed the challenge of writing a story about the place.” The West Virginia Fiction Competition is a literary competition designed to encourage writers and storytellers, whose talent and ability in creative writing is distinctive and promising, and to foster an appreciation of Appalachian culture and values represented in the diverse writing of the region. It is part of Shepherd University's Appalachian HeritageLiterary Project.This year the judge was distinguished WV author and Rocket Boy, Homer Hickam. James will enjoy dinner with Hickham, his wife, and the other finalists on September 25th when her award will be presented.
For Immediate Release - Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced today that AT&T made a $10,000 contribution for scholarships as part of the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation's Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign.
“Community colleges are a key element of the higher education landscape in West Virginia, offering students another way to prepare for rewarding and in-demand careers,” said Andy Feeney, regional vice president for AT&T in West Virginia. “Our contribution will help more lower-income West Virginia students prepare for success in a global economy.”
"This contribution provides vital support to our students," says First Lady and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College president Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. "Our economy is changing and tomorrow's workforce needs new skills. Thanks to AT&T more students are on their way to successful careers."
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate, employee, social investment and AT&T Foundation giving programs. This contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.
The Southern Foundation was established in 1971 to support student scholarships and educational programs to those residing in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.
For more information about scholarships available at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, contact Vice President for Development Ronald E. Lemon at 304-896-7425 or e-mail at Ronald.Lemon@southern.wvnet.edu.
Online donations can be made at the Southern Foundation's website at www.southernwv.edu.
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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 www.southernwv.edu or call 1-866-SWCTC1.
Pictured: WV First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin; Regional Vice President for AT&T in West Virginia , Andy Feeney; and Vice President for Development Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Ron Lemon.