Southern Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been awarded a $892,000 federal grant from the National Science Foundation to be used to develop a career pathway program for students enrolled in engineering and mining programs. The grant will also enhance professional development for faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. “We are exhilarated about realizing our vision,” said First Lady/President Joanne Jaegar Tomblin. “This grant validates the college’s planning and hard work in connecting with the changing global culture.” Southern will receive the funding over three years for its ‘Comprehensive Career Pathways and Programs in Coal Mining’ project. “The grant will allow us to expand our program and course offerings with a special focus on mining technology.” Tomblin said. “It will also help us strengthen our existing online offerings and develop more online courses especially the development STEM courses.” NSF Grants are highly competitive, placing Southern in a select group of recipients. Tomblin offered praise for the experienced and celebrated members of the Grant Committee. Members are Dr. Pamela Alderman, Carol Howerton, Bill Alderman, Alyce Patterson-Diaz, Guy Lowes and Mindy Saunders. “At Southern we stay connected with area business and provide quality academic and workforce development programs to meet the need,” said Tomblin. “We are committed to exceptional teaching, and to educating students who will change lives and make an impact in their community.” 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.