Professional and Personal Development

Continuing Education

Continuing Education instruction is designed to support the economic and cultural development of the community and its citizens. Courses are built upon the concept of lifelong learning and are offered at a variety of times and locationsIf you are interested in enhancing your skills, or starting a new career path, Continuing Education can help. Non-credit courses and training increase knowledge and skills while boosting job productivity and career potential. Traditional credits are not earned toward a degree, but you may earn CEUs (continuing education units), certifications and licensure within various professional education programs. 

Pre-registration for all classes is required. Many courses have limited seating so you are encouraged to register early by calling 304-896-7434. 

Personal and Community Enrichment

Southern offers workshops and classes designed to support the cultural, civic, intellectual and personal enrichment of the community and its citizens. Courses are built upon the concept of lifelong learning and are offered at a variety of times and locations. Traditional credits are not earned toward a degree, but you may earn CEUs (continuing education units) and certificates of completion. 

Pre-registration for all classes is required. Many courses have limited seating so you are encouraged to register early by calling 304-896-7434. 

Upcoming Classes

Calendar coming soon.

Online Training with ed2go

To register or pay for online, non-academic credit classes, visit Southern’s ed2go site.

Financial Assistance (HEAPS)

The West Virginia Higher Education Adult Part-time Student (HEAPS) Grant is available to assist individuals with funding for Workforce and CareerTraining in the state of West Virginia. The grant program is available depending upon the type of training being sought as well as specific student eligibility criteria. For more information, call 304.896.7434 or e-mail Sandra Podunavac.

Start your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) here.

More information can be found at College Foundation of West Virginia.

Customized Employer Training

Southern’s Workforce Development Department is committed to providing business and industry training opportunities to help train today’s worker. Through partnerships with business and industry, Southern can provide job-specific or customized training to employers in our service district. Training can be delivered at flexible times and locations. For more information contact Allyn Sue Barker at 304.896.7404 or e-mail [email protected].

Business and Industry Training Examples

  • Basic Computer
  • Microsoft Excel using company’s own spreadsheets
  • QuickBooks
  • Leadership Training (train next generation of leaders)
  • Supervisor Training
  • Customer Service
  • Safety
  • Mining Re-certifications

On-Site Computer Training for Business

Help your employees keep up with the latest professional skills in order to best serve their customers and meet strategic goals. We bring our computers and our experts to your site. If you have interested people (feel free to invite neighboring businesses and individuals) and are interested in having a training class at your facility, please complete the form and fax it to 304.732.7006, call our Workforce offices at 304.896.7440, or email Jackie Whitley at [email protected].

Available Computer Classes

  • QuickBooks
  • Basic Computer Knowledge
  • Basic Computer Maintenance
  • MS Word
  • MS Excel
  • MS PowerPoint
  • MS Outlook
  • MS Access
  • MS Skype for Business
  • Internet E-mail
  • Facebook Marketing

Instructors and Class Facilitators

Do you have a skill, talent, or hobby that you are passionate about and would like to share with others?

We are always looking for enthusiastic instructors to lead our short-term non-academic classes and workshops. Or, if you have an idea for a class we should offer, please contact Jackie Whitley by calling 304.896.7440 or by emailing [email protected].

We are currently looking for instructors for the following topics:

  • Exercise classes
  • Dance classes
  • Cooking or baking
  • Gardening
  • Flower arranging
  • Computer classes – Basic, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop

Contact Us

Contact Southern’s Workforce and Community Development Department at 304.896.7434.

We are located at Southern’s Logan Campus, Building B, Room 229, 2900 Dempsey Branch Road, Mount Gay, West Virginia.

Information and Questions

  • Customized training for business and industry: call Allyn Sue Barker, Vice President for Workforce and Community Development, 304.896.7404, email [email protected]
  • Continuing education and community enrichment classes:  call Jackie Whitley, Workforce Director, 304.896.7440, email [email protected]
  • How to register and pay for mine training classes or other non-academic credit classes or general information: call Sandra Podunavac, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Workforce and Community Development, call 304.896.7434, email [email protected]
  • Mine training: call Thomas Dotson, Operations Coordinator for Academy of Mine Training and Energy Technologies, 304.896.7451, email [email protected].
  • Register or pay for mining classes: call 304.896.7413.

Starting a small business or the Entrepreneurship Center, call Bryan Shaw, Program Administrator for the Entrepreneurship and Business Coaching Center, call 304.541.0246, email [email protected] or visit the Entrepreneurship Center.