Information and resources regarding Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be found on this page.
Update from President Alderman
Could we have ever imagined that we would be wrapping up finals week while working from home? I know that I have never experienced anything quite like life during this pandemic. I want to applaud all of you for the work that you are doing, the quick changes that you have made to accommodate our students, and the ease with which you have adapted to the guidelines that we must follow to stay safe. I will be sending out a weekly update so that we are all on the same page with guidance from Governor Justice, Chancellor Tucker, and the federal government.
Our campuses are still closed. I prefer that you work from home to ensure your safety, however, I understand that there are circumstances that require you to come to campus. When you visit a campus, please notify the campus manager and he or she will provide access into the building. Please inform them which facilities are being used for efficiency and notify them when you leave. Remember to follow social distancing guidelines of six feet and wear a face covering when working with others. We have a good system in place using ZOOM or TEAMS to conduct meetings. Both formats can usually be accessed with a phone.
These changes have been very difficult for our students economically and emotionally. Sadly, we will not be able to host an in-person commencement ceremony. We are planning a virtual commencement on Saturday, June 20, at 12:00 p.m. We invite you to participate online with us to celebrate our graduates. You will receive more information in the coming weeks. Mr. Litteral has been working diligently to ensure our students gain the maximum benefit of our CARES ACT funding. More information will follow.
I realize and appreciate that many of you are wondering when you will be able to return to your offices, as well as the course modalities for fall. As you know, summer classes are all online. A decision has not been made for fall and we are awaiting guidance from Governor Justice for when to safely reopen our campuses. Your safety and the safety of our students will be our number one priority.
Please be reminded that registration is still open for summer and fall. We can all use this time to reach out to new and returning students, particularly for fall. With so many uncertainties, many students will choose to stay home in our coalfields. We want to support our communities during this difficult time and remind them that they can be Safer at Home with Southern. Faculty and student services will work with students to ensure that they can have a seamless transfer to their college or university of choice.
Below, please find the most current updates from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources; the Center for Disease Control; and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
WV guidelines are available at https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
CDC guidelines are available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
WV HEPC guidelines are available at http://www.wvhepc.edu/coronavirus/
I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. Enjoy your weekend.
Dr. Pamela Alderman, President
Update provided to faculty and staff on May 14, 2020.
Student Resources (COVID-19)
Find student resources for instruction during this COVID-19 related closure here.
Online Student Success Tips
Time Management and Study Skills Workshop
LIVE Online Tutoring
Visit our Technology Services page for more information.
HelpDesk – Phone: 304.896.7474 | Email: [email protected]
Admissions, Financial Aid, Records and Graduation, Tutoring, Advising, Registration, and Disability Services Contacts
Check out our Student Services COVID-19 Resource Page for contact information for advisors, specific departments, or locations.
Student Services Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., excluding holidays. Student Services is closed on Fridays.
Address and Phone Numbers: Logan Campus, 2900 Dempsey Branch Road Mount Gay, West Virginia 25637 | 304.792.7098 | 1.800.SWVCTC1 (1.800.798.2821) | Fax: 304.792.7113
We are here to assist you in applying for admissions, financial aid, or graduation. We are also ready to advise and register you for courses and provide tutoring assistance. We can even help you with disability services. These services can be accessed remotely. Our attentive staff is ready to help you over the phone, by Microsoft Teams or via email.
Library Resources and Contacts
View the Library page to access resources online.
Logan – 304.896.7378 | Williamson – 304.236.7616
Nancy Fala – Phone: 304.896.7418 | Email: [email protected]
Business Office Resources and Contacts
Visit the Business Office page for updates.
Chris Gray – Phone: 304.236.7614 | Email: [email protected]
Financial Aid Resources and Contacts
Visit the Financial Aid COVID-19 resource page for more information.
Beverly McDonald – Phone: 304.896.7060 | Email: [email protected]
Southern Foundation Resources and Contacts
Visit the Southern Foundation page for more information and scholarship applications.
Rita Roberson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement – Phone: 304.896.7425 | Email: [email protected]
Workforce Development Contacts
Visit our Continuing Education page for more information.
Sandra Podunavac – Phone: 304.896.7434 | Email: [email protected]
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus designated SARS-CoV-2. The outbreak of COVID-19 originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Since then, tens of thousands of confirmed cases have been reported, predominantly in China but in a rapidly growing number of countries worldwide.
This is a rapidly evolving situation, so information and recommendations may change. We will continue to learn more in the coming days and share new information as it is available. – from WVDHHR
Know How it Spreads
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading public health agency for the United States and has all the current information related to COVID-19. You will find facts about symptoms of the virus and what to do if you become sick, tips on how to prevent the spread of the virus, and answers to frequently asked questions on their designated Coronavirus website.
State of West Virginia Coronavirus Disease Website and Hotline
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has created a website and to provide the most current information and resources to its citizens.
SWVCTC Service Area Health Departments
For information regarding your community’s response to Coronavirus, you can contact your local health department.
The U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State provides an updated list of travel advisories.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
This web-based interactive dashboard tracks the spread of COVID-19 in real-time. It is hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
CARES ACT Emergency Financial Aid to Students
For more information, visit our CARES ACT page.