The Agriculture program was developed in response to state and local for training needs for skilled workers in agriculture. Agriculture provides a number of career pathways including agribusiness, horticulture, crop production, aquaponics, precision agriculture, and Ag education. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of agriculture and then select electives to customize their specific skill sets to career goals. The program’s flexible curriculum can adapt quickly to provide the ultimate in training.
Allied Health and Business Leadership
The Allied Health Business and Leadership Certificate program prepares individuals to develop, plan, and manage healthcare services within healthcare systems. The program includes instruction and leadership in planning, strategy, business and financial management, public relations, human resources management, law and regulations with application.
The full Allied Health Business and Leadership Certificate Program is available online. Some courses may be offered at Campus locations. Check schedule for offerings.
The Behavioral Health Certificate Program prepares individuals for the introductory professional practice of social work, in collaboration with other health care professionals, in hospitals and other health care facilities and organizations.
This program includes instruction in social work, psychiatric casework, clinical interviewing techniques, therapeutic intervention strategies and evaluation, patient and family counseling, social rehabilitation, patient care planning, and support services.
The full Behavioral Health Certificate Program is available on the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.
Central Sterile Technician
30 Credit Hours
The Central Sterile Supply Technician Certificate Program is designed to introduce the primary responsibilities of a sterile processing technician including practical application of learned concepts and procedures. Students will gain experience in instrument identification, preparation, storage, and distribution of supplies and equipment. Four-hundred clinical hours are required. The program will prepare the student to take the national certification exam.
15 Credit Hours
The Central Sterile Technician Skill Set prepares the student to ensure that all instruments used by medical personnel in the healthcare facility are clean and sterile. This entails performing manual cleaning prior to sterilization, placing cleaned instruments in sterilizers, and the ability to run and monitor the sterilizers. Central Sterile Technicians are integral members of the healthcare team who are responsible for decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging and sterilizing surgical instruments and devices in a healthcare facility that is essential to patient safety.
The Criminal Justice Program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment criminal justice field.
The Criminal Justice Program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment or permit persons already employed in the field to upgrade their skills for advancement. Classroom activities are planned to provide instruction related to the skills needed in the criminal justice field.
Knowledge and skills gained through this program typically prepare for or upgrade the skills of those in positions such as Patrolman, Deputy Sheriff, Watchman/Guard, Corrections Officer, or Parole/Probation Officer. All students in this program must complete a common general education core and a career support core.
While not all of the careers listed below are entry-level, they do represent the wide-ranging opportunities in the field of criminal justice:
- Air Marshal
- Bailiff Border Patrol
- CIA Employee
- Corrections Officer
- Court Clerk
- Crime Lab Analyst
- Criminal Investigator
- Customs and Border Patrol Officer
- DEA Agent
- Deputy Sheriff
- Fire/Police Dispatcher
- Fish and Game Warden
- ICE Agent
- Parole Officer
- Police Officer
- Private Investigator
- Probation Officer
- Secret Service Agent
- State Trooper
- Transportation Security
Pathways: Law Enforcement, Corrections, or Homeland Security
Campus Location: The full Criminal Justice Program is available at all campus locations.
Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Development Program is designed for those who work with children from infancy through early childhood
The Early Childhood Development Program is designed for those who work with children from infancy through early childhood. The degree gives students classroom and practical understanding of the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional principles critical to working with children from infancy through early childhood.
Preschool teachers typically work for privately owned childcare centers, publicly funded daycare centers or religious organizations. As a preschool teacher, you might also be self-employed and run your own center. You’ll be responsible for engaging young children in fun activities that build basic social skills while encouraging intellectual and emotional growth. These activities may include group play, singing, arts and crafts, sharing, nature lessons, word games, number recognition, dancing and storytelling. It’s possible to work either full- or part-time hours, and unlike kindergarten through secondary school teachers, you’ll most likely work throughout the entire calendar year.
(The Early Childhood Development Program can also serve as a pathway to earning an elementary teaching license if candidate transfers to a four-year institution and completes the state requirements for licensure. Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they will transfer to determine the appropriate science courses to select.)
Campus Location: Most, but not all, courses in the Early Childhood Development Program are web-based.
Embedded Certificate or Skillset
Electrical Engineering Technology
The Electrical Engineering Technology Program has the mission to provide an academic and technical education with sequential/practical instruction for the development of the student as a mature, responsible electrical technician. The curriculum incorporates basic and advanced courses in electricity, electronics, and electrical machinery. In addition, students must take technical specialization electives in fields that are of particular interest to them.
Campus Location: The Electrical Engineering Program is available at the Logan and Williamson campus.
Electromechanical Instrumentation Technology
The Electromechanical Instrumentation Technology Program prepares students for industrial automation in applications (engineering) positions, as well as service (maintenance) type positions by providing knowledge and hands-on experience in electricity, fluid power, sensors, control systems, instrumentation and programmable controllers – components that are used in a wide variety of industrial automation systems, machines, and equipment.
This program is designed for those who are interested in oil and gas industry, plant maintenance, machine set-up and installation, and troubleshooting of modern computer controlled machines. Electromechanical instrumentation jobs are found in the manufacturing, energy, medical, electronics, agriculture, biotechnology, and automotive industries.
The full Electromechanical Instrumentation Technology Certificate Program is available on the Williamson Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Logan, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.
The Certificate in General Studies is designed to provide students with an educational path that will maintain options while completing basic general education requirements.
30 Credit Hours
The Certificate in General Studies is designed to provide students with an educational path that will maintain options while completing basic general education requirements. The coursework required for the degree will provide skills necessary to be competitive and excel in the workplace including: a) communication skills, b) critical thinking skills, c) a knowledge of basic technology, and d) a strong sense of personal and professional responsibility.
Pathways: This certificate is the preferred program for students undecided in a college major.
Campus Location: All (Not all classes are offered on every campus. Consult course schedules to see what is available at each location.)
Health Care Technology
The Health Care Technology Certificate Program prepares graduates as multi-skilled flexible health care workers, who work under the direction of licensed professionals such as medical laboratory technologists, registered professional nurses, radiologic technologists, surgical technologists, and physicians. Students may work in a variety of health care settings.
Certification exams may be available and students are expected to take appropriate national certification exams. The Health Care Technology Program graduate is not intended to be a medical laboratory technician.
Campus Location: The full Health Care Technology Certificate Program is available on the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/ McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.
The Industrial Technology Certificate Program is designed to provide basic skills in a variety of applied industrial careers which can lead to entry-level positions and provides a smooth transition into an associate or high technology field.
The full Industrial Technology Certificate Program, Mechatronics Option, is available at the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.
Machinist Option The full Industrial Technology Certificate Program, Machinist Option, is available at the Williamson Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Logan, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.
The full Industrial Technology Certificate Program, Welding Option, is available at the Williamson Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Logan, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.
The Information Technology Program was developed in response to state and national needs for highly qualified IT professionals who can fill the workforce gap. The program provides a flexible curriculum that can adapt quickly to provide the ultimate in technical training. It is designed as non-transfer for career-oriented students who seek advanced positions in the IT industry workforce after completion of the program. The focus electives will be customized to student career path and current business and industry demands.
Campus Location: The full Information Technology Program is available at all campus locations.
The Medical Coding Specialist Certificate Program is designed to provide each student with the comprehensive knowledge and competencies required to become a successful medical coder in a hospital setting, physician office setting, or ambulatory setting.
Graduates of the program meet the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) requirements to set for the CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) Exam.
Campus Location: The full Medical Coding Specialist Certificate Program is available online with the exception of MT 121 or higher. Some courses may be offered at Campus locations. Check schedule for offerings.
The Medical Coding Skill Set prepares students to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
The required courses help the student demonstrate coding skills in a variety of healthcare settings, including inpatient and outpatient hospital settings and physician offices.
Campus Location: The full Medical Coding Skill Set is available online. Some courses may be offered at Campus locations. Check schedule for offerings
The Paraprofessional Education Certificate Program meets the requirements for a Paraprofessional Certificate as provided by the West Virginia Board of Education.
36 Credit Hours
The Paraprofessional Education Certificate Program meets the requirements for a Paraprofessional Certificate as provided by the West Virginia Board of Education. This certificate entitles the individual to serve in a support capacity including, but not limited to, facilitating instruction and direct or indirect supervision of pupils under the direction of an educator.
Pathways: This certificate will assist completers to earn an entry-level position in a preschool facility. This is an excellent program for any student who desires to become a teacher in West Virginia, especially in an elementary setting.
Campus Location: All (Not all classes are offered on every campus. Consult course schedules to see what is available at each location.) Most, but not all, of these courses are available online.
The Technical Studies Program is designed as a non-transfer program for students completing an occupational specialization at the career/vocational centers. It is designed to provide students with the general education knowledge, management skills and technical competencies necessary for employment in a variety of occupations.
Campus Location: The full Technical Studies Program is available at all campus locations.
Are you ready to let the sparks fly in Southern’s welding program and classes?
You’ll cut, weld and solder your way to a skilled trade career! As a graduate of Southern’s Welding program, your career options include manufacturing, commercial construction, mining, agriculture, wholesale trade and repair and maintenance.
What is Welding?
Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. About 80 percent of welding jobs are in manufacturing. Welding also is used to join beams when constructing buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.
Welding is a specialized skill that offers career opportunities in: welding shops, manufacturing of metal goods, construction, pipe welding, plant maintenance, shipbuilding, and many others. From the tallest skyscrapers to machines and appliances that help make life easier, welders play a critical role in keeping our economy moving.
Campus Location: The full Welding Technology Program is available at the Williamson campus.