The Business, Engineering & Industrial Technology Division at Southwest provides top quality courses to meet the educational needs of its students and their goals. The Division also provides trained manpower for the service region through curricula designed to meet the needs of the service region business community.

Department Updates & Program Notes


Course in Spotlight

Introduction to Computer Usage (CSC 100)
Have you ever wanted to operate a computer but don’t know where to begin? Solve this dilemma by enrolling in CSC 100, Introduction to Computer Usage, during the Fall 2014 semester. CSC 100 teaches fundamental skills of computer operation and examines hardware (processor, keyboard, disk drives, and printers), operating systems and editors.

The course will be available three different times during the Fall 2014 semester: August 14 & August 15 (8:00 – 3:50 PM), August 25 – September 24 (MW 1:40 – 2:55), and October 21 – November 20 (TR 2:35 – 3:50 PM). All sections will be held on the SWCC campus in Davis Hall Room 234.

This course is for you if you want to gain the knowledge to operate a computer hardware, browse the Internet (including Social Media outlets), save files/pictures, and other actions regarding the computer. Registration begins Monday, April 7. Register today. Space is limited.

New Programs

Clubs & Other Initiatives

Business Connect  is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to interact with local business leaders.  Business Connect will happen twice each semester and will involve having local business leaders meet and talk with students, faculty, and staff about their business experiences.  Goals are Student Career Exploration – Network with Local Business Leaders & Expose Students to Transfer Opportunities that exist

Fall 2014 Meetings: September 16, 2014 and October 21, 2014
All meetings are in DA120 at 12:10 pm

Career Fair & Opportunity Showcase – Spring 2015 dates will be available October 2014

The career fair and opportunity showcase will provide an opportunity for past, current and potential students to network with academic and professionals serving the insurance and financial services industry. The goals are to connect:  potential students with the appropriate Southwest program of study to meet their employment objectives;  current students with continuing education opportunities with 4 year partners; students with potential employers;  employers with potential employees

enactus, Margaret Dye Adviser

Phi Beta Lambda, Patsy Hankins, Adviser
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is an organization for student members preparing for careers in business—all businesses—all students. Our mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership development programs.

Southwest Adventure Team, Michael Brown, David Witt, James Dye, Advisers. Contact: 276-964-7277 or email
SWAT meets 2nd Monday each month, DA120, 3pm
$5 membership dues paid each year. Open to students, faculty & staff. Like us on Facebook!

The Southwest Adventure Team is a school sponsored, student-led group dedicated to having fun in the great outdoors.  If you want to hike, canoe, kayak, backpack, mountain bike, snowboard, or just spend time in the great outdoors – this is the club for you!  We practice, “safety first” and “leave nothing but footprints” values and we also include a few tips on outdoor survival skills, map reading/GPS and first-aid. Consider joining the SWCC Outdoors Club for fun and adventure. Potential trips can include:   Hikes to the Channels – Hikes around Hidden Lake -  Kayaking / Canoeing Hidden Lake –    The rock wall and rock climbing -  Mountain biking – Hikes along the Appalachian Trail -  Spelunking

Recreation Area, This project is funded from a grant from Dominion Resources and is sponsored by the BEIT Division. The area is being created to be used by the faculty, staff, students and the community to utilize as  an excellent location to bring student group, cub scouts, boy scouts, girl scouts, venturing crews, church groups, etc. The location will have the following features: Orienteering Course, Hiking and Nature Trail, Picnic Tables & Benches, Amphitheater, 12 Station Fitness Trail, Interpretative Signs, GeoCaches, Camping Area, Birding Trail, Disc Golf

Learn more about the Recreation Area

Program Information

S-Stem Program

nsfThe SWCC/National Science Foundation Scholarship Program (S-STEM) was established to increase the number of talented, but financially disadvantaged undergraduate students who achieve an associate’s degree in Electrical/Electronics Technology, Engineering, Science

The National Science Foundation Scholarship application for 2014-15 is closed. Please check this site in Spring 2015 for information on the 2015-16 NSF scholarship.

Contact: Lisa Henley, Russell Hall R230, 276.964.7329


Governor’s School for Science & Technology
2014 Governor School dates: July 7 – July 25

 The Governor’s School for Science & Technology is held for two weeks in July each year in Davis Hall on SWCC’s

2014 applications are now available at your high school. The applications are due back to your guidance counselor/gifted coordinator on Friday, April 18.

All applications must be returned to the high school and not to the Governor’s School.

Directors are Margaret Dye, 276.964.7308 and Mandy Harris, 276.964.7277

About the Governor’s School

The SWCC Governor’s Summer School for Science & Technology has been devised to meet the needs of students in the Virginia counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell. The school operates on a non-resident basis and is three weeks in duration. Two lead faculty members, recruited, screened and selected by the School’s Governing Board, provide for instructional experiences in the areas of Technology and Life Sciences and Medicine.
More than twenty enrollees, selected from area high schools are divided into two groups of twelve students each. The incorporation of visiting lecturers of national eminence, coupled with capstone field activities, counseling and career mentoring experiences lend considerable dynamism to the effort. Students participating in the SWCC Governor’s School for Science and Technology receive six college credits which may be applied to their program of study at SWCC or may transfer to other colleges and universities.

More about the Virginia Governor’s School Program…


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