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SWCC Academic News & Campus Events

NEW STUDENTS! Two free orientation sessions scheduled for July!

Get started with confidence, learn about:

  • managing your MYSouthwest account
  • navigating through Blackboard
  • monitoring financial aid
  • participating in activities and clubs
  • utilizing available resources
  • ensuring campus safety

Orientation Session Registration You may also call Shelly Musick, 276.964.7675 or Beth Gianato at 276.964.7624.

June 14 – 18 Richlands Open Tennis Tournament
Richlands Open Entry FormThe proceeds from the tournament will go to Southwest Virginia Community College for their scholarship program, with tax-deductible gifts being made to the SWCC Educational Foundation. This support provides scholarships for deserving students at SWCC, either in the Allied Health Program or the Music Program.

The scholarships are the Richlands Open Tennis Tournament Scholarship in Allied Health and the Bob Nassif Music Scholarship. Last year’s tournament raised over $10,000 for these two scholarships.
Sponsor contributions may be made to: Richlands Open Tennis Tournament, c/o Mary W. Lawson, Southwest Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, Inc., P. O. Box SVCC, Richlands, VA 24641.
Checks should be made payable to: SWCC Educational Foundation, Inc. Contributions are tax deductible within the guidelines of the IRS. Gifts may also be made in honor or memory of loved ones. Call 276.964.2015 or 276.964.2573 for donor and/or player registration information.

Congratulations 2015 Graduates!

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2015 Graduates

Class of 2015 photo SWCC Public Relations Office

May 14 – Graduates Hear Message of Encouragement
Southwest Virginia Community College graduates heard a message of encouragement in setting and meeting goals as stairsteps to success. Commencement Speaker Virginia Delegate James W. (Will) Morefield gave a stirring presentation at the 2015 graduation ceremony held at the college. Delegate Morefield’s comments included an example of someone he admired most, someone who had risen above her circumstances to become extremely successful. His mother, who is an officer in the United States Air Force and who served valiantly in Iraq during 2003.

Morefield’s speech, as well as highlights from the 2015 Commencement Ceremony, can be seen on the SWCC Youtube channel (swccutube) at:
Dr. J. Mark Estepp, president of the college introduced the commencement speaker and offered a gift to the graduating class. A coin was given to each of the graduates featuring the college’s logo. Phyllis Roberts, vice president of institutional advancement, presented the coin to each of the graduates as they crossed the stage during the ceremony.

Robert Taylor, chair of the SWCC Local Board, also welcomed the graduates, their families and friends to the event. “We celebrate your accomplishment tonight with each of you,” said Taylor.

Mr. Joshua H. Justus, president of the SWCC chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, introduced the 2015 recipient of the SWCC Distinguished Alumnus Award, Dr. Scott R. Miller. “I cannot tell you how honored I am to be here as the recipient of this award,” said Miller.

Dr. Barbara Fuller, vice president of academic and student services, presented the candidates for graduation. Dr. Estepp conferred the degrees and certificates with the assistance of Mary Ragland, dean of student success; Windell Turner, interim vice president of financial and administrative services; and Phyllis Roberts, vice president of institutional development.

Dr. Michael Henry, project director, student support services, TRIO gave both the invocation and benediction. Professor Douglas Branton served as Marshal for commencement.

Music, Processional, Recessional and National Anthem was performed by members of the SWCC Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Trivette, the Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Endowed Chair in Music at SWCC. The words of the “Fanfare and Recessional on Alma Mater” were written by Adda Leah Davis and arranged by Dr. Trivette.

Outdoor Activities & Events are set for the summer!!– Adventure Academy, Map Your Future & More…Visit the Adventure Tourism & Outdoor Activities site for a schedule.
June 12 – 13 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium – Learn more at the AHWS website or contact
June 15 – 19 STEM Quest Summer Camp -High school teachers and counselors are encouraged to apply for a seat in this STEM Camp.
The program is limited to only 30 teacher and counselor participants and is a free, three-credit hour course. This course may be eligible to be used for possible Teacher Recertification Units.
In addition, fifteen 9th grade girls will be selected from the southwest Virginia region to attend this year’s SWCC STEM Quest Summer Camp. A counselor at the camp will be assigned to each student to provide mentoring and guidance throughout the camp. Students need to apply now for this summer adventure, as the number of slots are so limited.
During the camp all participants will have the opportunity to experience new state-of-the-art labs and technology with hands on demonstrations. Some of these demonstrations will include: forensics lab/fingerprinting, weapons simulator, emergency medical services simulator, virtual welder, nursing simulators, robots, virtual cadaver lab, computer aided design, and so much more!
And, that’s not all! Participants will also enjoy hiking a trail using geographic information systems technology and GPS, as well as participate in a demonstration of a virtual manufacturing facility.
Participants will get a special treat when SWCC President Mark Estepp and his wife Trish will host a cookout for the class at noon on Friday, June 19 at the SWCC picnic shelters.
Interested? Find out how to apply by contacting Mandy Harris at SWCC, 276.964.7277, or email
July 10 SWCC & CMT Concert & Community Outreach Event- Learn more —
July 6 – 24 SWCC Governor’s School for Science & Technology -contact Mrs. Margaret Dye or Ms. Mandy Harris, co-directors, at 276.964.7277 or 276.964.7308.
July 20-24, 015 – MAD Camp Registrations are being accepted. The Music, Art & Drama class will be July 20 through July 24th. Download Registration MAD 2015 Imaginarium

Enjoy hot, delicious grilled lunches on campus Monday-Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm.
Look for the umbrella!!! The food cart station is outside Buchanan Hall, on the back patio. Patrons can order and wait on their food inside the cafeteria as it is cooked up hot & delicious. 


Complete your FAFSA to apply for financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year that begins in summer term.

FAFSA HELP is available. Contact financial aid for workshop information.
Already know how to complete FAFSA? SWCC’s code is 007260. Apply for FAFSA

CMT Empowering Education Campaign Encourages area residents to go back to school.

The campaign highlights the important role community colleges play in providing affordable, relevant education and training aligned with the workforce needs in rural America.

We are excited to be partnering with CMT on this initiative,” said Dr. J. Mark Estepp, president of SWCC. “We were one of only 14 colleges selected nationally to participate in this program.
SWCC is the only college selected from the state of Virginia that will be a partner in the CMT EMPOWERING EDUCATION initiative. CMT Empowering Education

SWCC Student Success Stories are in the news. Learn more
NOTICE: In order to receive refunds sooner, students may now choose to receive refund disbursement electronically rather than by check. Learn more. You must register on the SWCC Refund Disbursement portal to receive your refund either by Direct Deposit or through a reloadable SWCC Visa Educatecard.

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