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Transfer Representatives Campus Visits

Lobby, Russell Hall, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on:
February 22nd

Bluefield College, Admissions for online programs
Lobby, Buchanan Hall, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on:
February 16th & April 24th
Bluefield College offers online programs in Early Childhood Education, E-Business & Entrepreneurship, Criminal Justice, Human Services,  Management and Leadership, RN-BSN, and Master of Arts in Education.

Bluefield College
Lobby, Buchanan Hall, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm on:
February 27th

Contact Student Support Services at (276) 964-7624 or in B-152 for more information.

SWCC BEIT presence at Good Samaritan Food Pantry

food pantry BEIT

SWCC employees Cardova Ratliff (left) and Megan Jones (right).

Employees of the Business, Engineering, Industrial Technology Division and Workforce Services at Southwest Virginia Community College greeted citizens of the surrounding community as they walked through the welcoming doors of the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Richlands.

A table was decorated with brochures, pamphlets, and other materials to promote the various funding and employment opportunities available for each program. Representing the programs were Ariel Hartman and Cardova Ratliff with Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation, Angie Miller and Leslie Brooks for Workforce Services, Heather Lester and Megan Jones with the REDI Center and Bradie Jackson for TAACCCT 4 Precision Machining, Mechatronics and Welding.

The Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation programs provide students with the necessary skills to enter the thriving recreation and tourism industry. Students who complete the program will earn nationally recognized credentials, and for those interested, a complete business plan. The Workforce Services team assists students in gaining in demand credentials through fast track non-credit training. Additionally, the team will assist incumbent companies in developing and executing team enhancement and certification programs in their operations; thereby enhancing productivity, efficiency, profitability.

The SWCC REDI Center assists individuals that have been displaced from a coal related industry in obtaining retraining and employment services as well as industry recognized credentials to re-enter the workforce.

For more information or to enroll in these programs please contact Megan Jones, (276)964-7818 or for detailed information. Numerous opportunities are available for assistance with tuition, books and supplies.

Career Pathways – Weldingwelding

Kristen Brown has always been interested in welding since she was a young girl.  Though her first job was with a family-owned plumbing company, her father inspired her to pursue a career in welding.  Kristen enrolled in Southwest Virginia Community College’s welding program.   Brown thought welding would translate into a good career, particularly since she loved working with her hands and “making things stick together.”

Kristen says even though she is in the minority as a female welder, that fact has never deterred her from following her heart.  She has actually found that there are many women in this industry and advises any woman to “give it all you got, you may surprise yourself!”

David Witt, Assistant Professor, Welding at Southwest Virginia Community College said that women make great welders and young women like Kristen are more and more frequently choosing non-traditional careers to support their family.  Witt said “women take pride in their work and are very precise while men are more favorable to just ‘get it done.’ ”

Kristen is from Richlands, VA, and is a single mother of four children.  She is one of four women enrolled in the Welding program at Southwest Virginia Community College.

To get more information on how to enroll in welding classes at Southwest, please call or email the Business, Engineering and Industrial Technology Division at 276-964-7277 or

todd hillSWCC is pleased to announce that Todd Hill has been selected as part of the sixth class of the Valley Proteins Fellows Program, administered by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. Hill is a sophomore business management student. He is the president of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa and is co-president of the United Way Club. Out of the more than 400,000 people Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth, only nine are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. Learn more..

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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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