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May 14 – Commencement Ceremony, 7 p.m. (candidates report at 5 p.m.) King Community Center Auditorium

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Graduation Photos – An opportunity to purchase professional quality photos will be available May 14 from 2 to 5 pm in the King Community Center Art Gallery.
Your 3 – 5 professional quality photos will be mailed to you  on a CD along with copyrights to print. The cost is $25 and all proceeds will to go to the Great Expectations Program at SWCC. For more information call 276.964.7654.

Outdoor Activities & Events are set for the summer!!– Adventure Academy, Map Your Future & More…Visit the Adventure Tourism & Outdoor Activities site for a schedule.
May – Arts and Crafts Enrichment Program– SWCC offers these classes led by local professional artists and crafts people.
Download the Arts & Crafts Enrichment Program Brochure. Class prices range from $49 to $59. To learn more and to register contact Brenda Robinson at (276) 964-7242 or Classes during April and May and include:

  • Knitting (April 13, 20, 27, May 4, and 11) 6 – 9pm Knitting is a deep rooted tradition of our Appalachian region, that still brings joy and warmth to the hearts of those who know its art.
  • Photography (May 5 and 12) 6 -9pm Review elements of design useful in photography, look at the camera and its different components prior to digital imagery, and explore the many new tools and features available in the digital camera.
  • Brick Carving for Beginners (May 2, 9, and 16) 10am – 3pm Gain hands-on experience in carving clay using
    very traditional methods of shaping “green” (unfired) bricks or ceramic tiles.

June 12 – 13 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium -The AHWS Writing Contest is accepting applications with cash prizes for both Youth & Adult divisions. 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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