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MAD Camp July 18-22, 2016 For Students entering grades 3rd-9th – Fall 2016 – Register online now OR  Download MAD Camp Application here
Attention new students! Orientation will be held August 26th at 9 am in Dellinger Hall, Room 118.  You may register for Fall 2016 Orientation online or to register by phone contact: Shelly Musick (276) 964-7675 or Beth Gianato (276) 964-7624

All participants will be entered in a drawing for a SWCC Starter Kit. Program Advisory Meetings to Follow. Download the Orientation Fall 2016 Flyer

Journeymen – Master Electrician, HVAC Technician, Plumber, and Gasfitter’s Renewal Licenses Offered at Southwest

Anyone seeking renewal of their Journeymen/Master Electrician, HVAC Technician, Plumber or Gasfitter’s license can meet the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations (DPOR) requirements on Saturday,  July 9, starting at 7:00am. These continuing education classes will be held on Southwest Virginia Community College’s Main Campus in Davis Hall, Room 122. Cost per class for National Electrical Code, HVAC, and Plumbing is $75 each.  Cost for Gas Fitters class is  $50.  Pre-registration online is required and must be received by July 6th.  Please call or email now to enroll, (276) 964-7244 or

Radiography Pinning 2016


Pictured are the 2016 graduating students from the Cooperative Radiography Program of Southwest Virginia Community College. Front Row (L to R): Matt Blust, Chelsa McCulloch, Breanna Easley, Christa Fisher, Lindsay Thompson, Jennifer Short, Allison Doane, Mariah Morrison, and David Edwards. Back Row (L to R): Candice Miller and Whitney Lawson.

The Southwest Virginia Community College Cooperative Radiography Program recently celebrated its 40th Radiography Pinning Ceremony at the SWCC King Community Center, Richlands, VA.  The graduates represent students from the Southwest Virginia Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College campuses.  Graduates for the Class of 2016 received their pins from program faculty representing each campus.

Dr. Barbara Fuller delivered the evenings address to the graduates.  Fuller is Vice President of Academic & Student Services at SWCC.  Her presentation challenged the radiography graduates to “prepare for a life of responsibility and leadership” and “balance their physical, mental, social, intellectual and spiritual lives.”  She encouraged continued educational advancement and perseverance in their professional maturity toward career development.

The program’s 2016 Outstanding Student Award was awarded to Lindsay Thompson.  This award is presented each year to a deserving student based on input from fellow student radiographers, clinical staff and program faculty.

Education & Training Opportunities


The Governing Board for the SWCC Governor’s School for Science and Technology announced that plans are underway for the 2016 summer activities. The school will be held in the Ralph B. Davis building at Southwest Virginia Community College. Rising seniors and juniors from all high schools within the SWCC service area are invited to apply for candidacy to the school through their school coordinator for the gifted. Coordinated efforts on behalf of Southwest Virginia Community College, Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell County school systems and the Virginia Department of Education make it possible to provide the school at no cost to students.  The goal of the Governor’s School being to get local students interested in and excited about the areas of science, medicine, engineering, and technology.

The school will start on Monday, July 11, and end on Friday, July 29, 2016. Applications are available at high schools in the SWCC service region now. 

Additional information can be obtained from your local high school principal or gifted coordinator or you can contact Mrs. Margaret Dye or Mandy Barrett- Co-Directors at 276-964-7277.

Twenty-four participants will be selected from applications received and evaluated by each school system. Factors to be taken into consideration include teacher recommendations, types of courses taken, class grades, achievement test scores, extra-curricular activities, and an essay in which students explain their interest in science and technology.

The SWCC Governor’s School is one of the pioneering Governor’s School efforts in Virginia, having been in existence since 1985. The twenty-four students selected are divided into 2 groups, each one with an interest in a particular branch of science. The study experiences include the areas of Computer Fundamentals and Life Sciences. Each group studies under one of two lead faculty selected from exemplary instructors from the counties, as well as from the community college.

A capstone project and field trips are also included in the experience. Six semester hours of college credit will be awarded as part of the experience. The college credits have in the past transferred as electives to most colleges and universities on an individual basis. However, students are urged to consult with their prospective colleges and universities for questions on this matter.

The SWCC Governor’s School has been highly commended for its excellence in delivering quality educational experiences to its students.  Students who participated in the 2015 Governor’s School expressed their appreciation for the opportunity afforded them to share in the many experiences from the study and travel associated with the program.

Parents recognized the Governor’s School experiences as positive influences on their children’s academic goals and expressed their appreciation to the local school divisions and the community college for making the school possible.  This year the school has been enhanced through several innovations and changes to further bolster the experience.

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