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Sabika Bingo December 6 – Get your tickets today!


A Sabika Bingo and Vendor Fair will be held at SWCC in the King Community Center Gym on Tuesday, December 6th hosted by the SWCC’s Professional Support Staff Association (PSSA) to fund the PSSA scholarship awarded to deserving students.

Game prizes will consist of all Sabika jewelry which has a total retail value of over $3,500. Doors will open at 3:00 PM to the public to visit vendor booths. Guests will be able to purchase BBQ dinners beginning at 4:30 PM. Bingo tickets presale has already started, so get your tickets today by contacting anyone in the list below. Tickets will be traded in on the night of the event for the cards needed to play. Packages will be $20 for one card per game (20 games) or $40 for three cards per game (20 games). Anyone purchasing tickets for presales will receive one free card for the final blackout game for each package purchased. The final game winner will win a Sabika choker, bracelet, and earrings set valued at $420. Raffle tickets will be sold for various prizes. We will also begin selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle on Nov. 2. See any SWCC PSSA member to purchase your 50/50 giveaway. For more information and to buy your tickets, contact:

Paula Owens at 964-7344 or

Jacky Rakes at 964-7394 or

Connie Harris at 964-7339 or

Kristy Israel at 964-7572 or

NEW Food Service on campus

The Farmer’s Table, located behind Buchanan Hall, open Monday – Thursday 10 am – 3 pm.

Transfer Representatives Campus Visits

Emory & Henry
Ratliff Commons, Dellinger Hall, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on:
Monday – November 7th, and Thursday – December 1st

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

Articulation Agreement between SWCC and UPike’s College of Optometry

Casey Price shares information on the new Articulation Agreement between the University of Pikeville Kentucky College Of Optometry and Southwest Virginia Community College students.

Casey Price shares information on the new Articulation Agreement between the University of Pikeville Kentucky College Of Optometry and Southwest Virginia Community College students.

Casey Price, admissions coordinator for the University of Pikeville Kentucky College Of Optometry (KYCO), shared information about KYCO’s  Collaborative Educational Attainment Agreement with SWCC. The agreement stipulates that three seats are reserved for SWCC students who successfully complete the pre-optometry program and meet the criteria for admissions to KYCO.  For more information, contact Professor Georgia Householder ( or visit .

Paramedic Careers

Amanda Testerman is a young woman that believes being an EMT is not just a job …  it is a passion for helping others.  Testerman says, “A few years ago, my 94 year-old grandfather became very ill and I felt completely helpless!  If I had known the symptoms of a stroke, I might have been able to act fast and assist him, instead of ‘freaking out.’  Every minute counts when someone is having a stroke. The longer blood flow is cut off to the brain, the greater the damage. Immediate treatment can save lives and enhance their chances for successful recovery.  I want to be able to provide immediate help to those lives in danger!”

paraTesterman says she is currently an EMT-Intermediate and is enrolled in the EMT-Paramedic program at Southwest Virginia Community College.   She says that with advanced training she will be certified to provide the highest level of pre‐hospital advanced life support care available in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Paramedic program expands on the skills and subjects in the Enhanced and Intermediate courses.  She says, “The ability to be able to help a person in a life-threatening situation is the single motivating factor for me.  I believe I have found my life purpose.”

She says that she is a mother of two children and previously worked full-time as an EMT-Intermediate provider for Galax-Grayson EMS.  She said that it has been a long rough road going back to college at 36 years old.  Testerman says, “I have recently made a decision to go down to part-time work so that I can give more time to my studies.  It has really paid off.  I am at the top of my class carrying the highest grades in every class for each term and I will graduate in May as an EMT-Paramedic.  My motto is ‘there are NO excuses, if I can do it, anyone can do it.   Don’t give up!  It is a career that you will feel respected and rewarded.”  She also says that she gets at least one ‘thank you’ a day!

Testerman highly recommends SWCC’s EMT programs.    She says “SWCC has a state-of-the-art lab where you can learn the necessary skills ‘hands-on’ in a lab with EMS equipment.   SWCC also has a mock hospital emergency room and lab where you can develop clinical/pre-hospital skills, as well as skills while on-board a simulated emergency vehicle.  SWCC has some of the top instructors around.”

Amanda Testerman cares about people.  She says she may consider bridging over to the Registered Nurse program in the future, but for right now, she loves being a paramedic.  Her only advice is to not take it home at the end of the day.

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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