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SWCC’s Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic Celebrates the Life of Sam McCall, (1936-2015) – Swing for Fun & Student Scholarships

September 22, 1 pm, Tazewell County Country Club – Call 276-964-7348 for more information. Download Golf Tournament Flyer[/box]

SWCC Students Meet HR Staff at the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM) Annual Manufacturing Expo

Online social networking and job search sites have grown in leaps and bounds, however, nothing compares to having a face-to-face conversation with human resource personnel. Getting to learn about the employment opportunities, as well as discussing the expectations of a potential employer helps a student learn so much more about the company. That is exactly what happened at the Manufacturing Expo, sponsored by the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM), at the Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA on August 9, 2016. Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC), Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) Round 4 Grant program participants attended this exciting and worthwhile annual event. This is the second year that, Lennie Gail Mitcham, Executive Director of SVAM, invited SWCC students to the Manufacturing Expo, which featured mainly southwest Virginia manufacturing employers, and/or workforce and career service assistance and/or employment agencies.

Each SWCC student attending the Manufacturing Expo, along with the title of their Career Studies Certificates, are as follows: Michael Endicott, Welding & Mechatronics; Jarrod Whited, Welding; Cory Gilbert, Welding; Ashley Walls, CNC Precision Machining (also currently enrolled in Mechatronics); Tara Pendry, Carpentry & Mechatronics; Bradley Hall, Mechatronics; and Michael Dye (not pictured), Mechatronics. The group was accompanied by SWCC TAACCCT Round 4 Grant staff, Diana Stinson, Employment Specialist and Harold Dishner, Career Coach.

The next two cohorts, Mechatronics and CNC Precision Machining will begin on August 29, 2016. Information about each of the upcoming cohorts is provided below. We encourage those who wish to participate in these amazing, career and life changing cohorts to read the following information:

Precision Machining Career Studies Certificate

Precision Machining Career Studies Certificate is a 29 credit program scheduled for August 29, 2016 through February 23, 2017. The classes will meet during the evenings on the following weekdays and times: Monday, Tuesday, & Friday, 5 pm – 10 pm and Wednesday 5 pm – 9:30 pm. The Precision Machining program provides training to obtain an entry level machining and CNC technician job throughout the region.

This program includes the following: instruction in machine blueprint reading, safety, bench work, hand tools, precision measuring instruments, drill presses, cut-off saw, lathes, mills, grinders, basic CNC programming, and CNC machine operations. The participants will have the opportunity to earn multiple NIMS Level I certifications. The curriculum is based on the nationally accepted NIMS standards.

Credentials: OSHA 10, First-Aid, CPR, AED, Career Readiness Certificate, Digital Literacy, National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machining Level I (Measurement, Materials & Safety, Job Planning, Bench work & Layout, Manual Milling Skills I, Turning Operations, Grinding Skills I, Drill Press Skills I, CNC Turning, CNC Milling).

Degree: Career Studies Certificate Precision Machining

Mechatronics Career Studies Certificate

Mechatronics Career Studies Certificate cohort is scheduled from August 29, 2016 through February 23, 2017, on the following weekdays and times: Tuesday & Thursday, 8 am – 4 pm, and Wednesday, 9 am – 2 pm. The mechatronics program provides participants with the training needed to obtain an entry-level industrial maintenance job.

The curriculum includes instruction in electrical components, electronics, digital literacy, mechanical components, electrical drives, (Electro) Pneumatic and Hydraulic Control Circuits and digital fundamentals and PLCs. The participants will have the opportunity to earn the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Assistant certification. The curriculum is based on the internationally accepted SIEMENS standards.

Credentials: OSHA 10, First-Aid, CPR, AED, Career Readiness Certificate, Digital Literacy, Siemens, Mechatronic Systems Assistant Certification (SMSCP) (Machine Operator+)

Degree: Career Studies Certificate Mechatronics

Interested students must contact Bradie Jackson at 276.964.7270 or email for enrollment in one of these program cohorts and to receive an information packet.

This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Trade Affected Workers, Veterans, Dislocated Workers with Priority of Service.

Upward Bound Students Visit New York Fire Department

Southwest Virginia Community College Upward Bound program participants and chaperones traveled to  New York City for their annual cultural trip. While there, Caleb Hess, a sophomore at Honaker High school, SWCC Upward Bound participant, and a member of the Explorer Post of the Honaker Volunteer Fire Department, presented a shield to the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) from the Honaker Fire Department. Learn More …

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Tennis Tournament

The 34th Annual Richlands Open Tennis Tournament held recently helped raise over $8000 for scholarships for music students at Southwest Virginia Community College. The scholarships are given in honor of Bob Nassif who coordinated the tournament for many years. This year’s tournament was held at the B. J. “Bob” and Nona Nassif Tennis Courts at SWCC. There was a record number of participants whose support, along with tournament sponsors and donors, combined their efforts to make the tournament so successful.

35 & Over Men's Singles - Bill Dye - Champion & Bob Staton - runner Up
50 & Over Men's Singles - Bob Staton - Champion & Dave Miller - Runner Up
Century Doubles - Dave Miller & Bob Staton - Champion & Dave Decker & Barry Sample - Runner Up
Men's Doubles - Bill Dye & Joey Trivette - Champion & Lynn Leafesburgh & Bob Staton - Runner Up
Men's Singles - Lynn Leafesburgh - Champion & Bill Dye - Runner Up
Mixed Doubles - Joey & Ann Marie Trivette - Champion Emily Fulkerson & Bill Dye - Runner Up

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