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SWCC Student on PTK Top-Ten Academic Team

Julie Dotson Selected for Prestigious PTK Top-Ten Academic Team

all virginia teamJulia Dotson, a pre-engineering major at Southwest Virginia Community College, was selected for membership on the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa All-Virginia Academic Team. “I am honored to be a part of this prestigious academic team,” said Dotson.  She was one of two SWCC students to receive membership on the PTK academic team this year.  There are only 10 members on the team, who represent the 23 Virginia Community Colleges. The other PTK academic team member from SWCC was Todd Hill.

This is a highly-competitive distinction. Nominees are required to have a minimum 3.5 GPA and a record of community service within their own service area.  PTK winners have impressive academic and community service records, including holding leadership positions and participating in organizations at the college level and within the community. Students must also submit an essay that highlights their educational and professional experiences, goals and personal obstacles.

Only ten (10) students statewide are selected from the pool of All-Virginia Academic Team honorees to receive the distinction as a PTK Top-Ten All-Virginia Academic Team recipient.

Dotson exemplifies these high expectations. She serves as Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s two year honor society, as a Student Government Association Senator, and is an active member of the Campus Crusade for Christ.

She plans to transfer to Virginia Tech, where she would like to major in chemical engineering. She would like to work in food engineering, specifically in the area of research. Her long term career goals include teaching on the university-level.

“I would tell anyone that your gender does not define your future,” said Dotson, whose career goals are in a non-traditional area of industry for women. “I was actually accepted into Virginia Tech and chose to come to SWCC first. I am so glad I did! By coming to SWCC first, as a traditional-age student, it allowed me to mature. I am something of an introvert and coming to Southwest made it possible for me to be comfortable in a small college setting before transferring to a large university,” said Dotson. She continued, “I would like to thank all of the people who have helped me at SWCC. In particular, Professor Brian Hale, who encouraged me all through my program of study. My family, especially my mom, have also been wonderful in supporting and encouraging me to reach for my academic and professional goals.”

Her advice to anyone wanting to enroll at SWCC is to, “get involved. There are so many opportunities on campus! If they are able to get involved in clubs and organizations, you can make contacts and learn things that can help you later in your academic and professional career.  Your goals are only limited by your imagination and drive,” said Dotson.     

Dotson is the daughter of Eva and Michael Dotson and resides in Cedar Bluff, Virginia. She has one sister, Alisa.

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