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About

PURPOSE

GENERAL INFORMATION

Southwest Virginia Community College is a two-year institution of higher education established as a part of a state-wide system of community colleges serving primarily the residents of the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson (partial), Russell and Tazewell. The College operates under policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges and a Local College Board. The institution is financed primarily by State funds supplemented by contributions from the participating localities.

The College operates on the semester system and is open on a year-round basis. Classes normally are held from 8:00 am through 9:50 pm. The availability of college credit courses in the evening allows the student who must work while going to college the opportunity to coordinate college activities with employment.

OUR PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Offering more than 80 programs of study, Southwest has served more than 109,000 students since 1967. A 2019 alumni survey revealed that 98% of Southwest’s gradates recommend the college.

Programs of study include administration of justice, business, education, engineering and technology, general studies (transfer), industry and manufacturing, and science/health technologies.  In addition to classes being offered at the college’s main campus, the Lebanon Center and Booth center in Grundy, online classes are available.

In addition to these credit based program, the Southwest Virginia Community College Workforce and Continuing Education department offers fast-track training and industry recognized credentials.  The Workforce and Continuing Education program also offers customized, cost-effective training solutions for employers.

New additions at Southwest include a new School of the Arts, an expanded Agriculture program, Honors College, 14 NJCAA sports teams, and 5 club sports.  These programs are designed to benefit students and the community-at-large, with impacts going beyond the college’s campus.

Southwest Virginia Community College has financial aid options that make paying for a college education easier. In addition to low tuition rates compared to 4-year or private colleges, tuition-free options are available for residents of Buchanan County and recent high school graduates residing in Russell and Tazewell Counties.  In-state tuition rates are available for West Virginia residents living in the counties of Mercer, McDowell, Summers, Monroe or Greenbrier.

In addition to serving students, Southwest is impacting its service area with more than $165 million annually, according to a new study. Read more about the Economic Impact Study findings.

HISTORY

The 1966 General Assembly of Virginia authorized the establishment of a state-wide system of comprehensive community colleges and appointed a separate State Board to develop a Master Plan for a state-wide system of community college education in Virginia. The Master Plan designated a community college to be established in the area serving the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson (partial), Russell, and Tazewell.

A delegation of local citizens met with State officials to determine the feasibility of immediate development of a community college for the region. A local College Board was appointed in the summer of 1967. The Local Board recommended that the college be named Southwest Virginia Community College and that Dr. Charles R. King be appointed as president.
The College opened to students in the fall of 1968 with an initial enrollment of 710 students. Fall 2010 credit enrollment was 3,758 unduplicated headcount students.

Vision

Southwest Virginia Community College transforms lives, strengthens communities and inspires excellence.

Mission

Southwest Virginia Community College, a comprehensive two-year institution, provides quality educational and cultural enrichment opportunities for lifelong learners, workforce and community.

Core Values:

SWCC is guided by steadfast core values. As a community of educators we value:

  • Student Centered Learning – SWCC believes that students are the primary reason we exist and our purpose is to help them achieve their goals and aspirations.
  • Student Success – SWCC recognizes the potential in individuals and assists them in obtaining their highest level of attainment.
  • Excellence – SWCC strives for excellence in instruction and service through rigorous academic and professional standards.
  • Inclusiveness and Collaboration – SWCC reaches out to the communities and partners it serves, supporting and assisting them in achieving their goals.