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Business, Engineering & Industrial Technology (BEIT)

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G3 Eligible Programs

Program NameCredential
Administration of JusticeAAS (2 year)
Advanced ManufacturingAAS (2 year)
Early Childhood DevelopmentAAS (2 year)
Electrical/ElectronicsAAS (2 year)
Emergency Medical Services TechnologyAAS (2 year)
GerontologyAAS (2 year)
Information Systems TechnologyAAS (2 year)
Mental HealthAAS (2 year)
NursingAAS (2 year)
Occupational Therapy AssistantAAS (2 year)
RadiographyAAS (2 year)
Substance AbuseAAS (2 year)
Early Childhood EducationCertificate
Health Science TechCertificate
Heat/Vent & Air ConditionCertificate
Human Service CertificateCertificate
Law EnforcementCertificate
Practical NursingCertificate
Substance Abuse CounselorCertificate
Advanced EMTCareer Study Certificate
Advanced Precision MachiningCareer Study Certificate
Advanced Studies in ScienceCareer Study Certificate
Advanced Welding and FabricationCareer Study Certificate
Automotive Diagnostics and RepairCareer Study Certificate
CNC and Machine OperationsCareer Study Certificate
Computerized TomographyCareer Study Certificate
Crime Scene TechnologyCareer Study Certificate
CybersecurityCareer Study Certificate
Cybersecurity and Network FundamentalsCareer Study Certificate
Early Childhood EducationCareer Study Certificate
Early Childhood Infant/ToddlerCareer Study Certificate
ElectricalCareer Study Certificate
Electronic Medical Records SpecialistCareer Study Certificate
Health Care TechnicianCareer Study Certificate
Heating, Ventilation and Air ConditioningCareer Study Certificate
Industrial MaintenanceCareer Study Certificate
Intermediate to ParamedicCareer Study Certificate
Manufacturing FabricationCareer Study Certificate
MechatronicsCareer Study Certificate
Medical CodingCareer Study Certificate
Network AdministrationCareer Study Certificate
ParaoptometricCareer Study Certificate
Pharmacy TechnicianCareer Study Certificate
PhlebotomyCareer Study Certificate
Precision MachiningCareer Study Certificate
Software DevelopmentCareer Study Certificate
WeldingCareer Study Certificate
Welding FundamentalsCareer Study Certificate
Carpentry – Level 1FASTFORWARD
Contractor’s LicenseFASTFORWARD
Core-Introductory Craft SkillsFASTFORWARD
Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)FASTFORWARD
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)FASTFORWARD
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)FASTFORWARD
Heavy Equipment Operations – Level 1FASTFORWARD
Manufacturing Specialist (MS)FASTFORWARD
Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1)FASTFORWARD
Masonry – Level 1FASTFORWARD
Pharmacy TechnicianFASTFORWARD
Phlebotomy TechnicianFASTFORWARD
Registered Nurse (Return to Training, Non-credit)FASTFORWARD
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)FASTFORWARD
Six Sigma Green BeltFASTFORWARD
Work Zone FlaggerFASTFORWARD
ASE Entry-Level Medium/Heavy Truck – BrakesFASTFORWARD
ASE Entry-Level Medium/Heavy Truck – Diesel EnginesFASTFORWARD
ASE Entry-Level Medium/Heavy Truck – Electric/Electronic SystemsFASTFORWARD
ASE Entry-Level Medium/Heavy Truck – Inspection Maintenance and Minor RepairsFASTFORWARD
ASE Entry-Level Medium/Heavy Truck – Suspension/SteeringFASTFORWARD


test welder

At SWCC’s AWS ATF (American Welding Society Accredited Test Facility), an AWS Certified Welding Inspector is available to certify in a variety of weld processes. Your welding credentials received at SWCC’s AWS ATF are nationally recognized.

SWCC offers low-cost testing & student-discounted rates along with a free skills evaluation.


School of Natural Resources

The School of Natural Resources will serve as the gateway for careers, training, and recreational opportunities related to tourism, recreation, ecology, forestry, and fish and wildlife management. The initiative will engage students, faculty, staff, members of the community, natural resource-related organizations, and employers in related curricula, activities, and events.

Environmental Management and Recreational Ecology AAS

The concern for environmental protection and awareness is a rapidly increasing field in the United States and abroad. Training in environmental management is in demand due to the rising population and associated environmental impacts. The Associate of Science in Environmental Management & Recreational Ecology is a balanced blend of forestry, ecology, fish and wildlife management, adventure tourism, outdoor recreation, and business. Learn by doing, programs and classes are structured to optimize experiential learning opportunities. Program courses have a built-in field-based work component including hands-on activities, research-based projects, adventure-based excursions, service-learning projects, and field trips. Flexible scheduling, Course instruction consists of face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses.

Southwest Adventure Team (SWAT)

The Southwest Adventure Team (SWAT) is a school-sponsored, student-led group dedicated to having fun in the great outdoors. If you want to hike, canoe, kayak, backpack, mountain bike, snowboard, or just spend time in the great outdoors – this is the club for you! We practice, “safety first” and “leave nothing but footprints” values and we also include a few tips on outdoor survival skills, map reading, using GPS units, and first aid. Consider joining SWAT for fun and adventure. Potential trips can include:

  • Hikes to the Channels
  • Hikes around Hidden Valley Lake
  • Kayaking Hidden Valley Lake
  • Rock Wall and Rock Climbing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hikes along the Appalachian Trail
  • Spelunking.

Southwest Adventure Team (SWAT), Michael Brown, Advisor.
Contact: 276-964-7703 or email
SWAT Meets Weekly in DA-237. Open to students, faculty & staff.

MATE ROV Robotics Team

Each year, the MATE ROV competition challenges students to build an ROV to tackle tasks based on the real world. From simulating missions to explore Jupiter’s moon Europa to diving on hydrothermal vents and determining the identification of an unknown shipwreck, the MATE ROV competition allows students from college and university students down to elementary students to build an ROV with a specific goal in mind.

Students are asked to think of themselves as entrepreneurs, forming a company to build and operate an ROV to fulfill the needs of the marine science and technology community. Not only must the ROV complete the assigned underwater tasks, but students must give an oral presentation to industry professionals, create written technical documentation about their ROV, and fashion a marketing display showcasing their vehicle.

Southwest Virginia Community College will be competing in the PIONEER class. The PIONEER class is for first-time technical and community colleges, as well as first-time four-year universities. PIONEER class teams must create a complex vehicle and have a deep understanding of electronics, electricity, waterproofing canisters, and other technology. SOURCE:

Robotics Team Championships

  • 2022 Placed 2nd Overall in the Pioneer Class at the World Championships held in Long Beach, CA 2023
  • Placed 3rd Overall in the Pioneer Class at the World Championships held in Longmont, CO.

The team meets at 12:05 PM on Tuesday and Thursday, in Davis Hall Room 207. All students are welcome to become a part of the team.

For more information, contact a team advisor:
Joe Godsey, 276-964-7276,
Brian Hale, 276-964-7550,
Charles Bundy, 276-964-7735,

Become part of the Team to compete in the 2024 World Championships being held in Kingsport, TN!


SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success. Source:

2023 Teams Consisted of Automotive Technology and Precision Machining Program Students.

For more information, contact: Steven Olinger, 276-964-7269,

BEIT Division Contacts

BEIT Division Dean

James E. Dye, Jr.

Division Assistant

Angela Miller
Davis Hall Room 226
Fax 276-964-7285


  • Loretta Beavers, Business Management
  • Anthony Blevins, Automotive Technology
  • Michael Brown, Outdoor Recreation & Information Systems Technology
  • Charles Bundy, Computer Science, Cybersecurity,  Computer Aided Drafting & Design
  • Crystal Dye, Information Systems Technology, Cybersecurity
  • Margaret Dye, Accounting, Business Administration (Division Chair)
  • Christopher “Joe” Godsey, Electrical and Mechatronics
  • Brian Hale, Engineering
  • Allen Martin, Welding
  • Nick Nelson, HVAC and Electrical
  • Steven Olinger, Machining (Chair for Trades)
  • Janet Rowell, Information Systems Technology
  • Jessee Cole, Welding
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Davis Hall is temporarily closed for repairs. Day & night classes in Davis Hall are canceled on April 17 & 18.