Business, Engineering & Industrial Technology

Lots of schools offer business & engineering degrees. Why choose Southwest?

Program Paths

business programs
engineering technology


BEIT Division Dean
James E. Dye, Jr.


Lindsey Burke
(276)964-7277, Davis Hall Room 226
Fax# (276)964-7285

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Loretta Beavers, Management

Michael Brown, Outdoor Recreation & Information Systems Tech

Charles Bundy, Information Technology

Crystal Dye, Information Systems Tech.

Margaret Dye, Accounting, Business Administration

Brian Hale, Engineering

Steven Olinger, Machining

Janet Rowell, Information Systems Tech

certified welder testAt 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. Download a price list for Certified Welder Tests.

Certified Welding Test Information

Advanced Manufacturing Training is available through fast-track cohorts for  Welding, SIEMENS Mechatronics  & Precision Machining . For more information contact (276)964-7277 or email


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The REDI Center at SWCC is funded by The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The REDI Center helps laid off coal miners and dislocated supply chain workers who have been impacted by the downturn in the coal energy sector.

Fast-track training opportunities as well as short-term training for industry recognized credentials such as CDL, AWS (American Welding Society), and NIMS (National Institute for Metal-Working Skills) are available. Most program options can be completed in as little as 1-6 months.

Visit the REDI Center website or contact Jessica Dotson at (276)964-7262, for more information.

Adventure Tourism & Outdoor Recreation

The outdoor recreation industry in Virginia generates billions in consumer spending and creates thousands of Virginia jobs. Through a POWER grant initiative,  individuals affected by the downturn in the coal industry can receive course funding for preparation to participate in this emerging market. Students can earn a Career Studies Certificate in  Adventure Tourism or Outdoor Recreation or an Associates Degree Outdoor Leadership, a specialization of the Business Administration degree program.

Visit the Adventure Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Programs (ATOR) website for more information, contact or call (276)964.7277.

ator photoDisclaimer: Must meet eligibility requirements. Funded by the POWER-RESOURCE FULL National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) Project and the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act.

Outdoor Excursions

These activities & events are available to anyone and include outdoor recreation classes such as backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking among others. Find out details and sign up for an activity at the ATOR website today

Channels Hike SWAT

Southwest Adventure Team - SwAT, on Channels hike.

Southwest Adventure Team, Michael Brown, James Dye, Advisers. Contact: (276)964-7277 or email
SWAT meets weekly in DA120
$5 membership dues paid each year. Open to students, faculty & staff. Like us on Facebook!

The Southwest Adventure Team 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/GPS and first-aid. Consider joining the Southwest Adventure Team for fun and adventure. Potential trips can include:   Hikes to the Channels - Hikes around Hidden Lake -  Kayaking / Canoeing Hidden Lake -    The rock wall and rock climbing -  Mountain biking - Hikes along the Appalachian Trail -  Spelunking