If you served in the military, Southwest Virginia Community College is here to serve you.

We’ve consistently ranked among the nation’s top military-friendly schools every year since 2008, with recognition from GI Jobs, Silver Star Families of America, and other veterans’ organizations.

You’ll find a welcoming environment that values individuals of strong character. We provide military veterans with easy access to resources that promote financial, academic, and professional success.

Southwest Virginia Community College supports military veterans and their families with:

  • Hands-on advisers. Every problem has a solution at SWCC. Our advisers can help you with everything from course selection and career planning to child care and transportation. You’ll build personal connections with advisers who know you by name and care about your success.
  • Veterans’ Upward Bound. This special program for military veterans provides a comprehensive set of free services, including financial aid, tutoring, mentoring, academic skills development, career planning and more.
  • Student Veterans Association. Our active military student organization keeps a busy schedule of fundraisers, field trips, and recreational outings. It’s a great way to connect with role models, collaborators and friends.
  • Degree programs that build on your service. You’ll find a range of academic programs that help you translate skills you developed in the military into a college degree and professional opportunities in business, technology, health care, law enforcement, and other fields.
  • Alternative ways to receive credit for your military experience. You may be able to convert your military training into college credits by creating a prior learning portfolio, using a standardized test score such as DSST or Dantes, or seeking a prior learning assessment from the appropriate academic dean. You’ll automatically receive up to three college credits in Physical Education just for proof of completing basic military training.

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Southwest Virginia Community College Named to Victory Media’s 2016 Military Friendly® Schools List for 7th consecutive year

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community college and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

Veterans Military Friendly School“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills, and training into successful careers after graduation.”

Veterans SWCC Best for Vets Military Times

The Military Times selected SWCC Best for Vets Colleges 2016 for commitment to educating and providing opportunities to American veterans. Visit the Veterans Upward Bound website or Read more about this distinction.


Veterans Get Full Financial Benefits at Southwest Virginia Community College

Southwest Virginia Community College has been approved for GI Bill® Educational Benefits. Our Veterans Certifying Official, Donna Price, will help you obtain the paperwork and provide the necessary documentation.

Your level of financial support depends on the number of credits you take:

  • 12 or more semester hours — full-time benefits
  • 9 to 11 semester hours — three-quarter-time benefits
  • 6 to 8 semester hours — half-time benefits

You may need to provide discharge records, family status records, or other VA eligibility forms to get certified for veterans educational benefits. In addition, you may be eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Act of 2008.

Remember, we’re here to serve you. Contact the Student Development Services office at (276) 964-7290 to make sure you get all the veterans’ educational benefits you’re eligible for.

Christopher Reynolds
Veterans Certifying Official
Student Development Services
Tazewell Hall, Room T104

Developmental classes must precede required courses (e. g., ENG 01 before ENG 101 or ENG 111; MTH 03 before MTH 115, etc.). Developmental courses may be repeated one time.