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First Group Finishes Diesel Repair Program

group of students standing in front of a semi truck in a repair shop.

Southwest Virginia Community College’s Workforce and Continuing Education Program completed the first cohort of the newly launched Diesel Repair Program in December, 2022 at the Southern Gap Transportation and Logistics Center in Buchanan County, Va.   

Using a blend of classroom and hands-on instruction, participants in the classes and training earned a mix of nationally recognized certifications.  

Some of the credentials earned by those completing the program include American Service Excellence® (ASE), Snap-On® certifications, American Welding Society SMAW certification, and Commercial Driver’s License training.  

Upon successful completion, students who complete the program will obtain the necessary knowledge to pursue the career of a certified Diesel Repair Mechanic Technician within the diesel industry. A new set of students are enrolled in the latest cohort of the Diesel Repair Program and will complete the training and classes later this year.  

In addition to the Diesel Repair program, Southwest offers a Commercial Driver’s License program (CDL), AWS Welding, other credentialing programs such as SNAP-ON® certifications, and other in-demand workforce training at the 23,000 sqft. Center in the Southern Gap area of Buchanan County. 

The Southern Gap Transportation and Logistics Center project has been made possible through a partnership of the Buchanan County IDA, the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA), and Southwest Virginia Community College.   

For more information on the next classes or to enroll, contact Angela Farmer at 276-964-7343 or Sara Stiltner at 276-964-7528. You can also visit 

About Southwest Virginia Community College: Established in 1967, Southwest Virginia Community College is a two-year institution of higher education serving primarily the residents of the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson (partial), Russell and Tazewell. Offering more than 90 programs of study, Southwest has served more than 114,000 students since opening. In addition to credit-based programs, Southwest offers fast-track training and industry recognized credentials. For more information, please visit 

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