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Workforce Solutions

  • New Offerings

    Lunch & Learn

    Credential: MSI Manufacturing Specialist and Manufacturing Technician I

    October 6, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm
    RSVP by October 3rd
    King Community Center

    The Manufacturing Specialist (MS) Certification is a portable and stackable industry credential that demonstrates to employers anywhere in the world that an individual has attained a certain level of industry-wide technical skills in the Math and Measurement; and Spatial Reasoning and Manufacturing Technology categories.

    For more information, contact Tom Lester at 276.964.7683, or email: workforce@sw.edu.

    Business Basics

    Digital Marketing Seminar: covers the basics of digital (data-driven) marketing with Web/Social Media expert Tom Moore

    August 22, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Cost: $49. Lunch is provided.
    Registration closes on August 18 at 5:00 pm
    King Community Center

    Digital marketing is an umbrella term for the marketing of products or services using digital technologies, including mobile phones, display advertising, and any other digital medium. This training is ideal for entrepreneurs, small businesses, salespeople, non-profits, or any organization that wishes to promote its brand in the emerging world of technology.

    Contact Angela Miller at 276.964.7244, or email: workforce@sw.edu for registration details

  • Funding is available for re-training to high-wage, high-demand careers

    REDI CenterThe 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. Assistance includes tuition scholarship funds, and spouses of laid off miners may also be eligible for tuition scholarship assistance.

    Contact Megan Jones at megan.jones@sw.edu or call (276)964-7818 for more information.

  • Workforce Credentials Grant

    SWCC’s Workforce Solutions offers financial assistance for classes leading to credentials. The Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) is designed to ensure that workforce credentials are accessible and affordable for Virginians seeking high-wage, high-demand jobs. SWCC students who qualify for WCG will only have to pay 1/3 the total cost of the class. Students must provide SWCC Workforce with a copy of any earned credentials upon completing certification.

    In addition to the WCG, students may be eligible for Financial Aid for Non-Credit Training Leading to Industry-Recognized Credentials (FANTIC) to help with the remaining 1/3 tuition cost of classes that lead to a credential or licensure. FANTIC provides funding for students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in an approved non-credit workforce training program leading to the attainment of an industry-recognized credential or licensure.
    Contact Workforce Solutions at workforce@sw.edu or call (276)964-7244 for any questions or assistance in qualifications for FANTIC. Visit the Financial Assistance webpage for more information.

    Download WCG Student Policies (pdf)

    Qualifying programs & courses in the Workforce Credential Grant:

    Call (276) 964-7244 if you want more information about these programs.


  • WCG Credentials Services

    cybersecurity

    SWCC offers several pathways for you to gain nationally recognized and vendor neutral cybersecurity credentials, paid for in part through grant funding available for those who qualify.

    The Information Technology Ready and Security Basics course is open for enrollment and provides in-class/hybrid training and preparation for a certification exam. Contact Cody Israel at cody.israel@sw.edu or call 276.964.7276.

    Cybersecurity Program & Credential Information

    aws workforceAt 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

  • Adventure Tourism & Outdoor Recreation POWER Grant

    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 or contact Cardova Ratliff at cardova.ratliff@sw.edu or call (276)964.7505.

    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 todayswcc spring retreat

  • Driver Training Services

    Driving Courses

    See 2017 class schedules for all driving courses and registration instructions.

      • Driver Improvement Clinic
      • Driver Education Course
      • Driver's Manual Course
      • Behind the Wheel
      • Three Exam Failures Course

    View classes in Workforce Enrollment Services (WES)

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    Prepare to pass the written driver exam with Driver Education and Driver's Manual courses, improve skills for new drivers with Behind the Wheel, or take the course for those who have failed the driving test 3 times.
    Contact Edna Sizemore at 276.964.7369 for more information.

    Motorcycle Rider Courses

     Motorcycle Courses currently available are:

    Riding and Street Skills (MRC:RSS) for the Beginning Rider to learn entry-level skills such as effective turning, braking and obstacle avoidance, plus develop safe street-riding strategies.

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For more information about programs, courses and funding opportunities listed on this site, contact Workforce Solutions:
Email: workforce@sw.edu
Phone: 276.964.7244
Postal Address: P.O.Box SVCC, Richlands, VA 24641
FedEx, UPS Packages: 724 Community College Road, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609


The FastForward Career Coach provides the following services to workforce students: class scheduling, help in applying for financial assistance, class enrollment, career planning, resume writing, interview skills, on the job training, and employment placement. Contact Adrianna Culbertson, FastForward Career Coach at (276)964-7534, Davis Hall Room 112, adrianna.culbertson@sw.edu