SVHEC, South-Central Workforce Investment Board Celebrate Super Stars of Workforce

 

workforce luncheon1The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s (SVHEC) Workforce Advancement division and the South-Central Workforce Development Board (SCWDB) recently celebrated the Super Stars of Workforce with a luncheon for employers and employment supportive services agencies.

“This was a terrific opportunity to thank our employers – and the agencies who support them – for their positive contributions to our economic base,” said Dr. Betty Adams, SVHEC Executive Director. “It also provided a chance to share enhancements to the Work Ready Foundations program as well as bring to light increasing tuition assistance opportunities through programs such as the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant and Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act,” she continued.

During the luncheon, employers learned about the SVHEC’s Work Ready Foundations training program, funding options for the program, and SCWDB opportunities available to employers. SVHEC Director of Industry & Workforce Advancement, David Kenealy, described the Work Ready Foundations program as real world, effective, and for the employer. “The name of the training is not random—it is truly about preparing individuals for the workplace. We hire instructors based on their work experiences and competencies, and we train participants using hardware and software that replicates what employers have in their workplaces,” he stated.

The intensive, 11-week training provides broad, foundational training that includes safety, reading blueprints, material handling, and basic electrical concepts including gearboxes, switches, and AC/DC power conversion. Individuals who successfully complete the Work Ready Foundations program receive five industry recognized credentials including OSHA 10, CPR/First Aid, and NCCER Electrical One. The program has been revamped to be competency and project based, allowing individuals to progress through the curriculum as they meet established benchmarks.

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SVHEC Partnership with DCC, SVCC Expands IT Career Pathways

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An expanded partnership between the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC), Danville Community College (DCC) and Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) will provide expanded access into DCC and SVCC information technology (IT) degree programs

On June 7th, Dr. Betty Adams, SVHEC Executive Director, Shannon Hair, Vice-President of Institutional Advancement and Development and designee of DCC president Dr. Bruce Scism, and Shannon Feinman, Vice-President of Finance and Administration and designee of SVCC president Dr. Al Roberts, expanded their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU will award college credit to individuals who earn industry-recognized credentials through the SVHEC IT Academy. IT Academy completers who want to continue their education in one of DCC’s or SVCC’s IT degree programs will now have an easier and more convenient pathway.

“We are excited about aligning the SVHEC’s noncredit credential programs with degree programs at our local community colleges. This promises to open up and streamline career pathways to Southern Virginia’s high demand technical jobs,” said Dr. Betty Adams, SVHEC Executive Director.

"Partnerships such as this one are key to the success of our college and the success of the students in Southside Virginia in preparing for today's high-paying, in-demand information technology careers,” said Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC president. “This agreement highlights the value of cooperation and collaboration that makes the best use of our resources to serve the educational and workforce training needs of the region.”

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Longwood Univ. Board, President Tour SVHEC

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On June 8th, the Longwood University president and Board of Visitors toured the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, and heard about SVHEC signature initiatives. During the tour, board members visited the SVHEC’s IT Academy, Center of Nursing Excellence, and R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency.

Board members also received an update from the Longwood University Institute for Teaching Through Technology and Innovative Practices and the Longwood Small Business Development Center, both of whom relocated to the SVHEC campus in 2015. 

“It was a real delight to have the board have the opportunity to tour SVHEC and look at all the great things Longwood and SVHEC do together,” said Longwood President W.Taylor Reveley IV.

SVHEC Receives $12,000 Dollar General Literacy Grant

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The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) with a $12,000 grant to support the Volunteer Literacy Program.  This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

“The incredible generosity of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is making it possible for the Volunteer Literacy Program to continue assisting adults in Halifax County with their reading, writing, and mathematical skills. The grant also allows the English as a Second Language program to help adults born in other countries improve their English fluency and prepare for the citizenship examination,” said Judy Ward, Volunteer Literacy Program Coordinator.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant award will be used by the SVHEC Volunteer Literacy Program to provide on-going support for the agency’s adult literacy efforts. The Volunteer Literacy Program provides free, confidential tutoring in basic literacy, English as a Second Language, and Citizenship. In 2016, the program served 78 students.

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Computer Scientist, Dept of Defense Manager Joins ITA

Tom HendricksThis fall, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s (SVHEC)
IT Academy (ITA) will expand its advanced training courses with its first cybersecurity course. The course will be taught by new ITA instructor Thomas Hendricks, computer scientist and retired US Department of Defense manager.

Hendricks worked as a computer scientist and manager with the U.S. Department of Defense for over 32 years until his retirement in 2013.  In this capacity, he worked with many cutting-edge technologies including large scale, high speed networking, information assurance, cyber security defense, vulnerability assessments, cyber security education, and related areas of technology.

Hendricks also has an extensive record of teaching in the computer science and cyber security disciplines for several different universities, including Johns Hopkins University, James Madison University, and Norwich University. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Hendricks’ served as the NSA Visiting Professor to the US Naval Academy.

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ITA Celebrates 4th Cohort

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Trainees in the IT Academy’s Fourth Cohort have successfully completed the training program, and taken their place as Southern Virginia’s newest members of the region’s growing IT workforce. Nineteen individuals successfully completed the four-month Computer and Server Foundations for IT Professionals training program. Successful completers earned 28 industry-recognized certifications in CompTIA A+ and Server+, and will be invited to participate in the SVHEC’s Workforce Training Completion Ceremony on August 10th.
 
“I am very proud of the accomplishments of our latest cohort,” said Kelly Shotwell, ITA Program Coordinator/Trainer. “The great strides they made in technical competence from the beginning to the end of the course was impressive.  And equally important, they are all excellent team players with the enthusiasm and work ethic needed to be successful.  I look forward to getting those excited phone calls that they have been offered a job in IT,” Shotwell continued.

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