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.”
According to the signed MOUs, SVHEC IT Academy trainees who successfully earn CompTIA A+, Server+, Network+ or Security+ certifications will receive credit that will apply directly to three DCC IT programs and four SVCC IT programs. Eligible programs at DCC are Information Technology Support Specialist Certificate, Information Systems Technology-Network Engineering Associate’s degree, or the Cybersecurity Certificate. Eligible SVCC programs include Information Systems Technology Associate of Arts and Sciences, Information Systems Technology with Networking Specialization Associate of Arts and Sciences, Information Systems Technology Certificate, or the Cyber Security Career Studies Certificate.
“This agreement will allow successful graduates of the IT Academy to gain a head start on their degree or certificate at DCC, which helps graduates enter the workforce with even more marketable skills,” said Bruce Scism, DCC president. “We are pleased to expand our partnership with SVHEC to offer this additional opportunity to those seeking in-demand, well-paid careers in IT.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) recognizes IT as “central to the success of the Commonwealth,” and has identified IT as a key industry of the 21st century. Virginia has the second highest concentration of technology workers in the United States, and IT accounts for more than 180,000 in the Commonwealth.