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Group photo of Career Tech Academy students in front of Annin Flagmakers

On October 4th, Annin Flagmakers (South Boston, VA) hosted Career Tech Academy Year One students for a tour in honor of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day). Students were given a behind the scenes look at the local manufacturer, and had an opportunity to see how IT and Mechatronics impacts the business. Annin Flagmakers has been making the U.S. Flag since 1847 and has become known as the premier flag maker in the United States. The family owned company operates three manufacturing facilities in the United States, and employs over 500 people.

Career Tech Academy students meeting with Annin Flagmakers representative

Manufacturing Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday in October, and helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. For more information, visit


Upclose photo of an IT trainee's hand punching a network cable.The SVHEC's IT Academy (ITA) is now recruiting for day and evening classes slated to begin January 2020. The enrollment period opens on October 7th and ends on December 18th.

 DCC President Dr. Gill-Powell, SVHEC Executive Director Dr. Adams, and SVCC President Dr. Johnson

It was a day of camaraderie and collaboration as the SVHEC hosted a welcome reception for the region’s new community college presidents.

 Photo (l-r): Dr. Nettie Simon Owens (SVHEC Chief Workforce Development Officer); Anthony Putorek (Senior Lead Workforce Development Program Manager with Microsoft's Global Workforce Development team); Dr. Betty H. Adams (SVHEC Executive Director); Kelly Shotwell (SVHEC IT Academy Program Coordinator/Trainer)

Microsoft Corporation continued its investment in the SVHEC with a $200,000 donation to support an expansion of the SVHEC’s IT Academy.


Lily ToombsLily Toombs has been appointed to Governor Northam's newly established Commission on Science, Technology Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education.

Photo of Telehealth Training in session. The image shows training attendees with the instructor at the front of the room.On July 17th, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s Area Health Education Center (SVHEC-AHEC) hosted a free Foundations of Telehealth workshop and hands-on lab.