Brenda Terry The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center is pleased to announce the selection of veteran accounting manager Brenda Terry as the new Chief Finance and Operations Officer (CFOO), effective January 10th.

microsoftdonation groupphotoParticipants in the SVHEC's IT Academy now have an opportunity to train on datacenter equipment thanks to a donation from Microsoft Corporation.

tutor workshop webCan you spare one hour a week to make a difference in someone’s life? If the answer is yes, then the SVHEC Volunteer Literacy Program needs you!

mechatronics2The SVHEC is now recruiting for its Mechatronics Level 1 and Welding@SVHEC programs. Classes for both hands-on training programs will begin spring 2018.

legoclub webEvery other Thursday at 5:30pm the South Boston Public Library bursts with activity as Halifax County elementary and middle school students gather for the AmeriCorps After School Lego Club.

Launched this fall by SVHEC AmeriCorps Member Vashunda Richardson, in partnership with the Halifax County-South Boston Public Library, the Lego Club gives 3rd-6th grade students an opportunity to exercise their creativity while developing their engineering muscles. Using free builds and design challenges like constructing a pyramid or building the tallest tower, the Lego Club allows students to tackle basic engineering problems and hone their design thinking. Because there are no right or wrong answers, students are free to make mistakes and test ideas.

“I started the Lego Club to introduce children to STEM concepts and pre-engineering challenges. I hope the students’ interest in Legos will lead them to exploring even more STEM subjects and activities,” said Richardson.

Danville City might expand its bus service to Pittsylvania and Halifax counties in coming years.

Danville City Council is considering whether to apply for grant money from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation for the bus service expansion.

The expansion would come at no cost to the city and, if funding from various sources is approved and City Council gives the OK, service could begin in spring or summer 2019.bus 2028647 640

Betty Adams, executive director of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, has led the effort to expand the bus service. The purpose is to increase transportation options for residents seeking training for precision machining and other trades at Danville Community College, SVHEC and Southside Virginia Community College.
“Lack of transportation is a critical barrier to education and employment in Southside Virginia,” Adams said Tuesday. “I understand how important education is for getting people out of poverty. The next important resource is transportation.”

Bus service wouldn’t be limited only to those who are pursuing education, however. It would be available to anyone wanting to travel among the three localities for other purposes such as shopping, recreation and other activities.

The SVHEC and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation conducted a transit feasibility study for an 11-county area in the state. The report, completed in May, identified U.S. 29 between Danville and Chatham, and U.S. 58 between Danville and South Boston, as the two corridors with the highest demand, and recommended service for them.

“By removing barriers to education and employment, this expansion not only helps strengthen our economy, it also enhances quality of life by providing citizens with increased access to health care, food and recreation,” Adams said.