Rikki Coon always knew she wanted to be a mechanic. As a young child, she was fascinated with her truck driving father’s big trucks and would watch his every move trying to figure out what made them work. She also was influenced by her grandfather and brother, both mechanics.
Katie Shook, a Charlotte County native, grew up in Keysville and graduated from Randolph Henry High School. In her junior and senior years of high school, she was selected for and attended Governor's School at Southside Virginia Community College, where she formed lasting friendships with classmates from other area high schools.
Whitney Smiley graduated from Park View High School and, thanks to SVCC's dual enrollment program, completed her Associate of Arts and Sciences from Southside Virginia Community College in the same year.
Richard L. Lawson, III was raised and still resides in Wylliesburg of Charlotte County. After graduating from Fuqua School in 2000, he attended SVCC, earning his Associate of Applied Science in Administration of Justice. He then transferred to Longwood University, completing his Bachelor of Science in Sociology in 2003.
After graduating from Central of Lunenburg High School, Bernard Robinson enrolled at Southside Virginia Community College on the Alberta Campus in the fall of 1989. His program of Data Processing transitioned to Information System Technology (IST) during the two academic years he attended the College and he earned his associate degree in IST.
From Charlotte County, Aliyyah Westry graduated from Southside Virginia Community College in May 2015, earning her Associate of Arts and Sciences in science. During her tenure at SVCC, she was a Student Ambassador, a member of the Campus Activities Team, a student work-study and served as vice-president of the Minority Awareness Programming Club.
Jeremy, a 2011 graduate of Randolph-Henry High School, took dual enrollment classes at Randolph-Henry during his junior and senior years. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in meteorology and a Bachelor of Arts in geography from the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
Daniel Garrett grew up in Emporia, Virginia, and graduated from Greensville County High School. While serving as a National Guardsman, he attended SVCC as a full-time evening student, earning an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Education in 2000. Garrett remembers, ““I appreciated all of the teachers who supported me as a full time evening student. The counselors and advisors always had time to help me.”
Keisha Jackson is the Nurse Manager for the General Surgery/Pediatrics/Orthopedics/Oncology Unit at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. She graduated from Southside Virginia Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science and transferred to Liberty University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is currently enrolled in Liberty’s Master of Science in Nursing program.
Shirley Madison grew up in Charlotte County, Virginia, and graduated from Prince Edward Academy in Farmville, Virginia. She began her college career at Southside Virginia Community College, earning an Associate of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1975. While attending SVCC, she vividly remembers a friendly and enthusiastic faculty who were very student-oriented.