Robert N. Barnette, Jr. was raised in Chase City, VA and attended West End High School. He graduated from Bluestone Senior High School in 1970, and then joined the United States Air Force where he was trained as a Fire Protection Specialist. He served four years in the military and then returned to Chase City and enrolled at Southside Virginia Community College.
Janice King grew up in the small town of Weldon, NC. After graduating from Weldon High School in 1981, she had no immediate desire to further her education. She moved to Virginia in and was employed by a local sewing factory.
Cody Woodson was born in Powhatan, VA and later moved to Prince Edward County. Soon after graduating Prince Edward County High School, he enrolled in Southside Virginia Community College's Welding Career Studies Certificate program, which he completed in two semesters, graduating in 2014.
Darcell Terry was born in Philadelphia where she spent most of her childhood. She moved to Palmer Springs during her teen years and graduated from Park View High School. Darcell received her Associate in Applied Science with a major in Administrative Support Technology—Medical Office Specialization from Southside Virginia Community College.
Walter Levi Lewis, a Brunswick High School graduate, earned his Associate of Arts and Science in General Studies/Human Services from Southside Virginia Community College. While attending SVCC, he was active in the Human Service Club and Make It Happen Program.
Cameron Covington, from Halifax County, Virginia, chose Southside Virginia Community College for its friendly atmosphere, helpful instructors, and as a great start to his college career. While still a high school student at Centerville Christian School, he also began taking college classes on his own through SVCC.
Tracy Branch from Fort Mitchell, VA is a Central High School graduate. While attending Southside Virginia Community College, she was very active in campus life. She was the student representative on Campus Council, president of Minority Awareness Programming, a library work-study and was one of the first students to act as Johnny Paws, SVCC’s mascot.
Decorress (Corey) Parrott was one of the first graduates of the new Machining Skills Certification Program based at Southside Virginia Community College's Southside Virginia Education Center location in Greensville County.
With a deep passion and strong commitment to local politics, Taikein Cooper is devoted to helping citizens effectively engage in the American political process. His devotion and interest in his community dates back to the age of 11, when Cooper canvassed the local community assisting his former D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) teacher, Travis Harris, in his campaign to become Prince Edward County's Sheriff.
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.