Raised in Nottoway County’s Blackstone in a family of ten children, Zelda D. Tucker-Dugger found her calling in the educational field. After graduating from Southside Virginia Community College with an Associate in Applied Science in business management, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in business administration and Master of Education in guidance degrees from Virginia State University.
Brandon Cochran and Justin Cochran are brothers who graduated from Amelia County High School. The fall following their graduation both enrolled in programs housed at Southside Virginia College’s Occupational/Technical Center located at Pickett Community Park.
Look in the dictionary for the term over-achiever, and you will likely find Normand “Rudy” Adams. Following his Summa Cum Laude graduation from SVCC in 2012, Rudy went on to Virginia Tech to pursue a dual degree in Agribusiness and Horticulture. If his final semester is like his five previous ones in Blacksburg, he will graduate this May with a perfect 4.0 for his VT career.
Connie Bailey graduated from Southside Virginia Community College in June of 1981 with an Associate in Applied Science. During her second year at SVCC, she worked as a student assistant in the English Department with Susan Slayton and Lillie Mumford. The flexibility of the work schedule allowed her the time to complete her duties either before or after classes.
In 2011, Michael Gallagher moved to South Hill, VA with the intention of applying to SVCC’s nursing program. The idea of a career in healing others appealed to him. After a year of prerequisites, he was accepted into the RN program. He had not imagined the intensity of nursing school and he admits that at times the stress of a rigorous schedule and the hours of studying seemed to be too much.
LeTrell Brown was born and raised in the Emporia/Greensville area. She graduated from Greensville County High School and for many reasons attended SVCC. According to LeTrell, SVCC offered affordable tuition, had several locations, offered convenient and flexible class times; and she was not ready to leave home nor her family. She graduated from SVCC and all of her classes transferred to Virginia State University where she graduated in December of 2004.
Kristina Ward graduated from Southside Virginia Community College in 2005 with an AA&S in General Studies and transferred to Longwood University under the University Parallel program. While at SVCC, Kristina worked in the library under the work-study program. The work-study program gave Kristina the flexibility to work during breaks in her class schedule.
Dr. Donald “Chip” C. Jones, Jr. serves as Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations at Cumberland County Public Schools where he has also been a Director of Finance and elementary school Principal. He has been with Cumberland County Schools 11 years and also served Nottoway County Public Schools for six years as division energy manager and health teacher.
Margo Hardy, a graduate of Dinwiddie High School, graduated from Southside Virginia Community College in 1992 with an Associate degree. Upon graduation from SVCC, she became an assistant manager at Cato Fashions, where she worked for several years before deciding to further her education.
Cassidy Michael Nathaniel Stinson graduated from Southside Virginia Community College in 2011. During his time at SVCC, he was a member of the Honors Program and received several awards, including the Coca-Cola Silver Scholar and All-USA Academic Team.