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SVCC Alumni Spotlight: Martessia Hill

Martessia Hill serves as the Training Specialist for JEB Little Creek/Fort Story Child & Youth Programs with the Department of Navy in VA Beach, VA. She’s responsible for providing in-service trainings to staff and ensuring that the programs are inspection ready at all times. In this position, she has the opportunity to travel with her team to several Naval Bases throughout the U.S. providing training, updates on safety policies/procedures and best practices.

Alumni Spotlight: John Davis

John Davis serves as senior vice president and market executive at Citizens Community Bank (CCB). He primarily services the bank’s Virginia market with business banking, commercial lending services and agricultural lending. CCB is headquartered in South Hill and operates branches in south central Virginia and northern North Carolina.

SVCC Awards 20,000th CRC

Southside Virginia Community College recently awarded its 20,000th Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) becoming the first member of the Virginia Community College System to reach the benchmark. The recipient was Isaiah Godfrey, a rising senior at Prince Edward County High School, who scored at the platinum level.

Alumni Spotlight: Eric Whitmore

Eric Whitmore graduated from Southside Virginia Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Drafting and Design Technology (1977). He grew up in Crewe (Nottoway County) and graduated from Nottoway Senior High School. After SVCC, he joined the Virginia State Highway Department in Richmond as a drafter and helped develop designs for highways and bridges.

Alumni Spotlight: Jennah Gunter

Jennah Gunter began her formal education in her community’s home school co-op, which she completed through the eighth grade. She finished the SVCC Middle College in 2012 where she attained her General Educational Development (GED®) credential. Jennah graduated from SVCC in 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Sciences General Studies and her General Education Certificate. She then transferred to Longwood University where she has just completed her junior year majoring in English. She is minoring in Psychology.

Harkins Joins SVCC Workforce Team

Keith Harkins is now a member of the team at Southside Virginia Community College as Vice President for Workforce Development and Continuing Education. “As Vice President of Workforce, I serve as the College’s chief outreach officer to the business, industry and governmental sectors. Our team works to develop innovative, entrepreneurial and strategic initiatives designed to proactively respond to economic development and training needs within the diverse service area of the college,” he said.

Corrections Awards Banquet

Southside  Virginia Community College held its Seventh Annual  Corrections Awards Banquet on April  16, 2015  at Christanna Campus in Alberta. Mr. Layton T. Lester from the Virginia Department of Corrections presented the Keynote address. Officer and Employee of the Year from each intuition were recognized and presented with an award to commemorate the honor.  Alfonzo Seward, Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice at Christanna, was emcee for the event.  

Alumni Spotlight: Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis graduated from Nottoway High School in 1993 and graduated from SVCC in 1996 with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. While at SVCC, he was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Scott transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University, from where he graduated in 1998, double majoring in Finance and Economics.

Alumni Spotlight: Zelda Tucker-Dugger

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.

Phi Theta Kappa Gains New Members

New members were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Alpha Theta Chi Chapter on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College recently.    Membership is extended by invitation. To be considered for membership a student must be enrolled in a two-year college, have accumulated 12 semester credit hours, have established academic excellence as judged by faculty, and be of good moral character and possess recognized qualities of citizenship. 

SVCC Director of Counseling Receives Celebration of Excellence Award

Bernadette Battle, Director of Counseling at the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College, recently received a Celebration of Excellence Award which honors Virginia Community College Association (Black Concerns Commission) members who have made a profound difference in the lives of minority students through life-time service, leadership, and teaching.


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