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Machining Skills Certification Program

Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) offers an innovative Machining Skills Certification Program for soldiers that are transitioning out of the military.  This program was developed through collaboration among partners that include SVCC, Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (C-CAM), Fort Lee Soldier for Life Program, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC), and Crater Regional Workforce Investment Board (Crater WIB).

Alumni Spotlight - Shantel Epps

Shantel Epps, born in New York City, began her journey at Southside Virginia Community College by earning her GED. She continued at SVCC, completing an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in General Studies/Human Services. While at SVCC, she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa (an honors society) and served as Vice President of the Empowered Women Club.

Students Use Their STEM Skills

The John H. Daniel Campus of Southside Virginia Community College hosted approximately 20 students from Cumberland High School the week of June 27-30, 2016. Students utilized their STEM skills while stranded in the wilderness to build a model house and then to reflect upon the design process to actually construct a bamboo hut that would fit one teammate and withstand a windstorm.


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