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SVCC Recognized As A Great College To Work For

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2015 Great Colleges to Work For,” has again chosen Southside Virginia Community College for inclusion. In its eighth year The Chronicle’s Great Colleges survey compiled responses from more than 44,000 people at 281 institutions (185 four-year and 96 two-year colleges). The survey was sent to over 114,000 faculty and staff across the country with an overall response rate of 39 percent.
SVCC was also recognized on the Honor Roll in eight categories: collaborative governance; confidence in senior leadership; facilities, workspace and security; job satisfaction; professional/career development programs; respect and appreciation; supervisor/department chair relationships; and work/life balance. These colleges are the best of the best. Those that make the Honor Roll are cited most often across all recognition categories, and grouped by enrollment size. (Small institutions have 2,999 or fewer students, medium ones have 3,000 to 9,999, and large ones have 10,000 or more. Size categories were determined by total enrollment, while enrollment figures are full-time-equivalent counts from Education Department data.)
SVCC was one of two community colleges in Virginia recognized on the Honor Roll. The other college is Lord Fairfax Community College
Dr. Al Roberts, President, said, “At its core, Southside Virginia Community College is made up of bright, caring individuals. We have an engaged team of dedicated faculty and determined staff whose focus is our students' success. Our students' success is our success; their failures are our failures. The fact that our employees share that commitment makes Southside feel like a family. SVCC employees don't think they make a difference in students' lives, they know it. That's what sets us apart.”
SVCC was established in 1970 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college had more than 1,200 graduates receive a degree, diploma or certificate in May of 2015.

SVCC Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Garrett

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.”

SVCC Alumni Spotlight: Keisha Jackson

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.

SVCC Alumni Spotlight: Shirley Madison

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.

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.

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