SVCC Snapshot - Dennis Smith


We visit with Dennis Smith, Director of Workforce Development at Southside Virginia Community College.


How long have you worked at SVCC? 

27 years

What other positions have you held at SVCC?

Student Services Specialist, Coordinator of Workforce Development

What is your favorite vacation spot?

The beach

 Who was your favorite teacher?

Dr. Steven Wray, a Sociology instructor at Averett University

What did you want to do when you grew up?

I wanted to be a professional athlete until I realized that was not going to happen so I switched to a sports writer and coach.

What was your first job?

Painting public bathrooms at the lake for the Corps of Engineers

Of what achievement are you most proud?

My family and daughter who is a senior at JMU. I am also very proud of the success of our college and the SVCC men's basketball team over the years.

If you could have lunch with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you eat?

My late grandfather, James E. House; We would eat chicken and laugh about the many adventures we had together.

What is your favorite song?

Don't Stop Believin'  by Journey