Workforce Credential Programs

SVCC offers many programs in Continuing Education and Workforce Development. View our most recent guide as a flipbook or as a pdf file. Learn more about online registration or view a calendar of workforce events.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help rehabilitate injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients. (The next class will begin in Chase City at The Estes Center on March 9, 2020.)

Medication Aide

If you have completed a Nurse Aide program or a Direct PatientCare certificate program you should consider adding this credential. Medication Assistants are allowed under the Code of VA to assist patients with medications in Assisted Living Facilities. The need for this level of training is growing as our population ages and more persons need placement in assisted living care facilities. This is the full 68 hour course as required by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Nurse Aide Training

The healthcare industry is actively seeking professional Nurse Aides. This seven week course is designed for individuals desiring to work as a CNA. Upon successful completion of the program students receive the certificate needed to take the Virginia NNAAP (National Nurse Aide Assessment Program) Exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).


Phlebotomists collect blood primarily by performing venipunctures or finger-sticks. The duties of a phlebotomist may include properly identifying the patient, interpreting the tests requested on the requisition, drawing blood into the correct tubes with the proper additives and accurately explaining the procedure to the patients.

Power Line Worker

Enjoy working outdoors? Looking for a career that’s challenging and rewarding? Help ensure reliable electricity for your community by taking the first step to become a power line worker. Electric utility line workers install, remove, maintain and repair both low– and high-voltage distribution lines and associated equipment and facilities. Using curriculum from the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research), the Power Line Worker Program being offered through Southside Virginia Community College covers the fundamental aspects of power line work, including the most crucial element of all: safety. During this 11-week program you’ll receive both classroom and hands-on training.

Truck Driver Training

The Truck Driver Training curriculum prepares individuals to test for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). This program teaches proper driving procedures, safe driver responsibility, commercial motor vehicle laws and the basic principles and practices for operating commercial vehicles.