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Posted on Monday, July 25, 2016

Southside Man Leverages Training Program to Energize Promising New Career

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Luke Storey has always been something of a ranch hand. Growing up in Southside Virginia, he’s worked the fields and farms that crisscross this rural landscape and become a bit of an agricultural expert in the process. There hasn’t been much else to do. Job opportunities have historically been relatively scarce in this neck of […]

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Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016

Inaugural SVCC class launches students into ‘higher education’

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A Lineman — More than a Job, It’s a Lifestyle Story and Photos by Bill Sherrod, Editor of Cooperative Living Magazine *Article republished with permission Students in the inaugural class of Southside Virginia Community College’s (SVCC) new Power Line Worker Training School have finished the first phase of their higher education. Literally.  Class members, who completed the course May 12, spent […]

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Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016

Power Line Worker Training School Officially Opens in Rural Southside Virginia

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The Super Tuesday primary wasn’t the only thing making news on March 1st. Virginia’s Community Colleges began their 50th anniversary year, and most importantly, it was the official opening of the Power Line Worker Training School at Fort Pickett, VA. For a lot of folks in rural Southside Virginia and the Blackstone area in particular, the […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Help Us Secure State Funding for the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

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As co-chair of the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Steering Committee, I am pleased that Governor McAuliffe included $500,000 in funding for this important program in the 2016-2018 state budget. I am writing to ask for your help in making certain that this funding remains in the budget as it begins its journey through the legislative […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Governor Budgets $500,000 for Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

Posted By Jeffrey Kraus | 0 comments.

The two goals of the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative — cutting in half the number of residents living within the Rural Horseshoe who lack a high school diploma or its equivalent, from nearly 20 percent to 10 percent, and doubling the percentage of rural residents who earn an associate degree or other college certification from […]

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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Horseshoe Grant Puts Laid-Off Coal Miner in the Driver’s Seat

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The CDL program, which frequently pairs students and instructors inside the cab, is one of the most popular offered by Virginia’s Community Colleges. Jimmy Stipes was one of 96 employees laid-off when Alpha Natural Resources closed three coal mines in Dickenson County in 2015. Stipes and his wife were left living off of unemployment for 26 […]

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Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Serves Thousands in First Year

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Michah Thomas’s dreams nearly evaporate before he could even pursue them. Despite having five older siblings, the Suffolk native intended to be the first in his family to go to college. His mother died a few years before he graduated high school, and then his father took ill. “I didn’t want my father to have […]

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Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Full-Time Career Coaches Looking to Make Their Mark in the Horseshoe

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Career coaches in high schools play a significantly different role than their school counselor colleagues. School counselors are focused primarily on graduation. It is by sheer necessity that less focus is placed upon postsecondary education and career planning—this is a capacity and time issue. The career coaches assist those students who may have the capacity […]

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Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Big Stone Gap: A Love Letter to Southwest Virginia

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Winding mountain roads, sounds of bluegrass music, ubiquitous coal mines, lifelong friendships and buttermilk biscuits. Big Stone Gap is a story beaming with Virginia pride. Adriana Trigiani, herself a Big Stone Gap native, penned the best-selling novel and directed the movie. In an interview with Jeff Wilson at the Phoenix Film Festival, Trigiani described the […]

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Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Martinsville Man Creating Bright Future at Patrick Henry Community College

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Dontra Penn is in the process of transforming his life. Expected to graduate in May with an associate’s degree in industrial electronics from Patrick Henry Community College and begin a job in the high-demand field of mechatronics, Penn’s sole focus is on providing a secure future for his family. Penn will tell you that his […]

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