We are Southside Virginia Community College. “Southside Virginia” describes the geographic area we serve. “College” explains our function as an institution of postsecondary education. But “Community” is what characterizes our mission. Community stands at the core of our purpose and in the middle of our name. Community binds the people and places of our region together as we share our lives, our challenges, and our dreams.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen people carried out suicide attacks against targets within the United States. Two airplanes smashed into the twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Center and another plunged into the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania without reaching its intended target.
The Model T was America’s first automobile priced for the middle class. In writing about it, industrialist Henry Ford quipped, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” Not all early cars were black. Cars built by craftsmen—and even some of the first production models of the Model T—sported different colors.
The reasons people choose to begin their postsecondary education careers at community colleges are as diverse as the things they go on to achieve. Regarding their accomplishments, the sky is certainly not a limit. Some community college graduates literally have gone farther.
What do cupcakes and calculus have in common? Students at Southside Virginia Community College are learning about both through the wide variety of camps and classes available this summer.
Every year, more than 200,000 men and women leave the military and re-enter civilian life. These returning heroes often possess advanced skills and good work habits acquired from valuable service-related training and experiences. Despite these advantages, however, many veterans encounter obstacles as they transition to civilian life.
Citizens of Virginia have many reasons to pursue higher education. Some want skills and knowledge. Others desire a better quality of life, enhanced respect, and greater self-confidence. Many seek increased career options and the associated financial gains. According to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), “On average, people with a college education earn nearly twice as much as those with only a high school diploma.”
In the early seventeenth century, poet John Donne wrote, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” The observation about the ways in which we are all interconnected is especially evident in education.