Harkins Joins SVCC Workforce Team

Keith Harkins is now a member of the team at Southside Virginia Community College as Vice President for Workforce Development and Continuing Education.  “As Vice President of Workforce, I serve as the College’s chief outreach officer to the business, industry and governmental sectors. Our team works to develop innovative, entrepreneurial and strategic initiatives designed to Mr. Harkinsproactively respond to economic development and training needs within the diverse service area of the college,” he said.

Most recently, Harkins was Executive Director of the Virginia Technical Institute in Altavista, Virginia. VTI provides hands-­‐on training in a variety of fields including electrical, plumbing, heating and air, welding, pipe-fittng, carpentry, masonry, multi-­‐craft industrial maintenance, and project management. Harkins guided enrollment in the programs and cultivated partnerships with area business, industry and schools and served as an advocate for the mission and the students of the institute. He has also worked at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg as an assistant professor and Coordinator of Workforce Development and Continuing Education. 

A doctoral candidate at Old Dominion University, he holds a Master’s in Education/Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lynchburg College.