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Southside Virginia Community College Offers Free Job Training Through EleVAte SNAP Employment & Training

Southside Virginia Community College is offering free career training to qualified recipients through Virginia’s NEW EleVAte SNAP Employment & Training Pilot project. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided funding for this project. The EleVAte SNAP E&T program is administered through the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS).

Recipients of SNAP (food assistance) may qualify for this free program, which provides training and support for participants interested in starting a new career. 

Access Is Nice, Success Is Best

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.”

Alumni Spotlight - Deanna Schwartz

Originally from Bristol, VA where she graduated from Virginia High School, Deanna Schwartz earned an Associate of Arts and Sciences in Education from Southside Virginia Community College. She then transferred to Randolph Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College), studied in England her junior year and received her Bachelor of Arts in English creative writing. She went on to attend Longwood University, completing a Master of Arts in English Literature.

New Employment & Training Program

On Wednesday, April 13th, Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) with its local partners, Brunswick County Department of Social Services, Charlotte County Department of Social Services, Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services, Halifax County Department of Social Services, Nottoway County Department of Social Services and Prince Edward County Department of Social Services, will launch a new employment and training pilot program called EleVAte SNAP E&T to help residents who currently receive food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to secure better jobs in high-demand fields.

Stop Hunger Now

The "Stop Hunger Now" event on the SVCC Campus on Saturday was a huge success. Ninty volunteers packaged 10,152 meals and donated enough money to purchase 3 water purification systems for Haiti.

Disaster Scene Response Training

Throughout March, 2016, more than 100 SVCC paramedic and nursing students had an opportunity to participate in a 5 hour simulated disaster scene response at the nursing simulation lab within the Estes Center in Chase City, VA. Paramedic students evaluated and appropriately treated 10 victims of a simulated active shooter incident in the student lounge; 4 were dead, 3 suffered non-life threatening injuries, and 3 required immediate emergency medical procedures.

Alumni Spotlight - Angela Jackson

A Brunswick County native, Angela Jackson is a Brunswick Senior High School graduate who earned her Associate of Applied Science in Office Systems Technology from Southside Virginia Community College. Angela chose SVCC to start her college journey for its small classes and family atmosphere, making it an easy transition from high school.


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