Level 2 Mechatronics trainees use 3D printing to quickly move their ideas from theory to testing.
The SVHEC and New College Institute (NCI) recently partnered with Averett University to connect their technical trainers to a unique professional development opportunity.
“We have subject matter experts who are practitioners in the technical areas of our workforce training programs, and we want to help prepare and position them to be highly effective trainers. It is important that we pair technical expertise with exceptional classroom competencies,” said Dr. Nettie Simon-Owens, SVHEC Chief Workforce Development Officer.
Averett University responded to this need by developing and delivering a new 10-week, face-to-face program entitled “Instructional Dynamics for Technical Trainers.” Designed to build classroom competencies for all levels of technical trainers, the program consisted of 30 instructional hours in five core areas: classroom management, learning principles and styles, using technology in the classroom/lab, assessment and planning.
“We are always thrilled when we have the opportunity to work alongside our partners like the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and New College Institute on our shared vision of developing a robust and prepared workforce through educational initiatives,” said Averett President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks. “This program was built out of our distinguished Education program, which places many teachers throughout the region’s school systems and will now equip technical trainers to be strong teachers in their content areas of expertise.”
With a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, Microsoft has reached out to Southside Virginia in a big way. There are 14 current recipients of the Microsoft Datacenter Scholarship making it possible for the students to take classes in Information Technology.
The recipients of these awards were recognized with a ceremony and dinner held at the Estes Community Center on June 11, 2018. The students take classes through Southside Virginia Community College’s Center for Information Technology Excellence (CITE) at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill and the IT Academy (ITA) of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston.
In his remarks, SVCC President Dr. Al Roberts said, “Program development in higher education is often a very slow process; but our experience at Southside is that the development process can be accelerated when there is strong industry support.”