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The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) recently celebrated the successful completion of the third cohort of Work Ready Foundations students. Students Antawn Work Ready Foundations CompletersMarrow, Shirley Lamb, Matthew Conner, Raheem Braxton, and Deborah Irvin completed the 
7 ½ week job training program, and now have the hard and soft skills needed for successful employment.

Students who successfully complete the WRF program earn 10 college credits and eight industry-recognized credentials including the National Career Readiness Certificate, OSHA 10, Lean Principles, 5S, and Standard Work Certificate.  Once they have completed the program, WRF assists students with finding employment. To date, the program has a 90% job placement rate for successful program completers.

For more information about Work Ready Foundations visit or contact Deloris Jones, Project Coordinator at, 434-572-5593, and toll free 1-800-283-0098 ext. 5593.

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The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) will hold a completion ceremony for the inaugural Welding@SVHEC cohort on Thursday, December 10th at 2:00pm. The ceremony will be held at the Prizery in the Chastain Theatre with refreshments, simulation demonstrations, and tours immediately following. Individuals attending the completion ceremony are asked to RSVP by December 2nd by emailing or by calling 434-572-5662.

“We are extremely proud of the hard-work and dedication put forth by our students. Several entered the program with little or no welding experience, so it’s amazing to see the transitions they have made,” said Vashon Canty, Associate Director of Workforce Advancement.

Students participating in the December 10th ceremony began the Welding@SVHEC program August 2014, and are the first group of students to complete the hands-on training program. Successful program completers receive a portfolio of stackable, industry-recognized credentials for CORE & Welding Levels 1-3 from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), and the American Welding Society (AWS) SENSE program. AWS credentials acknowledges that students have met basic requirements to sit for AWS certification. Students also take the ACT WorkKeys assessment leading to the National Career Readiness Certification.

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The SVHEC's Work Ready Foundations© (WRF) training program is recruiting for the April 2015 cohort. Information sessions for interested individuals will be held on March 19, 23, 26, 30 at 10am and 2pm at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s (SVHEC) Innovation Center.

WRF boasts a 90% job placement rate for successful program completers. WRF program completers are now working in a number of local industries including Presto, TMI Auto Tech, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, Comfort Systems USA, Fluor Construction, and Sunshine Mills.

“Individuals attending Work Ready Foundations have unique opportunities to develop soft skills as well as technical skills. I see the transformation in participants from the first day of class through the conclusion of the program, ” said Deloris Jones, Work Ready Foundations Project Coordinator. “WRF offers comprehensive and relevant learning experiences. When a program completer comes by or calls to say ‘I got the job,’ it confirms that this program had made a positive difference in his or her life,” Jones continued.

arielatomTMI Autotech, Inc., President and CEO David Goadby recently shared an overview of operations with the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority Board of Directors.  TMI Autotech is the exclusive North American manufacturer of the Ariel Atom vehicle (shown left). The company has successfully partnered with the Halifax Industrial Development Authority for an $838,000 Research & Development grant from the Tobacco Commission. Goadby shared that the grant will be used to develop a new sports car that is dinstinctly different from the Ariel Atom and focused toward an international track day market.

Assets at the SVHEC have been important supports as TMI continues its growth. A skilled workforce is key to any industry's growth, and TMI has benefitted from programs at the SVHEC. Two of the companies most recent hires came out of the SVHEC's Work Ready Foundations program. Additionally, Goadby credits proximity to educational access at the SVHEC and local community colleges as part of the reason why TMI located in Halifax County. TMI has also benefitted from access to another SVHEC asset, the R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency. The skilled R&D team has worked with TMI on a number of projects including production of the side panels for the Ariel Atom.

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