Dec 08, 2023  
2019-2020 Catalog/Student Handbook 
2019-2020 Catalog/Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

President’s Message

A picture of the President.

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”
Marian Wright Edelman

Offering education to everyone who can benefit from our courses or programs is the mission of Southside Virginia Community College. Our dedicated staff, faculty and administrators continually strive to offer the most current curriculum and services, cutting edge technology and opportunities for future success to our students.

We plan to move forward with a passion but also with a purpose to serve and deliver the best educational experience possible. SVCC is a comprehensive community college providing quality education to the people of Southside Virginia for more than four decades. Through a wide range of post-secondary programs which includes transfer, technical, vocational and community service, SVCC makes its impact. The college’s service area, the largest geographical area within the Virginia Community College System, includes the counties of Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward and the city of Emporia.

Recognized throughout the Commonwealth for the leadership it has provided in the development of innovative programs, the college takes pride in its community-based education approach to meeting the needs of service area constituents. This can best be demonstrated by its many off-campus centers; its leadership in workforce development; its Dual Enrollment Program; and its involvement in the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia.

Our future is interwoven with the development of our community; as our service area communities grow, so will we. But education is more than just the relationship between a single teacher and one student. At Southside Virginia Community College, virtually all our programs involve collaborative efforts. We are truly a college of and by the community.

The college is proud of the quality instruction it can provide to a very diverse constituency in both traditional classroom environments and through distance education options. Southside Virginia Community College offers numerous classes through an extensive two-way interactive audio and video network and online classes. The college has a teaching staff of highly professional educators who have as their major focus the success of our students within a holistic environment. Transforming lives is our job, and we take it seriously at SVCC.

A. Allison Roberts, PhD