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Female welding instructor Karen HackneyLike a steel magnolia, Karen Hackney is a study in contrasts. A welding lab technician/instructor at the SVHEC, Hackney is strong, possessing the fortitude necessary to enter a field that is typically a man’s domain.

Group photo of Career Tech Academy students in front of Annin Flagmakers

On October 4, 2019, Career Tech Academy students observed Manufacturing (MFG) Day with a tour of Annin Flagmakers and a career-focused event at CCAM in Prince George, VA.

Upclose photo of an IT trainee's hand punching a network cable.The SVHEC's IT Academy (ITA) is now recruiting for day and evening classes slated to begin January 2020. The enrollment period opens on October 7th and ends on December 18th.

 DCC President Dr. Gill-Powell, SVHEC Executive Director Dr. Adams, and SVCC President Dr. Johnson

It was a day of camaraderie and collaboration as the SVHEC hosted a welcome reception for the region’s new community college presidents.

 Photo (l-r): Dr. Nettie Simon Owens (SVHEC Chief Workforce Development Officer); Anthony Putorek (Senior Lead Workforce Development Program Manager with Microsoft's Global Workforce Development team); Dr. Betty H. Adams (SVHEC Executive Director); Kelly Shotwell (SVHEC IT Academy Program Coordinator/Trainer)

Microsoft Corporation continued its investment in the SVHEC with a $200,000 donation to support an expansion of the SVHEC’s IT Academy.


Lily ToombsLily Toombs has been appointed to Governor Northam's newly established Commission on Science, Technology Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education.