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SVHEC is enrolling classes for spring 2021

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) is enrolling for its Spring 2021 classes.

Opportunities for enrollment are available in IT fundamentals, welding, HVAC, automation technician and OSHA10 job training, as well as career studies certificates or associate degree programs offered through its educational partners, Danville Community College and Southside Virginia Community College. 

IT Fundamentals

The SVHEC’s IT Academy (ITA) is now recruiting for IT fundamentals day and evening classes. IT fundamentals is an introductory course designed for individuals with no prior IT training or experience. IT fundamentals classes will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. beginning March 8, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon beginning March 9. 

Financial assistance deadlines are quickly approaching. Interested persons should call (434) 572-5660 or toll free (800)-283-0098 ext. 5660, or email kellyshotwell@svhec.org as soon as possible. 


Welding is a short term, accredited training program providing students with instruction in MIG, TIG, stick, and pipe welding. Individuals attend training three days a week, for four hours per day, over a 10-month period. This non-credit program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). 

Individuals who successfully complete the program will have the opportunity to earn their NCCER Welding certification. This portable, third party-validated industry credential is recognized by employers across the nation. Financial assistance is available. 

Training is slated to begin March 9. For questions or to get started, email welding@svhec.org or call (434) 572-5475.


HVAC is a hands-on training program offering the skills and certifications needed for success. Trainees may earn their National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) CORE, NCCER HVAC Level 1 (residential), NCCER HVAC Level 2 (residential), EPA 608 Refrigeration, and OSHA 10 certifications. Training is slated to begin March 9. For questions or to get started, email hvac@svhec.org or call (434) 572-5475.

Automation Technician 

Automation Technician (Mechatronics) is a short term, non-credit training program that prepares students to succeed in advanced operation positions in modern production environments that use automated technologies, such as advanced manufacturing, maintenance and repair, and electrical and electronics engineering. Training is ideal for individuals in related occupations like information technology, who want to become proficient in diagnosis, troubleshooting, and repair of automated systems. Financial assistance is available. 

Training is slated to begin in March. For questions or to get started, email workforce@svhec.org or call (434) 572-5475.

College Degrees 

In addition to its job training programs, the SVHEC is served by two community colleges: Danville Community College and Southside Virginia Community College. Together, they offer a variety of career studies certificates and associate degree programs. Popular programs include nursing, human services, business management, and the university parallel transfer program. 

According to the community colleges’ off-site coordinator, Kathy Whitt, there is still time to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and to explore what opportunities for enrollment are available. For more information, email Kathy.whitt@southside.edu or call (434) 572-5453. 

For more information on these and other educational opportunities at the SVHEC, visit www.svhec.org.