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Increase Welding Expertise with At Home Welding Short Course

The longer days and warming temperatures mean more time to complete projects at home or on the farm. Expand your DIY expertise with the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s (SVHEC) “At Home Welding” class. This six-week course provides instruction on safety and basic welding processes including stick, MIG, and TIG welding, and cutting with plasma […]

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New Explore Welding Workshops

Spark a new skill in 2019! Get your feet wet with a one-day, Explore Welding class OR dive deeper with the six-week, At-Home Welding Workshop. Explore Welding: Get a basic overview, with hands-on practice, in Stick, MIG, and TIG welding, and cutting with plasma and oxy-fuel. If you’re interested in welding, but want to “get […]

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3D Printing Enhances Experience for Mechatronics Trainees

The Mechatronics program at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center has now integrated three dimensional (3D) printing into its Level 2 Mechatronics program. With the addition of this technology, trainees can quickly and easily apply classroom concepts into real-world project challenges. By using 3-D modeling, trainees can apply their knowledge in CAD to design and […]

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Enrollment Open for New Mechatronics Level 1 Class

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) is now recruiting for its Mechatronics Level 1 program. Classes for the hands-on training program will begin Oct.1st. To begin the enrollment process individuals should attend an upcoming information session on: Tues., 8/28 at 5:00PM Thurs., 8/30 at 10:00AM Tues, 9/4 at 5:00PM Thurs., 9/6 at 10:00AM Tues., […]

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American Welding Society Certification Testing Now Available

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) recently became an Accredited Testing Facility (ATF) through the American Welding Society (AWS). With this internationally recognized designation, the SVHEC now provides welding trainees, experienced welders, and regional employers with access to pursue a world-class industry certification. “AWS is the cream of the crop for welding certification. Being […]

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Welding Moves Trainee From Job to Career

After graduating from high school, Eugene Barksdale pursued a career in construction. Although he could find jobs, he found that without formal training or industry certifications he wasn’t able to establish a career. Barksdale bounced from job to job with no security for his income or future. By 2016, he was ready for a change. […]

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SVHEC Mechatronics Program Provides Skills For Career Advancement

“I chose the Mechatronics program because I’d recently gotten a promotion to become a maintenance technician at the Walmart Distribution Center in Mebane, NC.” While familiar with maintenance, Thomas found he was not familiar with some of the technology. “I hadn’t done much with PLCs (programmable logic controls), and the mechatronics program was a big […]

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SVHEC Celebrates ITA and Mechatronics Completers

Thirty-seven IT Academy (ITA) and Mechatronics trainees were recognized at the SVHEC’s Workforce Training Completion Ceremony on January 25th. It was a night of firsts as the SVHEC celebrated several program milestones. Five Essel-Propack (Danville) employees were recognized for completing the SVHEC’s first customized Mechatronics training, and the IT Academy honored its first cybersecurity completers. […]

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Workforce Training Partnership Launched at Make It…in SoVA

On September 29th, regional leaders from industry, workforce development, and education attended Make It…in SoVA where the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) launched its newest workforce training partnership with Siemens Technik Akadmie in Berlin, Germany. “We’re excited to officially launch our partnership with Siemens Technik Akademie. This partnership, and the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification […]

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