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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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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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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Welding Student Earns National Scholarship

Welding@SVHEC student Stacy Morris has been awarded the Build Your Future scholarship from the national Trimmer Construction Education Foundation. Morris is only one of 10 to receive this year’s Trimmer Construction Education Foundation’s scholarship. Morris and the other scholarship recipients will be featured in the December issue of ABC’s Construction Executive Magazine. “I am honored […]

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Noncredit Mechatronics Certification in Virginia

Download Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics Frequently Asked Questions First noncredit certification will be offered through SVHEC in partnership with Siemens RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) will be entering into a partnership with Siemens, a global technology company, to establish the only noncredit Level 3 Mechatronics training program […]

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SoVA CME Celebrates First Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics Program Completers

The SoVA Center of Manufacturing Excellence (SoVA CME) is celebrating its first cohort of students who have completed the industrial maintenance/mechatronics training. After 13 weeks of accelerated, hands-on training, students learned the skills required to gain employment as an industrial maintenance technician or machine operator. They also earned industry-recognized credentials including the internationally recognized Siemens […]

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Manufacture Your Future in Mechatronics

Manufacture your future in Mechatronics through the SoVA Center of Manufacturing Excellence (SoVA CME). Beginning March 7th, SoVA CME will offer an accelerated training program leading to industry recognized Mechatronics Certification. The term “mechatronics” encompasses a broad range of technical disciplines including mechanics, electronics, control systems, and computer terms. The 13-week training program will feature […]

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SoVA Center of Manufacturing Excellence Trains Local Industrial Maintenance Mechanics

South Boston, VA–Ten local industrial maintenance mechanics recently completed Introduction to Programmable Logic Controls (PLCs) training through the SoVA Center of Manufacturing Excellence (SoVA CME) at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC). Will Soyars, SoVA CME Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics Program Leader and Ricky Gordon, SoVA CME Programs Technician, conducted the 13 week, hands-on training that […]

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