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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SoVA CME Celebrates Workforce Training Completers

Mechatronics and Welding Completers Celebrated         SoVA Center of Manufacturing Excellence is proud to celebrate its newest Mechatronics and Welding program completers. These individuals have successfully finished our hands-on workforce training programs, and earned the skills and certifications needed to be successful in the workforce. They will be celebrated at a completion […]

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First Mechatronics Level 2 Training to be Offered

Level 1 not required to enroll The SoVA Center of Manufacturing Excellence (SoVA CME)’s, Mechatronics program will take another step forward when it offers its first Mechatronics Level 2 training in September. Training will take place at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in downtown South Boston. Mechatronics Level 2 training will cover six topics: […]

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Strong Start for 2nd Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics Cohort

Special to SoVA CME The SoVA Center of Manufacturing Excellence recently welcomed its second group of eight students into the industrial maintenance/mechatronics program. The hands on training at Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) prepares students for a career in many industries including mechanical, electrical, computer software/control engineering (PLCs) to design and manufacture products. Students […]

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