Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

In the coming months, Southside Virginia Community College will purchase and install audio-visual equipment in virtually all of its classrooms, enabling the college to beam interactive classes to satellite locations and offer more online learning opportunities.

The improved access is critical to SVCC, which operates in a sprawling 4,200 square mile service area, the largest in the Virginia Community College system. (Fun fact: SVCC’s service area is larger than the total area of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.)

The technology upgrade comes as a result of a $168,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, designed to expand educational opportunities for Americans living in rural areas.
“We are very excited because this grant will allow us to do video streaming from every classroom and be flexible in our delivery methods to our student population,” said Chad Wollenberg, Chief Information Officer at SVCC. “We’re constantly looking at innovative ways to ensure service to every nook of our huge service area.”

Said SVCC President Al Roberts, “Attracting new business to our region and restoring its economic vitality hinges on the ability to enlarge the pipeline for education and job training. This project increases our capacity to offer students flexible distance learning options so that they can embark on meaningful career pathways.”

To learn more about SVCC’s technology upgrade, read the college’s news release here.'

Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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