Southside Virginia Community College presents certificates to five graduates for completing the Diesel Technician Program on Aug. 12 in Blackstone. The 22-week program provides both classroom and hands-on training and is designed to prepare students for employment as an entry-level diesel technician. SVCC offers the diesel technician class in Blackstone at the Occupational/Technical Center in Pickett Park. SVCC instructors Billy McGraw (left) and Russell Hicks (right) congratulate (from left) Michael Jones of Nathalie; Marcellos Maclin of Freeman; Jakeem Lee of Brodnax; Jordan Maxey of Farmville; and Joseph Pretko of Spout Spring. For more information about the program, visit