Thirty-nine workforce program completers recently celebrated career milestones—188 of them to be exact.

In a Prizery banquet hall ceremony attended by more than 100 family members and friends, completers in four of SVHEC’s high-demand workforce programs – IT Academy, Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics, Welding@SVHEC and Work Ready Foundations – were honored for their achievements.

Together, completers earned 188 industry-recognized, stackable credentials. For the majority of the group, these credentials have already paid off, leading to well-paying jobs in Southern Virginia. The stackable nature of the credentials also makes climbing the career ladder more achievable and convenient. Subsequent credentials build on the credentials already earned, increasing job qualifications and salaries.

And these subsequent credentials are available through SVHEC or one of our community college partners, DCC or SVCC, in locations conveniently located across the region.

Hear what our completers are saying about their SVHEC experiences:

“I was pleased to receive all three CompTIA certifications. I’ve already received a job offer from ATOS, and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead,” said Jason Stimpson, IT Academy completer.

“This is the best hands-on training program and instructors in the region,” said Dustin Coles, Welding@SVHEC completer.

“I’m very proud of my dad, Earl Dixon. He worked very hard to complete the program--studying for tests, staying up late at night--and he succeeded.”

Doreena Dixon, daughter of Earl Dixon. Earl Dixon is an industrial maintenance/mechatronics completer.

 “I chose the IT Academy as a supplement to a BS degree in computer science.  Despite having worked in IT extensively, I felt some employers felt the need to question the relevance of a degree from the 90s. I now have my CompTIA A+, Server + and Network + certifications and an updated resume,” said Lynda Stephens, IT Academy completer.