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Southwest Virginia Community College

Dr. J. Mark EsteppDr. J. Mark Estepp

Founded in 1968, Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) is located in a geographically remote area of the Appalachian region and primarily serves the residents of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties. SWCC seeks to transform lives, strengthen communities, and inspire excellence as a comprehensive two-year institution that provides quality educational and cultural enrichment opportunities for lifelong learners, the workforce and the community.

A community of educators, who value student-centered learning, student success, excellence, and inclusiveness and collaboration, SWCC is led by Dr. Mark Estepp, who became the institution’s second permanent president in 2007.

More than 2,000 students are served by 42 full-time faculty members, 180 part time faculty members and just less than 200 staff members. SWCC is actively working towards making sure the diversity amongst its faculty and staff reflects that of its student population.

To this end, Estepp shares, “Southwest Virginia Community College is located in a very remote region of southwest Virginia. The college reaches out to our minority communities through scholarships, programming, and events that encourage and welcome all to our campus. We work towards ensuring that our administration, faculty, and staff reflect the diversity of our student population.”


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