Certificates

Allied Health and Business Leadership

The Allied Health Business and Leadership Certificate program prepares individuals to develop, plan, and manage healthcare services
within healthcare systems. The program includes instruction and leadership in planning, strategy, business and financial management,
public relations, human resources management, law and regulations with application.

The full Allied Health Business and Leadership Certificate Program is available online. Some courses may be offered at Campus
locations. Check schedule for offerings.

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Behavioral Health

The Behavioral Health Certificate Program prepares individuals for the introductory professional practice of social work, in collaboration with other health care professionals, in hospitals and other health care facilities and organizations.

This program includes instruction in social work, psychiatric casework, clinical interviewing techniques, therapeutic intervention strategies and evaluation, patient and family counseling, social rehabilitation, patient care planning, and support services.

The full Behavioral Health Certificate Program is available on the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.

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Central Sterile Technician

The Central Sterile Technician course work prepares the student to ensure that all instruments used by medical personnel in the healthcare facility are clean and sterile. This entails performing manual cleaning prior to sterilization, placing cleaned instruments in sterilizers, and the ability to run and monitor the sterilizers. Central Sterile Technicians are integral members of the healthcare team who are responsible for decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging and sterilizing surgical instruments and devices in a healthcare facility that is essential to patient safety. To earn certifications, candidates are required to successfully demonstrate skills through completion of 400 hours of hands-on work experience as well as successful completion of an examination developed to measure the understanding of general central services and infection prevention topics.

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Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Program is a non-transfer program designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment, and permit persons already employed in the field to upgrade their skills for advancement. Classroom activities are planned to provide instruction related to the skills needed in the criminal justice field. Knowledge and skills gained through this program typically prepare for, or upgrade persons in Patrolman, Deputy Sheriff, Watchman/Guard, Corrections Officer, or Parole/ Probation Officer. All students in this program must complete a common general education core, a career support core, and an area of specialization. Southern has 2+2 transfer agreements in place with Franklin University and West Virginia State University.

Either option of the Criminal Justice Program is available on the Logan, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses. The Boone/Lincoln Campus offers the program support courses and many, but not all, major courses.

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Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Development Program is designed to give students classroom and practical understanding of the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional principles critical to working with the pre-school through elementary aged child. Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they will transfer to determine the appropriate science courses to select.

Most, but not all, courses in the Early Childhood Development Program are web-based.

The Early Childhood Development Certificate Program consists of 30 hours, half of the curriculum required for the Early Childhood Development Associate in Applied Science. This certificate allows students to serve in a support role in a classroom as aides in early childhood programs, preschools, and Head Start programs.

The full Early Childhood Development Certificate Program is available online with the exception of the required mathematics course and observation hours.

The Early Childhood Skill Set is designed to provide students minimum entry-level skills to work with children through early childhood. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers. All courses are web-based.

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Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering Technology Program has the mission to provide an academic and technical education with sequential/practical instruction for the development of the student as a mature, responsible electrical technician. The curriculum incorporates basic and advanced courses in electricity, electronics and electrical machinery. In addition students must take technical specialization electives in fields that are of particular interest to them.

The full Electrical Engineering Technology Program is available on the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the program support courses only.

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Electromechanical Instrumentation Technology

The Electromechanical Instrumentation Technology Program prepares students for industrial automation in applications (engineering) positions, as well as service (maintenance) type positions by providing knowledge and hands-on experience in electricity, fluid power, sensors, control systems, instrumentation and programmable controllers – components that are used in a wide variety of industrial automation systems, machines, and equipment.

This program is designed for those who are interested in oil and gas industry, plant maintenance, machine set-up and installation, and troubleshooting of modern computer controlled machines. Electromechanical instrumentation jobs are found in the manufacturing, energy, medical, electronics, agriculture, biotechnology, and automotive industries.

The full Electromechanical Instrumentation Technology Certificate Program is available on the Williamson Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Logan, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.

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General Studies

The Certificate in General Studies is designed to provide students with an educational path that will maintain options while completing basic general education requirements. The coursework required for the degree will provide skills necessary to be competitive and excel in the workplace including:

  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • A knowledge of basic technology
  • A strong sense of personal and professional responsibility

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Health Care Technology

The Health Care Technology Certificate Program prepares graduates as multi-skilled flexible health care workers, who work under the direction of licensed professionals such as medical laboratory technologists, registered professional nurses, radiologic technologists, surgical technologists, and physicians. Students may work in a variety of health care settings.

Certification exams may be available and students are expected to take appropriate national certification exams. The Health Care Technology Program graduate is not intended to be a medical laboratory technician.

The full Health Care Technology Certificate Program is available on the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/ McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.

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Industrial Technology

The Industrial Technology Certificate Program is designed to provide basic skills in a variety of applied industrial careers which can lead to entry-level positions and provides a smooth transition into an associate or high technology field.

Certificate Options

Mechatronics

The full Industrial Technology Certificate Program, Mechatronics Option, is available at the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.

Machinist

Machinist Option The full Industrial Technology Certificate Program, Machinist Option, is available at the Williamson Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Logan, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.

Welding

The full Industrial Technology Certificate Program, Welding Option, is available at the Williamson Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Logan, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.

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Information Technology

The Information Technology Program was developed in response to state and national needs for highly qualified IT professionals who can fill the workforce gap. The program provides a flexible curriculum that can adapt quickly to provide the ultimate in technical training. It is designed as non-transfer for career oriented students who seek advanced positions in the IT industry workforce after completion of the program. The focus electives will be customized to student career path and current business and industry demands.

The full Information Technology Program is available on the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.

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Medical Coding

The Medical Coding Specialist Certificate Program is designed to provide each student with the comprehensive knowledge and competencies required to become a successful medical coder in a hospital setting, physician office setting, or ambulatory setting.

Graduates of the program meet the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) requirements to set for the CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) Exam.

The full Medical Coding Specialist Certificate Program is available online with the exception of MT 121 or higher. Some courses may be offered at Campus locations. Check schedule for offerings.

The Medical Coding Skill Set prepares students to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

The required courses help the student demonstrate coding skills in a variety of healthcare settings, including inpatient and outpatient hospital settings and physician offices.

The full Medical Coding Skill Set is available online. Some courses may be offered at Campus locations. Check schedule for offerings

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Paraprofessional Education

The Paraprofessional Education Certificate Program meets the requirements for a Paraprofessional Certificate as provided by the West Virginia Board of Education. This certificate entitles the individual to serve in a support capacity including, but not limited to, facilitating instruction and direct or indirect supervision of pupils under the direction of an educator.

The full Paraprofessional Education Certificate Program is available online with the exception of the required mathematics course and observation hours.

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Technical Studies

The Technical Studies Program is designed as a non-transfer program for students completing an occupational specialization at the career/vocational centers. It is designed to provide students with the general education knowledge, management skills and technical competencies necessary for employment in a variety of occupations.

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Welding Technology

Are you ready to let the sparks fly in Southern’s welding program and classes?

You’ll cut, weld and solder your way to a skilled trade career! As a graduate of Southern’s Welding program, your career options include manufacturing, commercial construction, mining, agriculture, wholesale trade and repair and maintenance.

What is Welding?

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. About 80 percent of welding jobs are in manufacturing. Welding also is used to join beams when constructing buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.

Where do Welders work?

Welding is a specialized skill that offers career opportunities in: welding shops, manufacturing of metal goods, construction, pipe welding, plant maintenance, shipbuilding, and many others.  From the tallest skyscrapers to machines and appliances that help make life easier, welders play a critical role in keeping our economy moving.

What’s the job outlook?

Demand for welders is increasing in the construction, manufacturing and utilities industries. Despite overall employment declines in manufacturing, the outlook for welders is far stronger than for other occupations within that industry. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another depending on where they are needed most. The needs are changing in our area as highlighted in a recent issue of The Fabricator.

What will I do with my education?

The Welding Technology Program provides the student with a solid foundation which will enable them to achieve American Welding Society Certification in such areas as:  Shielded Metal Arc Welding (S.M.A.W.), Gas Metal Arc Welding (G.M.A.W), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (G.T.A.W.) and Flux-Core Arc Welding (F.C.A.W.). Students will master skills in the areas of Stick Welding, Mig Welding , Flux Core Welding , Tig Welding, Oxygen Fuel Welding and Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting, Air Carbon Arc Cutting/Gouging, Print Reading, and welding of Nonferrous Metals and Alloys. There is also a Certificate Program available as well as Skill-sets in Pipe Welding, Welding in Mining and Plant Maintenance.  

How do I start?

For more information or if you have questions, please contact: Sheridan Taylor – Instructional Specialist at 304-236-7166 or Guy Lowes, Division Head of Applied and Industrial Technology at 304-236-7633.

You’ll get more than career training at Southern.

You’ll gain professional polish so you can be an asset your first day on the job!

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