Alberta in Brunswick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Southside Virginia Community College
—Brunswick County —
Community colleges began in the early part of the 20th century to offer access to higher education for people of all economic and social conditions. They received a great boost when President Truman’s Commission on Higher Education recommended that higher education be available to everyone. In the 1950s and 60s community colleges doubled in numbers and enrollment due to the widespread need for a more highly trained workforce, as well as a more economical approach to the first two years of college. Today, all across America community colleges provide a chance for people to attain goals that were previously beyond their reach. They also serve as a source of cultural enrichment for the community.
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 50.368′ N, 77° 55.011′ W. Marker is in Alberta, Virginia, in Brunswick County. Marker can be reached from Campus Drive (County Route 378) near Chritanna Highway (Virginia Route 46). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 Campus Drive, Alberta VA 23821, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Christanna (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Brunswick Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Danieltown (approx. 5.1 miles away); Sturgeon Creek (approx. 5.6 miles away); Staunton River Raid (approx. 5.9 miles away); Saint Paul's College (approx. 6.5 miles away); a different marker also named Saint Paul's College (approx. 6.6 miles away); Ebenezer Academy (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alberta.
Regarding Southside Virginia Community College. On the left panel are three photos with the captions:
"(Top Left) SVCC’s first student, Bill Steed (left) with the college’s first president Dr. Kenneth Dawson."
"(Center Left) A Biology class underway on the Christanna Campus during
"(Bottom Left) Dr. John J. Cavan (left), SVCC president since 1983, congratulates a graduate during a college commencement ceremony."
On the bottom center is a map of the CRIEHT locations.
On the right is a photo with the caption, "(Above) Governor Linwood Holton (left) is greeted by SVCC math professor Johnnye Thompson during the Christanna Campus Dedication Ceremony held October 23, 1970."
All photos courtesy of SVCC archives.
Also see . . .
1. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Virginia's Retreat (Submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC). (Submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.