MUD FORK Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has announced a new associate degree in Mine Management for Fall 2009. This program is designed to educate individuals who will be employed as mid-level managers in the coal industry, both surface and underground. A degree in Mine Management will provide graduates with a diverse range of opportunities which include a high salary, career progression, and the ability to be employed in a global profession. Mining of coal encompasses a wide range of activities involving technology, people, equipment, financial resources, community, and state and local governments. According to Southern's Coordinator for the Mine Management program, Bill Alderman, theoretical principles and practical methodologies associated with mine management, planning, finance, evaluation and law are incorporated throughout the program. The implementation of an associate degree program was developed in response to the mining industry's future employment needs. "With the need to replace retiring workers and existing personnel through attrition, the industry has a promising future with a better than average employment growth," Alderman said. "Only fourteen post secondary level mining programs exist in the United States." Alderman explained that students will be able to take classes in various modes of delivery, including online classes, pod-cast, web enhanced (web-cam), a combination of web-cam/live meetings, and finally, weekend courses. Weekends courses generally are offered Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class is completed in only four weekends. Admission criteria includes being eligible to enter college level English and math. Students enrolled in the Mine Management degree program will be required to successfully complete the following courses: Communications in Business Computer Literacy World Economics and the Energy Sector English Composition I Finance for The Non-Financial Manager Geology History Of Mining Technical Math Introduction To College General Psychology Principles Of Management Human Resource Management Supervision Project Management Labor Relations Industrial Leadership Organizational Behavior and Communications Project Evaluation Mine Law And Safety Introduction To Mine Management Environmental Aspects Of Mining Advanced Mine Management And Planning Introduction To Surveying Southern's new Mine Management degree program curriculum focuses on the business operations of the mining industry and upon course study completion, graduates will receive an academic associate degree. For more information contact Coordinator Bill Alderman at 304-896-7381 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His office is located at the Logan campus. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College offers several degree and certificate programs, including Allied Health, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Mine Management, Survey Technology and many more. Southern operates four campuses and two sites located in Boone, Logan, Lincoln, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming counties. Kentucky students residing in Pike, Martin, Boyd and Lawrence counties are eligible for in-state tuition rates. The college's website is www.southernwv.edu and the toll free number is 1-866-798-2821.