Keith Harkins

Keith Harkins is the Vice President of Workforce Development and Continuing Education for Southside Virginia Community College. Keith has been with SVCC since 2015. Prior to his service at SVCC, he was the Executive Director of Virginia Technical Institute and Assistant Professor of Human Services and Coordinator of Workforce Development at Central Virginia Community College.

Keith has developed training programs for companies like Fluor, Dominion, BWXT, and AREVA. He works closely with business and industry leaders to develop innovative programs designed to meet the present and future needs of the regional workforce. These programs include both traditional academic programs and customized, short-term programs designed to lead directly to employment.

Outside of education, he has owned several businesses including a Ford Dealership, a Finance Company, and a vehicle warranty company. He has also worked as an IT/Customer Service consultant for the automotive industry. His first career was as a Training Coordinator for Psychiatric Hospitals.

Keith currently serves on the Commonwealth Regional Commission, Region 8 Workforce Investment Board, and is the chair of the Credential Completion and Employment Committee for the Virginia Community College System’s Workforce Advisory Council. He is also the Sponsor Representative to NCCER for the State of Virginia.

He lives on a small farm in Rustburg, VA with his wife, two daughters, and three dogs.