Workforce, Economic and Community Development
The Workforce, Economic and Community Development division of Patrick Henry Community College aligns education and economic development to extend workforce development courses, training and programs to the community, including custom designed programs for employers. Services and programs are offered to serve business and industry; individuals seeking employment, skills development, credentialing or career training; and lifelong learners looking for engaging ways to enrich their lives. Continuing education may be in the form of credit or career credit courses, online courses, or other formats such as workshops, assessments or on-the-job training.
The division offers programs and courses that are requested within the college’s service region. View our schedule of classes and register online at https://ph.augusoft.net. Anyone interested in a course listed in this catalog, or who has a request, should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (276) 656-0260.
Workforce, Economic and Community Development is committed to plan, promote and provide quality custom designed training and alternate learning opportunities for anyone, at any place, at any time to support improved quality of life and a vibrant community.
The Workforce, Economic and Community Development division of Patrick Henry Community College serves regional employers by providing training solutions to develop and sustain a qualified workforce, in support of economic development and community enrichment.
Custom Designed Training
Business organizations are often confronted with a wide range of employee training needs that are highly unique to them. Our staff can design, develop and tailor training and delivery approaches that align with these distinct needs, scheduling demands, and budgetary circumstances. The division offers an extensive curriculum of technology, business, and professional development programs, and can integrate and customize these resources to best fit needs or design an entirely new course or program. Through organizational consulting, a thorough assessment of an organization’s needs is conducted using various resources such as assessments, facilitated focus groups, and job profiling.
Professional workforce training staff partners with clients to:
- identify the needs that impact business processes
- develop solutions that fit the company needs and culture
- deliver training or consulting services that provide a return on investment
Benefits to Business and Industry:
- courses and programs can be tailored as academic credit or career credit
- courses can be delivered to meet the dynamic needs of client scheduling demands
- courses can be offered on-campus or on-site
Examples of Custom Designed Training:
- Customer Service
- Industry-Specific Skills
- Job Skills Assessments
- Leadership Foundations
- Occupational Spanish
Job Skills Assessments
Our staff stands ready to help area employers and new employers coming to the area with assessing workforce needs and incumbent worker skills. Assessing candidates at the early stages of the hiring process ensures that employers save interviewing time and effort, and identifies strong candidates beforehand. For current staff, assessments can be the key to putting employees into a position in which they can be successful, based on their current skill and competencies. Assessments can also provide the very best employees with an achievable career pathway for them to grow into an even more valuable employee.
Examples of Assessments:
Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT) is a widely used and extensively validated assessment of mechanical aptitude. For more than 60 years, this instrument has helped organizations select the best candidates for mechanical, repair, and industrial occupations. The BMCT can help identify candidates with good spatial perception and mechanical reasoning abilities, as well as with an aptitude for learning mechanical processes and tasks.
The DiSC® Personality System is the universal language of behavior. Research has shown that behavioral characteristics can be grouped together in four major divisions called personality styles. People with similar styles tend to exhibit specific behavioral characteristics common to that style. All people share these four styles in varying degrees of intensity. The acronym DISC stands for the four personality styles represented by the letters: D (Dominance); I (Influence); S (Steadiness); C (Conscientiousness).
DISC materials can be utilized to:
- learn about what motivates each team member
- help individuals maximize their personal strength
- enhance teamwork among an organization’s staff
- motivate others toward greater productivity
- resolve internal conflicts and power struggles more quickly
- develop motivated teams
eSkills assessments offer employers customization in pre- employment testing and employee development. eSkills is an assessment partner with PHCC who provides an extensive list of skills tests covering areas from the MS Office® suite, Typing, IT, Language, to Healthcare and a range of other subjects.
HAY Aptitude Test Battery identifies candidates with the necessary clerical skills for accounting, billing or shipping positions to help improve the efficiency and profitability of the operation. They measure a job candidate’s ability to compare numbers and names for accuracy, use short-term memory effectively and quickly identify numeric relationships. HAY test scores reflect both the speed and accuracy with which the candidate performs these basic tasks. Using the HAY Aptitude Test Battery as part of the employment testing process will help reduce document, shipping, and other process errors. Production and turn-around time will decrease as fewer discrepancies arise and customers will have increased confidence in product and service delivery.
The Management Readiness Profile (MRP) is an assessment tool that identifies the readiness of candidates for management responsibilities. A better fit between managers and their leadership responsibilities means more effective work teams, higher morale, lower turnover among top performers and maximum profitability. In addition, the MRP contains a Validity-Candidness scale that measures the extent of socially desirable responses. Lower scores indicate a tendency to exaggerate positive qualities and minimize negative traits.
Ramsay Combined Basic Skills. Ramsay Corporation is a leader in the creation and validation of tests for skilled technicians. With over 35 years of test development experience, Ramsay Corporation has created a series of off-the-shelf testing products to assess maintenance, production, and operator workforces. These online assessments are suitable for pre-employment assessment or pay-for-knowledge programs and can be used when custom validation is not required. The basic skills tests measure skills that could be reasonably expected from all job candidates as the basic requirements for learning and performing entry level or lower level jobs in manufacturing, processing, or operating.
Wonderlic provides employee assessments for each phase of the hiring process. Employment tests include job-specific screening questionnaires, cognitive ability tests, personality tests, skills tests and surveys. Used individually, these employee assessments provide valuable enhancements to an existing employee selection process. Combined, they efficiently gather relevant information and provide a comprehensive “whole person” view of candidate qualifications for efficient, objective employee selection.
WorkKeys is a national job skills assessment system measuring “real-world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. This system enables educators to identify gaps between student skills and employer needs, which will, in turn, improve students’ success in entry-level and subsequent jobs. WorkKeys enables businesses to reduce turnover, overtime, and waste while increasing morale through effective selection decisions and training processes. As a WorkKeys service scoring center, WECD handles testing and scoring.
- Applied Math
- Business Writing
- Graphic Literacy
- Workplace Documents
Pre-employment training is a proven method to identify the best applicants in the community and train potential employees on key elements of the job. The pre-employment training program includes assessment of applicants on skill areas specific to the needs of the employer and development of a customized, generally short-term training class.
Sample Pre-Employment Format:
- Company Orientation and Expectations
- Company-Specific Training
- Interpersonal Skills
- Job-Specific Skill Assessments
- Quality Assurance Training
- Communication Skills
- Computer Applications
- Customer Service
- Industry-Specific Skills
- Leadership Foundations
- Mixing Four Generations in the Workplace
- CRM Learning
- Development Dimensions International (DDI)
- DiSC Profiles
- InScape Publishing
- National Retail Federation Customer Service and Retail Training
- Organizational Performance Consulting
- Vital Learning
To help our local industries with training and rapid start-up for new businesses, the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Complex (MET) houses a 73’x104’x23’ Workforce Flex Space, training facilities, and a large conference room. The facilities may be used to train on company-specific equipment or to provide customized training on PHCC equipment sets.
Business and Entrepreneurship
Workforce, Economic and Community Development provides oversight of operations off-campus at the Thomas P. Dalton IDEA (Innovate. Design. Engineer. Accelerate) Center in Uptown Martinsville. Citing a desire to see the college maintain a presence in uptown Martinsville, the family of Mr. Dalton, through its generous donation, made it possible for the Patrick Henry Community College Real Estate Foundation to purchase the building which bears his name. The IDEA Center is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. The Dalton IDEA Center focuses on product and technology development and houses the college’s Fabrication Laboratory, a technology accelerator. Call 276-656-5461 to learn more.
Big IDEA Challenge
Turn your idea for a new product or technology into reality in a 30-Day Challenge for entrepreneurs, individuals, and teams.
The Fabrication Laboratory offers opportunities for digital fabrication to individuals and companies in ways that are not practical or economical using mass production. Located at the Thomas Dalton IDEA Center in Uptown Martinsville, the Fab Lab provides the following training to students, businesses, and entrepreneurs. Equipment in the Fab Lab includes a 3D printer, laser engraver, vinyl cutter, CNC router, plasma cutter, mini-mill, vacuum former, injection molder, and welder.
- Advanced Arduino
- Fab Lab: Homeschool Edition
- Fab Lab Craft Night
- Fab Lab Family Days
- Fab Lab Innovation Kids Camps
- Fab Lab Minecraft Kids Camp
- Introduction to 3D Printing
- Introduction to Arduino
- Learn to use the CNC Mill
- Learn to use the Laser Cutter
- Learn to use the Shopbot CNC Router
Fab Lab Membership
Entrepreneurs must complete a required training course to become a member of the newly designed community Fab Lab. Members enjoy exclusive unlimited access to the equipment for a $30 monthly fee. Fab Lab hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Extended hours are available upon request.
GROWTH MindSET Entrepreneurial Boot Camp
This program is structured for individuals who have developed past business plans or have started and maintained a business and are looking to grow or expand. This program uniquely focuses on how to increase the validity of an established business, as well as, market development and research, customer service, business law, and human resources and safety. Students will use this information gained in order to complete a new business plan. This camp expands on the training principles of development and business strategy that can be found in SUCCESS MindSET.
In this course, participants gain deep understanding of the wide variety of direct/social selling business strategies including individual sales efforts, party plan and network marketing scenarios, online sales and salesforce recruitment and training. The course is designed to provide direct sellers-and those interested in direct selling-with the small business management and entrepreneurship skills they need to succeed in this low-barrier-to-entry form of entrepreneurship.
SUCCESS MindSET Entrepreneurial Boot Camp
This program introduces, demonstrates, and applies innovation start-up training principles from the inception of an idea through the development of a viable business strategy. The program is equally effective for individuals who are first considering starting a business to those with developed business plans or even early stage enterprises. The SUCCESS MindSET© program uniquely focuses on why successful entrepreneurs are, in fact, successful, including effectual thinking, lean start-up strategies, and customer/target markets development.
Verizon Innovative Learning Camp for Girls
Patrick Henry Community College and Verizon have a unique partnership to prepare the next generation for a future filled with opportunities. This year-long, tuition-free Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program is offered to middle school girls. This hands-on program provides immersive learning in design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality, and social entrepreneurship. Lunch and transportation is provided over the summer program. Participating students are provided a tablet for the duration of the program.
Apprentices receive on-the-job training combined with classroom-related instruction to ensure that the apprentice is fully trained in all areas of their chosen occupation. Students may work part-time or full-time as registered apprentices. They must be actively pursuing career preparation courses or a diploma, certificate or degree program related to their occupation, include apprenticeship related instruction as part of coursework, and enter into a written training agreement that represents a partnership between the employer, the Virginia Apprenticeship Council, and the student. Apprentices are awarded a journeyman certificate from the Commonwealth of Virginia after successful completion of the on-the-job training and related instruction.
National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
This certificate is a portable credential that can be presented to an employer anywhere in the United States, confirming that the participant possesses basic workplace skills in Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents - the three skills that most jobs require. Based on established ACT WorkKeys assessments, the NCRC gives recipients an edge when seeking a new position and verifies they have the skills to handle common workplace tasks.
A NCRC credential will enable the participant to:
- enhance his/her resume
- show prospective employers concrete proof of skills
- improve success in entry-level jobs
- enhance opportunity for career advancement
NCRC is awarded at four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Each is an objective validation to employers anywhere in the U.S. that an individual has met or exceeded the necessary foundational skills for a percentage of the 16,000 occupations in the WorkKeys database. For example, a Gold certificate verifies that an individual has the necessary skills for 93% of occupations.
ServSafe Manager’s Certification
This course provides food safety training, exams, and educational materials to foodservice managers. Students can earn the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification.
The Workforce, Economic and Community Development division of Patrick Henry Community College offers the following professional development courses and programs. These are specialized offerings designed to provide the educational needs of the lifelong learners in the community. Although no college credit will be awarded for these programs, students may earn continuing education units (CEU’s) or Continuing Professional Education (CPE). Certificates of completion are awarded for each successfully completed course listing for continuing education documentation purposes.
Computers and Technology
- Boot Camp: Computers for Beginners
- How to Buy a Computer
- Introduction to Microsoft Windows
- CISCO Certified Essentials Network Technician, Part 1
- CISCO Certified Essentials Network Technician, Part 2
Microsoft Office Training Series
This Microsoft Office 6-hour training series is designed to provide basic computer skills and knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. These hands-on courses introduce practical techniques that students can use right away to gain needed job skills and enhance workflow.
- Microsoft Access
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Excel Advanced
- Microsoft Excel Intermediate
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Word Advanced
- Microsoft Word Intermediate
Effective customer service is crucial for organizations across all industries and sectors, public and private. The following workshops provide vital skills to enhance customer service practice.
- Customer Service for Managers
- Customer Service Recovery
- Customer Service: It’s My Pleasure!
- Customer Service: The Fish! Philosophy
Industry and Trades
Continuing Education for Tradesman
Journeyman, Master Plumbers, Electricians, HVAC technicians, and Gas Fitters are required by the Virginia Board of Contractors to take a pre-determined number of continuing education hours specific to their trade as part of the licensing process. Plumbers, HVAC technicians, and Electricians must take three hours of continuing education in their field. Gas Fitters must take one hour (intended for Journeyman and Master Gas Fitters, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Fitters, and Natural Gas Fitters). The continuing education must be completed prior to the expiration date on the license. Tradesman license renewal courses cover new definitions, code changes, general requirements, impacts on the job, general use and special equipment included in the respective codes.
- Gas Fitter
Contractor Business Licensing
This course is intended for first-time applicants for a Class C, B or the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR), and Board for Contractors as meeting the requirements for pre-licensure or remedial education.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training
These courses help supervisors and workers reduce the risk of workplace hazards.
Management and Leadership
Administrative Professionals Day Event
This special event is offered annually to give employers an opportunity to show their appreciation to valuable employees on their special day. Participants can expect to receive professional development as well as gain an opportunity to network with peers and enjoy a catered lunch. A motivational keynote message is presented, along with two concurrent sessions. The highlight of the event includes raffled door prizes.
Management Boot Camp
This course is appropriate for new managers, aspiring managers, and motivated individuals in any organization to equip them with tools and resources to move from a good employee to a great, effective manager.
Women in Leadership Luncheon
This luncheon will feature a panel discussion on local topics related to women who are leaders or aspire to become leaders. This event will offer encouragement and networking as well as discussion around current topics to help nurture the participant’s leadership role.
Workforce Training Programs
The Workforce, Economic and Community Development division of Patrick Henry Community College offers a range of intensive, short-term training programs based on the needs of local employers. Most programs take between 6 and 12 weeks to complete and may lead to an industry credential. Although no college credit will be awarded for these programs, students are awarded a certificate of completion for each successfully completed course listing for continuing education documentation purposes.
Health Care Careers
Certified Billing and Coding Specialist
This program prepares students for the National Healthcareer Association Certified Billing and Coding Specialist Exam.
- Medical Terminology for Coders
- Medical Billing and Coding
- Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Word Preparation
- Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Excel Preparation
- Job Readiness
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
This program prepares students for the National Healthcareer Association Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Exam. CCMA’s are unlicensed, multi-skilled healthcare practitioners who are competent in both clinical and administrative procedures. CCMA’s are responsible for interviewing patients, measuring and recording vital signs, preparing exam rooms, cleaning and sterilizing medical equipment, and administering injections, topical and oral medications.
- Clinical Medical Assistant Training
- Job Readiness
- National Healthcareer Association Exam
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
This program is designed to prepare students for entry level practice in the health care field in the area of patient care in a variety of health service facilities.
- Certified Nurse Aide Training
- Certified Nurse Aide Clinical
- Job Readiness
Employment Objective: Students who successfully complete the appropriate courses may be eligible for employment in hospitals, skilled/residential nursing facilities, home care, physician offices, or other health related facilities.
Potential Certifications: After successful completion of the nurse aide program, students will be eligible to apply to take the certification exam for Certified Nurse Aide in Virginia. After successful completion of Cariopulmonary Resuscitation, student will receive American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification.
Curriculum Requirements: Students will be required to undergo a mandatory drug screening and criminal background check. Students must have a negative drug screen and criminal background check to be eligible for clinical learning experiences. Transportation is required to clinical agencies.
Supplies and Fees: Tuition does include cost of the following program-required supplies and fees: TB skin test fee ($11), uniform ($25-$50), shoes ($40-$60), clinical kit with stethoscope ($45 approx.), textbook and workbook ($55 approx.), Nurse Aide State Board fee ($120), supplies ($25), CPR ecard ($2.40), as well as credential attainment incentive ($50).
Financial Requirements: Tuition does not include cost of program-required CPR class ($75), drug screen ($38 min.), or background check ($48 min.).
Dental Assisting with Community Dental Health Coordinator
This program is designed to provide the student with necessary skills for entry-level employment in a variety of dental settings. Students will also receive basic training to perform multiple tasks in a dental office including but not limited to: interacting with patients, assisting the dentist or hygienist during exams and treatments, processing X-rays and taking dental impressions and fabricating molds or crowns. As part of the Dental Assisting program, students will also receive the Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) Certification. The CDHC’s goal is to educate families about oral health and navigate underserved patients to dental care.
- Introduction to Dentistry
- Prevention of Oral Cancer
- Screening & Classification
- Prevention of Dental Caries
- Assisting in Dental Care
- Dental Health Internship
- Interviewing Skills
- Payment of Dental Care
- Dental Health Legal and Ethical Issues
- Oral Health Communication
- Dental Health Advocacy
Phlebotomy Technician Program
This program is designed to prepare students for a career as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) in under 6 months. There is an increasing demand for phlebotomists in the healthcare field. Most employers seek, and many require, a professional certification. With a CPT certification, you will improve your marketability in a growing and rewarding field. Phlebotomy is often an excellent stepping-stone to other careers in healthcare such as medical assisting.Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Health Care Association Phlebotomy Technician Exam.
- Phlebotomy Technician Program
- Phlebotomy Technician Internship
- Job Readiness
Registered Medication Aide (RMA)
This program is a Virginia Board of Nursing approved curriculum for individuals who want to work in assisted living facilities. The training will prepare an individual for a position as a Medication Aide. This program qualifies participants to take the State Registered Medication Aide Exam.
- Registered Medication Aide Training
- Registered Medication Aide Clinical
- Job Readiness
Pre-Requisite: The minimum requirement to enroll in the Medication Aide program is the completion of a Virginia Board of Nursing 120-hour Nurse Aide Training Program or an approved 40-hour Department of Social Services Direct Care Staff Training Program / Personal Care Assistant program. Students must successfully complete this prerequisite before enrolling in the RMA Clinical.
HOPE (High-Demand Occupational Programs for Employment)
Workforce, Economic and Community Development has entered into partnerships with area social services, community service agencies, and business and industry leadership teams (BILTs) to provide support, counseling, training, and job placement for career seekers. The objective is to identify job growth areas within the PHCC service region and engage those businesses in an approach to improving the workforce through short-term training and credentialing. These career credit training programs consist of a core of soft skills transferrable to any industry as well as industry-specific courses and internships.
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Customer Service
- Food Service
- Logistics Technician
- Business Communications
- Character Education
- Computer Skills
- Customer Service Skills
- Life Skills
- Moral Reconation Therapy
- On-Site Training
- Pre-Employment Preparation
- Teamwork Skills
- Workforce Readiness
- CareerScope - Determine what skills you possess and what career would best suit your needs.
- EAPI (Employee Assistance Program Inventory) - Identify common psychological problems to guide appropriate referrals.
- TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) - Determine degree of education level.
Potential Credentials Earned:
- MSSC Certified Logistics Associate
- MSSC Certified Logistics Technician
- MSSC Certified Production Technician
- National Career Readiness Certificate
- ServSafe Certification
- 12-week vocational training and credentialing
- curriculum designed to meet employer needs
- program simulates work environment
- job readiness skills
- intensive individual counseling
- internship and job placement assistance
- remove barriers that hinder employment
- build self-esteem
- empower students to achieve self-sufficiency
- increase accountability for life choices
Industrial and Skilled Trades
Carpentry, Levels 1-4
Carpenters make up the largest building trades occupation in the industry and those with all-around skills are in high demand. Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction activities, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets. Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. Pre-requisite: NCCER Core - Introductory Craft Skills.
Certified Production Technician
This program was designed to align with Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician Program and to help individuals enhance their core knowledge and skills for production work, from entry-level to front-line supervisory level. The nationwide MSSC System is a nationally recognized certificate that is based on industry-defined and federally endorsed national standards.
- MSSC CPT: Safety
- MSSC CPT: Quality Practices & Measurement
- MSSC CPT: Manufacturing Processes and Production
- MSSC CPT: Maintenance Awareness
This program, offered in partnership with Wytheville Community College, provides individuals the skills and certifications needed to develop a career as an Electrical Groundsman. Under the supervision of the linemen, a groundsman performs a variety of tasks in the construction, maintenance, and repair of electrical distribution and transmission lines and equipment. Groundsman training is the first step towards a career as an Electrical Lineman. Classes are held over a four-week period with students attending class four days each week, eight hours each day.
HVAC, Levels 1-4
The increasing development of HVAC (heating and air-conditioning systems) technology causes employers to recognize the importance of continous education and keeping up to speed with the latest equipment and skills. Pre-requisite: NCCER Core - Introductory Craft Skills.
NCCER Core - Introductory Craft Skills
The NCCER Core Curriculum is a prerequisite to all other Level 1 craft curriculum (Carpentry, HVAC, and Plumbing). The core modules cover topics such as Basic Safety, Introduction to Construction Math, Introduction to Hand Tools, Introduction to Power Tools, Construction Drawings, Basic Rigging, Basic Communication Skills, Basic Employability Skills, and Materials Handling. Completing this curriculum gives the trainee the basic skills needed to continue education in any craft area he or she chooses.
- NCCER Core - Introductory Craft Skills
- Job Readiness
Plumbing, Levels 1-4
Most people are familiar with plumbers who come to their home to unclog a drain or install an appliance. In addition to these activities, however, plumbers install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems. Pre-requisite: NCCER Core - Introductory Craft Skills.
Siemens Mechatronics (SMSCP Level 1) Boot Camp
Mechatronics is the integration of mechanical, electrical, robotics and computer software. This industry-recognized certification program prepares students to work effectively in a variety of industrial and manufacturing settings.
- Digital Fundamentals and PLCs
- Electrical Components
- (Electro) Pneumatic and Hydraulic Control Circuits
- Mechanical Components and Electrical Drives
Siemens Certification in Automation Fundamentals
This program is available from Siemens Cooperates with Education (SCE). This certification is a way to provide a structured, repeatable method to validate the knowledge of Siemens Totally Integrated Automation solutions while utilizing recommended SIMATIC best practices. The online certification exam is offered to instructors and students of automation and related fields and can be completed after a recommended training path is satisfied.
Siemens Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) Certification Boot Camp
- Electrical Motor Drives
- Motor Controls
Commercial Driver’s License
Students completing this program will be introduced to the concepts and hands-on training necessary to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
This program will prepare the student to assist a Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician in their daily tasks. This course combines 101.5 hours of instruction, 40 hours of hands- on training, and 28 hours of job readiness skills training to prepare the student to enter the workforce at a much faster pace.
- Veterinary Assistant Program
- Job Readiness
Workforce Financial Assistance
Funding assistance programs are available to students seeking workforce training and credentialing. These programs are designed to cover unmet costs of tuition, books, and supplies.
- TARE (Training, Assessment, Retention and Employment) Grant provides financial assistance for students who are already receiving Virginia’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare (VIEW). Students who are already receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may be eligible for the SNAP Employment and Training Grant.
- Financial Aid for Noncredit Training leading to Industry Credentials (FANTIC) Grant provides need-based tuition assistance for students enrolled in a workforce training program leading to an industry credential or licensure.
- PHCC Foundation Scholarships provides tuition assistance for students who do not qualify for funding assistance through other sources.
- Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative provides funding for those who have a GED.
Workforce Credentials Grant:
New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant (WCG) is a program in Virginia that provides a pay-for-performance model for assisting students in paying for eligible FastForward workforce training program tuition that have been approved to lead to an industry-recognized credential in high-demand fields. Most programs take between six and twelve weeks and are built so students can get their education while they work. Eligible students can earn an industry credential at 1/3 the cost. The program includes requirements for students to complete the program of study in order to avoid paying additional costs.
Eligible FastForward Programs:
- Carpentry, Levels 1-4
- CDL Tractor Trailer
- Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
- CISCO Certified Entry Network Associate (CCENT)
- CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNA)
- Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
- Core Introductory Craft Skills
- Dental Assisting with Community Dental Health Coordinator
- Electrical Groundsman
- HVAC, Levels 1-4
- Manufacturing Technician
- Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
- Plumbing, Levels 1-4
- Siemens SMSCP Level 1 (Mechatronics Boot Camp)
All requests for funding assistance will be reviewed on a “first come, first served” basis. Priority will be given to students residing within the college’s service region and those demonstrating the greatest financial need. The application process includes a completed application, personal essay, and documentation of financial need, which may be obtained in the WECD offices, located in the Frith building on main campus, as well as a faculty/staff interview, and approval from the Workforce, Economic and Community Development’s student success committee.
The Workforce, Economic and Community Development division of Patrick Henry Community College serves the community by helping them explore new leisure opportunities through a variety of special interest classes that are designed for personal enrichment, improving or learning a new skill, or just plain fun.
- Ballroom Dancing
- Latin Dance Workshop
Digital Photography & Imaging
- Beginning Adobe Photoshop
- Intermediate Adobe Photoshop
- Introduction to Photography
The following courses are provided to teach riders of all skill levels the basic fundamentals needed to safely operate a motorcycle.
- Motorcycle 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course
- Motorcycle Basic Rider Course
- Motorcycle Basic Rider Course 2
Virtual Continuing Education
PHCC offers a wide range of open enrollment online career credit courses and programs to meet the needs of our students. To learn more and register, visit.
ed2go offers an array of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely over the Internet. All of our courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you. They consist of 24 hours of instruction; begin the third Wednesday of each month and last 6 weeks.
Gatlin Education career programs are designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional caliber positions for many in-demand occupations. These programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, who work to provide you with an effective web-based learning experience. Many programs are designed to prepare individuals to take national certification exams.
Health Ed Today programs provide necessary skills to pursue employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices and other healthcare organizations nationwide. Most programs include “externship.
ProTrain Online offers affordable, self-paced, online certificate programs that can train you for the latest, in-demand job skills.
PHCC offers a wide selection of computer application classes through ed2go. Several versions of Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint are available. To learn more, visit: www.ed2go.com/patrickhenry.
PHCC, in association with ProTrain Online, offers 22 programs specializing in home and commercial energy auditing and weatherization, LEED certification, and renewable energy training. To learn more visit: http://phcc.theknowledgebase.org/.
Health Care Careers
PHCC, in partnership with Health Ed Today, offers online programs designed to provide the skills necessary to excel in a professional healthcare environment. These courses are highly interactive and provide students with an enriched learning experience. Additionally, these programs include access to an online community with interactive content and robust student services. Certain programs include clinical externships and most programs lead to certifications. To learn more, visit: www.healthedtoday.com/patrickhenry.
- Dental Assisting
- Electronic Health Records
- Medical Billing and Coding
- And many more!
Industrial and Skilled Trades
PHCC has partnered with ProTrain Online to offer the following industrial and skilled trade courses. To learn more, visit: http://phcc.theknowledgebase.org/.
- Courses Available:
- HazWoper 24-Hour Moderate Risk
- OSHACampus - 30 Hour Construction Industry Training w/Study Guide
Information Technology Training
PHCC, in partnership with Gatlin Education, offers online certification programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many IT occupations. These programs are designed by a team of IT professionals, who provide an effective web-based learning experience. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Certification Training are among the many programs available. To learn more, visit: www.gatlineducation.com/phcc.
PHCC has also partnered with ProTrain Online to offer certification in various A+ Network Security programs, CISCO, CompTia, and Sun Certified JAVA. Courses are also offered in Microsoft Certified Tech Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), and SQL Server, to name a few. To learn more visit: http://phcc.theknowledgebase.org/.
Management and Leadership
PHCC, in partnership with ProTrain Online, offers self-paced, online programs for in-demand job skills. To learn more, visit: http://phcc.theknowledgebase.org/.
- Business Writing
- Human Resources
- HRCI / PHR Certification
- Six Sigma
PHCC, in partnership with ProTrain Online, offers Spanish for Banking, Spanish for Law Enforcement, Spanish for Health Care, Spanish for Food Service, Spanish for EMTs and Paramedics, plus many more. To learn more, visit: http://phcc.theknowledgebase.org.
PHCC’s partner, ed2go, is a global Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute (PMI). Online courses provide essential information to prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) and the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) exams offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). To learn more, visit: www.ed2go.com/patrickhenry.
PHCC and ProTrain Online offer training for the aspiring entrepreneur. To learn more, visit: http://phcc.theknowledgebase.org/.
- Event Planning Professional
- Florist / Floral Design Entrepreneur
- Interior Decorating / Design Entrepreneur
- Wedding Consultant Entrepreneur
- And many more!
PHCC, in association with RedVector, offers online continuing education and professional development training for architects, interior designers, building inspectors, engineers, land surveyors, landscape architects, contractors, and other trades. Boasting more than 2,000 essential and interactive offerings, these courses are designed using the latest E-learning methods to be fast, informative, and user-friendly! To learn more, visit: http://www.patrickhenry.edu/technology/distance-learning