The Student Services Division exists to help meet the needs of students. College staff assist students in making informed decisions regarding their educational, vocational and personal plans
Students entering any degree, diploma or certificate program are required to take the college placement tests. Students must take the college placement tests before enrolling in many courses such as mathematics, English, accounting, psychology, sociology, history, many computer classes, economics, biology courses, etc. (see Developmental Prerequisites on College Programs ).
The tests are administered on a walk-in basis on campus in the Learning Resource Center, and when requested, in the local high schools and in off-campus locations. Results of the tests are discussed with the students following on-campus tests. A prospective student who does not receive an official report before enrolling should check with the Advising Office for a review of test results. Students who need developmental coursework to obtain appropriate skills and competencies will be advised of the requirements and availability of these courses. Careful and appropriate interpretation of all test results is provided for each student.
Orientation. New students should initiate a meeting with a college advisor in the Student Services Office to discuss interests, placement test results and curriculum choices. All students are required to participate in a New Student Orientation session, which is offered multiple times before classes begin each semester.
Pre-college counseling. Student Services staff cooperate with local high schools to schedule appropriate activities for students and counselors to inform them of the programs available. All youth and adults in the service region are invited to visit and/or request information concerning PHCC through the Student Services office.
College Success Skills. The SDV 100 course offers each student an opportunity to meet individual needs and receive academic credit toward graduation. SDV 100 provides an orientation to the college, introduces study skills, career and life planning, and offers an opportunity to engage in activities aimed at self-discovery. Students enrolled in developmental courses should take SDV 100 in their first semester of enrollment.
The Career Center. The Career Center provides assistance with personal career development for all students. Successful career choices should be based on students’ interests, values, skills, and personality. The Career Center offers guidance in choosing career objectives, pursuing internships and volunteer opportunities, initiating job searches and preparing for job application and interviews.
- Assistance with the application process for internships or job placement;
- Career advising using the Virginia Wizard Career and Course Planner, or the CareerScop Interest and Aptitude Assessment;
- Career and job fairs, both on and off campus, for networking with potential employers;
- College Central Network online career development program; Resume and job postings to help with your job search and career development;
- Guidance through the pre-employment process including resume and cover letter formatting and reviews, as well as mock interviews;
- Pre-employment testing services including ACT WorkKeys and Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) assessments (may be related to specific classes or employers only);
- Resources for the job search.
Transfer preparation. College transfer programs are designed to allow students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. In addition, Patrick Henry has formal articulation agreements with several institutions to make transfer easier for the student. For information about the Guaranteed Admissions Agreements and other transfer agreements, see the Student Handbook .
Student activities. A student activities program adds to the instructional program by providing a variety of meaningful educational, cultural, social, and civic experiences. The student fee supports this program. The college encourages student participation in extracurricular activities on campus. Students should consult the Student Handbook section of the college catalog on all student organizations and contact the Student Activities office in the Walker Building to find out how to become an active member of a campus group.
Faculty advisors. Faculty advisors are appointed to help students complete programs and work through other problems that can affect student performance. Faculty advisors are assigned to all students according to the area of study. See the Student Handbook for detailed information about the role of faculty advisors. Students who wish to change their major should visit with their advisor and then obtain the necessary application at the admissions office. Students may only submit a “Student Information Change Form” to change curriculum two times per semester, and students must be admitted with an eligible curriculum prior to the semester beginning in order to receive financial aid.
MHC After 3. MHC After 3 is a collaborative of many youth-serving community partners dedicated to providing exemplary youth development services. MHC After 3 programs serve middle and high school youth in the Martinsville Henry County community during out of school time hours. Students benefit from daily professionally mentored arts, academics, athletics, and personal development programs. MHC After 3 funders includes 21 Century Community Learning Centers, National Science Foundation via Educational Equity Centers, Martinsville Area Community Foundation, The Harvest Foundation, private donors, and in-kind contributions from community partners, Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville City Public Schools, and Henry County Public Schools.
Upward Bound. Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science provide free high quality year-round programming to 130 area high school students in preparation for college entrance and success. Advisors provide weekly sessions to build student capacity for academic, career, financial, and career success. In addition to college, cultural and career exploration activities, students hone leadership, academic, and student success skills throughout the academic year and a six-week intensive summer discovery institute. These programs are funded through competitive grants funded through the United States Department of Education, each in the amount of $262,500 annually.
The Student Success Center
The Student Success Center is located on the first floor of the Learning Resource Center (LRC). The purpose of the Student Success Center is to assist students in navigating the personal, financial, and family challenges that often cause roadblocks in a student’s educational journey. The following programs are all housed within the Student Success Center:
- Great Expectations
- Middle College
- College Success Coaching
- Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI)
- Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL)
- Patriot Pantry
A wide array of coaches and assistants are available to help students navigate PHCC and reach their academic goals.
Great Expectations - Great Expectations is a college transition program designed to help young adults (17-24 years old) who are or were affiliated with the foster care system. The program offers individual support to young adults transitioning into college by increasing awareness of the value and availability of a college education, and assisting students and service providers with accessing and successfully navigating the community college system. These services are offered free of charge to those students who qualify and are ready to make a commitment to their future.
Middle College - Middle College is a college transition program offered to individuals who need to attain a GED and have a desire to pursue college coursework at PHCC. In addition, students receive academic and career readiness training. Those who successfully complete all requirements of Middle College will earn the following: GED, National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), and one college credit for SDV 100 . Students are assisted with the transition process to college upon the completion of the Middle College program. Middle College is FREE to all participants.
College Success Coaching Program - The College Success Coaching program is a grant-funded initiative with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and seeks to use the “coaching” model in an academic setting. Three college success coaches maintain a case-load of 100 students each and assist them in all aspects of successfully navigating from first course enrollment to graduation or credential attainment. College Success Coaches are located in the Learning Resource Center.
Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative - The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) awards incentives to GED recipients and low-income high school graduates to encourage the continuation of education in workforce and other programs of study. In addition, some of the funding is used to expand the availability of coaches, scholarships, and mentoring opportunities for the youth throughout the Rural Horseshoe communities. Each student may receive up to $1,000 (funding pending) to cover the costs of tuition, books, registration fees, workforce training programs, state licensures, industry-recognized certifications, and the National Career Readiness Certificate.
Shared Services Distance Learning - Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL) offers an online option for many courses, in addition to previously scheduled courses, at PHCC. All SSDL courses are online through the VCCS Learning Management System with instructors who work for a partnering community college. PHCC students now have distance learning options for courses in foreign languages, ethics, accounting, and much more. Online options allow students to work part- or full-time jobs while pursuing higher educational goals. All SSDL courses comply with VCCS accreditation requirements, and in most cases, provide transferrable credits.
Patriot Pantry - The Patriot Pantry is open and free to all students. Hunger is a common problem on campus and our staff is here to provide students with food insecurities with the opportunity to lighten the financial hardship. Students may visit every two weeks to obtain non-perishable food and hygiene items. The Patriot Pantry is located in the LRC.