Jan 24, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Workforce Development

Workforce, Economic and Community Development

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 wecd@patrickhenry.edu or (276) 656-0260.

Our Mission

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.

Business and Entrepreneurship

Workforce, Economic and Community Development division of Patrick Henry Community College 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.

Fabrication Laboratory

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.

Social Selling

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.

Employer Services

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.

Skill areas:

  • Applied Math
  • Business Writing
  • Graphic Literacy
  • Workplace Documents

Pre-Employment Training

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
Training Programs:
  • Communication Skills
  • Computer Applications
  • Customer Service
  • FiSH
  • Industry-Specific Skills
  • Leadership Foundations
  • Mixing Four Generations in the Workplace
Training Partners:
  • CRM Learning
  • Development Dimensions International (DDI)
  • DiSC Profiles
  • InScape Publishing
  • National Retail Federation Customer Service and Retail Training
  • Organizational Performance Consulting
  • Vital Learning

Training Facilities

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.

Job Certifications

Workforce, Economic and Community Development division of Patrick Henry Community College partners with credentialing agencies to offer certification exams to our students. These industry recognized credentials signifies to employers that employees are fully qualified for the job.


Registered Apprenticeships are coordinated by our workforce training staff for those who prefer a more hands-on approach to learning. Registered Apprenticeship combines carefully defined and employer-specific training under the guidance of a highly skilled mentor at the worksite. On-the-job training is supplemented with related classroom instruction. Upon successful complection, apprentices are awarded a nationally recognized credential by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, which consists of a Completion Certificate and Journey worker card. 

Health Careers

Whether you’re a student going through an allied health program or already employed in the field, being certified means that you’re dedicated to your chosen field. Show your commitment to professional development, patient care and quality work by earning your NCCA-accredited certification through National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

  • Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
  • Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

Participants are awarded a National Career Readiness Certificate by ACT WorkKeys upon successful completion of the following three assessments: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents - the three skills that most jobs require. NCRC is awarded at four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, validating to employers anywhere in the U.S. that an individual has met or exceeded the necessary foundational workplace skills.

Restaurant Safety

Students can earn the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification, accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-Conference for Food Protection (CFP).


The following National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) assessments evaluate the knowledge of an individual in a specific craft area. Upon successful completion of the assessment, participants are awarded a NCCER Certificate Card of Completion.

  • Core - Introductory Craft Skills
  • Carpentry
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing

Professional Development

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
  • Introduction to Microsoft Windows
Certification Prep
  • 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 PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word

Customer Service

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
  • Electrician
  • HVAC
  • Plumber
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.

Festo Industry 4.0 Certification Program

Certified students will be well-rounded machine operators/technicians with responsibility for efficient operation of the equipment. They will ensure that the system is running at maximum capacity with an understanding of the role of each component and device. They can identify malfunctions and make minor repairs.

Level One: Fundamentals

  • Electricity
  • Fluid Power
  • Mechanical Systems
  • PLC
  • Robotics
  • Industry 4.0
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training

These courses help supervisors and workers reduce the risk of workplace hazards.

  • OSHA 10
  • OSHA 30

Management and Leadership

4L’s: Ladies Leadership Lunch and Learn

Wednesdays have now become WOMENSdays! Join us every 2nd Wednesday, September thru December, for lunch and enjoy a different keynote speaker who will present a topic relevant to ladies who lead. Topics include women’s health, personal branding, stress release, and Know Yourself, Love Yourself. Each session grants participants opportunities to elevate their minds, mobilize their passions, and become catalysts for shaping the perception of the various ways Ladies Lead. 

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.

Introduction to Employment Law

This workshop is ideal for those new to the Human Resources field, those wanting an update, and supervisors or managers who need an understanding of federal and state employment laws. Topics to be covered include: Immigration I-9, OSHA, Workers’ Compensation, FLSA, Equal Employment, ADA, Affirmative Action, FMLA, Labor Relations, and Employment at Will.

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.

ServSafe Manager Training

This class will prepare you to earn your ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute-Conference for Food Protection. ServSafe training and certification is recognized by more federal, state and local jurisdictions than any other food safety certification.

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

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 (CBCS)

This short-term training program prepares students for the National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Billing and Coding Specialist Exam. Individuals with a CBCS certification gain access to the knowledge and training they need to prepare for a rewarding and meaningful career as a sought-after Billing & Coding Specialist. Certified Billing and Coding Specialists keep the healthcare industry moving efficiently, making them critical and in-demand members of healthcare teams.

  • MRT: Pursuit of Happiness Workshop
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Terminology for Coders
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Word Preparation
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Excel Preparation
  • National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Exam
  • Job Readiness
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

Certified Clinical Medical Assistants (CCMAs) are a vital part of clinical patient care. This short-term training program prepares students for the National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Exam. Whether you want to work in a doctor’s office or a large hospital system, becoming a CCMA with NHA shows that you are knowledgeable and ready to be a valued member of a healthcare team.

  • MRT: Pursuit of Happiness Workshop
  • Clinical Medical Assistant Training
  • National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Exam
  • Job Readiness
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program combines instruction and hands-on training to prepare the student to enter the workforce at a much faster pace. 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. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the Virginia State Board of Nursing certification test for Nurse Aides (NNAAP).

Program Requirements:

  • Certified Nurse Aide Training
  • Certified Nurse Aide Clinical
  • CPR Training / Certification
  • Job Readiness
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

Enter a thriving field and serve a vital role in the healthcare industry as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). This short-term training program prepares students for the National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam. Hospitals, laboratories and other employers have an increasing demand for phlebotomists. Most seek, and many require, a professional certification. With a CPT certification, you’ll have the credentials you need to set yourself apart from other applicants as you embark on a rewarding healthcare career. As more employers require phlebotomy certifications, a CPT will help improve your marketability in a growing and rewarding field.

  • MRT: Pursuit of Happiness Workshop
  • Phlebotomy Technician Program
  • Phlebotomy Technician Internship
  • National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Exam
  • Job Readiness
Registered Medication Aide (RMA)

This program is a Virginia Board of Nursing approved curriculum designed to prepare students 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.

HOPE (High-Demand Occupational Programs for Employment)

Workforce, Economic and Community Development division of Patrick Henry Community College 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.

Career Tracts:
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Customer Service
  • Food Service
  • Logistics Technician
Core Courses:
  • Business Communications
  • Character Education
  • Computer Skills
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Life Skills
  • Moral Reconation Therapy
  • On-Site Training
  • Pre-Employment Preparation
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Workforce Readiness
Intake Assessments:
  • 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:
  • IC3
  • MSSC Certified Logistics Associate
  • MSSC Certified Logistics Technician
  • MSSC Certified Production Technician
  • National Career Readiness Certificate
  • ServSafe Certification
Program Features:
  • 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
Program Goals:
  • 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. This short-term training program prepares students for the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Carpentry Level 1 Exam.

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
Electrical Groundsman

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 continuous education and keeping up to speed with the latest equipment and skills. Hence, technical school training or apprenticeship programs often provide an advantage and a higher qualification for employment. This short-term training program prepares students for the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) HVAC Level 1 Exam. NCCER’s HVAC program has been designed by highly qualified subject matter experts with this in mind. Our four levels, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) recognized, present theoretical and practical skills essential to your success as an HVAC installer or technician.

NCCER Core - Introductory Craft Skills

The NCCER Core - Introductory Craft Skills is a prerequisite to all other Level 1 craft curriculum. This short-term training program prepares students for the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Core - Introductory Craft Skills exam.

  • MRT: Pursuit of Happiness Workshop
  • 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. For example, some systems move water to a municipal water treatment plant and then to residential, commercial, and public buildings. Other systems dispose of waste, provide gas to stoves and furnaces, or supply air conditioning. Pipe systems in power plants carry the steam that powers huge turbines. Pipes also are used in manufacturing plants, such as wineries, to move material through production processes. This short-term training program prepares students for the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Plumbing Level 1 Exam.

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 (CDL) Training

Are you looking for a career that will allow you to travel and see new places and meet new people; where the income, benefits and job security are excellent? Are you looking for a career where you are practically your own boss while on the road? The Truck Driver Training School could be the beginning to your achievement of these career goals. This program introduces the most up-to-date, effective, behind the wheel concepts and classroom instruction necessary to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Veterinary Assistant

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 Funding Assistance

The Workforce, Economic and Community Development division at Patrick Henry Community College offers grant and scholarship opportunities to students seeking workforce training. 

Funding Sources:

FastForward Workforce Credentials Grant (WCG)

FastForward Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) pays 2/3 of the cost of tuition: You pay 1/3 of tuition upon enrollment; the Commonwealth of Virginia pays 1/3 upon successful completion of the class; the final 1/3 is paid by the Commonwealth of Virginia when you earn the credential.

Road to Success in Virginia (RSVP) Grant 

This initiative is committed to serving the TANF population and families with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level. This grant opportunity prepares eligible students for employment leading to self-sufficiency and independence from temporary benefits. The program serves as an entry point into Construction and Healthcare career pathways for low-income, low-skilled students. The program design includes financial literacy, moral reconation therapy, integrated training and education (IET) and numerous assessments to ensure student success. RSVP students may also be eligible for supportive services, paid work experiences, and tuition assistance while completing a short-term FastForward training program.

Training, Assessment, Retention and Employment (TARE) Grant

This initiative 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

This initiative provides need-based tuition assistance for students enrolled in a workforce training program leading to an industry credential or licensure.

PHCC Foundation Scholarships

This initiative provides tuition assistance for students who do not qualify for financial aid through other sources.

Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) Grant

This initiative provides funding for those who have a GED.

Eligible FastForward Training Programs:

  • Carpentry, Level 1 - 4
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) 
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) 
  • Certified Production Technician (CPT)
  • Cisco Certified Entry Network Associate (CCENT)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training 
  • Core-Introductory Craft Skills 
  • HVAC, Level 1 - 4 
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Plumbing, Level 1 - 4 
  • Registered Medication Aide (RMA) 
  • Siemens SMSCP Level 1 (Mechatronics Boot Camp)

Personal Enrichment

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


  • Math Refresher


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.

Our Partners:

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.

Computer Applications

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.

Green/Renewable Energy

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.

Programs Available:
  • 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/.

Courses Available:
  • Business Writing
  • Human Resources
  • HRCI / PHR Certification
  • Six Sigma

Occupational Spanish

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.

Project Management

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.

Service Careers

PHCC and ProTrain Online offer training for the aspiring entrepreneur. To learn more, visit: http://phcc.theknowledgebase.org/.

Courses Available:
  • Event Planning Professional
  • Florist / Floral Design Entrepreneur
  • Interior Decorating / Design Entrepreneur
  • Wedding Consultant Entrepreneur
  • And many more!

Trades Training

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