May 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
  
2024-2025 Catalog

Workforce Development


Workforce, Economic, and Community Development

Workforce, Economic, and Community Development division of P&HCC aligns education and economic development to extend workforce development courses and programs to the community, including custom designed training for employers. Courses and programs are offered to serve business and industry and individuals seeking pre-employment and skills development, or career training and credentialing, as well as lifelong learners looking for engaging ways to enrich their lives. Continuing education is offered in the form of career credit courses and may include a variety of formats, such as in-person, live online, self-paced online, hybrid, 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 schedule of classes and register online at ph.augusoft.net. Anyone who has a request for a course not listed in this catalog should email wecd@patrickhenry.edu or call (276) 656-0260.

Mission Statement

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 P&HCC provides oversight of operations off-campus at the Thomas P. Dalton IDEA (Innovate, Design, Engineer, Accelerate) Center. Citing a desire to see the college maintain a presence in uptown Martinsville, the family of Mr. Thomas P. Dalton, through their generous donation, made it possible for P&HCC Real Estate Foundation to purchase the building which bears his name. The IDEA Center is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship with a focus on product and technology development. The college’s Fabrication Laboratory, a technology accelerator, is also housed at the IDEA Center.

Big IDEA Challenge

Hosted by the Thomas P. Dalton IDEA Center annually, this 30-day challenge gives entrepreneurs, individuals, and teams the opportunity to draft and build a prototype of their business, product, or technology into reality for a chance to win a prize package. 

Fabrication Laboratory

The Fabrication Laboratory, housed at the Thomas P. Dalton IDEA Center, offers individuals and companies opportunities for digital fabrication in ways that are not practical or economical using mass production. Equipment in the Fab Lab includes a 3D printer, 3D scanner, laser engraver, vinyl cutter, CNC router, plasma cutter, mini-mill, vacuum former, injection molder, and welder. 

The Fab Lab provides courses and training to students, businesses, and entrepreneurs.

Fab Lab Membership

Upon successful completion of a training class, entrepreneurs may choose to become a member of the Fab Lab. Members enjoy exclusive unlimited access to the equipment for a monthly fee. 

Startup and Grow MHC

Startup and Grow Martinsville-Henry County, held at the Thomas P. Dalton IDEA Center, are entrepreneurial mentoring programs with intensive eight-week and four-week entrepreneurial boot camps, respectively, for startup and growing companies. Startup MHC is geared toward entrepreneurs who plan to start or have recently opened a business, while Grow MHC is for the more seasoned business owner who is ready to take a business to the next level. The application process is competitive and applicants must agree to the program guidelines. The Chamber’s Partnership for Economic Growth (C-PEG) partners with P&HCC to deliver the entrepreneurial boot camp sessions as well as Longwood’s Small Business Development Center, SCORE and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation and staff from the City and County, local entrepreneurs and business experts. 

Verizon Innovative Learning Camp

P&HCC and Verizon are preparing the next generation for a future filled with opportunities. The Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers program was launched to give middle school boys and girls access to a better future. Developed to enrich learning through design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality, social entrepreneurship and mentorship, this engaging, hands-on program creates a more diverse pipeline for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.


Employer Services

Workforce, Economic, and Community Development division of P&HCC serves regional employers by providing training solutions to develop and sustain a qualified workforce, in support of economic development and community enrichment. Email wecd@patrickhenry.edu or call (276) 656-0260 to discuss training options.

Custom Designed Training

Skilled employees represent the single greatest competitive advantage of any business. P&HCC’s professional workforce training staff can design, develop, and customize training and delivery approaches that align with the company’s distinct needs, scheduling demands, and budgetary circumstances. 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 can be delivered to meet the dynamic needs of client scheduling demands.
  • Courses can be tailored as academic credit or career credit.
  • Courses can be offered on-campus or on-site.
Examples of Custom-Designed Training:
Job Skills Assessments

Workforce, Economic, and Community Development division of P&HCC partners with the following assessment providers 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 the strongest candidates. 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.

ACT WorkKeys

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, our professional workforce staff handles testing and scoring.

Skill areas include the following:

  • Applied Math
  • Applied Technology
  • Business Writing
  • Graphic Literacy
  • Workplace Documents
Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT)

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.

DiSC®

DiSC® is a personality assessment tool used to improve teamwork, communication, and productivity in the workplace. 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). 

Everything DiSC® assessments are used in thousands of organizations around the world, from sprawling government agencies and Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits and small businesses. The reason is simple: Everything DiSC® profiles help build stronger, more effective working relationships. Everything DiSC® Agile EQ™ creates a more emotionally intelligent, agile workforce. Globalization, new technologies, growing workplace diversity, and relentless competition are requiring companies to adapt and change more quickly than ever. That’s where organizational agility comes in-a skill requiring EQ or emotional intelligence. By combining the personalized insights of DiSC® with active emotional intelligence, Everything DiSC® Agile EQ teaches participants to read the emotional and interpersonal requirements of a situation and respond quickly and appropriately.

Total Testing

As a leading provider of web-based skills testing, Total Testing offers hundreds of skill assessments in a wide range of areas, such as MS Office Suite, Clerical, Accounting, Customer Service, Retail Sales, Human Resources, Medical, Industrial, and more. Perfect for businesses of any size, looking to test hundreds of prospects or just one, Total Testing offer employers customization in pre- employment testing and employee development.

Wonderlic

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.

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 Facilities

To help area 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 P&HCC equipment sets.


Professional Development

Workforce, Economic, and Community Development division of P&HCC offers the following professional development courses. 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. View schedule of classes and register online at ph.augusoft.net. Email fastforward@patrickhenry.edu or call (276) 656-0260 for more information.

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.

Computers and Technology
These hands-on courses introduce practical skills that students can use right away to enhance workflow.
Construction and Trades

These courses are intended for meeting the requirements for pre-licensure and/or continuing education.

Job Skills

The following workshops introduce practical work skills.

Management and Leadership
Become a more effective leader with these professional development courses:
Training Partner

Workforce, Economic, and Community Development division of P&HCC partners with Development Dimensions International, Inc. (DDI), a global leadership consulting firm that helps develop exceptional leaders. Workforce staff are highly trained, DDI-certified facilitators, prepared to offer professional development courses that are focused on delivering measurable change in your leaders. 

Workplace Safety

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training courses help supervisors and workers reduce the risk of workplace hazards.


Workforce Training Programs

Workforce, Economic, and Community Development division of P&HCC 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 lead to an industry credential. Although no college credit are awarded for these programs, students are awarded a certificate of completion for each successfully completed course listing for continuing education documentation purposes. View schedule of classes and register online at ph.augusoft.net. *Tuition rates are subject to change at any time. Email wecd@patrickhenry.edu or call (276) 656-0260 for more information.

Health Care

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)

Length: 102 Course Hours

Purpose: Prepares students with the skills needed to become a certified billing and coding specialist.

Description: Students learn to process patient data for the proper assignment of ICD-10 coding and to prepare and process health insurance claims for reimbursement.

Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the NHA CBCS exam, administered by P&HCC.

*Tuition: $3,099 Full Price; $1,033 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Supplies and Fees: Tuition includes cost of required textbook, coding manuals, exam study guide and prep package, and exam voucher.

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate the ability to properly code for illnesses, procedures, and other common medical needs in accordance with insurance standards.

Occupational Objective: CBCS’s have an expansive range of opportunities for employment. Skills gained are essential to hospitals, physicians offices, surgery centers, nursing homes, dental offices, home healthcare agencies, mental health facilities and even insurance companies and consulting firms. 

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

Length: 114 Course Hours

Purpose: Prepares students with the skills needed to become a certified clinical medical assistant.

Description: Students learn to perform both administrative and patient clinical procedures in a variety of medical settings.

Tasks performed could include:

  • Interviewing patients
  • Measuring and recording vital signs
  • Preparing exam rooms
  • Cleaning and sterilizing medical equipment
  • Assisting providers with exams and procedures
  • Administering injections, topical and oral medications
  • Performing venipuncture and point-of-care testing

Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the NHA CCMA exam, administered by P&HCC. 

*Tuition: $3,267 Full Price; $1,089 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Supplies and Fees: Tuition includes cost of required textbook, workbook, supplies, CPR certification, exam study guide and practice tests, and exam voucher.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will understand the medical assistant’s role in patient-centered care in a variety of medical settings.
  • Students will demonstrate skillful delivery of patient care in a variety of medical settings.

Occupational Objective: CCMA’s work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities. Getting certified as a medical assistant can enhance your salary, make you more competitive, and build your skill set. Many employers look for candidates with credentials because it provides tangible proof of skills and knowledge.

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Length: 162 Course Hours

Purpose: Prepares students for entry level practice in the health care field in the area of patient care in a variety of health service facilities.

Description: Teaches care of older patients with emphasis on the social, emotional, and spiritual needs. Covers procedures; communication and interpersonal relations; observation, charting and reporting; safety and infection control; anatomy and physiology; personal care, nutrition and patient feeding; death and dying. Clinical experience provides guided nurse aide experiences for practicing skills in the clinical setting. Applies fundamental principles of basic nurse aide care.

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the Virginia State Board of Nursing’s National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam, administered by Credentia 365.

*Tuition: $3,495 Full Price; $1,165 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Supplies and Fees: Tuition includes cost of required textbook, workbook, supplies, fees, CPR certification, and exam voucher.

Clinical Agency Requirements: A negative drug screen, TB test, and criminal background check are required to be eligible to participate in the clinical learning experience. Students must also provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. If the student is not willing or able to meet these guidelines, P&HCC would have no way to meet their educational needs for completion of the program.

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate skillful delivery of patient care at the nurse aide level of preparation.

Occupational Objective: CNA’s are eligible for employment in hospitals, skilled/residential nursing facilities, home care, physician offices, or other health related facilities.

Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)

Length: 126 Course Hours

Purpose: Prepares students to serve a vital role in the healthcare industry as a phlebotomy technician.

Description: Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipuncture competently and safely. Techniques for specimen collection, specimen handling, and patient interactions will be developed. Students are introduced to basic medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, components of health care delivery, and clinical laboratory structure. A 36-hour internship is included which provides students with a hands-on experience where they can apply the principles and techniques learned in the program. Students will perform a minimum of 30 venipuncture and 10 capillary sticks on live individuals and will use a checklist of minimum skills that should be observed or practiced over the course of the internship.

Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the NHA CPT exam, administered by P&HCC. 

*Tuition: $2,334 Full Price; $778 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Supplies and Fees: Tuition includes cost of textbook, supplies, CPR certification, exam study guide and prep package, and exam voucher. Nursing scrubs, shoes, and clinical requirements are the responsibility of the student (may be grant funded, if eligible).

Clinical Agency Requirements: A negative TB test and proof of vaccinations [T-Dap (within 10 years), MMR & Hepatitis B series] are required to be eligible to participate in the clinical learning experience. If the student is not willing or able to meet these guidelines, P&HCC would have no way to meet their educational needs for completion of the program.

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate familiarity with all aspects related to blood collection and demonstrate the skills to perform venipuncture competently and safely.

Occupational Objective: CPT’s work in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, private home care, medical labs, blood donation centers, research institutes, and insurance companies.

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Length: 120 Course Hours

Purpose: Prepares students with the skills needed to become a certified professional coder.

Description: Students learn to assign diagnoses, procedures, and medical codes for an array of clinical services and cases. 

Prerequisite: CPCs need a good grasp on medical terminology and anatomy to understand medical charts and abstract important information. Therefore, previous experience working in healthcare with a high level knowledge of medical terminology, or successful completion of a medical terminology course, is recommended.

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the American Academy of Professional Coder (AAPC) CPC exam, administered by Meazure Learning. 

*Tuition: $3,897 Full Price; $1,299 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Supplies and Fees: Tuition includes cost of required textbooks, coding manuals, AAPC membership, and exam voucher.

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate proficiency at coding a wide variety of patient services.

Occupational Objective: This program provides an education in physician-based coding, which is used in the majority of healthcare environments-medical offices, walk-in clinics, telehealth groups, and labs. 

Industrial

Automation and Robotics

Length: 105 Course Hours

Purpose: This program introduces students to the fundamental skills related to pursuing a career in Advanced Manufacturing. Automated systems are becoming more complex and pervasive, and an increased knowledge is required to design, operate, and maintain them than ever before. Complex mechatronic systems are the nexus of mechanical, electrical, and computerized technologies. There is a growing need for qualified people at all levels of an organization with knowledge of integrated mechatronic systems.

Description: This program provides an introduction to industrial robotics and explains how they are used in automated systems. Students learn to ensure systems are running at maximum capacity with an understanding of the role of each component and device. They learn to identify malfunctions and make minor repairs.

Co-Requisite: Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program Level 1 and Festo Industry 4.0 Certification Program Level 1: Industry 4.0 Fundamentals.

Potential Certifications: Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) Level 1 certification, NC3 Festo Industry 4.0 Certification Program Level 1 certification, and MRW Work Ethic certification.

*Tuition: $4,200 Full Price; $1,400 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Program Outcomes (students will demonstrate the ability to):

  • Describe what comprises a mechatronic system or module.
  • Explain the role of various electrical components within a given system or module.
  • Explain the role of various mechanical components within a given system or module.
  • Explain the role of various (electro) pneumatic and hydraulic components within a given system or module.
  • Explain the role of programmable logic controllers within a given system or module.
  • Read, analyze and utilize the technical documents such as data sheets, operation manuals, schematics, etc. for a mechatronic system.
  • Carry out measurements on components in a mechatronic system.
  • Correctly localize, identify and document causes of malfunctions based upon the technical documentation.
  • Where possible correct malfunctions, or correctly identify the expertise required to correct a malfunction.
  • Apply safety rules while working on the system.
  • Transfer the knowledge learned from one system to another system.

Occupational Objective: Certified students will be well-grounded machine operators/technicians. Job opportunities include Electromechanical Technician, Production Technician, and Industrial Maintenance Technician.

Automation and Robotics Level 2

Length:  101.5 Course Hours

Purpose: This program is a comprehensive industry skills certification, based on industry and education partnerships to ensure students have the right set of skills to be industry ready.

Description: In this program, students build upon the skills developed in Level One. They fine tune those skills and apply them to real-world scenarios. Certified students will be skilled technicians who are able to assess and analyze the system as a whole. They can manage, investigate, repair and troubleshoot Industry 4.0 systems to maximize operation and process control. They understand how individual components interact with each other to make the whole system run efficiently.

Program Learning Outcomes: NC3 certified Level 2 students are skilled technicians able to assess and analyze the system as a whole. They can manage, investigate, repair and troubleshoot 4.0 systems to maximize operation and process control. They understand how individual components interact with each other to make the whole system run efficiently.

Prerequisite:  Certification in Festo Industry 4.0 Certification Program Level 1: Industry 4.0 Fundamentals.

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn the NC-3 Festo Industry 4.0 Certification Program Level 2: Advanced Mechatronics Certification.

*Tuition: $2,100 Full Price; $700 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Program Learning Outcomes: NC3 certified Level 2 students are skilled technicians able to assess and analyze the system as a whole. They can manage, investigate, repair and troubleshoot 4.0 systems to maximize operation and process control. They understand how individual components interact with each other to make the whole system run efficiently.

Occupational Objective: 

  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Automation Technician
  • Robotics Technician
  • PLC Technician
  • Applications Engineer

Skilled Trades

As a National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) accredited college, P&HCC offers the following skilled trades programs to serve our students. NCCER is recognized nationally by the construction industry as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and trade craft professional. NCCER credentials are portable and recognized globally, allowing craft professionals to advance in their careers and build upon their knowledge and skills. Credentials are easy to access, track and verify online, allowing learners to share their educational achievements and journey-level certifications with instructors, employers, and industry stakeholders. NCCER curriculum is set up in a module format. As students complete a module, an end-of-module exam is given. Upon successful completion of all modules in the curriculum, students receive a certificate and a wallet card.

Core-Introductory Craft Skills

Length: 74 Course Hours

Purpose: Successful completion of the Core curriculum is a prerequisite for any Level One craft certificate from NCCER.

Description: NCCER Core is designed as a rigorous, competency-based, industry-recognized program for career and technical education. Students learn the basics in safety, hand and power tools, construction math, materials handling, construction drawings, rigging and employability skills. The knowledge and skills established in Core are the foundation that successful construction careers are built on. Upon successful completion of the Core curriculum, students can pursue an advanced training program in a specialty area like carpentry, heavy equipment operations, HVAC, plumbing, or power line worker.

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of all modules in the curriculum, students will receive the NCCER Core: Introduction to Basic Construction Skills certification.

*Tuition: $1,098 Full Price; $366 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Supplies and Fees: Tuition includes cost of textbook, supplies, and NCCER subscription fee.

Program Learning Outcomes (students will demonstrate the ability to):

  • Identify and follow safe work practices and procedures as well as how to properly inspect and use safety equipment.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, as well as how to convert decimals, fractions, and percentages.
  • Identify and take care of basic hand tools.
  • Safely use and properly maintain a variety of power tools.
  • Interpret construction drawings, recognize classifications of drawings, and use drawing dimensions.
  • Perform basic inspection techniques, hitch configurations, and load-handling safety practices, as well as use American National Standards Institute hand signals.
  • Interpret information in written and verbal form and communicate effectively using written and verbal skills, as well as using electronic communication devices.
  • Effectively use critical thinking, computer, and relationship skills in the construction industry.
  • Properly handle materials and move them around the job site, as well as choose the appropriate materials-handling equipment, recognize hazards, and follow materials-handling safety procedures.

Occupational Objective: Prepares students for entry-level positions on project sites.

Carpentry, Levels 1

Length: 150 Course Hours

Purpose: This rigorous curriculum prepares students for a career as skilled carpenters.

Description: This program is designed to help students build general carpentry skills. Students learn to construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials.

Prerequisite: NCCER Core certification

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of all modules in the curriculum, students will receive the NCCER Carpentry Levels 1 certification.

*Tuition: $2,349 Full Price; $783 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Supplies and Fees: Tuition includes cost of textbook, supplies, and NCCER subscription fee.

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate the ability to construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. 

Occupational Objective: 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 kinds of construction activities, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets.

Heavy Equipment Operator Level 1

Length: 84 Course Hours

Purpose: This rigorous curriculum prepares students for a career as skilled heavy equipment operators. 

Description: NCCER’s Heavy Equipment Operations curriculum covers the foundational skills of safety, pre- and post-operation checks, site planning and layout, and operations for a range of light-duty and heavy equipment. Heavy Equipment Operations supports multiple unique training pathways and credentials for Utility Tractors, Forklift, Loader, Dozer, Motor Graders, and more. Heavy equipment simulator exercises are used to replicate real-life operating scenarios. This curriculum is designed to be used flexibly in conjunction with other craft training material.

Prerequisite: NCCER Core certification

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of all modules in the curriculum, students will receive the NCCER Heavy Equipment Operations Level 1 certification.

*Tuition: $4,500 Full Price; $1,500 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Supplies and Fees: Tuition includes cost of textbook, supplies, and NCCER subscription fee.

Program Learning Outcomes (students will demonstrate the ability to):

  • Understand and describe career opportunities associated with heavy equipment operations.
  • Explain work zone requirements and hazard communications; identify and describe safety practices associated with heavy equipment operations; and identify safety practices associated with trenches and excavations.
  • Identify and describe heavy equipment used in construction and mining; describe vehicle drive systems used in heavy equipment; and explain hydraulic systems and their components.
  • Describe prestart procedures for heavy equipment; and describe the procedures for starting, operating, and shutting down heavy equipment.
  • Describe the different types of utility tractors and their equipment; and describe the procedures for starting, operating, and shutting down a utility tractor.
  • Describe earth moving operations, the equipment and methods used in excavating, and the different methods used in stabilizing soils.
  • Explain how to plan and lay out a site for grading; describe the equipment and methods used in making measurements and establishing finish grades.
  • Identify and describe how operators can safely drive a forklift and explain the distinguishing features of SDCB (Sit-Down Counter-Balanced) forklifts.

Occupational Objective: Trainees of NCCER’s Heavy Equipment Operations curriculum learn to work not only on construction building jobs, but also on infrastructure projects, such as roads, bridges and ports, and mining and timber operations. 

HVAC Levels 1-4

Level 1 Length: 120 Course HoursPurpose: This rigorous four-level curriculum prepares students for a career as skilled heating, ventilation, and air conditioning mechanics and installers.

Description: NCCER’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning curriculum was designed to present both theoretical and practical skills to trainees. It covers concepts technicians need to safely install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair multiple facets of residential, commercial and industrial heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. The four-level HVAC curriculum complies with the U.S. Department of Labor’s standards for apprenticeship programs.

Level 1 Curriculum Requirements: NCCER Core certification

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of all modules in the corresponding curriculum, students will receive the NCCER HVAC Levels 1-4 certification.

*Level 1 Tuition: $1,698 Full Price; $566 WCG FastForward PriceGet College Funded!

Supplies and Fees: Tuition includes cost of textbooks, supplies, and NCCER subscription fee.

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate the ability to safely install, maintain, and troubleshoot HVAC systems.

Occupational Objective: A shortage of qualified HVAC technicians has created the need for trained personnel in the construction industry. Additionally, the increasing development of HVAC 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 often provides an advantage and a higher qualification for employment.

NEW! Students enrolled in the NCCER HVAC program can now earn the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification. With successful completion of the program and the HVAC Level One certification, the additional EPA certification provides a competitive advantage in the labor market as it equips students with the essential knowledge of laws, regulations, and standards associated with refrigerant handling, thus reducing accidents and injuries.

Plumbing Levels 1-4

Level 1 Length: 110 Course Hours

Purpose: This rigorous four-level curriculum prepares students for a career as skilled plumbers.

Description: NCCER’s Plumbing curriculum was designed to present the principles and practices of the plumbing trade. It covers the concepts technicians need to safely install, test, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems for residential, commercial, and public buildings. Coverage of math, drawings, code, and other critical knowledge skills ensure learners are set up for job success. The four-level Plumbing curriculum complies with the U.S. Department of Labor’s standards for apprenticeship programs.

Curriculum Requirements: NCCER Core certification

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of all modules in the corresponding curriculum, students will receive the NCCER Plumbing Levels 1-4 certification.

*Level 1 Tuition: $1,599 Full Price; $533 WCG FastForward Price; Get College Funded!

Supplies and Fees: Tuition includes cost of textbook, supplies, and NCCER subscription fee.

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate the ability to safely install, test, maintain, and troubleshoot various types of pipe systems.

Occupational Objective: A shortage of qualified plumbers has created the need for trained personnel in the construction industry. Most people are familiar with plumbers who come to their home for repairs. However, in addition to these activities, plumbers install, maintain and repair many different types of pipe systems. Plumbers and their associated trades constitute one of the largest construction occupations.

Power Line Worker Training
Students are enrolled in Power Industry Fundamentals, Power Line Worker, and Power Line CDL Class A Endorsement curriculum to provide a comprehensive learning and credentialing experience.
Power Industry Fundamentals

Length: 80 Course Hours

Purpose: This program sets the stage for students entering into the electrical energy production field and serves as a prerequisite to the Power Line Worker program.

Description: Students learn about the many ways in which electricity can be produced, the economics involved in energy production, and the environmental impacts of distributing electrical power. This curriculum consists of NCCER’s basic construction skills program, Core: Introductory Craft Skills, and an introductory module on the power industry.

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn the following certifications: AHA’s Heartsaver First Aid, OSHA 10 Construction, VDOT’s Work Zone Flagger, as well as NCCER’s Core-Introductory Craft Skills and Power Industry Fundamentals.

*Tuition: $3600 Full Price; $1,200 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Supplies and Fees: Tuition includes cost of textbooks and supplies.

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the many ways in which electricity can be produced, the economics involved in energy production, and the environmental impacts of distributing electrical power.

Power Line Worker

Length: 320 Course Hours

Purpose: This program prepares students with the skills needed to become a power lineman.

Description: Students learn the fundamental aspects of power line worker to include safety, electrical theory, climbing techniques, aerial framing and rigging, and operating utility service equipment.

Prerequisite: Power Industry Fundamentals certification

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn the NCCER Power Line Worker 1 certification.

*Tuition: $4,500 Full Price; $1,500 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate proficiency in all areas covered in class, including safety procedures, knots, rigging, proper use of tools and equipment, installation of meter boxes, framing and setting poles, pole top rescue, installation of transformers, reclosers, and sectionalizing devices, ascending and descending wooden and steel structures, pole inspection, installing and removing wiring, and wiring transformers.

Occupational Objective: This one-level Power Line Worker curriculum is the foundational level for three different training pathways: Power Line Worker: Distribution, Power Line Worker: Substation, and Power Line Worker: Transmission.

Power Line CDL Class A Endorsement

Length: 160 Course Hours

Purpose: This program prepares students to assume driver responsibilities on the road and at pickup/delivery points. Many of the vehicles utility companies use while repairing power lines require a commercial driver’s license to operate.

Description: Students learn how to inspect and operate tractor trailers and to assume driver responsibilities on the road and at pickup/delivery points. This program prepares students to take the Virginia CDL Class A Endorsement examination.

Emphasis is placed on the following:

  • vehicle inspections
  • defensive driving
  • range maneuvers
  • motor carrier safety regulations
  • trip planning
  • cargo handling
  • size/weight laws
  • general maintenance procedures
  • hours of service
  • accident prevention

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the Virginia CDL Class A Endorsement exam, administered by Virginia DMV.

*Tuition: $6,000 Full Price; $2,000 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate proper, safe operation of tractor trailers.

Transportation

Commercial Driver’s License: Class A Truck Driver Training

Length: 160 Course Hours

Purpose: This program is designed to prepare students for a rewarding career as tractor-trailer drivers who transport goods from one location to another.

Description: Students learn how to inspect and operate tractor trailers and to assume driver responsibilities on the road and at pickup/delivery points. This program prepares students to take the Virginia CDL Class A Endorsement examination.

Emphasis is placed on the following:

  • vehicle inspections
  • defensive driving
  • range maneuvers
  • motor carrier safety regulations
  • trip planning
  • cargo handling
  • size/weight laws
  • general maintenance procedures
  • hours of service
  • accident prevention

Potential Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the Virginia CDL Class A Endorsement exam, administered by Virginia DMV.

*Tuition: $6,000 Full Price; $2,000 FastForward WCG Price; Get College Funded!

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate proper, safe operation of tractor trailers.

Occupational Objective: Truck driving is a large industry with great opportunity. As a truck driver, you can choose from a variety of specialties within the occupation. You might work as a local pick-up or delivery driver, and follow the same routes to and from distributing centers and businesses in one regional area. You could work as a long-haul or heavy truck driver and carry goods and products across city and state lines.


Job Certifications

P&HCC partners with the following credentialing agencies to offer certification exams to students conveniently on campus, many of which are related to specific workforce training programs. These industry-recognized credentials signify to employers that employees are fully qualified for the job.

ACT WorkKeys 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.

National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)

NCCER assessments are based upon the NCCER curriculum and have been developed in conjunction with subject matter experts from the industry. Participants are awarded the NCCER certification upon successful completion of all modules in the corresponding curriculum. For students who aspire to make a career in construction and gain industry-recognized credentials, an NCCER certification is the perfect option.

  • Core-Introductory Craft Skills
  • Carpentry
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Power Line Worker
National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC-3)

The NC3 certification is based upon the Festo Industry 4.0 curriculum. Students earn a comprehensive industry skills certification upon successful completion of the corresponding program.

  • Festo Industry 4.0 Level 1: Fundamentals
  • Festo Industry 4.0 Level 2: Applied
National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Participants are awarded the NHA certification upon successful completion of the corresponding assessment. Being certified demonstrates to employers that you are dedicated to your chosen field. 

  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) 

The SMSCP assessment is based upon the SMSCP curriculum. Students earn a comprehensive industry skills certification in mechatronic systems upon successful completion of the SMSCP.


Career Credit Financial Assistance

Workforce, Economic, and Community Development division of P&HCC offers tuition assistance opportunities to students seeking workforce credentials. Financial aid, grants, and scholarships are available to students enrolling in workforce training programs and may pay up to 100% of tuition. We are also proud of the partnerships we share with area community service agencies to offer funding assistance and supportive services to our students. Get College Funded!

Funding Sources:
FastForward Workforce Credentials Grant (WCG)

Provides an opportunity for any Virginian to prepare for high-demand careers and earn an industry-recognized credential. WCG pays 2/3 of the cost of tuition: applicant pays 1/3 tuition upon enrollment, Commonwealth of Virginia pays 1/3 upon successful completion of the class, and the final 1/3 is paid by the Commonwealth of Virginia upon credential attainment. Student must agree to pay 1/3 of tuition to the college if the student does not successfully complete the program.

Get Skilled, Get a Job, Get Ahead (G3)

Provides an opportunity for any Virginian to prepare for high-demand careers and earn an industry-recognized credential. 

Financial Aid for Noncredit Training leading to Industry Credentials (FANTIC) Grant

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

Workforce Training Programs:
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Carpentry, Levels 1 - 4
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) 
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training 
  • Core-Introduction to Basic Construction Skills 
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • HVAC, Levels 1 - 4 
  • Machining Level 1
  • Plumbing, Levels 1 - 4
  • Power Line Worker
  • Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) Level 1

Personal Enrichment

Workforce, Economic, and Community Development division of P&HCC serves the community by helping participants explore 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. View the schedule of classes and register online at ph.augusoft.net. Email wecd@patrickhenry.edu or call (276) 656-0260 for more information.

Dance
Digital Photography
Motorcycle

The following courses are provided to teach riders of all skill levels the basic fundamentals needed to safely operate a motorcycle.


Virtual Continuing Education

Workforce, Economic, and Community Development division of P&HCC offers a wide range of open enrollment online career credit courses and programs to meet the needs of our students. Email wecd@patrickhenry.edu or call (276) 656-0260 for more information.

Computer Applications

P&HCC partners with Education to Go (ed2go) to offer a wide selection of computer application classes. Several versions of Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint are available. To learn more, visit: www.ed2go.com/patrickhenry.

Green/Renewable Energy

P&HCC, in association with ProTrain Online, offers twenty-two 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

P&HCC, in partnership with Education to Go (ed2go) career training and 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: https://careertraining.ed2go.com/phcc/ or www.healthedtoday.com/patrickhenry.

Programs Available:
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assisting
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • And many more!
Industrial and Skilled Trades

P&HCC partners with ProTrain Online to offer the following industrial and skilled trade courses. To learn more, visit: http://PHCC.theknowledgebase.org/.

  • HazWoper 24-Hour Moderate Risk
  • OSHACampus - 30 Hour Construction Industry Training w/Study Guide
Information Technology Training

P&HCC, in partnership with Education to Go career training, 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: https://careertraining.ed2go.com/phcc/.

P&HCC also partners 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

P&HCC, 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

P&HCC, 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

P&HCC’s partner, Education to Go (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

P&HCC 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!

Career Credit Course Descriptions

Action Photography. Certified Professional Photographer Rick Dawson will show you how to capture the action. Whether you are shooting pictures of the big game or your kids playing in the back yard, learn the skills and techniques for capturing a great action shot. 

Build Your Own Electric Guitar. In this 8-week hands-on course, students learn to design and build your own electric guitar using the ShopBot Desktop Max CNC router. Students will learn woodworking, electronics, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and manufacturing basics. Students will leave the class with a custom-designed guitar built with their own hands.

Building Stronger Teams. This course will discuss the elements of teamwork and the importance of communication. 

Communication Skills for Managers. Communication skills are critical to personal interactions. Join us as we share best practices that may result in more engaged and productive employees. The strategies discussed are applicable for entry level, mid-level and seasoned managers and supervisors. Plan to put these tips to practice before the end of the workshop as this interactive course will require your participation. 

Conflict Management Skill Building. Conflict among employees arise in all workplace environments. Learning how to effectively manage conflict among team members to enable greater working relationships and more productive and cohesive teams.

Contemporary Line Dance. Join Sue-Ann Ehmann as she teaches you your favorite “Party” dances like the Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide, Wobble, Cha Cha Slide, Biker’s Shuffle and more! Line dance is a proven stress reliever and an excellent way to fit exercise and fitness into your life

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.

Contractor Business Licensing. This course prepares participants for pre-licensure. It is intended for first-time applicants for a Class C, B, or A license and changing a business type. This course is designed to provide a basic look at the Statutes and Regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia, to include a review of the different types of licenses available and the qualifications for each: Standards of Practice, Prohibited Acts and How to Avoid Violations of the Regulations.

Customer Service: From Good to Great! Learn how to deliver exceptional service and Wow your customers.

DiSC® for Managers Part 1. This course enables participants to gain a deeper understanding of self, direct reports, and their own managers and learn how their management style influences their approach to decision-making, time management, and problem solving. Course includes DiSC® assessment and thorough individualized management style report.

DiSC® for Managers Part 2. Develop strategies to support long term development and bring out the best in team members. Course includes DiSC® assessment and thorough individualized management style report.

Diversity Across the Generations. Discover how to effectively interact with team members to cultivate better working relationships and enhance communication in the workplace.

Excel for Business. Managing a small business can be challenging, let us help your business excel! Bring your lunch and join us for our upcoming entrepreneurial workshops on topics critical for today’s small business success. In today’s business environment, Microsoft Excel is an indispensable tool for professionals across various industries. This course is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of Excel’s business applications. Whether you’re a beginner or an intermediate user, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to efficiently and effectively use Excel to support your business tasks.

Fab Lab Family Days. Join us in the Fab Lab for a fun, hands-on activity for the entire family. We offer a featured activity each month to allow individuals and families the opportunity to learn fun and creative things you can do in the Fab Lab. No experience or technical knowledge needed. Activities include: personalize a valentine gift using the laser, create a personal 3D picture light box, etch your own tumbler, and DIY stickers.

Fab Lab Innovation Kids Camp. These hands-on camps are offered each summer to rising 6-8 graders, allowing students the opportunity to be creative and use Fab Lab technology. Students will learn to conceptualize, design, and prototype ideas for new products. Various Fab Lab equipment, including 3D printer, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, and more, will be used to manufacture their ideas. Students will design and produce a variety of projects to take home, including a 3-D printed keychain, laser cut name tag and notebook, vinyl cut stickers, t-shirt, and/or Minecraft structures and creatures.

From Peer to Manager. Discover how to effectively interact with team members across differences for better working relationships and enhancing communication in the workplace.

From Peer to Supervisor. This course will discuss the elements of teamwork and the importance of communication. This session will cover the five behaviors of a cohesive team including building trust, addressing conflict, gaining commitment, accountability, and driving results. Participants will discuss the impact of communication, building good relationships, making personal connections, and sharing information efficiently and effectively.

Generational Diversity. Today’s workforce comprises four distinct generations – each with its own shared history, common biases and core beliefs. Learning what makes each generation tick, and taking the time to consider your communication approach, will advance your relationships and help you lead your team during good times and through stressful situations.

Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback. The process of giving and receiving feedback is inevitable and indispensable in a work environment. When feedback is effective, it can foster a growth mindset in the workforce and contribute to organizational success. In this course, participants will learn how to plan a feedback session and give feedback in a constructive manner. Learners will gain knowledge about proven models to construct feedback objectively and effectively. Techniques for managing unanticipated feedback and overcoming potential anxiety will also be discussed to support performance improvement, employee motivation, and workplace relationships.

How Effective Communication Builds Stronger Teams. This course will discuss the elements of teamwork, focus on building strong relationships, and help participants share information more efficiently and effectively across teams.  

Introduction to 3D Printing. Discover the newest creative phenomenon that is sweeping the world - 3D Printing! During this introductory course, participants will gain an understanding of 3D design and printing fundamentals in a fun and easy way. You won’t believe the amazing things you can do. Covered topics include safety, operations, software, materials, and project design best practices. Upon completion of the class, students will be certified to schedule time on the 3D printers for their own projects. No prior 3D printing experience or technical knowledge needed.

Introduction to Cyber Security. In today’s digital age, where technology is an integral part of our lives, understanding the fundamentals of cybersecurity is crucial. This course is designed to provide participants with a foundational understanding of key concepts, threats, and best practices in the field of cybersecurity.

Introduction to Photography. Certified Professional Photographer Rick Dawson will show you the basics of digital photography in this fun, hands-on class. Learn the different functions of your digital camera while learning the skills and techniques for taking great photographs.

Introduction to Vinyl Cutting. Learn about one of the most popular machines in the Fab Lab - the vinyl cutter! Students will learn the software as well as how to cut and prepare the vinyl. In this hands on class, students will create their customized stickers and t-shirts. Covered topics include safety, operations, software, materials, and project design best practices. Upon completion of the class, students will be certified to schedule time on the vinyl cutter for their own projects.

Job Readiness. This course will provide students with an understanding of what it means to be ready for work. Students will also be able to write an effective resume, complete a job application, and hone their interview skills. Students will understand how to develop short and long term employment goals and how to use training and feedback opportunities to advance their career. 

Learn to Use the Laser Cutter. Learn how to use the Fab Lab laser cutter to cut, etch, and engrave designs in a variety of materials in this introductory class. Using graphics software like Adobe Illustrator, you can make jewelry, decorations, phone stands, customized gifts, even business cards! With this incredibly precise tool, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination! Covered topics include safety, operations, software, materials, and project design best practices. Upon completion of the class, students will be certified to schedule time on the laser cutter for their own projects and will know how to use this versatile modern tool to cut and engrave intricate designs.

Learn to Use the Shopbot CNC Router. Discover your creative side while making unique wood designs with the Shopbot CNC Router. During this hands-on course, you will learn the basic steps of CNC production as well as computer design software. Covered topics include safety, operations, software, materials, and project design best practices. Upon completion of the class, students will be certified to schedule time on the Shopbot for their own projects. No prior experience or technical knowledge needed.

Make a Personalized Wall Clock Using the Laser. Learn the basics of laser engraving while creating a personalized wall clock!  While using graphics software like Adobe Illustrator and Lightburn, students will design their clock then cut, etch and engrave their designs to create a fully functioning clock. With this incredibly precise tool, the possibilities are endless! Covered topics include safety, operations, software, materials, and project design best practices. Upon completion of the class, students will be certified to schedule time on the laser cutter for their own projects and will know how to use this versatile modern tool to cut and engrave intricate designs.

Managing Difficult Team Members Effectively. Managing difficult team members can pose a challenge, even for the most patient and mild-tempered employee.  This session offers techniques for diffusing difficult situations and keeping things under control while simultaneously  ensuring that the difficult team member is left feeling positive and still a contributing member of the team.  

Managing Time More Effectively. This session will provide ways to manage your day and be more productive. You will learn how to address time management roadblocks including perfectionism, procrastination, and distractions. The course will provide time management techniques to stay organized and keep a clear mind, in both work and personal life.  

Microsoft Access. Let’s start by learning when to use Access and when to use Excel. This course helps you answer that essential question so you don’t set off in the wrong direction. Then you’re ready for the foundation of your database - learn to create tables and progress to creating queries, forms, and reports, using the latest version of Microsoft Access.

Microsoft Excel. Are you trying to keep your household organized or are you a business owner relying on Excel to keep your organization thriving? You will learn the techniques in this workshop that will make your job easier. You’ll start with the essential skills of spreadsheet creation: how to create a workbook, enter and edit text and numbers, and add rows or columns. You will progress to creating a chart and making changes to a chart after you create it, using the latest version of Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft PowerPoint. In this workshop, you will start with the steps to create a slide show, start to finish, using the latest version of PowerPoint. But you will soon discover many ways to add flair to your presentation. You will learn how to create visual appeal out of text and other information like tables, Excel charts, your digital photos, sound, narration, and videos like YouTube.

Microsoft Word. This workshop will begin with the basics of the latest version of this very popular word processing program. Participants will learn how to use Microsoft Word to create their first document, edit text, and make that original document look great. The instructor will introduce templates and how you can format your document with styles; decorate the document with backgrounds, borders, and text effects; and insert tables. Before the end of the workshop, you will also learn how to use mail merge, revise documents and track changes, and other tasks Word makes simple to do.

Mike Rowe Works: MRW Work Ethic Certification. This program examines the importance of four pillars - work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. Participants will see how they can derive value by adopting these principles, regardless of their job or skill set. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an industry recognized certificate from mikeroweWORKS Foundation.

Motorcycle Basic Rider Course. This course provides classroom and actual motorcycle operator training in a controlled environment. Riders learn basic skills of motorcycle operation, effective braking and obstacle avoidance, as well as safe riding strategies. This course prepares the rider for state licensing.

Motorcycle Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2). This course is designed to assist licensed riders in improving their skills and to provide a safe environment for them to expand the limits of their abilities. The course includes a brief review of basic skills, critical advanced turning and braking skills, as well as counter steering and obstacle avoidance. Student is expected to provide their own motorcycle. The course is informative, enjoyable and valuable. We recommend that riders refresh and hone their riding skills every year with a BRC2.

Motorcycle 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course (3WBRC). This course is designed to teach the novice or experienced sidecar or trike rider the skills necessary to safely operate a three-wheeled vehicle on the street, even if you have never ridden any kind of motorcycle. The 16-hour course takes the rider through the basics of motorcycle operation (controls are much the same as a two wheeled motorcycle), effective braking, turning skills and obstacle avoidance, as well as safe riding strategies. The course consists of both classroom instruction and hands-on riding instruction. All riding is done on a closed course. Rider Coaches have been trained and certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Motorcycles will be provided or participants can use their own.

Networking for a Greater Impact at Work. Utilizing workplace tools and resources to increase performance and productivity allows accelerated progress among teams and across organizations and partners.  This session will help you discover ways to uncover opportunities.

OSHA 10 for General Industry. The 10-Hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Training Program for General Industry program is targeted to entry level workers and covers general industry safety and health hazards which may be encountered. Required in 7 hours of the training are an Introduction to OSHA, Walking and Working Surfaces, Emergency Action Plans and Fire Prevention/Protection, Electrical Safety, Personal Protective Equipment, and Hazard Communication. At least two additional topics from a list of electives will be covered for a total of ten (10) training hours. Participants will receive: Instruction from authorized OSHA Outreach trainers and a Certification card upon successful completion of training and final exam. OSHA student completion cards do not expire per OSHA requirements.

OSHA 30 for General Industry. The 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Training Program for General Industry is targeted to supervisors or workers with some safety responsibility. Through this training, OSHA helps to ensure that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights, and contribute to our nation’s productivity.

Popular Party Line Dance. Join Sue-Ann Ehmann as she teaches you your favorite “Party” dances like the Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide, Wobble, Cha Cha Slide, Biker’s Shuffle and more! Line dance is a proven stress reliever and an excellent way to fit exercise and fitness into your life

Stickers, T-Shirts, and Banners, Oh My! Create your own one-of-a-kind, customized creations using vinyl cutting & printing methods with the Roland TrueVIS VG3-540 printer! This class is great for beginners or students who want to take it to the next level.

Still Life Photography: Flowers. Learn the basics of lighting and posing to create perfect still life photography using flowers. Certified Professional Photographer Rick Dawson will demonstrate tips and techniques for producing beautiful photographs.

Taking Your Social Media to the Next Level. In today’s digital age, where technology is an integral part of our lives, understanding the fundamentals of cybersecurity is crucial. This course is designed to provide participants with a foundational understanding of key concepts, threats, and best practices in the field of cybersecurity.

Unconscious Bias. Learn to recognize and address biases for better decision-making, relationship building, and working more effectively in workplace environments.

Using Technology Resources to Build Stronger Teams. Learn how technology can enhance workplace performance.  This course will provide an overview of resources that enable the integration of your staff, content, and tools essential for greater engagement and effectiveness.

Women in Leadership Series. Join us as we celebrate the ways that women lead in our community with a focus on physical, mental, and financial health and end our last session with inspiring messages from Leading Ladies in our community.