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Patrick Henry Community College

PHCC LogoPatrick Henry Community College (PHCC) is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia. PHCC provides post-secondary education and also serves students from Patrick, Henry and Franklin Counties for dual high school enrollment, as well as career and technical education. PHCC is rated among the top-ten Most Tech-Savvy community colleges in the country by the Center for Digital Education. Most importantly, industry and relevant third-party certificates are embedded in the curriculum of all academic programs, as a means to enhance career readiness of graduates.

Flagship PHCC Programs and Career Certificates

Certified Production Technician Program

This program aligns with the nationally-recognized certificate from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), which is designed to enhance core knowledge and skills for production work, from entry to front-line supervisory level. The program covers four modules: Safety Awareness, Quality Practices and Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production, and Maintenance Awareness.  

General Engineering Technologies

Students develop skills in the application of theories and hands-on experience in a variety of engineering settings, such as industrial, manufacturing, and commercial. Graduates will be qualified for jobs as an engineer’s assistant, supervisor trainee, manufacturing specialist, quality assurance auditor, CAD technician, maintenance lead person, team leader, and computer controlled process technician.

Industrial Electronic Technology

This program provides highly skilled industrial technicians. Training covers sensors and transducers, automated controls, programmable logic controllers, motor control circuits, AC/DC motor drives, pneumatics, microprocessors and computer programming, computer hardware and software applications, instrumentation, electronic data communication, systems troubleshooting, and preventive maintenance.

Industrial Welding 

Students develop proficiency in skills with the use of current technological tools of the profession and take the American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Welding Code Certification Test.

Industrial Controls

Covering the fundamental skills for installation and repair of electrical control systems, this certificate program teaches proficiency in electrical codes, OSHA criteria, programming system controllers, and system troubleshooting.

Industrial Maintenance Electronics

This certificate program provides the skills and knowledge needed for maintenance and repair of modern production equipment. Graduates earn proficiency in electrical codes, OSHA criteria, and system troubleshooting.


Students acquire fundamental skills and knowledge in metal trades in this career certificate program. Graduates demonstrate proficiency in oxyacetylene processes, arc and MIG welding procedures.

High-Demand Occupational Programs

Driven by Business and Industry Leadership Teams, comprised of local industry representatives, PHCC is implementing career-tract programs for Logistics and Advanced Manufacturing. By targeting job growth industries and working with local industry representatives, short-term training and credentialing is provided in an environment that simulates the work environment. In addition to industry-specific skills, soft skills are an essential part of the curriculum.

New College Institute

NCI logoNew College Institute (NCI) is sought after by aviation and aerospace suppliers because of the relevant programs offered. While developing NCI, Martinsville-Henry County community leaders envisioned a locally-driven program drawing on the best of the greater regional post-secondary education resources. This visionary approach enables the community to drive curriculum to address technical needs for local business growth, including in-depth skills training for specialized manufacturing. The $15 million 52,000 sq. ft. institute in the heart of Martinsville’s Uptown district acts as a hub for education, technology training and providing public-private partnership solutions. Leading-edge equipment in this new facility exemplifies Martinsville-Henry County’s commitment to the quality and nature of skills development to serve area business and industry.

Flagship NCI Programs

Academy for Engineering and Technology

Developed in partnership with Virginia State University, NCI offers high school juniors and seniors dual enrollment with university credits, all at no cost. Paid internships are offered to enhance hands-on learning, along with industry tours and other industry participation. The academy includes two tracks of study:

  • Engineering – Curriculum covers engineering design, construction and project management.
  • Technology – Curriculum covers applied engineering and involves industry-current software, equipment, tools and techniques.

This educational initiative is being extended into a four-year degree program in 2015, and will continue to grow to award doctorate-level degrees.

Experiential Learning in Technology & Engineering  - "ELITE" Internship Program

Funding from the New College Foundation, The Harvest Foundation, and local businesses enables employers to “test drive” creative and hardworking students. This internship initiative allows students to apply what they are studying to real-world situations. ELITE’s purpose is to help students interested in engineering and technology careers learn skills they need for today’s job market. This includes being able to work in teams and communicate well, while helping them make connections in the advanced manufacturing industry for potential long-term jobs.

ACT Work Ready Community

To prove the readiness of the region’s workforce, the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board, in partnership with PHCC and other schools, are actively implementing National Career Readiness Certificates. Students earn the certificate through WorkKeys assessments, based on situations in the everyday work world, that include skills in applied mathematics, applied technology, business writing, listening, locating information, observation, reading for information, teamwork, and writing. 

Youth Interested in Manufacturing

Martinsville and Henry County are connecting students with manufacturing at an early age. 


During National Engineering Week, over 700 sixth graders participate in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Day program. Engineers from local manufacturers, as well as NCI professors, meet with students to inspire career paths that connect to local manufacturing opportunities.

Summer Camps for Manufacturing 

NCI sponsors and organizes summer camps for middle school students that feature key topics to spark career interest. 

  • Math Camp – shows students how everyday math, recreation and life skills are used to balance the quality of daily activities.  
  • Science Camp - "hands on" experiences to demonstrate the importance of science in daily life and in future developments. 
  • Technology Camp - provides exciting learning experiences demonstrating the everyday use of innovations in technology. Students create a mechanical device and examine uses of technology in the local region.
  • Creative Design Camp - Students brainstorm and design projects from creative resources in the community. Teamwork, brainstorming, and creative design are key components of the program, along with a visit to the FAB Lab