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Patrick County

Patrick County's Pride PHCC Patrick County Site

212 Wood Brothers Drive
P.O. Box 1421
Stuart , VA 24171
Phone: (276) 694-8778
Fax: (276) 694-2019

Patrick County's PHCC History, located in Stuart, is a center of activity for the county. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the site faces DeHart Park, the county's largest recreation park, and its back yard neighbors include several business and industries, one of which is the main office and museum of Wood Brothers Racing, the legendary NASCAR team.

PHCC began offering classes in Patrick County in the 1970s. The growth of off-campus programming in Patrick County was greatly enhanced by a collaborative effort between the college and the Patrick County School System to hold registration and offer classes at Patrick County High School. An advisory committee of Patrick County leaders also generated valuable input into developing the program. As early as 1991, more than 400 students enrolled in credit classes offered in Patrick County, indicating a need for PHCC to expand its presence in the community.

A task force of Patrick County citizens was formed in 1995 to provide input and assistance in establishing a satellite site of the college in Patrick County. In 1996, the Patrick County Board of Supervisors approved a recommendation to include space for the satellite operation within the new Patrick County Community Center in DeHart Park. The Board of Supervisors and the college collaborated in the design and needs of the facility. Classes began in the new facility in the fall of 1997, and the Patrick Henry Community College-Patrick County Site was dedicated Oct. 19, 1997.

The Patrick County Site has two state-of-the-arts computer labs, five classrooms, a compressed video classroom, and access to a fitness center and community room. A 160-seat auditorium is also part of the facilities.

The community building is also used by the Department of Rehabilitative Services, the Virginia Employment Commission, Patrick County Emergency Services, Patrick County Adult Education as well as other state and local agencies who are involved in the educational process.

The Patrick County site is equipped with 47 pc's and two labs for all students. Patrick County also offers non-credit classes as well as college credit classes.

Career Readiness Certificate Program

The Career Readiness Certificate program is a short-term six to eight week program offered at the Patrick County Site of Patrick Henry Community College. The Patrick County Education Foundation is currently funding the program. This program is available free of charge for a limited time to Patrick County residents 18 years and older who are interested in improving their job skills to make them better prepared for today's changing job market. Virginia's Career Readiness Certificate certifies core employability skills required across multiple industries and occupations. The certificate promotes career development and skill attainment for the individual, and confirms to employers that an individual possesses basic workplace skills in reading for information, applied math, and locating information.

The Career Readiness Certificate has three levels:Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The three levels allow an individual to advance his or her reading, applied math, and locating information skill levels in order to qualify for more jobs. Individuals are tested in these areas using the nationally recognized WorkKeys® employability skills assessment system. Individuals will have the opportunity to increase their skill levels through a computerized training system called KeyTrainTM .

In addition to the Career Readiness Certificate the program also includes computer literacy and interpersonal skills that provide a clear understanding of workplace norms, expected behaviors, and cultivates a stronger work ethic.

Benefits of the Certificate Program:» Builds Confidence that Skills Meet Employer Expectations» Determines Skill Improvement and Training Needs» Improves Opportunities for Career Changes and Advancement» Learns Basic Computer Skills» Encourages Business to Stay in the Community» Decreases Unemployment Rates» Improves the Quality of Life for Community Residents.

For more informaiton, please call (276) 694-8778.

Tek Advantage Certification Program

Offered at Patrick County Site The Tek Advantage certification program is a partnership between the Patrick County Education Foundation and Patrick Henry Community College which is offered at the Patrick County Site. The program provides instruction in basic computer skills free of charge to people in Patrick County 18 years of age and older. Information covered in the four-week (two nights per week) program includes general computer concepts, word processing, spreadsheet and internet concepts. At the end of each module, the learner must pass a certification exam. The program began in the fall of 2003. In one year's time, 160 Patrick County learners received certificates in ceremonies and receptions honoring their accomplishments. The program is offered at least twice each semester. For more information on how to enroll for this program, please call the Patrick County Site of Patrick Henry Community College at (276)694-8778.