The Workforce Development and Continuing Education division at PHCC invites the public to attend an information session from 10 a.m. to noon in Frith Building, room 154 on Friday, Feb. 21.
Training is available for careers as an electrical groundsman, veterinary assistant, and for positions in advanced manufacturing. There are also training sessions available in customer service and food service through the HOPE (High-Demand Occupational Programs for Employment) program.
PHCC works closely with local industries to determine what skills are needed to bolster the area’s workforce. Faneuil Inc., a call center based in Martinsville, has participated in the HOPE program since 2012.
Anna Van Buren, the president and chief executive officer, said in a letter of support, “… HOPE has been an invaluable resource and partner to us. We have been very pleased with the performance of HOPE graduates who have joined our team. They are highly proficient in their roles as customer care representatives.”
Tanya Verlik, director of Henry-Martinsville Social Services, also voiced her support for the PHCC program.
“HOPE’s focus on high-demand occupations provides our customers the best resources and training available for job attainment,” she said. “The internship program has opened doors for graduates they may have never considered.”
Officials at Eastman Chemical Company’s Martinsville site have worked with graduates who received the Certified Production Technician certification. Human Resources Training Manager Carl Ratliff said, “We are thankful for the programs that Patrick Henry Community College has established to support advanced manufacturing. Graduates who earn the Certified Production Technician certification possess skills we are seeking which increases their hiring potential.”
Instructors and staff will be available to talk about job opportunities upon successful completion of the program during the information session. Financial aid is available to students who qualify.
To find out more, visit www.patrickhenry.edu or call (276) 656-0260.