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PHCC wins workforce development award

The HOPE program at Patrick Henry Community College recently received an award during the 22nd annual Community Colleges of Appalachia conference in Asheville, N.C., held June 9-10. HOPE, which stands for High-Demand Occupational Programs for Employment, won the 2014 Workforce Development Award. Dr. Angeline Godwin, PHCC president, accepted the award from Dr. Walter Bumphus, CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, Dr. Anne McNutt, executive director of Community Colleges of Appalachia, and Dave Garza, the award sponsor. According to information presented at the conference, HOPE was chosen for this award because of the impact the program’s had on the area workforce in a short time. To date, 49 participants have completed HOPE, with 34 of which entering employment and four entering postsecondary degree programs. “The award confirms that HOPE does work and it works well,” said Kathy Whittle-Davis, TARE (Training, Assessment, Retention and Employment) coordinator at PHCC. “Partnering with community agencies, businesses and industries to create this training program has had a huge impact on the success of HOPE. The lives of our students that have completed HOPE as well as their families have been positively impacted.” Godwin said she was honored to accept the award on behalf of PHCC’s dedicated workforce development and continuing education staff. “The HOPE program at PHCC gives its participants just that – hope,” she said. “It gives them hope that they will have a chance to gain meaningful employment, and hope that they can further their education. It also gives us a chance to work with our local employers to provide a skilled workforce that meets their industry needs.” PHCC’s HOPE program offers participants short-term training and credentialing, training programs in customer and food service, and curriculums designed around employer needs as well as job placement assistance and post-employment evaluations. To find out more about HOPE, call (276) 656-0260 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .