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645 Patriot Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112
Fax: 276-656-0320


Mission:PHCC is a comprehensive community college committed to enriching the quality of life in its service region through academic excellence, student success, workforce development, community engagement, and lifelong learning.

History: Patrick Henry Community College is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia. Patrick Henry was founded in 1962 as a two-year branch of the University of Virginia's School of General Studies,and became an autonomous two-year college of the university two years later. The college enrolled its first students in the old Northside Elementary School in Martinsville and moved to its present campus in the fall of 1969 with the completion of the administration building. The Learning Resource Center (LRC)was completed in the spring of 1971, and the college became part of the Virginia Community College System on July 1, 1971. Serving Martinsville, Henry County, Patrick County, and the southern portion of Franklin County, PHCC is a comprehensive open-door institution, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

Patrick Henry offers 15 associate degree programs with an additional 20 specializations available within those degree options; 12 certificate programs and more than 40 career studies certificate programs. The college also delivers a variety of nontraditional programs such as customized workforce development training, industry-recognized certifications, developmental and transitional programs, and courses for personal enrichment.

By responding rapidly and effectively to meet community needs and through continuous growth, PHCC seeks to fulfill the purposes assigned to it by the 1966 General Assembly that established the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

Noteworthy Facts:

  • The top three degree programs are: General Studies, Science and Health Sciences.
  • The average age of PHCC students is 29
  • Student-faculty ratio is 22:1
  • Enrollment averages around 3,000
  • PHCC has international students from a wide variety of countries including England, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Mexico, Honduras, and France. 
  • More than $9.4 million in financial aid was awarded in 2012
  • Over 100 scholarships available through the PHCC Foundation
  • 78% of faculty possess a masters degree or higher
  • The top senior institutions receiving PHCC graduates are Liberty University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University, Radford University, and Longwood University
  • The Learning Resource Center (the Library) at PHCC houses more than 31,000 publications and periodicals
  • PHCC students have contributed thousands of hours of service to the local community
  • Patrick Henry Community College is the first VCCS Member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in the history of Virginia Community College athletic programs
  • PHCC Foundation consistently ranks in top tier of comparable community colleges in fundraising success
  • PHCC has been rated among the top ten Most Tech-Savvy community colleges in the country by the Center for Digital Education

The top 5 Reasons to attend PHCC

  1. AFFORDABILITY - With tuition at $145.33 per credit hour for in-state students, you can't find a better deal! (Some programs require additional fees and materials).
  2. CLOSE TO HOME - Main campus is only 3 miles outside of Martinsville off-campus sites in Uptown Martinsville and Patrick County.
  3. EDUCATION THAT WORKS - PHCC offers an extensive curriculum of credit and non-credit technology, business, and professional development programs. We strive to offer in-demand programs within our service region. We regularly meet with local employers to identify their workforce skill needs to integrate and customize these resources to best fit their needs.
  4. HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT - The Student Support Services program at PHCC has been recognized nationally for its effectiveness. Special services are available for disabled students and first generation college students. Free tutoring is offered to any student who needs it. The Center for Independent Learning offers support to nontraditional students. Our counselors can help you decide on your course of study or refer you to other resources if needed.
  5. YOU'RE NOT JUST A NUMBER AT PHCC! Yes, we do have numbers. Like more than 3,000 credit students and another 1,500 or so noncredit students. Ages that range from 16 to 72. Like 66% female and 34% male; 35% full-time and 65% part-time; and 24% minority. So while you might help make up the numbers at PHCC, you are more than a number. PHCC believes you are important - not just another number!

Situated on 137 acres, Patrick Henry is located approximately 3 miles north of the City of Martinsville. The college has several off-campus sites consisting of workforce development centers in Stuart and Martinsville, the Artisan Center in Martinsville and the Virginia Motorsports Training Center at Arrington Manufacturing in Henry County. Campus buildings are described in the table below.

Building Year Built Gross Area,Sq.Ft./Cost Primary Functions
A.L. Philpott Technical Center 1985/1995 39,271 Occupational and technical classrooms and labs, nursing.
Francis T. West Hall 1969 47,011 Main administration offices, switchboard, lecture classrooms, computer and science labs.
J. Burness Frith Economic Development Center¹ 1999 15,320 Workforce training, continuing education and Institutional Advancement.
Learning Resource Center 1972 20,229 Library, with over 31,000 volumes and 124 journal subscriptions. Tutoring, math and writing labs.
Maintenance Building 1974 7,887 Maintenance
Walker Fine Arts-Student Center¹ 1990 32,174 Student services, bookstore, cafeteria and theatre.
William F. Stone Hall 1974 31,517 Gymnasium and classrooms.
The Walking Track 2006 Approximately 515 sq. yd. 580 ft. length 8 ft. wide Number 21B aggregate gravel base for a compacted depth of 6 inches. VDOT approved 9.5 state mix asphalt pavement for a compacted depth of 2 inches.
Arboretum 2010 Approximately 2 acres Teaching lab & plant exhibit
Martin Field Renovated in 2010 Renovation cost approximately $58,000 Softball
Walking Trail 2011 Approximate cost $45,000. The trail is 0.9 of a mile begins in the parking lot above the Frith bld. on PHCC's campus. Shape:one loop that follows the shoreline; and a straight trail from start to peninsula.

Virginia Motorsports Technology Center I

2001 51,152 Mechatronics, advanced manutacturing
Virginia Motorsports Technology Center II (rear bldg.) 2005 53,000   Motorsports program

1.Frith and Walker were constructed solely with private funds.

2. A high speed fiber optic local area network connects all buildings on campus and off campus, serving 1,026 PCs in fifty-nine electronic classrooms and computer labs, 288 faculty and staff PCs, 738 student accessible PCs, and a VoIP telephone system with 204 IP phones. The fifty-nine electronic classrooms and computer labs are equipped with multi-media instructional systems. The college also has seven compressed video classrooms both on campus and off campus.  The college has wireless Internet access for students throughout the campus. PHCC has a Mobile Digital Learning program with 150 iPads for student use, 60 Microsoft Surface tablets for the Upward Bound program, and 70 iPod Touch handheld devices for the Nursing students.  PHCC recently received 4th place in 2014 and 7th place in 2012 in the small college category by the Center for Digital Education Top Ten Colleges. PHCC also placed 4th in 2003, 3rd in 2005, tied 1st in 2007, 7th in 2008 and 10th in 2009.

The State Board for Community Colleges establishes the cost for tuition each year. Tuition rates and all fees are subject to change as authorized by the State Board for Community Colleges. Such changes will be retroactively effective for early bird registrants. In-State:$122.50 per credit hour $7.50 per credit hour technology fee $2.33 per credit hour student fee Out-of-State: $299.10 per credit hour $7.50 per credit hour technology fee $2.33 per hour student fee $15.50 per credit hour capital fee.

Fall 2015 Tuition Rates:  
In-State Out-of-State
$134.00 per credit hour $310.60 per credit hour
$8.50 per credit hour technology fee $8.50 per credit hour technology fee
$2.83 per credit hour student fee  $2.83 per credit hour student fee
  $18.00 per credit hour capital fee
Total: $145.33 per credit hour Total: $339.93 per credit hour

Payment of tuition also enables the student to use the library, bookstore, student lounge and other facilities at the college. Students are expected to pay charges for any college property that they damage or lose (such as laboratory or shop equipment, supplies, library books and other materials). Formal registration takes place on the dates listed in the calendar. A student is not officially registered and is not allowed to attend class until tuition and fees have been paid.

Patrick Henry Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia,30033-4097, phone#404-679-4501) to award the associate degree.

As a member of the VCCS, Patrick Henry Community College is approved by the State Board for Community Colleges; the associate degree curricula offered in the college have also been approved by the State Council of Higher Education for VA. The college is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges. The nursing program is accredited by the Virginia Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing.

Sports, Fitness and Activities:
PHCC offers NJCAA-sanctioned Patriots men and women basketball teams, men's baseball and women's softball, men's and women's soccer, and cheerleading. Golf is the newest sport featured at PHCC. Fitness and weight rooms are open to all PHCC students. Outside the classroom, PHCC students participate in clubs and organizations, theater productions, art exhibits (Walker Fine Arts/Student Center Gallery), student activities, and the Student Government Association. Additionally, students have the opportunity to take advantage of free tutoring sessions, various off-campus trips, and cultural events. Many classes require students to participate in service learning projects with organizations on and off campus.

Patrick Henry Community College is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.