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Earn college credits while still in high school!
Patrick Henry Community College offers Dual Enrollment courses for high school juniors and seniors through its Accelerated Learning Department. This program allows students to fulfill their high school requirements while simultaneously receiving college credit. The Accelerated Learning Department works in partnership with the six high schools located in its service region. Participating schools are: Bassett High School, Magna Vista High School, Martinsville High School, Patrick County High School, The Piedmont Governor’s School for Math, Science and Technology, and Carlisle School.
The manner in which the classes are delivered depends on the courses selected and can vary at different schools. Some classes are completed in the high school classroom, some require additional coursework, and others are offered in lab settings.
Who is eligible for Dual Enrollment?
Enrollment is offered to juniors and seniors at the participating high schools. Students who register for Dual Enrolment classes must meet all admission and course requirements as other PHCC students.
What are the benefits of Dual Enrollment?
Students who participate in Dual Enrollment have the opportunity to get a head start on their college education while in high school which can greatly reduce expenses and the time required to complete college. They become familiar with the rigor of college level courses and have access to all PHCC resources including
Free tutoring sessions
Use of college library and electronic resources
Linked to the SmartThinking on-line tutoring website 24/7.
All college-level courses are taught by faculty who meet PHCC requirements. The types of Dual Enrollment programs offered include transferable classes such as English, History, Government, Biology and Math. These classes are offered at the participating high schools or may be delivered through classes the Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and Technology, the ACE Academy, and the Patrick County D2 program. The curriculum offered at the Governor’s School, the ACE Academy and the Patrick D2 program is designed to include coursework that could result in the student receiving enough college credit classes to be awarded an Associates’ degree upon their high school graduation.
In addition to the classes already mentioned, PHCC has a strong Career and Technical program that includes a variety of classes. These courses include Administration of Justice, Agri-business, Automotive and Autobody, Building Trades, Computer Aided Drafting (CADD), Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electricity, Firefighting/EMS, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Horticulture, and Motorsports.
How do I register??
STEP ONE: Complete course requests for your high school courses with your school counselor. Be sure to ask which Dual Enrollment courses are being offered at your particular school when you are deciding on your schedule for the upcoming year.
STEP TWO: Complete a Patrick Henry Community College Application for Admission. These are available in your high school guidance office. You may also download the application. BE SURE ALL INFORMATION HAS BEEN FILLED OUT COMPLETELY. Your application can then be turned in to your high school guidance counselor or the Career Coach. Once your application has been processed you will receive a letter from the college that will include your student ID number.
STEP THREE: Complete the Virginia Placement Test administered by PHCC. Testing is scheduled and delivered on the high school campus or on the PHCC main campus in the Learning Resource Center (LRC). Your guidance office will announce test dates when testing is scheduled at your school. Students must have their college-assigned emplID and a state issued photo ID to test. The test is administered on the computer and calculators are not allowed – a computer calculator is available when allowed. Accommodations may be made for students with documented disabilities through the PHCC Student Support Services office. Contact Mr. Scott Guebert at (276) 656-0257 to schedule an appointment.
How much does it cost?
Patrick Henry Community College partners with Henry, Patrick County schools and the City of Martinsville to deliver dual enrollment courses at no cost to parents and students.
Where can I get more information?
Talk with your guidance counselor or visit the PHCC Career Coach office in your high school. He/she will have a listing of the Dual Enrollment courses offered at your school.
Additional information will be posted on our website and announcements will be made through your students’ high school.
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For more information about the enrolment process or the placement testing requirements contact us at one of the phone numbers or e-mails listed below:
Mrs. Meghan Eggleston, Accelerated Learning Coordinator:
Mr. Colin Ferguson, Accelerated Career Pathways Coordinator:
Great Expectations serves foster care and former foster care youth, ages 17-24, by providing a stable platform from which students may build.
This is done through an all-inclusive program which assists students in career assessment, goal setting, education and training, life skills, preparation for employment, tutoring, mentoring, case management, and job placement or further college enrollment to ensure the success of each student. Great Expectations provides education and employment opportunities that will improve the likelihood of success for foster youth in our community. The program offers individual support for youth as they finish high school, leave their foster homes, and transition to living on their own, focusing on the value of a college education as the best way to gain employment and achieve independence. These services are offered free of charge to those students who qualify and are ready to make a commitment to their future. For more information, contact Christy Spencer, Campus Coach, at (276) 656-0224 or .
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To learn more about Great Expectations, its students, and its results, visit the website.
WHERE IS THE GREAT EXPECTATIONS PROGRAM LOCATED?
Learning Resource Center (LRC), 2nd floor, room 212 at Patrick Henry Community College at 645 Patriot Avenue, Martinsville, VA.
Great Expectations is part of the Developmental Education and Transitional Programs Department.
WHAT IS THE GREAT EXPECTATIONS PROGRAM?
A college transition program designed to help young adults (17-24 years old) who are or were recently affiliated with the foster care system. Goals of the program include:
• To help young adults transition into college
• To increase awareness about the value and availability of a college education
• To assist students and service providers with accessing and successfully navigating the community college system
WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS PROGRAM?
• Assistance with choosing an academic plan of study and college enrollment
• Instruction and support throughout the financial aid process
• Monitoring of academic progress and assistance with accessing college support services
• Referrals to college and community resources for academic and personal issues
• Career assessment and job placement assistance
• Individual support to assist students in setting goals and providing the necessary support to reach those goals and increase the likelihood of a successful future
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE GREAT EXPECTATIONS PROGRAM?
Individuals between the ages of 17 – 24 who are or were affiliated with the Virginia foster care system who are interested in obtaining a college education and workforce readiness skills.
HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GREAT EXPECTATIONS PROGRAM?
Contact Christy Spencer, Campus Coach for Great Expectations
PHONE: (276) 656-0224
FAX: (276) 656-0332
Or, visit the Great Expectations website.