Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Patrick Henry Community College will increase the number of graduates who enter the local workforce in several fast-growing sectors with a three-year, $5.8 million grant award from The Harvest Foundation.

The grant will focus on satisfying employer needs in Southside Virginia, providing students with the skills and credentials needed to obtain a living wage job in sustainable careers.
The focus areas include health care, welding, and advanced manufacturing.

“This grant highlights PHCC’s commitment to developing the local workforce and creating partnerships that will help to sustain the work,” said DeWitt House, senior program officer at The Harvest Foundation. “This grant further supports Harvest’s strategic plan with our goals in workforce and investment. PHCC has a proven track record in providing quality workforce training and listening to the needs of local industry. We are happy to support this integral part in our overall goal of growing Martinsville-Henry County’s economy.”

Patrick Henry Community College received a $5.8 million grant to boost Martinsville-Henry County’s workforce. Pictured from left are Jack Hanbury, vice president of Financial & Administrative Services at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), Sovah Health-Martinsville CEO Michael Ehrat, Dr. Greg Hodges, vice president of Academic and Student Success Services at PHCC, PHCC Development Director Tiffani Underwood, Jacquelyn Wilkerson, chief nursing officer at Sovah Health-Martinsville, Dr. Angeline Godwin, president of PHCC, and DeWitt House, senior program officer at The Harvest Foundation.

“We are beyond excited about the impact that this investment by The Harvest Foundation will bring to our students and our community,” said Dr. Angeline Godwin, president of PHCC. “Supporting our highest-demand programs, this grant brings a new dimension to nursing – strengthening the student experience through equipment, simulation facilities and coaching; and to welding, doubling our capacity. Industry 4.0 sets the stage for near-term, next-generation advanced manufacturing. We are grateful and humbled by this opportunity.”

To learn more, read the Harvest Foundation’s news release here'

Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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