Patrick Henry Community College recognized as Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence

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Caption: PHCC students holding up their NC3/Festo certifications (Courtesy: Patrick Henry Community College)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) has been recognized by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) and Festo Didactic as a NC3 and Festo Center of Excellence in the Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 sector.

To be recognized as a Festo Didactic NC3 Center of Excellence, “an institution must be considered a leader and innovator in technical training and must be driving the future of career and technical education and workforce development.”

On Monday, NC3 and Festo Didactic honored Patrick Henry Community College by naming the college an Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence.

“We could not be more thrilled to have Patrick Henry Community College as an Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Center of Excellence. The energy and vision that PHCC embodies will add substantially to the trajectory of education and industry workforce leaders in Virginia and across the nation to truly make a difference in the growing need of Smart Factories,” said Dan Ramirez, Associate Director of NC3.

This semester, six of PHCC’s students were among the first in the nation to earn the new Certified Industry 4.0 Associate credential. Despite changes in class delivery caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, PHCC issued more than 250 NC3 credentials in spring 2020.

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