MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Patrick Henry Community College recently cut the ribbon on a new $170,000 building and it is now ready to host classes in the facility, which was paid for through a variety of grants.
The first class will be an electrical groundsman course starting on September 30. The second class is the mechatronics bootcamp which will start on October 3.
“These programs and many others that we will be able to hold in this facility provide students a direct pipeline to employment,” said Rhonda Hodges, PHCC’s Vice President of Workforce, Economic, and Community Development. “We are so grateful to the Patrick County Education Foundation, Town of Stuart, the Tobacco Commission, and the many others who have made this new training facility possible. We are excited to see how access to a state-of-the-art training facility may change the lives of many Patrick County residents.”
Both classes planned for the Patrick Henry Community College facility offer vocational training which can lead to high-paying jobs. For example, the college said those who complete the electrical groundsman course could land a lineman position and eventually move into a journeyman lineman position which can pay $27 or more per hour.