Patrick Henry Community College is embarking on a significant expansion in Patrick County.

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General education and transfer courses will expand at the new Stuart site.

Current availability of complete General Studies transfer degree will transfer to any four-year university. Future programs will include Teacher Education Preparation, Business Management, Human Services and Information Technology. A new welding lab at Patrick County High School will be available beginning in fall 2019, to serve dual enrollment students during the day and all students during the evening.

Several workforce programs, all leading to industry-recognized credentials and sustaining middle-class jobs, have been introduced or expanded for spring 2019. Those programs include Electrical Groundsman, Commercial Driver’s Licensure (CDL) offered in partnership with Wytheville Community College, and Mechatronics Trainings (level one) provided at the current facility.

Patrick Henry Community College is outfitting an Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Training Lab which will be used to expose students and parents to equipment and career opportunities available in manufacturing and provide training in Patrick County and outlying areas. Manufacturing remains the Number One employment sector in Patrick County. In a joint partnership with the Town of Stuart, a new 5,000-square-foot facility in the former Food-Lion building will be completed in August 2019. It will house equipment and training areas for the new expansion.

The grand opening of the facility is scheduled for Aug. 17 at 11 a.m.

(Brought to you by the Patrick County Education Foundation in support of the expansion of Patrick Henry Community College.)