A $10,000 investment by the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) in certain workforce and training services at Patrick Henry Community College means that students can become better prepared to get a job.
The funds, provided through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), can be used to pay for short-term training or credential testing to certify industry accepted skill levels, according to Dr. Greg Hodges, vice president for institutional advancement at PHCC.
The kinds of programs for which the funds can be used include advanced manufacturing (welding, mechatronics, certified production technician, logistics and others), health care (excluding certified nurse aide), and information technology (Cisco, CompTia, Sun Certified JAVA, etc.). Both college credit (which leads to a college degree or certificate) and career credit (which leads to industry certification) programs may qualify.
“Working together with our community partners is exactly what we need to help get people employed,” Hodges said.
To be eligible, students must meet income requirements and be able to participate in short-term training or complete an industry certification before July.
“The West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board is excited to partner with PHCC to help students complete their education. Education is the best investment one can make to improve their future earnings and we look forward to seeing the impact these students will have on the workforce once they graduate,” said WIB Project Administrator Philip Wenkstern.
To learn more about the program, interested parties can contact the PHCC Foundation at (276) 656-0250.