PHCC wins third in state

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Patrick Henry Community College was awarded third place and $1000 for its innovation in student success.

PHCC was one of three colleges in Virginia to receive the Excellence in Education Award, which recognizes the colleges that lead the pack in fostering data-driven student success. The award was presented during a week-long professional development conference called New Horizons.

“This recognition speaks volumes about our faculty. Because our instructors go above and beyond for students every day, the Virginia Community College System recognized PHCC as being among the best in Virginia,” said Dr. Greg Hodges, vice president of institutional advancement, effectiveness, and campus life. “I am thrilled,” he added.

All 23 community colleges in Virginia competed for the award. To be considered, colleges were required to submit a paper explaining how innovations and initiatives enhanced student success. The written component counted for 50 percent of the score. A two-person presentation to a panel of judges accounted for the remainder.

During its presentation, PHCC spotlighted the success of an early alert system that helps the college connect students who may be struggling with services designed to help overcome challenges. According to the data PHCC collected, the college saw an increase in students staying in school and graduating on time after the system was implemented.

The first place winner was Paul D. Camp Community College; Eastern Shore Community College won second place.