In-demand, short-term training now available at one-third the cost

In-demand, short-term training now available at one-third the cost

January 3, 2017

MARTINSVILLE, VA – Whether starting a new career or earning continuing education credits, students at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) can now do so for a third of the price in select programs. Other financial assistance may be available to help pay for that portion. In many cases, the training requires only a few months or a few weeks.

Students that register for Workforce Credential Grant funded programs pay only one-third of the cost of tuition upfront. The funding is based on a “pay-for-performance” formula which requires students to successfully complete the course and obtain a certification for the grant to be fully awarded. PHCC offers eight programs that are covered by this grant and all are offered this coming semester:

Workforce Credential Training Program Start Date
Commercial Driver's License January 9
Certified Nurse Aide January 9
Certified Production Technician January 31
Clinical Medical Assistant February 20
Medication Aide March 7
Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) March 7
Electrical Groundsman Training April 3
Phlebotomy Technician June 20

Research indicates that Virginia had more than 175,000 job vacancies for credentialed employees last year. On average in Virginia, these jobs pay more than $28 per hour (or more than $58,500 per year).

On Thursday, January 5, PHCC is holding two information sessions at 10 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. for anyone interested in participating in these programs. The sessions will be held in PHCC’s Frith Hall room 154.  For information or to enroll in these courses, go to or call (276) 656-0260.

Patrick Henry Community College, a comprehensive two-year institution, services Martinsville city as well as Patrick and Henry counties. PHCC is a top tier leader among community colleges in areas such as athletics, technology, and unique program offerings. By providing a multitude of innovative curricula such as motorsports, entrepreneurship, and mechatronics. PHCC is changing lives and enriching the community it serves. PHCC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.


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