May 15, 2017
By Amie Knowles
MARTINSVILLE – As of Monday, there were 917 jobs open in Martinsville and Henry County. An office services assistant with the Division of Community Corrections can make up to $38,607 a year. A case manager with the Southern Area Agency on Aging can make $32,500.
But these and hundreds of other full-time positions remain open, because of a lack of people with the right credentials to fill them. On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., officials with Patrick Henry Community College want to fix that.
The college will hold an open house for those looking to pursue short-term career development programs. Sometimes, a person has nearly all the training needed for a job, but they’re short one or two classes from being certified.
The programs represented at PHCC on Wednesday take an average of six months to complete. They range from as short a time as six weeks to some that last a year and a half. People will be able on Wednesday to go to the college and talk to officials from the different programs. They’ll be on hand to answer questions and help show residents what’s needed if they want to enter a certain field.
“In a lot of cases, the employers are looking for people with certain credentials,” said Amanda Broome, communications specialist and social media manager at PHCC. “Attaining these credentials is a necessity to open doors for these positions.”
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