October 25, 2016
By MICKEY POWELL
MARTINSVILLE –When you graduate from Patrick Henry Community College, you should be able to get an interview with a local business for an opening that fits your skill set. That’s the goal the college is aiming for, over the next few years.
PHCC Vice President for Financial and Administrative Service Jack Hanbury expressed that goal to the college’s board on Monday while he and Vice President for Academic and Student Development Kris Westover presented the college’s strategic plan for 2016 through 2021. The board approved the plan in a unanimous vote.
Already providing that guarantee is the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing, at which students learn skills needed to work for high-tech manufacturers, especially those making coated “performance films” used in vehicles and homes to reduce glare from sunlight. The center is a partnership between PHCC, the New College Institute, the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. and Eastman Chemical, a local maker of such films.
“We’re not afraid to copy” someone else’s program, Hanbury said.
PHCC strives to develop a child-care center for students’ children by the end of 2018, he said, adding that finding affordable childcare is “one of the biggest impediments to mothers attending college” and/or finishing programs.
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