December 7, 2016
By Mickey Powell
MARTINSVILLE–Martinsville and Henry County schools, along with Patrick Henry Community College, received a state grant Tuesday to help students who want to go into technical careers, including manufacturing.
The $119,729 grant was one of five Virginia Affordable Pathways Partnership Grants awarded to localities and higher education institutions statewide as part of a program announced in August to improve students’ transition from high school to college, reduce their college costs and help them earn a degree, certificate or workforce credential, according to a news release from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office.
“These grants will help strengthen that professional pipeline by ensuring more students are building skill sets for careers of the 21st century and the new Virginia economy,” McAuliffe said in the release.
PHCC Vice President for Academic and Student Development Kris Westover said exact details of how the grant will be spent have not yet been worked out. However, she said that some of the money will be spent to help dually-enrolled students earn engineering technology credentials while they are in high school, or at least get them started on earning those credentials.
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