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PHCC receives $56,838 grant

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) on Monday received a $56,838 grant to use toward helping meet the needs of area employers.

The money, provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), will be put toward the college’s High-demand Occupational Programs for Employment (HOPE) program, according to PHCC Public Relations Director Kris Landrum.

Also, the Artisans Center of Virginia received a $32,000 ARC grant to be put toward developing a handcrafts project in Henry County-Martinsville, a Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development release showed.

Other local recipients of ARC grants were the New College Institute, which was awarded $500,000 toward the construction of its planned new building uptown, and the GENEDGE Alliance, which was awarded $100,000 toward helping manufacturers overcome their challenges related to energy, the economy and the environment, the release showed.

According to Landrum, HOPE is a 12-week program in which participants gain critical work readiness skills, plus training in specific occupations that leads to industry certification.

Area employers drive the content and delivery of HOPE programs, Landrum said. Last year, programs were developed for the food service and customer service industries, she said.

The ARC funds will help PHCC enhance HOPE by addressing the needs of companies involved in advanced manufacturing and engineering technology, Landrum said.

“By working with regional partners,” she wrote in an email, “PHCC can develop a career pathway to prepare participants for careers or further educational opportunities within the advanced technologies sector.”

PHCC operates an artisan’s center in uptown Martinsville and is affiliated with the Artisans Center of Virginia, according to Landrum.

She said she understands the Artisans Center of Virginia project involves developing a trail focused on agritourism and artisanship.

It would be similar to “The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail,” Landrum said to her understanding. However, she did not have any more details of the project.

Artisans Center officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Information on the NCI and BENEDGE Alliance grants was in Tuesday’s Martinsville Bulletin.


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