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Anthony Webster (left), a culinary arts major, watches as Chris Niblett (sitting), outreach advising specialist, enters his classes into the computer system during registration Wednesday. Robert “Chef Bob” Keester, standing at right, is culinary arts instructor. (Bulletin photo by Paul Collins)

Thursday, January 9, 2014


“Since I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a doctor and take care of people,” Janeka Thomas said when asked why she is majoring in nursing at Patrick Henry Community College.

Thomas was among dozens of students registering Wednesday for spring semester classes at PHCC.

Now her sights are set on becoming a registered nurse, perhaps a military officer/nurse, Thomas said. Next school year, she said, she is considering transferring to Liberty University, which has an Army ROTC nursing program, according to the university website.

Thomas, 19, of Axton, graduated from Magna Vista High School in 2012 and is beginning her second semester at PHCC, which does not have ROTC. In addition to attending PHCC, she works as a cashier at Long John Silver’s in Martinsville.

Also registering Wednesday was Anthony Webster, 31, of Chatham Heights, who spent a semester at PHCC in 2007, took a break, and started back in fall 2013, he said.

After graduating from Martinsville High School in 2001, he served in the Army from 2002-2006, including as a combat engineer at Fort Stewart in Georgia. He has been in the National Guard since 2006, and his positions have included truck driver and food service specialist, he said.

Webster said he entered PHCC’s culinary arts program because of “my passion for cooking.”

“Hopefully, I can get into food service on the civilian side and become a chef,” he said. “I want to start a food truck.”

In addition to attending PHCC, he works at HanesBrands.

Attending PHCC, Webster said he is trying to make a better life “for me and my family.”

Webster and Thomas said registration went smoothly for them on Wednesday.

Thomas registered for a math course, human anatomy and physiology, part two; and Webster registered for English, an internship in culinary arts, principles of catering and a math course, they said.

Kris Landrum, PHCC’s public relations and marketing manager, said the college has been accepting registration for spring semester since Nov. 13, and as of late Wednesday 1,696 students had registered, which translated to 1,198 full-time equivalents.

Three days of all-day registration are being held this week, including from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Walker Fine Arts Center, Landrum said. Classes will begin Monday, according to Landrum and the college website.

The whole PHCC staff is involved in registration one way or another, either in advising, processing, giving directions, handing out T-shirts or helping in other ways, Landrum said.

She encourages people who wish to register this week to come early. “Classes tend to fill up if they wait too late,” she said.

Also, people need to be prepared to fill out paperwork for college admission and for financial aid if they have not already done so, Landrum said.

It will be too late to register as a full-time student after this week, said Kris Westover, vice president, academic and student development. However, people still will be able to register for late-starting classes, but the selection of classes won’t be as great as now, she said. Landrum said dual-enrollment students also will be able to register after this week.

Landrum estimated that at least 300 students would register during the all-day registrations Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, including 150 to 200 on Wednesday

The registration is for all types of courses, including credit, noncredit, on-campus, off-campus and online, Landrum said. “They can register for everything,” she added.

Near the end of spring semester 2013, PHCC had 2,849 students, or 1,193 full-time equivalents, Landrum said.


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