The Patrick County Educational Foundation (PCEF) has been planning and partnering with the town of Stuart, Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), and the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation to bring an expanded community college presence to Patrick County. Recently, the town of Stuart purchased a former Food Lion building that will be converted into the town’s base of operations for fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
The town has agreed to allocate and lease 5,000 square feet to PHCC to create a space allowing for on-site training in what are designated as high-demand, occupational growth areas without students having to drive significant distances to the Martinsville campus. Additionally, the flexible workforce training and credentialing space will allow for the employees of potential businesses and industries to be recruited and trained onsite, thus serving as the potential for increased economic development for the region.
Many students in the northern end of Patrick County must typically travel 90+ minutes one way in order to take advantage of these types of educational opportunities.
Not anymore.

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