PATRICK COUNTY, VA – On Tuesday, Patrick & Henry Community College held a dedication event to unveil the new name for its training facility in Patrick County.
The college began using the space in 2019 to expand its offerings in the county.
P&HCC is dedicating the space to commemorate two major donors who they say have not only made the expansion possible, but have also been avid supporters of the college’s efforts to create accessible education in Patrick County.
The facility will now be officially known as The Gerald L. Baliles and Richard S. Reynolds, Sr. Learning Center.
“Former Governor Baliles and Richard S. Reynolds, Sr. have both been incredible supporters of all that we do,” said P&HCC President Dr. Greg Hodges. “Because they believe in the power of education and because they invested so much of their time, their attention, and their philanthropy efforts into raising Patrick County’s educational attainment levels, many lives have been changed for the better. They believed in the people of Patrick County, and they believed in what education could do for them.”
The community college says Baliles and Reynolds supporting their expansion and mission to serve Patrick County students was one of the many ways both men worked to make the county a better place.
For the last year, the Baliles and Reynolds Learning Center has been used to house P&HCC's electrical groundsman, commercial driver license, and mechatronics programs – all of which were identified as high-demand career fields by local business leaders and county officials.