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P&HCC wins national award for its advanced manufacturing program

PHOTO: Patrick & Henry Community College

HENRY COUNTY, VA – Patrick & Henry Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing program has won the first Rural Community College Alliance Innovation and Access Award for its partnership with Festo Didactic and the National Coalition of Certification Centers.

“We know we have an outstanding program and outstanding instructors. This national award just validates that for us and our students,” said Dr. Greg Hodges, P&HCC President.

In response to advanced manufacturing employers citing the need for increasingly complex training, P&HCC says it introduced advanced manufacturing training in Industry 4.0 in partnership with Festo and NC3 in 2018.

In 2019 became the first institution in the nation to offer all three levels of training and the first to offer the highest level of Industry 4.0 training.

In June 2020, P&HCC says it became the first NC3 and Festo Center of Excellence, recognizing the community college’s role in driving the future of career and technical education and workforce development.

P&HCC now serves as an NC3 Leadership School.

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