The College

Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia. Patrick Henry was founded in 1962 as a two-year branch of the University of Virginia’s School of General Studies and became an autonomous two-year college of the university two years later. The college enrolled its first students in the old Northside Elementary School in Martinsville and moved to its present campus in the fall of 1969 with the completion of the administration building. The Learning Resource Center was completed in the spring of 1971, and the college became part of the Virginia Community College System on July 1, 1971.

As a community college, PHCC has continued to grow. New programs have been added and programs have expanded. William F. Stone Hall, the health, physical education and wellness center, was completed in the spring of 1974 and dedicated to the memory of the late Senator William F. Stone. A division offering occupational and technical programs and courses was established in 1976. In the spring of 1985, A. L. Philpott Hall was completed in order to better serve growing programs to train a competent workforce. An addition to A.L. Philpott Hall was completed in the fall of 1995. The Walker Fine Arts/Student Center was completed in 1990 and dedicated to the memory of Robert Lee Walker and Samuel Stanhope Walker. In 1999, the administration building was named Francis T. West Hall, and the J. Burness Frith Economic Development Center was completed and dedicated to the memory of the late J. Burness Frith. In 2017, PHCC renovated one of their existing off-campus sites to become the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Complex. The Complex provides PHCC’s many applied and technical education programs a modern facility where they will have room to grow.

In order to improve accessibility to college classes, PHCC also offers classes at the IDEA Center in Uptown Martinsville, the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Complex off of King’s Mountain Road, and in Patrick County. Students can also take courses through distance education.

By responding rapidly and effectively to meet community needs and through continuous growth, PHCC seeks to fulfill the purposes assigned to it by the 1966 General Assembly that established the Virginia Community College System.




Accreditation and Recognition
Patrick Henry Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097, Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree.

As a member of the Virginia Community College System, Patrick Henry Community College is approved by the State Board for Community Colleges; the associate degree curricula offered in the college have also been approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The college is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and is an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The associate degree nursing program, practical nursing certificate program, and the nurse aide training program are all approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing. The associate degree nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The EMS-Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Mission
PHCC is a comprehensive community college committed to enriching the quality of life in its service region through academic excellence, student success, workforce development, community engagement, and lifelong learning.

Vision
Student success IS Patrick Henry Community College.

Core Values
PHCC values excellence, innovation, diversity, and continuous improvement. We demonstrate these values in the following ways:
1. Teaching and Learning. Teaching and learning are paramount at PHCC and simply the heart of everything we do.
2. Integrity and Respect. Our people are our most valuable asset. To promote a culture of integrity and respect for students and employees, PHCC develops, nurtures, and sustains an engaged, diverse, and talented workforce.
3. Communication and Collaboration. We effectively communicate and collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders. Furthermore, we seek to foster relationships and build partnerships that enhance the success and quality of life of all constituents.