Types of Programs Offered

In order to fulfill the mission and vision, the college offers program of instruction in:

Occupational/Technical Education. The occupational
and technical programs are designed to meet the increasing demand for technicians, semi-professional workers and skilled craftsmen for employment in industry, business, the professions and government. The curricula are planned primarily to provide workers for the region served by the college.

College Transfer Education. College transfer programs include college freshman and sophomore courses in the arts and sciences and in pre-professional education designed to meet standards acceptable for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in four-year colleges and universities.

Developmental Education. A developmental education program is offered to prepare individuals for admission to an applied science and engineering technology curriculum or to a college transfer curriculum. The program is designed to assist the individual with the development of the basic skills and understandings necessary to succeed in other college programs.

Middle College. Middle College is a college transition program offered to individuals aged 18 – 26 who need to attain a General Education Equivalency diploma (GED) and have a desire to pursue college coursework at PHCC. Students receive academic and career readiness training. Those who complete Middle College will earn a GED, National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), and one college credit for SDV 108. Students are assisted with the transition process to college upon the completion of the Middle College program. Middle College is FREE to all participants.

Specialized Community Services. The facilities and personnel of the college are available for specialized services to meet cultural and educational needs of the region. These services include special programs, cultural events, workshops, meetings, lectures, conferences, seminars and community projects designed to provide a variety of cultural and educational opportunities.

General Education. General education encompasses the common knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by each individual to be more effective as a person, a worker, a consumer and a citizen. VCCS degree graduates will
demonstrate competency in the following general education areas:
Communication: A competent communicator can interact with others using all forms of communication, resulting in understanding and being understood. Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
1. understand and interpret complex materials.
2. assimilate, organize, develop, and present an idea formally and informally.
3. use standard English.
4. use appropriate verbal and non-verbal responses in interpersonal relations and group discussions.
5. use listening skills.
6. recognize the role of culture in communication.

Critical Thinking: A competent critical thinker evaluates evidence carefully and applies reasoning to decide what to believe and how to act. Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
1. discriminate among degrees of credibility, accuracy, and reliability of inferences drawn from given data.
2. recognize parallels, assumptions, or presuppositions in any given source of information.
3. evaluate the strengths and relevance of arguments on a particular question or issue.
4. weigh evidence and decide if generalizations or conclusions based on the given data are warranted.
5. determine whether certain conclusions or consequences are supported by the information provided.
6. use problem solving skills.

Cultural and Social Understanding: A culturally and socially competent person possesses an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the interconnected- ness of the social and cultural dimensions within and across local, regional, state, national, and global communities. Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
1. assess the impact that social institutions have on individuals and culture-past, present, and future; describe their own as well as others’ personal ethical systems and values within social institutions.
2. recognize the impact that arts and humanities have upon individuals and cultures.
3. recognize the role of language in social and cultural contexts.
4. recognize the interdependence of distinctive world- wide social, economic, geo-political, and cultural systems.

Information Literacy: A person who is competent in information literacy recognizes when information is needed and has the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively (adapted from the American Library Association definition). Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
1. determine the nature and extent of the information needed.
2. access needed information effectively and efficiently.
3. evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base.
4. use information effectively, individually or as a member of a group, to accomplish a specific purpose.
5. understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally.

Personal Development: An individual engaged in personal development strives for physical well-being and emotional maturity. Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
a. develop and/or refine personal wellness goals.
b. develop and/or enhance the knowledge, skills, and understanding to make informed academic, social, personal, career, and interpersonal decisions.

Quantitative Reasoning: A person who is competent in quantitative reasoning possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to apply the use of logic, numbers, and mathematics to deal effectively with common problems and issues. A person who is quantitatively literate can use numerical, geometric, and measurement data and concepts, mathematical skills, and principles of mathematical reasoning to draw logical conclusions and to make well-reasoned decisions. Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
a. use logical and mathematical reasoning within the context of various disciplines.
b. interpret and use mathematical formulas.
c. interpret mathematical models such as graphs, tables and schematics and draw inferences from them.
d. use graphical, symbolic, and numerical methods to analyze, organize, and interpret data.
e. estimate and consider answers to mathematical problems in order to determine reasonableness.
f. represent mathematical information numerically, symbolically, and visually, using graphs and charts.

Scientific Reasoning: A person who is competent in scientific reasoning adheres to a self-correcting system of inquiry (the scientific method) and relies on empirical evidence to describe, understand, predict, and control natural phenomena. Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
a. generate an empirically evidenced and logical argument.
b. distinguish a scientific argument from a non-scientific argument.
c. reason by deduction, induction and analogy.
d. distinguish between causal and correlational relationships.
e. recognize methods of inquiry that lead to scientific knowledge.