November 14, 2017
Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) will receive a three-year grant totaling $3.1 million from the Harvest Foundation to strengthen Martinsville-Henry County’s workforce and develop future career pipelines.
The grant, Harvest SEED (Student Excellence in Education), will make the first two years of college at PHCC free of charge for all residents of Martinsville-Henry County who graduate during the 2017-2018 academic year. Funding will be last-dollar in for student tuition throughout the three-year pilot.
The Harvest SEED fund will benefit from PHCC’s existing infrastructure and experience to expand the college’s programming to incorporate future workforce talent development, and it will develop skilled workers to fill current vacancies throughout the workforce.
“Patrick Henry Community College fills a vital role in our community of training and preparing individuals in Martinsville and Henry County to enter the workforce or move onto four-year universities,” said DeWitt House, senior program officer at Harvest Foundation. “Harvest SEED will enable students to identify and move forward on a career pathway as early as possible, focusing on degree and career-ready certifications and credentials.”
An estimated 250 students will have the opportunity to take advantage of this fund in its first year, serving 2018 high school, homeschool and GED graduates. PHCC will track progress of students utilizing the fund, noting the number of credentials and certifications earned, seeing how many students transfer to four-year institutions, and keeping track of students entering the workforce employed in a living wage job.
“Harvest SEED is ground breaking,” said Dr. Angeline Godwin, president of PHCC. “By investing in our community’s education, Harvest is cultivating the lives and futures of these high school students. By investing in today’s students, they are investing in tomorrow’s workforce. The lasting impact this will have on the lives of each student and on Martinsville and Henry County is immeasurable. When these high school graduates join the workforce as college graduates, our whole community will feel the impact.”
House added, “Growing and supporting our area’s workforce is a top priority for Harvest, and we’re proud to partner with PHCC and provide resources that will move our community forward.”
In addition to free tuition for area high school, homeschool, and GED graduates, PHCC’s multifaceted initiative, Harvest SEED will increase its number of coaches who work one-on-one with students at-risk of not completing their credential to increase retention and graduation rates.
For more information, please visit www.patrickhenry.edu/harvest-seed.
About The Harvest Foundation:
The Harvest Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2002 by the sale of Memorial Hospital. The foundation seeks to invest in community initiatives that support economic development within Martinsville and Henry County. To improve the community's health, educational opportunity and quality of life, Harvest will work to support organizations and projects that build and maintain economic prosperity. To date, the foundation has put more than $110 million in grant dollars back into the community and has an annual grants budget of roughly $10 million. To find out more about Harvest, visit www.theharvestfoundation.org.
About Patrick Henry Community College:
Patrick Henry Community College, a comprehensive two-year institution, services Martinsville city as well as Patrick and Henry counties. PHCC is a leader among community colleges in areas such as athletics, technology, and unique program offerings. By providing innovative curricula such as motorsports, entrepreneurship, and mechatronics. PHCC changes lives and enriches the community.
To find out more about PHCC, please visit www.patrickhenry.edu.
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