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PHCC providing Ability to Benefit for select programs

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MARTINSVILLE (WSLS 10) - Effective immediately, students who have not yet received their GED or a high school diploma may be eligible for federal financial aid through the Ability to Benefit program.

Ability to Benefit will specifically target majors that are short term programs that offer immediate employability.

To qualify for the Ability to Benefit program, students must enroll in classes in one of the following programs: Nurse Aide Training (CNA); Culinary & Hospitality Management; Automotive Engine Technology; Heating Ventilation, Air Condition and Refrigeration; or Residential/Commercial/Industrial Electrician.

To become eligible for federal aid through the Ability to Benefit program, students must either pass Wonderlic, the Ability to Benefit test, or have paid for and passed six college-level credits. Once this requirement has been met, students will be able to complete the FASFA, take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT), and enroll in the required classes.

The Ability to Benefit program will also focus on equipping students for their college career and for their future employment.  Students will be encouraged to obtain their GED and will be required to co-enroll in a Career Pathways course each semester until they have obtained the GED. PHCC provides both the Career Pathways Course and GED training as well as funds to take the GED test.

Other qualifications may apply. Contact Travis Tisdale, Admissions and Records Coordinator, at ttisdale@patrickhenry.edu or 276-656-0311 to learn more about qualifications or to sign up for the Ability to Benefit test.