Ribbon cut for Patrick Henry Community College's new manufacturing complex
Complex could help manufacture economic growth
HENRY COUNTY, Va. – Ten years after the idea for the 51,000 square foot facility was developed, Patrick Henry Community College's Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology complex is open.
College president Dr. Angeline Godwin said the facility is multipurpose.
"It's the home of the racing college of Virginia, which is the home of the Patrick Henry Community College Motorsports Engineering program," Godwin said.
"But, it's also a flex space in workforce development, as well as a number of our STEM programs; science, technology, engineering and manufacturing, mechatronics, robotics and automation, industrial maintenance."
Prior to the ribbon-cutting, former and current PHCC students shared their reaction.
Godwin believes the facility will help attract new companies to Martinsville and Henry County.
"With the flex space, a company can locate in the region, bring in equipment (and begin training," Godwin said, referring to the large open spaces inside the facility.
PHCC's finance and administration vice president, Jack Hanbury, oversaw the construction and design of the facility.
He said it could also help manufacture economic growth across Southside by strengthening the partnership between PHCC and Danville Community College.
"We partner with Danville on a lot of things," Hanbury said. "We're a feeder for their precision machining program and they're going to be a feeder for our mechatronics program."
Classes are scheduled to begin in the facility in November.
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