Patrick Henry Community College reveal submissions for its new name

Submissions will be accepted through June 14

The suggestions are coming in for Patrick Henry Community College's new name.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The results are in! Over 600 submissions poured in for the new name of Patrick Henry Community College.

Some submissions were related to the school’s geographical location while others went a new route.

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Here’s a list of the name submissions:

  • Beaver Creek Community College
  • Foothills or Phoot Hills
  • Western Piedmont Community College
  • Tri-County Community College
  • The College of Henry and Patrick Counties
  • Pathway Heights
  • Patriot Heritage
  • Freedom
  • Patriot Height
  • New Horizons

The school put out a survey following a state board recommendation.

That’s because Patrick Henry, who served as Virginia’s first governor, owned slaves.

The school wants to hear from the community, but there are some names they’re avoiding.

“Trying to steer away from individuals’ names. Trying to steer away from names that may be duplicated already in community colleges or some other organization,” said college board vice-chair Dr. Dennis Casey.

Submissions are accepted through June 14. The picks will then be sent off on June 21.

You can participate in the survey here.

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