New welding facility to be unveiled


Patrick Henry Community College is opening its new welding lab in Patrick County to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 2. With a long legacy of successfully training welders in Martinsville, PHCC is now bringing that same welding training to Patrick County. The new welding lab, located inside Patrick County High School, will be open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. for an open house. Interested students can meet the instructors, tour the facility, and learn more about the available classes.

Enrollment will begin soon for the next session of welding classes in Patrick County. With the new facility, welding courses will now be a convenient option for working adults in Patrick County.

“Our welding program has long been one of our most successful programs at the college, and it has maintained a 100 percent certification pass rate for decades,” said Dr. Colin Ferguson, PHCC’s Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Health, and Applied Programs. “We are thrilled to be expanding into Patrick County. To say you can earn good wages as a certified welder would be an understatement. Over the years we’ve had many Patrick County residents willing to make the daily drive to PHCC for our welding classes. With this new facility, we offer these students the same classes much closer to home.”

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