Enrollment is open for new Patrick Henry Community College courses in Patrick County
Patrick Henry Community College is building a new pathway to careers for Patrick County students.
In what was once a Food Lion, the classroom is stocked with over $300,000 worth of mechatronic equipment for students to gain hands on experience.
The college's other site, at Patrick County High School, is where students can take evening welding courses. The expansion will also start a duel enrollment welding program for high school students.
Welding Instructor Chad Hughes grew up in Patrick County and attended Patrick Henry Community College.
He says going back and forth between his jobs, the college and home became his biggest challenge in school.
"When you live 45 minutes away it becomes a big deal especially if you try to take night classes and work during the day and drive down at night to take classes," said Hughes.
As classes for next semester begin to fill up, Site Facilitator Angie Brown hopes these opportunities will attract more Patrick County students to the community college.
"We are certainly hopeful that would be the case, that by expanding the offerings to those areas, that will bring in more students that are interested in not only those but other offerings here," said Brown.