Workforce Training Programs
Workforce, Economic, and Community Development division of Patrick & Henry Community College offers a range of intensive, short-term training programs based on the needs of local employers. Most programs take between 6 and 12 weeks to complete and may lead to an industry credential. Although no college credit will be awarded for these programs, students are awarded a certificate of completion for each successfully completed course listing for continuing education documentation purposes.
A U T O M A T I O N & R O B O T I C SThis program introduces industrial robotics and explains how they are used in automated systems.
Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program Level 1 is a comprehensive industry skills certification in mechatronic systems. Offered together with partner schools worldwide the SMSCP is divided into three exam-based levels. Each level is directly tied to a job profile that clearly defines the on-the-job competencies of certified personnel. A Siemens certification is world-class technical training.
Festo Industry 4.0 Certification Program Level 1: Industry 4.0 Fundamentals introduces students to the fundamental skills related to pursuing a career in Advanced Manufacturing. This is the foundation needed to understand future topics. At FI4.0CP level 1, certified students will be well-rounded machine operators/technicians, with responsibility for efficient operation of the equipment. They will ensure that the system is running at maximum capacity with an understanding of the role of each component and device. They can identify malfunctions and make minor repairs.
Festo Industry 4.0 Certification Program Level 2: Industry 4.0 Technician-Applied
Students build upon the skills developed in Level One. They fine tune those skills and apply them to real-world scenarios. This level provides the building blocks for Industry 4.0. Students who pass the Industry 4.0 Technician-Applied comprehensive knowledge exam will be skilled technicians who are able to assess and analyze the system as a whole. They can manage, investigate, repair, and troubleshoot I4.0 systems to maximize operation and process control. They understand how individual components interact with each other to make the entire system run efficiently.
H E A L T H C A R E
CERTIFIED BILLING AND CODING SPECIALIST (CBCS) This course prepares students with the skills needed to become a medical billing and coding specialist. Students learn to process patient data for the proper assignment of ICD-10 coding and to prepare and process health insurance claims for reimbursement. Topics covered include: how to monitor patient information, verify required documentation for release of medical information, as well as legal and regulatory factors involved in health care reimbursement and release of health care information.
CERTIFIED CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTANT (CCMA) CCMAs are a vital part of clinical patient care. CCMAs are unlicensed, multi-skilled healthcare practitioners who are competent in both administrative and clinical procedures. Common duties of a medical assistant include interviewing patients, measuring and recording vital signs, preparing exam rooms, cleaning and sterilizing medical equipment, assisting providers with exams and procedures, as well as administering injections, topical, and oral medications. Whether you want to work in a doctor’s office or a large hospital system, becoming a CCMA with NHA shows that you are knowledgeable and ready to be a valued member of a healthcare team.
CERTIFIED NURSE AIDE (CNA) This program combines instruction and hands-on training to prepare the student to enter the workforce at a much faster pace. This program is designed to prepare students for entry level practice in the health care field in the area of patient care in a variety of health service facilities. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the Virginia State Board of Nursing certification test for Nurse Aides (NNAAP). Program includes a 48-hour Clinical.
CERTIFIED PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN (CPT) Enter a thriving field and serve a vital role in the healthcare industry as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). Hospitals, laboratories, and other employers have an increasing demand for phlebotomists. Most seek, and many require, a professional certification. With a CPT certification, you will have the credentials you need to set yourself apart from other applicants as you embark on a rewarding healthcare career. As more employers require phlebotomy certifications, a CPT will help improve your marketability in a growing and rewarding field.
CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL CODER (CPC) This short-term training program is designed to provide practical application of coding operative reports, evaluation, and management services. The student will learn principles of medical coding related to the three main code books: CPT®, ICD-10- CM Code Set and HCPCS Level II. This course is recommended for anyone who is preparing for a career in medical coding for a physician’s office and strongly recommended for anyone who is preparing for AAPC’s CPC certification examination. With course completion, students should be proficient at coding a wide variety of patient services.
M A C H I N I N G
MILLING 1 (MANUAL MILL) This entry-level machinist course equips students with the basic skills needed to work in a manufacturing environment. National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) Milling 1 (manual mill) certified students will be knowledgeable technical workers that can work in a variety of production and technician roles. The competencies evaluated with this certification are complete process planning, basic manual milling machining applications, machine set ups, operations, inspection techniques, and safety standards.
JOB PLANNING, BENCHWORK & LAYOUT This entry-level machinist course prepares and equips students with the basic skills needed to work in a manufacturing environment. National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) Job Planning, Benchwork, and Layout certified students will be knowledgeable technical workers that can work in a variety of production and technician roles. The competencies evaluated with this certification are process planning, hand operations such as drilling, reaming, and sawing, layout, inspection techniques, and safety standards. This certification is meant to be paired with other certifications in the metal working industry to increase the potential to work as a manual machinist or other machine operator.
MEASUREMENT, MATERIALS & SAFETY This entry-level machinist course prepares and equips students with the basic skills needed to work in a manufacturing environment. National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) Measurement, Materials, and Safety certified students will be knowledgeable technical workers that can work in a variety of production and technician roles. The competencies evaluated with this certification are Applied Mathematics, Filing, Fits, Geometrical Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Inspection, Machine Maintenance, Machine Safety, Machining Applications, Materials, Measurements, Print Reading, and Shop Safety.
TURNING I (CHUCKING SKILLS) This entry-level machinist course prepares and equips students with the basic skills needed to work in a manufacturing environment. National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) Turning 1 Chucking Skills certified students will be knowledgeable technical workers that can work in a variety of production and technician roles. The competencies evaluated with this certification are complete process planning, basic chucking applications, machine set ups, operations, inspection techniques and safety standards.
S K I L L E D T R A D E S
CORE – INTRODUCTORY CRAFT SKILLS is a prerequisite to all other Level 1 craft curriculum. Its modules cover topics such as Basic Safety, Introduction to Construction Math, Introduction to Hand Tools, Introduction to Power Tools, Construction Drawings, Basic Rigging, Basic Communication Skills, Basic Employability Skills, and Materials Handling. Completing this curriculum gives the trainee the basic skills needed to continue education in any craft area he or she chooses.
CARPENTRY Carpenters make up the largest building trades occupation in the industry and those with all-around skills are in high demand. Carpenters are involved in many kinds of construction activities, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets. Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. NCCER’s four-level structure offers two distinct career paths. After taking the introductory level, General Carpentry, trainees can choose to pursue a path of advanced building construction, concrete formwork, or both.
HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS (HEO) not only work on regular construction building jobs, but also on infrastructure projects (roads, bridges, and ports, otherwise call non-building construction), and in mining and timber operations. A trained and experienced equipment operator provides necessary skills for any project that requires moving and transporting heavy materials, or that demands any kind of earthmoving. NCCER offers a three-level curriculum which will guide the trainee through modules covering each major piece of heavy equipment, as well as topics such as Civil Blueprint Reading, Soils, and Paving. Students receive hands-on training while using simulators, which replicate real-life operating scenarios through rotation-motion platforms and high-resolution 3D displays for excavator and wheel loader equipment.
HVAC The increasing development of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems) technology causes employers to recognize the importance of continuous education and keeping up to speed with the latest equipment and skills. Hence, technical school training provides an advantage and a higher qualification for employment. NCCER’s HVAC program has been designed by highly qualified subject matter experts with this in mind. The four level curriculum, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) recognized, presents theoretical and practical skills essential to your success as an HVAC installer or technician.
PLUMBING Most people are familiar with plumbers who come to their home to unclog a drain or install an appliance. In addition to these activities, however, plumbers install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems. For example, some systems move water to a municipal water treatment plant and then to residential, commercial, and public buildings. Other systems dispose of waste, provide gas to stoves and furnaces, or supply air conditioning. Pipe systems in power plants carry the steam that powers huge turbines. Pipes also are used in manufacturing plants, such as wineries, to move material through production processes. NCCER’s four-level curriculum covers topics such as Plumbing Tools, Types of Valves, and Potable Water Treatment.
T R U C K D R I V E R T R A I N I N G (C D L)
Get your CDL license in as little as four weeks and get started on one of the most in-demand careers in the country. The CDL: Class A (E Restriction - Automatic Shift) Truck Driver Training curriculum teaches students how to inspect and operate tractor trailers and to assume driver responsibilities on the road and at pickup/delivery points. This program prepares students to sit for the Virginia CDL examination.
V E T E R I N A R Y A S S I S T A N T
Learn general and veterinary management of small domestic animals, especially dogs and cats. Course objectives include the following: animal and human safety, animal restraint, nutrition, common diseases, medical terminology, medical history, and the administrative duties related to maintaining an efficient front office.