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Patrick & Henry Community College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
645 Patriot Ave
Martinsville, Virginia 24112
(276) 638-8777
School Information
"Patrick Henry Community College is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia and was founded in 1962 as a two-year branch of the University of Virginia's School of General Studies. PHCC became an autonomous two-year college of the university two years later...Patrick Henry offers many associate degree programs, certificate programs, and career studies programs, which include a variety of non-traditional programs such as industry-recognized certifications, developmental and transitional programs, and personal enrichment courses." The college enrolls around 2,900 students and has a student-faculty ratio of 17:1. (Source:
General Information
Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) has implemented an initiative called "My T.I.M.E." This initiative will offer a two-part webinar series, the first part covering implicit bias training and the second part covering micro-aggressions. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The college offers a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion course as part of the Workforce, Economic, and Community Development Program.
  • PHCC will be providing a community program called "My TIME" which will offer one class on implicit bias and another on microaggressions.
  • PHCC has a Diversity Statement about their commitment towards a “culture of diversity and inclusion that empowers anyone from anywhere to be successful in their academic and professional pursuits.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The Virginia State Board of Community Colleges permitted “Patrick Henry Community College to change its name to Patrick & Henry Community College, honoring Patrick County and Henry County,” rather than “Patrick Henry, the first and sixth governor of Virginia, who owned slaves.” The college agreed to disassociate itself from the historical figure.
Last updated November 19th, 2023
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