PHCC to host info session on jobs Friday

Work It, SoVa

Learn more about specialized training opportunities at Patrick Henry Community College with guaranteed interviews in an upcoming information session.

The Workforce Development and Continuing Education division at PHCC invites the public to attend an information session from 10 a.m. to noon in Frith Building, Room 154 on Friday.

Training is available for careers as an electrical groundsman, veterinary assistant, and for positions in advanced manufacturing. There are also training sessions available in customer service and food service through the HOPE (High-Demand Occupational Programs for Employment) program.

PHCC works closely with local industries to determine what skills are needed to bolster the area’s workforce. Faneuil Inc., a call center based in Martinsville, has participated in the HOPE program since 2012.

Anna Van Buren, the president and chief executive officer, said in a letter of support, “… HOPE has been an invaluable resource and partner to us. We have been very pleased with the performance of HOPE graduates who have joined our team. They are highly proficient in their roles as customer care representatives.”

Tanya Verlik, director of Henry-Martinsville Social Services, also voiced her support for the PHCC program.

“HOPE’s focus on high-demand occupations provides our customers the best resources and training available for job attainment,” she said. “The internship program has opened doors for graduates they may have never considered.”

Officials at Eastman Chemical Company’s Martinsville site have worked with graduates who received the Certified Production Technician certification. Human Resources Training Manager Carl Ratliff said, “We are thankful for the programs that Patrick Henry Community College has established to support advanced manufacturing. Graduates who earn the Certified Production Technician certification possess skills we are seeking which increases their hiring potential.”

Instructors and staff will be available to talk about job opportunities upon successful completion of the program during the information session. Financial aid is available to students who qualify.

To find out more, visit or call (276) 656-0260.

Posted in Education, Job Fair

RN applications available soon at PHCC

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Registered nursing is in the top 10 list of occupations within the United States with the largest job growth, according to 2012 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The next Patrick Henry Community College RN application period is March 3-7 for the class that begins in August 2014. Applications are available at or at the PHCC Nursing Office, located in Philpott Building, room 109.

Pass rates for PHCC’s students taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) are above the state and national average at 84.3 percent, as of 2013.

There is no waiting list for this program. Those who weren’t accepted during the last application period must reapply. If students have questions about prerequisites for the program, they can contact the nursing office for advising.

For additional information, visit or call (276) 656-0282 or 656-0248.

Posted in Education, Workforce Development

Need money for college? DCC has it

Source: Work It, SoVa

If you want to continue your education, but need money for college, Danville Community College can help.

A scholarship/financial aid seminar is planned for Feb. 22 to showcase the 125 scholarships available to prospective and returning DCC students. General information sessions will be held that day at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Foundation Hall on the DCC campus.

In addition to information about scholarships provided through the DCC Educational Foundation, workshops will be held to assist in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).The FAFSA is the gateway to obtaining federal funds from programs such as the Pell Grant, SEOG, Work-Study and the William D. Ford Federal Student Loan. College personnel also will be available to assist with the admission application process. Prizes will be available for participants, including the drawing for four credits worth of tuition (a $528 value) and a $250 Bookstore credit.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for parents, prospective students and returning students to learn more about the process of applying for scholarships and financial aid,” says Cathy Pulliam, coordinator of admissions, enrollment management and student outreach. “We want everyone to have this information as they make plans for higher education.”

Last year, DCC awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships to 300 new and returning stu-dents. Only one application is needed to apply for all scholarships. The deadline to apply is March 31.

For more information about the seminar, contact Pulliam at (434) 797-8538. For more information about scholarships, contact the DCC Educational Foundation at (434) 797-8437, or email

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Posted in Danville Community College, Education, Workforce Development

Do you know the basics of welding? Get Certified.

Posted: Tuesday, February 4
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The Workforce Services division of Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in partnership with Virginia Technical Institute will host information sessions for persons interested in becoming certified welding instructors on Feb. 19.

VTI needs more part-time instructors for the new welding program being offered at the SVHEC beginning Fall 2014.

Experienced welders, journeymen and technicians are invited to attend one of the scheduled sessions on “How to Become a Certified NCCER Welding Instructor.”

NCCER — the National Center for Construction Education and Research — develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. NCCER’s workforce development process of accreditation, instructor certification, standardized curriculum, national registry, assessment, and certification are key components in the industry’s workforce development efforts.

Anyone interested in teaching part-time in the Halifax County welding program for adults and incumbent workers may call and reserve a seat in one of the sessions. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited.

Information sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 19 in the second-floor ABB classroom at SVHEC.

To reserve a seat, contact Vashon Canty at or call (434) 572-5488.

Posted in Danville Community College, Education, Workforce Development

Now Hiring: Unilin (Columbia Flooring)


Being an industry leader would not be possible without a winning team. Unilin Flooring is constantly looking for creative, innovative, and enthusiastic winners like yourself to join our team in the areas of Human Resources, Finance, Operations, Marketing, Sales, and Logistics/Supply Chain.

Please click on the job title below for more information, and apply from that page if you are interested. In order to apply for these jobs, you must create a profile. Click here to learn how.

Forklift Driver


Sander Operator

Torweggee Operator

Posted in Columbia Flooring, Company, Job Listings, Now Hiring

Now Hiring: Essel Propack America

Position: Manager Accounting
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Position: Quality Engineer
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Posted in Company, Essel Propack America, Job Listings

Virginia Employment Commission

Out of work or looking for a better job?  The Virginia Employment Commission is a valuable resource to use in your search for employment.  The current job listings are located on our website:

They are located at 211 Nor Dan Drive in Danville in the Workforce Center and have a resource room with computers and personnel available to assist you with everything from job searching, resumes and cover letters.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:00.

Contact Information: Susan Calvitti, Workforce Services Representative (434) 549-8212

Posted in Job Listings, Workforce Development

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