PHCC gets new simulators
Patrick Henry Community College recently received two new heavy equipment Caterpillar Simulators and a Caterpillar Trailer to open a heavy equipment operator program on Jan. 19.
These state-of-the-art simulators, purchased with assistance from the Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund, feature rotating motion platforms and offer a 3-D virtual reality experience that replicates real-life operating scenarios, the school said in a release.
PHCC plans to use a hybrid of online classwork and in-person training on the simulator to teach students basic operational techniques, the basics of earthmoving, and how to interpret civil drawings.
Tuition is $4,500, but funding sources are available that may cover up to 100% of tuition, the school said. Students who enroll in this program before Dec. 11 automatically will be entered into a drawing for gifts.