Birdsong Corporation, Through Suffolk Foundation, Makes $150,000 Gift to Paul D. Camp Community College

PDCCC, Birdsong, and Suffolk Foundation Partner for LPN Program

William Hill, Executive Director of the Suffolk Foundation, from left, Everett Birdsong, VP of Information Technology at Birdsong Peanuts, Paul Conco, President of PDCCC, George Birdsong, CEO of Birdsong Peanuts, Felicia Blow, VP for Institutional Advancement/Executive Director PDCCC Foundation, and Charles Birdsong, VP of Operations and Procurement at Birdsong Peanuts, were on hand to memorialize the commitment.

Birdsong Corporation, Through Suffolk Foundation, Makes $150,000 Gift to Paul D. Camp Community College to Start its LPN Program
Program to be based on the College’s Suffolk Hobbs Campus

 
(Franklin, VA) – Paul D. Camp Community College is pleased to announce that the Suffolk Foundation, on behalf of the Birdsong Corporation, has made a $150,000 commitment to the College to build a regional Licensed Practical Nursing Program (LPN).
 
Specifically, funding will be used for the remodeling and renovating of the Nursing Skills Lab. The College’s new LPN Program will be based in Suffolk at the College’s Hobbs Campus.
 
Mr. George Birdsong, Chief Executive Officer of Birdsong Corporation, said “We believe in Paul D. Camp Community College and the many educational opportunities it affords area students. We are pleased to partner with the College on the LPN program, because the program was dropped by our public schools for cost reasons and by restarting it, the College will be able to fill a gap in educational and employment opportunities in our region. We also are pleased that the Suffolk Foundation can be the conduit to hold the funds and disperse them as needed by the College. This is a great partnership between the Suffolk Foundation, Paul D. Camp Community College, and Birdsong.”
 
Mr. William N. Hill, Executive Director of the Suffolk Foundation, said, “The Foundation is delighted to have the opportunity to partner with the Birdsong Corporation and Paul D. Camp Community College to bring the LPN program to the Suffolk campus. Through collaborative efforts such as this, the quality of life in and around the Suffolk community will be enhanced.”
 
Licensed practical nurses provide basic nursing care under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. They work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes. To become an LPN, students must complete a one-year state-approved educational program. After this step, they must pass an exam to receive a license before they can work as an LPN.
 
Dr. Paul Wm. Conco, Paul D. Camp Community College President, said, “We are thrilled to share the news that we are partnering with the Birdsong family on this exciting endeavor. For many students, becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse is their career goal. For others it is a significant step in their journey of becoming a Registered Nurse. This commitment by the Birdsong Corporation will go far in bringing those dreams and opportunities to reality… To put it simply, this investment by the Birdsongs will change lives for the better throughout our regional community,” he added.
 
For more information, contact Felicia Blow, APR, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation, at 757.569.6791 or via fblow@pdc.edu.


About Paul D. Camp Community College
Opened in 1971, Paul D. Camp Community College is a two-year public educational institution with campuses in Franklin and Suffolk, and a Center in Smithfield, VA. With the mission of providing diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for students and the community, the College offers a wide array of educational opportunities and workforce training. Educational opportunities include: Associate degrees, career studies certificates in transfer and career/technical programs; credit and non-credit workforce services; training for businesses and industries; and special interest classes for the community.
 
About Birdsong Corporation
Originally started as a general supply company in 1914, Birdsong Peanuts has become a world leader in the peanut industry. The company shells raw peanuts (purchased from peanut farmers) and markets them to customers throughout the world. Birdsong Peanuts operates in all peanut growing regions in the U.S. and supplies manufacturers both domestically and internationally.
 
About Suffolk Foundation
The Suffolk Foundation is committed to engaging in charitable grant making activities, facilitating philanthropy, and taking actions for a broad range of charitable needs to benefit the people of the City of Suffolk, Virginia, and the surrounding areas.
 
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