The college was built on land donated by Paul D. Camp’s daughters. A supporter of education, Paul D. Camp and his brothers founded the lumber company, Camp Manufacturing in 1887.
After starting a paper mill, the Franklin facility became a part of Union Camp Corporation, and finally, International Paper.
- Founded in 1970 with the Franklin Campus opening in 1971.
- Offered classes in the John Randolph Elementary School building in Suffolk in 1979.
- Started an off-campus center in a building on Pinner Street in Suffolk in 1982.
- Opened PDCCC at Smithfield on the top floor of the Smithfield Library In 1993. Renovated and leased for free to college by Isle of Wight County.
- Dedicated the Hobbs Suffolk Campus in 1995; built on land donated by the family of Oliver K. Hobbs Sr.
- Completed the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin in 2002.
Paul D. Camp Presidents:
Dr. Perry Adams
Dr. Johnnie Merritt
Dr. Michael B. McCall
Dr. Edwin L. Barnes
Dr. Jerome J. Friga
Dr. Douglas W. Boyce
Dr. Paul Wm. Conco
Dr. William C. Aiken (Interim)
Dr. Daniel W. Lufkin