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Quick Facts 2012 – 2013

A supporter of education, Paul D. Camp, along with his brothers, founded the lumber company, Camp Manufacturing Company in 1887. It was later known as Union Camp Corp., and finally International Paper. Company officials announced the mill closure in 2009 and mill repurposing plans in 2011. The college was built on land donated by Camp’s daughters almost 50 years after his death.

  • Founded: 1970; Franklin Campus opened: 1971; Hobbs Suffolk Campus: 1995; Smithfield Center: 1993.
  • President: Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D.; 2010
  • Campuses and Sites:
    • Franklin Campus, 100 North College Drive, Franklin, VA 23851; 757.569.6700
    • Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road, Suffolk, VA 23434; 757.925.6300
    • PDCCC at Smithfield, 253 James Street, Smithfield, VA 23430; 757.925.6340
  • Tuition: In-State: $132.15 per credit hour. Tuition and fees at PDCCC are less than half of the comparable cost of attending Virginia’s public four-year colleges.
  • Students: Over 2,600 full- and part-time students served annually at PDCCC. Full-Time: 20%; Part-Time: 80%; Males: 38%; Females: 62%; Students older than 24: 46%
  • Career Coaches: PDCCC has career coaches assigned to the high schools in our service area. The coaches assist students and their parents with college preparations and exploring career choices.
  • Dual Enrollment: In addition to day and evening classes, and credit and non-credit workforce services and training, dual-enrollment classes are offered in area high schools. Dual enrollment allows qualified high school students to enroll in college coursework while still in high school. Students enrolled in these courses may earn both high school and college credit at the same time.
  • Distance Education: PDCCC uses the Blackboard course management system to host instruction, assignments, discussions, and tests. About one-third of students are enrolled at some level in distance education courses.
  • Financial Aid: More than 65 percent of our students received some type of financial aid in the 2010-2011 academic year, totaling more than $4.4 million. Over 30 local scholarships are available.
  • Online Tools: PDCCC promotes registration with the VCCS Virginia Education Wizard, an online one-stop resource that helps students and their families make informed decisions about college and career choices.
  • Clubs, Organizations and Programs: Faith Unleashed in Everyday Life (FUEL); Literary Club; Nursing Student Association; Phi Theta Kappa honor society; the Science Club; Student Ambassadors program; Student Government Association; The Student Voice newsletter; Student Support Services program; and Upward Bound program.
  • Technology: PDCCC has more than 280 computers for student use on its campuses and sites, including its workforce development centers. Wireless Internet is available at all locations; students can register, pay for classes and receive their grades online.
  • Degrees & Certificates: Associate degree programs in Business Administration, Education, General Studies, Science, Administration of Justice, Administrative Support Technology, Early Childhood Development, Industrial Technology, Management and Nursing. PDCCC also offers four one-year certificates and 26 career studies certificates that can be earned in less than one year.
  • Admissions Agreements: Through guaranteed admissions agreements, PDCCC students with an associate’s degree and a minimum GPA can seamlessly transfer to more than 20 four-year colleges and universities in the state.
  • Faculty, Staff and Administration: Approximately 159 full- and part-time faculty and staff employed.
  • Workforce Development: Training and services are available at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center on the Franklin Campus, the City of Suffolk Workforce Development Center, Hobbs Suffolk Campus and PDCCC at Smithfield. From July 2009 to June 2010, 252 Career Readiness Certificates were awarded.
  • Economic Impact: Paul D. Camp Community College is the fourth largest employer in the city of Franklin.* The college has a budget of over $10 million. *(Source: Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc. from 2009 Virginia Employment Commission data.)

Accredited by State Board for Community Colleges; State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Administration Assistance; U.S. Office of Education; and the Virginia State Board of Nursing. Institutional membership is maintained in the American Association of Community Colleges.