Students Applying for Fall 2015 Scholarships Should Expect a New, Seamless Process

Students seeking scholarships for the Fall 2015 semester at Paul D. Camp Community College should expect an easier process when applying online.
“Students will need to create a user name and password,” said Development Associate Nancy Parker. “They will be able to complete the application and attach required documents, such as letters of recommendation. Students will automatically be considered for all scholarships for which they are qualified, rather than having to submit an application per scholarship.”
Parker said those students who have limited technology experience or access can still download a hard copy of the application, but they must scan and submit their applications and supporting paperwork at the Library Learning Commons on the Franklin Campus or the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. This method will also require an application per scholarship for which they want to be considered.
Applications for Paul D. Camp Community College scholarships will open March 2 for graduating high school students, April 13 for new and continuing students, and April 13 for dual enrollment high school students for the Fall 2015 semester. Students can apply for an array of funding opportunities beginning those days.
“The cost of an education should not stop anyone from reaching their educational goals. That’s why Paul D. Camp Community College has established a number of opportunities for prospective and current students to get their education paid for through scholarships,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “What is amazing is that these opportunities are possible because of donors who have sacrificed, saved and contributed in order to help others achieve success.” PDCCC awarded nearly 80 scholarships totaling almost $56,000 to students during the 2014-15 academic year.
Scholarships for Graduating High School Students
Graduating high school students may receive funding by applying for the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, the Bobby B. Worrell Scholarship or a Camp to Camp Scholarship. Scholarships for graduating high school students open on Monday, March 2, 2015. Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. and although there are some exceptions, must be submitted electronically. Guidance Counselors at the schools can assist students with the scanning/submission process. Scholarship recipients will be notified May 11, 2015.
Scholarships for New and Continuing Students
Approximately 25 scholarships for new and continuing students are available for the Fall 2015 semester. The scholarship acceptance period begins Friday, April 13. Scholarship applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 1. Scholarship recipients will be notified July 13, 2015.
Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarships
The awards are funded by the Ruth Camp Campbell Foundation, the Camp-Younts Foundation, and the Camp Foundation, and are available to assist in making dual enrollment high school courses affordable to eligible high school students that may not have the opportunity because of financial barriers. The scholarship acceptance period opens Friday, April 13, 2015 and will remain open until Monday, June 1, 2015 or until funds are exhausted. Guidance counselors may also assist Dual Enrollment students with submitting the applications and paperwork.
For more information, call the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790 or visit www.pdc.edu/scholarships.


Paul D. Camp Community College Awards Spring 2015 Scholarships

Donor Student GroupDonors and scholars were honored at the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center during the Spring 2014 Scholarship Reception. The Spring 2015 Scholarship Reception is set for Thursday, March 19.

Paul D. Camp Community College has awarded more than 30 students with scholarships that will aid in paying for tuition and books for the Spring 2015 semester. The following applicants were honored with awards:

  • Brittany Eley of Windsor – Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Courtney Etheridge of Boykins – Karen Phillips Chase Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • Rayna King of Windsor – Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Porschia Lee of Franklin – Perry R. Adams Scholarship
  • Heather Loveall of Zuni – Cynthia A. Shaffer Scholarship
  • Leny Maldonado of Suffolk – Ryan L. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Ashanda Mills of Suffolk – Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Vickie Mottley of Carrollton – Kiwanis Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Jacqueline Peebles of Suffolk – Franklin Woman’s Club Scholarship
  • Jacqueline Rawlings of Suffolk – Col. Lula B. Holland, U.S. Army (Ret.), MSW, BSN, AA Scholarship
  • Jessica Sadler of Branchville – Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students; Connie Patterson Memorial Nursing Scholarship; and Cynthia S. Frierdich, RN Nursing Scholarship
  • Danielle Stauffer of Franklin – Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Nolan Brooks Stephens of Windsor – Jim Lassiter PDCCC Scholarship; and Kiwanis Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Micah Thomas of Suffolk – King’s Fork Woman’s Club of Suffolk Scholarship
  • Rebekah Wilson of Smithfield – Alvin C. Rogers Memorial Smithfield Ruritan Scholarship; and Gordon “Gene” Barlow Jr. Scholarship
  • Shanece Winnegan of Windsor – Smithfield Foundation Scholarship

“It’s truly a blessing that through so many generous donors, we are able to help so many students realize their educational goals at Paul D. Camp Community College,” said Felicia Blow, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation.

In addition to the spring awards, high school students who are enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes received Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarships (DECOS) for Fall 2014 and/or Spring 2015.

The recipients are as follows:

  • Jena Araojo of Ivor
  • Christian Arnquist of Suffolk
  • Keisha Branch of Drewryville
  • Rachel Brown of Franklin
  • Shunye’ Burton of Capron
  • Darian Dean of Suffolk
  • Deven Dodd of Courtland
  • Emily Foster of Suffolk
  • Alexis Gilmore of Suffolk
  • Cierra Gilmore of Suffolk
  • Virginia Goode of Franklin
  • Warren Hastings of Courtland
  • Shadeejah Hunt of Franklin
  • Lexus Isom of Suffolk
  • Rhema Johnson of Courtland
  • Taylor Pulley of Capron
  • Wilbert Ridley of Branchville
  • Tashira Sawyer of Suffolk
  • Markel Smith of Drewryville
  • Paula Steward of Suffolk

The above scholars, along with donors, will be honored during a special reception set for Thursday, March 19, at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center.

For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790.


Paul D. Camp Community College Hosts Black History Month Event Featuring Documentary on Nansemond County’s First African-American Public High School

The Paul D. Camp Community College Office of Student Activities will host a special event in honor of Black History Month on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. in room 106 at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
Mae Burke, a 1959 graduate and alumni member of Nansemond County Training School, will deliver a first-hand account of the life of African-Americans in Nansemond County between 1924 and 1970. Following her presentation, she will show the 40-minute documentary, “Strength through Our Roots.”
“The film will depict the school’s history from 1924 when it was Nansemond County Training School through to its last graduation in 1970 as Southwestern High School,” said Student Activities Coordinator Eric Benton. “This is really going to be an interesting and educational presentation.”
For more information, contact Benton, ebenton@pdc.edu.


College nursing program celebrates 10th anniversary

By Stephen Cowles
The Tidewater News
Boyce RogersDr. Candace Rogers, third from left, was presented an award by Associate Professor of Nursing Carol Wright. Dr. Douglas Boyce, right, was also honored during the celebration. Joining them is College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D.
When accepting honor for her role in guiding the nursing program at Paul D. Camp Community College, Dr. Candace Rogers, RN, said, “It’s not one person, it’s everyone.”
Indeed, she was among a dozen individuals and organizations recognized for their part in establishing and nurturing the curriculum, which began formally in autumn of 2004. A reception and awards ceremony marked the program’s 10th anniversary on Friday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn in Suffolk.
When Rogers joined the college that year, she brought two decades of experience both as a nurse and administrator. In her 10 years since, the nursing syllabus has grown to include Practical Nursing and several Allied Health programs. She retired last July, and Debbie Hartman now serves as dean.
Before presenting the award, faculty member Carol Wright said of Rogers, “She made an indelible impression on my life. Her decision to lead in 2004 had a significant impact on the college and community. She built the foundation…I never met a person with more vision. She led us there with much courage…and she’s touched more lives than she will ever know.”
Dr. Doug Boyce, president emeritus of the college, was applauded by Dr. Joe Edenfield, vice president of administration and technology, for his continued efforts and he got to welcome the first nursing program. For example, Boyce and other related personnel fostered the beginning of the college’s freestanding Applied Science in Nursing program. Funding was provided by then-Obici Hospital — now Sentara Obici Hospital, another contributor.
Dr. Maxine Singleton was “instrumental in academic leadership,” said Trina Jones, dean of student services and professional counselor. Singleton was recruited by the late Dr. Jerome Friga, the college’s fifth president, who is credited for developing the nursing program at PDCCC. In addition to establishing a partnership with Tidewater Community College’s own nursing curriculum, Singleton sought financing for one at PDCCC. This is where Franklin-Southampton Charities comes into the story. FSHC gave enough money for the first two full nursing classes. Those students did not have to pay for books, fees and tuition. An early laboratory and a 15-passenger van were also gifts of the charity.
Betsy Brantley, adjunct faculty for health information management and medical terminology, was another honoree, and was praised by Ann Pinner, associate professor for nursing.
“When we had the partnership with TCC, [Barbara] was kind of the bridge between the two programs. She really was a liaison,” Pinner said. “She did a lot of student advising, and was kind of the glue that held the programs together until Dr. Rogers was hired.”
Barbara Ridenhour was introduced by Linda Chitwood, assistant professor for medical surgical nursing. When Pinner told her of what she believed was an unfair situation at the hospital, “Barbara made it her business to solve that program. She acted.”
Ridenhour was personally chosen by Friga in making sure the nursing program met the Virginia Board of Nursing’s seal of approval. The former director of nursing at Obici, she also helped Singleton to develop the application process for college’s nursing program.
But all the good intentions and expert planning from the aforementioned honorees would have come to naught had there been no funding. In addition to the beneficence of FSHC and Sentara Obici, the nursing program also has been nourished by the following:

  • Birdsong Corporation; Charles Birdsong was present to receive an award;
  • The Camp Family Foundation;
  • Hampton Roads Community Foundation;
  • The Obici Healthcare Foundation; Tammie Mullins-Rice accepted the honor; and
  • Southampton Memorial Hospital; Laurie Ross received the award.

Paul D. Camp Community College Career Development Center Partners with ‘Wounded Warrior’ to Host Event for Veterans and Military

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Career Development Center (CDC) will host two informational sessions for veterans on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, from 10 to 11 a.m., and 6-7 p.m., in the Technology Theater of the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
An education navigator will be on hand from the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) through the Virginia Department of Veteran Services.
“The VWWP serves veterans of any era and branch who are residents of Virginia,” said event coordinator and CDC Adult Career Coach Kandace Turner.
Confidential referral services that are offered by VWWP are as follows:

  • Comprehensive Assessment of Individual and Family Needs
  • Direct Linkage to Treatment Services for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Care Coordination Services
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health Therapy
  • Peer Support Services
  • Rehabilitative Services
  • Family Support Services
  • Homeless and Housing Services
  • Support Groups
  • Benefit Services
  • Employment Services
  • Outreach and Education Services
  • Prisoner Re-Entry Services

According to VWWP Education Navigator Nycholle Woolfolk-Gator, the program “provides a network of community-based services that help veterans and their families overcome the challenges of stress-related conditions and traumatic brain injuries resulting from military service.”
She added, “These services are coordinated through local community providers, including community services boards, brain injury service providers, VA medical facilities and other public and private providers.”
The VWWP also provides direct support through veteran peer specialists, resource specialists and family support specialists.
The sessions will benefit members of all branches of the Armed Service, National Guard and Reserves not in federal service and their family members.
The event is in alignment with a statewide initiative to enhance military and veteran services throughout the Virginia Community College System. For more information about the informational sessions, contact Turner, kturner@pdc.edu, or 757-569-6766.


Paul D. Camp Community College Hosts Warehouse Equipment Training Meeting

Group at AmadasWorkforce professionals attending the morning session at Amadas Industries in Suffolk, from left, are: Jim Butler of Blue Ridge Community College; Debra Smiley of Southside Community College; Gary Keener of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College; Mindy Fast of the Virginia Community College System; Bob Hayes of Paul D. Camp Community College; Ruth Hendrick of Central Virginia Community College; Randy Betz, Paul D. Camp Community College; Kevin Ratliff and Mary Sullivan, both of Blue Ridge Community College; and Lewis Godwin of Amadas Industries.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center hosted a recent training meeting for four additional community colleges and the Virginia Community College System.
Representatives from Central Virginia, Southside Virginia, Dabney S. Lancaster and Blue Ridge community colleges, and the Virginia Community College System were in attendance.
The training began at Amadas Industries in Suffolk with an overview of the PDCCC Forklift, Reach Truck and Clamp Truck Operator Certificate Program led by Program Coordinator Bob Hayes and Vice President for Workforce Development Randy Betz.
“This was a way for us to share with our sister colleges what has been working for us in this area of need for trained employees,” said Betz. “We hope it will help them with the success of their individual programs.
“We started out the day at Amadas Industries because they are a significant supporter of PDCCC’s Warehouse and Distribution Program. Thanks to Amadas, the College now has an excellent location to conduct its hands-on training.”
Attendees received a “mini-tour” on the way from Suffolk to the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin as they passed by CenterPoint Intermodal Park, International Paper, the Franklin Business Incubator and the Camp Family Homestead. They also toured the Regional Workforce Development Center and were presented more information regarding the Warehouse and Distribution program from Instructor Wayne White and Betz.


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