Members of Paul D. Camp Community College Faculty and Staff Receive Recognition during Annual Community College Conference

Members of Paul D. Camp Community College faculty and staff were honored during the 32nd Annual Virginia Community Colleges Association conference and awards showcase, held in Arlington.
The VCCA Showcase Awards program recognizes outstanding faculty and staff from the 40 campuses of the 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System. Recipients were chosen by peers at their home campuses.
PDCCC faculty and staff receiving the 2014 VCCA Showcase awards are as follows:

Cinda SchmittCinda Schmitt, Associate Professor of Administrative Support Technology on the Franklin Campus
Schmitt has worked for Paul D. Camp Community College since 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Longwood University, an MBA from Lynchburg College and a Masters in Accountancy Certificate from DeVry University. She has been the recipient of the Paul D. Camp Community College Faculty Award.
Issi’ PattersonIssi’ Patterson, Executive Secretary in Academic Programs on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus
Patterson has been employed at PDCCC since 2005. She serves as Administrative Assistant to the Academic Dean. She has an associate degree from PDCCC, and AAS, Administrative Support Technology/Word Information Processing and Certificates in Office Information Processing and Clerical Studies. She is a member of the PDCCC Classified Personnel Association and the Alumni Association. In addition, she served as president of the Student Chapter 2005 International Association of Administrative Professionals. Patterson was selected by the College to attend the VCCS Leadership Academy in 2006 and served as a member at large for the VCCA Executive Committee in 2009 and 2010. She was also a Showcase Award honoree in 2009.
Carthy CutchinsCathy Cutchins, Executive Assistant to the President on the Franklin Campus
Cutchins has been working at PDCCC since 2001. She worked at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center for 11 years before being hired in her current position in 2012. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Management from Saint Leo University. She was awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Administrative Support Technology at PDCCC. She is a member of the PDCCC Classified Personnel Association. Cutchins has earned many accolades, including a Dean’s Certificate for Outstanding Performance at Saint Leo, and a Letter of Merit, President’s List, at PDCCC. She has also served on numerous college committees.
Harriette ArringtonDr. Harriette Arrington, former Dean of the Suffolk Campus, was also selected. However, she retired prior to receiving the award.


Paul D. Camp Community College Offers New Emergency Medical Technician Program in Spring 2015

Jerry EMS EquipmentEMS Program Coordinator Jerry Griffith works with Mega Code Kelly, a full-size manikin that allows students to practice I.V. skills and medical administration. The manikin exhibits palpable pulse, auscultative B.P., changing pupils, ECG monitoring and can also be defibrillated.
Paul D. Camp Community College will offer the Emergency Medical Technician Career Studies Certificate as part of its EMS curriculum in the Nursing and Allied Health Program. Classes will get underway for the spring 2015 semester.
“EMTs provide first-line medical or emergency care for sick or injured people,” said EMS Program Coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Griffith. “They help save lives at emergency sites through basic interventions and safely transport patients to hospitals or medical facilities.”
Classes will be held on the Franklin Campus on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and two Saturdays to be announced or Monday through Friday, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
“This provides some flexibility in order to accommodate others who may be working during the day,” said Griffith.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022. Most EMTs work full time and likely do shift work that includes weekends and holidays. They may work for private ambulance services, fire departments, hospitals or other rescue services. The average salary for an EMT is a little more than $31,000.
“You can begin a career in Emergency Medical Services by starting with the EMT Career Studies Certificate here at the college,” said Griffith.
Franklin-Southampton Charities has supported PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health programs, including the new EMT program, and has provided funds for the Emergency Medical Services program to include new lab equipment.
Griffith added, “We have two state-of-the-art training labs and an abundance of equipment to train all levels of EMS providers.”
For more information, contact Griffith at 757-569-6732 or
EMS EquipmentGriffith demonstrates an infant intubation trainer, which allows EMS providers to hone skills in the areas of pediatric airway management and endotracheal intubation.


New Workforce Development Partnership Launched Between WHRO and Paul D. Camp Community College

WHRO SkillsOnlinePresident and CEO of WHRO Bert Schmidt, seated left, and PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., sign a partnership agreement to get the SkillsOnline Program under way. On hand for the signing are PDCCC employees standing from left, Larry Brunson, Job Placement Coach; Angela Lawhorne, Coordinator of the Career Development Center and Job Placement; Nancy Ezzell, Workforce Development Center Receptionist; Randy Betz, Vice President of Workforce Development; Felicia Blow, Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Daniel Ferrell, Network Support Specialist for Workforce; and Deborah McGarrah, Workforce Development Center Receptionist.
Paul D. Camp Community College and WHRO are partnering in the launch of a new workforce development initiative – SkillsOnline. Governor Terry McAuliffe officially lauded the program in a statement made December 5, 2014 due to the need to provide Virginia’s workforce with skills that today’s businesses need.
SkillsOnline is WHRO’s new online professional development and workforce training portal, offering skills-based courses needed to succeed in a 21st century workplace.
This program is an added benefit for PDCCC students who want access at times and locations convenient for their schedules.
With nearly 3,500 self-paced and instructor led courses, SkillsOnline is an affordable, efficient way companies can train workers, provide industry certification and offer professional advancement.
Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., President of PDCCC said, “We believe this partnership will help us expand and transform the provision of non-credit, workforce training to those interested in online learning. WHRO is a proven leader in the provision of effective educational solutions to many and we are very excited about this new opportunity.”
Bert Schmidt, President and CEO of WHRO said “WHRO Public Media is experienced in creating engaging online learning courses currently used by pre-K to grade 12 teachers and students across Virginia for free, funded by the Department of Education. We are owned by the 19 school divisions of southeastern Virginia and use our broadcast and production facilities to create engaging learning modules which capture and hold the attention of today’s online media savvy students.”
Other partner community colleges include Thomas Nelson, Eastern Shore, and Rappahannock Community Colleges.
Working with subject matter experts, WHRO is currently developing the first 5 of 21 work readiness modules identified by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service as those required for employers for career entry and advancement. They include:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Reading for Information
  • Locating Information
  • Internet Use and Safety-Digital Citizenship
  • Understanding Health, Wellness and Safety.

Courses in SkillsOnline are grouped by subject area with sub-categories for ease of reference. Simplified registration and an orientation plus an online discussion board make it easy to get started. Free online help is available at any time, including free skills and career assessment tools for students and veterans.
Tuition is very affordable and can be paid via credit card or purchase order. Most courses cost between $99 and $125, while some industry certification preparation courses are priced accordingly at higher rates. Transcripts are maintained online and can be accessed at any time.
SkillsOnline Courses Available:

  1. Accounting & Bookkeeping
  2. Business Process
  3. Clean Energy
  4. Computer Applications
  5. Environmental Sciences
  6. Health
  7. Hospitality & Food Service
  8. Information Technology
  9. Logistics and Operations
  10. Marketing
  11. Materials & Manufacturing
  12. Medical Services & Nursing
  13. Mining & Chemicals
  14. Networks and Systems
  15. Programming
  16. Project Management
  17. Safety & OSHA Requirements

For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (757) 569-6791.


 Two Paul D. Camp Community College Adjunct Instructors Recognized at Workforce Luncheon in Hampton

Larry FutrellTimothy Smith
Larry Futrell and Timothy Smith, adjunct instructors at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, were recognized for enhancing the skill sets of welders in Hampton Roads. The presentation took place recently at the Virginia Community College System Workforce Development Services Chancellor’s Awards Appreciation & Nomination Luncheon held at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton.
About 60 representatives from Eastern Shore, Tidewater, Rappahannock, Thomas Nelson and Paul D. Camp community colleges attended the luncheon, including Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development Randy Stamper.
PDCCC Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz noted that after recruiting adjunct instructors who are retired, the sense of accomplishment they experience after training students is uplifting.
“They have a wonderful sense of being valued, of contributing to the new generation, and of passing on skills that they have honed over decades,” he said.
Futrell, a welding expert of North Carolina who retired from Union Camp and International Paper, taught five welding classes in one semester to displaced workers after the mill’s closure as part of the Multicraft Diploma Program on which PDCCC and Southside Community College collaborated.
“All of the students in this program are now employed by various businesses and industries throughout Hampton Roads,” said Betz.
Futrell was recruited again in 2013 as one of the two welding instructors for the Fast Track Welding Program at PDCCC, providing afternoon instruction to 10 students, six of whom graduated and began working at Newport News Shipbuilding.
The retired welder also provided four weeks of welding training to maintenance mechanics from International Paper’s Franklin Mill to support the startup of its new Fluff Mill and continued to work with Larry Brunson of the PDCCC Career Development Center to serve as one of two instructors of two, three-week Fast Track Welding sessions. There were a total of 20 graduates from the two sessions, 11 of whom are actively employed throughout Hampton Roads businesses and industries.
Smith of Courtland has 38 years of experience at Newport News Shipbuilding—32 of those years as a full-time welder. He has helped with building seven of 10 aircraft carriers from start to finish.
For the last five years, Smith has served as a full-time welding instructor at NNS.
“With him as our morning instructor, and Larry Futrell as the afternoon instructor, our students reaped the benefits of having two highly-qualified welders and welding instructors in the classroom and the welding lab,” said Betz.
“Their numerous contributions to welding students and industries make this recognition well-deserved.” He added, “We look forward to having them both return to Paul D. Camp during the summer of 2015 for additional sessions of Fast Track Welding.”
For more information about the Fast Track Welding Program, contact the Workforce Development Office, 757-569-6050, or visit


Two Paul D. Camp Community College Scholarship Recipients were among 57 Honored during Special Ceremony

Scholarship Luncheon GroupThose attending the VFCCE 2014 Scholarship Luncheon from PDCCC were, seated from left, Smithfield Foods Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship recipient Bonnie Newsome and her mother, Jenny Newsome, Development Associate Trish Edwards, and President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D. Back row: PDCCC Foundation Board member Robert Harris, Upward Bound Director and Scholarship Chairman Travis Parker, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Felicia Blow, PDCCC Foundation Board President Herbert W. DeGroft, PDCCC Foundation Board Director Emeritus Nancy Nagle-Bolio and Valley Proteins Fellowship recipient Wanda Olden.
Paul D. Camp Community College students Bonnie Newsome and Wanda Olden were two of 57 students representing Virginia’s 23 community colleges who were honored Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education 2014 Scholarship Luncheon held in Richmond.
Newsome, a Sedley resident, is the recipient of the Smithfield Foods Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship. While at Southampton High School, she maintained an average of 3.16 while taking classes that included a dual enrollment biology course, two years of art classes, an online Economics and Personal Finance course, and Electronics. In addition, she completed the high school’s Early Childhood Education Program. She has been a member of numerous clubs/organizations, such as the National Honor Society, the Student Government Association, the Key Club and Varsity Club. Newsome works at a local restaurant, as well as volunteers for Surry Volunteer Fire Department. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
Olden, of Suffolk, is the recipient of the Valley Proteins Fellowship. A non-traditional student, Olden is a participant in the Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) program and is a PDCCC Presidential Student Ambassador. She serves as vice president of the PDCCC Literary Club.
Additionally, Olden was selected to represent the College at the Virginia General Assembly and the VCCS Student Leadership Conference. She is a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corp, the United Way of South Hampton Roads and is a literacy tutor with the Suffolk Literacy Council. When she graduates with an associate’s degree in Business Management in 2015, she will be the first in three generations of her family to graduate. She plans to gain employment in business as a manager or director in the Social Behavior field.
The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Shawn Boyer, founder and chairman of the board of Snagajob. “Throw the word, ‘failure,’ out of your vocabulary,” he told the students. “You are going to make lots of errors. Don’t let that start affecting your psyche.”
The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) distributed more than $350,000 in scholarships this year to students from across the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program, with 25 recipients this year, was established in 2006 through the generosity of longtime partners Wells Fargo and Dominion. The scholarships recognize students from across the Commonwealth who have demonstrated academic excellence during high school as well as a commitment to developing leadership skills. Each scholarship bears the name of one of many philanthropy leaders who support Virginia’s Community Colleges.
The Valley Proteins Fellowship is awarded to only 10 students from the almost 300,000 students that Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth. Its estimated value is $15,000. In addition to receiving full coverage of tuition and fees, the fellows participate in a unique curriculum that includes leadership programs, cultural opportunities and a community service project.
Nineteen scholars received additional scholarships in honor of special philanthropists and friends who further the mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges, and 13 students were honored as participants in two prestigious Fellows Programs: Valley Protein Fellows and Potomac Health Foundation Fellows.


Paul D. Camp Community College Inducts 25 Students into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa 8 GroupThose present for the Induction Ceremony Friday evening, front row from left, are: Brandy Main of Suffolk, Shannon Wolfe of Suffolk, Heather Loveall of Zuni, Allie Best of Franklin, Ellis Cofield III of Franklin, Brenda Bergess of Boykins, Jasmine Anderson of Boykins, Brandi Owens of Suffolk, and Jozee’ McPherson of Suffolk. Second row: PTK Co-Advisor Toni Johnson, College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., James Sepmoree of Windsor, Michelle Chess of Suffolk, Katlyn Drake of Franklin, Violet Brown of Franklin, Deanie Robertson of Suffolk, PTK Co-Advisor Troy Hand, Wanda Olden of Suffolk and Pamela Reid of Suffolk. Not pictured are Breanna Black of Windsor, William Cartwright of Franklin, Leigh-Ann Chase of Windsor, Katharine Harville of Courtland, Raymond Maya of Windsor, Sharlene Mullins of Suffolk, Jacqueline Rawlings of Suffolk Catherine Scott of Franklin and Leandra Watford of Boykins.
Violet Brown of Franklin lights the ceremonial candle during the Phi Theta Kappa Induction. Dean of Student Services Trina Jones and PTK Co-Advisor Troy Hand in background at podium)
Jozee’ McPherson of Suffolk lights the ceremonial candle during the Phi Theta Kappa Induction.
On Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, Paul D. Camp Community College inducted 25 students into its Omega Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the Two-Year College.
Held at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin, the ceremony featured Troy Hand as Master of Ceremonies. Hand, Library Supervisor, serves as co-advisor of PTK at the college, along with Toni Johnson, Professor of Early Childhood Education.
Welcoming remarks were delivered by PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., and faculty remarks were presented by Professor of English Ronette Jacobs.
Hand introduced keynote speaker Alice Adoga of Franklin, an alum of PDCCC and the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Adoga spoke about leadership, believing in yourself and serving others.
“[Joining PTK] is a call for you to be a leader among your peers, to take action,” she said. “And it is a time to be among friends who know what it takes to succeed.” Adoga also added that PTK is about giving back.
Adoga earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2013 and is working on a Masters of Art degree in Human Services Counseling with a concentration in Crisis Response and Trauma at Liberty University Online.
The honor study topic for 2014-15 is “Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration.” According to Hand, the topic guides the organization’s Honors in Action Project. Members research and discuss the topic and how it impacts society.
“Then we break it down further as to how it impacts our community to decide what we can do as a project to help,” he said.


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