Wavy News Anchor Speaks to Upward Bound Students

Don Roberts Upward Bound Group Photo
By Frank Davis/Contributing Writer
The Tidewater News

Students of the Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound summer session were treated to a very special guest on Thursday, July 10. Don Roberts, news anchor of the morning news program of Wavy TV 10 was present to speak with the group at the Technology Theater at the Regional Workforce Center. The group was composed of students from Franklin, Southampton and Lakeland high schools.

Roberts, during his lively, educational and motivating address to the students, spoke about his daily routine from getting up very early in the morning to preparing for his daily news programs on Wavy 10. He stressed his love of TV and the importance of the image that he creates for others as a mole model.

Roberts addressed the need to have quiet time to help calm him at the end of the day. During his quiet time Roberts became inspired to write. He read several excerpts from his latest book, “Hey Daddy Read This.”
In this book was a collection of statements that people have written to express their reactions to good and bad experiences they have had in their lives. Roberts spoke about the inspiration that his father had in his life and that he shaped him into the person he is today.

Using students from the audience, Roberts had one to hold a poster size photo of him at an early age with his father while two others held heavy bowling balls that represented choices and consequences that one makes in life. He used this demonstration to stress the importance of each decision made because they can have weighted life-long consequences. Roberts challenged the students to research what makes them special, as they discover their life’s purpose.


Paul D. Camp Community College Launches New Practical Nursing Program in Franklin Beginning Fall Semester

~Classes begin August 20~
Although the Southampton Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing will graduate its last class of 14 students in September, the program will still be offered at Paul D. Camp Community College. The new Practical Nursing Program at PDCCC gets underway this fall. This opportunity is the result of community collaboration between the College, Southampton Memorial Hospital and Franklin City Public Schools.
“This collaboration will honor and continue the legacy of practical nursing education in Franklin,” said PDCCC’s Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady.
In addition, the partnership will allow students with financial needs to enroll so that they may attain their educational goals. “Qualified students will be able to take full advantage of financial aid and scholarships, and will be able to transfer credits to other institutions,” said Stephanie Lockhart, lead faculty for the PN program on the Franklin Campus. “Graduating students will be able to transition to the RN Program at PDCCC more seamlessly as well.”
The Southampton Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing was established in 1964 to fulfill the hospital’s need of Licensed Practical Nurses at its new facility. It was co-sponsored by the hospital, Franklin City Public Schools and Southampton County Public schools. However, changing financial issues and many discussions led to the consensus that the community college should take lead on managing the program.
During the fall semester at PDCCC, the hospital will continue to provide the training facilities for clinical experience and Franklin City Public Schools will continue to provide one of the instructors.
“We are excited about this partnership,” said PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco. “The College will be able to fill a gap in educational and employment opportunities in our region. The Practical Nursing certificate is a good match for Paul D. Camp Community College’s mission of providing education and employment training to the community.”
Southampton Memorial Hospital Interim CEO Kim Marks said, “We are so pleased to be part of this community initiative to continue a much-needed program in the area. We have had a long standing partnership with Franklin schools and Paul D. Camp Community College with its Registered Nursing Program, so we are more than happy to continue to work as we always have with both schools.”
PDCCC has offered its Registered Nursing Program since 2004 and will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in October. In December 2012, Franklin Southampton Charities provided funds to support the pursuit of the PN program on the PDCCC Franklin Campus.
“Paul D. Camp Community College affords its students many educational opportunities.”
said Edna King, Chairman of the Franklin City Public School Board. “We want our graduating students to continue their education and have affordable options in which to do so.”
Applicants for the class of 2015 are now being accepted, with classes beginning Aug. 20. “We look forward to graduating students who will join almost 600 practical nursing program alumni who have provided nursing care in our community,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Felicia Blow; her office oversees alumni relations for the college.
The Certificate in Practical Nursing is for students who aspire to become licensed practical nurses and requires three semesters of study. Those who pass the required test from the Virginia Board of Nursing are then referred to as LPN – licensed practical nurses. For more information, email Lockhart at slockhart@pdc.edu. To obtain an application, call Carol Griffin at 757.569.6731.


Paul D. Camp Community College Awarded $10,000 Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

~Funds Will Support Fast Track Welding Program~
Bank of America check presentationFrom left: PDCCC Vice President for Institutional Advancement Felicia Blow and PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco accept the donation check from Charles R. Henderson Jr., senior vice president and Hampton Roads Bank of America market president.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development and its Fast Track Welding students will benefit from a generous $10,000 grant awarded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
“We are very fortunate that so many people support and believe in the Paul D. Camp Community College mission of providing ‘diverse learning opportunities that enhance the quality of life for students and the community,’” said College President Paul Wm. Conco. “Programs like Fast Track Welding are regionally needed to prepare students for the workforce and to provide employers with trained candidates.”
The program is a non-credit, 120-hour program on the Franklin Campus that provides hands-on training, job shadowing opportunities and job placement support. The program is designed to provide fast-paced, focused training of welding essentials and is targeted for individuals who are unemployed, particularly long-term.
“Fast Track Welding courses are designed to assure employers that candidates possess the skills and attitude of a successful marine welder,” said Larry Brunson, program manager and job placement coach with PDCCC’s Career Development Center. “The course provides great preparation for employment in this field.”
The 10 students of the first class successfully completed the program in 2013. A new session of the training program begins on July 14 and will continue until Aug. 1. For more information, contact the Workforce Development Office, 757.569.6050, or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/.


Paul D. Camp Community College Enrollment Revives Mother/Daughter Relationship

Amanda and Christine
Ivor residents graduate with honors from same program
Christine Wells and her daughter, Amanda Douglas, were not as close as they would have liked to be. But after enrolling in the Business Administration program at Paul D. Camp Community College, their relationship began to quickly evolve into a close knit one that they would come to cherish.
For four years, they helped each other with homework, studied together, and came to realize how much they had missed each other’s company.
“I talk to her almost every day now,” said Douglas. “She is not only my mom, but a great friend as well.”
Wells added, “We truly enjoyed knowing that we would be together in each class, as it was a struggle at times. We would lift each other up when one felt weary. It was a joy.”
Wells, 46, graduated Summa Cum Laude, dedicated to earning a 4.0 grade point average in memory of her mother, who passed away in 2000. The wife of an Army veteran and mother of a teenage son, she worked a full-time job in Smithfield and maintained an active membership in Mill Swamp Baptist Church, where her husband is a deacon. She is a choir member, and previously has served as an Awana leader, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School director FAITH Team leader and church reporter. Wells works for the Peninsula Rescue Mission.
She earned her Associate’s degree in Arts & Science in Business Administration and a Certificate in General Education in May 2014. She is a member of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Douglas, nearly 26, graduated Magna Cum Laude, while working a full-time job in Smithfield. A wife as well, she found a way to balance home life, school life and work. She attended Smithfield High School and graduated from Alpha Omega Publications homeschool. Douglas had received seven local scholarships while enrolled at PDCCC.
She, too, is a member of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Douglas earned her Associate’s degree in Arts & Science in Business Administration and a Certificate in General Education in May 2014.
In addition, the Ivor residents are the first in their family to graduate college with a degree. “My mother actually started going to PDCCC the semester before I did,” said Douglas. “She encouraged me to begin taking classes, and said, ‘If I can do it, you can do it!’”
Both mother and daughter are now planning to earn bachelor degrees in the near future, and Amanda’s brother is planning to take some dual enrollment classes at PDCCC before he enrolls full-time at the college.
“Our experience at PDCCC has been rewarding in so many ways,” said Wells “To God be the glory for allowing me to attend college and perform well, because all good things come from above.”


Paul D. Camp Community College Will Offer New Robotics Technology Certificate for Fall 2014 Semester

Paul D. Camp Community College will offer a new Career Studies Certificate in Robotics Technology for the fall 2014 semester.


Implementation of the program has been possible through grants from Dominion Virginia Power and its Foundation, and Smithfield Foods/ Smithfield Farmland.


The new classes are designed to provide students the skills in programming, problem solving and troubleshooting, tuning and adjustment, and maintenance and repair required for robotics technology fields.


“Instruction will focus on developing knowledge of theory and a hands-on approach to learning,” said instructor Keisha Nichols. The curriculum includes introductions to automation and mechatronics, AC/DC Fundamentals and technical report writing. “Students will be able to use these skills to obtain entry level positions in a variety of fields as robot operators, robot service technicians, or robot product consultants.” The fields include manufacturing, software, electronics, math, physics and medicine.


The field of Robotics Technology is expected to grow. “Thanks to these generous contributions from our business partners, we will be able to enhance existing programs and develop new programs for our students that will train them for available jobs while meeting the needs of local businesses and industries,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady.


Registration is under way with classes beginning August 20. For more information, contact Nichols at 757-569-6763 or knichols@pdc.edu.


Local Scholarships Allow Paul D. Camp Community College Graduate to Attain Educational Goal

Amanda Douglas
Amanda Douglas was already working full time as a business office manager for a small company when she decided to improve her competitiveness in the marketplace.
Four years of online courses and night classes later, she graduated Magna cum Laude with an Associate degree of Arts & Science in Business Administration and a Certificate in General Education. She was inducted as a member of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well.
But, it wasn’t easy. Even though she had a full-time job, the money she earned wasn’t enough to cover the costs of her education.
“I watched her tirelessly fill out paperwork, write essays and compile needed information for opportunities to earn scholarships that Paul D. Camp Community College offered each semester,” said Amanda’s mother, Christine Wells. “But by doing so, she was able to have 97 percent of her education paid for by local scholarships.”
Douglas said she is very thankful for the financial assistance that allowed her to concentrate on her studies rather than worry about how she would pay for her credit hours.
“The scholarships paid for most of my education at PDCCC,” she said. “Without this assistance, I would not have been able to achieve my goal of earning an associate’s degree.”
Douglas was awarded the following scholarships during her enrollment at PDCCC:

  • Career Preparation Grant (spring 2011)
  • The Franklin Woman’s Club Scholarship (spring 2011)
  • Career Preparation Grant (fall 2011)
  • The Perry W. Barnett Memorial Endowed Scholarship (fall 2012)
  • The Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship (fall 2013)
  • Kiwanis Club of Smithfield (spring 2014)
  • Woman’s Club of Smithfield (spring 2014)

Although tuition at community colleges in the Commonwealth cost less than one half of that at a public four-year college or university in Virginia, students still may not be able to afford to continue their education.
“The cost of an education should not stop anyone from reaching their educational goals,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “Although Paul D. Camp Community College has established a number of opportunities for prospective and current students to get their education paid for through scholarships, there are so many other students who need help. We thank the donors who have sacrificed, saved and contributed in order to help others achieve success.”
To financially assist more students, the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation is sponsoring a benefit concert at the Regional Workforce Development Center on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8 p.m. featuring local country music artist and CMT star Colton James. Proceeds will go to student scholarships and math tutoring for youth in Suffolk and Franklin.
In 2013, the PDCCC Financial Aid Office awarded nearly 70 scholarships totaling more than $55,000 to students. For more information about the concert, call the Office of Institutional Advancement, 757.569.6790, or log onto www.pdcconcert.org.


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