More than 60 attend Paul D. Camp Community College inaugural event

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The first In-Demand Occupational /Technical Programs and College Fair held at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus of Paul D. Camp Community College drew more than 60 participants. The event was a collaborative effort between Student Support Services (SSS) and the Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS).
“This was an opportunity for students to glean information about the various PDCCC occupational/technical programs and transferring to senior colleges and universities,” said Dr. Hyler Scott, associate professor and counselor for Student Support Services.
This was the first time that an on-campus event of this scope has been held for the students, whether they are continuing their education, going straight into the workforce or entering a branch of the military.
“Student success is a collaborative agenda at PDCCC and is at the core of our mission,” said STEPS Coach Dr. Sandra Walker. “With this event, we were able to combine the resources of the STEPS and SSS Programs as an effective approach to expanding students’ knowledge of in-demand jobs training and education programs available at PDCCC, and avenues for skill building and lifelong learning beyond PDCCC.”
Although a formal survey will be sent to the students in order to receive feedback, Scott and Walker said they have already heard positive comments from a number of participants.
“The students really appreciated the fact that they were able to meet all the representatives in a central area to gather information,” said Scott. “Many of the college representatives said they were impressed by how we work collaboratively on campus to provide support and services to our students.”
Scott added, “I am truly thankful for all of the support we received that made this event such a success. We couldn’t have done this without the organizational team of SSS Transfer Coordinator Walter Biggs, Professional Counselor Dr. Alan Harris and STEPS Coach Dr. Sandra Walker.”
For more information about SSS or the STEPS program, visit

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Students Emma Pettit, from left, Emily foster, Imani Muhammad, Anthony Brown and Natasha Ross participated in the In-Demand Occupational/Technical Programs and College Fair held on the PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus.

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PDCCC STEPS Coach Dr. Sandra Walker, front row from left, Jazzmine Williams of Radford University, PDCCC Industrial Trades Faculty Richard Baker, Andrea Pierce of St. Leo University, Sylvia Douglas of Norfolk State University, Debbie Howard of Strayer University and SSS Transfer Coordinator Walter Biggs. Back row: Nathan Fisher of the US Army, PDCCC SSS Counselor Dr. Hyler Scott, Charity Brown of Old Dominion University and Bonnie Tracey of Christopher Newport University.


PDCCC President honored at Hampton Roads Chamber Event

Dr Lufkin Bryan StephensPaul D. Camp Community College President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, left, was among 27 new leaders who were honored during the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 CEO Welcome Breakfast. Chamber President and CEO Bryan Stephens, right, was among those presenting awards at the event. The breakfast is held annually to honor those who have transitioned into leadership positions during the past year.


PDCCC partners with NACCE to nurture entrepreneurship

Paul D. Camp Community College has joined more than 300 community colleges across the country in the effort to promote entrepreneurship within the college and the community.
“Our partnership with National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is congruent with our focus on becoming more of a resource rather than just a service to the community,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “We are committed to improving our local economy by educating students, encouraging entrepreneurs, and promoting local businesses and jobs.”
Founded in 2002 at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts, The NACCE mission is “to create a community college culture that fosters economic vitality through entrepreneurship.” The mindset utilizes an entrepreneurial approach based on principles supported by the research of Dr. Saras Sarasvathy, the Isidore Horween research associate professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
NACCE believes this strategic approach will help grow and retain students, which in turn can improve resource opportunities.
According to NACCE President and CEO Dr. Rebecca A. Corbin, the organization is vibrant and provides an array of professional development opportunities and access to grant funds in addition to strategic resources.
“We look forward to learning and engaging with PDCCC and other innovative institutions to cultivate an entrepreneurial culture on community college campuses across the nation,” Corbin said. “President Lufkin was an active participant in our recent national conference in Sacramento, California. He leads with an entrepreneurial mindset that is focused on serving students, faculty, staff and the community. We celebrate that spirit and encourage presidents across the country to follow this example.”
Toni Johnson, dean of occupational/technical programs and Richard Baker, industrial trades faculty member, also attended the conference.
For more information about NACCE, visit


PDCCC students can earn Career Studies Certificates in less than one year

~ Classes begin Monday, January 9, 2017 ~

Where do you see yourself in less than a year? If you think you can’t train for a new position in that amount of time, think again.
Paul D. Camp Community College officials know that as far as academic goals go, a two-year degree does not suit everyone. That’s why the college offers Career Studies Certificates (CSC), including two new programs for spring 2017.
The General Business and Customer Service CSCs both allow students to transition directly into the workforce. Even better, they may be attained in less than a year’s time.
“Not everyone’s goals are set to complete a full two-year degree at a community college,” said Dean of Occupational and Technical Programs Antoinette “Toni” Johnson. “The Career Studies Certificate allows a quicker turnaround for those seeking employment and helps area business leaders get skilled labor to fill their job openings.”
Students completing the Career Studies Certificate in General Business are qualified to apply for positions such as sales representative, sales manager, department manager, marketing manager, supervisor, administrative assistant, human resources analyst, bookkeeper and independent shop owner/manager.
Some of the courses students will take to attain the certificate are:

  • Introduction to Business
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Presentation Software
  • Principles of Advertising

“In addition to the obvious benefits of completing this CSC,” said Johnson, “is that the program is stackable, meaning these classes can be applied to the Business or Marketing Management associate degrees.”
Students completing the Career Studies Certificate in Customer Service are qualified for jobs as customer service representatives, sales representatives, sales managers, clerks, telemarketers and retail salespersons.
Some of the courses students will take to complete this program are:

  • Introduction to Communications
  • Business Etiquette
  • Workplace Ethics
  • Consumer Behavior

According to Johnson, the General Business CSC is designed to prepare students for employment in business and to upgrade skills for individuals already employed in business professions.
The Customer Service CSC program is designed for individuals seeking a basic knowledge of business skills and to enhance the skills of the workforce at large.
Johnson said, “Both programs were developed to meet community needs and are financial aid eligible as well.”
For more information, contact Johnson at 757-569-6772 or


PDCCC offers new mechatronics degree program for spring 2017 semester

~ Classes begin January 9, 2017 ~

Paul D. Camp Community College will begin offering a new innovative program that is cutting edge and perfect for the student who wants a good career in the high demand fields of mechanics, electronics, and technology.
Employers are seeking professionals who can install, maintain and operate electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems. Students graduating with an associate’s degree in mechatronics from Paul D. Camp will have the skills and experience to troubleshoot and maintain robotics, and programmable and integrated systems.
If you enjoy working with your hands, troubleshooting and maintaining a product, then this degree is for you. After attending a four-semester curriculum you will have obtained the skills necessary to operate and maintain a FANUC robot, electrical motors and motor systems, PID controlled systems, various elements of instrumentation, programmable logic controllers, and electrical/electronic systems. The vast majority of local and regional business and industries utilize all of these components within their companies, making the graduate a highly sought after hire.
“The program is designed to give every student a hands-on learning experience that introduces them to the field’s central concept—how mechanics, electronics and computers are integrated in today’s manufacturing settings,” said David Lorenz, assistant professor of electronics/mechatronics/robotics. “The program is committed to preparing students to be successful in the workplace as leaders and members of a team.”
Following successful completion of the degree, students can enter the workforce or transfer credits to another college or university to attain a four-year degree in mechatronics.
“This curriculum will prepare students to become mechanical operators, mechanical service technicians, maintenance and manufacturing technicians, robot product consultants in the fields of electronics, mechanics, software tech, math, physics and medicine,” Lorenz said.
Research of the college’s service area showed there is a need for mechatronics technicians. “The mechatronics degree is a natural extension of educational opportunities already provided by PDCCC through its industrial technology and robotics programs. Nineteen credits of the existing Robotics Career Studies Certificate will be applicable to the mechatronics degree,” added Lorenz.
Registration is currently underway with classes beginning Monday, January 9, 2017. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
For more information, contact Lorenz, or 757-569-6745; or Antoinette Johnson, dean of occupational/technical programs, or 757-569-6772.


Employees who are certified in forklift, clamp truck and reach truck operation are in demand

Paul D. Camp Community College is meeting the demand for a growing industry by offering a forklift, clamp truck and reach truck operator certificate course.
“With new construction and the expansion of existing facilities, the demand for warehouse and distribution center employees is increasing every day,” said Randy Betz, PDCCC vice president of workforce development. “In response, the college created this non-credit course to enhance opportunities of employment in this industry.”
The course will begin Tuesday, November 29, and continue through Thursday, December 1, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Franklin Campus, 100 North College Drive. Students will participate in forklift driving drills and learn OSHA safety procedures. Upon successful completion of the class, they will receive a forklift operator’s certificate and OSHA safety certificate.
The cost of tuition is $150. Scholarships in the amount of $100 are available. The deadline to register is by Monday, November 28, at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call the workforce office, 757-569-6050, or email


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