The Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound Program’s Summer Session Culminates with Closing Ceremony

More than 200 students, alumni, family members, instructors, staff and college officials attended the 2014 Upward Bound Summer Closing Ceremony held July 22 at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
During the event, attendees celebrated the end of a six-week educational and cultural session, which featured guest speaker and Upward Bound alumna, Katrina Williams, a graduate of Southampton High School and student at Regent University. The ceremony was also highlighted by student talent and project displays.
For more information about Upward Bound, a federally funded TRIO program that helps students grades 9-12 continue their education beyond high school, visit or call 757.569.6764.
2014 Upward Bound Summer Closing CeremonyNicole Freeman of Southampton High School executes a modern dance performance during the ceremony.
2014 Upward Bound Summer Closing CeremonyA special musical presentation included Dante Copeland and Imani Garde, both of Lakeland High School.
2014 Upward Bound Summer Closing CeremonyEsther Brown looks at the paper turbine projects with her daughter and Upward Bound student Catherine Brown of Franklin High School.


Paul D. Camp Community College Awards Scholarships to 34 Students for Fall 2014 Semester

Paul D. Camp Community College has awarded 34 students with scholarships that will aid in paying for tuition and books for the Fall 2014 semester. The following applicants were honored with awards:

  • Angelita Bease of Suffolk – 40/7 Society Scholarship
  • Tyler Billups of Franklin – Frances P. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship
  • Jeamis Britt of Windsor – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Ellis Cofield of Franklin – Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Samantha Cole of Franklin – Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Natalia Dauphin of Franklin – Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Imani Edwards of Ivor – Wal-Mart Community Involvement Scholarship and the Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Tanisha Ford of Franklin – Donald C. Boyce Education Scholarship
  • Amber Gwaltney of Boykins – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Trakelia Hamlin of Smithfield – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Deidre Harmon of Virginia Beach – Margaret L. Brown Education Scholarship
  • Brittany Hart of Franklin – Cynthia A. Shaffer Scholarship
  • Tyreckka Hawks of Franklin – Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Kristen Kimball of Smithfield – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Josephine Lel of Virginia Beach – Shirley N. Barnes Scholarship
  • Heather Loveall of Zuni – Cynthia A. Shaffer Scholarship, and Roy and Eleanor Epps Cornwell Scholarship
  • Leny Maldonado of Suffolk – American Association of University Women, Suffolk Branch
  • Ashanda Mills of Suffolk – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Bonnie Newsome of Sedley – Smithfield Foods Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
  • Wanda Olden of Suffolk – PDCCC Classified Staff Council Scholarship
  • Eryn Owen of Suffolk – City of Suffolk Early Childhood Development Scholarship Fund
  • Jacqueline Peebles of Suffolk – Dr. Alvin C. Rogers Endowed Scholarship
  • Latia Pierce of Suffolk – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Amber Presson of Carrsville – William and Dorothy Gwaltney Scholarship
  • Jacqueline Rawlings of Suffolk – Kiwanis Club of Suffolk Scholarship
  • Tiffany Ricks of Suffolk – Cross Realty Career Grant
  • Emberlyn Roberts of Courtland – Camp to Camp Scholarship and Nellie White Business Scholarship
  • Matthew Seaborne of Sedley – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Chelsea Spivey of Franklin – Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Chad Stubenrauch of Suffolk – Cross Realty Career Grant
  • Micah Thomas of Suffolk – Lawrence M. “Marvin” Farmer Memorial Scholarship
  • Kela’ Turner of Zuni – Bobby B. Worrell Scholarship and Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Charlene Walker-Briggs of Suffolk – Dean Nancy Sandberg Scholarship
  • Aaron Williams of Courtland – Perry W. Barnett Memorial Endowed 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 fall awards, Upward Bound students who were enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes during the summer received Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarships (DECOS).
Those students are as follows:

  • Shamar Ballard of Franklin
  • Taniya Barrett of Suffolk
  • Shunye’ Burton of Capron
  • Shakyra Cotton of Suffolk
  • Arneze Flood of Suffolk
  • Emily Foster of Suffolk
  • Cierra Gilmore of Suffolk
  • Virginia Goode of Franklin
  • Matthew Gray of Suffolk
  • Shadeejah Hunt of Franklin
  • Lexus Isom of Suffolk
  • Rhema Johnson of Courtland
  • Wilmisha Porter of Branchville
  • Wilbert Ridley of Branchville
  • Markel Smith of Drewryville
  • Paula Steward of Suffolk

The Fall 2014 scholars, as well as the DECOS recipients, will join donors to be honored during a special reception on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center.
PDCCC awards scholarships each fall and spring semester. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6790.


Newport News Shipbuilding Receives ‘Excellence Award’ for Successful Partnership with Paul D. Camp Community College

CTE Excellence Award
Photo Information:
Present for the awards luncheon, from left, were: Paul Wm. Conco, PDCCC President; Danny Hunley, NNS Vice President of Operations; Brian Burroughs, NNS Manager of Product and Training; Gary Roy, NNS Manager of Trades Training; Angela Lawhorne, PDCCC Career Development Center and Job Placement Coordinator; Bill Docalovich, NNS Director of Trades Services; and Larry Brunson, PDCCC Job Placement Coach.
Newport News Shipbuilding officials Bill Docalovich and Brian Burroughs were recently honored with a 2013-14 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Creating Excellence Award for Postsecondary Business and Industry Partnerships.
Paul D. Camp Community College made the nomination for the award, which was presented at a luncheon in Richmond by the Virginia Community College System in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education. NNS was recognized for the successful partnership between the industry and the College for its 120-hour Fast Track Marine Welding Training Program.
“This award is a direct result of the great work performed by the PDCCC Career Development Center and Regional Workforce Development Center in partnership with Newport News Shipbuilding,” said Paul Wm. Conco, president of PDCCC. “We are fortunate to have received a grant for this program through the Virginia Community College Chancellor’s Innovation Fund. The program is designed to meet the workforce needs of Newport News Shipbuilding.”
Newport News Shipbuilding and the College’s collaboration activities included weekly technical sessions, the completion of a real time skills gap analysis, the inclusion of a NNS instructor, and curriculum design assistance provided by Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development. The collaboration resulted in a program that may serve as a state, regional or nationwide model. Already in the region, similar maritime pre-hire programs involve electrical, coating and machinist training.
“Newport News Shipbuilding has found that by working closely and sharing some of our training materials with local community colleges and technical schools, we create a richer pipeline of talent applying for career opportunities with our company,” said Bill Docalovich, NNS director of trades services.
To date, the program at PDCCC has graduated 29 students in three classes.
“We had nine students in a very diverse first class of the Fast Track Marine Welding Training Program,” said Larry Brunson, coordinator of the project at PDCCC. They graduated in June 2013. Eight of the nine students are all employed, with five of them working at NNS.”

The CTE Excellence Awards promote best practices in education and recognize exemplary contributions that improve the quality of CTE programs, according to the Virginia Department of Education. Goals of the awards program are as follows:

  • Promote improvements in academic achievement and technical skills attainment;
  • Prepare students for transitions from secondary schools to postsecondary education and careers;
  • Strengthen the connection between secondary and postsecondary education; and
  • Create partners that support, promote, and enhance career and technical education.

Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation Tees Up for 11th Annual Golf Tournament

The Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation is seeking sponsors and teams to support its 11th Annual Golf Tournament. The event will be held Friday, Sept. 5, at Sleepy Hole Golf Club, 4700 Sleepy Hole Road in Suffolk.
“Proceeds from this event will benefit student scholarships and educational programs at the College,” said Felicia Blow, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation. “It is a great way to enjoy the sport of golfing, while helping students continue their education.”
Registration for the tournament will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., when a shotgun start will get underway. An awards ceremony and dinner will take place at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three flights. In addition, there will be raffle prizes, a 50/50 putting contest, and superlative prizes for Closest to Pin, Longest Drive and Hole-on-One.
In the event of inclement weather, a rain date has been set for Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.
For sponsorship levels and registration forms, visit For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6790.
 PDCCC Golf Tournament 2013
Photo Information: During last year’s event, the first place winner in the first flight was the Smithfield team. Members of the team were, from left: Jeff Bird, Brad Frantz, Darden Hurt and Jeff Poehls.
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College President Dr. Paul Wm. Conco, left, and PDCCC Foundation Board President Sandy Mann, right, congratulate Ed Patnesky and Bobby Woodward on the rare Hole-in-One feats they achieved during the 10th Annual PDCCC Golf Tournament.


New Dean of Nursing & Allied Health Chosen for Paul D. Camp Community College

Ms. Deborah Hartman, Former Blue Ridge Community College Leader, Selected to Lead PDCCC’s Division
Ms. Deborah Hartman has been named Dean of Nursing & Allied Health at Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC). She began on August 1, 2014.
Hartman will take on the role vacated by founding Dean of the program Dr. Candace Rogers. Dr. Rogers began the PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health Division roughly 10 years ago, taking the program from an idea to a burgeoning and highly sought after educational experience. Dr. Rogers retired from the College effective July 1, 2014.
Formerly, the Associate Professor of Nursing, Nurse Educator and Allied Health Care Coordinator at Blue Ridge Community College, Ms. Hartman will take on a role for which she is responsible for the following activities and programs:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
  • CNA to RN Bridge Program
  • LPN to RN Bridge Program
  • Nurse Aide Courses/Program
  • Phlebotomy Courses/Program
  • Medication Administration Course
  • CPR Course
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate
  • Practical Nursing – Suffolk Program
  • Practical Nursing – Franklin Program
  • Pharmacy Technician

“Ms. Hartman brings valuable experience in instruction, as well as managing and aligning nursing and allied health programs,” said Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, Vice President for Academics and Student Development at Paul D. Camp Community College. “Her skills as a proven leader are exactly the qualities we sought in bringing her to the College.
“She will encourage a close partnership between the Nursing and Allied Health programs and other academic endeavors of the College, and together with our exceptional faculty and staff, take our programs to the next level,” added Atkins-Brady.
Ms. Hartman has had an extensive career in healthcare and academics having worked as a Registered Nurse at Augusta Health Care in Fishersville; Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, Va.; Rowan Memorial Hospital in Salisbury, North Carolina; and Durham Regional Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. She worked as an adjunct at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Ms. Hartman was RN case manager of Rockbridge Area Hospice and Homehealth and Americare Plus, both in Lexington, Va.
She has held licensures in Nursing from both Virginia and North Carolina, having held certifications as a Trauma Nurse Specialist, certified Emergency Nurse, certified Hospice and Palative Nurse, and instructor in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, EMT, and Advanced Cardiac Support. Ms. Hartman is a member of the National League for Nursing; the Virginia Community College Association and is a book reviewer for Kozier & Erb’s Fundamentals of Nursing: Concepts, Process and Practice Ninth Edition.
She earned her associate degree in Nursing in 1985 from Rowan Technical College in Salisbury, N.C., and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1993 from Winston-Salem University in Winston-Salem, N. C. Ms. Hartman attained her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk in 2009. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Higher Education and Adult Learning from Walden University.
She was named “Emergency Department Nurse of the Year” in 1990 by Region F EMS Council. Ms. Hartman resides in Suffolk with her husband, Cliff, and has a daughter who is married and lives in Ohio.
College Bids Farewell to Program Founder
As Dr. Rogers steps down, she leaves a legacy of distinct growth—a period in which the Nursing Division launched several new programs, doubled its enrollment, and constructed a new building.
“Dean Rogers has been an outstanding dean and has done an excellent job growing our nursing and allied health programs to high profile educational opportunities,” Atkins-Brady noted. “She leaves big shoes to fill, but I know Ms. Hartman will do a wonderful job.”


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.


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