Deadline to register for PDCCC contractor business licensing course is August 5

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, August 5. The class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, August 9 and 16, at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
This is an eight-hour, non-credit course that provides an overview of the statutes and regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia. The course, led by Donald Goodwin, city of Franklin director of community development, is approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Board of Contractors. Successful completion earns a participant .8 continuing education units (CEUs).
Topics will include: Starting a Business in Virginia; Laws and Regulations; Contractor Limits and Classifications; Virginia State Statutes Relating to Contractors; Statement of Consumer Protections; The Licensing Process; Obtaining a Contract; Customer Service and New Home Warranties; Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC); Underground Utilities; Insurance; Virginia Taxes; Labor Law; Erosion and Sediment Control; Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH); and Liens.
The cost, which includes the textbook, is $175. For more information, contact the Workforce Development office, 757-569-6050, or email workforce@pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development offers Manufacturing Technician Certification

The Division of Workforce Development at Paul D. Camp Community College will offer Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certification in July, which will train participants on the critical competencies required for modern manufacturing production and production-related occupations.
Classes will be held July 18 through Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road, and will provide participants with the development of high performance skills through demonstrations, lectures, self-paced studies, labs, technical presentations, use of proxy technology, critical thinking, problem solving and individual/group activities.
Many manufacturing employers report difficulty in finding qualified workers to fill their industry-specific needs. There are three factors contributing to the lack of skilled workers. Those factors are: the increase in technology required for manufacturing, the retirement of existing workers, and the competition for talent.
“The Manufacturing Skills Institute, which set the national skills standards for MT1 certification in 2009, is partnering with PDCCC to provide this baseline credential program in the Hampton Roads and Western Tidewater area,” Hayes said. “It will provide training to address identified technical skill gaps and provide a pathway to advanced level training and specialized training based on industry requirements for potential new hires and incumbent employees.”
The MT1 program will address the core competency areas of math and measurement; spatial reasoning and manufacturing technology, and business acumen and quality, for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing.
The cost of this non-credit course is $1,300, which includes certification testing and a lab workbook. Financial aid is available for all students who qualify.
For more information, contact the workforce development office at 757-569-6050 or workforce@pdc.edu.


Recognized for outstanding service

Samuel Glasscock and Lynn JonesPaul D. Camp Community College Local College Board Chairman Lynn Jones presents Samuel Glasscock of Suffolk with a token of appreciation during the June 20 meeting. Glasscock’s term expired after he had served two four-year terms on the Local College Board, beginning in 2008. He was recognized for his outstanding service.


Annual award presented at PDCCC graduation

ASA JohnsonPaul D. Camp Community College Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken, right, presents Asa Johnson with the J. Paul Councill Jr. Community Service Award during the 45th commencement ceremony. Johnson accepted the award, which recognizes leaders who have made significant contributions to PDCCC and the college’s service region, on behalf of Franklin Southampton Charities. The charitable organization provides support for activities seeking to improve the health and quality of life of the people in the service area by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations and providing community leadership. Over the years, Franklin Southampton Charities has supported PDCCC with the following equipment, programs and initiatives:

  • EMT Program
  • LPN Program
  • Reach truck for workforce development
  • Nursing lab simulators
  • Diabetes Expo
  • Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative for high school career coaches
  • Start-up costs for occupational and technical programs

PDCCC makes way for new sign

Demolition Man June 21 2016Paul D. Camp Community College Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken is not afraid to roll up his sleeves as he helps Whitley Masonry of Albemarle, NC, raze the college sign on the corner of Armory and College drives. In its place, a new modern digital sign will be installed. The work is expected to be completed by fall. The contractor of the project is Rite Lite Signs of Concord, NC. Not pictured is Gerald and Carrie Whitley of Whitley Masonry.


STEM… it’s not just for him anymore

Kids College ReleaseOur society has historically reflected the notion that girls and women don’t belong in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). However, they’re getting a very different message from Kids College this summer. STEM classes will be held all summer—some exclusively for middle and high school girls.
“At almost every step of the STEM education ladder, we see girls walk away,” Kids College Director Teri Zurfluh said. “By seventh grade, many girls are ambivalent about these fields, and by the end of high school, fewer girls than boys plan to pursue STEM in college.
“But the low number of women and girls pursuing STEM fields is not a status quo we can live with. It has significant implications for women’s financial security, economic growth, and global innovation. We are going to do our part of changing this trend at Kids College this summer with lots of STEM programs for everyone, and a couple of really exciting sessions that will be just for girls.”
During the week of July 18 through July 22, Kids College will offer Ozobot Odyssey: My Tiny Robots for rising 7th – 9th grade girls from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center in Franklin. Ozobots are the one of the world’s smallest smart robots, a toy that opens the doors of computer science, STEM education, robotics and coding. There will also be two additional offerings of this exciting class for all rising 4th – 8th graders.
There will also be some career academies offered this summer that have a STEM focus. Participants in the Criminal Justice Career Day will explore careers in criminal justice with veterans in the field, including crime scene investigation and forensics. One of the sessions in July will be a girls-only session.
Kids College has been steadily growing their STEM offerings every summer and will have a variety of opportunities for students to experiment with this season: Lego engineering, animation, edible engineering, and a couple of science sampler weeks where students can dabble in chemistry, physics, biology, etc., as well as a nursing and health career academy for students interested in learning about nursing and firefighting.
“Our mission at Kids College is to help students “Explore, Experiment and Discover” and we’re hoping that this summer we’ll help some of our young women explore and experiment with STEM topics and discover that STEM is really fun and not something to be afraid of or avoid,” Zurfluh said.
Kids College, the popular summer enrichment series sponsored by the Division of Workforce Development of Paul D. Camp Community College, offers unique workshops for students ages 7 – 18, will run weekdays at our Franklin PDCCC location from June 20 to Aug. 12 and our Smithfield location from June 27 to Aug. 12.
Registration is now open at both Kids College locations in Smithfield and Franklin. The summer catalog and registration materials are available at www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/kids-college/. For more information, call 757.569.6058 or email kidscollege@pdc.edu.


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