Brothers kick start careers at Paul D. Camp Community College

Ryan and Scott Duke

Ryan Duke pictured on the left and Scott Duke on the right.

As expected, brothers Ryan and Scott Duke share similar interests.
“We worked at River Road Farm together, spending all of our time and money in Gene Matthews shop in Newsoms, building up our highly customized 4×4 Chevrolet trucks,” recalled Ryan. “We also started playing guitars at the same time, something that I still do to this day.”
Besides cars, movies, music and family vacations, another topic of common interest could easily arise for the siblings—their alma maters.
Postsecondary education got underway for them at Paul D. Camp Community College after graduating from Franklin High School in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Ryan plotted his course of study, taking electrical/electronics classes that would provide the basis for transfer to another program in Dublin.
He was able to get a head start at New River Community College, where he graduated in May 1996 with an Associate in Applied Science in Instrumentation Technology. He attended Saint Leo University in 2007 and in 2011, transferred to East Carolina University, graduating from there in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Education in Information Technologies. Ryan also earned a Master of Science in Management with a focus in Leadership from Excelsior College in February 2016 with a 4.0 GPA.
Ryan works in the Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s (HRSD) information technology department as the industrial automation manager.
“I have a deep passion for industrial automation,” he said. “I am responsible for all of the automation, specifically our systems that are currently controlling/operating HRSD’s nine major wastewater treatment plants and more than 100 pumping stations.”
Ryan envisions working at HRSD until he’s ready to retire. “I love it,” he said. He also wants to find an adjunct teaching position, preferably online, in information technology and/or management/leadership.
He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the International Society of Automation, with which he is a certified automation professional (ISA-CAP). He serves as the lead/rhythm guitar player at First Baptist Church Suffolk. Ryan resides in Chesapeake with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughters, Kylie, 19, and Josie, 9.
“Don’t let anyone hold their ‘boot’ over you and keep you from meeting and exceeding your educational and professional goals,” Ryan said. “College is not easy, but if you pour your heart and soul into it, you will succeed.”
For Scott, he wanted to get some of the general requirements completed while he figured out exactly what path he wanted to pursue. “PDCCC certainly gave me a soft introduction to college life,” he said. “It allowed me to explore opportunities and be thoughtful of what direction I might go in versus jumping directly into a four-year institution without a strong idea of what I wanted to do.”
Attending Ed Garner’s welding classes in 10th grade with many of his classmates, Scott said the advantage of the exposure to college classes while still in high school was appreciated. “Having that experience formed a bridge that would encourage me to take the typical general education courses that most students take their first and second year of college,” he said.
Scott worked for a stint before moving and transferring his credits to Pitt Community College. Finishing up a semester there, he then transferred to East Carolina University. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a major in media production and public relations, and a minor in business, finance and technology. He almost immediately began working on a Master of Arts in Communication, which he completed in 2008, also from ECU. While a student, he worked as a producer at the campus television station and produced a couple of independent feature films as well.
Scott worked for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, followed by various video and film projects before being hired by ECU in the College of Education. After a short while, he was hired in ECU’s Brody School of Medicine. He is currently the assistant director for membership for ECU’s Alumni Association.
He has served as treasurer of the ECU Communications Graduate Student Association; member of the ECU Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities’ Grievance Committee; representative of the ECU Media Board’s Graduate Student Advisory Council; member of Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); and member of Council of Alumni Marketing and Membership Professionals (CAMMP). Scott, making his home in Greenville, NC, has worked as video editor for Investigation Discovery, Discovery and Animal Planet and earned an Outstanding Service Award from the ECU Media Board.
“About 70 percent of U.S. citizens do not have a college degree and 90 percent do not hold a master’s degree,” said Scott. “That leaves a lot of room for growth and critical thinking across the spectrum in order for you to thrive in this global community. To those who just finished high school or a GED keep going. Bright and positive minds are needed now more than ever.”


Prepare for a career in the manufacturing industry at Paul D. Camp Community College

The Division of Workforce Development at Paul D. Camp Community College will offer Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certification, which trains participants on the critical competencies required for modern manufacturing production and production-related occupations.
Classes will be held Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., October 27 through Dec. 16 at the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin, 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. There will be no classes November 24 and 25.
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 and scholarships are available for all students who qualify.
For more information, contact the workforce development office at 757-569-6050 or workforce@pdc.edu.


Franklin Woman’s Club makes last donation to PDCCC

FWC Final DonationAfter 84 years, the Franklin Woman’s Club has announced that it is disbanding. This week, Franklin Woman’s Club officials visited Paul D. Camp Community College to make its last donation to a student scholarship that the organization created and supported for many years. FWC President Anne Hager, left, and Education Chairman Sharon Hasty, right, present a $1,000 check to Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president of academic and student development at PDCCC. “We are glad we could donate more than the usual amount this last time,” said Hager. “We have always tried to have a student selected who is returning to college to receive this scholarship.” Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Renee Felts said, “We are so grateful for the Franklin Woman’s Club’s generosity over the years. Many students have benefitted from their kindness and support.”


Deadline to register for PDCCC basic contractor business licensing course is October 10

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Monday, Octtober 10. The class will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 11 and 18, 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.


More than 70 players head out to the green in support of PDCCC Foundation

Bob Powell Rick Coradi Carlisle Wroton Pat CorbinThe first place winners in the first flight, from left, were: Bob Powell, Rick Coradi, Carlisle Wroton and Pat Corbin.
13th Annual Golf Tournament featured celebrity guest Ben Hunter
The Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation brought in at least $15,000 to support student needs.
“However, donations are still coming in,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the foundation. “We couldn’t have been more fortunate—the weather was perfect for the more than 70 players who participated.”
The 13th annual event, held at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk, featured the 2006 Sleepy Hole Amateur Champion and first two-time USCAA National Champion Benford “Ben” Hunter, a native of Suffolk.
Awards were announced during a dinner after the tournament. The following were the winning teams for three flights:

  • First Flight, First Place: Bob Powell, Carlisle Wroton, Rick Coradi and Pat Corbin
  • First Flight, Second Place: Ben Hunter, B.J. Maben, LeCardi Johnson and Maria Stewart
  • First Flight, Third Place: Mike Everett, Jimmy Hobbs, Tommy Bryant and Jim Vaughan
  • Second Flight, First Place: Ronnie West, Curt Faison, Jerry Vaden and Lynn Goodrich
  • Second Flight, Second Place: Dave Dunlap, Time King, Forrest Barefoot and Scott Mooneyham
  • Second Flight, Third Place: Dan Lufkin, Tom Vitaletti, Andrew Hodge and Robert Coleman
  • Third Flight, First Place: Woody Crook, James Ware and Ernest Gillespie
  • Third Flight, Second Place: Ed Jadeski, David Lorenz, Bill Wentz and Heather Eckman
  • Third Flight, Third Place: Pete Carr, Charles Powers, Ron Baskins and Tom Gresham

In addition, several superlative awards were presented. Ben Hunter won for the Longest Drive, and Ian Savareux won both of the Closest to the Hole awards. The putting contest was won by Dayton Crowder. Raffle prizes were also awarded.
Proceeds from the event will help provide scholarships and quality programs for Paul D. Camp Community College students.
Among the many supporters, Dominion served as a Silver Sponsor. Bronze sponsors were Bronco Federal Credit Union, Farmers Bank, Birdsong Peanuts and Smithfield Foods. “We thank all of the sponsors, donors and participants who made this event possible,” said Felts. “Many students will be able to benefit from the money we raised.”
For more information about the PDCCC Foundation, contact the Office for Institutional Advancement, 757-569-6790.

Registration WebBill Wentz buys raffle tickets from PDCCC Operations Analyst Sheryl Hedgepeth after registering for the golf tournament.

Dr LufkinDr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president, prepares to take his best shot during the 13th Annual PDCCC Foundation Golf Tournament.


Students tap into real life experience in building maintenance class

Paula and CathyCathy McEntire, owner of McEntire Designs-Architects, right, shares work experiences at her firm in Suffolk with Paula Apperson, a student in Richard Baker’s BLD 111 class. — Photo by Richard Baker
Professionals share as part of curriculum
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Blueprint Reading and the Building Code students (BLD 111) will get the opportunity to learn first-hand what various jobs entail.
Throughout the semester, Richard Baker, industrial trades instructor, has local professionals aligned as guest speakers. “This is a great opportunity for our students to learn directly from experts in their fields,” he said.
His students recently visited Cathy McEntire, owner of McEntire Design-Architects in Suffolk, to hear about day-to-day operations and what is required to execute the various projects the company has undertaken.
Other speakers will be staggered over the semester and will feature Brian Layne, surveyor, and Chris Parrish, professional engineer, of Parrish-Layne Design Group Ltd. in Chesapeake; Larry Riddick of Riddick Builders in Suffolk; and Donald Goodwin, director of community development for the city of Franklin. Goodwin also teaches Basic Contractor Business Licensing for the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center.
BLD 111 is an introduction to reading and interpreting various types of blueprints and working drawings with reference to local, state and national building codes. The class is part of the Building Maintenance Career Studies Certificate program at PDCCC.
“The program uses a multi-craft approach and is designed to prepare students for employment,” said Baker.
For more information about the program, contact Baker at 757-569-6729 or rbaker@pdc.edu.


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