Oct
30
10/30/2014

Success Coaches Help Students Achieve a Variety of Goals at Paul D. Camp Community College

Steps 10 Laura w Students webCollege Success Coach Laura Clark provides tips about “Money Management” to students during a group coaching session on the Franklin Campus. Students, from left, are: Brittany Cross, Porschia Lee, Yvette Gatling, Jenna Johnson and Leny Maldonado. Franklin sessions are titled, “Tuesday Talks.” and Suffolk’s are called “Campus Conversations.”
 
Sandra Walker Campus ConvSandra Walker facilitates a group coaching session about “Peer Mentoring” during “Campus Conversations” on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
 
The Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) initiative is helping students stay focused on their goals. The program was developed by Paul D. Camp Community College in alignment with Virginia Community Colleges Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative.
 
“The purpose of the program is to increase the number of students who graduate with associate degrees, earn career certificates or transfer to other higher education institutions,” said College Success Coach Laura Clark. Clark works on the Franklin Campus, while Sandra Walker serves as a Success Coach on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. Jamie Dodd is the program specialist.
 
The program encourages and empowers students to achieve personal, academic and career goals by identifying and accessing on- and off-campus resources.
 
“Services provided through this program are free,” said Walker. “We offer one-on-one coaching, group coaching sessions on a number of topics, scholarship applications assistance, financial aid literacy and much more.”
 
The program was recognized as a 2014 Excellence in Education Award finalist at the Virginia Community College System’s New Horizons Conference in the following categories: Best Practices in Teaching Face-to-Face, Online and Student Success; and Improving Student Success—Institutional.
 
For more information about the program, log onto http://www.pdc.edu/success/

Oct
30
10/30/2014

More Than 200 Visitors Participate in College Night

VACRAO crowdshot
More than 200 students and parents attended Paul D. Camp Community College’s College Night, held at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. The event was hosted by the college and sponsored by the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (VACRAO). Approximately 50 colleges and
universities provided informational material to visitors who wanted to find out more about various colleges and the programs they offer.

Oct
28
10/28/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Registered Nursing Program

~Varied Levels of Sponsorships Available~

 
In honor of the 10th year of its Registered Nursing Program, Paul D. Camp Community College has a special celebration planned. The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn and Suffolk Conference Center in Suffolk.
 
“As part of planning, we are seeking support through sponsorships to help us offset the costs,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Felicia Blow. “This is going to be an exciting event where nursing alumni, current students, faculty, staff, donors and other business and community members can come together to recognize the success of this program and our students.”
 
In addition, all proceeds will be used to establish an endowed nursing scholarship in honor of Dr. Candace Rogers, who recently retired from PDCCC. Dr. Rogers got the nursing program up and running, and was instrumental in its continued success.
 
The following are the Sponsorship opportunities available:
 
Gold Level: $2,500

  • Recognition in the event program & other promotions
  • Acknowledgement at the event
  • Business contact information included in on-site program materials
  • Acknowledgement on the PDCCC Foundation Web page
  • Reserved table for 10 registrants

Silver Level: $1,500

  • Recognition in the event program
  • Acknowledgement at the event
  • Business contact information included in on-site program materials
  • Acknowledgement on the PDCCC Foundation Web page
  • Admission of five registrants

$250 Level:

  • Recognition in the event program
  • Acknowledgement at the event
  • Business contact information included in on-site program materials
  • Admission of three registrants

$100 Level:

  • Recognition in the event program
  • Admission of two registrants

The reception will be highlighted by heavy hors d’ouevres, music, and a short program honoring staff and students. Tickets are $35 per person.
 
PDCCC has graduated approximately 300 students from its RN Program. For more information, contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790. Visit www.pdc.edu/nursing-event to purchase tickets.

Oct
27
10/27/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Hosts 392nd Army Band in Honor of Veteran’s Day

Army Band Group Shot
Standing with the 392nd Army Band after last year’s performance, from left, are: Dr. Paul Wm. Conco, President; Dr. MeChelle Blunt, Student Activities Coordinator; and Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, Vice President of Academic and Student Development.
 
Paul D. Camp Community will recognize veterans for their service and dedication to our country by hosting a musical salute on Thursday, Nov. 6.
 
The “Salute to Veterans in our Community Concert,” featuring the Fort Lee 392nd Army Band, will begin at 6 p.m. at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin. The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.
 
“We are excited to host such a top-level performance for the second consecutive year,” said Student Activities Coordinator Dr. MeChelle Blunt. “We appreciate our veterans for their heroic service and are honored to celebrate with them in recognition of Veteran’s Day.”
 
The group of musicians will perform a repertoire of music with a special patriotic set.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College serves approximately 200 military and veteran students each year.
 
The event is free. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 757-569-6767.

Oct
24
10/24/2014

Free Saturday Math Tutoring Continues at Paul D. Camp Community College

~Tutoring will take place on Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk Campuses in November~

 
Paul D. Camp Community College will offer its free Saturday “Math Academy” program during the month of November.
 
“Learning basic math skills is an important component to education that provides students with the tools they need to succeed later in life,” said Program Coordinator Heather Eckman. “The better equipped our students are, the more opportunities are open to them as job seekers.”
 
Tutoring Sessions scheduled for rising 3rd through 6th grade students is as follows:
 

Saturday, Nov. 1 Hobbs Suffolk Campus Library Session I:
12:45-2:15p.m.
Session II:
2:30-4p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8 Hobbs Suffolk Campus Library Session I:
12:45-2:15p.m.
Session II:
2:30-4p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15 Franklin Campus Library Session I:
12:45-2:15p.m.
Session II:
2:30-4p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22 Franklin Campus Library Session I:
12:45-2:15p.m.
Session II:
2:30-4p.m.

 
Participants may choose one of two sessions offered each Saturday afternoon. The Hobbs Campus is located at 271 Kenyon Road and the Franklin Campus at 100 North College Drive.
 
“We are excited about the launch of the Math Saturday tutoring effort in Franklin,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins Brady. “Students with their parents and guardians will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so no pre-registration is required. Games and information will be available for the parents and students.” We just launched this initiative in Suffolk in spring and in Franklin in the summer, and the sessions were well-attended.”
 
Dr. Atkins-Brady added, “PDCCC’s Math Academy is a new grant-funded, multi-strategy initiative to promote mathematics literacy. We are implementing the program in partnership with schools and community organizations in the College’s service region.” Math Academy is sponsored by PDCCC with the generous support of the Suffolk Foundation and the Community Action Coalition of Virginia.
 
The elements of Math Academy include “Math Academy Saturdays” tutoring, a symposia with K-12 educators, which was held in August, and the provision of mathematics resources to the community through the College’s new Library Learning Commons.
 
For more information, contact PDCCC Program Coordinator Heather Eckman at heckman@pdc.edu.

Oct
21
10/21/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College President, Dr. Paul Conco, to Retire, Effective July 2015

Paul Wm. ConcoDr. Paul Wm. Conco, President of Paul D. Camp Community College, has announced his intention to retire, effective June 30, 2015.
 
Dr. Conco said, “After much thought and deliberation I find it’s now time to submit my intention to retire this summer – July 2015. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with an excellent faculty and staff who are talented, skilled, and dedicated to our PDCCC mission of ‘enhancing the quality of life for students and the community.’ They work hard every day to support students and the opportunity education provides.”
 
He further noted, “These past 5 years have been fast, furious, and fruitful. The many endeavors the PDCCC team have accomplished are something to be very proud of. I appreciate the excellent support and leadership of this board and the support of our Foundation Board. Together much has been done. I remain committed to Paul D. Camp Community College and will assist in a smooth transition as we enter into the VCCS’ next strategic plan.”
 
A national search process will begin through the Human Resources department of Virginia’s Community College system office in Richmond. More details will be provided regarding this process in the coming weeks. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (757) 569-6791.

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