PDCCC honors 21 students during 2017-18 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society induction

PTK Group Students celebrating their induction into the Omega Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, from left, are: Zachary Pauley of Franklin, Megan Truitt of Wakefield, Jessica Ellsworth of Newsoms, Latoya Evans of Franklin, Cynthia Gurstseigler of Franklin, Michael Edwards of Franklin, Sarah Giorgi of Boykins, Charity Thompson of Suffolk, Lillie Williams-Dirtion of Suffolk, Cayla Christmas of Zuni, Amanda Holmes of Courtland and Chelsea Spivey of Franklin. Not in attendance are: Valerie Bonham of Ivor, Heather Bowie of Capron, Amy Flowers of Suffolk, D’Avion Godwin of Suffolk, Ruth Kent of Ivor, Samantha Luke of Suffolk, Courtney Vinson of Courtland, Tyler Wheeler and Jaquanna Wilkins, both of Suffolk.
Paul D. Camp Community College recently inducted 21 students into its Omega Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Held at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin, the ceremony featured Mistress of Ceremonies Sherri Ward, PDCCC recruitment and admissions specialist. Ward serves as co-advisor of the local chapter of PTK, along with Toni Johnson, director at PDCCC in Smithfield; and Brenda Burgess, administrative and office specialist in the library Learning Commons.
PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin welcomed attendees to the event and Dr. Joe Edenfield, lead faculty for business and accounting, delivered remarks. The messages from both were comprised of inspirational and congratulatory messages for the inductees. Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady conducted closing remarks.
In addition to recognition of academic success, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society provides its members additional scholarship and leadership opportunities, as well as an honorable distinction among peers. Employers also typically seek the qualities and traits that PTK members possess.


PDCCC and Tidewater Publications partner in opening new regional warehouse and distribution training facility

The college is leasing approximately 5,000 feet of warehouse space from Tidewater Publications, LLC, the company that publishes The Tidewater News, in their facility located at 1000 Armory Drive in Franklin. The idea for leasing the space was the result of a conversation between PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin and TPL Publisher Tony Clark at a recent PDCCC Foundation Board meeting.
“We are proud to partner with The Tidewater News on this endeavor,” said Lufkin. “The addition of a global logistics regional training program at the college not only supports our local business and industry, it will help people get jobs. This is truly a win-win for everybody.” Global logistics will further add to stackable credentials.
Many partners and employers have been involved in the new endeavor, such as Target Distribution Center, Quality Custom Distribution, the Port of Virginia and Opportunity Inc.
“We are excited about the opportunity to provide students hands-on training in a real warehouse environment,” said PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. “This facility will allow us to provide training year-round while expanding training programs to meet the growing needs of local employers.”
The facility features a classroom and warehouse training space and will house the new non-credit Warehouse & Distribution Foundations course, which begins Dec. 11. Registration is under way for the course, which will be comprised of the Career Readiness Certificate; the OSHA 10 Certification; forklift, reach and clamp truck training, as well as soft skills for employability that will include basic computer training.
“In the months since freeing up our warehouse facility, we have considered several options for how to best make use of the space,” said Clark. “The fact that we were able to do so by supporting Dr. Lufkin’s vision of expanding available workforce training opportunities in our community was the best possible solution.”
Plans are under way for a formal open house event at a later date. For more information, call 757-569-6050, email, or visit


Practical Nursing students help local family in need

Nursing Students Thanksgiving Meal DonationThe PN students, along with their instructor, display all the items collected for a family in need. Front row from left: Ashley Rife, Emiloju Utieyin, Ashley Dobie, Lillian Riddick, Megan Smith, Vernell Davis, Ronlesha Jones and Instructor Wright. Back row: Clay Rabey, Lori NcNair, Shaune Williams, Tina Davis, Evelena Johnson, Charizma Perry and Audrey Johnson. Not pictured are Katiska Grier and Tyra Hunter.
The Practical Nursing Class of 2018 set out to help a particular family, who recently experienced much tragedy.
“The family members are from our community and are involved with one of the Practical Nursing program’s primary clinical sites, which provide invaluable support for our nursing students,” said Laurel Wright, PN program faculty member on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. “The students are always looking at ways to give back to our community.”
The students collected food items needed to make a complete Thanksgiving dinner, as well as personal items for the family.
“To say that I am proud of my students is an understatement,” said Wright. “They came up with this idea on their own.”
The group plans to deliver the collected items by the end of the week.


PDCCC’s STEPS program collects items for shelter while promoting community service

Student Matthew SeaborneStudent Matthew Seaborne helps pack donated items for The Genieve Shelter during last year’s collection drive.
Paul D. Camp Community College Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) participants will gain community service experience during its 3rd Annual Genieve Shelter Collection Drive. The shelter provides assistance to victims of domestic violence. Items needed include:

  • Laundry soap
  • Trash bags
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Wash clothes
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Tooth paste and tooth brushes
  • Feminine products
  • Other toiletries

Donations may be dropped off on Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk campuses in the libraries, student lounges or STEPs offices. For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Walker in Suffolk, room 112D, at or 757-925-6326; or Laura Clark in Franklin, room 120C, or 757-569-6780.


New VCCS portal provides assistance for current and prospective military and veteran students

In efforts to support and enhance the student experience, Paul D. Camp Community College is promoting a new academic and career portal designed specifically for current and prospective students who have served in a branch of the US Armed Forces or are currently serving in the military.
The recently launched Virginia Community College System’s Credits2Careers (C2C) portal will provide multiple academic pathways where veterans and military students can use their previous education and experience toward programs prior to applying to a VCCS institution.
“This will be a tremendous help to the veterans and military members who we serve,” said PDCCC Director of Workforce Development and veteran Angela Lawhorne. “The portal offers a comprehensive place where visitors can map out a plan for their future.”
The personalized virtual counseling tool will provide an easy way to:

  • Explore academic degree programs offered by all 23 state community colleges.
  • Instantly receive an estimate of potential credits from military education, experience and training.
  • Personalize exploration of civilian careers related to their military training and specialties, personal interests or recommendations by interest evaluations.
  • Receive real-time employment information to assist military and veteran students in making informed post-secondary decisions.

“Awarding credit for prior learning is something that always sounded better in theory than it was in practice, until today,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Military service is increasingly a technical experience. And thanks to the hard work of hundreds of people across our community colleges, and other state agencies, we are in a positon to reward that in-uniform service in an unprecedented way.”
Matt Adams, a Marine Corps reservist and Tidewater Community College student demonstrated the portal at the unveiling event at the Virginia Community College System Office.
“I can’t say enough about this new tool. It’s going to help a lot of people like me save time and money in the pursuit of a college credential,” Adams said. “This is a difference-maker for those seeking their next step in civilian life. I’m sharing it with everyone I served with.”
The Credit2Careers portal debut coincided with the dedication of Veterans Resource Centers at seven of Virginia’s Community Colleges— Germanna in Fredericksburg; J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler in the Richmond area; Northern Virginia; Tidewater; Thomas Nelson on the Virginia Peninsula; and Virginia Western in Roanoke. The colleges are part of the commonwealth’s VERITAS (Veteran Education Resource Initiative for Transition, Advising and Success) program.
Paul D. Camp Community College has served more than 300 military and veteran students in the 2016-17 academic year. For more information, log onto


Franklin resident fulfills love of travel while earning better wages

Travis Kidd Cert of ExcellenceTravis Kidd received a certificate of excellence by successfully completing the CDL training requirements with a 4.0 grade point average.
The notion of making a good salary while having the opportunity to see new places was appealing to Paul D. Camp Community College graduate Travis Kidd.
“I love traveling,” said the 30-year-old, who discovered the CDL training opportunity on the electronic sign at the Franklin campus. “I heard the pay was pretty decent for driving OTR, especially for entry-level employees.” OTR is an acronym for over the road, a type of truck driving that gives invaluable experience to newcomers to the field by exposing them to all different routes, procedures and conditions along the way. In addition, it guarantees a change of scenery as it is not a routine, designated route.
While supporting a family of four, Kidd completed the program in six weeks and accepted a job offer one week later at Cox Transportation in Ashland, Va.
“I had multiple opportunities,” he said. “The company I decided on is small, but really family oriented. I’m out on the road for five to six days a week, and then return home for two days. I like it.”
Kidd was the last to complete the program under the CDL agreement that PDCCC had with Southside Virginia Community College. According to Duncan Quicke, coordinator for SVCC Truck Driver Training School in Blackstone, Kidd was an exceptional student.
“From the 2,500 individuals who have attended our program in the last 21 years, the Truck Driver Training School has seen a lot of quality students excel and rise to the top. Travis Kidd was no exception, and I would put him on top of that deck,” said Quicke. “He has just the right amount of two key ingredients that are necessary for a successful career in the trucking industry. This young man has enough confidence in his ability to get the job done correctly, yet he has enough humility to understand that these 80,000-pound machines demand respect 100 percent of the time in order to get the job done safely.”
Paul D. Camp currently has a new CDL training program at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus through a partnership with Shipper’s Choice, which is a more centralized location for the PDCCC’s service region and is in an area of significant growth.
“The program enables people in the area to earn these credentials while having the convenience of classroom and hands-on instruction in the same vicinity without traveling for the actual driver training,” said Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne.
She added that the full-time program held Monday through Friday can be demanding for those who work full time. “A part-time weekend program has been added to help meet the needs of those with weekday commitments,” she said.
Kidd was appreciative of the financial assistance he was provided and for the expertise in instruction and training he received from the community colleges.
“I’m glad that I went to Paul D. Camp and had the hands-on training at Southside Virginia,” he said. “This program helped me with the skills I needed to start a new career. It gave me an edge once I started driving for the company who hired me.”
In addition, Kidd noted that his line of work is a great way to support his family and because of the demand, there is great job security.
“There are so many different opportunities in the driving industry that you can’t go wrong or get bored,” said Kidd.
For more information regarding the CDL training in Suffolk, visit, email or call 757-569-6050.


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