Deadline to register for PDCCC basic contractor business licensing course is March 3

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, March 3. This session will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 7 and 14, at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
This is an eight-hour 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.


Get your photos on at the PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus

~ Award winning photographer Shirley Whitenack will teach two classes ~

Paul D. Camp Community College’s (PDCCC) Division of Workforce Development will offer a unique photography class that will leave students confident in their picture taking abilities.
“This class will unleash your creativity as you learn to take control of your camera,” said instructor and award winning photographer Shirley Whitenack. The same class will be taught once for those who would like to take daytime classes and again in the evenings later in March.
Beginning to Intermediate Digital Photography will be held in a 4-week consecutive session on Thursdays, March 2 to 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The cost for this class is $140. In addition, Whitenack will teach the same consecutive session on Thursdays from March 7 to 28, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The cost for the night class is $115. Both will be held at the PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
The class will include information about basic camera mechanics, fundamentals of exposure and compositional techniques through traditional lecture, demonstration and on-location photography. In addition, students will learn how to fully utilize directional light, determine proper exposure and exploit depth of field to create dramatic compositions.
“Students will leave the class with working knowledge of their digital camera and the confidence to fully utilize it to capture outstanding images,” Whitenack said.
Participants need to bring their fully charged camera, instruction manual and digital media. For more information, call 757-569-6050 or email workforce@pdc.edu.


PDCCC graduate wants to inspire others to make a difference

Kenya Smith webAstronomer Carl Sagan once noted, ” “We’re made of star stuff…We long to return,” And while realizing our aspirations can be much like reaching for the stars, 2014 PDCCC graduate Kenya Smith advises, “Do not give up on your dreams. Have faith and stay focused on what you need to do.”
Smith came to PDCCC after graduating with honors from Lakeland High School in 2012. After discovering that community college was a more affordable way to continue her education, she enrolled.
“I heard that PDCCC had transfer programs and it would be cheaper for me to attend PDCCC first and then go to Regent University as a junior,” she said.
While at PDCCC, she served as a work study student in the library and the Career Development Center. After leaving PDCCC as a Phi Theta Kappa honor student with an associate’s degree in general studies-general and a certificate in general education in 2014, nearly all of her credits transferred to the four-year university.
Dr. Hyler Scott, PDCCC counselor with Student Support Services (SSS) on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, introduced Smith to other four-year colleges during her time at PDCCC and SSS helped with her transfer to Regent.
“My advisor said I could have finished in winter 2015 if I wanted, but I loved Regent so much that I decided to finish later in May 2016,” she said. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications with a minor in history.
“Kenya was able to graduate on time with her other high school classmates who went directly from high school to a senior university,” said Scott. “The great thing is that she did not have any loan debt while at PDCCC.”
Smith attributes much of her success to the influence of her mother, who also graduated from PDCCC in 2002.
“She has been the biggest supporter of me completing school,” Smith said. “She wanted me to have a better life for myself and if it wasn’t for her, I don’t know where I would be now.”
Smith’s short-term goal is to work for a while, saving money in order to return to Regent to complete a master’s degree in screenwriting.
“The ultimate career I want is in screenwriting and anything else that may be related to media, film and television,” she said.
She completed an internship with the City of Suffolk’s media and community relations department at the end of last September, where she learned to edit videos, take pictures, operate video cameras and write voiceovers for PSAs, she said. In addition she has been writing columns and articles for Suffolk News-Herald and has had 14 published so far.
“I want my career to bring awareness to what’s happening in the world, and to encourage people to step up and take action,” she said.


Paul D. Camp Community College’s fall 2017 scholarship cycle opens February 6 for new and continuing students and high school students

~Deadline for submissions is March 17, 2017~

Applications for Paul D. Camp Community College scholarships will open Monday, Feb. 6 for the fall 2017 semester. New and continuing students, as well as high school students can apply for a number of funding opportunities beginning that day.
“We are proud to be able to assist our students with scholarships that will enable them to continue their education goals,” said Dr. Renee Felts, executive director of the PDCCC Foundation and vice president for institutional advancement. “We are fortunate to have so many donors who believe in our mission and our students.”
During the spring 2017 semester, PDCCC awarded students $39,850 in scholarships, including the dual enrollment awards. This year, three new scholarships
A number of scholarships for new and continuing students is available for the fall 2017 semester. Students may apply for these regardless if they have applied for scholarships in the spring as long as they meet the criteria listed for each award.
Scholarships are also available for graduating high school students, as well as Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarships (DECOS) for high school juniors and seniors. The scholarship applications will be accepted until Friday, March 17, at 11:59 p.m.
Students should follow these guidelines to apply:

    • Submit a PDCCC Scholarship Application with all required supporting documentation. Visit www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/ for the application.
    • New students must submit an application for admission to the College with your high school or college transcripts attached.
    • All students must submit two letters of reference with your application.
    • Read the criteria for each scholarship. Some require additional attachments, such as an essay. Applications missing required documents will not be processed.
    • Make sure that all requirements are met by the scholarship cycle deadline.
    • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov using our school code: 009159.

For more information, call the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790 or visit www.pdc.edu/scholarships.


Randy Betz resigns as PDCCC vice president of workforce development

Dr Lufkin Randy Renee

Randy Betz, center, accepts an award for distinguished service and dedication from Dr. Dan Lufkin and Dr. Renee Felts.


~ Betz will continue to work in the VCCS ~

Randy Betz, who has worked in Paul D. Camp Community College’s division of workforce for 10 years and as vice president since 2008, resigned his position to pursue a new opportunity at Tidewater Community College in downtown Norfolk.
“As project coordinator, I will be assisting people who need the most help in completing training and acquiring employment,” he said about his new job.
Betz has taken lead on many successful workforce projects involving specialized training that have helped clients as well as helped students prepare for particular jobs.
“Randy has spent 10 productive years in workforce development spearheading countless initiatives, building partnerships and providing job opportunities for the citizens of our region,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “His strong leadership skills, along with his many contributions to the college and community will be missed.”
Betz recalled initiatives that he helped with or headed, although he was quick to give credit to former leadership, employees and community leaders with whom he worked. Some of them he mentioned as follows:

  • Warehouse and Distribution, Logistics and Machine Technician training under Bob Hayes’ leadership
  • Expansion of Kids College and design of Encore Learning programs by Teri Zurfluh
  • Development of innovative and high quality customized training for business and industry clients by working with Ann Stephens
  • Development of the Certified Production Technician Program through Career Development Center’s Angela Lawhorne
  • Fast Track Welding Program that led to direct employment, headed by Larry Brunson
  • Information Technology Certification programs that placed more than 20 graduates into jobs, coordinated by Lisha Wolfe
  • Expanding the facilities rental to accommodate more than 100 events per year under the coordination of Harvey McLemore and dedicated staff members

“Renee Brown and her front office staff play a key support role for all Workforce Development initiatives,” he said.
Some new initiatives include the expansion of the Truck Driver Training Program facilitated by Dr. Lufkin, Asphalt Training for workers on VDOT projects in collaboration with Germanna Community College and the new Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation Program. Betz also cited the leadership of the Regional Workforce Development Council as crucial to these initiatives.
While previously working at Union Camp and International Paper, Betz learned from both employers the value of helping his colleagues succeed by providing resources and a positive work environment. He brought those values with him when he transitioned to the workforce center, serving as a coordinator and associate director, beginning in 2004.
“I was fortunate that my predecessor, Carolyn Crowder, set the groundwork for the division’s impact in our community and continued to support us by working part time on various projects during her retirement,” he said. “I worked with her to develop our HVAC program. She also spearheaded our pharmacy technician program, now in its fourth year.
Betz recalled a time of economic turmoil that devastated citizens in the western region of Hampton Roads.
“Government agencies, local foundations, retirees and other people who just wanted to help banded together to provide resume writing and interview preparation courses, wrap-around services, occupational training, job fairs and many other support services that to this day probably remain unacknowledged,” he said.
The PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center was awarded the National Council for Workforce Education Award for a Noncredit Training Program for the Hampton Roads Marine Skilled Trades Training Program. Betz has also been honored with the Expanding Workforce Opportunities Award from the Virginia Community College System.
Outside of the college, Betz’s affiliations include the Franklin Business Center Advisory Board, Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce Board, Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater Board, Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Virginia Advisory Board, James L. Camp Jr. YMCA Local Board and youth sports coach, National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Tidewater Board and Franklin Rotary Club member.
“It has been an honor to serve Paul D. Camp Community College,” he said. “The people of Western Tidewater will always have a place in my heart. Carry on!”
Dr. Renee Felts has accepted the role of Vice President for Workforce Development in addition to her current position as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. She will provide high-level oversight of both departments. A director will also be hired for Workforce to execute day-to-day operations.


Students complete nurse aide studies

Nurse Aide group Dec 2016 webPaul D. Camp Community College celebrated its students who have completed the fall certified nurse aide program. A special ceremony was held at the college’s regional workforce development center in Franklin. Celebrating academic achievements, from left, are: Teresa Unser of Zuni, Sara Hemmis of Courtland, Daisy Scott of Windsor, Wendy Howell of Franklin, Shannon Griffin of Suffolk, Geralesyza Gatling of Franklin, Dixie Gibson of Windsor, Bethany Brinkley of Suffolk, Dawn Wilson of Ivor and Instructor Cheryl Drake.


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