Three Southampton High School students win scholarships during Paul D. Camp Community College event

Group-winnersStudents Alexis Olds, third from left, Amari Long and Taylor Darden are congratulated by Financial Aid Loan Specialist Taniya LeGrand, from left, Financial Aid Coordinator Teresa Harrison and Upward Bound Director Travis Parker.
Despite cold, dreary weather, approximately 80 participants were on hand to deliver information or learn more about financial aid and scholarships during the recent College Night in Franklin.
“This event was a success,” said Financial Aid Coordinator Teresa Harrison. “We immediately received feedback from attendees, and it was all overwhelmingly positive.”
Presenters from PDCCC offered information about financial aid and scholarships. Additionally, the computer lab was open during the first hour so that students could receive assistance filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms.
“What an amazing team we have at PDCCC,” said Harrison. “I’m so proud of the way we all come together for events like this. Faculty, staff, students and administrators were well represented. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication.”
The following Southampton High School 17-year-olds won the scholarships at the Franklin event:

  • Senior and Upward Bound student Amari Long,
  • Senior Alexis Olds
  • Junior Taylor Darden

Upcoming financial aid events will be held at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus on Tuesday, March 13, and at the college’s Smithfield location, Tuesday, March 20, both from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants must be present to win the drawings for scholarships.
For more information, visit

Susan StubenrauchHigh School Career Coach Susan Stubenrauch offers scholarship application tips to students during financial aid’s College Night.


Birdsong Trust Fund provides $24,000 for Paul D. Camp Community College to offer fast track healthcare program in downtown Suffolk

An opportunity for Paul D. Camp Community College to offer an exciting new program will come to fruition thanks to generous funding from the Birdsong Trust Fund.
Offered through the college’s Division of Workforce Development, the curriculum will bundle three certifications in order to graduate students who can fill needed jobs in the college’s service region. Credentials will ultimately be completed in the following: Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and Certified EKG Technician (CET).
Birdsong Trust Fund is providing the $24,000 start-up cost for the materials and supplies, which will be housed at the City of Suffolk Workforce Development Center in downtown Suffolk where training will take place.
“There has been a lot of interest in Paul D. Camp having a presence downtown for some time,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “Thanks to the generosity of the Birdsong Trust, this new program can serve as the first step toward this effort. Additionally, this agreement will enhance our partnership with the City of Suffolk Workforce Development Center.”
The curriculum requires that students complete 486 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction.
“This fast track healthcare program will also require a 120-hour or five-week externship with a local employer,” said PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. “It will enable structured career pathways where the credentials are stackable. This means students can build off of these certifications, but can also use the program as a springboard for advancing their career in the healthcare field.”
According to the labor market information on, the medical assistant, phlebotomy and EKG technician job fields in the college’s service region are growing at 32, 34 and 24 percent respectively. EKG technicians can make $61,000 a year and more in some cases.
“The result of bundling the program enhances the opportunity for employability,” said Lawhorne.
After graduating, students will then just need to sit for the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) certification exams to earn the credentials.
“We are a partner with NHA, so exams will be offered on-site,” said Lawhorne. “We will offer practice exams and study guides in order to ensure student success.”
The new partnership between the college and Birdsong Trust Fund benefits both entities, as it will offer relevant programs in a central area for Suffolk residents, as well as support PDCCC’s initiatives to provide skilled labor for its business and industry partners. The healthcare program will graduate about 15 students each semester.
“I am sure that the funding for this type of healthcare program comes with the blessings of all the members of the Birdsong family,” said Birdsong Trust Fund Chairman John C. Harrell. “I am also pleased that the classes will be held downtown, giving residents in that part of Suffolk better access to the community college program.”
Birdsong Trust Fund Secretary William “Billy” Chorey Sr. is proud to be part of the collaboration as well and agrees that the investment epitomizes the Trust’s commitment to the City of Suffolk.
“The Birdsong Trust Fund is excited to play a major part in this unique opportunity to help the citizens of Suffolk take advantage of Paul D. Camp’s offering of the fast track healthcare program, which will help meet the demands of the local healthcare industry in Suffolk,” said Birdsong Trust Fund Secretary Billy Chorey Sr. “It’s personally very gratifying for me to see local students given the chance to be placed into high demand jobs right here in Suffolk and to know that I’m a part of a great organization that helps to facilitate that very thing. I am also extremely grateful to Dr. Dan Lufkin and Angela Lawhorne of Paul D. Camp for their insightful guidance of this project and for coming to us for help.”
Plans are to have the new fast track healthcare program ready to register students beginning in fall 2018. For more information about the curriculum, visit, email or call 757-569-6050.


Paul D. Camp Community College joins VCCS institutions to offer support for foster youth

Paul D. Camp Community College is participating in a statewide initiative that assists foster youth with achieving educational and career success. The Great Expectations program, a partnership with Virginia’s Community Colleges and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, is available at nearly all of community colleges in the system.
The Great Expectations program assists youth with the transition from foster care to independence and higher education. Foster youth are paired with an adult coach, and they work together to assess skills and interest, discuss the future, and develop a plan for enrolling in college. The program helps them finish high school, continue their education through community college, and successfully transition to living independently.
“This program will provide invaluable support to our area foster youth,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development. “We want to see foster youth make a smooth transition from high school to higher education and help set them up for academic success.
“Great Expectations assists students with academic and career planning, applying for financial aid and scholarships, and connecting with academic and personal support, such as tutoring community resources,” said Atkins-Brady.
In its commitment to implement the program, Paul D. Camp recently hired a Great Expectations program coach, who will also serve as a college success coach.
Karen Owens, who has earned a master’s degree in student services from Liberty University, began her duties on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus recently.
“In addition to serving PDCCC students, Karen will work with foster youth in our service region to inspire their passion for higher education,” said Dean of Student Services Trina Jones. “Karen is experienced in working with a diverse population and is eager to assist in the process of better human development of our targeted population.”
Owens also attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with a minor in Management from Old Dominion University.
For more information, contact Owens at


Craft show and sale will benefit students at Paul D. Camp Community College

PDCCC GradsProud college graduates, pictured from left, are: Jevedia Martin, Shakyra Cotton, D’Avion Godwin, DeVon Morris, Aaliyah Simms and Deja Batten.
An annual event that crafters look forward to will have a new spin this year. The Hometown Annual Spring Fling Craft Show, headed up by crafter and local resident Shirley Billups, will benefit the students of the Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound program.
“Proceeds from vendor registration fees and raffles, as well as any donations made by the vendors and patrons will all help us offer more for our students,” said Upward Bound Director Travis Parker.
The event will be held at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 N. College Drive, Franklin, on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program that is focused on assisting low income and/or first generation high school students grades 9 through 12 with successfully completing postsecondary education. However, the new partnership with the indoor craft event will allow the program to offer additional activities that will help prepare students for college, career and life in general.
“We have a bigger vision for our students,” said Parker. “In addition to academics, we try to expose the students to a wealth of activities, which include financial workshops, cultural experiences, college visits, a summer component and educational seminars.” Students in the program also receive assistance with tutoring, resources, support, college processes and the PDCCC Dual Enrollment program.
The Upward Bound program has been extremely successful since its implementation in 2009. According to Parker, 63 high school students currently participate in the program, and another 55 past participants are currently enrolled full time in college. “We are very proud of our students,” noted Parker. “Thirty-five participants have completed an associate’s degree, 20 have earned a bachelor’s degree, and two have attained a master’s degree—all in less than nine years of the program’s inception. That’s pretty significant.”
Parker said he is grateful that Administrative Assistant Barbara Strylowski and Shirley Billups connected about this partnership.
“We all three met and decided this would be nothing short of a win-win for both parties,” said Parker. “Ms. Billups has had much success in the past with this event. We would like to set a goal of $4,000 for proceeds total. We anticipate about 50 vendors, but time is running out to secure a booth.”
For more information about the PDCCC Upward Bound Program, contact Strylowski at or 757-569-6764. Vendors interested in registering for a 10-by-10 booth space may contact Shirley Billups at 757-620-5499.

UB GroupUpward Bound students volunteer their time when needed at various college events. Front row from left, are: Tashera Barrett, Ashana Artis, Haleigh Andrew, Errika Lane, and MacTayla Joyner. In back: Syeria Stephens, Tanasia Nicholson and Alaska Jones.

UB Day at VSUStudents featured during Upward Bound Day at Virginia State University, front row from left, are: Imani Boatner and Tanasia Nicholson. In back: Taniya Wyche and Jackeeta Steward.

Lakeland GradsD’Avion Godwin, from left, Dominique Rodriguez and Jevedia Martin are recent graduates of Lakeland High School, which is one of the schools served by the PDCCC Upward Bound program.


Plan a nice night out while supporting Paul D. Camp Community College students

CrowdshotMore than 200 guests attended last year’s event at the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center.
Leave dinner to us March 24 during the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation Board’s 3rd Annual Building for the Future Gala.
The event gets underway at 5:30 at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center. The fundraiser features an open bar, a seated dinner, as well as live and silent auctions, all for one ticket price of $75. Proceeds will be used for the following to support upgrades and expansions that will benefit students:

  • enhancement of the college’s occupational and technical library resources
  • implementation of technology in the classroom that will connect locations in real time
  • upgrade classroom and student spaces at the Smithfield location, and
  • expand the athletics program to include a women’s softball team

The listed projects will collectively support the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which includes the initiative, 15 to Finish.
“This is a national concept where we will enroll students in 15, or full-time, credits per semester, so that they can complete educational goals in a timely manner,” said Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Dr. Renee Felts. She also serves as vice president for institutional advancement and workforce development. “Finishing an associate’s degree or a credential in two years or less, saves students time and money, and prepares them for jobs where they can make family-sustaining wages.”
Last year, more than 200 guests netted more than $44,000. The proceeds made it possible to add relevant programs to ensure student success, preparing them for high demand jobs, such as electrical/ instrumentation, warehousing/ distribution/ logistics and cyber security. It also enabled the college to get its athletic program going.
This year’s goal is $75,000.
“There is absolutely nothing more important than our students’ success,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “We are all working hard to make sure that the first place potential students in our region think of to enroll is Paul D. Camp because of our relevant programs, student-friendly atmosphere, one-on-one attention and community partnerships. Your support will help us achieve our vision.”
For more information or tickets, call Dr. Felts, 757-569-6760.

Guests ArriveGuests arrive at the 2nd Annual Building for the Future Gala held in 2017, which netted more than $44,000 to help ensure student success.

Placing BidsTaylor Williams puts in a bid at the last event, as Local PDCCC Board member sPatricia Sowell, in front, looks at some of the items in the auction.


Adjuncts celebrated at PDCCC

Thirteen adjunct faculty members, who have excelled in several categories, have been recognized by Paul D. Camp Community College.
“Our adjuncts are a vital part of the college, and therefore, the students’ success,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated faculty and want them to know how much we appreciate them.”
The following adjunct faculty members were honored:
Teaching Effectiveness:

  • Teresa Ashcraft – Emergency Medical Services
  • Mary Ellen Gleason – English
  • Carol Lawrence – Information Systems Technology
  • Deloris Manley – English & Reading
  • Renee Roper-Jackson – English and Reading
  • Luann Scott – English and Reading
  • Terry Spady – Dual Enrollment Mathematics
  • Dr. Carl Vermeulen – Biology and Chemistry
  • Dr. Sandra Walker – Student Development

Institutional Responsibility:

  • Dr. Teresa Lewis-Economics
  • William Wentz – Electricity

Community Impact:

  • Susan Stubenrauch – Student Development


  • Mary Ann Howell – Information Systems Technology


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