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.


Paul D. Camp Community College Student Angelita Bease Finds Stable Ground at Hobbs Suffolk Campus

~Bease has been awarded the 40/7 Society Scholarship for the fall 2014 semester~

Angelita Bease
Angelita Bease was starting a new life when she moved to Suffolk from Maryland. She had decided to enroll in college. However, as she began considering schools outside of the city, a friend told her about Paul D. Camp Community College.
“I don’t believe I could have chosen a better place,” she said. “This is where I belong.”
Bease, 41, is the recipient of the 40/7 Society Scholarship for the fall 2014 semester at PDCCC. The 40/7 Society Scholarship was created in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the College and the inauguration of its seventh president. Community members and local businesses invested $407 each to create an endowed scholarship for a non-traditional student. In addition, a recipient must have a financial need and be in good academic standing at the College.
Working full-time, taking a maximum load of classes at times, supporting her daughter and two grandchildren, while trying to get a taxi/medical transport business off the ground, Bease found faith in herself and the strength to persevere.
“The ambition was coming from somewhere,” she said. “But I‘ve always had confidence in the goals I set for myself, because I take my time, weighing what’s realistic and unrealistic about them.”
Bease graduated from James H. Groves Adult High School at the age of 33 after receiving a scholarship from the oldest woman to graduate from high school in Georgetown, Del. “That opened the door for me,” she said.
She has been the recipient of a number of scholarships since enrolling at the College, and is in the Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) program at PDCCC, which helps students achieve their personal, academic and career goals.
She earned a Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy in May 2014 and as an LPN, was accepted into the Nursing Program at PDCCC.
“It just didn’t pan out to be right for me,” Bease said. “You’ve got to be motivated by what you want to do in life.” After careful consideration, she changed her major.
She will graduate with a General Studies degree from Paul D. Camp Community College in May 2015 and is the first in her family to attend college and receive a degree. She plans to transfer to Norfolk State University’s School of Social Work to complete a Bachelor’s degree, and was pleased to find that all of the credits she has completed so far will transfer to the program.
“It was meant to be,” she said of her new focus on social work. “I love to help people through their journeys, and I have a passion and drive to see others succeed. I want to be that coach for youth.” she said.
She served as a 2013-14 Presidential Student Ambassador, and is a member of the FUEL and Science clubs. In addition, Bease is a registered medication aide at Hillcrest Retirement Center.
She credits staff, faculty, students and the STEPS Program at PDCCC for leading the way. “I’ve utilized steps from different programs during the college experience, and developed skills and techniques that have helped me enhance the goals in my personal life,” she said.
Plans are under way to pen a book, based on eight years of journaling, titled “Silent Struggles.” “It will be about everything I’ve ever gone through, and I hope it will help people bloom and become more aware of who they are,” she said.


Paul D. Camp Community College Honored for FOURTH Consecutive Year for ‘Military Friendliness’ in a Number of Educational and Service Areas

~To further honor military, a ‘Salute to Veterans’ concert will be held at the College on Thurs., Nov. 6, featuring Fort Lee’s 392nd Army Band~

Military Friendly School
Paul D. Camp Community College has again been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students, and ensure their success on campus. Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, oversees this process.
Being a military friendly schools means that:

  • There is a dedicated veteran Liaison or Service Director for the military
  • There institution maintains centralized services for veterans and military families
  • The institution offered targeted counseling Services for the military
  • The school offers credits for military service
  • Student Veteran Organizations
  • There is active web presence with military tools and services

Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and nine-year veteran said, “Inclusion on the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows PDCCC’s commitment to provide a supportive environment for military students. The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”
Now in its sixth year, the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.
The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The approximately 1,600 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served. A list of all the Military Friendly Schools® can be found at this site.
In addition, Victory Media launched the new Schools Matchmaker tool on www.GIJobs.com. The “matchmaker” enables student veterans and prospective military students to review more than 4,000 schools that are approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits, as well as those schools on the Military Friendly Schools® list.
“We are pleased to be honored with this designation for the fourth consecutive year,” said PDCCC President Dr. Paul Wm. Conco. “We are also proud to be ranked in the top 20 percent with other prestigious schools throughout the country. We remain committed to success for all of our students.”
Paul D. Camp Community College serves approximately 200 veterans and military students each year. As part of the College’s military and veteran engagement activities, the Office of Student Activities will host a “Salute to Veterans in our Community” concert on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. Fort Lee’s 392nd Army Band will perform.
For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office or Office for Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6700.


PDCCC Hires Ten Faculty and Staff for Varied Roles at the College

Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) is pleased to announce the hiring of faculty and staff to support a multitude of disciplines. The positions range from Mathematics instructors to High School Career Coaches.
“The majority of these positions were vacated due to retirements. The average tenure of those retiring was approximately 20 years, so we see Paul D. Camp as a great place to work and grow,” said College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D. “The individuals filling the new faculty and staff roles are bringing a wide array of talent and credentials to our college and community. Multiple years of talent will be available to our students and our community through their hiring.”
Trudy Kuehn

Trudy Kuehn – Nursing Instructor

Ms. Trudy Kuehn is among PDCCC’s newest Nursing faculty. She has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of emergency nursing positions, nursing supervisory roles, and primary classroom education. She comes to PDCCC having served as Program Chair at the ITT Technical Institute in Norfolk, where she coordinated nursing training; managed professional and part-time staff; coordinated the schedule of didactic and clinical learning; and taught nursing classes. Before her service with ITT, Ms. Kuehn also served as Patient Care Supervisor in Nursing Administration at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from Old Dominion University with a Master of Science in Nursing, with emphasis in Emergency Nursing and Critical Care. She has professional credentials as a Registered Nurse, and also in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
Susan Stubenrauch

Susan Stubenrauch – High School Career Coach

Mrs. Susan Stubenrauch has been selected to serve as one of PDCCC’s full-time High School Career Coaches. In this role, she will be based in local high schools to help high school students define their career aspirations and to recognize community college (and other postsecondary programs), including apprenticeships and workforce training, in order to help students achieve their educational and financial goals. Mrs. Stubenrauch has worked at PDCCC since 2013; she has served in the Admissions Office, where she worked as an Academic Adviser. During the summers when high schools are not in session, she will continue to serve in that role for the College. She also worked with PDCCC’s College Success Program Initiative as a Program Specialist, assisting students with becoming more successful at PDCCC. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at the College. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Service Counseling from Old Dominion University.
Heather Eckman

Heather Eckman: Mathematics Instructor

Ms. Heather Eckman was hired to serve as PDCCC’s new math instructor. She fills the role vacated by retiring long-time math instructor Calvin Holt. Before joining PDCCC full-time, Ms. Eckman worked with the Franklin City School District, where she taught Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Mathematics, Dual Enrollment Pre-Calculus, Computer Mathematics, Dual Enrollment Calculus, Algebra Functions & Data Analysis, and Economics & Personal Finance. She also served as Department Chair, and assisted with devising a plan to remediate students who required additional mathematics help. Additionally, she served as an Adjunct Mathematics Professor at PDCCC before recently joining the college full-time. In her role at PDCCC, Ms. Eckman will provide instruction in areas, including mathematical concepts, techniques, and applications. She also will be responsible for preparing and delivering lectures and leading classroom discussions, as well as mentoring students to help them achieve their educational goals and objectives. Ms. Eckman provides leadership for the PDCCC grant-funded Math Academy initiatives as well. She graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a B.A. in Mathematics and she attained her Master of Science degree from State University of New York at Fredonia in Mathematics Education.
William Patterson

William Patterson – Administration of Justice Instructor

Dr. William Patterson was brought on to lead the popular Administration of Justice program. He has graduated from Old Dominion University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Studies and Criminal Justice. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies. His Master of Arts degree is in International Studies as well. He earned his Doctoral degree in International Studies with a major concentration in Conflict and Cooperation. Prior to joining PDCCC, Dr. Patterson worked with the U.S. Army in its “Human Terrain Team.” The U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) support program employs personnel from the social science disciplines – such as anthropology, sociology, political science, regional studies and linguistics – to provide military commanders and staff with an understanding of the local population in the regions in which they are deployed. He also worked with BAE Systems, and worked with BAE’s Human Terrain Team as well. Before BAE, Dr. Patterson worked with the Virginia Beach Police Department. His teaching experiences come from roles served as an Adjunct Professor with Old Dominion University. He also was an English Teacher in Yokosuka Japan. Administration of Justice is an educational and professional discipline that centers on the prevention, detection and management of crime and/or criminal offenders. In his role, Dr. Patterson will guide students in the study of the legal system and how it relates to society as a whole. He will incorporate aspects of sociology, psychology, law, political science, history, philosophy, economics and other areas. He is filling the position of Ron Osbourne, who retired in the last year.
Richard Baker

Richard Baker – Industrial Trades Instructor

Mr. Richard Baker will lead the new Industrial Trades discipline. Before joining PDCCC, Mr. Baker served as Director of Plant Operations for the Lake Prince Woods Retirement Community, located in Suffolk. He also served as Chief Engineer for the Portsmouth Holiday Inn Waterfront. Prior to this service opportunity, he was with Illumilex Company, located in Raleigh, NC, where he worked as the Virginia Service Manager. Mr. Baker attained a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the College of William and Mary, and is a Certified Building Engineer through the Hotel Resort Management Association. In his capacity with PDCCC, Mr. Baker will provide instruction, hands-on and theory; classroom management; and administrative tasks in the industrial maintenance discipline. His programs will focus on analyzing machine maintenance and management; examining equipment for defects such as breakage and excessive wear. The role also will involve observing and testing the operation of machinery and equipment in order to diagnose malfunctions, using voltmeters and other testing devices, and other duties as needed.
Rudean Harrell

Rudean Harrell — Nursing Faculty

Mrs. Rudean Harrell also has been hired to fill critical roles in the PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health Department. She has worked for Sentara Obici Hospital, as well as the Louise Obici School for Professional Nursing as a Registered Nurse. Her additional experiences are as follows: PDCCC Clinical instructor (August 2013-present); EVMS- FIMR Coordinator (April 2012 – April 2013); Public Health Nurse-Western Tidewater Health District (June 2008 to March 2011) and numerous other roles such as a Bereavement Counselor; Lamaze Childbirth Educator; Lactation Consultant and other roles. She is a graduate of John Tyler Community College as well as Norfolk State and Old Dominion University. Mrs. Harrell received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her role at PDCCC, Mrs. Harrell will demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units. She will educate in subjects related to nursing such as principles and application of physical, biological, and psychological areas.
Nancy Warren

Nancy Warren – Communications Instructor

Mrs. Nancy Warren has been with PDCCC since 2000. She worked in the Office for Institutional Advancement for several years as a Public Relations Specialist, and then began teaching as an Assistant Professor of English. She served as an Associate Professor of English from 2008 to 2014. As PDCCC’s new Communications Instructor, Mrs. Warren will provide instruction using established course related materials. She will facilitate and moderate classroom discussions on topics such as public speaking, media criticism, and oral traditions. Aspects of her role will include reviews of college writing and literature appreciation. Mrs. Warren holds an Associate’s degree from Paul D. Camp Community College. She holds a Master’s degree in English from Christopher Newport University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Humanities from Old Dominion University. Mrs. Warren fills the role vacated by former Communications Instructor Jillian Overby.
Wendy Miller-Edwards

Wendy Miller-Edwards – History Instructor

Mrs. Wendy Miller-Edwards joins PDCCC to fill its full-time History Instructor position. From 2006 to 2014, Mrs. Miller-Edwards served as an Adjunct History Professor for the College. Before this role, Ms. Miller Edwards served as a Dual Enrollment Program History Instructor with PDCCC. And before this role, she worked in the Isle of Wight County Public School System as a both a fourth and fifth grade instructor. In her new position with the College, Mrs. Miller-Edwards will prepare and deliver lectures to students on topics such as ancient history, postwar civilizations, and the history of third-world countries. She also will teach community courses and speak to local groups and organizations. Mrs. Miller-Edwards graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Arts in American and Non-American History with a minor in Elementary and Middle School Education and she received a Master of Arts degree in Teaching History and Social Sciences from Christopher Newport University.
David Lorenz

David Lorenz – Electricity/Robotics Instructor

Mr. David Lorenz graduated from Regents University, in New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Old Dominion University with a Master of Science degree in Occupational and Technical Studies. Before joining PDCCC, he worked for Chesapeake Public Schools at Grassfield High School, where he served as Department Head for the STEM Program, was the advisor for both TSA and VEX robotics, and taught physics, electronics, and power and transportation. Mr. Lorenz also worked with Tidewater Community College as an Adjunct Instructor teaching mechanical engineering courses. Additionally, he served 20 years in the U.S. Navy with his last post being in the Curriculum Instructional Standards Office at Fleet Command Training Center in Virginia Beach. In his duties as an Electronics, Electricity, & Robotics Instructor, Mr. Lorenz will, in part, oversee, develop, and maintain a comprehensive safe program; create and implement a Mechatronics AAS program; collaborate with local industry; assist students and faculty in using electrical and mechanical training equipment and related software; and teach a variety of electrical, mechanical and robotic classes.
Jeanette Pellegrin

Jeanette Pellegrin – Dual Enrollment Coordinator

Ms. Jeanette Pellegrin has been hired to serve as PDCCC’s new Dual Enrollment Coordinator. In this capacity, she will manage all aspects of dual enrollment recruitment, marketing, school and public information sessions, student briefings and career fairs, as well as on-campus events. She will assist in coordinating with community college faculty and administrators the processes for credentialing dual enrollment teachers and for course approval. She also will coordinate college placement testing in area high schools for prospective dual enrollment students. Ms. Pellegrin formerly worked for Cloud County Community College in Condoria, KS, as an Academic Advisor for Online Outreach to Students. Before that role, she worked as a Coordinator of Student Services at Cloud County Community College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Maryland.


Paul D. Camp Community College Kicks Off New Semester with Special Speaker Dominic Brown of WTKR

Dominic Brown and Crowd
Student Support Services (SSS) participants and College officials were pumped after hearing motivational words from guest speaker Dominic Brown, meteorologist for WTKR’s news Channel 3. “This program always presents an opportunity to get our students motivated and energized for a new academic year,” said Dr. Hyler Scott, associate professor and counselor with SSS who sponsored this session on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
The goal of SSS, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is to increase the probability that students will succeed in the completion of their educational goals. The program offers free tutoring, counseling; cultural and educational enrichment, as well as assistance to those planning to transfer to a four-year college or university.
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Dominic and Micah
Micah Thomas of Suffolk, a computer science major and work-study student in the computer lab at the Hobbs Campus, presents the meteorologist with gifts after Brown’s presentation.
Hyler and Dominic Appreciation
Dr. Hyler Scott presents Dominic Brown of WTKR with a certificate of appreciation for his commitment to the students.


Paul D. Camp Community College’s Spring 2015 Scholarship Cycle Opens October 1 for New and Continuing Students

Deadline for submissions is Nov. 3, 2014
Applications for Paul D. Camp Community College scholarships will open Oct. 1 for the spring 2015 semester. New and continuing students can apply for an array of funding opportunities beginning that day.
“The cost of an education should not stop anyone from reaching their educational goals. That’s why Paul D. Camp Community College has established a number of opportunities for prospective and current students to get their education paid for through scholarships,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “What is amazing is that these opportunities are possible because of donors who have sacrificed, saved and contributed in order to help others achieve success.” In 2014,
During the fall 2014 semester, the PDCCC Financial Aid Office awarded 61 scholarships to students totaling more than $38,000.
There are 14 scholarships for new and continuing students available for the spring 2015 semester. Students may apply for these regardless if they have applied for scholarships in the fall, as long as they meet the criteria listed for each award. The scholarship acceptance period, begins Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Scholarship applications must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. and will only be accepted electronically.
Students only need to follow these steps to apply:

  • Submit a PDCCC Scholarship Application with all required supporting documentation to scholarships@pdc.edu. (Scanning instructions are located in the area of the PDCCC computer labs and on the Web site scholarships page.)
  • 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 log onto http://www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/


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