Paul D. Camp Community College President Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Dr Conco' s Ice Bucket Challenge
Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., President of Paul D. Camp Community College, accepted an icy challenge today to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The Ice Bucket Challenge, made by Carol Wright, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Dr. Renee Felts, Dean of the Franklin Campus/Occupational/Technical programs, was also set to raise funds for a local firefighter that has this neurodegenerative disease. Dousing Dr. Conco in front of the College is Nelda Bellamy, Executive Secretary to the Vice President of Academic and Student Development, left, and Trina Jones, Dean of Student Services and Counselor. Dr. Conco then challenged Dr. Carl Sweat, Coordinator of PDCCC at Smithfield, Dr. Justin Oliver, Interim Dean of Transfer Programs and the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, and Randy Betz, Vice President of the Division of Workforce Development to follow suit by getting a cold soaking, making a donation or both. Conco is also making donations to both the local firefighter and the National ALS Association.
Dr Edenfield ice ice baby
This is a new twist on taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Raising awareness and funds for ALS, Dr. Joe Edenfield also challenged Troop 17 and all of the VCCS VPs.


Paul D. Camp Community College Celebrates Practical Nursing Collaboration on Franklin Campus

PDCC Nursing Program Reception group
Paul D. Camp Community College held a reception to introduce the new Practical Nursing Program on the Franklin Campus. The program is a collaborative effort between the College, Franklin City Public Schools and Southampton Memorial Hospital.
Celebrating the occasion, front row from left, are: Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, PDCCC Vice President of Academic and Student Development; Kimberly Lowe, FCPS PN Instructor; Samantha Dowd, Anndrea Wilson and Alexa Lilley, all PN students; Dr. Debbie Hartman, PDCCC Dean of Nursing and Allied Health; and Laurie Ross, Southampton Memorial Hospital CNO. Back row: Lynn Jones, PDCCC Local Board Chairman; Edna King, FCPS Board Chairman; Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., PDCCC President; Willie J. Bell Jr., FCPS Superintendent; Stephanie Lockhart, PDCCC Lead Faculty for PN Program; Keisha Spivey, PN student; Herbert W. DeGroft, PDCCC Foundation Board President; Abiola Ogbeta and Joyce Hines, PN students; and Asa Johnson, PDCCC Local Board member.
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Felicia Blow, PDCCC Vice President for Institutional Advancement, from left, Edna King, Willie J. Bell Jr., Paul Wm. Conco and Laurie Ross talk about the Practical Nursing collaboration.
PDCC Nursing Program Reception Alexa,Samantha, AnndreaPractical Nursing students, from left, Alexa Lilley, Samantha Dowd and Anndrea Wilson chat during the reception.
For more information about the program, email Lockhart at .


Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center Graduates Third Class of Marine Welders

Paul D. Camp Community College recently graduated 10 students from its Fast Track Marine Welding program—a non-credit, 120-hour program on the Franklin Campus that provides hands-on training, job shadowing opportunities and job placement support.
The College’s Division of Workforce Development and Career Development Center, as well as its Fast Track Marine Welding students in the latest session of the program, have benefited from a generous $10,000 grant awarded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
The program is designed to provide fast-paced, focused training of welding essentials and is targeted for individuals who are unemployed, particularly long-term. Not only does the program prepare students for the workforce, but also provides employers with trained candidates.
For more information, contact the Workforce Development Office, 757.569.6050, or visit
Welding Graduation
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Members of the third class of Fast Track Marine Welders at PDCCC, from left, are: Andrew Randolph of Carrsville, Darwin DaCosta of Suffolk, Khalfani Elliott of Boykins, Chandra Tucker of Drewryville, Marcus Henry of Suffolk, Alice Widmeyer-Ellison of Franklin, Dustin Everette of Franklin, Maurice Warren of Franklin, Aaron Williams of Courtland and Brandon Card of Suffolk.


The Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound Program’s Summer Session Culminates with Closing Ceremony

More than 200 students, alumni, family members, instructors, staff and college officials attended the 2014 Upward Bound Summer Closing Ceremony held July 22 at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
During the event, attendees celebrated the end of a six-week educational and cultural session, which featured guest speaker and Upward Bound alumna, Katrina Williams, a graduate of Southampton High School and student at Regent University. The ceremony was also highlighted by student talent and project displays.
For more information about Upward Bound, a federally funded TRIO program that helps students grades 9-12 continue their education beyond high school, visit or call 757.569.6764.
2014 Upward Bound Summer Closing CeremonyNicole Freeman of Southampton High School executes a modern dance performance during the ceremony.
2014 Upward Bound Summer Closing CeremonyA special musical presentation included Dante Copeland and Imani Garde, both of Lakeland High School.
2014 Upward Bound Summer Closing CeremonyEsther Brown looks at the paper turbine projects with her daughter and Upward Bound student Catherine Brown of Franklin High School.


Newport News Shipbuilding Receives ‘Excellence Award’ for Successful Partnership with Paul D. Camp Community College

CTE Excellence Award
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Present for the awards luncheon, from left, were: Paul Wm. Conco, PDCCC President; Danny Hunley, NNS Vice President of Operations; Brian Burroughs, NNS Manager of Product and Training; Gary Roy, NNS Manager of Trades Training; Angela Lawhorne, PDCCC Career Development Center and Job Placement Coordinator; Bill Docalovich, NNS Director of Trades Services; and Larry Brunson, PDCCC Job Placement Coach.
Newport News Shipbuilding officials Bill Docalovich and Brian Burroughs were recently honored with a 2013-14 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Creating Excellence Award for Postsecondary Business and Industry Partnerships.
Paul D. Camp Community College made the nomination for the award, which was presented at a luncheon in Richmond by the Virginia Community College System in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education. NNS was recognized for the successful partnership between the industry and the College for its 120-hour Fast Track Marine Welding Training Program.
“This award is a direct result of the great work performed by the PDCCC Career Development Center and Regional Workforce Development Center in partnership with Newport News Shipbuilding,” said Paul Wm. Conco, president of PDCCC. “We are fortunate to have received a grant for this program through the Virginia Community College Chancellor’s Innovation Fund. The program is designed to meet the workforce needs of Newport News Shipbuilding.”
Newport News Shipbuilding and the College’s collaboration activities included weekly technical sessions, the completion of a real time skills gap analysis, the inclusion of a NNS instructor, and curriculum design assistance provided by Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development. The collaboration resulted in a program that may serve as a state, regional or nationwide model. Already in the region, similar maritime pre-hire programs involve electrical, coating and machinist training.
“Newport News Shipbuilding has found that by working closely and sharing some of our training materials with local community colleges and technical schools, we create a richer pipeline of talent applying for career opportunities with our company,” said Bill Docalovich, NNS director of trades services.
To date, the program at PDCCC has graduated 29 students in three classes.
“We had nine students in a very diverse first class of the Fast Track Marine Welding Training Program,” said Larry Brunson, coordinator of the project at PDCCC. They graduated in June 2013. Eight of the nine students are all employed, with five of them working at NNS.”

The CTE Excellence Awards promote best practices in education and recognize exemplary contributions that improve the quality of CTE programs, according to the Virginia Department of Education. Goals of the awards program are as follows:

  • Promote improvements in academic achievement and technical skills attainment;
  • Prepare students for transitions from secondary schools to postsecondary education and careers;
  • Strengthen the connection between secondary and postsecondary education; and
  • Create partners that support, promote, and enhance career and technical education.

Paul D. Camp Community College Awards Scholarships to 34 Students for Fall 2014 Semester

Paul D. Camp Community College has awarded 34 students with scholarships that will aid in paying for tuition and books for the Fall 2014 semester. The following applicants were honored with awards:

  • Angelita Bease of Suffolk – 40/7 Society Scholarship
  • Tyler Billups of Franklin – Frances P. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship
  • Jeamis Britt of Windsor – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Ellis Cofield of Franklin – Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Samantha Cole of Franklin – Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Natalia Dauphin of Franklin – Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Imani Edwards of Ivor – Wal-Mart Community Involvement Scholarship and the Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Tanisha Ford of Franklin – Donald C. Boyce Education Scholarship
  • Amber Gwaltney of Boykins – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Trakelia Hamlin of Smithfield – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Deidre Harmon of Virginia Beach – Margaret L. Brown Education Scholarship
  • Brittany Hart of Franklin – Cynthia A. Shaffer Scholarship
  • Tyreckka Hawks of Franklin – Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Kristen Kimball of Smithfield – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Josephine Lel of Virginia Beach – Shirley N. Barnes Scholarship
  • Heather Loveall of Zuni – Cynthia A. Shaffer Scholarship, and Roy and Eleanor Epps Cornwell Scholarship
  • Leny Maldonado of Suffolk – American Association of University Women, Suffolk Branch
  • Ashanda Mills of Suffolk – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Bonnie Newsome of Sedley – Smithfield Foods Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
  • Wanda Olden of Suffolk – PDCCC Classified Staff Council Scholarship
  • Eryn Owen of Suffolk – City of Suffolk Early Childhood Development Scholarship Fund
  • Jacqueline Peebles of Suffolk – Dr. Alvin C. Rogers Endowed Scholarship
  • Latia Pierce of Suffolk – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Amber Presson of Carrsville – William and Dorothy Gwaltney Scholarship
  • Jacqueline Rawlings of Suffolk – Kiwanis Club of Suffolk Scholarship
  • Tiffany Ricks of Suffolk – Cross Realty Career Grant
  • Emberlyn Roberts of Courtland – Camp to Camp Scholarship and Nellie White Business Scholarship
  • Matthew Seaborne of Sedley – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Chelsea Spivey of Franklin – Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Chad Stubenrauch of Suffolk – Cross Realty Career Grant
  • Micah Thomas of Suffolk – Lawrence M. “Marvin” Farmer Memorial Scholarship
  • Kela’ Turner of Zuni – Bobby B. Worrell Scholarship and Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Charlene Walker-Briggs of Suffolk – Dean Nancy Sandberg Scholarship
  • Aaron Williams of Courtland – Perry W. Barnett Memorial Endowed Scholarship

“It’s truly a blessing that through so many generous donors, we are able to help so many students realize their educational goals at Paul D. Camp Community College,” said Felicia Blow, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation.
In addition to the fall awards, Upward Bound students who were enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes during the summer received Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarships (DECOS).
Those students are as follows:

  • Shamar Ballard of Franklin
  • Taniya Barrett of Suffolk
  • Shunye’ Burton of Capron
  • Shakyra Cotton of Suffolk
  • Arneze Flood of Suffolk
  • Emily Foster of Suffolk
  • Cierra Gilmore of Suffolk
  • Virginia Goode of Franklin
  • Matthew Gray of Suffolk
  • Shadeejah Hunt of Franklin
  • Lexus Isom of Suffolk
  • Rhema Johnson of Courtland
  • Wilmisha Porter of Branchville
  • Wilbert Ridley of Branchville
  • Markel Smith of Drewryville
  • Paula Steward of Suffolk

The Fall 2014 scholars, as well as the DECOS recipients, will join donors to be honored during a special reception on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center.
PDCCC awards scholarships each fall and spring semester. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6790.


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