Deadline to register for PDCCC basic contractor business licensing course is October 10

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Monday, October 10. The class will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 11 and 18, at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
This is an eight-hour, non-credit 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


More than 70 players head out to the green in support of PDCCC Foundation

Bob Powell Rick Coradi Carlisle Wroton Pat CorbinThe first place winners in the first flight, from left, were: Bob Powell, Rick Coradi, Carlisle Wroton and Pat Corbin.
13th Annual Golf Tournament featured celebrity guest Ben Hunter
The Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation brought in at least $15,000 to support student needs.
“However, donations are still coming in,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the foundation. “We couldn’t have been more fortunate—the weather was perfect for the more than 70 players who participated.”
The 13th annual event, held at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk, featured the 2006 Sleepy Hole Amateur Champion and first two-time USCAA National Champion Benford “Ben” Hunter, a native of Suffolk.
Awards were announced during a dinner after the tournament. The following were the winning teams for three flights:

  • First Flight, First Place: Bob Powell, Carlisle Wroton, Rick Coradi and Pat Corbin
  • First Flight, Second Place: Ben Hunter, B.J. Maben, LeCardi Johnson and Maria Stewart
  • First Flight, Third Place: Mike Everett, Jimmy Hobbs, Tommy Bryant and Jim Vaughan
  • Second Flight, First Place: Ronnie West, Curt Faison, Jerry Vaden and Lynn Goodrich
  • Second Flight, Second Place: Dave Dunlap, Time King, Forrest Barefoot and Scott Mooneyham
  • Second Flight, Third Place: Dan Lufkin, Tom Vitaletti, Andrew Hodge and Robert Coleman
  • Third Flight, First Place: Woody Crook, James Ware and Ernest Gillespie
  • Third Flight, Second Place: Ed Jadeski, David Lorenz, Bill Wentz and Heather Eckman
  • Third Flight, Third Place: Pete Carr, Charles Powers, Ron Baskins and Tom Gresham

In addition, several superlative awards were presented. Ben Hunter won for the Longest Drive, and Ian Savareux won both of the Closest to the Hole awards. The putting contest was won by Dayton Crowder. Raffle prizes were also awarded.
Proceeds from the event will help provide scholarships and quality programs for Paul D. Camp Community College students.
Among the many supporters, Dominion served as a Silver Sponsor. Bronze sponsors were Bronco Federal Credit Union, Farmers Bank, Birdsong Peanuts and Smithfield Foods. “We thank all of the sponsors, donors and participants who made this event possible,” said Felts. “Many students will be able to benefit from the money we raised.”
For more information about the PDCCC Foundation, contact the Office for Institutional Advancement, 757-569-6790.

Registration WebBill Wentz buys raffle tickets from PDCCC Operations Analyst Sheryl Hedgepeth after registering for the golf tournament.

Dr LufkinDr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president, prepares to take his best shot during the 13th Annual PDCCC Foundation Golf Tournament.


Students tap into real life experience in building maintenance class

Paula and CathyCathy McEntire, owner of McEntire Designs-Architects, right, shares work experiences at her firm in Suffolk with Paula Apperson, a student in Richard Baker’s BLD 111 class. — Photo by Richard Baker
~Professionals share as part of curriculum ~
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Blueprint Reading and the Building Code students (BLD 111) will get the opportunity to learn first-hand what various jobs entail.
Throughout the semester, Richard Baker, industrial trades instructor, has local professionals aligned as guest speakers. “This is a great opportunity for our students to learn directly from experts in their fields,” he said.
His students recently visited Cathy McEntire, owner of McEntire Design-Architects in Suffolk, to hear about day-to-day operations and what is required to execute the various projects the company has undertaken.
Other speakers will be staggered over the semester and will feature Brian Layne, surveyor, and Chris Parrish, professional engineer, of Parrish-Layne Design Group Ltd. in Chesapeake; Larry Riddick of Riddick Builders in Suffolk; and Donald Goodwin, director of community development for the city of Franklin. Goodwin also teaches Basic Contractor Business Licensing for the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center.
BLD 111 is an introduction to reading and interpreting various types of blueprints and working drawings with reference to local, state and national building codes. The class is part of the Building Maintenance Career Studies Certificate program at PDCCC.
“The program uses a multi-craft approach and is designed to prepare students for employment,” said Baker.
For more information about the program, contact Baker at 757-569-6729 or


Chancellor visits PDCCC as part of ‘Listening Tour”

Chancellor Du BoisDr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia Community Colleges addressed attendees at the end of the program.
College’s student success team presented best practices
Virginia Community College System Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois made a stop to the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center recently during his Listening Tour to gather input regarding best practices for student success. He is visiting all 23 community colleges in the system.
Traveling with the chancellor were Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research Dr. Sharon Morrissey, VCCS Internal Communications Manager Laura Osberger; and state board members Susan Gooden and Douglas Garcia- both community college graduates.
“Each community college will be presenting its strategy for student success,” said Morrissey. “We will be weaving a tapestry of best practices that will be shared across the VCCS.”
College Success Coaches Dr. Sandra Walker and Laura Clark, delivered the presentation, “Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS): A Research-based, Evidence-driven Model for Effectively Serving Underserved Students.” The STEPS program is part of the Chancellor’s College Success Program and the team at PDCCC includes Jamie Dodd, college success coach Initiative program specialist. The program has earned several honors.
The STEPS team presentation was also highlighted by three students who shared how the program has helped them. Those students were: Cody Billups, recent recipient of the Valley Proteins Fellowship; Wanda Olden, past recipient of the Valley Proteins Fellowship; and Micah Thomas, who overcame many personal struggles to attain his associate’s from PDCCC and is still continuing his education while working for the college.
The chancellor was impressed with the success of the program, citing that he liked the components and the fact that it is research-based. “It proves that coaching works,” he said. “Your program is good for business.”
“Students need guidance in their first year,” said DuBois. “Every student who shows up needs to be college ready on Day 1. If not, they are already behind. If they can complete the first five courses successfully, their chance of completion goes north of 70 percent. If they only complete four, that number is cut to 35 percent.”
Dr. Morrissey also led a discussion regarding the identification of barriers to student success. Lack of transportation, personnel, finances and support groups for veterans were among the barriers noted by those in attendance, which included students, faculty, staff, administration, board and foundation board members.
STEPS Q and AThe STEPS team, right at table, fields questions from about the success program. From left are: Dr. Sandra Walker, Wanda Olden, Laura Clark and Cody Billups.

Tyler Wheeler studentStudent and veteran Tyler Wheeler expressed that the lack of programs for veterans is a barrier for student success at PDCCC.


Curtains rise on the Encore Learning fall season

Patsy Falls Mona Johnson Terry EdwardsPatsy Falls, from left, Mona Johnson (seated) and Terry Edwards get creative during a previous Encore Learning course.
~Registration is open for an array of non-credit courses~
Boost your brain by learning how to play chess or take in the fall foliage while traveling down the Nottoway River in a kayak. You may discover that you want to eat and cook healthy, even during the holidays. Learning more about these topics is possible at the Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce Development.
Registration is now open for one of the more recently created programs the facility offers—Encore Learning.
The program is focused on appealing to adults 50 or older via non-credit classes to help them improve a skill or explore a new area of interest. “Participants also have the opportunity to interact with interesting people in the community,” said Director Teri Zurfluh. “They can choose from a diverse list of offerings and can create their own development program, expand their views of the world and enrich their lives and their communities.”
Encore Learning is a membership based community that offers learning during fall and spring. New and existing class options fall under categories like Arts & Humanities, Encore on the Go! and Hobbies and Interests. Numerous new classes have been added for the fall 2016 term, some of which are taught at the workforce center and others entail fun field trips.
“Prospective members are able to sample a class as well,” said Zurfluh. “That way, people who are new to the program can decide for themselves if this is the right program for them.”
According to Zurfluh, there are many benefits for older adults to continue taking advantage of learning opportunities. “Lifelong learning can improve memory, present opportunities to network with others and provide an exchange of ideas with peers, among other advantages,” she said.
A complimentary coffee bar, The Buzz, is accessible to all members of the program and is sponsored by Keurig Green Mountain. “This allows members to mingle and network before and after classes, and is just a perk of joining the program,” Zurfluh said.
Numerous other community partners allow the program to be successful through the speaker series and other expert presentations, and/or by allowing field trips to their facilities. “We could not do this without the help of these other organizations,” she said.
The cost for Encore Learning is $30 per person for one term or $50 per person for the entire year, or two terms, fall and spring. Participants can enroll in as many classes as they choose. Registration can be completed by fax, mail or by downloading forms from the web site and emailing them. For more information, call 757-569-6050, or visit
Gladys Wiggins Darlene TurnerGladys Wiggins in back and Darlene Turner enjoy an outing of kayaking on the local waterways.

Gladys Wiggins kayakingGladys Wiggins puts her paddling skills to the test during a kayaking session of Encore Learning.


Sarah Giorgi selected as recipient of 2016 Hampton Roads Community Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

Dr Lufkin Sarah GiorgiSarah Giorgi accepts her scholarship certificate from Dr. Daniel Lufkin, president of Paul D. Camp Community College.
Sarah Giorgi of Boykins wasn’t even planning to take any dual enrollment classes until she discovered that early childhood education was offered at Southampton High School for dual credit.
“I was ecstatic to find out that I would be receiving college credit for this course,” she said.
Giorgi, who earned career studies certificates in early childhood and advanced early childhood from PDCCC, was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Hampton Roads Community Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship at Paul D. Camp Community College. A Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship winner is selected from each of the 23 institutions in Virginia’s Community College System and is awarded by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE).
Giorgi had already taken childhood development her sophomore year in high school and was very interested in the class. Her sister, Ashley, had taken Early Childhood Education I and II during high school and coincidentally was the 2012 recipient of the Camp Family Foundations Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship.
“She paved the way for me,” said Giorgi. “However, I never really thought I wanted to do anything beyond those classes in high school until I met my teacher for early childhood education, Cindy Jackson. Her teaching style inspired me to want to continue my education with early childhood.” Giorgi also has attained the NOCTI Certificate in Early Childhood Education.
The daughter of Debbie and Jerry Nahrebecki of Boykins and David Giorgi of Groton, Conn., Giorgi was very active in community-based organizations and projects in high school. In her four years as a Key Club member, she served as president, vice president and board member. In addition, she earned honors, including the Above and Beyond Division 21 Membership Award in 2014 and the Outstanding Community Service Award annually from 2013 to present.
She was a board member and treasurer for the Student Government Association, a member of the Christian Club and the Beta Club. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has attained a 3.94 GPA. She was a member of the Cross Country team as well.
Giorgi was a member and 2016 co-captain of Southampton High School’s Keys 4 a Cure Relay for Life team and participates in the annual Franklin/Southampton Relay for Life event. Her leadership and volunteer experience, along with academic skills, led to her selection to represent Southampton High School at Virginia Girls State. She is an active Youth Group member at Tucker Swamp Baptist Church.
After completing an associate’s degree in early childhood education, she wants to enroll at Longwood University to earn a master’s in elementary education. “I want to become a teacher at a local elementary school,” she said. “After teaching for a few years, my ultimate goal /dream is to open my own preschool and daycare center.”
The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship may be used on any campus within the VCCS. This year, it will provide a $3,875 scholarship for a full year of tuition, books and fees— all possible due to Wells Fargo and additional funding available from VCCS.
As a Commonwealth Legacy scholar, Giorgi will mentor future scholarship recipients and participate in statewide events, such as the Student Leadership Conference, scheduled for fall. Commonwealth Legacy Scholars will also be featured in the Virginia Community College System’s Annual Report and on its website.

Sarah and family w presidentSarah Giorgi of Boykins is joined by parents Jerry and Debbie Nahrebecki and Paul D. Camp Community College President Dr. Daniel Lufkin. Giorgi is also the daughter of David Giorgi of Connecticut.


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