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

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, February 3. This session will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, February 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.


PDCCC nursing students honored during special ceremony

Capping group Dec 2016 webPaul D. Camp Community College practical nursing program students were honored recently during a capping ceremony held at the Regional Workforce Development Center. Those who celebrated reaching this milestone, front row from left, are: Reshema Green of Norfolk, Alisha Vines of Hampton, Stephanie Decker of Franklin and Deven Dodd of Courtland. Back: Amanda Nichols of Franklin, Brittany Johnson of Courtland, Cathy Riley-Snyder of Suffolk, Desirae Jones of Portsmouth, Samantha Luke of Suffolk, Amy Flowers of Suffolk, Tamara Jamison of Carrsville, Francheska Rodriguez of Ivor, Sophie Abisaab of Yorktown, Tyrica Mederos-Paredes of Suffolk and Hannah Fagan of Suffolk. Not pictured are Ja’Kira Williams of Suffolk, Shirley Granger of Portsmouth, LaQuanda Wilson of Newport News and Crystal Jones of Suffolk.


PDCCC’s Harvey McLemore earns state honor for community service

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Vice President of the Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce Development Randy Betz, left, congratulates Harvey McLemore on his recent chancellor’s award.

Paul D. Camp Community College staff member Harvey McLemore was recently honored with the Virginia Community College Chancellor’s Award for Community Services.
McLemore serves as facility service coordinator/event specialist for the division of workforce development at PDCCC.
“Harvey exemplifies the ‘excellence’ in customer service excellence,” said PDCCC Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz. “He is always friendly, enthusiastic and accommodating.”
Throughout the past 13 years, McLemore has worked with clients to coordinate 85 to 105 weekend and evening functions each year at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, including private and community events.
“I don’t think people realize how much attention to detail each reservation requires in regard to room set-up, technology, security, catering support, preprogrammed heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and housekeeping in a seven-day-per-week operation,” said Betz.
McLemore supervises a group of dedicated event specialists who also work diligently to support client needs. He also goes above and beyond to ensure a referral to the client to another community organization that can help if there is a conflict for the space they need at the workforce center on a requested date.
“He is an expert in customer service,” Betz added.


Success Program Students at PDCCC collect more than 500 items for The Genieve Shelter

The Paul D. Camp Community College STEPS (Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully) recently made a sizeable donation after its 2nd Annual Community Support Project brought in more than 500 toiletry and household items for The Genieve Shelter. Last year’s efforts resulted in 300 items collected.
According to College Success Coach Dr. Sandra Walker, the overwhelming response of the initiative is due to the generosity of the students, faculty and staff. Students played a big role in the logistics of the project by collecting, counting and boxing donations, as well as raising awareness in order to gain more support.
“Community service involvement is a key tenet of the STEPS agenda,” said Walker. “The skills gained through this project included teamwork, program planning and marketing, and will support students within and beyond PDCCC.”
Items such as laundry detergent, trash bags, wash clothes, shampoo and toothpaste were collected at each campus and given to support the shelter’s mission of providing (…a safe and supportive environment to victims of domestic violence and to provide information, education and training services which focus on ending domestic violence.”

Student Matthew Seaborne

Student Matthew Seaborne bags up some of the items to be donated to The Genieve Shelter.

Student Wanda Olden

Student Wanda Olden packs hand sanitizer and other toiletry items in preparation of the donation to The Genieve Shelter.

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Grady Chambliss helps Dr. Sandra Walker load all the boxes destined for the shelter.


Beginner digital photography class to be held at Paul D. Camp Community College Smithfield

The Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce Development will offer a digital photography class for beginners, titled “Get More from Your Camera,” at PDCCC at Smithfield, 253 James Street, on the second floor of the Blackwater Regional Library.
The class will be taught by award-winning photographer Shirley Whitenack on Wednesdays, beginning February 8 through March 1, 2017, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The cost is $110.
“Participants will learn about the amazing things your camera is capable of that you never knew were possible,” said Whitenack.
The instruction will cover basic camera mechanics, selection of file type, shooting modes, automatic focus, manual focus and flash. Exposure, shutter speeds, f-stops, ISO, white balance, metering modes, and impact of light direction will also be discussed.
“There will be opportunities for outdoor shooting and take-home assignments to reinforce classroom instruction,” said Whitenack.
The registration deadline is Tuesday, February 7, at 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Workforce Development Office, 757-569-6050, or email workforce@pdc.edu.


Foundation Grant Will Enable Paul D. Camp Community College to Respond to Growing Demand for Solar Jobs

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Dr. Dan Lufkin, president of PDCCC, accepts a check from J.J. Smith, Valley Proteins president. The award will help create a Career Studies Certificate program in energy technology with a focus in solar energy, a growing field in the college’s service region.

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is presenting Paul D. Camp Community College with the 8th Annual Valley Proteins Award for Workforce Development. The $10,000 grant is funded by Valley Proteins, and it will help the college create a Career Studies Certificate (CSC) program in energy technology with a focus on solar energy.
With four large solar farms in various stages of review, approval, and construction within the PDCCC service region, college officials were eager to get the program up and running to accommodate the nearly 500 specially-trained jobs the facilities will require. Paul D. Camp has campuses in both Franklin and Suffolk.
“This CSC in energy technology will provide both the entry-level and mid-level solar energy training to support the construction, operation, and maintenance of the burgeoning solar industry currently underway in the rural Hampton Roads area,” said VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois.
The Valley Proteins Endowment Fund is awarded annually to support workforce development programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges in the areas of environmental science, commercial truck driving, heating and air conditioning, and office technology.
“We are very grateful to have received this Valley Proteins grant. The goal of our program is to provide the community and industry with the best-trained students possible. This generous grant will provide our students job opportunities in the growing field of solar energy in PDCCC’s service region,” observed PDCCC President Dan Lufkin.
The process of earning a certificate in energy technology can be completed in one academic year. PDCCC expects to begin offering the Energy Technology Career Studies Certificate program in the fall of 2017. It is anticipated that the success of the first class of graduates will attract even more students to the program.
This is the second time Paul D. Camp Community College has earned the award. Previous recipients of the annual award include Blue Ridge Community College, Eastern Shore Community College, John Tyler Community College, and Southside Virginia Community College.
Headquartered in Winchester, Valley Proteins, Inc. is committed to supporting the workforce, particularly in the areas in which it has a business presence. The 66-year-old firm operates plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Its processing facilities recycle food waste materials into usable products and bio fuels for feed and industrial applications.


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