Help PDCCC help students during one day of giving

Fundraising platform will allow donations to be made online

The Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation hopes to have the help of the community to assist students in realizing their dreams of attending college during a 24-hour fundraiser.
The Give Local 757 allows nonprofits to raise awareness about their organization while also raising money. In addition, the event provides connections with new donors by encouraging a wider audience to engage in the rewards of giving. The event begins at midnight on Tuesday, May 9.
“This is an excellent way to donate and know that the funds will benefit people in the immediate area,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Workforce Development/ Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Dr. Renee Felts. “It is an investment. By helping us help our students, they can get jobs in the area, which in turn supports our overall economy.”
The Give Local 757 platform was created by the Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia in 2014 for local nonprofits in the Hampton Roads area. In 2016, the event raised $610,000 for 223 nonprofits in the area, according to its website. The target for this year’s day of giving is $1 million. Along with the Peninsula Community Foundation, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and the United Way are hosting the event.
The Give Local 757 website will officially open for “pre-donations” on Tuesday, April 25th. To make a donation to PDCCC, go to www.givelocal757.org/pdcccfoundation and click the “Donate Now” button.


PDCCC supporter Herb DeGroft honored with 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

Herbert W. DeGroft, center, is congratulated by VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn Dubois, left, and PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin at the luncheon in Richmond.
Herbert W. DeGroft of Smithfield was nominated by Paul D. Camp Community College to receive the 12th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. DeGroft was honored recently during a special luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond.
“Herbert DeGroft proves himself a devoted supporter for Paul D. Camp Community College time and time again—and has been doing so for three decades,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “As a past member of the Local College Board and past president of the College Foundation, he has served tirelessly, taking a genuine interest in assisting and participating in the majority of the college’s events and fundraising activities, namely our Gala and Annual Golf Tournament.
“Herb has also reached into his own pockets on many occasions to ensure that our students have the resources they need to be successful. The College considers itself fortunate for Mr. DeGroft’s friendship and many contributions.”
In his 30 years serving PDCCC, DeGroft began as a member of the Local College board in 1986. He spent two years serving on the Legislative Advocacy committee before joining the Foundation Board in 1996. He served as vice president of the Foundation Board from 2012 to 2014, and as president from 2014 to 2016. He served on numerous committees during this time as well.
He planned and organized PDCCC’s first gala held in April 2016 which raised more than $35,000 for the foundation to help students and has consistently lent those talents to the annual golf tournament fundraiser since its inception in 2004. The activities and events DeGroft attends even include small internal celebrations for colleagues. In addition, he has always been on hand to accompany the students and staff to the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond.
Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the annual luncheon honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community college,s as well as the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $10 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois expressed his gratitude in his address to the crowd. “You are difference-makers. You are opportunity-creators. We thank you, not just for the dollars donated, but for the standard of leadership you represent. Your example motivates and challenges us all to do more to ensure that opportunity is there for those who come next.”
Keynote speaker John O. “Dubby” Wynne, chairman of GO Virginia and Reinvent Hampton Roads, said he was honored to be a part of the event and he emphasized the generous donations he and others have made are having a positive impact on the communities Virginia’s Community Colleges serve. “In many instances, your gifts are the difference between average or good and excellent in student performance,” he observed.
Wynne also issued an appeal to members of the audience to increase their level of support to help train and educate Virginia’s workforce for economic growth.


Student success program at PDCCC wins first place at statewide conference

Data shows program has been working since its development in 2012

STEPS GroupVice President for Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, from left, Co-Program Director Trina Jones, VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois, PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin, College Success Coaches Laura Clark and Dr. Sandra Walker, and Program Specialist Jamie Dodd. Not pictured is Co-Program Director Dr. Alan Harris.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) team was awarded a $5,000 first place prize during the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) New Horizons Conference 2017 held in Roanoke recently.
All 23 community colleges in the VCCS competed for the Excellence in Education Award based on the theme of “best practices in student success.” The PDCCC team was honored for their project titled, “STEPS: A Research-Based, Evidence-Driven Model for Effectively Serving Underserved Students.”
The team leading this effort is comprised of College Success Coaches Dr. Sandra Walker and Laura Clark, and Program Specialist Jamie Dodd with the support of Vice President for Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, and Co-Program Directors Dr. Alan Harris and Trina Jones.
“I would like to express my deep appreciation for their tireless work,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “I am also grateful for our faculty, staff and administrators who have supported the success of this award-winning program through their referrals. This is truly an accomplishment of which we can all be proud.”
The program was developed in 2012 in response to the VCCS Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative.
“The purpose of this initiative is to increase the number of underserved students who graduate, transfer or earn non-credit credentials,” said Clark. “Researchers attribute low retention rates among underserved students to lack of academic preparedness, limited financial resources, family obligations, and/or social incongruence.”
Among the program data, results have revealed that 70 percent of students maintained a 2.0 grade point average or higher; 134 degrees, diplomas, certificates or other credentials have been earned and more than $235,000 in scholarships have been awarded.
“In addition, three-year average retention rates for fall to spring and fall to fall consistently exceed the VCCS and PDCCC by 7 to 18 percent,” explained Walker.
According to the team, non-academic support was found to be just as important as academic support to first-generation, low-income and ethnic minority students. At the point of entry into STEPS, students must have earned 14 or less credits. The STEPS team was able to take advantage of the college’s small size and make more personal outreach efforts to targeted students.
For more information about the STEPS program at PDCCC, contact Clark in Franklin, 757-569-6780, lclark@pdc.edu, or Walker in Suffolk, 757-925-6326, swalker@pdc.edu.


Number of dual enrollment graduates continues to grow at Paul D. Camp Community College

May commencement will include 95 program or degree completers

Paul D. Camp Community College has experienced a 164 percent increase in the number of dual enrollment students who are graduating with a certificate, career studies certificate (CSC) or an associate’s degree when compared to 2016.
“We’re very excited to see so many high school students who are completing their programs of study this year,” said Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin, “It’s a strong testament to how hard these students work and what great opportunities are offered to them in this program.”
The PDCCC Dual Enrollment Program provides the opportunity for high school students to earn college credits while working toward their high school diploma. This includes completing a degree or certificate if they choose to go that route.
During the 2015-16 academic year, PDCCC graduated 36 dual enrollment students. For the 2016-17 year, the college is expected to see 95 students from the program walk during the May commencement. Sixty-eight of those are on schedule to earn career studies certificates, 10 will be earning General Education Certificates and 17 will earn both Career Studies Certificates and Associate of Arts and Science degrees in General Studies.
“Our partnerships with the high schools are growing because we share the goal of education for skills relevant in today’s workforce,” said Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president for academic and student development.
This concept also aligns with Virginia’s Community Colleges’ goal of “Complete 2021,” a strategic plan that aims to triple credentials awarded annually by 2021. One area of focus in this initiative is preparing graduates for employability in the regional workforce.
In addition to the largest number of dual enrollment students graduating at PDCCC, Franklin High School will have a record number of participants this year, with the following being awarded: 11 Principles of Robotics CSCs; seven Plate Welding CSCs; four General Education Certificates; and four Associates of Arts and Sciences degrees in General Studies.
This will also be the first year that students who attend PDCCC dual enrollment classes at The Pruden Center for Industry and Technology in Suffolk will earn career studies certificates in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic.
Other dual enrollment graduate awards include students from the following schools:

  • Southampton High School—
    Five Early Childhood Education and Advanced Early Childhood Education CSCs; five General Education Certificates; and three AA&S degrees in General Studies.
  • Lakeland High School—
    Three Early Childhood Education CSCs at Pruden; seven EMT Basic at Pruden; one General Education Certificate; and eight AA&S degrees in General Studies.
  • Nansemond River High School—
    One Early Childhood Education CSC at Pruden; nine EMT Basic CSCs at Pruden; and two AA&S degrees in General Studies.
  • King’s Fork High School—
    One Early Childhood Education CSC at Pruden; seven EMT Basic CSCs at Pruden.
  • Smithfield High School—
    Eight EMT Basic CSCs at Pruden.
  • Windsor High School—
    Five EMT Basic CSCs at Pruden.

Paul D. Camp Community College’s 46th Annual Commencement Exercises will be held Friday, May 12, at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
For more information about dual enrollment, contact PDCCC’s Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin at 757-569-6081, jpellegrin@pdc.edu, or visit the college’s website at www.pdc.edu.


Deadline approaching to register for PDCCC basic contractor business licensing course

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, April 21. This session will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 25 and May 2, 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 0.8 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.


Scholarships awarded during College Night in Franklin

The scholarship recipients, second from left, Carrie Beale, Danielle Warford and Elizabeth Williams were congratulated by Dean of Transfer Programs and the Hobbs Suffolk Campus Dr. Justin Oliver, far left, and PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin.
Three $500 scholarships were awarded at a recent free college planning event sponsored by Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) and hosted by Paul D. Camp Community College at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
Two more college night events are set at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus on Tuesday, April 18, and at PDCCC at Smithfield on Tuesday, April 25. Participants will receive college planning tips, a chance to win one of three $500 scholarships, free pizza and beverages. Entrants must be in grades 9-12 and present to win.
The following is a tentative agenda for the events:

  • Career exhibits and information sessions — 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Free pizza and beverages — 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • College planning presentations — 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Scholarship drawings — 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.collegenights.org.


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