Paul D. Camp Community College’s Literary Club Sponsors Portrayal of Frederick Douglass during Black History Month

Nathan RichardsonAccomplished performance poet, published author and Suffolk native Nathan Richardson will be featured during the Paul D. Camp Community College Literary Club’s Black History Month celebration. Richardson will portray Frederick Douglass, well-known writer, orator and abolitionist.
There will be two performances on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in room 104 at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road
  • 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in the Technology Theater at the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.

“This is a great way to bring our community and our students together to learn about this remarkable man as part of our history, and to honor Black History Month,” said Assistant Professor of English and PDCCC Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs. “Douglass escaped from slavery and joined the abolitionist movement. He was known for his eloquent speeches and articulate writing.”
The author of “Likeness of Being,” and the new “Chapbook Twenty One Imaginary T-Shirts,” Richardson’s poetry has been commissioned to accent major art exhibits at the Delaware Museum of Art the New Mexico Holocaust Museum. He is the resident teaching artist for the Artistic Verses Creative Writing Program sponsored by Newport News Public High Schools and the Peninsula fine Arts Center.
Richardson is the creative writing instructor for Camp Rise Summer Arts Program, which was one of only 12 summer arts programs in the country awarded the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award. He is organizer and host of the Poetry, Prose & Pizza Open Mic Series that is now syndicated in Chesapeake, Suffolk and Prince George.
For more information about these events recognizing Black History Month, contact Jacobs, 925-6331 or rjacobs@pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College Career Coach Hosts Admissions Event for Southampton High School Students

High School Career Coach Supervisor Candice Artis will host the first-ever On-site Admissions Day event for Southampton High School students in the library at the high school on, Thursday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon.
“There will be representatives from about 15 colleges and universities, along with the U.S. Army,” said Artis.
“What sets this event apart from the usual college fair is that in addition to receiving information about these institutions, students will be able to receive an admissions decision onsite,” she said. “They may also be able to receive academic scholarships.”
On-Site Flyer
For more information, contact Artis, 757-569-6770 or cartis@pdc.edu.


Alumni Relations Program Launched at PDCCC

Lori CarterThrough financial support from the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation, the College now has a formal alumni relations program, managed through the Office of Institutional Advancement. Since 1970, literally thousands of students have graduated from PDCCC; these graduates include degree program graduates, certification recipients, or non-credit program participants. All of these Alumni are making a huge impact on the communities in which they live.
The goals of the alumni relations program are multi-faceted and include the following: keep the connection between alumni and their alma mater strong, as well as to encourage interest, enthusiasm, and loyalty to PDCCC. The program also will foster relationships with those taking courses and/or graduating from the College. These goals will be accomplished through a number of means, including but not limited to: networking receptions; special Alumni events; newsletters issuances; and development of an Advisory Council. Alumni will be given direct, personal attention in an effort to encourage engagement with the College.
To execute the Alumni Relations plan, Ms. Lori Carter was hired to serve as Paul D. Camp Community College’s very first Alumni Relations Associate. She graduated from Paul D. Camp Community College in 2004 with an Associate’s degree of Arts & Sciences in General Studies. Following her time at PDCCC, Ms. Carter transitioned to Old Dominion University, where she attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications. “As alumni relations associate and an alumnae myself, my hope is to grow the network of PDCCC alumni so that current students and future students can have equal, if not better, experiences in community college,” said Mrs. Carter.
Since graduating, Mrs. Carter has held positions with Isle of Wight County, City of Suffolk, and BB&T. Her professional experiences have been in event planning and coordination, fundraising, and banking. She added, “After the birth of my daughter in 2012, I wanted to work part-time to provide more time for my family while remaining in the workplace. When the opportunity to return to Paul D. Camp Community College presented itself, I felt it was time to return and coordinate alumni, just like myself, and encourage engagement.”
To reach Mrs. Carter or to learn more about the PDCCC Alumni Relations Program, please contact her via lcarter@pdc.edu or 757.569.6082.


Paul D. Camp Community College Signs Agreement with The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding

Officials from Paul D. Camp Community College and The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding signed an articulation agreement Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, that will allow students to transfer credits to PDCCC associate degree or certificate programs. The agreement immediately went into effect.

“Students who have successfully completed the World Class Shipbuilder Curriculum at The Apprentice School can transfer credits to the Business Administration, General Business Management and Industrial Technology programs at PDCCC,” explained Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, Vice President of Academic and Student Development at PDCCC.

“Our apprentices complete on-the-job training and academic coursework in a highly structured program that prepares them for positions of leadership within the organization,” said Everett Jordan, Director of Education at The Apprentice School. +“Through our partnerships and transfer agreements with local community colleges and universities, apprentices have opportunities to complete degree programs in business, engineering and technology. This agreement with Paul D. Camp exemplifies our commitment to education and the community.”

Articulation agreements like this are also important to the college, as they foster partnerships with other educational institutions.

“Collaborations such as these are win-win,” said Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., PDCCC President. “These types of agreements recognize student learning and accomplishments, and promote continuing education and degree attainment. This partnership further supports our mission of providing ‘diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for students and the community by offering a variety of educational opportunities and workforce training.’’”

For more information, call 757-569-6700.

The Apprentice School Artic Signing web
Everett H. Jordan Jr., Director of Education at The Apprentice School, and Paul Wm. Conco, PDCCC President, seated in middle, sign an articulation agreement that will allow credits from The Apprentice School to transfer to programs at PDCCC. On hand for the endorsement are Dr. James H. Hughes, Manager of Academics, The Apprentice School, seated left, and Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, PDCCC Vice President of Academic and Student Development. In back: Dr. Joe Edenfield, PDCCC Vice President of Administration and Technology; Dr. Renee Felts, PDCCC Dean of Occupational & Technical Programs on the Franklin Campus; Dr. Alicia Uzzle, Manager, Training, and Program Chair for Physics at The Apprentice School and Randy Betz, PDCCC Vice President for Workforce Development.


Paul D. Camp Community College Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Registered Nursing Program

Nursing Aniversary 01Dennis Vann, Suffolk native, graduate of the PDCCC RN Program and Registered Nurse at Sentara Obici Hospital, serves as guest speaker during the 2014 Pinning Ceremony.


In honor of the 10th year of its Registered Nursing Program, Paul D. Camp Community College has a special celebration planned. The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn and Suffolk Conference Center in Suffolk.

“This is going to be an exciting event where nursing alumni, current students, faculty, staff, donors and other business and community members can come together to recognize the success of this program and our students,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Felicia Blow.

In addition, all proceeds will be used to establish an endowed nursing scholarship in honor of Dr. Candace Rogers, who recently retired from PDCCC. Dr. Rogers got the nursing program up and running, and was instrumental in its continued success.

The reception will be highlighted by heavy hors d’ouevres, music, and a short program honoring staff and students. Tickets are $35 per person.

PDCCC has graduated approximately 300 students from its RN Program. For more information, contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790. Visit www.pdc.edu/nursing-event to purchase tickets.
Nursing Aniversary 02Students graduating from the RN Program at PDCCC participate in a pinning ceremony designed to recognize the students and honor those receiving special awards.


Paul D. Camp Community College Offers New Certified Production Technician Program through VCCS Grant

The Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce Development will offer a new non-credit program that focuses on industry-related, core-competency standards, thanks to a Virginia Community College System Institutes of Excellence grant.
“This is an exceptional opportunity for us to not only help people find jobs with upward mobility, but to also provide employers with highly skilled workers, therefore, reducing recruitment costs for them,” said Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz.
Successful completion of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) program will prepare participants for high-performance, technologically advanced production jobs. MSSC is the “nation’s leading industry-led training, assessment and certification organization that focuses on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s frontline production and material handling workers,” according to its Web site.
PDCCC Career Development Center and Job Placement Coordinator Angela Lawhorne has been selected to coordinate the program for the 2014-15 year.
“Students will complete a 10-week training program consisting of five modules,” she said. “They will receive individual certificates at the end of each module and a national certification after the completion of all modules. They will also take the Workkeys Assessments, which provide workplace skills analyses, to attain a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).”
Key work activities for standards, training and assessments will fall under the following five modules:

  • Safety
  • Manufacturing Processes & Production
  • Green Production
  • Quality Practices & Management
  • Maintenance Awareness

“The first cohort will be in the evenings for those working or attending school,” said Lawhorne. Cohort 1 will meet Feb. 3, to April 10, 2015, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Assessment testing will take place at 6 p.m. every other Friday.
Cohort 2 will meet April 20, 2015 to June 26, 2015, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with assessment testing at 9 a.m. every other Friday. All training will take place at the Workforce Center in Franklin, 100 North College Drive.
For more information, contact the Workforce Development Office at 757-569-6050 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development .


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