Veterans Day Concert at Paul D. Camp Community College Drew Close to 100 Event Goers

Army Band Concert Group Playing
Nearly 100 attendees came out to the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin to hear the patriotic sounds of the 392nd Army Band of Fort Lee. The salute to veterans in our community was sponsored by the College’s Office of Student Activities.
“It was a delight to see so many people in attendance this year,” said Student Activities Coordinator Dr. MeChelle Blunt. “The community was well-represented and the band’s performance was outstanding.” Colors were presented by the Franklin High School JROTC Color Guard. Mesha Bullock, a student at S.P. Morton Elementary School, led the National Anthem. She was escorted by her grandmother, Joyce Carrington Ralph, who is also a veteran.
The Suffolk Chapter of the Links Inc. hosted a reception following the patriotic program.
Army Band Concert Group
Members of the 392nd Army Band of Fort Lee joined members of the Suffolk Chapter of the Links Inc. Sarah J. Walden, from left, Marvia Goode and Kula Liggins, right, and Student Activities Coordinator Dr. MeChelle Blunt, fourth from right, for a photo during the reception.
Army Band Concert Mesha Bullock
Mesha Bullock, a fifth grader at S.P. Morton Elementary School, led the audience in the National Anthem.


Paul D. Camp Community College Offers New Robotics Technology Certificate for Spring 2015 Semester

~Registration Begins November 17, 2014~

Keisha with Students
Instructor Keisha Nichols and students Elizabeth Conner of Franklin and Stanley Crawford of Ivor work with the robotic arm during a dual enrollment class session.
Paul D. Camp Community College will offer a new Career Studies Certificate in Robotics Technology for the spring 2015 semester.
This is the second semester the certificate has been offered at the college. Implementation of the program has been possible through grants from Dominion Virginia Power and its Foundation, and Smithfield Foods/ Smithfield Farmland.
The new classes are designed to provide students the skills in programming, problem solving and troubleshooting, tuning and adjustment, and maintenance and repair required for robotics technology fields.
“Instruction will focus on developing knowledge of theory and a hands-on approach to learning,” said instructor Keisha Nichols.
The curriculum includes introductions to automation and mechatronics, AC/DC Fundamentals and technical report writing. “Students will be able to use these skills to obtain entry level positions in a variety of fields as robot operators, robot service technicians, or robot product consultants,” she said.
Those fields include manufacturing, packaging, assembly, distribution, warehouse, software, electronics, math, physics and medicine.
“The medical field is in need of computer programmers who have some training in the area of remote surgeries or dispersal of medicine using a programmable tool/arm,” added Nichols.
In addition, the field of Robotics Technology is expected to grow.
“Thanks to these generous contributions from our business partners, we will be able to enhance existing programs and develop new programs for our students that will train them for available jobs while meeting the needs of local businesses and industries,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady.
For more information, contact Nichols at 757-569-6763 or


Paul D. Camp Community College Offers First-time Fall Kids College in Smithfield

For the first time ever, Kids College will be offered this fall at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Smithfield site. Kids College is a popular summer enrichment program sponsored by the College’s Division of Workforce Development.
“This program has been helping students fall in love with learning for over 10 years,” said Kids College Director Teri Zurfluh. “These hands-on classes are designed to teach new skills, develop new interests and hobbies, and explore future career opportunities.”
The program made its debut in Smithfield this past summer. In partnership with Isle of Wight County Public Schools, Kids College expanded into Smithfield with six weeks of summer workshops at the Smithfield location of PDCCC.
“I was thrilled with the response,” said Zurfluh. “I was very pleased with the interest in the program in Isle of Wight. I knew the families in Isle of Wight were hungry for high-quality and engaging summer programs for their children. And that’s what we brought to their back door this summer.”
The Kids College Director noted that she takes people’s feedback into account while always looking for ways to improve the program.
Zurfluh said, “This fall, we wanted to give Isle of Wight County families an extra taste of what Kids College is all about by offering Fall Kids College sampler classes on select Saturdays in November and December.”
The following workshops will be offered:

  • Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, “Gratitude Boxes,” for 3rd-6th graders, led by Jamie Ball
  • Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, “Munchable Math and Scrumptious Science,” for 3rd-6th graders, led by Lisa Kardos
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, “Christmas Ornament Making,” for 3rd-6th graders, led by Jamie Ball

“The partnership with Isle of Wight County schools is the secret to our success in so many ways,” said Zurfluh. “Along with unflagging support in getting the word out to all the IWCS parents about our fall classes, they have been a great recruiting ground for outstanding teachers. We are so lucky to have two of IWCS’s gifted teachers, Jamie Ball and Lisa Kardos, as our fall instructors.”
Joanne Cotten, Kids College’s Smithfield site coordinator, is excited to be back in the Smithfield location and to be offering Kids College classes in the fall.
“This is something brand new for Kids College and I’m so excited to be part of this new outreach to grow our program in Smithfield,” said Cotton. “So come meet some of our favorite Kids College instructors, give us input about what programs we should offer for Kids College 2015, and have fun learning with us at Kids College in Smithfield.”
Each class is $35 per student and all classes will be held at the Smithfield location of Paul D. Camp Community College, 253 James Street. Registration materials will be available at the Kids College website, or by request by email at Parents may also call 757.569.6700 with any questions you might have about Kids College in Smithfield this fall.


Paul D. Camp Community College Goes Green with Grant for Recycling Bins

~Keep America Beautiful and Coca Cola grant award allows the College to roll out comprehensive recycling to all its locations~

Recycle BinsDanielle Stauffer, from left, Trey Cofield and Patricia Bills try out the new recycle bins at the college.


Due to a grant received from Keep America Beautiful, Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) will now be able to roll out comprehensive recycling programming across the entire college.


“We are thrilled with this new award. We’ve been waiting for some time to be able to roll out recycling for students, faculty, staff, and the community who utilize our sites. The new recycling program allows for us to be great stewards at an even higher level than we’ve been able to do without the bins,” said Dr. Paul Wm. Conco, College President.


Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) received 30 recycling bins for placement on its Franklin and Suffolk campuses, PDCCC at Smithfield site and at the Regional Workforce Development Center as part of a national recycling bin grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation.


In its 9th year, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is providing nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges and universities, nonprofits and local governments, with 35 percent of the total to be used by students in collegiate residence halls.


Coca-Cola has expanded its investment in the bin grant program to include a specific focus on two-year community colleges, with 15 recycling bin grants going to two-year colleges and 28 grants going to traditional four-year colleges and universities.


PDCCC Sustainability Coordinator Terry Hayes said, “The bins will be part of a user-friendly mixed recycling program that allows aluminum, paper, plastic and glass to all be deposited in the same receptacle.”


Recycling bins will be placed alongside existing trashcans in all campus hallways, as well as in the student lounge, libraries and the college bookstore. This recycling program is part of PDCCC’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.


“Through this program and our more than 50-year partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to ensure that communities understand the importance of recycling,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America. “Community recycling not only impacts the environment today, but it helps build sustainable communities for the future.”


“By providing recycling bins to communities, organizations and universities, we can make a difference in increasing recycling in the U.S. and help overcome a main barrier of recycling – convenience,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola’s continued support and commitment to recycling, and the Recycling Bin Grant Program.”


Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on criteria, including the extent of their need, recycling experience and their ability to sustain the program in the future. Special outreach was made to colleges and universities through a partnership with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), a membership organization serving campus recycling managers.


The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. Since 2007, the program has placed more than 35,000 recycling bins in over 500 communities across the U.S.  A full list of the spring 2014 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at


For more information about PDCCC’s sustainability efforts, visit


Approximately 275 Visitors Find Out More about Financial Aid during College Night

About 250 students and parents attended Paul D. Camp Community College’s Financial Aid College Night, held at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. The event was sponsored by the college’s Financial Aid Office and Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC).
Dr Conco Travis Parker DrawingCollege President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., above photo, draws names from the box held by PDCCC Upward Bound Director Travis Parker.
Group Scholarship WinnersWinners of the $500 scholarships, pictured with Conco, below from left, are: PDCCC RN student Meghan Bridgers, Franklin High School senior and Upward Bound student Nikiyah Whitehead and Southampton High School junior Arthur Johnson.


Paul D. Camp Community College “Adopts” J.P. King Jr. Middle School

A Commitment

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Student Government Association (SGA) and President’s Advisory Council (PAC) are leading the way for all PDCCC students, faculty, and staff to become involved in supporting J.P. King Jr. Middle School.
J.P. King, Jr. Middle School Mission Statement:
The mission of J. P. King, Jr. Middle School, in partnership with our community, is to create responsible citizens and lifelong learners in a challenging and safe environment.
Paul D. Camp Community College Mission Statement:
Paul D. Camp Community College provides diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for students and the community.
Our Commitment to working together:
There is a national “Adopt a School” initiative that this project is modeled after. Randy Roth, President of Faith Network, a leader in such projects, defines the goals as follows:
“The concept is simple: local organizations offer resources to public schools as an act of community service with “no strings attached”. The ultimate goal of the school adoption program is healthy and whole students who have acquired the skills and attitudes that will maximize their full potential and enhance their participation as responsible members of society.” The responsibility of the adoptive group is to recruit volunteers, mobilize available resources and, most importantly, nurture an ongoing relationship with their adopted school.
Volunteer web site for J.P. King Jr. Middle School:
Goals of the program:
PDCCC students, faculty, staff and administrators will collectively support the following:

  • A minimum of 100 hours of volunteering, including tutoring and other services, by the end of the 2015 school year
  • Monetary support for rewards such as pizza parties, refreshments, recognitions suggested by teachers
  • Recognition awards from our Barnes and Noble Bookstore
  • Visits from our Career Development Coaches for career exploration days
  • PDCCC Success Coach presentation on study skills and other success strategies
  • Technology support from our IT professionals for students and teachers. Donate surplus computers and other electronic equipment by state guidelines.
  • Support from our Upward Bound program and students as role models
  • Visits from our High School Career Coaches for help with Virginia Wizard and educational planning


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