Learn more about area colleges, file FAFSA all in one night

More than 60 colleges, universities, and technical and trade schools have been invited to participate in Paul D. Camp Community College’s College Night on Tuesday, October 3, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
“Participants will be able to get vital information about what these schools have to offer,” said Sherri Ward, a recruitment and admissions specialist for the college. “In addition, they will have the convenience of receiving one-on-one help filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by coming to the earlier event as well.”
The FAFSA Night Out event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the workforce center for high school seniors and parents. PDCCC Financial Aid Coordinator Teresa Harrison said, “We will have financial aid professionals available to answer questions and help guide participants through filing the 2018-19 FAFSA.” She recommends allowing an hour to get the filing process completed. “However, there will be no early admittance to the College Night event,” she said. “That will begin promptly at 7:00.”
Attendees need to bring all tax and income information for 2016 for students and parents to file for assistance.
There are no fees for either event, and registration is not required. For more information, call Chris Ricks, 757-569-6719, or Sherri Ward, 757-925-6321.


Suffolk residents complete NASA internships

By Tracy Agnew
The Suffolk News-Herald
Jeremy Williams Jesse PrudenJeremy Williams, left, and Jesse Pruden recently completed internships with NASA. Both have applied for permanent positions with the agency.
Two Suffolk residents and Paul D. Camp Community College students have applied for permanent positions with NASA after great experiences during their internships this summer.
Jeremy Williams and Jesse Pruden both said they loved the environment NASA offers and are willing to start at the bottom to get their foot in the door.
“If this leads to a job sweeping NASA’s space dust, I’ll take it,” Pruden said.
Williams, a 24-year-old 2011 graduate of Churchland High School, snagged the internship as an environmental technician this summer. He spent the season living in a dorm-type room at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore.
Williams’ work included such widely varied activities as taking samples of stormwater and drinking water to be analyzed, doing field surveys of marsh vegetation, helping biologists catch bats and monitoring two endangered species of birds that live on Wallops Island, the peregrine falcon and piping plover.
Williams got a new perspective on how important it is to take care of the environment during his internship.
“It was a real eye-opener,” he said. “You want to treat earth like it’s your home, because it basically is.”
He also got to meet astronaut Kay Hire, fulfilling a bucket-list item.
“It was pretty awesome,” he said. “She’s a celebrity almost there.”
Williams said the internship will help him in the future. He had planned to transfer to Hampton University and earn his degree in marine biology after he is done at Paul D. Camp, but now he is instead considering a career in environmental engineering.
“I think it’s going to help me a lot,” he said.
Pruden said the same thing, even though he has a few years on Williams. He’s in his 50s, but he still expects the internship to have a positive effect on his future.
Pruden and a partner spent the summer mapping a steam system in a sonic and hypersonic research facility at NASA Langley Research Center.
“A lot of things had changed over the years, and they didn’t keep track,” Pruden said.
But his work helped catch NASA up on the system in the building.
“The last I heard, our drawing was being submitted to be considered as the official NASA drawing for that building,” Pruden said.
After a career in manufacturing, Pruden enjoyed the positive attitude that seems to pervade NASA.
“Everybody seems to enjoy what they’re doing and wanted to tell you about it,” he said. “It was Christmas morning every day I went in there this summer.”
Pruden also noted that, this being NASA’s 100th anniversary year, the interns got the opportunity to go to a lot of parties, celebrations and seminars they would not have had the chance to attend any other year.
Pruden also got some cool experiences. He got to walk through a hangar where astronauts practice and stood inside a wind tunnel — but not while it was running, of course.
“Aside from my wife and kids, this is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me,” Pruden said. “I want to be over there forever.”


Paul D. Camp Community College accepting applications for spring 2018 scholarships

~Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2017~

Applications for Paul D. Camp Community College scholarships are currently being accepted for the spring 2018 semester. New and continuing students can apply for an array of funding opportunities until the October 31 deadline.
“The costs associated with higher learning should not stop anyone from reaching their educational goals. That’s why Paul D. Camp Community College has established a number of opportunities for prospective and current students to help pay for their education through scholarships,” said Dr. Renee Felts, executive director of the PDCCC Foundation. “We are grateful for the donors who have provided students these opportunities by making student success a high priority.”
PDCCC awarded more than $74,000 in scholarships over the last year.
Students may apply for scholarships in the spring regardless if they have applied for scholarships in the fall, as long as they meet the criteria listed for each award. The scholarship acceptance period began Tuesday, September 12. Scholarship applications must be submitted by Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. and will only be accepted electronically.
Students should take the following steps to apply:

  • Submit a PDCCC Scholarship Application with all required supporting documentation to (Scanning instructions are located on the website scholarships page.)
  • New students must submit an application for admission to the College with your high school or college transcripts attached.
  • All students must submit two letters of reference with your application.
  • Read the criteria for each scholarship. Some require additional attachments, such as an essay. Applications missing required documents will not be processed.
  • Make sure that all requirements are met by the scholarship cycle deadline.
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at using our school code: 009159.

Spring classes will get under way Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. For more information, call the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790 or log onto


PDCCC new truck driver program offers more than training

Paul D. Camp Community College is now making it more convenient for those who want to receive training in order to work as a truck driver.
“We have begun a new partnership with Shipper’s Choice to deliver all of the truck driver classroom training at our Hobbs Suffolk Campus and the driving happens just a short distance down the road from the campus,” said PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. “This is a flexible, non-credit certification program.”
In addition, the new offering entails a comprehensive, 160-hour program (80 hours classroom and 80 hours hands-on training) that provides the skills needed to work in the field. Lawhorne said, “Graduates receive free lifetime job placement assistance to graduates and lifetime refresher training.”
An Open House will be held at the campus on Wednesday, September 27, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., for prospective students, partners and employers to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to view the tractor trailer vehicles, meet PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin, Shipper’s Choice Director of Education Ed Henk, instructors, employers and partners. Light refreshments will also be available.
Upon successful completion of the course, students attain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), a credential that is recognized by related industries. Sessions of classes start every four weeks Monday through Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 117 at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. The full tuition cost is $4,500 Grants and other financial assistance are available to offset tuition.
For more information, email or call 757-569-6050.


PDCCC honors donors, students at 2017 fall scholarship reception

Fall 2017 Scholarship ReceptiongroupDonors, namesakes, college officials, scholarship recipients and family members attended the fall scholarship reception. From left is PDCCC’s sixth President Dr. Douglas Boyce, Barry Bieker, PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin, Grace Boyce, Jesse Pruden, Reese Parker, Zachary Pauley, Nancy Warren, Marshall Lipscomb Jr., Kevin Parker, and Cathy and Locke Floyd.
Nearly 30 students were awarded scholarships for the fall 2017 semester at Paul D. Camp Community College.
A reception held to honor these recipients and the generous contributions of donors got under way recently at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. Presentations of the awards were led by Drs. Dan Lufkin, president, and Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation.
The following students received scholarships for the fall semester:

  • Kevin Parker of Franklin—40/7 Society Scholarship
  • Keshonta Banks of Suffolk— American Association of University Women, Suffolk Branch
  • Katrissa Bennett of Eure, NC—Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship
  • Morgan Haynes of Smithfield—Bobby B. Worrell Scholarship
  • Zachary Pauley of Franklin—Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Seth Konkel of Exmore— Herbert W. DeGroft Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
  • Laura Hickman of Suffolk—Cross Realty Career Grant
  • Latisha Butts of Wakefield—Dean Nancy Sandberg Scholarship
  • Barry Bieker of Suffolk—Donald C. Boyce Education Scholarship
  • Michelle Taylor of Smithfield—Dr. Alvin C. Rogers Endowed Scholarship
  • Jacob Maffei of Ivor—Frances P. Hobbs Scholarship and “Service Above Self” Rotary Scholarship
  • Bakari Jenkins of Suffolk— Friendship Scholarship
  • Cordero Williams of Suffolk—Joe and Frances Wilbur Memorial Scholarship
  • Haileigh Sowers of Windsor—Margaret L. Brown Education Scholarship
  • David Claud of Franklin—Nellie White Business Scholarship
  • Jesse Pruden of Suffolk—Perry W. Barnett Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Zakary Groves of Virginia Beach—Pete Parker Memorial Scholarship
  • Daliyah Holliman of Windsor—Roy and Eleanor Epps Cornwell Scholarship
  • Daresia Hubbard of Virginia Beach—Shirley N. Barnes Scholarship
  • Brett Deese of Carrollton—Smithfield Foods Endowed Scholarship
  • William Gay of Carrollton— Smithfield Foods Endowed Scholarship
  • Shycura Allmond of Smithfield—Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Marshall Lipscomb Jr. of Zuni— Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Matthew Seaborne of Sedley— Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Alexis Terrell of Smithfield— Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Ruth Kent of Ivor—Suffolk Ruritan Nursing Scholarship

With three new scholarships established, PDCCC awarded more than $74,000 in scholarships during the past year. For more information about PDCCC scholarship opportunities, visit or call the Office for Institutional Advancement, 757-569-6790.


Deadline approaching to register for PDCCC basic contractor business licensing course

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, September 15. The consecutive session will be held on Tuesdays, September 19 and 26 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. 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


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