Expanded topics bring exciting opportunities to Encore participants this season

Terry EdwardsTerry Edwards gets some new avian friends at Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, NC.

kayaking on Darden Mill PondPatricia Conley and Dennis Rhoads enjoy kayaking on Darden Mill Pond near Sedley.

chessDenise Reid, left, and Gladys Wiggins partake in a friendly game of chess during a session of Encore Learning at the workforce center.

painting of a colorful cardinal.Paul Leathers’ demonstrates his artistic skills in his painting of a colorful cardinal.
Whether you choose to get up close and personal with some local honeybees, reward your palate with various wines and chocolate, or take in some of the more than 2,000 plantings at the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens, the Encore Learning Program at Paul D. Camp Community College has something for you.
The popular lifelong learning program offered by the Division of Workforce Development helps its members stay young by offering non-credit courses to adults 50 and better who want to improve their skills, explore new ideas, and interact with interesting people in the community.
With over 40 courses and trips this spring, Encore Learning has expanded the experience to include more topics in order to reach a wider audience. The spring 2018 calendar includes classes on genealogy, music and the mind, river kayaking, Windows 10, financial fitness, yoga, painting, nutrition, card making, beekeeping, line dancing, and so much more. Encore members will also be traveling to area art and history museums, botanical gardens, and local farms.
“Our spring program is one of the best ones we’ve ever offered,” Director Teri Zurfluh said proudly about the 5-year-old program that has grown from four members to more than 60. “But as my Encore members remind me often, we can’t get too comfortable.”
Zurfluh has been working hard in preparation for this season, as she hopes to have more than 58 participants signed up by the start of classes in early February, which is the mandated minimum of memberships that will allow the program to continue.
“We have to continue to look for ways to maintain this program’s relevance… to always serve the Encore community we’ve all worked so hard to build. We are proud to be the ‘community’ in Community College.”
In the spirit of continuous improvement, Encore Learning has made some changes to the overall program to make it viable for the future and to simplify the membership process. Encore membership will cost $199 per person and will cover programming for spring and fall seasons, and the number of classes packed in each season has increased significantly. Over 70% of this season’s offerings will be free to Encore members, with a few “Encore Extras” classes available for additional fees. A payment plan is also available for members to spread the payments out to make it easier for people to enroll in Encore.
“No one wants this to be the end of Encore,” said Zurfluh. “We’ve worked hard to create a high-quality program that members will value.”
Marguerite Leathers of Courtland has been a long-time member, along with her husband, Paul. “Encore Learning has value. Any seniors who are Encore Learners will tell you how much this program means and how wonderful it is that we have it available to us. Encore Learning is truly a blessing in my life and in my husband’s life.”
Barbara Herrala of Windsor is another dedicated member to the Encore Learning program. She said, “It’s not like taking a class for weeks at a time—no tests or papers involved. Basically, it’s learning for the pure joy and fun of it, little bits at a time!”
Zurfluh added, “If you’re inquisitive and love to learn, Encore is your tribe. We are lifelong learning in action!”
Now is the time to join Encore Learning. Registration is open and materials are available at the Regional Workforce Development Center and online at www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/encore-learning/. For more information, call Teri Zurfluh at 757-569-6062 or email encorelearning@pdc.edu.


PDCCC nursing faculty gets students moving

RN students walking for CommonHealthStaying fit while connecting with each other are Kim Lowe, front row from left, Melanie Brinkley, Courtney Darden, Lindsay Drake, Brittney Pierce and Kendra King. Back row: Patricia Tippens, Bonnie Burns, Dorothy Moore and Jessica Schnur.
They say sitting is the new smoking. Studies show that leading a sedentary lifestyle can lead to health problems, and even an early demise.
In response, the Paul D. Camp Community College nursing faculty challenged its second-year associate degree students to walk with them for 30 minutes prior to class time to improve health and to decrease stress by enjoying the outdoors.
“This became a time of tutoring, clarifying information, and a way for students to get to know each other better,” said associate professor Trudy Kuehn.
Over the course of the fall 2017 semester, students and faculty have logged more than 120 miles, based on a 2,000 step mile.
“Other institutions of higher learning have implemented walking clubs and walking office hours, but no one has combined the practice that I have seen,” said Kuehn.
She noted that the students look forward to this activity. Kuehn plans to implement the activity during next semester and compare the effects on the students from the fall and the spring.
“Having the opportunity to exercise, connect with classmates and spend time outside is a winning situation, no matter how you look at it,” she said.


3rd Annual Genieve Shelter Collection Drive

Genieve Shelter Collection DriveDr. Sandra Walker, (College Success Coach, Hobbs Suffolk Campus). Dr. Walker conducts a final count of donated items.
PDCCC staff and faculty joined forces with the Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative at PDCCC – S.T.E.P.S., in support of the 3rd Annual Genieve Shelter Collection Drive.
As noted on the Genieve Shelter’s website, “The mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment to victims of domestic violence and to provide information, education, and training services which focus on ending domestic violence.”
Community service is a key tenet of the College Success/S.T.E.P.S. program’s agenda.
This year almost 700 items (toiletries) were donated which brings our three-year total to over 1,500 items!
We significantly exceeded our milestone goal to collect 1,000 items by year three!


Emergency Food Bag Distribution

Food Bags - DistributionMs. Marie Linton (Financial Aid Officer) and Mr. Chris Whitfield (Facilities Personnel), both employees on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus assisted with accepting the food bag delivery from the Foodbank.
The College and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore are developing a partnership.
The charge of the PDCCC Foodbank Committee is to address food insecurities and hunger within affected populations.
On December 6, 2017, the College made a request to the Foodbank for emergency food rations, as students’ needs emerged the week before exams.
On December 13, 2017, 50 food bags were delivered to the College that were divided between the two campuses and the Smithfield Center.
By the close of business December 19, 2017, all of the food bags had been distributed.
Donated items from staff and faculty supplemented the food bags, based on recipients’ needs.
Recipients were also linked to other on and off campus resources including the Community Resources Toolkit and the PDCCC Foundation Student Emergency Fund.
Dr. Felts recently sent out a call to action for monetary donations to the student emergency fund through the Annual Fund Drive, as requests are increasing.


PTK in the Community



PTK President, Cynthia Gurstseigler and PTK member Latoya Evans assist with the community blood drive at White Oak Springs Missionary Baptist Church (WOSMBC) in Franklin, VA.
Former PDCCC Administrative Support Technology instructor, Mrs. Bessie Smith was in attendance along with the Director of Finance Ministry and the Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator at WOSMBC.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society volunteered to assist with a recent community blood drive held at White Oak Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin.
Above from left, Bessie Smith, director of the finance ministry and former instructor at PDCCC; PTK member Latoya Evans; Amanda Rogers, donor recruitment with the American Red Cross; PTK President Cynthia Gurstseigler; and Mittie Ricks, blood drive raffle coordinator pose for a photo together to promote partnerships.
Gurstseigler, helps organize the snacks for the blood drive.


Paul D. Camp recently recognized for new workforce program

Hire Ed Conf AwardPDCCC Vice President of Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts, left, and PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne were available to answer questions regarding the program. In addition, participants were able to try out the college’s Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), which is a digital computer that industries use to automate machines and factory assembly lines.
A new program of the Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce earned the institution an Honorable Mention during the Hire Education Conference 2017.
PDCCC showcased the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation (IM E&I) program at the event that was held at the Homestead in Hot Springs. The curriculum is being offered on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
“It is exciting to get this kind of recognition for a program in its first year,” said Vice President of Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts. “We are proud to be the only community college in Virginia that offers the IM E&I as a non-credit program.”
The very first class of students completed the 40-hour core skills and knowledge training in early October and will complete the 165-hour course for Level Four certification in February 2018. They received certificates for completing core, as well as NCCER and OSHA certifications.
“This training earns workers industry recognized credentials, in addition to aligning with the Virginia Community College System’s FastForward initiative,” said PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. FastForward refers to the workforce programs that help train Virginians for fulfilling careers in a short amount of time.
As a result of the recognition, PDCCC will receive $500 that will be designated to recruit students for the IM E&I. For more information about the program, call 757-569-6050, email workforce@pdc.edu, or visit pdc.edu/workforce-development.


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