Three PDCCC retirees honored with Professor Emeritus award

Professor Emeriti PresentationPaul D. Camp Community College Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken honored Mike Forrest, retired Associate Professor and Lead Faculty for Electricity/Electrical, from left, Ron Osborne, retired Assistant Professor and Lead Faculty for Administration of Justice and Dr. Candace Rogers, retired Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, during the graduation ceremony. The retired college employees were recognized with Professor Emeritus status, which is awarded to retired faculty or administrators for significant contributions to the college. Forrest was employed by the college for 15 years, Osborne for nearly 40 years, and Dr. Rogers for a little more than 10 years.


Paul D. Camp Community College honors 2015 graduates of the Registered Nursing program

ADN Pinning GroupKneeling from left: Teresa Lowe of Courtland, Kimberly Cribb of Suffolk, Shontel Watters of Portsmouth, Mary Darden of Windsor, Lauren Heckenlaible of Eure, NC, Autumn Wiedel of Chesapeake, Justin Griffin of Windsor and Associate Professor of Nursing Carol Wright, RN, BSN, MSN. Back row: Erica Lewis of Suffolk, Jessica Watson of Courtland, Lyndsay Duke of Carrsville, Taylor Vick of Franklin, Olivia Walker of Sedley, Katie Ricks of Suffolk, Latease Boyd of Franklin, Rhonda Hines of Suffolk, Latarsha Stith of Newsoms, Erica Beale of Franklin, Candice Bailey of Courtland, Jessica Sadler of Branchville, Katrina Esterly of Franklin and Rebecca Ballance of Franklin. Not pictured is Kelly Hadley of Chesapeake
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Department of Nursing and Allied Health recently honored its graduating class of students in the registered nursing program by holding a special pinning ceremony. Assistant Professor Trudy Kuehn, RN, BSN, MSN, served as guest speaker.
Kuehn believes that things in life occur for a reason. “Something happened to bring you to the nursing program. Stay the course and see the recognizable outcome. Only when we look back can we see how it affects us. You can and will make a difference in lives.”
Special awards were presented during the ceremony. The following students received class honors:

  • Nursing Academic Excellence Award-Rebecca Ballance and Katrina Esterly
  • Nursing Clinical Excellence Award-Erica Lewis and Jessica Sadler
  • Mentorship Award-Mary Darden
  • Florence Nightingale Award-Lauren Heckenlaible
  • Dr. Candace Rogers Excellence in Leadership Award-Jessica Watson

In addition, Lynn Moon of the Pilot Club of Suffolk presented an outstanding citizenship award to Jessica Watson.


Paul D. Camp Community College recognizes Nurse Aide students during completion ceremony

CNA Grad Group 2015Celebrating their academic achievements, kneeling from left, are: Alexice Jenkins of Franklin, Karen Boone of Newsoms, Joyce Shumate of Windsor, Dominique Parker of Suffolk, Jonya Cooper of Franklin and Amanda Twine of Murfreesboro, NC. Back row: Courtney Baggett of Windsor, Susan LaRose of Suffolk, Adena Breeden of Carrsville, Alisha O’Neal of Franklin, Stephanie Grain of Zuni, Judith Brown of Suffolk, Myiah Cook of Windsor, Isabelle Black of Suffolk, Lillie Powell of Wakefield, Meagan Parreco of Franklin and Diamond Outland-Mason of Courtland.
Paul D. Camp Community College’ Department of Nursing and Allied Health held a special ceremony May 13 for graduates of the Nurse Aide program. Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, PDCCC’s vice president for academic and student development, served as guest speaker.
Classes for Nurse Aide begin for the fall 2015 semester on August 21.


Paul D. Camp Community College graduates third class of pharmacy technicians

~Applications are being accepted for classes beginning August 21~
Pharmacy Technician Group2015 graduates of the Pharmacy Technician Program are pictured with Elaine Beale, back row from left: David Johnson of Chesapeake, Rebecca Bartlett of Suffolk, Christel Archer of Carrsville and Damacita Cave of Suffolk. Front row: Carmen Madere of Smithfield, Brittany Kelso of Zuni, Ashley Dobie of Franklin, Trista Smith of Capron and Heather Joyce of Franklin.
Paul D. Camp Community College recently graduated its third class of pharmacy technicians. Eight of this year’s nine graduates have already taken and passed the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam.
“This certification enables them to work as a technician anywhere in the United States,” said Pharmacy Technician Program Director and Instructor Elaine Beale, R.Ph. “Most states, including Virginia, require technicians to register with the State Board of Pharmacy as well, so they have a record of all certified technicians. One of this year’s students has already been hired as a technician and many have had very promising interviews.”
Applications are now being accepted through the Department of Nursing and Allied Health for fall 2015 semester classes, which will begin on August 21. “Space is limited for this program,” said Beale. “I encourage those interested to apply early.”
The Pharmacy Technician field is growing due to the increasing elderly population and the use of technicians to perform many duties that were previously limited to a Registered Pharmacist. “Technicians are considered professionals and assist pharmacists in retail, hospital, nursing home supply and mail order pharmacy settings,” said Beale.
The program includes basic classes, such as freshman English, public speaking and CPR certification, as well as specific pharmacy classes and clinical experiences. “It is a 25-credit hour, 8-month comprehensive program, so students are eligible for financial aid,” said Beale. “After completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the national and state examinations for certification, whichever they prefer.”
According to Beale, a total of 17 students have passed either the National or Virginia State Board exam since the program graduated its first class in May 2013. Other students have gone on into the nursing program or a four-year college.
For more information, go to or contact Beale at


First Paul D. Camp Community College Alumni and Friends Reception well received

Charles Wayne White Linda WhiteCharles White (Class of 1976) and Linda White enjoy some refreshments during the Alumni and Friends Reception.

Heather Brown Brandi Owens Aaron MitchellSuffolk residents Heather Miles, from left, Brandi Owens, (both of the Class of 2015) and student Aaron Mitchell enjoy connecting during the reception held at the workforce center in Franklin.

Rebecca Wyche Raffle PrizeClass of 2007 Alum Rebecca Wyche won a raffle prize, presented by Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken and donated by Johnson’s Flower and Garden Center. Other prizes were donated by Keurig Green Mountain and Norfolk Tides.

Seventies Alumni GroupWilliam Corbitt (Class of 1975), Herman Williams (Class of 1972), Charles White (Class of 1976) and Barbara Butler (Class of 1973) pose as the proud “70s group” who graduated from PDCCC.

Alumni spanning decades attended the first Paul D. Camp Community College Alumni and Friends Reception on Tuesday, May 12. The event was held at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin during a week of graduation activities.

“We are very excited to begin reaching out to our PDCCC Alums, as they are the reason for our success and even our existence,” said Alumni Relations Associate Lori Carter, who also graduated from the college in 2004. “We have more activities planned that will provide networking opportunities.”

It is free to join the PDCCC Alumni Association and alums can share and update their stories and successes online at .

“We want students to keep in touch, no matter what year they graduated,” said Carter.

The Alumni Relations Program got underway in January. There are approximately 550  members of the organization.

To learn more about the PDCCC Alumni Association, contact Lori Carter at or 757-569-6082.


Paul D. Camp Community College Celebrates Phlebotomy graduates

Phlebotomy Grad Group 2015Celebrating their accomplishments, front row from left, are: Shawn Daniels of Suffolk, Eboney Joyner of Courtland, Anna Smith of Suffolk, Sandy Boone of Suffolk and Tanisha White of Newport News. Back row: Instructor Dawn Womble, RN, BSN, Tinisha Hawkins of Suffolk, Takeshia Rawls of Franklin, Courtney Rice of Carrsville, Wendy Howell of Franklin, Teresa Rhodes-Unser of Zuni and Ngandu Mumbata of Suffolk. Not pictured is Suzanne Etheridge of Suffolk.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Department of Nursing and Allied Health held a special recognition ceremony for the graduates of its Phlebotomy program on May 13.
Phlebotomy classes for fall 2015 semester begin August 21. Registration may be done through the Department of Nursing and Allied Health at PDCCC.


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