Delegates from India recently visited the Paul D. Camp Community College Hobbs Suffolk Campus to tour the campus, and interact with students, faculty and administrators to gather insight into higher education in the United States, particularly in the area of workforce.
The PDCCC Hobbs Campus was only one stop in Virginia—a result of a relationship that the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has entered into with The Wadhwani Foundation in India that could allow the Virginia Community Colleges to share their expertise.
Senator Mark Warner made the agreement announcement in January and was one member of a delegation who traveled to India to discuss expanding business, trade, defense and cultural relationships.
The Wadhwani Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation with the goal to propel economic development in India by “delivering high impact initiatives in partnership with industry, government and other leading organizations to achieve national scale.”
Dr. Paul Conco, president of PDCCC, met with the leaders of the delegation in Richmond. He said, “What a wonderful opportunity to share our experiences in higher education with another culture. There is a lot we can learn from each other. The delegation was most impressed with talking with our students and faculty about the educational process at a small rural community college.”