Jun
29
06/29/2017

PDCCC student finds confidence again after graduating with associate’s degree in May

~Student endured weather, used wheelchair to travel to classes~
Laurenda and Bryan at front deskLaurenda Boone helps PDCCC student Bryan Evans at the circulation desk in the library on the Franklin Campus.
 
Laurenda Boone had little confidence that she would succeed at pursuing a postsecondary degree. In 2008, she was diagnosed with systemic lupus, a chronic disease that involves the body attacking its own tissues and organs. The inflammatory disorder can affect many different systems in the body.
 
By 2011, Boone’s condition declined to the point where she had to rely on a wheelchair to remain mobile. In the meantime, her mother, who was also ill, stood as her greatest supporter. But she passed away in 2014, leaving Boone beside herself with grief.
 
“I was at one of the lowest points in my life,” she said. “I was doing nothing at home, but flipping through channels.” I decided to make a change in my life.”
 
But Boone was apprehensive about what she could accomplish due to the current outcome of the disease.
 
“I had lost my confidence over the years while being sick. I felt different, and I was,” she said. “I had been out of school for 12 years. But, my faith in God carried me.”
 
For two years, no matter what the weather, the general studies student rode about a half mile each way in her powered wheelchair to get to her classes and back home.
 
“Sometimes the sun, the freezing weather or the rain tried to beat me down, but that made me want to go even harder,” she said. “I was not going to be defeated by a wheelchair or disease.”
 
She began as a work-study student in the library during spring 2017 semester and graduated in May with nearly a 3.0. The 31-year-old returned recently to volunteer in the library during the summer, but has been accepted to Regent University, where she will work to attain her bachelor’s degree in psychology beginning this fall.
 
“After getting my degree, I would like to become a renal social worker,” she said. “This field of work that I want to go into is inspired by my mom and my uncle Nathan.”
 
A renal social worker serves as holistic support for people who are going through dialysis. “It is draining to watch the ones you love go back and forth to dialysis on a daily basis,” she explained. “This was my family’s story for 14 years. My mom was one of the strongest women I know. She was a fighter. I want to be there to help and inspire others.”
 
Boone sings nothing but praise for her decision to enroll in a postsecondary education institution and is very proud of earning her associate’s degree.
 
“Never underestimate a person because of what you see,” she said. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to start over.
 
“This school is like a family. I think it’s a good start for people who want to continue their education even beyond community college.”
 
Laurenda and Bryan at computer 2Laurenda Boone assists students like Bryan Evans on the computers when they visit the library.

Jun
28
06/28/2017

PDCCC holds first baseball signing day

~Baseball gets underway in fall~

First Baseball Signing Group PhotoThe following were on hand for the inaugural Signing Day ceremony for the PDC Hurricanes. Front row, kneeling, are: Kyle Martin, Austin Younkins, Matthew Stout, Bryce Jones and Zach Pauley. Second row: Ty Johnson, Dylan Beale, Paul Parker, Chase Lewis, Caleb Dodge, Khairi Gunn and Dawson Holmes. In back: Coaches David Mitchell and Pat Stafford, Myles Geller, Burghie Miller, Patrick Crossman, Austin Holley, TJ Hubbard, Hunter Stephens, Devin Sisson, PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin, and Coaches John Smith and Dylan Bratton. Not pictured are Dylan Duckwall and Zack Groves, who signed during a previous gathering.
 
The new athletics program at Paul D. Camp Community College already holds promise as the college plans for its first baseball signing day.
 
More than 20 students have committed to attend PDCCC to play the sport by signing a Letter of Intent.
 
“This is an exciting kickoff to the program,” said David Mitchell, athletic director, head baseball coach and admissions recruiter. “This will be a real boost for enrollment as well at the college.”
 
A signing day ceremony took place June 27 in the library on the Franklin Campus, 100 North College Drive.
 
“Having a sports team will build on the camaraderie and cohesiveness that already exists at the college,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “This is an advantage we have of being a small educational institution.”
 
The following students were recruited for the PDC Hurricanes:

  • Dylan Beale – Southampton High School
  • Patrick Crossman – Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
  • Caleb Dodge – Churchland High School
  • Dylan Duckwall – Wilson High School
  • Myles Geller – Nansemond River High School
  • Zack Groves – Norfolk Christian School
  • Khairi Gunn – Hampton High School
  • Austin Holley – Norfolk Christian School
  • Dawson Holmes – Isle of Wight Academy
  • TJ Hubbard – Hampton High School
  • Ty Johnson – Hampton High School
  • Bryce Jones – Kings Fork High School, Virginia Wesleyan
  • Seth Konkel – Mighty Warriors Home School
  • Chase Lewis – Lakeland High School
  • Kyle Martin – Penn Foster High School
  • Jordan McCray – Hampton High School
  • Burghie Miller – Great Bridge High School
  • Paul Parker – Southampton Academy, Lenoir Community College
  • Zach Pauley – Abeka Academy
  • Devin Sisson – Rapphannock High School, Averett University
  • Hunter Stephens – Windsor High School
  • Matthew Stout – Southampton High School
  • Austin Younkins – Churchland High School

For more information the baseball program or upcoming softball program set to begin in 2018, contact Mitchell at dmitchell@pdc.edu.

Jun
27
06/27/2017

Paul D. Camp Community College selected as one of five in nation to receive funding from Verizon Innovative Learning for pilot program

~funding will bring free STEM workshops to area middle school girls~
 
This summer, Verizon Innovative Learning launches its first program addressing the need for more girls, especially those in rural America, to be prepared for the science, technology, engineering and math careers of the future. The three-week summer learning experience will take place at Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin, one of five community colleges piloting the program in rural areas across the country in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).
 
The program will expose 50 middle school girls from the service areas to the fundamentals of augmented reality, coding, 3D design, entrepreneurship and design thinking principles, as well as to female mentors. Leveraging an augmented reality interface and app, students will create a culminating project that identifies—and solves–a community problem that aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
 
Following the summer program, students will continue to participate in monthly courses in person and virtually to build upon what they’ve learned and complete their final augmented reality products at PDCCC.
 
Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM careers, where a staggering 86 percent of engineers and 74 percent of computer professionals are men. The percentage of women in STEM careers has not improved since 2001, specifically within the engineering (12 percent) and computing (26 percent) workforces. 21
 
The inaugural STEM summer camp will run from July 10-28 at the Franklin Campus, 100 North College Drive.

Jun
21
06/21/2017

Four Students. Eight Degrees.

ADN BSN Concurrent Students GroupLeft to Right, students Taylor Felts, Taylor Jackson, Caitlin Sawyer and Ayla Sherman completed their ADN requirements at PDCCC on May 12, 2017, and will graduate from ODU with a BSN degree in December 2017. They must pass the NCLEX licensure exam before they can graduate from ODU.
 
By Sarah J. Hill
 
Our hard-working students are pulling off what few hope to achieve: earning two degrees.
 
What’s even more impressive is that they’re earning both degrees at the same time.
 
Thanks to an agreement between Old Dominion University and Paul D. Camp Community College, students attending PDCCC are able to study for both their associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing.
 
The program is academically challenging and a lot of work for the students. However, for Ayla Sherman, Taylor Jackson, Taylor Felts, and Caitlin Sawyer, it was worth it to reach their academic goals.
 
All four will be moving on to the next steps in their education and career that much sooner.
 
For Ayla Sherman, the rigorous program allowed her to reach her goals faster and have more time with her family.
 
“I have two young children. I did not want to be in school their whole young lives, and this helps consolidate your school time,” Sherman told ODU.
 
“It was a good option for me, because I was able to get both my associate and bachelor’s degrees in two years.
 
I’m still able to see my kids in their later years, and I’m not going to be in school until they’re 20.”
 
Taylor Jackson is confident that having earned his BSN will help him in the competitive medical job market.
 
“Not only does it save you time,” Jackson said, “It makes you more competitive while you’re out there looking for a job.”
 
“The success of these students not only validates their hard work and persistence,” says Dr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president, “it also reinforces the value of our partnership with Old Dominion University.”
 
Each of the four nurses plan to find work in the field, and some are considering continuing their education in the form of a master’s degree.
 
Sarah J. Hill is a content strategist for Distance Learning Old Dominion University.

Jun
21
06/21/2017

Outstanding PDCCC students recognized during honor society luncheon

PTK Awards Luncheon Group webOn hand for the recognition, from left, are: President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, All-Virginia Academic Team members Mary Burgess, Taryn Hains-Karmilovich, Olivia Davis and Andrew Stegman, and VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois.
 
Four Paul D. Camp Community College students were recognized by the Virginia Community College System for outstanding academic achievement during a special event held in Richmond.
 
Among the 74 honorees representing Virginia’s 23 community colleges were PDCCC students Andrew Stegman, Taryn Hains-Karmilovich, Olivia Davis and Mary Burgess. The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society 2017 All-Virginia Academic Awards Luncheon was held at Four Points by Sheraton and featured remarks from the VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois, Lord Fairfax Community College President Dr. Cheryl Thomson-Stacy, and President and CEO of PTK Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, who served as guest speaker.
 
The PTK Honor Society All-Virginia Academic Team program is not just about academic excellence. Members possess leadership skills and work hard to give back to their communities as well. According to PTK, Virginia is one of 38 states participating in the All-State Academic Teams program. It was introduced in 1994 as a way to give scholastic recognition to its members while promoting excellence at two-year colleges.
 
Toni Johnson and Sherri Ward are co-sponsors of the organization at PDCCC.

Jun
20
06/20/2017

Employees who are certified in forklift, clamp truck and reach truck operation are in demand

Put yourself in a position to be in demand at Paul D. Camp Community College where forklift, clamp truck and reach truck operator certificate courses are being held to meet the needs of the community in this growing industry.
 
“With new construction and the expansion of existing facilities, the demand for warehouse and distribution center employees is increasing every day,” said Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne. “In response, the college created this non-credit course to enhance opportunities of employment in this industry.”
 
The three-day long course will be held in a couple of different sessions. The first begins Tuesday, July 11, and continues through Thursday, July 13, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center Conference Hall, 100 North College Drive, Franklin. Another session will be held at the same time and place from August 15 through 17.
 
Students will participate in forklift driving drills and learn OSHA safety procedures. Upon successful completion of the class, they will receive a forklift operator’s certificate and OSHA safety certificate.
 
The cost of tuition is $250. Scholarships in the amount of $200 are available. Register and pay online at pdc.augusoft.net. For more information, call the workforce office, 757-569-6050, or email workforce@pdc.edu.

Jun
18
06/18/2017

Deadline to register for Backflow Prevention Device Certification is July 7

Classes for a course designed for plumbing, mechanical and fire suppression contractors, city building and plumbing officials, public utilities inspectors, water and wastewater personnel, health department officials and engineers will be held Wednesday, July 12, and Thursday, July 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 111 at the Paul D. Camp Community College Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
 
Backflow Prevention Device Certification is focused on helping participants understand backflow and recognize cross-connections, with special emphasis on preparing individuals to test, inspect and provide in-line maintenance of reduced pressure principle backflow prevention devices, double check valve assemblies and pressure vacuum breakers.
 
The one-credit course costs $300. Financial assistance is available. Register by July 7 at 4:30 p.m. and pay online at pdc.augusoft.net. For more information, call 757-569-6050 or email workforce@pdc.edu.

Jun
18
06/18/2017

Deadline to register for beginning to intermediate photo class is June 23

Get your photos on at the PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus
 
~ Award winning photographer Shirley Whitenack will teach class ~
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s (PDCCC) Division of Workforce Development will offer a unique photography class that will leave students confident in their picture taking abilities.
 
“This class will unleash your creativity as you learn to take control of your camera,” said instructor and award winning photographer Shirley Whitenack.
 
Beginning to Intermediate Digital Photography will be held in a four-week consecutive session on Wednesdays, June 28 to July 19, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. The cost for this class is $115.
 
The class will include information about basic camera mechanics, fundamentals of exposure and compositional techniques through traditional lecture, demonstration and on-location photography. In addition, students will learn how to fully utilize directional light, determine proper exposure and exploit depth of field to create dramatic compositions.
 
“Students will leave the class with working knowledge of their digital camera and the confidence to fully utilize it to capture outstanding images,” Whitenack said.
 
Participants need to bring their fully charged camera, instruction manual and digital media. Register at pdc.augusoft.net. For more information, call 757-569-6050 or email workforce@pdc.edu.

Jun
16
06/16/2017

PDCCC student Joel Fox conducts research that will help people in underdeveloped countries

Joel Fox Joel Fox, pictured in the PDCCC biology lab, presented research at a meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in New Orleans on June 11. –Photo by Mary Ellen Gleason
 
Joel Fox’s project involved heat proofing vaccines for easier transport for underdeveloped countries. – Photo by Joel Fox
 
What does the French Quarter in New Orleans, the American Society of Microbiology, and Paul D. Camp Community College have in common? The answer is Joel Fox, a PDCCC general studies student.
 
He presented his project in immunology at the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) meeting in New Orleans on June 11 at the recommendation of Dr. Carl Vermeulen, professor of microbiology, who is affectionately known to his students as Dr. V.
 
Fox’s project introduced research at the convention on heat proofing vaccines, making them more transportable and safer for many underdeveloped countries. According to Fox, a common problem in some countries is transporting vaccines safely to towns and villages. Vaccines exposed to high temperatures in transit to villages by canoe, for example, can lose potency and effectiveness. Typically, temperatures can break down the vaccine before it reaches its destination.
 
A second problem is the mishandling of the vaccine once it is delivered. It is not uncommon for people in villages to use the same needle to dispense the vaccine causing serious infections among the children receiving the vaccine.
 
The PDCCC student’s project shows research that solves both problems. He and Dr. V sought ways to inject vaccines into starch noodles. Once hardened, they can withstand temperatures up to 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Furthermore, these noodles have a sharp point and are small, which enables them to be inserted under the skin. Thousands of the vaccines can be transported because of the small size of the hardened noodle and at a very low cost.
 
The American Society of Microbiology provided Fox with multiple opportunities for dialogue about immunology specifics to his project and exposure to many different mind sets in that field. According to him, he would ask those he talked with for advice. “Small details can be extremely important,” he said. He was approached by many graduate students who were interested in his project. He was amused when one graduate student asked him if he was post-doctoral. “I said, ‘No, I am a student at Paul D. Camp Community College.’”
 
Dr. V described the importance of this research, explaining, “While Joel was in transit to the meeting, a lot of kids in the Sudan died from being given the measles vaccine that had become contaminated over the 4-day period of injections without any refrigeration, and the use of only one syringe for the whole village, and because children were used to administer the shots.
 
“Our work promotes vaccines that don’t need refrigeration; the delivery device can only be used once and then disappears, and the method is so simple that inexperienced providers can do it.”
 
Fox anticipates that his research project at PDCCC will help him reach his academic goals and considers his experience in New Orleans a success. He said, “I connected with many people, some from places such as Manchester and Cambridge, while others were from Wisconsin and Alabama.” Dr. V would agree and said that Joel “made a couple of very important connections” at the ASM convention.
 
Fox grew up in Capron with his parents, Jeff and Kira Fox, and his older brother, Taylor. He graduated from PDCCC in May and plans to enroll at Christopher Newport University to major in molecular biology and chemistry. Along with his family and Dr. V, he is quick to add that his work was supported by multiple students at PDCCC.
 
For more information about programs and classes at PDCCC, visit www.pdc.edu.

Jun
13
06/13/2017

LogistXGames return to Suffolk

By Alex Perry
Suffolk News-Herald Online, Thursday, June 8, 2017

LogistXGamesTarget team member Zachery Chavis assembles and stacks boxes with teammates for the Pallet Puzzle Sprint at the fourth annual Hampton Roads LogistXGames on Thursday.

Photo courtesy of the Suffolk News-Herald Online
 
The fourth annual Hampton Roads LogistXGames were held on Thursday at Virginia Regional Commerce Park building B in Suffolk, coinciding with the grand opening of the new 284,580-square-foot warehouse facility.
 
The annual event is organized by founding sponsor CBRE Hampton Roads and ws hosted this year by Panattoni Development Company.
 
This year’s competition brought together 11 teams from logistics companies in the area to raise money for workforce development programs. More than 100 logistics personnel competed in work-related challenges, and 44 companies sponsors donated supplies and money to make this year a success.
 
“I think this is our best year ever,” said Scott Flanders, Ace Hardware Import Redistribution Center Manager and co-chair for the event. “There’s a lot of motivation and a lot of teamwork.”
 
The games promoted the importance of the logistics industry and recognized the employees of some major transportation and distribution employers, including the Port of Virginia and Givens Inc.
 
Teams assembled and labeled boxes, then stacked them with careful urgency while being timed. Three members of each team did this challenge with their teammates cheering them on from just a few paces away.
 
“It was an adrenaline rush, with Target screaming behind us and the teamwork,” said Target operations manager Zachery Chavis. “That was my favorite part.”
 
Contestants participated in a timed pallet jack relay race that had them weaving through a narrow route, while simultaneously keeping their packages on the pallet.
 
“It’s one of those slow is fast … things,” Target team captain Richard Wimberly said.
 
The games encouraged company employees to work together and connect with their coworkers outside of the office. For some of them, this was the first time getting to know their teammates.
 
“We’re all from different terminals,” said Port of Virginia’s David Bocanegra about his teammates on Thursday. “It’s cool meeting some of the guys I don’t usually work with.”
 
Givens Inc. warehouse supervisor Michael Davis has competed in the games every year since his team won the first year. He said it’s grown each year, which allows more companies to interact with others in the industry.
 
“It’s good to meet all the other customers that you deal with,” he said.
 
Givens Inc. won first place in the competition this year, while Keurig Green Mountain placed second and Emser Tile took third place.
 
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new building before the games began.
 
The building was developed by Panatoni Development as the first speculative project in Hampton Roads since 2008, indicative of growth stemming from the Port of Virginia and other expansions, according to Panatoni Senior Development Manager William Hudgins.
 
“We’re confident that businesses want to be here,” Hudgins said.
 
The proceeds of the event support scholarships for Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation and Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation.
 
Flanders said both schools have great programs that train students for logistics industry careers, and Paul D. Camp has identified dozens of students that have benefited from these scholarship donations specifically.
 
The event has raised $88,000 during the past four years to support those scholarships, and the goal for next year is to have raised $150,000 since 2014, according to Flanders.
 
“I think we’re going to beat it next year,” he said.

Jun
12
06/12/2017

PDCCC supports students beyond studies at the college

In its commitment to promote entrepreneurship within the institution and the community, Paul D. Camp Community College is giving aspiring small business owners a head start on realizing their dreams.
 
An entrepreneurial scholarship provided by PDCCC will support a student’s business concept by funding a one-year membership at the Franklin Business Center (FBC).
 
“This is a unique scholarship that allows us the opportunity to help our students even after they leave our college,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “They don’t pay membership fees for the first year while benefitting from all the resources available at the FBC.”
 
The facility houses office space, support staff and programs that nurture young firms and expanding businesses, according to the FBC website.
 
“We are thrilled with Paul D. Camp Community College’s initiative to spur local entrepreneurship and believe the PDCCC entrepreneurial scholarship will be a tremendous asset to the Franklin Business Center program,” said Amanda Jarratt, president and CEO of Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc. “We are looking forward to working with students from PDCCC at the Franklin Business Center and welcome their business ideas, spirit and innovation to the program. The Franklin Business Center is excited to help each of these scholarship winners Start. Grow. Thrive here in our community.”
 
The criteria is two-fold to become eligible for the award. A student has to complete a certificate or degree requiring at least 16 credit hours for the program in which they are enrolled.
 
In addition, the student would have to meet the criteria of the Franklin Business Center, which includes the completion of a client application, submission of a business plan and attendance of a meeting with the FBC mentor or Small Business Development Counselor. After satisfying these requirements, the FBC Advisory Board will still need to approve the student’s application and business plan.
 
“We are excited about this new scholarship,” said Lufkin. “This is just one way we can continue to support our entrepreneurial initiatives while benefitting the entire community.”
 
The scholarship was first announced in April at PDCCC’s entrepreneurial forum. Two of the scholarships will be awarded per academic year. For more information, contact Dr. Renee Felts, 757-569-6760 or rfelts@pdc.edu.

Jun
02
06/02/2017

Registration for Paul D. Camp Community College’s Fast Track Welding Program Underway

~Classes begin July 10~
 
Registration is now open for the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center’s Fast Track Welding program. Classes will run from July 10 through August 4.
 
“Programs like Fast Track Welding are needed in our region to provide employers with trained job candidates,” said Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne.
 
Fast Track Welding is rigorous 160-hour (four-week) program offered at the workforce center in Franklin that provides hands-on training, job shadowing opportunities and job placement support. The program is designed to provide fast-paced, focused training of welding essentials and is comprised of 20 percent classroom instruction and 80 percent hands-on training in marine welding, preparing students for American Welding Society (AWS) certification.
 
“The courses are designed to assure employers that candidates possess the skills and attitude of a successful welder,” said Lawhorne. “The course provides great preparation for employment in this field.”
 
The cost of the class, including supplies, equipment and AWS certification process, is $3,000. New grants and scholarships will cover much of this cost for eligible students.
 
For more information, call 757-569-6050 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development.

Jun
01
06/01/2017

Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control offered on PDCCC’s Hobbs Suffolk Campus

Classes for a course designed for plumbing, mechanical and fire suppression contractors, city building and plumbing officials, public utilities inspectors, water and wastewater personnel, health department officials and engineers will be held Monday, June 12, and Tuesday, June 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 111 at the Paul D. Camp Community College Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
 
Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control is focused on helping participants understand backflow and recognize cross-connections, with special emphasis on preparing individuals to test, inspect and provide in-line maintenance of reduced pressure principle backflow prevention devices, double check valve assemblies and pressure vacuum breakers.
 
The one-credit course costs $300. Register and pay online at pdc.augusoft.net. For more information, call 757-569-6050 or email workforce@pdc.edu.

Jun
01
06/01/2017

New program prepares students to head out on the road with commercial driver’s license

~ Classes begin July 17~

 
Those who like to travel and meet new people may find a rewarding career in truck driving, now being offered by Paul D. Camp Community College. The next training session will run Monday-Thursdays, June 17 through Aug. 24, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Emporia. This exciting opportunity will allow students to attain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and earn a livable wage with benefits.
 
CDL certification qualifies a person for a number of different truck driving opportunities, including tractor trailer and long-haul driving. “The training will take place with experienced instructors on first-rate equipment in Emporia,” said Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage for heavy and tractor trailer drivers in May 2015 was up to more than $40,000 a year in Virginia.
 
Classroom instruction for the six-week long course will focus on map reading, trip planning and maintaining truck logs. Other course components include preventative maintenance, highway safety and handling hazardous materials. Inspections prior to trips and extensive maneuvering of the vehicle will also be covered.
 
Prospective students must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Virginia driver’s license. Additionally, the following is required one week prior to the start of classes:

  • To provide a copy of their driving record
  • To pass a Department of Transportation physical exam
  • To pass a drug test and agree to future testing during the course of the program
  • To possess a CDL-A learner’s permit

“Program graduates have a very high CDL pass rate and job placement rate with participating companies,” said Lawhorne.
 
This program falls under the Workforce Credentials Grant, which helps pay for tuition. Students also may be eligible for financial aid to enroll in this training. For more information, call 757-569-6050, email workforce@pdc.edu or visit pdc.edu.

May
23
05/23/2017

PDCCC and Habitat for Humanity Join Together

Habitat for HumanityThe 2016-2017 HVAC class at Paul D. Camp Community College and the Franklin/Southampton Chapter of Habitat for Humanity joined hands recently.
 
PDC students installed a complete heat pump system in a home being built for a family in Boykins, Virginia. Their work was under the auspices of Jeff Sarvice, an adjunct instructor at PDC. Sarvice is a licensed heating and air contractor. Hands–on learning is emphasized in technical education at PDCCC according to Richard Baker, the HVAC instructor at the college. Baker added that the students went the whole nine yards in this project.
 
“With Jeff’s leadership, our students calculated the house load, designed a duct system, developed an equipment and material list, learned what tools were needed, set the equipment, installed the duct system, made electrical mechanical connections, started and tested the system.” Instructor Sarvis stated while the entire class did a good job, two students distinguished themselves in their time and work.
 
Ryan Rezendes and David Richard “made every session and their experience really showed in their work.” Both students are currently employed with local contractors: Rezendes with Simmons Heating and Cooling and Richard with Power Mechanical.
 
A local contractor who contributed to this community project was Glenn Rawlings of Rawlings Mechanical who provided essential advice to the students for this project.

Habitat for Humanity

May
17
05/17/2017

Paul D. Camp Community College 46th Annual Commencement Exercises Held May 12, 2017

Paul D. Camp Community College held its 46thAnnual Commencement on May 12, 2017. The ceremony was held at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. More than 200 students received degrees and certificates.
 
The following degrees and certificates were awarded:
 
Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Business Administration:

  • Amy Baird (cum laude)
  • Summer Begley (summa cum laude)
  • Eric Collins
  • Twana Davis (cum laude)
  • Zefanias Ebarle***
  • Luisandra Garrett (cum laude)
  • Frazier Gilliam** (magna cum laude)
  • James Goben***
  • Robyn Gram
  • Raegan Hasty (summa cum laude)
  • Samantha Nelson
  • Wanda Olden** (magna cum laude)
  • Dwight Parker, Jr. (cum laude)
  • Christopher Ricks (summa cum laude)
  • Paramveer Singh***
  • Karen Wellons (cum laude)
  • JaQuanna Wilkins** (magna cum laude)

 
Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Education:

  • Shannon Clark
  • Alexis Davis***
  • Olivia Davis (summa cum laude)
  • Erica Doerter (magna cum laude)
  • Donovan Grant (magna cum laude)

 
Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in General Studies (Computer Science):

  • JaKwon Cross
  • Ryan Dunn (cum laude)
  • Orbreyon Eley
  • Ashley Haydu
  • Domonique Osborne
  • Jessica Palmer (summa cum laude)
  • Jason Rivers (cum laude)
  • James Sepmoree, Jr. (summa cum laude)

 
Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in General Studies (General):

  • Noah Barrett
  • Cody Billups (summa cum laude)
  • Lorenda Boone
  • Anthony Brown, Jr.
  • Catherine Brown* (summa cum laude)
  • Brittany Bunn* (summa cum laude)
  • Mary Burgess (summa cum laude)
  • Joanne Calvie
  • Thomas Clasp
  • Joyna Cooper (cum laude)
  • Tamia Copeland*
  • Shakyra Cotton
  • Skiler Cutchins (magna cum laude)
  • Victoria Daniels* (magna cum laude)
  • Olivia Davis (summa cum laude)
  • Katlyn Drake
  • Jeffrey Eberhart (summa cum laude)
  • Cierra Eley*
  • Shelby Everette
  • Dawn Forbes (summa cum laude)
  • Emily Foster (magna cum laude)
  • Joel Fox (cum laude)
  • Imani Garde* (magna cum laude)
  • Luisandra Garrett (cum laude)
  • Alexander Gillette
  • D’Avion Godwin* (magna cum laude)
  • Shavaughn Gordon
  • Wendy Green (summa cum laude)
  • Ashley Haydu
  • Rebekah Hill
  • Avia Holloway
  • Samantha Jackson (magna cum laude)
  • Brittany Johnson (magna cum laude)
  • Jenna Johnson (magna cum laude)
  • Tallyah Larrymore* (magna cum laude)
  • Derek Leggett* (magna cum laude)
  • Robyn Lovell
  • Billy Manus (summa cum laude)
  • Jevedia Martin*
  • Jennifer Masssaroni-Bernocco
  • Ashley McClain (summa cum laude)
  • DeVon Morris* (cum laude)
  • Wanda Olden** (magna cum laude)
  • Pamela Reid***
  • Dominique Rodriguez
  • Blake Rutledge (summa cum laude)
  • Keenan Schanbacher
  • Cheyenne Schmack
  • Karissa Schuermann
  • Matthew Seaborne (cum laude)
  • Destynie Sebrell* (cum laude)
  • Aaliyah Simms* (magna cum laude)
  • Brendan Simms* (summa cum laude)
  • Chelsea Spivey (cum laude)
  • Heather Story (cum laude)
  • Makayla Sumblin
  • Erica Tann (magna cum laude)
  • Staci Taroli* (cum laude)
  • Tiffany Taylor
  • Jessica Teter
  • Chanel Wiggins***

 
Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Science:

  • Claudia Campbell (summa cum laude)
  • Shirley Granger
  • Taryn Hains-Karmilovich (summa cum laude)
  • Travis Jones (cum laude)
  • Makayla Sumblin

 
Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Administration of Justice (Police Science):

  • Camden Cobb (cum laude)
  • Seth Morris***

 
Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Administrative Support Technology (Medical Office Assistant)

  • Tiffany Butler***
  • Tara Mclean

 
Associate of Applied Sciences Degree Early Childhood Development:

  • Brittany Joyner
  • Eryn Owen (summa cum laude)
  • Jacqueline Rawlings
  • Patricia Reyna (magna cum laude)

 
Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Industrial Technology (Electronic Controls):

  • Armstead Rumble

 
Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Industrial Technology (Electronics/Electrical):

  • William Mason, Jr.

 
Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Management (General Business):

  • Holly Cross
  • Yvette Gatling**
  • Wanda Olden** (magna cum laude)
  • Taylor Stallard**
  • JaQuanna Wilkins** (magna cum laude)

 
Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Management (Hardware and Software Support):

  • Myers Hunt

 
Associate of Applied Sciences in Nursing:

  • Ashley Boyd-Maddrey
  • Siobhan Clark
  • Hakeem Daniels
  • Samantha Dowd
  • Taylor Felts (cum laude)
  • Taylor Henry
  • Shatara Hicks
  • Jenny Hughes
  • Taylor Jackson
  • Brittany Johnson (cum laude)
  • Karla Johnson (cum laude)
  • Aryntheia Jones-Quash
  • Alexa Lilley
  • Tanya Little
  • Brittany Marshall
  • Paige McCall (magna cum laude)
  • Brittnee Randolph (cum laude)
  • Andrea Reese
  • Caitlin Sawyer
  • Ayla Sherman (cum laude)
  • Colleen Vaughan
  • Anndrea Wilson (cum laude)

 
Certificate in Early Childhood Development Assistant:

  • Sarah Giorgi (summa cum laude)
  • Brittany Joyner
  • Eryn Owen (summa cum laude)
  • Latoria Parham
  • Jacqueline Rawlings
  • Patricia Reyna (magna cum laude)

 
Certificate in General Education:

  • Tyan Aylward* (cum laude)
  • Deja Batten* (cum laude)
  • Cody Billups
  • Laurenda Boone
  • Haleigh Carr* (summa cum laude)
  • Shannon Clark
  • Donte Copeland
  • Tamia Copeland* (magna cum laude)
  • Shakyra Cotton
  • JaKwon Cross
  • Victoria Daniels* (magna cum laude)
  • Olivia Davis (summa cum laude)
  • Katlyn Drake
  • Dariun Everett*
  • Shelby Everette
  • Dawn Forbes (summa cum laude)
  • Cameron Francis* (magna cum laude)
  • Imani Garde* (magna cum laude)
  • Luisandra Garrett (cum laude)
  • Valda Godsey (magna cum laude)
  • D’Avion Godwin* (magna cum laude)
  • Angel Harris* (summa cum laude)
  • Ashley Haydu
  • Glenna Hayes (magna cum laude)
  • Rebekah Hill
  • Miranda Joyner* (summa cum laude)
  • Jennifer Massaroni-Bernocco (magna cum laude)
  • Dreama Mitchell
  • DeVon Morris* (cum laude)
  • Alexzandera Nichols
  • Wanda Olden** (magna cum laude)
  • Makya Phillips* (summa cum laude)
  • Pamela Reid***
  • Karen Richardson
  • Jason Rivers (cum laude)
  • Erin Rountree* (magna cum laude)
  • Adele Ruffin*
  • Dorean Seaborn
  • Matthew Seaborne (cum laude)
  • Precious Stephens
  • Karen Wellons (cum laude)

 
Certificate in Practical Nursing:

  • Issame Abisaab (cum laude)
  • Denise Binns-Banks
  • Dewanda Brown
  • Stephanie Decker
  • Deven Dodd (magna cum laude)
  • Hannah Fagan
  • Amy Flowers (magna cum laude)
  • Shirely Granger
  • Reshema Green
  • Tienna Harris
  • Tamara Jamison
  • Brittany Johnson (cum laude)
  • Crystal Jones
  • Desirae Jones (cum laude)
  • April Lankford
  • Samantha Luke (magna cum laude)
  • Amanda Nichols
  • Tyrica Paredes
  • Cathy Riley-Snyder (summa cum laude)
  • Francheska Rodriguez-Galarce (cum laude)
  • Alisha Vines
  • Ja’Kira Williams (cum laude)
  • La’Quanda Wilson

 
Career Studies Certificate in Advanced Early Childhood Development:

  • Lisa Babb
  • Savanah Blum*
  • Kylie Formella*
  • Brianna Hayes*
  • Brittany Joyner
  • Tanisha Moore*
  • Eryn Owen (summa cum laude)
  • Latoria Parham
  • Patricia Reyna (magna cum laude)
  • Christal Tucker
  • Tiffany Wells***
  • Kimberly Williams*

 
Career Studies Certificate in Bookkeeping:

  • Holly Cross

 
Career Studies Certificate in Building Maintenance:

  • Zackery Shepard

 
Career Studies Certificate Computer Support Specialist:

  • Arthur Allmond
  • Keisha Malone

 
Career Studies Certificate in Early Childhood Development:

  • Lisa Babb
  • Savanah Blum*
  • Tyesha Cisco***
  • T’Asia Copeland
  • Sherice Fleming*
  • Kylie Formella*
  • Alexis Godwin*
  • Brittany Joyner
  • Tanisha Moore*
  • Ashleigh Royster***
  • Amanda Hewitt***
  • Marie Jones-Lee***
  • Karisma Mitchell*
  • Kayla O’Rourke
  • Eryn Owen (summa cum laude)
  • Brittany Parker*
  • Patricia Reyna (magna cum laude)
  • Christal Tucker
  • Courtney Tynes*
  • Tiffany Wells***
  • Kimberly Williams*
  • Marion Williams
  • Brittany Wright

 
Career Studies Certificate in Electrical Technology:

  • James Harcum***
  • Adam Jenkins***
  • Jordan Stuck***
  • Brian Wallace***
  • Terry Wilson-Bell***

 
Career Studies Certificate in Emergency Med Tech Basic:

  • Andre’ Acker
  • Angela Bardelli*
  • Madelyn Bauman*
  • Jeffrey Bess*
  • Kemaney Bilbry*
  • Marisa Blackniak*
  • Donell Blount*
  • Jasmine Bryant*
  • Tyler Bunch*
  • Destiny Burrell*
  • Gabriel Combs*
  • Brett Deese*
  • Sierra Eure*
  • Lauren Hagberg*
  • Ben Hayes*
  • Deanna Hoggard*
  • Donnie Hoskins, Jr.*
  • Lanasia Johnson*
  • A’Shantee Jones*
  • Kaylee King*
  • Charnise Knight*
  • Kevin Martinez*
  • Kaitlyn McLean*
  • Joseph Miller*
  • Kendra Moore*
  • Travis Morton*
  • Iyana Moton*
  • Logan Oaks*
  • Mariah Pope*
  • Christian Prevett*
  • Stacie Riddick*
  • Austin Robinson*
  • Dionna Scott*
  • Mikaela Shivley*
  • Olivia Smith*
  • William Stephens
  • Anthonie Talarico
  • Josie Twiford*
  • Stasha Waterfield
  • George Wells, III*
  • Jessica Wilkins*

 
Career Studies Certificate in Entrepreneurship in Small Business Management:

  • Yvette Gatling**
  • JaQuanna Wilkins** (magna cum laude)
  • Shaun Woodhouse***

 

Career Studies Certificate in Hardware and Software Support:

  • Myers Hunt

 

Career Studies Certificate in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning:

  • Jade Banty
  • Jaquel Gay
  • James Murdock
  • Ryan Rezendes
  • David Richard
  • Zackery Shepard
  • Nicholas Stovall
  • Brady Wallace, Jr.

 

Career Studies Certificate in Industrial/Residential Wiring:

  • Donovan Grant (magna cum laude)

 

Career Studies Certificate in Logistics Management:

  • Allison Armstrong
  • Latasha Brown
  • Maurice Everette
  • Anissa Faltz
  • Charlene Fields
  • Tisha McCormick
  • Darlene Mendes
  • Jessica Perkins
  • Michael Ward

 

Career Studies Certificate in Medical Office Code/Reimbursement Specialist (Fast Track)

  • Debbie Buffkin
  • Cynthia Diggs***

 

Career Studies Certificate in Medical Office Specialist:

  • Andrea Buer
  • Loretta Diggs

 

Career Studies Certificate in Nurse Aide:

  • Angela Alexander***
  • Tonya Boone***
  • Ashley Boyd***
  • Vicki Clarke
  • Christy Cook
  • Joyna Cooper (cum laude)
  • Benjamin Cutchins***
  • Sara Hemmis
  • Cecelia Jones
  • Cathy Riley-Synder (summa cum laude)
  • Chelsea Spivey (cum laude)
  • Jessica Teter

 

Career Studies Certificate in Pharmacy Technician:

  • Katherine Kea
  • Melissa Kitchen
  • Kaitlyn Pope
  • Jaddai Scott
  • ShiAnne Smith
  • Samantha Stockman
  • Kristen Sutphin
  • Chantelle White

 

Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy:

  • Tonya Boone
  • Ashley Boyd
  • Karen Haywood-Duck
  • LaToya Johnson
  • Kayla McNair-Chisolm
  • Danielle Stafford
  • Brittany Stephenson

 

Career Studies Certificate in Pre-Nursing:

  • Alyssa Aguilar
  • Shemika Anderson
  • Chanelle Blakely
  • Bethany Brinkley***
  • Vicki Clarke
  • Christy Cook
  • Jonya Cooper (cum laude)
  • Kaycie Edwards
  • Micheal Edwards
  • Elexus Fenner
  • Brittany Fletcher
  • Sara Hemmis
  • Amanda Holmes
  • Carrie Holt***
  • Wendy Howell***
  • Daresia Hubbard
  • Brittany Johnson (cum laude)
  • Jenna Johnson (magna cum laude)
  • Katerina Mahoney***
  • Meagan Parreco
  • Kaitlyn Pope
  • Natasha Ross
  • Chelsea Spivey (cum laude)
  • Denise Turner
  • Teresa Unser***
  • Casey Williams
  • Dawn Wilson***
  • La’Quandra Wilson

 

Career Studies Certificate in Principles of Robotics:

  • Lewis Armstrong*
  • Stephen Flournoy, II*
  • Kayla Haithcoats*
  • Kamla Jackson*
  • Lynn Lawson*
  • NaTron Lee*
  • Shayla Piland*
  • Kayla Powell*
  • Au’Nesha Smith*
  • Tyrique Warren*
  • Tyeshia Whitfield*

 

Career Studies Certificate in Professional Welder-Plate:

  • Alexander Allen, Jr.*
  • Patrick Bosley*
  • Davyn Everette*
  • Terrence Jeffrey, Jr.*
  • Dante Miles*
  • NyJey Pope*
  • Donte’ Smith*
  • Kalil Thomas*

 

Career Studies Certificate in Religious Studies:

  • Billy Manus (summa cum laude)

 

Career Studies Certificate in Small Business Management (Advance):

  • Shaun Woodhouse***

 

Career Studies Certificate in Word Processing Technician:

  • Shyretta Eley

 
* Dual Enrollment Graduates

** Sustainability

*** Fall 2016 Graduates

Apr
24
04/24/2017

Hardships, faith give PDCCC graduate insight to make a difference in the lives of youth

Kecia TaliaferroBy the age of 12, Kecia Taliaferro had seen more than her fair share of hard times. She had experienced abuse and attempted suicide. Her faith in humanity and God further dwindled after she turned 16.
 
Although her parents made significant changes to their lives later and tried to encourage her to join them in spreading the word of God and healing others through Jesus Christ as well, Taliaferro was, at that time, at a point of no return. She was a product of her environment, with no self-esteem and no regard for others. She developed an addiction and eventually engaged in behavior that resulted in her arrest.
 
“I made a conscious decision to turn all of my mess over to Jesus and figured if he was who he said he was, then my feelings of despair would diminish,” she said. “And my life changed.”
 
Years later, Taliaferro found herself thinking about pursuing postsecondary education at Paul D. Camp Community College at Smithfield each day as she visited the library to research jobs and update her resume. The PDCCC site is located on the second floor of the library.
 
“I finally stopped wondering, ‘what if,’” she said, “and applied to PDCCC in 2008.” She excelled in her studies at the college, even while holding down one and two jobs at a time. She became a scholarship recipient; student ambassador; recording secretary of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; a delegate to the Virginia General Assembly; a tutor and a guest speaker at a foundation friend raiser. Although she was forced to drop out of school for a period of time due to a serious illness, she returned full speed and graduated summa cum laude in May 2013 with an associate’s degree in general studies, and certificates in religious studies and general education.
 
“Because I utilized financial aid and scholarships while at PDCCC, the lower costs of attending community college allowed me to have financial aid available for my first year as a transfer student at a four-year college,” she said.
 
Taliaferro noted that if it were not for the faculty and staff who cared so much about the students’ success, her time at the community college would have been ‘unremarkable.’
 
“During my time at PDCCC, I saw many from my past come for associate degrees and GEDs and it warmed my heart to see them trading dysfunctional living for better lives,” she said.
 
Taliaferro has also earned a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in human services from Bluefield College where she was inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society. She is set to graduate in May 2017 with her master’s degree in education in Christian School Administration from Regent University in Virginia Beach.
 
She has been working for four years at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast VA, serving as teen director and program leader. She is also in her third year working at Kings Fork Middle School. She currently serves as the in-school suspension coordinator and general education paraprofessional.
 
At 52, Taliaferro has become a life coach for the children with whom she works at both jobs.
“God has blessed me with a gift to be able to relate to them,” she said. “They know that I relate to them from a place of understanding and wisdom.
 
“My relationship with these kids are a reflection of my relationship with my Father, God. His love for me is evident in my love for them.”
 
She accredits her journey that began at PDCCC for opening doors for her and enabling her to give youth the encouragement and support that she did not receive when she was young.
 
“PDCCC is a beacon of hope in the community and the promise of what we can become,” she said. “I thank God I passed it every day, and praise Him for giving me the courage to walk through the door.”

Apr
21
04/21/2017

PDCCC supporter Herb DeGroft honored with 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

Herbert W. DeGroft, center, is congratulated by VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn Dubois, left, and PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin at the luncheon in Richmond.
 
Herbert W. DeGroft of Smithfield was nominated by Paul D. Camp Community College to receive the 12th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. DeGroft was honored recently during a special luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond.
 
“Herbert DeGroft proves himself a devoted supporter for Paul D. Camp Community College time and time again—and has been doing so for three decades,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “As a past member of the Local College Board and past president of the College Foundation, he has served tirelessly, taking a genuine interest in assisting and participating in the majority of the college’s events and fundraising activities, namely our Gala and Annual Golf Tournament.
 
“Herb has also reached into his own pockets on many occasions to ensure that our students have the resources they need to be successful. The College considers itself fortunate for Mr. DeGroft’s friendship and many contributions.”
 
In his 30 years serving PDCCC, DeGroft began as a member of the Local College board in 1986. He spent two years serving on the Legislative Advocacy committee before joining the Foundation Board in 1996. He served as vice president of the Foundation Board from 2012 to 2014, and as president from 2014 to 2016. He served on numerous committees during this time as well.
 
He planned and organized PDCCC’s first gala held in April 2016 which raised more than $35,000 for the foundation to help students and has consistently lent those talents to the annual golf tournament fundraiser since its inception in 2004. The activities and events DeGroft attends even include small internal celebrations for colleagues. In addition, he has always been on hand to accompany the students and staff to the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond.
 
Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the annual luncheon honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community college,s as well as the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $10 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois expressed his gratitude in his address to the crowd. “You are difference-makers. You are opportunity-creators. We thank you, not just for the dollars donated, but for the standard of leadership you represent. Your example motivates and challenges us all to do more to ensure that opportunity is there for those who come next.”
 
Keynote speaker John O. “Dubby” Wynne, chairman of GO Virginia and Reinvent Hampton Roads, said he was honored to be a part of the event and he emphasized the generous donations he and others have made are having a positive impact on the communities Virginia’s Community Colleges serve. “In many instances, your gifts are the difference between average or good and excellent in student performance,” he observed.
 
Wynne also issued an appeal to members of the audience to increase their level of support to help train and educate Virginia’s workforce for economic growth.

Apr
21
04/21/2017

Help PDCCC help students during one day of giving

Fundraising platform will allow donations to be made online

 
The Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation hopes to have the help of the community to assist students in realizing their dreams of attending college during a 24-hour fundraiser.
 
The Give Local 757 allows nonprofits to raise awareness about their organization while also raising money. In addition, the event provides connections with new donors by encouraging a wider audience to engage in the rewards of giving. The event begins at midnight on Tuesday, May 9.
 
“This is an excellent way to donate and know that the funds will benefit people in the immediate area,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Workforce Development/ Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Dr. Renee Felts. “It is an investment. By helping us help our students, they can get jobs in the area, which in turn supports our overall economy.”
 
The Give Local 757 platform was created by the Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia in 2014 for local nonprofits in the Hampton Roads area. In 2016, the event raised $610,000 for 223 nonprofits in the area, according to its website. The target for this year’s day of giving is $1 million. Along with the Peninsula Community Foundation, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and the United Way are hosting the event.
 
The Give Local 757 website will officially open for “pre-donations” on Tuesday, April 25th. To make a donation to PDCCC, go to www.givelocal757.org/pdcccfoundation and click the “Donate Now” button.

Apr
19
04/19/2017

Student success program at PDCCC wins first place at statewide conference

Data shows program has been working since its development in 2012

STEPS GroupVice President for Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, from left, Co-Program Director Trina Jones, VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois, PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin, College Success Coaches Laura Clark and Dr. Sandra Walker, and Program Specialist Jamie Dodd. Not pictured is Co-Program Director Dr. Alan Harris.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) team was awarded a $5,000 first place prize during the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) New Horizons Conference 2017 held in Roanoke recently.
 
All 23 community colleges in the VCCS competed for the Excellence in Education Award based on the theme of “best practices in student success.” The PDCCC team was honored for their project titled, “STEPS: A Research-Based, Evidence-Driven Model for Effectively Serving Underserved Students.”
 
The team leading this effort is comprised of College Success Coaches Dr. Sandra Walker and Laura Clark, and Program Specialist Jamie Dodd with the support of Vice President for Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, and Co-Program Directors Dr. Alan Harris and Trina Jones.
 
“I would like to express my deep appreciation for their tireless work,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “I am also grateful for our faculty, staff and administrators who have supported the success of this award-winning program through their referrals. This is truly an accomplishment of which we can all be proud.”
 
The program was developed in 2012 in response to the VCCS Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative.
 
“The purpose of this initiative is to increase the number of underserved students who graduate, transfer or earn non-credit credentials,” said Clark. “Researchers attribute low retention rates among underserved students to lack of academic preparedness, limited financial resources, family obligations, and/or social incongruence.”
 
Among the program data, results have revealed that 70 percent of students maintained a 2.0 grade point average or higher; 134 degrees, diplomas, certificates or other credentials have been earned and more than $235,000 in scholarships have been awarded.
 
“In addition, three-year average retention rates for fall to spring and fall to fall consistently exceed the VCCS and PDCCC by 7 to 18 percent,” explained Walker.
 
According to the team, non-academic support was found to be just as important as academic support to first-generation, low-income and ethnic minority students. At the point of entry into STEPS, students must have earned 14 or less credits. The STEPS team was able to take advantage of the college’s small size and make more personal outreach efforts to targeted students.
 
For more information about the STEPS program at PDCCC, contact Clark in Franklin, 757-569-6780, lclark@pdc.edu, or Walker in Suffolk, 757-925-6326, swalker@pdc.edu.

Apr
17
04/17/2017

Number of dual enrollment graduates continues to grow at Paul D. Camp Community College

May commencement will include 95 program or degree completers

 
Paul D. Camp Community College has experienced a 164 percent increase in the number of dual enrollment students who are graduating with a certificate, career studies certificate (CSC) or an associate’s degree when compared to 2016.
 
“We’re very excited to see so many high school students who are completing their programs of study this year,” said Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin, “It’s a strong testament to how hard these students work and what great opportunities are offered to them in this program.”
 
The PDCCC Dual Enrollment Program provides the opportunity for high school students to earn college credits while working toward their high school diploma. This includes completing a degree or certificate if they choose to go that route.
 
During the 2015-16 academic year, PDCCC graduated 36 dual enrollment students. For the 2016-17 year, the college is expected to see 95 students from the program walk during the May commencement. Sixty-eight of those are on schedule to earn career studies certificates, 10 will be earning General Education Certificates and 17 will earn both Career Studies Certificates and Associate of Arts and Science degrees in General Studies.
 
“Our partnerships with the high schools are growing because we share the goal of education for skills relevant in today’s workforce,” said Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president for academic and student development.
 
This concept also aligns with Virginia’s Community Colleges’ goal of “Complete 2021,” a strategic plan that aims to triple credentials awarded annually by 2021. One area of focus in this initiative is preparing graduates for employability in the regional workforce.
 
In addition to the largest number of dual enrollment students graduating at PDCCC, Franklin High School will have a record number of participants this year, with the following being awarded: 11 Principles of Robotics CSCs; seven Plate Welding CSCs; four General Education Certificates; and four Associates of Arts and Sciences degrees in General Studies.
 
This will also be the first year that students who attend PDCCC dual enrollment classes at The Pruden Center for Industry and Technology in Suffolk will earn career studies certificates in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic.
 
Other dual enrollment graduate awards include students from the following schools:

  • Southampton High School—
    Five Early Childhood Education and Advanced Early Childhood Education CSCs; five General Education Certificates; and three AA&S degrees in General Studies.
  • Lakeland High School—
    Three Early Childhood Education CSCs at Pruden; seven EMT Basic at Pruden; one General Education Certificate; and eight AA&S degrees in General Studies.
  • Nansemond River High School—
    One Early Childhood Education CSC at Pruden; nine EMT Basic CSCs at Pruden; and two AA&S degrees in General Studies.
  • King’s Fork High School—
    One Early Childhood Education CSC at Pruden; seven EMT Basic CSCs at Pruden.
  • Smithfield High School—
    Eight EMT Basic CSCs at Pruden.
  • Windsor High School—
    Five EMT Basic CSCs at Pruden.

Paul D. Camp Community College’s 46th Annual Commencement Exercises will be held Friday, May 12, at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
 
For more information about dual enrollment, contact PDCCC’s Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin at 757-569-6081, jpellegrin@pdc.edu, or visit the college’s website at www.pdc.edu.

Apr
10
04/10/2017

Scholarships awarded during College Night in Franklin

The scholarship recipients, second from left, Carrie Beale, Danielle Warford and Elizabeth Williams were congratulated by Dean of Transfer Programs and the Hobbs Suffolk Campus Dr. Justin Oliver, far left, and PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin.
 
Three $500 scholarships were awarded at a recent free college planning event sponsored by Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) and hosted by Paul D. Camp Community College at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
 
Two more college night events are set at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus on Tuesday, April 18, and at PDCCC at Smithfield on Tuesday, April 25. Participants will receive college planning tips, a chance to win one of three $500 scholarships, free pizza and beverages. Entrants must be in grades 9-12 and present to win.
 
The following is a tentative agenda for the events:

  • Career exhibits and information sessions — 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Free pizza and beverages — 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • College planning presentations — 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Scholarship drawings — 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.collegenights.org.

Apr
10
04/10/2017

Deadline approaching to register for PDCCC basic contractor business licensing course

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, April 21. This session will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 25 and May 2, 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 workforce@pdc.edu.

Apr
07
04/07/2017

PDCCC sponsors first community entrepreneurship forum

Free event features speakers and panel of local business leaders

 
Paul D. Camp Community College is sponsoring an inaugural event that is designed to support area entrepreneurs and encourage them to pursue their dreams of implementing innovative ideas in order to build their own viable businesses.
 
“Spirit of the Entrepreneur” with the theme of “A New Day, New Opportunities” gets underway Thursday, April 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
“This forum will provide valuable insight and information to aspiring business owners on several levels,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “As a postsecondary education institution, we want to be a resource for the community and foster new ideas and business. Entrepreneurs have the ability to enhance our economic ecosystem.”
 
Forum features include informative guest speakers Dr. Rebecca Corbin, president and CEO of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE); Elizabeth Creamer, advisor for Workforce Development; and John Camp and Kermit Hobbs, whose namesakes were integral in the creation of the PDCCC institutions via the donation of land and other resources.
 
An entrepreneurial discussion will follow with local panelists Lee Duncan of Wharf Hill Brewery, Terry Godwin of Franklin Lumber and Jimmy Strozier of Highground Services. In addition, Zack Miller— author, television/internet personality/host of HR Biz Weekly— will participate on the panel.
 
PDCCC offers programs and classes that are in line to support the areas of study. “We have a number of programs in place for entrepreneurs, both credit and non-credit,” said Toni Johnson, dean of the Franklin campus and coordinator of the event. “Some programs include Business and Management-Entrepreneurship in Small Business Management and Small Business Management Advanced; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Industrial/Residential Wiring; and Business Start Up instruction through SkillsOnline— a partnership between PDCCC’s workforce development and WHRO.”
 
Lufkin said, “It can be a very rewarding experience to build a business from the ground up. It exemplifies hard work and sound investments. It’s a process that you see through to the end.”
 
Last year, PDCCC joined more than 300 community colleges nationwide in the effort to promote entrepreneurship within the college and the community by partnering with the NACCE.
 
There is no fee and no registration required for the forum.

Apr
05
04/05/2017

Second annual PDCCC Foundation Gala raises more than $40,000 for college initiatives

PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, right, and his wife Catey chat with Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) during the fundraiser. – Photo by Stacy Pauley
 
The Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation’s Annual “Building for the Future” Gala Dinner and Auction was attended by more than 200 guests who enjoyed an elegant evening at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center. The evening which began with a Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction followed by a seated dinner and live auction resulted in a profit in excess of $40,000.
 
“We are elated that this event received so much support from throughout our service area which resulted in a very successful evening for our college.” said Dr. Renee Felts, PDCCC Foundation executive director. “A committee headed by Foundation board member, Martha Russ, spent months planning the evening. They, along with the guests, the sponsors and donors, all contributed to the success of the evening. Our thanks to all of them – it truly takes a village…”
 
Proceeds from the Gala will help fund the following new programs: cyber security on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, allied health certified nursing assistant at PDCCC at Smithfield, industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation on the Franklin Campus and establishment of an athletic program at PDCCC.
 
“A portion of the proceeds will also be used for the college’s scholarship endowment,” said Felts. “Everything we do is for our students, area businesses and the communities that we serve, and these funds will allow us to enhance those opportunities.”

Apr
04
04/04/2017

Community Energy Solar commits $50,000 to Paul D. Camp Community College

~ Funds will enable college to offer solar energy curriculum beginning in fall 2017~

 
Community Energy Solar (CES) LLC has dedicated a one-time donation of $50,000 to the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation that will support new environmental science programs in energy technology with a focus on solar energy.
 
“This is in line with the Governor’s announcement that the largest solar farm in Virginia will be constructed in Southampton County,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “This will open local jobs that will need highly specialized skills in order to construct and maintain the facility and give the students the hands-on training they need as well.”
 
CES recognizes the college’s efforts in creating the new energy technology program, as well as the electrical and instrumentation program-both of which will benefit from the contribution. “We see the construction and operation of the Southampton Solar Project as a great learning opportunity for students in the electrical field,” said CES Executive Vice President Brent Beerley. “We look forward to supporting the training and education of the next generation of electricians.”
 
In December, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) and Virginia Community College System (VCCS) announced funding in the amount of $10,000 funded by Valley Proteins that will also help PDCCC create the Career Studies Certificate (CSC) program in energy technology.
 
“In addition, we recently received approval from Dominion Power to repurpose previously awarded grant funds to be used for the construction and implementation of a mobile solar energy lab,” said Lufkin. The college has also received a donation of eight solar panels from the VCCS that will all allow a mobile lab to be created and used as a tool to train students for the 21-credit hour CSC.
 
“With this level of new funding, we will be able to offer this program in fall 2017,” he said. Registration for fall begins April 24. For more information, contact David Lorenz at dlorenz@pdc.edu.

Mar
31
03/31/2017

Wendy Fish elected as first vice president of the Virginia Nursing Student Association

Wendy Fish of Portsmouth, a first-year nursing student at Paul D. Camp Community College, was elected to serve as the Virginia Nursing Student Association’s (VNSA) first vice president for 2017-18 during the organization’s annual convention held recently at James Madison University.
 
Fish will be responsible for planning and overseeing the annual statewide convention of Nursing Student Association (NSA) chapters, which includes more than 70 active chapters. She will also serve on several standing committees and participate in the Executive Council meetings and decision making process.
 
She serves as president of the PDCCC nursing class of 2018. Fish has a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
 
In addition, she is a mother of six and has two grandchildren. “I am a USAF daughter, a USN veteran, USN wife and USN mother,” she said. Her children are enrolled at four different Virginia colleges. She recently accepted a position as RN nursing student NCP at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk. Fish is not only active in Parish Life at Christ the King Catholic Church, Norfolk, but also as a member of the Virginia Medical Reserve Corp in Portsmouth.
 
She will represent the VNSA next week when she attends the National Student Nurse Association Convention in Dallas, Texas, along with six of her classmates, Kathryn Fry, Ayla Sherman, Brittany Johnson, Karla Johnson, Ansley Moore and Taylor Henry, and incoming NSA advisor Kimberly Lowe.

Mar
24
03/24/2017

PDCCC presents second annual event focused on student retention

Paul D. Camp Community College’s 2nd Annual Symposium on Student Success: Revisiting and Reviving Student Retention drew numerous faculty, staff, students and officials from surrounding schools and community colleges in order to gain insight and resources regarding student retention.
 
The workshop was presented by the Office of the Vice President for Academic and Student Development in collaboration with the Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative, the TRIO Student Support Services and the TRIO Upward Bound programs. Funding was provided by the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund Grant. Heather Sorrell, associate director of enrollment management and student support for the Virginia Community College System welcomed all to the program.
 
“This event was designed to provide an exceptional professional development opportunity for faculty and staff, as well as growth opportunity for students,” said Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president for academic and student development at PDCCC. “As educators, we all want students to achieve their academic and career goals, so this is a way for us to share knowledge and best practices that can help us help our students be successful.”
 
The symposium featured guest speakers Dr. Bethanie Tucker, an experienced consultant through aha! Process Inc. and professor of education at Averett University in Danville. She delivered a session titled, “Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students.” Dr. Buffy Smith, founding associate dean of Dougherty Family College and professor of Sociology at the University of St. Thomas, presented “Equity and Excellence: Navigating the Culture of Higher Education.”
 
In addition, Dr. Adolph Brown, founder, president and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institutes, who has earned multiple degrees from the College of William and Mary, led an African-American male student focus group to gather information regarding enrollment, retention and completion rates in that demographic in a separate session. Ellis Cofield III of Franklin, a recent honor graduate of PDCCC, current student at Chowan University, and founder of his own peer-to-peer mentoring program, spoke to the students about leadership before everyone was brought together for the remainder of the symposium. PDCCC’s President, other administrators and leaders also shared insight with the participants.
 
A panel discussion included Brown, Smith and Tucker and was moderated by Travis Parker, director of the Upward Bound Program at PDCCC.
 
“We received and shared a whole lot of useful information including next steps to address retention such as what conversations we should be having and how we should be researching data,” said Dean of Student Services and Professional Counselor Trina Jones. Jones also served as project director for the event.
 
“An event on this scale can only be coordinated via teamwork,” she said. “I am so pleased with the cohesive collaboration we had from so many departments at PDCCC which allowed this workshop to be so successful. Retention is a very serious topic of educational institutions today and we wanted everyone to be able to take with them valuable information that they can apply in their classrooms, colleges and offices.”

Guest speaker Dr. Bethanie Tucker talked about under-resourced college students during her presentation.

PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin presents guest speaker Dr. Buffy Smith with an appreciation gift on behalf of the college.

College Success Coach Initiative Program Specialist Jamie Dodd and Student Activities Coordinator Justin Ellis served on the symposium project team. Ellis also presented.

Travis Parker moderated the panel discussion comprised of experts, seated from left, Dr. Adolph Brown, Dr. Buffy Smith and Dr. Bethanie Tucker.

Mar
07
03/07/2017

Summer registration set at PDCCC

Summer registration gets underway March 13 at Paul D. Camp Community College. Classes will begin on Monday, May 22. Check out our new commercial on local radio station WLQM. The message can be found on 101.7 FM and is delivered by our own President, Dr. Dan Lufkin! Listen Now.

Feb
24
02/24/2017

Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control offered on PDCCC’s Hobbs Suffolk Campus

Classes for a course designed for plumbing, mechanical and fire suppression contractors, city building and plumbing officials, public utilities inspectors, water and wastewater personnel, health department officials and engineers will be held Tuesday, March 14, and Wednesday, March 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 111 at the Paul D. Camp Community College Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
 
Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control is focused on helping participants understand backflow and recognize cross-connections, with special emphasis on preparing individuals to test, inspect and provide in-line maintenance of reduced pressure principle backflow prevention devices, double check valve assemblies and pressure vacuum breakers.
 
The class costs $148.40 and is worth one credit. For more information, call 757-569-6050, email workforce@pdc.edu or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development.

Feb
24
02/24/2017

Prepare for a career in the manufacturing industry at Paul D. Camp Community College

If you are good at problem solving and enjoy utilizing diagnostic and statistical tools, a career as a Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) may be a good fit. The Division of Workforce Development at Paul D. Camp Community College will offer MT1 certification, which trains participants on the critical competencies required for modern manufacturing production and production-related occupations.
 
Classes for this course will be held Thursdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 23 through May 5 at the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin, and will provide participants with the development of high performance skills through demonstrations, lectures, self-paced studies, labs, technical presentations, use of proxy technology, critical thinking, problem solving and individual/group activities.
 
Many manufacturing employers report difficulty in finding qualified workers to fill their industry-specific needs. There are three factors contributing to the lack of skilled workers. Those factors are: the increase in technology required for manufacturing, the retirement of existing workers, and the competition for talent.
 
“The Manufacturing Skills Institute, which set the national skills standards for MT1 certification in 2009, is partnering with PDCCC to provide this baseline credential program in the Hampton Roads and Western Tidewater area,” Hayes said. “It will provide training to address identified technical skill gaps and provide a pathway to advanced level training and specialized training based on industry requirements for potential new hires and incumbent employees.”
 
The MT1 program will address the core competency areas of math and measurement; spatial reasoning and manufacturing technology, and business acumen and quality, for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing.
 
The cost of this non-credit course is $1,300, which includes certification testing and a lab workbook. Financial aid and scholarships are available for all students who qualify.
 
For more information, contact the workforce development office at 757-569-6050 or workforce@pdc.edu.

Feb
14
02/14/2017

Deadline to register for PDCCC basic contractor business licensing course is March 3

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, March 3. This session will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 7 and 14, 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 .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 workforce@pdc.edu.

Feb
13
02/13/2017

Get your photos on at the PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus

~ Award winning photographer Shirley Whitenack will teach two classes ~

 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s (PDCCC) Division of Workforce Development will offer a unique photography class that will leave students confident in their picture taking abilities.
 
“This class will unleash your creativity as you learn to take control of your camera,” said instructor and award winning photographer Shirley Whitenack. The same class will be taught once for those who would like to take daytime classes and again in the evenings later in March.
 
Beginning to Intermediate Digital Photography will be held in a 4-week consecutive session on Thursdays, March 2 to 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The cost for this class is $140. In addition, Whitenack will teach the same consecutive session on Thursdays from March 7 to 28, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The cost for the night class is $115. Both will be held at the PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
 
The class will include information about basic camera mechanics, fundamentals of exposure and compositional techniques through traditional lecture, demonstration and on-location photography. In addition, students will learn how to fully utilize directional light, determine proper exposure and exploit depth of field to create dramatic compositions.
 
“Students will leave the class with working knowledge of their digital camera and the confidence to fully utilize it to capture outstanding images,” Whitenack said.
 
Participants need to bring their fully charged camera, instruction manual and digital media. For more information, call 757-569-6050 or email workforce@pdc.edu.

Feb
03
02/03/2017

PDCCC graduate wants to inspire others to make a difference

Kenya Smith webAstronomer Carl Sagan once noted, ” “We’re made of star stuff…We long to return,” And while realizing our aspirations can be much like reaching for the stars, 2014 PDCCC graduate Kenya Smith advises, “Do not give up on your dreams. Have faith and stay focused on what you need to do.”
 
Smith came to PDCCC after graduating with honors from Lakeland High School in 2012. After discovering that community college was a more affordable way to continue her education, she enrolled.
 
“I heard that PDCCC had transfer programs and it would be cheaper for me to attend PDCCC first and then go to Regent University as a junior,” she said.
 
While at PDCCC, she served as a work study student in the library and the Career Development Center. After leaving PDCCC as a Phi Theta Kappa honor student with an associate’s degree in general studies-general and a certificate in general education in 2014, nearly all of her credits transferred to the four-year university.
 
Dr. Hyler Scott, PDCCC counselor with Student Support Services (SSS) on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, introduced Smith to other four-year colleges during her time at PDCCC and SSS helped with her transfer to Regent.
 
“My advisor said I could have finished in winter 2015 if I wanted, but I loved Regent so much that I decided to finish later in May 2016,” she said. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications with a minor in history.
 
“Kenya was able to graduate on time with her other high school classmates who went directly from high school to a senior university,” said Scott. “The great thing is that she did not have any loan debt while at PDCCC.”
 
Smith attributes much of her success to the influence of her mother, who also graduated from PDCCC in 2002.
 
“She has been the biggest supporter of me completing school,” Smith said. “She wanted me to have a better life for myself and if it wasn’t for her, I don’t know where I would be now.”
 
Smith’s short-term goal is to work for a while, saving money in order to return to Regent to complete a master’s degree in screenwriting.
 
“The ultimate career I want is in screenwriting and anything else that may be related to media, film and television,” she said.
 
She completed an internship with the City of Suffolk’s media and community relations department at the end of last September, where she learned to edit videos, take pictures, operate video cameras and write voiceovers for PSAs, she said. In addition she has been writing columns and articles for Suffolk News-Herald and has had 14 published so far.
 
“I want my career to bring awareness to what’s happening in the world, and to encourage people to step up and take action,” she said.

Feb
01
02/01/2017

Paul D. Camp Community College’s fall 2017 scholarship cycle opens February 6 for new and continuing students and high school students

~Deadline for submissions is March 17, 2017~

 
Applications for Paul D. Camp Community College scholarships will open Monday, Feb. 6 for the fall 2017 semester. New and continuing students, as well as high school students can apply for a number of funding opportunities beginning that day.
 
“We are proud to be able to assist our students with scholarships that will enable them to continue their education goals,” said Dr. Renee Felts, executive director of the PDCCC Foundation and vice president for institutional advancement. “We are fortunate to have so many donors who believe in our mission and our students.”
 
During the spring 2017 semester, PDCCC awarded students $39,850 in scholarships, including the dual enrollment awards. This year, three new scholarships
 
A number of scholarships for new and continuing students is available for the fall 2017 semester. Students may apply for these regardless if they have applied for scholarships in the spring as long as they meet the criteria listed for each award.
 
Scholarships are also available for graduating high school students, as well as Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarships (DECOS) for high school juniors and seniors. The scholarship applications will be accepted until Friday, March 17, at 11:59 p.m.
Students should follow these guidelines to apply:

    • Submit a PDCCC Scholarship Application with all required supporting documentation. Visit www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/ for the application.
    • 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 www.fafsa.gov using our school code: 009159.

For more information, call the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790 or visit www.pdc.edu/scholarships.

Jan
26
01/26/2017

Randy Betz resigns as PDCCC vice president of workforce development

Dr Lufkin Randy Renee

Randy Betz, center, accepts an award for distinguished service and dedication from Dr. Dan Lufkin and Dr. Renee Felts.

 

~ Betz will continue to work in the VCCS ~

 
Randy Betz, who has worked in Paul D. Camp Community College’s division of workforce for 10 years and as vice president since 2008, resigned his position to pursue a new opportunity at Tidewater Community College in downtown Norfolk.
 
“As project coordinator, I will be assisting people who need the most help in completing training and acquiring employment,” he said about his new job.
 
Betz has taken lead on many successful workforce projects involving specialized training that have helped clients as well as helped students prepare for particular jobs.
 
“Randy has spent 10 productive years in workforce development spearheading countless initiatives, building partnerships and providing job opportunities for the citizens of our region,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “His strong leadership skills, along with his many contributions to the college and community will be missed.”
 
Betz recalled initiatives that he helped with or headed, although he was quick to give credit to former leadership, employees and community leaders with whom he worked. Some of them he mentioned as follows:

  • Warehouse and Distribution, Logistics and Machine Technician training under Bob Hayes’ leadership
  • Expansion of Kids College and design of Encore Learning programs by Teri Zurfluh
  • Development of innovative and high quality customized training for business and industry clients by working with Ann Stephens
  • Development of the Certified Production Technician Program through Career Development Center’s Angela Lawhorne
  • Fast Track Welding Program that led to direct employment, headed by Larry Brunson
  • Information Technology Certification programs that placed more than 20 graduates into jobs, coordinated by Lisha Wolfe
  • Expanding the facilities rental to accommodate more than 100 events per year under the coordination of Harvey McLemore and dedicated staff members

“Renee Brown and her front office staff play a key support role for all Workforce Development initiatives,” he said.
 
Some new initiatives include the expansion of the Truck Driver Training Program facilitated by Dr. Lufkin, Asphalt Training for workers on VDOT projects in collaboration with Germanna Community College and the new Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation Program. Betz also cited the leadership of the Regional Workforce Development Council as crucial to these initiatives.
 
While previously working at Union Camp and International Paper, Betz learned from both employers the value of helping his colleagues succeed by providing resources and a positive work environment. He brought those values with him when he transitioned to the workforce center, serving as a coordinator and associate director, beginning in 2004.
 
“I was fortunate that my predecessor, Carolyn Crowder, set the groundwork for the division’s impact in our community and continued to support us by working part time on various projects during her retirement,” he said. “I worked with her to develop our HVAC program. She also spearheaded our pharmacy technician program, now in its fourth year.
 
Betz recalled a time of economic turmoil that devastated citizens in the western region of Hampton Roads.
 
“Government agencies, local foundations, retirees and other people who just wanted to help banded together to provide resume writing and interview preparation courses, wrap-around services, occupational training, job fairs and many other support services that to this day probably remain unacknowledged,” he said.
 
The PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center was awarded the National Council for Workforce Education Award for a Noncredit Training Program for the Hampton Roads Marine Skilled Trades Training Program. Betz has also been honored with the Expanding Workforce Opportunities Award from the Virginia Community College System.
 
Outside of the college, Betz’s affiliations include the Franklin Business Center Advisory Board, Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce Board, Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater Board, Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Virginia Advisory Board, James L. Camp Jr. YMCA Local Board and youth sports coach, National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Tidewater Board and Franklin Rotary Club member.
 
“It has been an honor to serve Paul D. Camp Community College,” he said. “The people of Western Tidewater will always have a place in my heart. Carry on!”
 
Dr. Renee Felts has accepted the role of Vice President for Workforce Development in addition to her current position as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. She will provide high-level oversight of both departments. A director will also be hired for Workforce to execute day-to-day operations.

Jan
23
01/23/2017

Students complete nurse aide studies

Nurse Aide group Dec 2016 webPaul D. Camp Community College celebrated its students who have completed the fall certified nurse aide program. A special ceremony was held at the college’s regional workforce development center in Franklin. Celebrating academic achievements, from left, are: Teresa Unser of Zuni, Sara Hemmis of Courtland, Daisy Scott of Windsor, Wendy Howell of Franklin, Shannon Griffin of Suffolk, Geralesyza Gatling of Franklin, Dixie Gibson of Windsor, Bethany Brinkley of Suffolk, Dawn Wilson of Ivor and Instructor Cheryl Drake.

Jan
20
01/20/2017

Deadline to register for PDCCC basic contractor business licensing course is February 3

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, February 3. This session will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, February 7 and 14, 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 .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 workforce@pdc.edu.

Jan
13
01/13/2017

PDCCC nursing students honored during special ceremony

Capping group Dec 2016 webPaul D. Camp Community College practical nursing program students were honored recently during a capping ceremony held at the Regional Workforce Development Center. Those who celebrated reaching this milestone, front row from left, are: Reshema Green of Norfolk, Alisha Vines of Hampton, Stephanie Decker of Franklin and Deven Dodd of Courtland. Back: Amanda Nichols of Franklin, Brittany Johnson of Courtland, Cathy Riley-Snyder of Suffolk, Desirae Jones of Portsmouth, Samantha Luke of Suffolk, Amy Flowers of Suffolk, Tamara Jamison of Carrsville, Francheska Rodriguez of Ivor, Sophie Abisaab of Yorktown, Tyrica Mederos-Paredes of Suffolk and Hannah Fagan of Suffolk. Not pictured are Ja’Kira Williams of Suffolk, Shirley Granger of Portsmouth, LaQuanda Wilson of Newport News and Crystal Jones of Suffolk.

Jan
11
01/11/2017

PDCCC’s Harvey McLemore earns state honor for community service

Randy and Harvey web

Vice President of the Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce Development Randy Betz, left, congratulates Harvey McLemore on his recent chancellor’s award.

 
Paul D. Camp Community College staff member Harvey McLemore was recently honored with the Virginia Community College Chancellor’s Award for Community Services.
 
McLemore serves as facility service coordinator/event specialist for the division of workforce development at PDCCC.
 
“Harvey exemplifies the ‘excellence’ in customer service excellence,” said PDCCC Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz. “He is always friendly, enthusiastic and accommodating.”
 
Throughout the past 13 years, McLemore has worked with clients to coordinate 85 to 105 weekend and evening functions each year at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, including private and community events.
 
“I don’t think people realize how much attention to detail each reservation requires in regard to room set-up, technology, security, catering support, preprogrammed heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and housekeeping in a seven-day-per-week operation,” said Betz.
 
McLemore supervises a group of dedicated event specialists who also work diligently to support client needs. He also goes above and beyond to ensure a referral to the client to another community organization that can help if there is a conflict for the space they need at the workforce center on a requested date.
 
“He is an expert in customer service,” Betz added.

Dec
21
12/21/2016

Suffolk student first to graduate from new truck driver training program at PDCCC

Randy Renee Skyler

Supporting Skyler Turner, center, at graduation are Truck Driver Training Coordinator Duncan Quicke, from left, Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Renee Felts and Instructor Doug Kimbrell.

 
Paul D. Camp Community College graduated its first student who successfully completed the new truck driver training program. After only six weeks of training, Skyler Turner of Suffolk graduated during a special ceremony held recently in Emporia.
 
The new 240-hour program allows students to attain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and earn a livable wage with benefits. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage for heavy and tractor trailer drivers in May 2015 was up to more than $40,000 a year in Virginia.
 
Classroom instruction focused on map reading, trip planning and maintaining truck logs. Other course components include preventative maintenance, highway safety and handling hazardous materials. Inspections prior to trips and extensive maneuvering of the vehicle were topics also covered.
 
Prospective students must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Virginia driver’s license. Additionally, the following is required one week prior to the start of classes:

  • Providing a copy of their driving record
  • Passing a Department of Transportation physical exam
  • Passing a drug test and agree to future testing during the course of the program
  • Providing a CDL-A learner’s permit

“Program graduates have a very high CDL pass rate and job placement rate with participating companies,” said Betz. Turner has recently focused his efforts on obtaining a position with McElroy Truck Lines.
 
The ceremony was highlighted by remarks delivered by guest speaker Bobby Wrenn, the longest serving clerk of court for Greensville County.
 
Turner’s tuition was co-funded by the Workforce Credentials Grant and the LogistX Games fundraiser held in July. The second session at the Emporia site is scheduled for May 8 through June 15, 2017. A third session has been slated for July 17 through Aug. 24, 2017. Students are eligible for financial aid to enroll in this training. For more information, contact Betz at 757-569-6064.

Dec
21
12/21/2016

Success Program Students at PDCCC collect more than 500 items for The Genieve Shelter

The Paul D. Camp Community College STEPS (Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully) recently made a sizeable donation after its 2nd Annual Community Support Project brought in more than 500 toiletry and household items for The Genieve Shelter. Last year’s efforts resulted in 300 items collected.
 
According to College Success Coach Dr. Sandra Walker, the overwhelming response of the initiative is due to the generosity of the students, faculty and staff. Students played a big role in the logistics of the project by collecting, counting and boxing donations, as well as raising awareness in order to gain more support.
 
“Community service involvement is a key tenet of the STEPS agenda,” said Walker. “The skills gained through this project included teamwork, program planning and marketing, and will support students within and beyond PDCCC.”
 
Items such as laundry detergent, trash bags, wash clothes, shampoo and toothpaste were collected at each campus and given to support the shelter’s mission of providing (…a safe and supportive environment to victims of domestic violence and to provide information, education and training services which focus on ending domestic violence.”

Student Matthew Seaborne

Student Matthew Seaborne bags up some of the items to be donated to The Genieve Shelter.

Student Wanda Olden

Student Wanda Olden packs hand sanitizer and other toiletry items in preparation of the donation to The Genieve Shelter.

Grady Chambliss Dr Sandra Walker

Grady Chambliss helps Dr. Sandra Walker load all the boxes destined for the shelter.

Dec
16
12/16/2016

Beginner digital photography class to be held at Paul D. Camp Community College Smithfield

The Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce Development will offer a digital photography class for beginners, titled “Get More from Your Camera,” at PDCCC at Smithfield, 253 James Street, on the second floor of the Blackwater Regional Library.
 
The class will be taught by award-winning photographer Shirley Whitenack on Wednesdays, beginning February 8 through March 1, 2017, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The cost is $110.
 
“Participants will learn about the amazing things your camera is capable of that you never knew were possible,” said Whitenack.
 
The instruction will cover basic camera mechanics, selection of file type, shooting modes, automatic focus, manual focus and flash. Exposure, shutter speeds, f-stops, ISO, white balance, metering modes, and impact of light direction will also be discussed.
 
“There will be opportunities for outdoor shooting and take-home assignments to reinforce classroom instruction,” said Whitenack.
 
The registration deadline is Tuesday, February 7, at 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Workforce Development Office, 757-569-6050, or email workforce@pdc.edu.

Dec
09
12/09/2016

Foundation Grant Will Enable Paul D. Camp Community College to Respond to Growing Demand for Solar Jobs

Dr Lufkin and JJ Smith

Dr. Dan Lufkin, president of PDCCC, accepts a check from J.J. Smith, Valley Proteins president. The award will help create a Career Studies Certificate program in energy technology with a focus in solar energy, a growing field in the college’s service region.

 
The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is presenting Paul D. Camp Community College with the 8th Annual Valley Proteins Award for Workforce Development. The $10,000 grant is funded by Valley Proteins, and it will help the college create a Career Studies Certificate (CSC) program in energy technology with a focus on solar energy.
 
With four large solar farms in various stages of review, approval, and construction within the PDCCC service region, college officials were eager to get the program up and running to accommodate the nearly 500 specially-trained jobs the facilities will require. Paul D. Camp has campuses in both Franklin and Suffolk.
 
“This CSC in energy technology will provide both the entry-level and mid-level solar energy training to support the construction, operation, and maintenance of the burgeoning solar industry currently underway in the rural Hampton Roads area,” said VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois.
 
The Valley Proteins Endowment Fund is awarded annually to support workforce development programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges in the areas of environmental science, commercial truck driving, heating and air conditioning, and office technology.
 
“We are very grateful to have received this Valley Proteins grant. The goal of our program is to provide the community and industry with the best-trained students possible. This generous grant will provide our students job opportunities in the growing field of solar energy in PDCCC’s service region,” observed PDCCC President Dan Lufkin.
 
The process of earning a certificate in energy technology can be completed in one academic year. PDCCC expects to begin offering the Energy Technology Career Studies Certificate program in the fall of 2017. It is anticipated that the success of the first class of graduates will attract even more students to the program.
 
This is the second time Paul D. Camp Community College has earned the award. Previous recipients of the annual award include Blue Ridge Community College, Eastern Shore Community College, John Tyler Community College, and Southside Virginia Community College.
 
Headquartered in Winchester, Valley Proteins, Inc. is committed to supporting the workforce, particularly in the areas in which it has a business presence. The 66-year-old firm operates plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Its processing facilities recycle food waste materials into usable products and bio fuels for feed and industrial applications.

Dec
02
12/02/2016

Go to work sooner with Career Studies Certificate in Building Maintenance

~ Multicraft course of study covers array of maintenance skills ~

 
If problem solving and working with your hands is your forte, then enrolling at Paul D. Camp Community College for the spring 2017 semester may be the answer for you.
 
As a full-time student, you can get training that will earn you a Career Studies Certificate in nine months, which will qualify you for a number of positions in building maintenance.
 
The curriculum entails training in the basic principles and skills related to the following:

  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • electricity
  • plumbing
  • carpentry
  • safety
  • blueprint reading
  • welding

“The program benefits recent high school graduates, people transitioning from the military or displaced workers,” said Industrial Trades instructor Richard Baker. “There are a number of jobs that you can get with this credential.”
 
Careers range from maintenance and repair workers to first-line supervisors of housekeeping. Among jobs are positions such as facilities manager, equipment engineering technician, maintenance supervisor, environmental services director and housekeeping supervisor.
 
“With four additional courses, a student can also attain a Career Studies Certificate in HVAC,” said Baker.
 
Jobs for building maintenance positions are expected to grow 6 percent by 2024. The annual mean wage for general maintenance and repair workers in Virginia was up to a little more than $41,000 in May 2015.
 
“Since this is a 24 credit curriculum, the program is financial aid eligible to students who qualify,” said Baker. In addition, scholarships are available to those who have recently completed a GED.
 
Registration is underway with classes beginning January 9, 2017. For more information, contact Baker at 757-569-6729 or rbaker@pdc.edu.

Nov
29
11/29/2016

More than 60 attend Paul D. Camp Community College inaugural event

~ College and career information offered in one place ~

 
The first In-Demand Occupational /Technical Programs and College Fair held at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus of Paul D. Camp Community College drew more than 60 participants. The event was a collaborative effort between Student Support Services (SSS) and the Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS).
 
“This was an opportunity for students to glean information about the various PDCCC occupational/technical programs and transferring to senior colleges and universities,” said Dr. Hyler Scott, associate professor and counselor for Student Support Services.
 
This was the first time that an on-campus event of this scope has been held for the students, whether they are continuing their education, going straight into the workforce or entering a branch of the military.
 
“Student success is a collaborative agenda at PDCCC and is at the core of our mission,” said STEPS Coach Dr. Sandra Walker. “With this event, we were able to combine the resources of the STEPS and SSS Programs as an effective approach to expanding students’ knowledge of in-demand jobs training and education programs available at PDCCC, and avenues for skill building and lifelong learning beyond PDCCC.”
 
Although a formal survey will be sent to the students in order to receive feedback, Scott and Walker said they have already heard positive comments from a number of participants.
 
“The students really appreciated the fact that they were able to meet all the representatives in a central area to gather information,” said Scott. “Many of the college representatives said they were impressed by how we work collaboratively on campus to provide support and services to our students.”
 
Scott added, “I am truly thankful for all of the support we received that made this event such a success. We couldn’t have done this without the organizational team of SSS Transfer Coordinator Walter Biggs, Professional Counselor Dr. Alan Harris and STEPS Coach Dr. Sandra Walker.”
 
For more information about SSS or the STEPS program, visit www.pdc.edu.

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Students Emma Pettit, from left, Emily foster, Imani Muhammad, Anthony Brown and Natasha Ross participated in the In-Demand Occupational/Technical Programs and College Fair held on the PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus.

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PDCCC STEPS Coach Dr. Sandra Walker, front row from left, Jazzmine Williams of Radford University, PDCCC Industrial Trades Faculty Richard Baker, Andrea Pierce of St. Leo University, Sylvia Douglas of Norfolk State University, Debbie Howard of Strayer University and SSS Transfer Coordinator Walter Biggs. Back row: Nathan Fisher of the US Army, PDCCC SSS Counselor Dr. Hyler Scott, Charity Brown of Old Dominion University and Bonnie Tracey of Christopher Newport University.

Nov
21
11/21/2016

PDCCC President honored at Hampton Roads Chamber Event

Dr Lufkin Bryan StephensPaul D. Camp Community College President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, left, was among 27 new leaders who were honored during the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 CEO Welcome Breakfast. Chamber President and CEO Bryan Stephens, right, was among those presenting awards at the event. The breakfast is held annually to honor those who have transitioned into leadership positions during the past year.

Nov
21
11/21/2016

PDCCC partners with NACCE to nurture entrepreneurship

Paul D. Camp Community College has joined more than 300 community colleges across the country in the effort to promote entrepreneurship within the college and the community.
 
“Our partnership with National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is congruent with our focus on becoming more of a resource rather than just a service to the community,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “We are committed to improving our local economy by educating students, encouraging entrepreneurs, and promoting local businesses and jobs.”
 
Founded in 2002 at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts, The NACCE mission is “to create a community college culture that fosters economic vitality through entrepreneurship.” The mindset utilizes an entrepreneurial approach based on principles supported by the research of Dr. Saras Sarasvathy, the Isidore Horween research associate professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
 
NACCE believes this strategic approach will help grow and retain students, which in turn can improve resource opportunities.
 
According to NACCE President and CEO Dr. Rebecca A. Corbin, the organization is vibrant and provides an array of professional development opportunities and access to grant funds in addition to strategic resources.
 
“We look forward to learning and engaging with PDCCC and other innovative institutions to cultivate an entrepreneurial culture on community college campuses across the nation,” Corbin said. “President Lufkin was an active participant in our recent national conference in Sacramento, California. He leads with an entrepreneurial mindset that is focused on serving students, faculty, staff and the community. We celebrate that spirit and encourage presidents across the country to follow this example.”
 
Toni Johnson, dean of occupational/technical programs and Richard Baker, industrial trades faculty member, also attended the conference.
 
For more information about NACCE, visit www.nacce.com.

Nov
18
11/18/2016

PDCCC students can earn Career Studies Certificates in less than one year

~ Classes begin Monday, January 9, 2017 ~

 
Where do you see yourself in less than a year? If you think you can’t train for a new position in that amount of time, think again.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College officials know that as far as academic goals go, a two-year degree does not suit everyone. That’s why the college offers Career Studies Certificates (CSC), including two new programs for spring 2017.
 
The General Business and Customer Service CSCs both allow students to transition directly into the workforce. Even better, they may be attained in less than a year’s time.
 
“Not everyone’s goals are set to complete a full two-year degree at a community college,” said Dean of Occupational and Technical Programs Antoinette “Toni” Johnson. “The Career Studies Certificate allows a quicker turnaround for those seeking employment and helps area business leaders get skilled labor to fill their job openings.”
 
Students completing the Career Studies Certificate in General Business are qualified to apply for positions such as sales representative, sales manager, department manager, marketing manager, supervisor, administrative assistant, human resources analyst, bookkeeper and independent shop owner/manager.
 
Some of the courses students will take to attain the certificate are:

  • Introduction to Business
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Presentation Software
  • Principles of Advertising

“In addition to the obvious benefits of completing this CSC,” said Johnson, “is that the program is stackable, meaning these classes can be applied to the Business or Marketing Management associate degrees.”
 
Students completing the Career Studies Certificate in Customer Service are qualified for jobs as customer service representatives, sales representatives, sales managers, clerks, telemarketers and retail salespersons.
 
Some of the courses students will take to complete this program are:

  • Introduction to Communications
  • Business Etiquette
  • Workplace Ethics
  • Consumer Behavior

According to Johnson, the General Business CSC is designed to prepare students for employment in business and to upgrade skills for individuals already employed in business professions.
 
The Customer Service CSC program is designed for individuals seeking a basic knowledge of business skills and to enhance the skills of the workforce at large.
 
Johnson said, “Both programs were developed to meet community needs and are financial aid eligible as well.”
 
For more information, contact Johnson at 757-569-6772 or ajohnson@pdc.edu.

Nov
11
11/11/2016

PDCCC offers new mechatronics degree program for spring 2017 semester

~ Classes begin January 9, 2017 ~

 
Paul D. Camp Community College will begin offering a new innovative program that is cutting edge and perfect for the student who wants a good career in the high demand fields of mechanics, electronics, and technology.
 
Employers are seeking professionals who can install, maintain and operate electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems. Students graduating with an associate’s degree in mechatronics from Paul D. Camp will have the skills and experience to troubleshoot and maintain robotics, and programmable and integrated systems.
 
If you enjoy working with your hands, troubleshooting and maintaining a product, then this degree is for you. After attending a four-semester curriculum you will have obtained the skills necessary to operate and maintain a FANUC robot, electrical motors and motor systems, PID controlled systems, various elements of instrumentation, programmable logic controllers, and electrical/electronic systems. The vast majority of local and regional business and industries utilize all of these components within their companies, making the graduate a highly sought after hire.
 
“The program is designed to give every student a hands-on learning experience that introduces them to the field’s central concept—how mechanics, electronics and computers are integrated in today’s manufacturing settings,” said David Lorenz, assistant professor of electronics/mechatronics/robotics. “The program is committed to preparing students to be successful in the workplace as leaders and members of a team.”
 
Following successful completion of the degree, students can enter the workforce or transfer credits to another college or university to attain a four-year degree in mechatronics.
 
“This curriculum will prepare students to become mechanical operators, mechanical service technicians, maintenance and manufacturing technicians, robot product consultants in the fields of electronics, mechanics, software tech, math, physics and medicine,” Lorenz said.
 
Research of the college’s service area showed there is a need for mechatronics technicians. “The mechatronics degree is a natural extension of educational opportunities already provided by PDCCC through its industrial technology and robotics programs. Nineteen credits of the existing Robotics Career Studies Certificate will be applicable to the mechatronics degree,” added Lorenz.
 
Registration is currently underway with classes beginning Monday, January 9, 2017. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
 
For more information, contact Lorenz, dlorenz@pdc.edu or 757-569-6745; or Antoinette Johnson, dean of occupational/technical programs, ajohnson@pdc.edu or 757-569-6772.

Nov
07
11/07/2016

PDCCC officials help celebrate 50th anniversary of Virginia Community Colleges

Dr Lufkin at VCCS 50th

PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin and wife Catey.

Dr Lufkin at VCCS 50th

Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Dr. Renee Felts, PDCCC Local College Board Chairman June Fleming and Foundation Board member Emily Brewer, gathered to preserve the momentous occasion.

 
More than 450 supporters attended a gala “celebrating 50 years of progress and promise” of Virginia’s Community Colleges. The event, held recently at the Richmond Marriott, was highlighted by reflections from dignitaries such as Governor Terry McAuliffe and former state Secretary of Education Anne Holton, as well as a tribute to founding chancellor Dr. Dana B. Hamel and Governor Mills E. Godwin Jr.
 
The 50th anniversary gala raised $2.4 million to support programs of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.

Oct
24
10/24/2016

Paul D. Camp Community College receives funds to expand workforce training

Paul D. Camp Community College has received funds from Virginia’s Community Colleges to create or expand workforce training programs.
 
The new capacity building funds will allow Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC), in a collaborative project with Germanna and Virginia Western, to expand Germanna’s public-private partnership with Virginia Asphalt Association and the Virginia Department of Transportation for trained asphalt technologists to serve regional needs. The amount designated for this effort is $179,313.
 
“Paul D. Camp will serve as a satellite training center for the asphalt training,” explained Dr. Daniel Lufkin, president of PDCCC. “This training embeds the required VDOT certifications for government and contract workers involved in road construction and repair projects.”
 
Germanna will serve as lead in the project and will provide training in Northern Virginia, while Virginia Western will provide training in the western part of the state, and PDCCC in the Hampton Roads area. Instruction will include distance learning technology and a mobile training lab for specific courses. Classes are scheduled to begin in March 2017.
 
In addition to this collaborative effort, PDCCC will receive $199,609 to establish new credential training for an industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation program.
 
According to Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz, PDCCC’s Division of Workforce Development met with representatives from the following companies throughout the PDCCC service region regarding the creation of an electrical and instrumentation training program:

  • J.M. Smucker
  • Solenis
  • Hampton Farms
  • ST Tissue
  • BASF
  • Massimo Zanetti
  • Highground Services

“A design group advised that most companies today combine the two creating the one position of electrical and instrumentation technician,” Betz said. “After extensive research, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation Program was selected as our program.”
 
The program will serve as a training-to-job pipeline in a craft much in need by local industries. The curriculum also includes training content and required credentials that would qualify the program for tuition funding and financial aid.
 
“We are extremely fortunate to have received these funds,” Lufkin said. “This was a very competitive process and we are appreciative and thrilled to be able to expand offerings to our students, as well as assist our business and industry partners. In addition, local foundations have designated funds for the start-up of new programs at PDCCC.”
 
The Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation Program courses are set to begin in fall 2017.
 
Both programs will fall under the Workforce Credential Grant. An amount of $5.3 million total has been directed by the VCCS to community colleges in the system.

Oct
24
10/24/2016

Virginia’s Community Colleges direct funds to expand workforce training program capacity

Virginia’s Community Colleges are making strategic investments to ensure that thousands of people will be able to earn valuable workforce credentials for new careers. The Community College system has directed $5.3 million to community colleges around the commonwealth to augment or create new workforce credential training programs, based on local needs and innovative proposals.
 
“Expanding capacity for workforce credential training has major implications both in the near-term and long-term to help people prepare for meaningful and rewarding careers,” said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Our ongoing goal is to meet the needs of Virginians who want good jobs, as well as serve businesses eager to hire workers with the right skills and credentials.”
 
“This investment puts Virginia’s Community Colleges in a better position to deliver on the promise of the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant program approved by state lawmakers earlier this year,” said Craig Herndon, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development. “Lawmakers provided resources to help add an estimated 10,000 credentialed workers into Virginia’s economy over the current two-year budget period. Not only is our expanded training capacity vital to achieving that goal, these new facilities and faculty investments will help build a skilled workforce for years to come.”
 
The General Assembly created the Workforce Credentials Grant program to increase training of the skilled workers that Virginia businesses want to hire. Through the workforce grant program, state funds are available to greatly reduce out-of-pocket costs for Virginians who enroll in designated workforce credential training programs.
 
“I commend Virginia’s Community Colleges for expanding program capacity for workforce credentials training,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “Building a more credentialed and capable workforce will pay big dividends to our citizens, our businesses and our economy.”
 
According to the National Skills Coalition, almost half of the job openings in Virginia between 2010 and 2020 will require some post-high school education, but not necessarily a bachelor’s degree.
 
People who enroll in workforce training programs to earn industry-recognized credentials, certifications and licenses qualify for good-paying jobs in a wide variety of fields, including health care, transportation, manufacturing, information technology and skilled trades.
 
Information about the Workforce Credentials Grant program is available at workforce development offices on Virginia Community College campuses statewide, and at www.vccs.edu/workforce.
 
The following new workforce training opportunities are made possible by the new capacity building funds. (Media representatives are invited to contact local Community College public information officers for more details.)

  • Collaborative project by Wytheville Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, New River Community College and Southwest Virginia Community College – $412,856 to expand WCC’s current commercial truck driver’s license program to serve regional needs and train drivers across four community college territories.
  • Collaborative project by Piedmont Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College and Central Virginia Community College – $163,785 to purchase trailer and training equipment to build a mobile welding school that will be shared by the three colleges.
  • Collaborative project by Southside Virginia Community College, Patrick Henry Community College and Danville Community College – $601,651 to establish a regional training program for commercial truck drivers.
  • Collaborative project by Germanna Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College and Virginia Western Community College – $179,313 to expand GCC’s public-private partnership with the Virginia Asphalt Association and VDOT for trained asphalt technologists to serve regional needs.
  • Blue Ridge Community College – $500,152 for welding and machining, and commercial driver’s license programs.
  • Central Virginia Community College – $299,900 for credential training programs in project management, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and human resources.
  • Community College Workforce Alliance (Reynolds and Tyler Community Colleges) – $100,000 for commercial truck drivers training.
  • Eastern Shore Community College – $118,859 for expanded training in healthcare, cybersecurity and commercial truck drivers.
  • Germanna Community College – $283,237 to establish a new facility in Fredericksburg to deliver training in welding, manufacturing, skilled trades.
  • Lord Fairfax Community College – $375,587 to increase workforce training capacity in multiple programs in manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare.
  • New River Community College – $131,781 for certification training in manufacturing, pharmacy technician.
  • Northern Virginia Community College – $121,491 to expand industry credential programs and corresponding job placement services in IT, healthcare, welding, and commercial driver’s license.
  • Patrick Henry Community College – $110,605 for credentials training in health care, medical billing and coding.
  • Paul D. Camp Community College – $199,609 to establish new credential training for industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation.
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College – $300,000 to expand training in healthcare, aviation, logistics, and cybersecurity.
  • Southwest Virginia Community College – $200,000 for credentials training for health care and building trades.
  • Thomas Nelson Community College – $416,565 to create EKG technician and plumber programs and to redesign six other programs in health sciences and skilled trades.
  • Tidewater Community College – $200,000 for training programs in welding and cybersecurity.
  • Virginia Highlands Community College – $194,400 for healthcare and commercial truck drivers.
  • Virginia Western Community College – $100,000 for certification training for computer machining operations.
  • Wytheville Community College – $231,231 to expand existing power lineman training in collaboration with Southside Virginia Community College.
Oct
24
10/24/2016

Well-respected business owner inspires, recruits students at PDCCC

Students w Reuter

Rick Reuter, founder and owner of Power Mechanical Inc., from left, talks with PDCCC HVAC alumnus Troy Reardon while industrial technology graduate and current welding student Phil Williams speaks with Reuter’s associate, Valerie Brazzale (behind Reardon).

 
Rick Reuter of Power Mechanical Inc. shares best practices, work ethic
 
Rick Reuter, owner and founder of Power Mechanical Inc. (PMI) in Newport News, met with Industrial Trades Instructor Richard Baker’s students recently at Paul D. Camp Community College.
 
Accompanied by his associate Valerie Brazzale, Reuter discussed employment opportunities with the HVAC and welding students. Family owned and operated, his business provides steam and chilled water resources. According to the PMI website, the business grew from a mechanical contractor start-up company to a national leader in the rental, sale, installation and service of steam and chilled water process solutions. By age 20, Reuter had become a certified welder, a master pipe fitter and experienced boilermaker. He was a 21-year-old parent when he decided to go into business for himself and built the first PMI rental boiler.
 
“It was very interesting and impressive to hear how he began a business venture at such a young age and how he was able to grow it into the nationally recognized company that it is today,” said Baker.
 
Past students of the industrial trades program attended the business leader’s presentation as well, where Reuter also stressed the importance of developing a career path based on a strong work ethic and a well-balanced life with Christian values.
 
Alumnus Troy Reardon said, “I found Mr. Reuter’s talk to be inspirational and loaded with sound advice for improving my work skills.”
 
Power Mechanical Inc. currently has more than 100 employers and has a strong philanthropic presence in the community, lending support to organizations such as Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics and Diamonds in the Rough Equine Rescue.
 
“It was so gratifying to see how our students responded to Mr. Reuter, knowing that he is a welder and technician himself who has walked the walk in the field,” said Baker.
 
For more information about Paul D. Camp Community College’s Industrial Trades programs, contact Baker at rbaker@pdc.edu or 757-569-6729.

HVAC Welding Speaker

HVAC Welding Speaker 2

Rick Reuter and his associate Valerie Brazzale of Power Mechanical Inc. shares his inspirational story with PDCCC HVAC and welding students. Alumni from those programs also attended.

Oct
17
10/17/2016

Brothers kick start careers at Paul D. Camp Community College

Ryan and Scott Duke

Ryan Duke pictured on the left and Scott Duke on the right.

 
As expected, brothers Ryan and Scott Duke share similar interests.
 
“We worked at River Road Farm together, spending all of our time and money in Gene Matthews shop in Newsoms, building up our highly customized 4×4 Chevrolet trucks,” recalled Ryan. “We also started playing guitars at the same time, something that I still do to this day.”
 
Besides cars, movies, music and family vacations, another topic of common interest could easily arise for the siblings—their alma maters.
 
Postsecondary education got underway for them at Paul D. Camp Community College after graduating from Franklin High School in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Ryan plotted his course of study, taking electrical/electronics classes that would provide the basis for transfer to another program in Dublin.
 
He was able to get a head start at New River Community College, where he graduated in May 1996 with an Associate in Applied Science in Instrumentation Technology. He attended Saint Leo University in 2007 and in 2011, transferred to East Carolina University, graduating from there in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Education in Information Technologies. Ryan also earned a Master of Science in Management with a focus in Leadership from Excelsior College in February 2016 with a 4.0 GPA.
 
Ryan works in the Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s (HRSD) information technology department as the industrial automation manager.
 
“I have a deep passion for industrial automation,” he said. “I am responsible for all of the automation, specifically our systems that are currently controlling/operating HRSD’s nine major wastewater treatment plants and more than 100 pumping stations.”
 
Ryan envisions working at HRSD until he’s ready to retire. “I love it,” he said. He also wants to find an adjunct teaching position, preferably online, in information technology and/or management/leadership.
 
He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the International Society of Automation, with which he is a certified automation professional (ISA-CAP). He serves as the lead/rhythm guitar player at First Baptist Church Suffolk. Ryan resides in Chesapeake with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughters, Kylie, 19, and Josie, 9.
 
“Don’t let anyone hold their ‘boot’ over you and keep you from meeting and exceeding your educational and professional goals,” Ryan said. “College is not easy, but if you pour your heart and soul into it, you will succeed.”
 
For Scott, he wanted to get some of the general requirements completed while he figured out exactly what path he wanted to pursue. “PDCCC certainly gave me a soft introduction to college life,” he said. “It allowed me to explore opportunities and be thoughtful of what direction I might go in versus jumping directly into a four-year institution without a strong idea of what I wanted to do.”
 
Attending Ed Garner’s welding classes in 10th grade with many of his classmates, Scott said the advantage of the exposure to college classes while still in high school was appreciated. “Having that experience formed a bridge that would encourage me to take the typical general education courses that most students take their first and second year of college,” he said.
 
Scott worked for a stint before moving and transferring his credits to Pitt Community College. Finishing up a semester there, he then transferred to East Carolina University. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a major in media production and public relations, and a minor in business, finance and technology. He almost immediately began working on a Master of Arts in Communication, which he completed in 2008, also from ECU. While a student, he worked as a producer at the campus television station and produced a couple of independent feature films as well.
 
Scott worked for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, followed by various video and film projects before being hired by ECU in the College of Education. After a short while, he was hired in ECU’s Brody School of Medicine. He is currently the assistant director for membership for ECU’s Alumni Association.
 
He has served as treasurer of the ECU Communications Graduate Student Association; member of the ECU Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities’ Grievance Committee; representative of the ECU Media Board’s Graduate Student Advisory Council; member of Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); and member of Council of Alumni Marketing and Membership Professionals (CAMMP). Scott, making his home in Greenville, NC, has worked as video editor for Investigation Discovery, Discovery and Animal Planet and earned an Outstanding Service Award from the ECU Media Board.
 
“About 70 percent of U.S. citizens do not have a college degree and 90 percent do not hold a master’s degree,” said Scott. “That leaves a lot of room for growth and critical thinking across the spectrum in order for you to thrive in this global community. To those who just finished high school or a GED keep going. Bright and positive minds are needed now more than ever.”

Oct
03
10/03/2016

Prepare for a career in the manufacturing industry at Paul D. Camp Community College

The Division of Workforce Development at Paul D. Camp Community College will offer Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certification, which trains participants on the critical competencies required for modern manufacturing production and production-related occupations.
 
Classes will be held Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., October 27 through Dec. 16 at the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin, and will provide participants with the development of high performance skills through demonstrations, lectures, self-paced studies, labs, technical presentations, use of proxy technology, critical thinking, problem solving and individual/group activities. There will be no classes November 24 and 25.
 
Many manufacturing employers report difficulty in finding qualified workers to fill their industry-specific needs. There are three factors contributing to the lack of skilled workers. Those factors are: the increase in technology required for manufacturing, the retirement of existing workers, and the competition for talent.
 
“The Manufacturing Skills Institute, which set the national skills standards for MT1 certification in 2009, is partnering with PDCCC to provide this baseline credential program in the Hampton Roads and Western Tidewater area,” Hayes said. “It will provide training to address identified technical skill gaps and provide a pathway to advanced level training and specialized training based on industry requirements for potential new hires and incumbent employees.”
 
The MT1 program will address the core competency areas of math and measurement; spatial reasoning and manufacturing technology, and business acumen and quality, for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing.
 
The cost of this non-credit course is $1,300, which includes certification testing and a lab workbook. Financial aid and scholarships are available for all students who qualify.
 
For more information, contact the workforce development office at 757-569-6050 or workforce@pdc.edu.

Sep
23
09/23/2016

Franklin Woman’s Club makes last donation to PDCCC

FWC Final DonationAfter 84 years, the Franklin Woman’s Club has announced that it is disbanding. This week, Franklin Woman’s Club officials visited Paul D. Camp Community College to make its last donation to a student scholarship that the organization created and supported for many years. FWC President Anne Hager, left, and Education Chairman Sharon Hasty, right, present a $1,000 check to Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president of academic and student development at PDCCC. “We are glad we could donate more than the usual amount this last time,” said Hager. “We have always tried to have a student selected who is returning to college to receive this scholarship.” Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Renee Felts said, “We are so grateful for the Franklin Woman’s Club’s generosity over the years. Many students have benefitted from their kindness and support.”

Sep
22
09/22/2016

Deadline to register for PDCCC basic contractor business licensing course is October 10

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Monday, Octtober 10. The class will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 11 and 18, at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.

This is an eight-hour, non-credit 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 .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 workforce@pdc.edu.

Sep
21
09/21/2016

More than 70 players head out to the green in support of PDCCC Foundation

Bob Powell Rick Coradi Carlisle Wroton Pat CorbinThe first place winners in the first flight, from left, were: Bob Powell, Rick Coradi, Carlisle Wroton and Pat Corbin.
 
13th Annual Golf Tournament featured celebrity guest Ben Hunter
 
The Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation brought in at least $15,000 to support student needs.
 
“However, donations are still coming in,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the foundation. “We couldn’t have been more fortunate—the weather was perfect for the more than 70 players who participated.”
 
The 13th annual event, held at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk, featured the 2006 Sleepy Hole Amateur Champion and first two-time USCAA National Champion Benford “Ben” Hunter, a native of Suffolk.
 
Awards were announced during a dinner after the tournament. The following were the winning teams for three flights:

  • First Flight, First Place: Bob Powell, Carlisle Wroton, Rick Coradi and Pat Corbin
  • First Flight, Second Place: Ben Hunter, B.J. Maben, LeCardi Johnson and Maria Stewart
  • First Flight, Third Place: Mike Everett, Jimmy Hobbs, Tommy Bryant and Jim Vaughan
  • Second Flight, First Place: Ronnie West, Curt Faison, Jerry Vaden and Lynn Goodrich
  • Second Flight, Second Place: Dave Dunlap, Time King, Forrest Barefoot and Scott Mooneyham
  • Second Flight, Third Place: Dan Lufkin, Tom Vitaletti, Andrew Hodge and Robert Coleman
  • Third Flight, First Place: Woody Crook, James Ware and Ernest Gillespie
  • Third Flight, Second Place: Ed Jadeski, David Lorenz, Bill Wentz and Heather Eckman
  • Third Flight, Third Place: Pete Carr, Charles Powers, Ron Baskins and Tom Gresham

In addition, several superlative awards were presented. Ben Hunter won for the Longest Drive, and Ian Savareux won both of the Closest to the Hole awards. The putting contest was won by Dayton Crowder. Raffle prizes were also awarded.
 
Proceeds from the event will help provide scholarships and quality programs for Paul D. Camp Community College students.
 
Among the many supporters, Dominion served as a Silver Sponsor. Bronze sponsors were Bronco Federal Credit Union, Farmers Bank, Birdsong Peanuts and Smithfield Foods. “We thank all of the sponsors, donors and participants who made this event possible,” said Felts. “Many students will be able to benefit from the money we raised.”
 
For more information about the PDCCC Foundation, contact the Office for Institutional Advancement, 757-569-6790.

Registration WebBill Wentz buys raffle tickets from PDCCC Operations Analyst Sheryl Hedgepeth after registering for the golf tournament.

Dr LufkinDr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president, prepares to take his best shot during the 13th Annual PDCCC Foundation Golf Tournament.

Sep
21
09/21/2016

Students tap into real life experience in building maintenance class

Paula and CathyCathy McEntire, owner of McEntire Designs-Architects, right, shares work experiences at her firm in Suffolk with Paula Apperson, a student in Richard Baker’s BLD 111 class. — Photo by Richard Baker
 
Professionals share as part of curriculum
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Blueprint Reading and the Building Code students (BLD 111) will get the opportunity to learn first-hand what various jobs entail.
 
Throughout the semester, Richard Baker, industrial trades instructor, has local professionals aligned as guest speakers. “This is a great opportunity for our students to learn directly from experts in their fields,” he said.
 
His students recently visited Cathy McEntire, owner of McEntire Design-Architects in Suffolk, to hear about day-to-day operations and what is required to execute the various projects the company has undertaken.
 
Other speakers will be staggered over the semester and will feature Brian Layne, surveyor, and Chris Parrish, professional engineer, of Parrish-Layne Design Group Ltd. in Chesapeake; Larry Riddick of Riddick Builders in Suffolk; and Donald Goodwin, director of community development for the city of Franklin. Goodwin also teaches Basic Contractor Business Licensing for the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center.
 
BLD 111 is an introduction to reading and interpreting various types of blueprints and working drawings with reference to local, state and national building codes. The class is part of the Building Maintenance Career Studies Certificate program at PDCCC.
 
“The program uses a multi-craft approach and is designed to prepare students for employment,” said Baker.
 
For more information about the program, contact Baker at 757-569-6729 or rbaker@pdc.edu.

Sep
19
09/19/2016

Chancellor visits PDCCC as part of ‘Listening Tour”

Chancellor Du Bois 2Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia Community Colleges addressed attendees at the end of the program.
 
College’s student success team presented best practices
 
Virginia Community College System Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois made a stop to the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center recently during his Listening Tour to gather input regarding best practices for student success. He is visiting all 23 community colleges in the system.
 
Traveling with the chancellor were Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research Dr. Sharon Morrissey, VCCS Internal Communications Manager Laura Osberger; and state board members Susan Gooden and Douglas Garcia- both community college graduates.
 
“Each community college will be presenting its strategy for student success,” said Morrissey. “We will be weaving a tapestry of best practices that will be shared across the VCCS.”
 
College Success Coaches Dr. Sandra Walker and Laura Clark, delivered the presentation, “Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS): A Research-based, Evidence-driven Model for Effectively Serving Underserved Students.” The STEPS program is part of the Chancellor’s College Success Program and the team at PDCCC includes Jamie Dodd, college success coach Initiative program specialist. The program has earned several honors.
 
The STEPS team presentation was also highlighted by three students who shared how the program has helped them. Those students were: Cody Billups, recent recipient of the Valley Proteins Fellowship; Wanda Olden, past recipient of the Valley Proteins Fellowship; and Micah Thomas, who overcame many personal struggles to attain his associate’s from PDCCC and is still continuing his education while working for the college.
 
The chancellor was impressed with the success of the program, citing that he liked the components and the fact that it is research-based. “It proves that coaching works,” he said. “Your program is good for business.”
 
“Students need guidance in their first year,” said DuBois. “Every student who shows up needs to be college ready on Day 1. If not, they are already behind. If they can complete the first five courses successfully, their chance of completion goes north of 70 percent. If they only complete four, that number is cut to 35 percent.”
 
Dr. Morrissey also led a discussion regarding the identification of barriers to student success. Lack of transportation, personnel, finances and support groups for veterans were among the barriers noted by those in attendance, which included students, faculty, staff, administration, board and foundation board members.

STEPS Q and AThe STEPS team, right at table, fields questions from about the success program. From left are: Dr. Sandra Walker, Wanda Olden, Laura Clark and Cody Billups.

Tyler Wheeler studentStudent and veteran Tyler Wheeler expressed that the lack of programs for veterans is a barrier for student success at PDCCC.

Sep
13
09/13/2016

Curtains rise on the Encore Learning fall season

Patsy Falls Mona Johnson Terry EdwardsPatsy Falls, from left, Mona Johnson (seated) and Terry Edwards get creative during a previous Encore Learning course.
 
~Registration is open for an array of non-credit courses~
 
Boost your brain by learning how to play chess or take in the fall foliage while traveling down the Nottoway River in a kayak. You may discover that you want to eat and cook healthy, even during the holidays. Learning more about these topics is possible at the Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce Development.
 
Registration is now open for one of the more recently created programs the facility offers—Encore Learning.
 
The program is focused on appealing to adults 50 or older via non-credit classes to help them improve a skill or explore a new area of interest. “Participants also have the opportunity to interact with interesting people in the community,” said Director Teri Zurfluh. “They can choose from a diverse list of offerings and can create their own development program, expand their views of the world and enrich their lives and their communities.”
 
Encore Learning is a membership based community that offers learning during fall and spring. New and existing class options fall under categories like Arts & Humanities, Encore on the Go! and Hobbies and Interests. Numerous new classes have been added for the fall 2016 term, some of which are taught at the workforce center and others entail fun field trips.
 
“Prospective members are able to sample a class as well,” said Zurfluh. “That way, people who are new to the program can decide for themselves if this is the right program for them.”
 
According to Zurfluh, there are many benefits for older adults to continue taking advantage of learning opportunities. “Lifelong learning can improve memory, present opportunities to network with others and provide an exchange of ideas with peers, among other advantages,” she said.
 
A complimentary coffee bar, The Buzz, is accessible to all members of the program and is sponsored by Keurig Green Mountain. “This allows members to mingle and network before and after classes, and is just a perk of joining the program,” Zurfluh said.
 
Numerous other community partners allow the program to be successful through the speaker series and other expert presentations, and/or by allowing field trips to their facilities. “We could not do this without the help of these other organizations,” she said.
 
The cost for Encore Learning is $30 per person for one term or $50 per person for the entire year, or two terms, fall and spring. Participants can enroll in as many classes as they choose. Registration can be completed by fax, mail or by downloading forms from the web site and emailing them. For more information, call 757-569-6050, or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/encore-learning.
Gladys Wiggins Darlene TurnerGladys Wiggins in back and Darlene Turner enjoy an outing of kayaking on the local waterways.

Gladys Wiggins kayakingGladys Wiggins puts her paddling skills to the test during a kayaking session of Encore Learning.

Aug
29
08/29/2016

Sarah Giorgi selected as recipient of 2016 Hampton Roads Community Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

Dr Lufkin Sarah GiorgiSarah Giorgi accepts her scholarship certificate from Dr. Daniel Lufkin, president of Paul D. Camp Community College.
 
Sarah Giorgi of Boykins wasn’t even planning to take any dual enrollment classes until she discovered that early childhood education was offered at Southampton High School for dual credit.
 
“I was ecstatic to find out that I would be receiving college credit for this course,” she said.
 
Giorgi, who earned career studies certificates in early childhood and advanced early childhood from PDCCC, was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Hampton Roads Community Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship at Paul D. Camp Community College. A Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship winner is selected from each of the 23 institutions in Virginia’s Community College System and is awarded by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE).
 
Giorgi had already taken childhood development her sophomore year in high school and was very interested in the class. Her sister, Ashley, had taken Early Childhood Education I and II during high school and coincidentally was the 2012 recipient of the Camp Family Foundations Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship.
 
“She paved the way for me,” said Giorgi. “However, I never really thought I wanted to do anything beyond those classes in high school until I met my teacher for early childhood education, Cindy Jackson. Her teaching style inspired me to want to continue my education with early childhood.” Giorgi also has attained the NOCTI Certificate in Early Childhood Education.
 
The daughter of Debbie and Jerry Nahrebecki of Boykins and David Giorgi of Groton, Conn., Giorgi was very active in community-based organizations and projects in high school. In her four years as a Key Club member, she served as president, vice president and board member. In addition, she earned honors, including the Above and Beyond Division 21 Membership Award in 2014 and the Outstanding Community Service Award annually from 2013 to present.
 
She was a board member and treasurer for the Student Government Association, a member of the Christian Club and the Beta Club. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has attained a 3.94 GPA. She was a member of the Cross Country team as well.
 
Giorgi was a member and 2016 co-captain of Southampton High School’s Keys 4 a Cure Relay for Life team and participates in the annual Franklin/Southampton Relay for Life event. Her leadership and volunteer experience, along with academic skills, led to her selection to represent Southampton High School at Virginia Girls State. She is an active Youth Group member at Tucker Swamp Baptist Church.
 
After completing an associate’s degree in early childhood education, she wants to enroll at Longwood University to earn a master’s in elementary education. “I want to become a teacher at a local elementary school,” she said. “After teaching for a few years, my ultimate goal /dream is to open my own preschool and daycare center.”
 
The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship may be used on any campus within the VCCS. This year, it will provide a $3,875 scholarship for a full year of tuition, books and fees— all possible due to Wells Fargo and additional funding available from VCCS.
 
As a Commonwealth Legacy scholar, Giorgi will mentor future scholarship recipients and participate in statewide events, such as the Student Leadership Conference, scheduled for fall. Commonwealth Legacy Scholars will also be featured in the Virginia Community College System’s Annual Report and on its website.

Sarah and family w presidentSarah Giorgi of Boykins is joined by parents Jerry and Debbie Nahrebecki and Paul D. Camp Community College President Dr. Daniel Lufkin. Giorgi is also the daughter of David Giorgi of Connecticut.

Aug
24
08/24/2016

PDCCC honors donors, students at 2016 Fall Scholarship Reception

Fall 2016 GroupFrom left: Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Dr. Renee Felts, Sarah Giorgi, Charity Thompson, Troy Stubenrauch, Belinda Long, Andrew Stegman, Sara Lyons, PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, Karen Haywood-Duck, Olivia Davis, Mary Burgess, Jesse Pruden, Ruth Kent, donor Locke Floyd, Karla Johnson, donor Cathy Floyd, and donors Dr. Douglas Boyce and Grace Boyce.
 
More than 50 people gathered at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center recently to celebrate the recipients of 2016 fall scholarships and the generosity of the donors.
 
Eighteen scholarships totaling $22,000 were awarded for the upcoming semester. Dr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president, recognized donors, board and foundation board members who were in attendance before presenting certificates to the winners.
 
“We are fortunate to have present and former members of the community recognize the significant role that Paul D. Camp Community College plays in the lives of our students,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Dr. Renee Felts. “More often than not, lack of resources stands in the way of potential students wanting to pursue a postsecondary education. These scholarships can make all the difference and that difference can last a lifetime for these students.”
 
Recipients of the awards are:

  • Vernell Davis of Suffolk -American Association of University Women (AAUW), Suffolk Branch
  • Karla Johnson of Franklin-Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Troy Stubenrauch of Suffolk-Bobby B. Worrell Scholarship
  • Ruth Kent of Ivor-Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Sarah Giorgi of Boykins-Hampton Roads Community Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
  • Charity Thompson of Suffolk-Cross Realty Career Grant
  • Mary Burgess of Franklin-Dean Nancy Sandberg Scholarship
  • Katelyn Duck of Franklin-Donald C. Boyce Education Scholarship
  • Belinda Long of Franklin-Dr. Alvin C. Rogers Endowed Scholarship
  • Karen Haywood-Duck of Suffolk-40/7 Society Scholarship
  • Olivia Davis of Courtland-Margaret L. Brown Education Scholarship
  • Sara Lyons of Franklin-Nellie White Business Scholarship
  • Jesse Pruden of Suffolk-Perry W. Barnett Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Kyrie McLeod of Courtland-Roy and Eleanor Epps Cornwell Scholarship
  • Andrew Stegman of Sedley-“Service Above Self” Rotary Scholarship
  • Raquel Jones of Courtland-Shirley N. Barnes Scholarship
  • Olivia Goff of Branchville-Smithfield Foods Endowed Scholarship
  • Cathy Riley-Snyder of Suffolk-Suffolk Ruritan Nursing Scholarship

Sara LyonsSara Lyons of Franklin accepts her scholarship certificate from Dr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president.

Jesse PrudenJesse Pruden of Suffolk is presented his scholarship certificate by Dr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president.
 
PDCCC awards scholarships each fall and spring semester. For more information, contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790.

Aug
24
08/24/2016

Paul D. Camp Community College’s spring 2017 scholarship cycle opens September 8 for new and continuing students

~Deadline for submissions is Oct. 27, 2016~
 
Applications for Paul D. Camp Community College scholarships will open Sept. 8, 2016, for the spring 2017 semester. New and continuing students can apply for a number of funding opportunities beginning that day.
 
“Scholarships offered at PDCCC can mean all the difference for a potential student who lacks resources, which can result in a common obstacle in regard to reaching educational goals,” said Dr. Renee Felts, executive director of the PDCCC Foundation and vice president for institutional advancement. “We are fortunate to have so many donors who place a priority on postsecondary education.”
 
During the fall 2016 semester, PDCCC awarded students 18 scholarships totaling more than $22,000.
 
There are 17 scholarships for new and continuing students available for the spring 2017 semester. Students may apply for these 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, begins Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Scholarship applications must be submitted by Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. and will only be accepted electronically.
 
Students only need to follow these steps to apply:

  • Submit a PDCCC Scholarship Application with all required supporting documentation. Visit www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/ for the application.
  • 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 www.fafsa.gov using our school code: 009159.

For more information, call the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790 or log onto www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/

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