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

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
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
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/

Aug
15
08/15/2016

Autumn provides colorful photo opportunities

Sturdy TreeLearn about proper exposure and composition as is evident in this Shirley Whitenack photograph of a tree reflecting the vibrant colors of fall.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development is offering the class, “Photography: Focus on Fall,” beginning in October.
 
“This class is for those who are tired of boring, improperly exposed photos,” said Shirley Whitenack, instructor and award-winning photographer. “We will concentrate on creativity as you learn to take control of your camera.”
 
The following is the schedule of classes and locations:

  • Wednesday, October 12, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., PDCCC at Smithfield, room TBA
  • Saturday, October 15, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Colonial Williamsburg and Kings Gate Resort
  • Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., Windsor Castle Park and PDCCC at Smithfield
  • Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., PDCCC at Smithfield, room TBA

PDCCC at Smithfield is located on the second floor of the Blackwater Regional Library at 253 James Street. The first class will cover camera mechanics. Outdoor sessions will be aimed at obtaining proper exposure, taking advantage of directional light, and composition. The final class will include a critique, question-and-answer session and storage tips.
 
“Through lecture, demonstration and practice, participants will learn the equipment and techniques professionals use to get outstanding magazine photographs,” Whitenack said.
 
The cost of the class is $115 and the deadline to register is Friday, October 7. Register at pdc.augusoft.net. Bring your fully charged camera, instruction manual and film/digital media. For more information, contact the workforce development office, 757-569-6050.
HatsCreativity, as well as technique, are focus areas of the fall photography class. The “hats” photo was taken by instructor Shirley Whitenack.

Aug
11
08/11/2016

Cody Billups Earns Prestigious Valley Proteins Fellowship

VCCS_2016_FELLOWS_BILLUPS-076~ 2016 Scholars Represent Program’s Sixth Class ~
 
Cody Billups, a general studies student at Paul D. Camp Community College, has been selected as part of the sixth class of the Valley Proteins Fellows Program, administered by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE).
 
“We are proud that Cody has been chosen for this honor,” said Dr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students and I know that he will represent the college very well.”
 
Billups earned an advanced studies diploma at Southampton High School, where he graduated with honors with a 3.8 GPA in May 2015. He served in leadership positions, including vice president of the Beta Club and an active member of the National Honor Society.
 
At PDCCC, Billups has been recognized as achieving inclusion on the Vice President’s List and as a member of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He has a GPA of 4.0. After graduating with his associate’s degree in May 2017, he plans to transfer to Regent University, where he will major in communication and minor in Christian ministry. His hope is to help people establish strong Christian values by creating a summer camp focused on that purpose.
 
Billups is the third PDCCC student to receive this honor since the establishment of the scholarship in 2011. Ida Thompson was part of the second class of Valley Proteins Fellows in 2012 and Wanda Olden was selected in 2014.
 
Out of the more than 400,000 people Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth, only nine are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. The approximate value of the scholarship, accompanied with professional development, travel, and cultural opportunities, is $10,000.
 
The core mission of the Valley Proteins Fellows Program is to help promising, second-year students at Virginia’s Community Colleges pursue their academic goals and strengthen their leadership skills. In addition to receiving full tuition, book expenses and fees, the Fellows participate in a unique curriculum of intellectual and cultural activities. The Fellows also volunteer 80 hours of community service during the academic year to hone their leadership abilities and develop a strong foundation for future success.
 
The fellows program is made possible through the generous support of Valley Proteins, Inc. The Winchester-based company has been in the rendering business for more than 60 years and currently operates plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. The management of Valley Proteins is committed to outstanding corporate citizenship, excellent customer service, technological innovation and support for the community college mission.
 
“My brother and I are pleased to support the Valley Proteins Fellows program because it provides us with the opportunity to develop a more educated and competitive Virginia,” said Gerald F. Smith, Jr., president of Valley Proteins, Inc.
 
“The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is dedicated to expanding opportunities by leveraging partnerships,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “This program is a great example of the synergy that comes from joining together employers that are vested in the quality of tomorrow’s Virginia workforce and the community colleges that elevate it every day.”

Aug
11
08/11/2016

PDCCC 13th Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser features amateur celebrity guest Ben Hunter

Ben Hunter with clubsThis year, the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation will feature a special guest at its golf fundraiser slated for Thursday, September 15.
 
The 2006 Sleepy Hole Amateur Champion and first two-time USCAA National Champion Benford “Ben” Hunter, a native of Suffolk, will be a participant at the event. His team will play to help raise money for PDCCC’s student scholarships and educational support for the foundation.
 
“Our grants coordinator had a connection with Mr. Hunter, and we thought it would be a wonderful draw for participants this year,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the foundation. “We want to raise as much as we can to help our students have the resources they need to pursue their education and to offer them quality programs as well.”
 
Playing the sport since age 3, Hunter was a four-time First Team All-District and Regional Honoree at Lakeland High School. He received a full-time golf scholarship to Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. He eventually returned home and attended The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding, where he graduated. While serving as captain of the golf team, he set records and contributed to the receipt of prestigious titles that the school had previously not attained. He is currently employed at the Newport News Shipbuilding / Huntington Ingalls as a crane rigger/operator.
 
“I believe in helping people and creating opportunities for others,” Hunter said about his desire to participate in the tourney.
 
Although his ultimate goal is to become a PGA Tour player, he wants to use that recognition to give the youth in the community the option to be successful rather than choosing life on the streets. He is currently in the process of creating a youth golf program.
 
“I envision coaching collegiate golf one day in order to push student athletes in the right direction through college and beyond,” he said. “I want to be an ambassador for the game of golf in Hampton Roads and use that opportunity to be the young face with which the youth can connect.”
 
The PDCCC Foundation’s 13th Annual Golf Tournament gets underway with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 15, at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. A boxed dinner will be available during the awards announcements at approximately 5:30 p.m.
 
Prizes will be awarded for superlative feats, as well as first place winners in each of three flights. A rain date has been set for Thursday, September 22.
 
The cost is $75 per person, which includes golf cart rental, dinner and incentives. For more information, visit www.pdc.edu/golf. Sponsorship packages begin at $350.

Aug
10
08/10/2016

Students finish nurse aide studies

CNA Summer 2016 group webPaul D. Camp Community College celebrated its students who have completed the summer 2016 certified nurse aide program. A special ceremony was held in the Technology Theater at the college’s regional workforce development center in Franklin on Thursday. Celebrating academic achievements, from left, are: Emily Rushing of Franklin, Kaycie Edwards of Franklin, Carrie Holt of Sedley, Micheal Edwards of Franklin, Heather Turner of Capron, Benjamin Cutchins of Newsoms, Cortney Greene of Carrsville, Tonya Boone of Courtland, Angela Alexander of Franklin, Natasha Dickens of Franklin and Instructor Cheryl Drake. In addition, Cutchins received an Academic Excellence award, while Kaycie and Michael were honored with Clinical Excellence awards. Alexander received both Academic Excellence and Clinical Excellence awards.

Aug
10
08/10/2016

Registered nursing class of 2017 earn caps

Capping Class 2017 Group webHonoring their academic accomplishments, front row from left, are: Assistant Professor of Nursing Courtney Darden, Ashley Maddrey-Boyd of Franklin, Aryntheia Jones-Quash of Hampton, Tanya Little of Suffolk, Caitlin Sawyer of Sunbury, NC, Taylor Felts of Franklin, Alexa Lilley of Suffolk, Samantha Dowd of Boykins, Hakeem Daniels of Newport News, Aubra Walker of Chesapeake and Assistant Professor of Nursing Lucy Little. Back: Siobhan Clark of Suffolk, Patricia Tippins of Portsmouth, Anndrea Wilson of Carrsville , Karla Johnson of Franklin, Taylor Henry of Windsor, Brittany Johnson of Suffolk, Andrea Reese of Franklin, Paige McCall of Ivor, Wanda Lynch of Portsmouth, Shatara Hicks of Boykins and Brittany Marshall of Chesapeake.
 
Not pictured are: Isabelle Black, Brittany Brooks, Jacqueline Do, Tracy Holloman, Jenny Hughes, Avia Holloway, Adriene Muhammed, Ayla Sherman, Tamimu Thomas, Brittnee Ricks and Karen Younce.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College students in the registered nursing program celebrated the midway point of the program Thursday, by receiving their caps at a special ceremony at the college’s regional workforce development center.
 
Dr. Daniel W. Lufkin welcomed attendees to the event and Assistant Professor of Nursing Trudy Kuehn served as speaker.
 
The students are on schedule to earn nursing pins next and become part of the graduating Class of 2017.

Jul
22
07/22/2016

Deadline to register for PDCCC contractor business licensing course is August 5

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, August 5. The class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, August 9 and 16, 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.

Jul
07
07/07/2016

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development offers Manufacturing Technician Certification

The Division of Workforce Development at Paul D. Camp Community College will offer Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certification in July, which will train participants on the critical competencies required for modern manufacturing production and production-related occupations.
 
Classes will be held July 18 through Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road, 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 is available for all students who qualify.
 
For more information, contact the workforce development office at 757-569-6050 or workforce@pdc.edu.

Jun
23
06/23/2016

Recognized for outstanding service

Samuel Glasscock and Lynn JonesPaul D. Camp Community College Local College Board Chairman Lynn Jones presents Samuel Glasscock of Suffolk with a token of appreciation during the June 20 meeting. Glasscock’s term expired after he had served two four-year terms on the Local College Board, beginning in 2008. He was recognized for his outstanding service.

Jun
23
06/23/2016

Annual award presented at PDCCC graduation

ASA JohnsonPaul D. Camp Community College Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken, right, presents Asa Johnson with the J. Paul Councill Jr. Community Service Award during the 45th commencement ceremony. Johnson accepted the award, which recognizes leaders who have made significant contributions to PDCCC and the college’s service region, on behalf of Franklin Southampton Charities. The charitable organization provides support for activities seeking to improve the health and quality of life of the people in the service area by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations and providing community leadership. Over the years, Franklin Southampton Charities has supported PDCCC with the following equipment, programs and initiatives:

  • EMT Program
  • LPN Program
  • Reach truck for workforce development
  • Nursing lab simulators
  • Diabetes Expo
  • Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative for high school career coaches
  • Start-up costs for occupational and technical programs
Jun
22
06/22/2016

PDCCC makes way for new sign

Demolition Man June 21 2016Paul D. Camp Community College Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken is not afraid to roll up his sleeves as he helps Whitley Masonry of Albemarle, NC, raze the college sign on the corner of Armory and College drives. In its place, a new modern digital sign will be installed. The work is expected to be completed by fall. The contractor of the project is Rite Lite Signs of Concord, NC. Not pictured is Gerald and Carrie Whitley of Whitley Masonry.

Jun
21
06/21/2016

STEM… it’s not just for him anymore

Kids College ReleaseOur society has historically reflected the notion that girls and women don’t belong in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). However, they’re getting a very different message from Kids College this summer. STEM classes will be held all summer—some exclusively for middle and high school girls.
 
“At almost every step of the STEM education ladder, we see girls walk away,” Kids College Director Teri Zurfluh said. “By seventh grade, many girls are ambivalent about these fields, and by the end of high school, fewer girls than boys plan to pursue STEM in college.
 
“But the low number of women and girls pursuing STEM fields is not a status quo we can live with. It has significant implications for women’s financial security, economic growth, and global innovation. We are going to do our part of changing this trend at Kids College this summer with lots of STEM programs for everyone, and a couple of really exciting sessions that will be just for girls.”
 
During the week of July 18 through July 22, Kids College will offer Ozobot Odyssey: My Tiny Robots for rising 7th – 9th grade girls from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center in Franklin. Ozobots are the one of the world’s smallest smart robots, a toy that opens the doors of computer science, STEM education, robotics and coding. There will also be two additional offerings of this exciting class for all rising 4th – 8th graders.
 
There will also be some career academies offered this summer that have a STEM focus. Participants in the Criminal Justice Career Day will explore careers in criminal justice with veterans in the field, including crime scene investigation and forensics. One of the sessions in July will be a girls-only session.
 
Kids College has been steadily growing their STEM offerings every summer and will have a variety of opportunities for students to experiment with this season: Lego engineering, animation, edible engineering, and a couple of science sampler weeks where students can dabble in chemistry, physics, biology, etc., as well as a nursing and health career academy for students interested in learning about nursing and firefighting.
 
“Our mission at Kids College is to help students “Explore, Experiment and Discover” and we’re hoping that this summer we’ll help some of our young women explore and experiment with STEM topics and discover that STEM is really fun and not something to be afraid of or avoid,” Zurfluh said.
 
Kids College, the popular summer enrichment series sponsored by the Division of Workforce Development of Paul D. Camp Community College, offers unique workshops for students ages 7 – 18, will run weekdays at our Franklin PDCCC location from June 20 to Aug. 12 and our Smithfield location from June 27 to Aug. 12.
 
Registration is now open at both Kids College locations in Smithfield and Franklin. The summer catalog and registration materials are available at www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/kids-college/. For more information, call 757.569.6058 or email kidscollege@pdc.edu.

Jun
21
06/21/2016

Kids College helps participants explore history and mystery of Smithfield

Cold War history class IMG_1006Connor Gamble, Noah Wesdock, Kymani Mosely, Carson Gamble, Gage Xinos (black shirt) and historic interpreter Albert Burckard during a Cold War history class at Kids College last summer in Smithfield.
 
Cold War history class IMG_1011Connor Gamble, Kymani Mosely, Gage Xinos (behind Kymani), Noah Wesdock, Carson Gamble (behind Burckard) and Albert Burckard (historic interpreter) during a Cold War history class at Kids College last summer in Smithfield.
 
Kids College is back in Smithfield helping area students discover what adventures lie in their own backyard.
 
In partnership with Isle of Wight County Museum and Tours & Tales, Inc., “Finding Smithfield” will focus on escapades across the county, including storming castles, and exploring forts and missile fields. Discover how one small, quiet town could take a nation by storm with just two products, ham and peanuts. Take a selfie with the world’s oldest ham on the HamCam. This weeklong class will run July 25 to July 29, and will bring students from Franklin to experience Smithfield with their county counterparts.
 
“We love offering classes in Smithfield,” Kids College Director Teri Zurfluh said. “The families here in Isle of Wight County have been great to work with. We love helping them find fun and educational opportunities during the summer without traveling over a bridge or a through a tunnel.
 
“We’ve increased our STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) offerings at their request. We even have classes that help students travel across the world without a passport— even to Hogwarts!”
 
The following are some of the highlighted sessions this summer:

  • Arts and Crafts: WreathWorks, Gourd-jus Birdhouses, Tie Dye Tada!, Light Box Art and Memorabilia Boards
  • Literature, Theatre and Culture: Around the World in Four Days, Hogwarts Summer School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Mythology Madness and All the World’s a Stage
  • STEM: Ozobot Odyssey, Forensics in Miniature, Art of Math, and Lego Engineering Olympic Challenge
  • Sports and Recreation: Tennis Camps and Martial Arts Camps

“We want to continue to grow Kids College in Smithfield, but we need feedback from families to help shape our future,” Zurfluh said. “This is our third summer at our Smithfield location and our new site Coordinator Melba Holland is ready to continue providing the best experience possible. We are going to have a great summer!”
 
Kids College is a popular summer enrichment series sponsored by the Division of Workforce Development of Paul D. Camp Community College, and offers unique workshops for students ages 7 to 18. The program will run weekdays at our Franklin location from June 20 to Aug.12 and at PDCCC at Smithfield, 253 James Street, from June 27 to Aug. 12.
 
Registration is now open for both Kids College locations. The summer catalog and registration materials are available at www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/kids-college/. For more information, call 757.569.6058 or email kidscollege@pdc.edu.

Jun
15
06/15/2016

PDCCC Grows Dual Enrollment Program

Paul D. Camp Community College has seen an 81 percent increase in the number of students taking dual enrollment classes from the 2014-15 academic year to the 2015-16 academic year.
 
“There has been an increase in interest in the general education certificate, and career and technical education opportunities for students,” said Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin.
 
The 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.
 
PDCCC has seen an increase in the number of dual enrollment graduates as well. The college graduated 41 dual enrollment students from four high schools on May 13 compared to the 18 who graduated with a degree or certificate last year in 2015.
 
“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.
 
The following students are among the dual enrollment students graduating from PDCCC with a degree and/or certificate:
 
Lakeland High School

  • Bryan Austin Branch –General Education Certificate
  • Emily Foster –Gen. Ed. Certificate
  • Cierra Tyrae Gilmore -AA&S Degree General Studies & Gen. E.d Certificate
  • Maya Lavallais- AA&S Degree General Studies & Gen. Ed. Certificate
  • Paula Kristal Steward -AA&S Degree General Studies & Gen. Ed. Certificate

Southampton High School

  • Ayanna Khaliah Barham-Career Studies Certificates (CSC) Early Childhood Education, Advanced Early Childhood
  • Megan Blaire Beale –Gen. Ed. Certificate
  • Keisha Branch –Gen. Ed. Certificate
  • Morgan Layne Bunn -CSC Early Childhood Education, Advanced Early Childhood
  • Jade Banty- CSC Plate Welding
  • Tyler K. Burgess – CSC Plate Welding
  • Travis Carr -CSC Plate Welding
  • Zachary Cobb – CSC Plate Welding
  • Natori Alexus Flythe -CSC Early Childhood Education, Advanced Early Childhood
  • Kayla N. Forrest -CSC Early Childhood Education, Advanced Early Childhood
  • Sarah Elizabeth Giorgi -CSC Early Childhood Education, Advanced Early Childhood
  • Robert Hawkins Jr. – CSC Plate Welding
  • Marissa Ann Haydu-Gen. Ed. Certificate
  • Darius Hill – CSC Plate Welding
  • Zakilya Lashay Holden -CSC Early Childhood Education, Advanced Early Childhood
  • Cole Jarrett- CSC Plate Welding
  • Bradley Jernigan- CSC Plate Welding
  • Madison N. Jones-CSC Early Childhood Education, Advanced Early Childhood
  • Dennis Maddrey- CSC Plate Welding
  • Danielle Rhea Moore-CSC Early Childhood Education, Advanced Early Childhood
  • James A. Peden Jr. – CSC Plate Welding
  • Wilbert Ridley-Gen. Ed. Certificate
  • Blake Anthony Rose- CSC Plate Welding
  • Markel Jámay Smith – AA&S Degree General Studies & Gen. Ed. Certificate
  • Courtney Dalton Vinson-CSC Early Childhood Education, Advanced Early Childhood
  • Noah J Williams-Gen. Ed. Certificate

Franklin High School

  • Cedric Goodwin-CSC HVAC
  • Miguel Jimenez Jr. -CSC HVAC
  • Brenna Neal-CSC HVAC
  • Ryan Powell-CSC HVAC
  • Kiana Nicole Reid- Gen. E. Certificate
  • Jack Sykes-CSC HVAC
  • Brandon Reid Blythe- CSC Plate Welding
  • Latrina Veronica Cross- CSC Plate Welding
  • Qur`an Shamere’ Newsome- CSC Plate Welding

HOME SCHOOL

  • Raven Victoria Shields-AA&S Degree General Studies & Gen. Ed. Certificate

 
For more information about dual enrollment, contact PDCCC’s Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin at 757-569-6081 or jpellegrin@pdc.edu. Visit the college’s website at www.pdc.edu.

Jun
13
06/13/2016

PDCCC Upward Bound students receive funds from Suffolk Education Foundation

Travis W. Parker, director of the TRIO Upward Bound program at Paul D. Camp Community College, was awarded $3,750 from the Suffolk Education Foundation (SEF) to assist dual enrollment students with the cost of tuition this summer for 15 Lakeland High School students, who are enrolled in the Upward Bound program. Thanks to the grant funds, each student will receive $250 toward their outstanding tuition balance for the summer semester.
 
The Upward Bound Program serves 50+ eligible students from Franklin, Lakeland and Southampton high schools. Students receive academic advising and coaching, help with SAT and ACT applications and testing. In addition, they learn study skills, tour colleges, receive tutoring if needed, participate in hands-on learning projects, and are exposed to opportunities for community service.
 
“The program consists of Saturday sessions at PDCCC’s two campuses throughout the school year and counseling and academic sessions at the three area high schools throughout the academic year. Also, there is a six-week summer program at PDCCC on the Franklin campus for all participants,” Parker said.
 
This summer, a total of 27 Upward Bound students plan to take college level courses such as three-credit transfer classes Introduction to Computer Applications Concepts (ITE 115) and humanities elective Film Appreciation (CST 151). In both classes, the high school students receive college-level rigor as they learn from PDCCC instructors. Their goal is to complete a general education certificate or general studies associate’s degree while in high school.
 
“The primary purpose of TRIO programs is to prepare students for successful entry into and completion of postsecondary education. TRIO services are designed to improve academic performance, increase student motivation, and facilitate the transition from one level of education to the next,” said Parker.
 
For more information about Upward Bound, contact Parker at 757-569-6764.

Jun
09
06/09/2016

High School students commit to college graduation

College Signing Day Photo WebDuring a recent College Signing Day event held at Southampton High School students signed their names on a Paul D. Camp Community College banner and committed to graduating.
 
“With the increased presence of Paul D. Camp Community College employees in local high schools through the High School Career Coach program, this year there are more than 30 students that have identified PDCCC as their college of choice to further their education,” said Candice Artis, high school career coach supervisor.
 
Some of the students who have embraced the opportunity are, front row from left: Sarah Giorgi, Olivia Goff, Mesha Jordan, Kimberly Smith, Bethany Riddick, and ShaNiya Slade. In back: Matthew Stout, Artavious Turner, Valerie Bonham, Trey Lashley, Travis Carr, Tammara Bynum, Sha’Kira Artis, Michaella Smith and Katherine Eckley.
 
According to Artis, the event is held in correlation with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, which was launched in 2014.
 
“Many high schools across the nation have celebrated this event to inspire students to commit to furthering their education and to achieve their educational goals,” she said.

Jun
06
06/06/2016

Thank You Letter from William C. Aiken

Bill AikenBeginning in April 2015, I became the Interim President of Paul D. Camp Community College. I would like to thank the college community as well as the service region of the college for a pleasant experience. Everyone has been most supportive during my time at PDCCC.
 
The PDCCC faculty and staff have patiently and enthusiastically responded to many initiatives as we worked together to improve the college. Enrollment has increased, new policies have been implemented, new programs have been initiated, gifts and grants have increased, and a concentrated effort has been made to meet the needs of the industrial community. In a recent report, PDCCC was ranked among the top ten community colleges in Virginia; the college was recognized particularly for personalized instruction. Most importantly, PDCCC now has a clearly stated institutional plan which charts the direction of the college for the coming three years. I would ask that the service region of the college recognize the importance of a dedicated faculty and staff by providing them the positive reinforcement they deserve. Without exception, college employees have performed in a manner which demands the respect of the community.
 
In like manner, I am grateful for the support of the Local College Board. On several occasions, the board has overwhelmingly supported concepts radically different from what has been the tradition of the institution. I am acutely impressed by the dedication of these people as they conscientiously help chart the future of the college. Most impressive is the fact that they willingly accept these responsibilities without remuneration while upholding the integrity of PDCCC. They have a clear sense of direction for the institution.
 
Of special note is our positive relationships with local school districts. The dual enrollment program has grown significantly. This illustrates the importance citizens have placed on the value of education. Likewise, it shows the increasing confidence people have placed in PDCCC. Who could have imagined that students could attain a college degree and a high school diploma at the same time!
 
During these past months, I have interacted with many civic organizations and governmental officials. Without their unwavering support, the college cannot succeed. Again, I am most appreciative for their dedication to the college.
 
The groundwork has now been laid to ensure that students complete their programs. PDCCC has a true commitment to the Virginia Community College System’s goal of tripling the number of completers by 2021. This mandate requires that new programs be implemented and support structures be provided that help students achieve their goals. The college clearly sees its role in helping provide a well-trained workforce; through this means, we can declare that we are better prepared to attract new industries to the region.
 
These months have passed quickly. However, I have made many new personal and professional friendships. I look forward to return visits and learning of the college’s many accomplishments.
Again, thank you for your support.
Sincerely
 
William C. Aiken
Interim President

May
12
05/12/2016

Dr. Daniel Lufkin to become next president at Paul D. Camp Community College

Dr Daniel LufkinThe next president of Paul D. Camp Community College is Dr. Daniel Lufkin, currently vice president for student affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton. Lufkin will assume his new post in early July, replacing Dr. William C. Aiken, who has served as PDCCC’s interim president since April, 2015.
 
“Dan is a rising star in our business. He’s the right leader for Paul D. Camp Community College at the right time. I’m confident that he can continue the momentum that has been achieved under his predecessor, Bill Aiken,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
 
Lufkin has served as vice president for student affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College since 2013. Before that, he was dean of enrollment management at Maricopa County Community College District /Gateway in Phoenix, where he served as a member of the president’s leadership team from 2009-2013. Previously, he served as vice president for student affairs at MCCCD/Gateway.
 
“The selection of a new president is an arduous task, especially when you have a group of four well qualified candidates,” said Lynn Jones, chair of the Paul D. Camp Community College local board. “We are pleased that Dr. Daniel Lufkin has accepted the position of President for Paul D. Camp Community College. He brings a wealth of experience in higher education which will be beneficial as he leads PDCCC forward. Coupled with his warm and friendly personality, Dr. Lufkin is the right choice for the position.”
 
“I am honored and humbled to be named the next President of Paul D. Camp Community College,” Lufkin said. “The service region is very much like the area where I grew up, and I am eager to start making connections both on campus and in the community. The college plays a vital role in the success of the region, and I look forward to strengthening partnerships and developing programs that meet the needs of the students and communities we serve.”
 
Lufkin holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, FL, as well as a master’s in education from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree from State University College at Potsdam, NY.

May
02
05/02/2016

Two PDCCC students selected for honor society’s All-Virginia Academic Team

PTK-Awards-Luncheon-2016 resizedInterim President of PDCCC Dr. Bill Aiken, was on hand to congratulate Brandy Main and Ellis Cofield III at the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Awards Luncheon.
 
Two Paul D. Camp Community College students were named to the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society All-Virginia Academic Team.
 
Brandy Main of Suffolk and Ellis Cofield III of Franklin were honored April 20 at the PTK Annual Awards Luncheon at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Richmond.
 
Main, currently PTK Omega Zeta Chapter president at PDCCC, has been selected for the All-Virginia honor for two consecutive years. She is a senator in the Student Government Association, a Presidential Student Ambassador, a member of the Faith Unleashed in Everyday Life (FUEL) Bible study club, and a tutor of practical reasoning with Student Support Services. She has volunteered for a number of events and organizations at the college and in the community and has also been selected to represent the college at several statewide events.
 
She is one of only 12 accepted into the cytotechnology program at ODU this fall and has been offered honor classes there. She has also already been accepted to attend graduate school at North Carolina State University after she has graduated from ODU. In May, she will graduate from PDCCC with associate degrees in science and general studies and a certificate in general education. She has previously earned career studies certificates in nurse aide, phlebotomy and pre-nursing. She works as a receptionist at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center.
 
Cofield currently serves at PTK Omega Zeta Chapter vice president. He is a past president of the Student Government Association, has been selected to represent the college at the Virginia General Assembly and serves as the student representative on the President’s Advisory Council. In addition, he heads the initiative of PDCCC’s adoption of J.P. King Jr. Middle School. He serves on the board of supervisors for the Boys & Girls Club of the Southwest Region.
 
Cofield also founded and implemented Striving To Reach Excellence To Create Heroes (STRETCH) Project Inc., a peer-to-peer mentoring program focused on middle school youth. He has received numerous awards and honors including the Prudential Spirit Award, Daughter of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, the Southampton County Public Schools’ Community Partners Award and the Senator Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award. Cofield works as student activities officer on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
 
According to PTK Omega Zeta Chapter Advisor Troy Hand, Virginia is one of 38 states participating in the state Academics Teams project introduced in 1994 as a way to provide scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members while promoting excellence at two-year colleges.
 
“The All-Virginia Academic Team recognizes our college scholars by saluting their academic achievements, leadership and service,” he said. “Brandy and Ellis were presented with medallions and certificates noting their accomplishments.”
 
For more information about the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, contact Hand at thand@pdc.edu.

Apr
29
04/29/2016

Paint parties help emergency fund for students

One does not have to be a descendant of Andy Warhol to attend Paul D. Camp Community College’s Paint Party fundraisers.
 
“The classes are designed for anyone, even with no painting experience,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation. “You can network with other participants while creating your very own piece of artwork to take home.”
 
The sessions will be led by Twyla Duke of Conway, NC, who is a Social Artworking independent consultant with Decoart through her part-time business, Art Fully Yours. She is a graduate of Chowan University with an associate’s degree in commercial art and bachelor’s degree in studio art. She is also curator for the Wayland L. Jenkins, Jr. Fine Arts Center at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC. Duke is a native of Suffolk.
 
“The classes are taught in such a way that the students leave with a sense of satisfaction, a new confidence, and a great painting,” Duke said. “It brings people together to create and have fun.”
 
Upcoming paint classes are scheduled as follows:
tranquil surf 2 hrs

Tuesday, May 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in room 121 on the Franklin Campus, 100 North College Drive. Tranquil Surf

beached boat 2hrs 30m

Monday, May 23, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in room 106 on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. Beached Boat

land that i love 2 hrs

Tuesday, June 21, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in room 121 on the Franklin Campus, 100 North College Drive. Land I Love

SONY DSC

Monday, June 27, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in room 106 on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. Freedom Flag

 
The cost is $35 per person, and includes all paint supplies. The proceeds will go to the PDCCC Student Emergency Fund, which assists students with various funding needs. For more information, call Stacy Pauley at 757-569-6790 or log onto www.pdc.edu/paint-class/ to register.

Apr
28
04/28/2016

PDCCC student accepted to competitive program at ODU and graduate program at NCSU

Brandy Main 2 croppedBrandy Main of Suffolk is one of only 12 students accepted into Old Dominion University’s cytotechnology program for fall 2016. Cytotechnology, a specialized allied health program, trains students to be highly skilled in the microscopic study of cells.
 
“I have already been told that it will take a year and a half to complete the cytotechnology program,” said Main. “After my journey with ODU is over, I will attend North Carolina State University to get a master’s degree and become a pathologist.” Main has been offered honor classes at ODU and has already been accepted to the university in North Carolina.
 
Main will graduate from Paul D. Camp Community College May 13 with an associate’s degree in science, an associate’s degree in general studies, and a certificate in general education. She also has earned career studies certificates in nurse aide, phlebotomy and pre-nursing at PDCCC.
 
The receptionist at the college’s workforce development center in Franklin has been selected for two consecutive years as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s All-Virginia Academic Team. She currently serves as the PTK Omega Zeta Chapter president at PDCCC, and has carried the chapter from two-star to a five-star status. She also received a certificate from Coca-Cola recognizing her PTK accomplishments. She formerly was employed in the financial aid office on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus as a work-study student.
 
Main is active in Student Support Services, where she is a tutor for practical reasoning. “I teach other students the core subjects of college which are English, math, history and critical thinking,” she said.
 
She is also a member of the Student Government Association (SGA); Faith Unleashed in Everyday Life (FUEL) Bible study club; and serves as a PDCCC Presidential Student Ambassador. She was selected to represent the college at the Virginia General Assembly and to attend the VCCS Student Leadership Conference. During graduation, she will give brief remarks before announcing the PTK honor graduates.
 
Her volunteer work includes Peanut Fest parade and booth, Suffolk Christmas parade, American Red Cross blood drives, Clean Rivers Day, and the PDCCC annual golf tournament.
 
Main, a member of Cross Pointe Baptist Church, credits her success with the support from her extended family and friends. “Through this incredible journey, every time I thought that I just couldn’t make it, they would hold me up and give me strength, and without them and God, I would not have been this successful.”
 
She is also grateful to her mentor, Marie Linton, financial aid officer on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. “She introduced me to all the important people at PDCCC who have changed my life,” said Main.
 
PDCCC’s 45th commencement exercises will be held Friday, May 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Apr
27
04/27/2016

PDCCC Gala first in the state to raise funds for the RVHI

Dep Sec and Dr FeltsDuring the gala, Dr. Dietra Trent, deputy secretary of education, left, speaks with Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation.
 
Approximately 200 participants attended a fundraiser at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center that netted more than $30,000 to help students succeed.
 
The Paul D. Camp Community College Platform for Change Gala was held to raise money for the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI), a state level campaign that includes PDCCC and is aimed at helping more people in rural communities transition into postsecondary education. This was the first gala for the RVHI held in the state.
 
“I am so pleased with the outcome of this event,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation. “We want to help as many students as we can by hiring more full-time career coaches and providing more incentives for our GED recipients. This gives us a great start.”
 
The event featured remarks from the Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges Dr. Glenn DuBois. “As you might guess, this area is significantly lacking in funding for education,” he said. “The RVHI is a progressive program designed to bring students into a new generation who can work their way into the middle class and beyond.”
Legislators HonoredLocal legislators who were committed to education were also honored during the event. From left, President of the PDCCC Foundation Board Herbert DeGroft, former state senator Frederick Quayle, Chancellor of the VCCS Dr. Glenn DuBois and former state delegate Samuel Glasscock.
 
The gala also served as a platform to launch the Glasscock-Quayle Annual Fund, honoring two respected leaders in the community for their contributions to education. Former Virginia Delegate J. Samuel Glasscock, a director of the PDCCC Local College Board, and former Virginia Senator Frederick M. Quayle, who serves as treasurer of the PDCCC Foundation Board were recognized by College Board Chairman Lynn Jones and President of the PDCCC Foundation Board Herbert DeGroft, respectively.
 
Another highlight was a video message from Senator Tim Kaine, who could not attend. “Your genuine interest in advancing education has been personified by your continued commitment to community colleges,” he said about the legislators. “In my judgment, community colleges are truly the platform for change in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
 
Introduced by Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken, keynote speaker Virginia Deputy Secretary of Education Dr. Dietra Trent noted that since she is from a small town, she knows firsthand how important the role of community colleges like PDCCC play in rural communities and how career coaches impact the lives of their students.
 
The gala, sponsored by Smithfield, Dominion and Bank of America, showcased the talents of The Smithfield High School Evening Ensemble, who performed during the VIP and opening receptions.
 
“We’d like to thank all who participated, donated and provided services,” said Felts. “We are fortunate to have so many people come together to contribute to the future of our communities. And it is not too late to give to the RVHI.”
 
For more information on how to make a donation, call 757-569-6790.

Apr
25
04/25/2016

State Board Committee Certifies Presidential Finalists for Paul D. Camp Community College

The State Board for Community Colleges has certified a group of four finalists for the position of president at Paul D. Camp Community College, with campuses in Suffolk and Franklin. The finalists were among 90 people who applied for the presidency from across the country.
 
The four finalists include Dr. Pamela Haney, of Matteson, IL; Dr. Daniel Lufkin, of Williamsburg; Dr. Mark Smith, of Temple, TX; and Dr. Kristen Westover, of Martinsville.
 
Dr. Pamela J. Haney is currently vice president of academic affairs for Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL, a position she has held since 2012. Previously, she served as dean of the college’s science, business, and computer technology department. From 2009-2010, Dr. Haney also served as assistant dean of the college’s academic initiatives program. She holds a doctorate in interpersonal communication from Bowling Green State University, OH, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Norfolk State University.
 
Dr. Daniel W. Lufkin is currently vice president for student affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to that, he was dean of enrollment management at Maricopa County Community College District /Gateway in Phoenix, where he served as a member of the president’s leadership team from 2009-2013. Previously, he served as vice president for student affairs at MCCCD/Gateway. He holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, FL, as well as a master’s in education from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree from State University College at Potsdam, NY.
 
Dr. Mark A. Smith is vice president of educational services at Temple College in Temple, TX, a position he has held since 2008. Previously, he served as associate vice president of the college’s distance education department. From 2003-2006, he also served as college director, student affairs for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, MS. He holds a doctorate in education from Capella University in MN, and both a master’s degree in business administration as well as a bachelor’s degree in general studies from William Carey College in MS.
 
Dr. Kristen A. Westover is currently vice president for academic and student services at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, a position she has held since 2011. Previously, she served as higher education program coordinator at the University of Texas in Austin, from 2009-2011. From 2008-2009, she also served as director of technical programs for the Kansas Board of Regents. She holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in FL., and both a master’s degree in instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in KS.
 
Candidates will attend on-campus interviews at PDCCC in May, with a final decision expected later in the month. The appointee will follow Dr. William C. Aiken, who has served as PDCCC’s interim president since April, 2015.

Apr
21
04/21/2016

Inaugural event hosted by Paul D. Camp Community College focuses on retention

Symposium Antwan PerryAntwan Perry of Germanna Community College leads a motivational presentation with students during the Student Success Symposium.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s STEPS program hosted its first Student Success Symposium recently at the Regional Workforce Development Center with 145 faculty, staff, administrators and students attending. STEPS is an acronym for Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully.
 
The event, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Academic and Student Development, The Faculty Senate, The Classified Staff Council, and the Planning and Effectiveness Committee in collaboration with the Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative, was focused on ways to help increase the number of students graduating with an associate’s degree, career readiness or other certificates; or transferring to other places of higher learning to continue their education.
 
“This event not only provided students with information about motivation and success, but also served as a professional development opportunity for our faculty and staff, to increase the effectiveness of their roles in the classroom and offices,” said PDCCC College Success Coach Laura Clark.
 
The symposium was highlighted by a presentation from Dr. Bethanie H. Tucker, professor of education at Averett University in Danville, co-author of Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students and specialist with the company, aha! Process. She spoke to faculty, staff and administrators about the “hidden rules” of social class and its implication in the classroom. She emphasized the importance of defining what respect looks and sounds like, and realizing that “some students are living in the moment,” Tucker said. “Instructors should ask students, ‘What is your plan?’”
 
In her session with students, Tucker encouraged students to consider what resources are necessary to be successful in college and the professional working world. She also shared practical steps to maintaining motivation.
 
Also featured was guest speaker, Antwan L. Perry, director of the Early College Academy and special projects manager with the Office of Student Success at Germanna Community College. A former student success coach at the community college, Perry is a first-generation college graduate and is on schedule to complete his Doctor of Education degree from Regent University at the end of this year. He presented “Engaging Black and Minority Males on the College Campus.” He spoke about African-American male student achievement, noting, “The graduation rate of black males is extremely low,” which he attributed to his belief that stereotypes play a significant role in the low success rate. He conducted a workshop for black males, allowing them to recommend best practices for college success.
 
During his session with students, Perry shared compelling stories from his personal journey that helped the audience know that success is possible with motivation and persistence.
 
Students also had the opportunity to learn about leadership from Ellis Cofield, student activities officer and full-time student at PDCCC. He shared several ways that leadership skills can be developed during the college years and honed in the workplace for years to follow.
 
Working in mixed groups, students and faculty worked through case studies of situations that often present barriers to student success and retention in the college setting.
 
Examining barriers that our students face gives us a better understanding of how to help them get enrolled and stay enrolled throughout the academic process,” said College Success Coach Dr. Sandra Walker.
 
According to Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, the event also supports the Chancellor’s plan for community colleges to triple the number of credentials awarded by 2021.
 
“I am extremely proud of our college success coach team,” she said. “The symposium was very informative and was designed to assist everyone at the college. We had a great number of participants and look forward to offering additional symposia in the future.”

Symposium Bethanie TuckerDr. Bethanie Tucker led a session for faculty, staff and administrators that focused on “Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students.”

Apr
21
04/21/2016

Paul D. Camp Community College Holds 45th Commencement Ceremony May 13, 2016

44th PDCCC Commencement 59 webChristien Powell of the Southampton High School Marching Band led the procession during last year’s commencement at PDCCC.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College will hold its 45th commencement exercises on Friday, May 13, at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin. Approximately 250 students will be awarded degrees and certificates.
 
In addition to the students’ honors, a special award will be announced during the ceremony.
 
The 2016 J. Paul Councill Jr. Community Service Award will be presented. The awardee is selected based on significant contributions to PDCCC and its service region. The award is a vehicle for expressing appreciation to key community leaders who have given exemplary service to the college and the community. It also promotes greater community awareness of college support from key leaders.
 
Last year’s recipient was Roberta Naranjo, who served for more than four decades on the Southampton County School Board. She has been an advocate of PDCCC, particularly of the Nursing Program.
 
Other past recipients include: Lydia Duke, Barbara Mease, June Fleming, the Camp family, Bobby Worrell, Carroll Story, Judy Begland and Warren Beale.
 
Honor students, veterans and dual enrollment graduates will be recognized as well during the ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790.

44th PDCCC CommencementEllis “Trey” Cofield III, from left, Edwin Delgado, Pamela Reid, seated, Miranda Prentice and Courtney Wright note a proud moment after the 2015 graduation ceremony.

Apr
20
04/20/2016

Paul D. Camp Community College philanthropy leader honored at luncheon

Leadership in Philanthropy groupDesiree Urquhart, PDCCC grants coordinator; from left, Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation; LaVonne Ellis, member of the state board for community colleges; Stacy Pauley, PDCCC executive assistant, Dr. Bill Aiken, interim president of PDCCC, Dr. Deborah DiCroce, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the VCCS.
 
Hampton Roads Community Foundation and its President and CEO, Dr. Deborah DiCroce, have earned the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. The nomination for the award was made by Paul D. Camp Community College. The award was presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on Tuesday, April 19.
 
Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the 11th annual event honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, as well as the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $11 million to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
 
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation has been a long-time supporter of Paul D. Camp Community College. In 2014-15, the foundation committed $148,146 to launch a regional licensed practical nursing program at the college. This provided a much-needed service, as the nursing program was dropped by area public schools due to budgetary constraints.
 
By recognizing this need and helping fill that gap between educational and employment opportunities in the area, HRCF has brought students’ dreams to a reality and changed lives in the community.
 
“In addition, HRCF has played integral roles in funding PDCCC’s career coach and GED programs, which are demonstrating great effectiveness in our market,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation.
 
In addition to helping community college students continue their education, donors play a critical role in Virginia’s workforce development efforts, according to keynote speaker Mike Petters, VFCCE board member and president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
 
“By supporting the foundation, you support access, affordability and student success at every one of Virginia’s Community Colleges across the state from Big Stone Gap in southwestern Virginia to Melfa on the Eastern Shore-and 21 community colleges in between,” he said.

Apr
19
04/19/2016

PDCCC summer registration under way

Register now for the summer 2016 semester at Paul D. Camp Community College.
 
Classes begin May 23.
 
For more information, visit www.pdc.edu/faqs or call the Franklin Campus at 757-569-6700; the Hobbs Suffolk Campus at 757-925-6300; or PDCCC at Smithfield at 757-925-6340.

Apr
18
04/18/2016

PDCCC students have breakfast with local legislators

Paul D. Camp Community College was well represented at the Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Post Legislative Breakfast, Eggs & Issues, on April 13. Breakfast GroupStudents Ricky Glover from left, and Danielle Stauffer, Delegate Rick Morris ( R-64th), Senator L. Louise Lucas,( D-18th), Delegate Roslyn Tyler,( D-75th), student Imani Muhammad, Student Activities Coordinator Eric Benton and student Matthew Seaborne talk after the event. Not pictured is Social Media Strategist Brent Hall, Student Activities Officer Ellis Cofield III and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Renee Felts.
 
Muhammad introduced Delegate Tyler during the breakfast, which was sponsored by Dominion and held at Franklin Baptist Church. Individual and business sponsorships enabled the students to attend. “This was an outstanding opportunity,” said Benton. “At the end of the program, students were able to discuss issues with local community leaders and legislators.”

Apr
15
04/15/2016

PDCCC and Mini Pearl Boutique set the stage to highlight the latest fashions, raise funds

Models GroupA Spring Fashion Show, sponsored by Paul D. Camp Community College and Mini Pearl Boutique of Conway, NC, brought in $650 for the PDCCC Student Emergency Fund, which helps students lighten financial burdens. Dr. Bill Aiken, interim college president, served as master of ceremonies. Highlighting the latest trends in women’s apparel at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, from left, were: students Danielle Stauffer, Deja Ellison and Michaela Bernocco, Nita Aiken, wife of Dr. Aiken, and Carol Wright, associate professor in nursing. Not pictured is Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement, who served as model and spearheaded the concept of the fundraiser.

Apr
15
04/15/2016

Photography class at Paul D. Camp Community College focuses on composition

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center is offering an intermediate digital photography class that will emphasize light and composition. The course will be meet Wednesdays, May 4 through 25, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, at the college’s Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road, in room 111.
 
Led by award-winning photographer Shirley Whitenack, the class will be comprised of lecture, demonstration, photographing on location and photographing inside using backdrops.
 
“We will cover compositional techniques, lens selection, filters, flash, flash modifiers and utilizing histograms,” said Whitenack. Although there will be a review of camera functions, participants should have working knowledge of their camera. “There will also be an off-site photo shoot in Old Towne Portsmouth May 11 that will teach students how to fully utilize directional light, determine proper exposure, and exploit depth of field to create dramatic compositions,” she added.
 
Various light sources will be used and the students will learn to control light and shadow, and use reflectors, selective focus, depth of field and different shooting modes.
 
Each participant should bring a fully charged digital camera, instruction manual and digital media. The cost is $110. For more information, call the workforce development center office at 757-569-6050.

Apr
08
04/08/2016

Disaster training provides vital hands-on skills for students at Paul D. Camp Community College

Students in the Emergency Medical Technician and Nursing programs at Paul D. Camp Community College had the opportunity to put their skills to work during mock situations this week.
 
On Thursday, March 31, students experienced a “zombie apocalypse,” where the senior nursing students became exposed to a zombie virus.
 
“They worked to discover the origin of the disease during class time and were tasked with developing a comprehensive plan of action,” said Trudy Kuehn, assistant professor of nursing.
 
The following day, EMT and nursing students worked a mock tornado incident that occurred while the students were in the midst of a ball game.
 
“This caused multiple injuries and the students had to apply their knowledge to work this mass casualty incident,” said Kuehn. “Although they have some fun, too, with makeup and props for these situations, the drills provide vital training for the students so that they are better prepared during a real life emergency.”
 
According to Kuehn, the success of training sessions such as these is attributed to team work.
 
“The faculty, which included Jerry Griffith, emergency medical services program coordinator, and Lucy Little and Courtney Darden of the nursing department played a very big role in the planning and execution of the mass casualty incident,” she said.

Shal Biacsi and Emily SelfShal Biacsi infects Emily Self by biting her head during the zombie apocalypse.
 
Tatrona Hines and Michael DeanTatrona Hines, who has contracted the zombie virus, infects Michael Dean. In back: Denita Peele and Masako Keen are also in danger of getting the virus.
 
Stretcher EMTsFrank Land III, assisted by Amanda Pulley, EMS intermediate program instructor, take “victim” Diana Adjei out on a stretcher during the exercises at PDCCC.
 
headwound webJennifer McCoy, right, calls out to EMTs to quickly tend to her injured friend, Masako Keene, during the mass casualty incident.
 
Disaster eyewound Noah FaganNoah Fagan nurses a severe eye injury until help arrives.
 
Asthma AttackIn the midst of all the chaos, Candice Keyes has an asthma attack.

Apr
07
04/07/2016

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development launches Manufacturing Technician Certification

Classes will be available beginning in May for a new certification at Paul D. Camp Community College. The Division of Workforce Development will offer Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certification, which will train participants on the critical competencies required for modern manufacturing production and production-related occupations.
 
Coordinator Bob Hayes said, “Instruction will focus on critical actions; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) knowledge; systems; and processes necessary to participate in an advanced manufacturing enterprise. Activities will include a concentration on math and measurement; quality and continuous improvement practices; and advanced manufacturing processes and controls.”
 
The class 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. They 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.
 
Contact Hayes, 757-650-8699 or bhayes@pdc.edu, for customized company training.

Apr
05
04/05/2016

Justice for local PDCCC alum’s dreams

Lt_Wyche“My degree was always a dream and something I wanted to pursue,” said PDCCC alumnus Josh Wyche. With a family, church, community involvement, and a full-time job at the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office, his plate was pretty full. “Like most people, I procrastinated,” admitted Wyche. Going back to school at age 52 was daunting.
 
Now captain of the Patrol Division, Wyche credits his PDCCC degree in helping him move up the ranks. “Attaining my degree made me a better candidate when being considered for a promotion,” said Wyche. “It also prepared me to handle the daily challenges that come with my current position.”
 
He decided to bite the bullet and go back to school after talking with now-retired PDCCC faculty member, Ron Osborne, during a visit at the Sheriff’s Office. “It gave me the push I needed,” he said. He knew it would be a challenge. He was a husband, father, grandfather, full-time employee, involved in his church and community and a member of a gospel singing group. Adding classes, studying and homework to the mix were quite an undertaking. Naturally, there were moments where he felt overwhelmed.
 
“My personal determination to accomplish my dream and my Marine training had a great deal to do with me completing what I had started,” said Wyche. Plus, Sheriff Jack Stutts’ support and motivation helped him push forward when balancing everything. “He assured me ‘you can still accomplish your goal, even when you are ready to throw in the towel,’” Wyche recalls.
 
Accomplishing his goal is an understatement – Josh Wyche graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) in 2013, earning an administration of justice degree. Thankful to the instructors at both the Franklin and Suffolk campuses, he found them all eager to teach, which, in turn, “made me eager to learn.”
 
Wyche chose the community college for many reasons. The convenient location, the college’s interest in the success of its students, the varied curriculum and “feeling like you are cared for” top his list. Fulfilled by his accomplishments, proud of the college and pleased to be a role model for his family, Wyche is honored to serve the people of Southampton County.
 
“I’ve risen through the ranks and am now a captain,” he said. “I have shown my children and grandchildren that you should always set goals for yourself and that it is never too late to accomplish them. Quitting is never an option!”

Apr
04
04/04/2016

Fifty Years Ago, Legislation Signed Creating Comprehensive Community College System for Virginia

VCCS 50 LogoApril 6 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of legislation that created the Virginia Community College System.
 
Fifty years ago, the General Assembly passed and Governor Mills Godwin signed, on April 6, legislation that created the State Board for Community Colleges and the State Department of Community Colleges.
 
The legislation paved the way for what would become, by 1972, a statewide system of 23 comprehensive community colleges, realizing the vision of having higher education opportunity within commuting distance of all Virginians.
 
Virginia’s Community Colleges are marking the 50th Anniversary of the statewide system of comprehensive community colleges in 2016 with a year-long observance that celebrates the progress of the past 50 years as well as the promise of the future.
 
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Since then, Virginia’s 23 colleges have served well over 2.6 million people, awarded more than 575,000 credentials and associate degrees, and launched countless numbers of transfer students into bachelor programs, advanced degrees, and successful careers.
 
The original legislation creating the system merged technical colleges that existed or were under construction with two-year branches of four-year institutions, and subsequently, with entirely new institutions to promote Godwin’s vision of a comprehensive community college that served both the transfer and the occupational needs of all Virginians.
 
Two colleges, Northern Virginia and Virginia Western, opened as part of the system in the fall of 1996, which grew to eight by the next fall and to 23 by the fall of 1972.
 
“Whatever else our community colleges may accomplish,” Godwin said at the 1967 dedication of John Tyler Community College, “they have taught us that we can never again think of a college education as something that belongs to the privileged or the few.”
 
In 2016, Virginia’s Community Colleges are celebrating tremendous gains while enthusiastically looking forward to the profound difference community colleges will make in Virginia’s new economy over the next half-century.
 
As part of that year-long observance, community members can share their stories regarding what community colleges have meant for them. A web landing page has been created to collect those stories at 50.vccs.edu.

Mar
31
03/31/2016

Paul D. Camp Community College’s gala features Smithfield musical group, honors former legislators for continued support of education

Paul D. Camp Community College will host a Platform for Change Gala at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center on Saturday, April 23. Proceeds will benefit the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative, a state level campaign that includes PDCCC.
 
“The initiative is aimed at helping more people in rural communities to transition into postsecondary education,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation. “More specifically, we will use funds to support more full-time career coaches in our high schools and incentives for GED recipients to continue their education. Those students will also have career coach support throughout the process.”
 
High school career coaches provide students guidance and resources in planning, setting goals, and selection of community or technical colleges. They also help students understand the financial aid, grant and scholarships processes.
 
“Giving the students resources to make informed decisions about their future also builds their confidence,” said Felts.
 
The word “horseshoe” refers to the shape of the area in Virginia if you drew an imaginary line from the Eastern Shore westward across the Southside to Southwest Virginia and up to the Shenandoah Valley, which creates an arch shape representing 75 percent of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s geography. More than half a million people living in the rural horseshoe have less than a high school education.
 
“This places Virginia in poor ranking nationally despite the success experienced in other parts of Virginia that do not fall within the ‘horseshoe,’” said Dr. Bill Aiken, interim president at PDCCC. “The cost associated with residents who aren’t prepared for the modern workplace affects all Virginians.”
 
According to former Virginia Governor Gerald Baliles, the level of education one has directly affects one’s earning potential. Increasing the number of people attaining postsecondary education affects “higher earnings, increased tax revenues, reduced entitlements and a more attractive business climate.”
 
The Platform for Change Gala will also serve as an opportunity to honor former Delegate Samuel Glasscock and former Senator Fred Quayle.
 
“They have whole heartedly been committed to education in the Commonwealth,” said PDCCC Foundation Board President Herb DeGroft. “They will be honored for their service to Virginia, our localities and to PDCCC as Local Board and Foundation Board members, respectively. We are fortunate to have such distinguished members on our boards.”
 
A VIP reception with open bar at the ticket price of $125 will begin at 5:30 p.m. An Open Reception with a cash bar at a ticket price of $75 starts at 6:30 p.m. Both receptions will feature music by the Smithfield High Evening Ensemble.
 
Dinner, catered by Smithfield Station, will follow at 7:00 p.m. and music will be provided by Strictly Bizzness until 10 p.m. Tickets to the event, sponsored by Smithfield Foods, Dominion and Bank of America, may be purchased at pdc.edu/GALA or by calling 757-569-6790.

Mar
25
03/25/2016

Paul D. Camp Community College inspires local lawyer to continue educational goals

Dan CrumplerP. Daniel Crumpler III is a firm believer that students can live at home, work a job, and save a lot of money by attending community college. After all, he is living proof that educational goals can be attained no matter what obstacles are encountered in life.
 
The attorney with Parker, Clark and Crumpler Law Firm in Franklin found himself back home in Sunbeam unexpectedly after going out-of-state to college.
 
“During my freshman year in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of South Carolina, I got sick and had to come home,” Crumpler said. “I earned my associate’s degree in general education at Paul D. Camp Community College.”
 
Completing his degree in a year and a half, Crumpler and his excellent scores allowed him to transfer to the College of William and Mary. However, he studied there for one semester before deciding to enroll at Old Dominion University, where he transferred all of his credits from PDCCC.
 
“It was great,” he said. “Everything transferred without a hitch to the college of my choice and I was able to graduate on time.” Crumpler earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at ODU in May 1981.
 
He returned to PDCCC to work as the recruiter for the college. He also worked as a disc jockey at WLQM until fall of 1982 when he went back to college to earn his law degree at University of Richmond. There Crumpler served as class president and student body president. He earned his law degree in 1985 and passed the bar exam on the first attempt.
 
The following year, he joined the law office of Parker and Clark, taking on cases in real estate, personal injury, domestic, and wills and estates. Thirty years later, Crumpler works alongside his wife, Amanda, at the North Main Street law office in downtown Franklin and lives on the family farm where he was born and raised. They have two sons, ages 21 and 13, and attend Sunbeam Baptist Church.
 
Although it’s been years since Crumpler was enrolled at PDCCC, he still believes in the college’s mission of providing “diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for students and the community.”
 
“I was fortunate that the community college was here for me when I returned from South Carolina,” he said.
 
For more information regarding educational opportunities or workforce training, call PDCCC at 757-569-6700.

Mar
24
03/24/2016

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

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 Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room 105 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 $144.65 and is worth one credit. For more information, call 757-569-6050, email workforce@pdc.edu or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/

Mar
23
03/23/2016

Paul D. Camp Community College Hosts First Business Leaders Breakfast

Pruden CenterJoe Aiken of the J.M. Smucker Co., from left, Martie Ann King of Massimo Zanetti, Rose Albino of J.M. Smucker Co., Col. Brett Reister, of the Joint Staff J6 and Andre Skinner of The Pruden Center were among the attendees at the Business Leaders Breakfast.
 

~Partnerships to Strengthen Workforce Top the Discussions~

 
Suffolk business leaders and Paul D. Camp Community College joined forces on Thursday, March 10, to discuss opportunities to strengthen the city’s workforce. At the forefront of the discussion was the need for employees with the skillsets and experience needed for today’s growing industries, which increasingly require technology savvy. Just as importantly, “soft skills” are crucial to both large and small companies and are often a missing link in the younger market.
 
Dr. Bill Aiken, PDCCC interim president, shared the college’s three-year strategic plan for a better trained workforce, which includes relevant programs, partnerships and productivity. “Paul D. Camp Community College is committed to working with area businesses to provide quality employees with the specific skills needed in our market,” he said.
 
Randy Betz, vice president of workforce development, shared examples of successful partnerships the college has fostered with Keurig Green Mountain and Newport News Shipbuilding.
 
Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president of student and academic development, highlighted existing and new areas of study the college offers, in addition to the soft skills training that PDCCC students receive. “Our programs incorporate workforce readiness, and emphasize important skills, such as punctuality, professionalism and safety in the workplace,” she said.
 
With many of the area’s top employers facing an aging workforce, leaders are looking ahead to train and hire new employees. Electrical and Instrumentation specialists are particularly hard to find. Good candidates are in short supply.
 
Martie Ann King with Massimo Zanetti stated, “Qualified and experienced Instrument Techs are among the most skilled and highest paid within the hourly workforce.” The group also stressed the need for candidates who prefer the technical field degree verses a traditional four-year college degree for techs and mechanics. Careers as instrumentation techs and maintenance mechanics, who specialize in manufacturing technology, are in high demand. Often, companies must use third party recruiters to fill vacancies. Many of these positions require career studies certificates or associate degrees that can be earned in as little as one to two years. “As in the case with Keurig Green Mountain, we built the credentials based on what that particular employer needed,” emphasized Atkins-Brady.
 
Other sought after professions include information technology, telecommunications and network/cyber security. Col. Brett Reister, Chief of Staff with the Joint Staff J6, said, “A lot of resources are being invested to support communications network defense and cyber security.”
 
Additionally, from an IT (Information Technology) perspective, many Government Service (GS) civilians who support the military are nearing retirement age; so, the Department of Defense (all Services) is looking for professionals with technical qualifications, certifications and technical background, not necessarily four-year degrees, to fill its workforce requirements. Though DoD often looks to grow their workforce internally, the department is always looking for new avenues to meet their technical challenges and requirements, including the use of a contractor workforce that comes from both large and small companies. Oftentimes, these contractors successfully compete for open GS positions.
 
In the high touch front, it is no surprise that substantial job growth in the healthcare sector will continue. However, Judy Raymond, executive director at Lake Prince Woods Retirement Community, revealed that home care nursing, which requires a unique set of skills, is expected to see a higher rate of growth due to changes in healthcare delivery and reimbursement.
 
“Paul D. Camp Community College will continue to reach out to the business leaders throughout our market,” says Dr. Renee Felts, vice president of institutional advancement. “Discussions and partnerships like this enable us to come together to positively impact our community and grow our economy.”
 
For more information about the next PDCCC Business Leaders Breakfast, contact Felts at (757) 569-6760 or rfelts@pdc.edu.
Alan Harris Andre Skinner Mona ParkerDr. Alan Harris of PDCCC, from left, welcomes Andre Skinner and Mona Parker of The Pruden Center to the event.

Andre Skinner The Pruden CenterAndre Skinner, director of The Pruden Center, shares his insights during the inaugural event.

Mar
21
03/21/2016

Paul D. Camp Community College Robotics Program lays foundation for transfer, career

Professor LorenzAssistant Professor of Electronics/Mechatronics/Robotics David Lorenz explains a procedure to the robotics students at PDCCC
 
A field that affords varied opportunities in the job market has Paul D. Camp Community College students feeling secure about the program of study they have chosen.
 
“This program gives you experience in electronics, machines, robots, programming and software engineering,” said Assistant Professor David Lorenz about the robotics program at PDCCC.
 
“From here, you can apply those skills to a job in any manufacturing company. It’s also a lot of fun.”
 
Robotics program student Joe Saunders recommends the course of study to current and prospective students, whether they are interested in continuing their education at a four-year school or going straight to work.
 
“Everything is new and exciting,” he said. “All of the programs are up-to-date, so you’re learning with the very best equipment available. Even students who aren’t looking to go into the field of engineering or robotics should check out some of the classes because they are just a blast.” He plans on becoming a machine operator for Sumitomo Corporation.
 
Students have the opportunity at PDCCC to learn and interact with Lorenz in a small class setting rather than listening to a lecture series. “In this class, almost everything is hands on,” he said.
 
Students train with a FANUC Robot, the same caliber as robots used in the industry setting.
 
“This allows students to get ahead in the workplace,” said Lorenz. “Being able to learn and use this robot before employment at an industry makes a student very marketable to an employer.”
 
Robotics student Larry Minggia sought out the program to learn everything he can about electronics and programming. “It was difficult to understand that everything I was trying to do was much easier than I initially thought,” he said. “I was trying to do all of these ‘big fixes’ when really the solution was simple.”
 
Minggia has developed a knack for the program and now knows where his future is heading. “I found my love for programming and building here in these classes,” he said. “I want to transfer to Old Dominion University to earn a degree in electronics and engineering.”
 
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are many job opportunities in the robotics field including electro-mechanical technicians and electrical/electronics engineering technicians, which earned a median pay of $53,070 and $59,820, respectively, in 2014.
Rhonda Hingerty Larry Almond Dylan BealeRhonda Hingerty, from left, Dylan Beale and Larry Almond execute hands-on learning using a FANUC Robot.

Mar
10
03/10/2016

Paul D. Camp Community College Nursing Student Adopts Middle School

PDCCC_Taylor and Edwards webRoslyn Taylor, PDCCC registered nursing student, from left, and Mallory Edwards, Georgie D. Tyler Middle School nurse, share in the joy of announcing the Adopt-a-School campaign.
 
Shortly after completing a required community service project, Roslyn Taylor, president of the Paul D. Camp Community College Registered Nursing Program Class of 2016, seized the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children by adopting Georgie D. Tyler Middle School in Windsor.
 
In the nursing program, students have actual hours of shift work called clinical rotations in which they shadow licensed registered nurses at local community events, schools, and healthcare facilities. “These experiences allow us to gain knowledge and acquire the nursing skills we need when we enter the workforce,” said Taylor.
 
This semester during her pediatric nursing course, Taylor shadowed Mallory Edwards, the school nurse at GTMS. “As she and I were getting acquainted, she said something that struck a chord in me,” said Taylor. “She told me that she starts each day doing the laundry. I was amazed when she told me her office was equipped with washers and dryers.”
 
Every day, Edwards provides clean clothes “for students who are either growing out of their clothes and parents cannot afford to buy new, or when accidents happen and parents cannot be reached,” said Taylor.
 
She added that school nurses also provide healthy snacks because students either missed breakfast or have medical conditions such as diabetics.
 
“I was really touched by school nurses who step so far outside of their professional titles to provide holistic care for these children,” Taylor said. She believes in Florence Nightingale’s theory of holistic nursing, which involves treating the entire person, not just the illness. “After experiencing first-hand the selflessness of school nurses, I can honestly say I no longer take their job as lightly as I once did,” she said. Edwards’s acts of kindness moved the class president to adopt the school so that PDCCC students and staff could donate items. “She was elated,” said Taylor.
 
Taylor proposed the idea that each semester the nursing students could adopt a school, find out the school’s individual needs, collect donations, and present them to the school nurse at the end of the semester. This was the foundation that began the Adopt-a-School Campaign. “I figured that in a combined effort with the faculty and students at the college, it would be a great legacy to continue in years to come,” said Taylor.
 
With the support of the PDCCC nursing faculty, Taylor’s idea became a reality. She is collecting donations of clothing and healthy snacks in a collection box located in the corridor of the nursing offices at the college. Taylor will present the donations to Georgie D. Tyler Middle School on April 29. “I know without a shadow of a doubt that we can promote wellness and pay it forward by being change agents for our community,” she said.
 
For more information on the RN program and other programs and certifications offered at PDCCC, visit the website at www.pdc.edu.

Mar
08
03/08/2016

Paul D. Camp Community College Awards Spring 2016 Scholarships

Spring 2016 Scholarship group webCelebrating at the PDCCC Spring 2016 Scholarship Reception, from left, are students Kyrie McLeod, Imani Edwards, Tamara Branch, Cordero Williams, Danielle Stauffer and Jesse Pruden, along with Vera Sykes and Anne Hager, both of the Franklin Woman’s Club. Hager serves as president of the local organization.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College scholarship recipients, administrators, and donors gathered Feb. 16 at the Regional Workforce Development Center for the 2016 Spring Scholarship Reception.
 
Thanks to the generous contributions to PDCCC scholarships that totaled $8,250 this spring, the following academically qualified recipients were recognized:
 

  • Tamara Branch of Smithfield-Kiwanis Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Charity Thompson of Suffolk-Jim Lassiter PDCCC Scholarship
  • Imani Edwards of Zuni-Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Taylor Felts of Franklin-Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Latasha Johnson of Suffolk- King’s Fork Woman’s Club of Suffolk Scholarship and Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Josephine Lel of Virginia Beach- Ryan L. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Kyrie McLeod of Courtland-Connie Patterson Memorial Nursing Scholarship and Karen Phillips Chase Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • Angela McQuillia of Suffolk-GED & Adult Education Scholarship
  • Alexzandera Nichols of Suffolk-Perry R. Adams Scholarship
  • Jesse Pruden of Suffolk- Col. Lula B. Holland, U.S. Army (Ret.), MSW, BSN, AA Scholarship
  • Andrea Reese of Franklin-Cynthia S. Frierdich, RN Nursing Scholarship
  • Danielle Stauffer of Franklin-Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Jessica Teter of Smithfield-Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Cynthia Thibeault of Smithfield-Alvin C. Rogers Memorial Smithfield Ruritan Scholarship
  • Cordero Williams of Suffolk-Franklin Woman’s Club Scholarship
  • Rebekah Wilson of Smithfield-Gordon “Gene” Barlow, Jr. Scholarship and Kiwanis Club of Smithfield Scholarship
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    “Many of our students cannot afford their education even with financial aid,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation. “We are very fortunate that so many generous donors recognize the importance of higher education and are willing to help students realize their educational goals at Paul D. Camp Community College.”
     
    PDCCC awards scholarships each fall and spring semester. For more information about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790 or visit www.pdc.edu.

    Mar
    07
    03/07/2016

    Virginia’s Community Colleges Celebrate Fifty Years of Progress; Promise for the Future

    VCCS Logo webVirginia’s Community Colleges are marking the 50th Anniversary of the statewide system of comprehensive community colleges in 2016 with a year-long observance that celebrates the progress of the past 50 years as well as the promise of the future.
     
    And one part of that year-long observance is to ask community members to share their stories regarding what community colleges have meant for them. A web landing page has been created to collect those stories at 50.vccs.edu, and they will be shared later in the year at events commemorating the system. Community members are welcome to share stories from a student, family, business, or government perspective, past or future, about how community colleges have strengthened the community – and student lives.
     
    “We know that there are numerous people who have been affected by their decision to attend Paul D. Camp Community College and who have successes to share,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement at Paul D. Camp Community College and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation. “We encourage you to visit the VCCS site to let others know how you rose above hardships or secured a job. The successes of others inspire those who think they cannot afford college or fit workforce training in their busy schedules.”
     
    Virginia’s Community Colleges were created by the General Assembly in 1966 to provide comprehensive institutions that addressed unmet needs in higher education and workforce training. By 1972 there were 23 community colleges located across the state in a master plan that put access to quality higher education within a short drive of every Virginian.
     
    Since then, Virginia’s 23 colleges have served well over 2.6 million people, awarded more than 575,000 credentials and associate degrees, and launched countless numbers of transfer students into bachelor programs, advanced degrees and successful careers. The Franklin campus of Paul D. Camp Community College has been serving the community since its opening in 1971 and was followed by the establishment of the Smithfield site in 1993. Although there was an earlier version of the Hobbs Suffolk Campus on Pinner Street, the current building on Kenyon Road opened in 1995, followed by the Regional Workforce Development Center in 2002.
     
    In 2016, Virginia’s Community Colleges are celebrating tremendous gains while enthusiastically looking forward to the profound difference community colleges will make in Virginia’s new economy over the next half-century.

    Mar
    03
    03/03/2016

    New GED and Adult Education Scholarship Keeps Dreams Alive

    Angela McQuillaDreams really do come true. Angela McQuillia’s dream will come true this May when she graduates from Paul D. Camp Community College with an associate degree in business administration. McQuillia is the first recipient of PDCCC’s GED and Adult Education Scholarship, which provides those who recently earned GED credentials (Certificate of High School Equivalency) with scholarship dollars to earn a PDCCC career studies certificates, associate degrees, and/or certificates in areas ranging from welding to business and technology.
     
    Reaching this goal would not have been possible without her persistence, support from her family, and the help of PDCCC guidance counselor Dr. Alan Harris and Dean of Student Services Mrs. Trina Jones.
     
    “I cried when they told me I was awarded the scholarship and all I needed to do was take one class,” she said, “I am a hard worker and overcame a lot of barriers along the way. I worked at my church all my life in leadership roles and raised a family while working different jobs.”
     
    McQuillia attended Lakeland High School, but she and her best friend skipped school almost every day to “just hang out and do nothing,” she said. “I just didn’t want to go to school.”
     
    Someone from the school came to her house to check on her one day, and this was the last straw. “My mother and aunt told me they were fed up. I had to either go back to high school and graduate or get a job if I wanted their help.” McQuillia was in twelfth grade, when she gave birth to a son. She was only 18 years old and already had twins; so, she dropped out of school.
     
    This is when her educational journey began. Over the next 20 years, McQuillia earned a certificate in cosmetology from Suffolk Beauty Academy, became a Personal Care Aid (PCA), worked for a “temp” service, earned her GED at Pruden Vo-Tech Center, and took classes at Paul D. Camp Community College, as well as another local community college.
     
    The GED scholarship was the final shot in the arm she needed to earn her associate degree. “Dr. Harris and Dean Jones told me to not give up. They were going to search for a way to help me,” said McQuillia.
     
    “I would have never made it if it hadn’t been for them and the challenging teachers at PDCCC.” She credits Ronette Jacobs, who gave her a good foundation in writing, and Martha Harrison and Dr. Justin Oliver, who ensured she fully understood the basics of math before she moved on. “They cared about me and told me not to quit.”
     
    After taking several courses at another community college, she returned to PDCCC to get the one-on-one help she experienced before at the Hobbs-Suffolk campus. She knew immediately she was in the right place at the right time.
     
    McQuillia, currently employed as a receiver at a local Walmart distribution center, is an elder at her church. Her twins are now 20 years old and she has a 17 year old and 14 year old at home. Earning her degree will open doors for her, so she is glad she has been focused and determined to succeed.
     
    Her ultimate dream is to earn a bachelor’s degree in finance and own her own business. She believes, “The key to success is to stay faith based. God wants us to keep the family strong, because faithfulness takes away peer pressure and low self-esteem.”
     
    The GED & Adult Education Scholarship is part of PDCCC’s Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative, which has two parts: 1) GED & Adult Education Scholarships and 2) Career Coaches at high schools in PDCCC’s geographic region. Both programs are made possible by the generosity of community and business donors.
     
    For more information about the scholarship visit www.pdc.edu/scholarships. For more information on financially supporting RVHI, contact Renee Felts at 757-569-6760.
     
    To learn how Paul D. Camp Community College can help you achieve your dreams, call 757-569-6700.
     
    For more information, please contact
    Nancy Warren
    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
    nwarren@pdc.edu
    757-569-6748

    Feb
    22
    02/22/2016

    Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) program

    Green Mountain Coffee RoastersThe students are as follows, starting from the bottom left and going around the table in a clockwise direction: Eddie Martin, Michael Cale, John Britt, John McBee, Robert Barrett, Chad Jones, Pender Hathaway, Darwin Regalado
     
    This program is designed for employees of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR). Students were given specialized electrical technology training with the intention of increasing efficiency at the worksite. Specifically the students took the following five classes: ETR 193 Studies in Electrical Engineering Technology, ELE 150 AC and DC Circuit Fundamentals, ELE 193 Studies in Electrical Safety Codes, ELE 216 Industrial Electricity and ETR 293 Studies in Programmable Controllers. The first two classes were taught at PDCCC and the last three classes were taught at GMCR in Windsor. Classes were taught twice a week starting in December of 2014 and finishing in November of 2015. GMCR has implemented this program at two other plants and they are making attendance/completion of this program mandatory for all of their maintenance technicians if they want to be promoted from a maintenance tech I to a maintenance tech II.
     
    This program also represents how PDCCC formed an industry partnership with GMCR. PDCCC had to collaborate with Pellissippi State Community College, founder of this program, and GMCR to bring together management and labor around the common purpose of improving the competitiveness and efficiency of GMCR products and services.

    Feb
    21
    02/21/2016

    PDCCC and The Workforce Development Center and Rotary Club of Franklin Bowl-a-Thon

    Bowl-a-thon
    Thanks go to all PDCCC Bowlers for another successful team effort at Saturday afternoon’s Bowl-a-Thon! Proceeds of this wonderful event support scholarships and local charities. The final dollar amount is still being tallied, but will be over $20,000.
     
    Thanks go out to Ellis Cofield who recruited our top flight PDCCC team composed of dual enrollment, traditional and alum bowlers! Team members included: Jennifer Sulin, Matthew Seaborne, Dylan Beale, James Watlet, and Warren Hastings.
     
    Special recognition goes to James Watlet who had the individual game high for the whole tournament with a 236! PDCCC alum Jennifer Sulin had the high women’s game set with a 210 and 188!
     
    Most importantly everyone had a lot of fun in a great party environment created by a wonderful DJ!

    Feb
    11
    02/11/2016

    Math instructor Heather Eckman, has radically impacted the students from Paul D. Camp Community College in just the 2 short years she’s been on campus.

    Heather EckmanMath instructor and now department chair, Heather Eckman, has radically impacted the students from Paul D. Camp Community College in just the 2 short years she’s been on campus.
     
    Coming from a background of several degrees and accomplishments including those outside of her field, Eckman decided she needed a change. Moving from New York down to Virginia, Eckman started teaching 11 math courses at the Franklin Public High School. Outside of the math class, she was known as “Coach” due to the fact that she coached the high school soccer team.
     
    After 3 years, Eckman came here to Paul D. Camp Community College, excited to teach and further the coming generations.
     
    “I just enjoy teaching here!” says Eckman when asked what she loves about this school.
     
    “It’s so enjoyable, because I get to take the passion and love I have for math and I get to share it with the whole classroom.” Eckman takes exemplary pride in her classes, proving to students that they cannot only learn, but have fun in the classroom.
     
    Eckman says her favorite part of teaching at PDCCC is getting to know her students. “Just seeing them out and around either as a work-study, passing in the hallway, or even when I see them at their jobs. I love being able to interact with them as people and not just as students.”
     
    Most students just want to be understood. Eckman works hard to call on students by name and in building those connections that last.

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