Nov
10
11/10/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Offers First-time Fall Kids College in Smithfield

For the first time ever, Kids College will be offered this fall at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Smithfield site. Kids College is a popular summer enrichment program sponsored by the College’s Division of Workforce Development.
 
“This program has been helping students fall in love with learning for over 10 years,” said Kids College Director Teri Zurfluh. “These hands-on classes are designed to teach new skills, develop new interests and hobbies, and explore future career opportunities.”
 
The program made its debut in Smithfield this past summer. In partnership with Isle of Wight County Public Schools, Kids College expanded into Smithfield with six weeks of summer workshops at the Smithfield location of PDCCC.
 
“I was thrilled with the response,” said Zurfluh. “I was very pleased with the interest in the program in Isle of Wight. I knew the families in Isle of Wight were hungry for high-quality and engaging summer programs for their children. And that’s what we brought to their back door this summer.”
 
The Kids College Director noted that she takes people’s feedback into account while always looking for ways to improve the program.
 
Zurfluh said, “This fall, we wanted to give Isle of Wight County families an extra taste of what Kids College is all about by offering Fall Kids College sampler classes on select Saturdays in November and December.”
 
The following workshops will be offered:

  • Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, “Gratitude Boxes,” for 3rd-6th graders, led by Jamie Ball
  • Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, “Munchable Math and Scrumptious Science,” for 3rd-6th graders, led by Lisa Kardos
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, “Christmas Ornament Making,” for 3rd-6th graders, led by Jamie Ball

“The partnership with Isle of Wight County schools is the secret to our success in so many ways,” said Zurfluh. “Along with unflagging support in getting the word out to all the IWCS parents about our fall classes, they have been a great recruiting ground for outstanding teachers. We are so lucky to have two of IWCS’s gifted teachers, Jamie Ball and Lisa Kardos, as our fall instructors.”
Joanne Cotten, Kids College’s Smithfield site coordinator, is excited to be back in the Smithfield location and to be offering Kids College classes in the fall.
 
“This is something brand new for Kids College and I’m so excited to be part of this new outreach to grow our program in Smithfield,” said Cotton. “So come meet some of our favorite Kids College instructors, give us input about what programs we should offer for Kids College 2015, and have fun learning with us at Kids College in Smithfield.”
 
Each class is $35 per student and all classes will be held at the Smithfield location of Paul D. Camp Community College, 253 James Street. Registration materials will be available at the Kids College website, www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/kids-college or by request by email at kidscollege@pdc.edu. Parents may also call 757.569.6700 with any questions you might have about Kids College in Smithfield this fall.

Nov
05
11/05/2014

Approximately 275 Visitors Find Out More about Financial Aid during College Night

About 250 students and parents attended Paul D. Camp Community College’s Financial Aid College Night, held at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. The event was sponsored by the college’s Financial Aid Office and Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC).
Dr Conco Travis Parker DrawingCollege President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., above photo, draws names from the box held by PDCCC Upward Bound Director Travis Parker.
Group Scholarship WinnersWinners of the $500 scholarships, pictured with Conco, below from left, are: PDCCC RN student Meghan Bridgers, Franklin High School senior and Upward Bound student Nikiyah Whitehead and Southampton High School junior Arthur Johnson.

Nov
05
11/05/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Goes Green with Grant for Recycling Bins

~Keep America Beautiful and Coca Cola grant award allows the College to roll out comprehensive recycling to all its locations~

Recycle BinsDanielle Stauffer, from left, Trey Cofield and Patricia Bills try out the new recycle bins at the college.

 

Due to a grant received from Keep America Beautiful, Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) will now be able to roll out comprehensive recycling programming across the entire college.

 

“We are thrilled with this new award. We’ve been waiting for some time to be able to roll out recycling for students, faculty, staff, and the community who utilize our sites. The new recycling program allows for us to be great stewards at an even higher level than we’ve been able to do without the bins,” said Dr. Paul Wm. Conco, College President.

 

Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) received 30 recycling bins for placement on its Franklin and Suffolk campuses, PDCCC at Smithfield site and at the Regional Workforce Development Center as part of a national recycling bin grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

 

In its 9th year, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is providing nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges and universities, nonprofits and local governments, with 35 percent of the total to be used by students in collegiate residence halls.

 

Coca-Cola has expanded its investment in the bin grant program to include a specific focus on two-year community colleges, with 15 recycling bin grants going to two-year colleges and 28 grants going to traditional four-year colleges and universities.

 

PDCCC Sustainability Coordinator Terry Hayes said, “The bins will be part of a user-friendly mixed recycling program that allows aluminum, paper, plastic and glass to all be deposited in the same receptacle.”

 

Recycling bins will be placed alongside existing trashcans in all campus hallways, as well as in the student lounge, libraries and the college bookstore. This recycling program is part of PDCCC’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

 

“Through this program and our more than 50-year partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to ensure that communities understand the importance of recycling,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America. “Community recycling not only impacts the environment today, but it helps build sustainable communities for the future.”

 

“By providing recycling bins to communities, organizations and universities, we can make a difference in increasing recycling in the U.S. and help overcome a main barrier of recycling – convenience,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola’s continued support and commitment to recycling, and the Recycling Bin Grant Program.”

 

Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on criteria, including the extent of their need, recycling experience and their ability to sustain the program in the future. Special outreach was made to colleges and universities through a partnership with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), a membership organization serving campus recycling managers.

 

The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. Since 2007, the program has placed more than 35,000 recycling bins in over 500 communities across the U.S.  A full list of the spring 2014 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at http://bingrant.org.

 

For more information about PDCCC’s sustainability efforts, visit www.pdc.edu/about/sustainability/.

Nov
04
11/04/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College “Adopts” J.P. King Jr. Middle School

A Commitment

 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Student Government Association (SGA) and President’s Advisory Council (PAC) are leading the way for all PDCCC students, faculty, and staff to become involved in supporting J.P. King Jr. Middle School.
 
J.P. King, Jr. Middle School Mission Statement:
The mission of J. P. King, Jr. Middle School, in partnership with our community, is to create responsible citizens and lifelong learners in a challenging and safe environment.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College Mission Statement:
Paul D. Camp Community College provides diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for students and the community.
 
Our Commitment to working together:
 
There is a national “Adopt a School” initiative that this project is modeled after. Randy Roth, President of Faith Network, a leader in such projects, defines the goals as follows:
 
“The concept is simple: local organizations offer resources to public schools as an act of community service with “no strings attached”. The ultimate goal of the school adoption program is healthy and whole students who have acquired the skills and attitudes that will maximize their full potential and enhance their participation as responsible members of society.” The responsibility of the adoptive group is to recruit volunteers, mobilize available resources and, most importantly, nurture an ongoing relationship with their adopted school.
 
Volunteer web site for J.P. King Jr. Middle School: http://www.fcpsva.org/index.php/jpk-volunteer
 
Goals of the program:
 
PDCCC students, faculty, staff and administrators will collectively support the following:

  • A minimum of 100 hours of volunteering, including tutoring and other services, by the end of the 2015 school year
  • Monetary support for rewards such as pizza parties, refreshments, recognitions suggested by teachers
  • Recognition awards from our Barnes and Noble Bookstore
  • Visits from our Career Development Coaches for career exploration days
  • PDCCC Success Coach presentation on study skills and other success strategies
  • Technology support from our IT professionals for students and teachers. Donate surplus computers and other electronic equipment by state guidelines.
  • Support from our Upward Bound program and students as role models
  • Visits from our High School Career Coaches for help with Virginia Wizard and educational planning
Oct
30
10/30/2014

More Than 200 Visitors Participate in College Night

VACRAO crowdshot
More than 200 students and parents attended Paul D. Camp Community College’s College Night, held at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. The event was hosted by the college and sponsored by the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (VACRAO). Approximately 50 colleges and
universities provided informational material to visitors who wanted to find out more about various colleges and the programs they offer.

Oct
30
10/30/2014

Success Coaches Help Students Achieve a Variety of Goals at Paul D. Camp Community College

Steps 10 Laura w Students webCollege Success Coach Laura Clark provides tips about “Money Management” to students during a group coaching session on the Franklin Campus. Students, from left, are: Brittany Cross, Porschia Lee, Yvette Gatling, Jenna Johnson and Leny Maldonado. Franklin sessions are titled, “Tuesday Talks.” and Suffolk’s are called “Campus Conversations.”
 
Sandra Walker Campus ConvSandra Walker facilitates a group coaching session about “Peer Mentoring” during “Campus Conversations” on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
 
The Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) initiative is helping students stay focused on their goals. The program was developed by Paul D. Camp Community College in alignment with Virginia Community Colleges Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative.
 
“The purpose of the program is to increase the number of students who graduate with associate degrees, earn career certificates or transfer to other higher education institutions,” said College Success Coach Laura Clark. Clark works on the Franklin Campus, while Sandra Walker serves as a Success Coach on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. Jamie Dodd is the program specialist.
 
The program encourages and empowers students to achieve personal, academic and career goals by identifying and accessing on- and off-campus resources.
 
“Services provided through this program are free,” said Walker. “We offer one-on-one coaching, group coaching sessions on a number of topics, scholarship applications assistance, financial aid literacy and much more.”
 
The program was recognized as a 2014 Excellence in Education Award finalist at the Virginia Community College System’s New Horizons Conference in the following categories: Best Practices in Teaching Face-to-Face, Online and Student Success; and Improving Student Success—Institutional.
 
For more information about the program, log onto http://www.pdc.edu/success/

Oct
28
10/28/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Registered Nursing Program

~Varied Levels of Sponsorships Available~

 
In honor of the 10th year of its Registered Nursing Program, Paul D. Camp Community College has a special celebration planned. The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn and Suffolk Conference Center in Suffolk.
 
“As part of planning, we are seeking support through sponsorships to help us offset the costs,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Felicia Blow. “This is going to be an exciting event where nursing alumni, current students, faculty, staff, donors and other business and community members can come together to recognize the success of this program and our students.”
 
In addition, all proceeds will be used to establish an endowed nursing scholarship in honor of Dr. Candace Rogers, who recently retired from PDCCC. Dr. Rogers got the nursing program up and running, and was instrumental in its continued success.
 
The following are the Sponsorship opportunities available:
 
Gold Level: $2,500

  • Recognition in the event program & other promotions
  • Acknowledgement at the event
  • Business contact information included in on-site program materials
  • Acknowledgement on the PDCCC Foundation Web page
  • Reserved table for 10 registrants

Silver Level: $1,500

  • Recognition in the event program
  • Acknowledgement at the event
  • Business contact information included in on-site program materials
  • Acknowledgement on the PDCCC Foundation Web page
  • Admission of five registrants

$250 Level:

  • Recognition in the event program
  • Acknowledgement at the event
  • Business contact information included in on-site program materials
  • Admission of three registrants

$100 Level:

  • Recognition in the event program
  • Admission of two registrants

The reception will be highlighted by heavy hors d’ouevres, music, and a short program honoring staff and students. Tickets are $35 per person.
 
PDCCC has graduated approximately 300 students from its RN Program. For more information, contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790. Visit www.pdc.edu/nursing-event to purchase tickets.

Oct
27
10/27/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Hosts 392nd Army Band in Honor of Veteran’s Day

Army Band Group Shot
Standing with the 392nd Army Band after last year’s performance, from left, are: Dr. Paul Wm. Conco, President; Dr. MeChelle Blunt, Student Activities Coordinator; and Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, Vice President of Academic and Student Development.
 
Paul D. Camp Community will recognize veterans for their service and dedication to our country by hosting a musical salute on Thursday, Nov. 6.
 
The “Salute to Veterans in our Community Concert,” featuring the Fort Lee 392nd Army Band, will begin at 6 p.m. at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin. The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.
 
“We are excited to host such a top-level performance for the second consecutive year,” said Student Activities Coordinator Dr. MeChelle Blunt. “We appreciate our veterans for their heroic service and are honored to celebrate with them in recognition of Veteran’s Day.”
 
The group of musicians will perform a repertoire of music with a special patriotic set.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College serves approximately 200 military and veteran students each year.
 
The event is free. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 757-569-6767.

Oct
24
10/24/2014

Free Saturday Math Tutoring Continues at Paul D. Camp Community College

~Tutoring will take place on Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk Campuses in November~

 
Paul D. Camp Community College will offer its free Saturday “Math Academy” program during the month of November.
 
“Learning basic math skills is an important component to education that provides students with the tools they need to succeed later in life,” said Program Coordinator Heather Eckman. “The better equipped our students are, the more opportunities are open to them as job seekers.”
 
Tutoring Sessions scheduled for rising 3rd through 6th grade students is as follows:
 

Saturday, Nov. 1 Hobbs Suffolk Campus Library Session I:
12:45-2:15p.m.
Session II:
2:30-4p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8 Hobbs Suffolk Campus Library Session I:
12:45-2:15p.m.
Session II:
2:30-4p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15 Franklin Campus Library Session I:
12:45-2:15p.m.
Session II:
2:30-4p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22 Franklin Campus Library Session I:
12:45-2:15p.m.
Session II:
2:30-4p.m.

 
Participants may choose one of two sessions offered each Saturday afternoon. The Hobbs Campus is located at 271 Kenyon Road and the Franklin Campus at 100 North College Drive.
 
“We are excited about the launch of the Math Saturday tutoring effort in Franklin,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins Brady. “Students with their parents and guardians will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so no pre-registration is required. Games and information will be available for the parents and students.” We just launched this initiative in Suffolk in spring and in Franklin in the summer, and the sessions were well-attended.”
 
Dr. Atkins-Brady added, “PDCCC’s Math Academy is a new grant-funded, multi-strategy initiative to promote mathematics literacy. We are implementing the program in partnership with schools and community organizations in the College’s service region.” Math Academy is sponsored by PDCCC with the generous support of the Suffolk Foundation and the Community Action Coalition of Virginia.
 
The elements of Math Academy include “Math Academy Saturdays” tutoring, a symposia with K-12 educators, which was held in August, and the provision of mathematics resources to the community through the College’s new Library Learning Commons.
 
For more information, contact PDCCC Program Coordinator Heather Eckman at heckman@pdc.edu.

Oct
21
10/21/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College President, Dr. Paul Conco, to Retire, Effective July 2015

Paul Wm. ConcoDr. Paul Wm. Conco, President of Paul D. Camp Community College, has announced his intention to retire, effective June 30, 2015.
 
Dr. Conco said, “After much thought and deliberation I find it’s now time to submit my intention to retire this summer – July 2015. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with an excellent faculty and staff who are talented, skilled, and dedicated to our PDCCC mission of ‘enhancing the quality of life for students and the community.’ They work hard every day to support students and the opportunity education provides.”
 
He further noted, “These past 5 years have been fast, furious, and fruitful. The many endeavors the PDCCC team have accomplished are something to be very proud of. I appreciate the excellent support and leadership of this board and the support of our Foundation Board. Together much has been done. I remain committed to Paul D. Camp Community College and will assist in a smooth transition as we enter into the VCCS’ next strategic plan.”
 
A national search process will begin through the Human Resources department of Virginia’s Community College system office in Richmond. More details will be provided regarding this process in the coming weeks. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (757) 569-6791.

Oct
20
10/20/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Student Angelita Bease Finds Stable Ground at Hobbs Suffolk Campus

~Bease has been awarded the 40/7 Society Scholarship for the fall 2014 semester~

Angelita Bease
Angelita Bease was starting a new life when she moved to Suffolk from Maryland. She had decided to enroll in college. However, as she began considering schools outside of the city, a friend told her about Paul D. Camp Community College.
 
“I don’t believe I could have chosen a better place,” she said. “This is where I belong.”
 
Bease, 41, is the recipient of the 40/7 Society Scholarship for the fall 2014 semester at PDCCC. The 40/7 Society Scholarship was created in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the College and the inauguration of its seventh president. Community members and local businesses invested $407 each to create an endowed scholarship for a non-traditional student. In addition, a recipient must have a financial need and be in good academic standing at the College.
 
Working full-time, taking a maximum load of classes at times, supporting her daughter and two grandchildren, while trying to get a taxi/medical transport business off the ground, Bease found faith in herself and the strength to persevere.
 
“The ambition was coming from somewhere,” she said. “But I‘ve always had confidence in the goals I set for myself, because I take my time, weighing what’s realistic and unrealistic about them.”
 
Bease graduated from James H. Groves Adult High School at the age of 33 after receiving a scholarship from the oldest woman to graduate from high school in Georgetown, Del. “That opened the door for me,” she said.
 
She has been the recipient of a number of scholarships since enrolling at the College, and is in the Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) program at PDCCC, which helps students achieve their personal, academic and career goals.
 
She earned a Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy in May 2014 and as an LPN, was accepted into the Nursing Program at PDCCC.
 
“It just didn’t pan out to be right for me,” Bease said. “You’ve got to be motivated by what you want to do in life.” After careful consideration, she changed her major.
 
She will graduate with a General Studies degree from Paul D. Camp Community College in May 2015 and is the first in her family to attend college and receive a degree. She plans to transfer to Norfolk State University’s School of Social Work to complete a Bachelor’s degree, and was pleased to find that all of the credits she has completed so far will transfer to the program.
 
“It was meant to be,” she said of her new focus on social work. “I love to help people through their journeys, and I have a passion and drive to see others succeed. I want to be that coach for youth.” she said.
 
She served as a 2013-14 Presidential Student Ambassador, and is a member of the FUEL and Science clubs. In addition, Bease is a registered medication aide at Hillcrest Retirement Center.
 
She credits staff, faculty, students and the STEPS Program at PDCCC for leading the way. “I’ve utilized steps from different programs during the college experience, and developed skills and techniques that have helped me enhance the goals in my personal life,” she said.
 
Plans are under way to pen a book, based on eight years of journaling, titled “Silent Struggles.” “It will be about everything I’ve ever gone through, and I hope it will help people bloom and become more aware of who they are,” she said.

Oct
15
10/15/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Honored for FOURTH Consecutive Year for ‘Military Friendliness’ in a Number of Educational and Service Areas

~To further honor military, a ‘Salute to Veterans’ concert will be held at the College on Thurs., Nov. 6, featuring Fort Lee’s 392nd Army Band~

Military Friendly School
Paul D. Camp Community College has again been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students, and ensure their success on campus. Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, oversees this process.
 
Being a military friendly schools means that:

  • There is a dedicated veteran Liaison or Service Director for the military
  • There institution maintains centralized services for veterans and military families
  • The institution offered targeted counseling Services for the military
  • The school offers credits for military service
  • Student Veteran Organizations
  • There is active web presence with military tools and services

Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and nine-year veteran said, “Inclusion on the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows PDCCC’s commitment to provide a supportive environment for military students. The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”
 
Now in its sixth year, the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.
 
The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The approximately 1,600 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served. A list of all the Military Friendly Schools® can be found at this site.
 
In addition, Victory Media launched the new Schools Matchmaker tool on www.GIJobs.com. The “matchmaker” enables student veterans and prospective military students to review more than 4,000 schools that are approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits, as well as those schools on the Military Friendly Schools® list.
 
“We are pleased to be honored with this designation for the fourth consecutive year,” said PDCCC President Dr. Paul Wm. Conco. “We are also proud to be ranked in the top 20 percent with other prestigious schools throughout the country. We remain committed to success for all of our students.”
 
Paul D. Camp Community College serves approximately 200 veterans and military students each year. As part of the College’s military and veteran engagement activities, the Office of Student Activities will host a “Salute to Veterans in our Community” concert on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. Fort Lee’s 392nd Army Band will perform.
 
For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office or Office for Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6700.

Oct
02
10/02/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Kicks Off New Semester with Special Speaker Dominic Brown of WTKR

Dominic Brown and Crowd
Student Support Services (SSS) participants and College officials were pumped after hearing motivational words from guest speaker Dominic Brown, meteorologist for WTKR’s news Channel 3. “This program always presents an opportunity to get our students motivated and energized for a new academic year,” said Dr. Hyler Scott, associate professor and counselor with SSS who sponsored this session on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
 
The goal of SSS, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is to increase the probability that students will succeed in the completion of their educational goals. The program offers free tutoring, counseling; cultural and educational enrichment, as well as assistance to those planning to transfer to a four-year college or university.
 
Photos information:
Dominic and Micah
Micah Thomas of Suffolk, a computer science major and work-study student in the computer lab at the Hobbs Campus, presents the meteorologist with gifts after Brown’s presentation.
 
Hyler and Dominic Appreciation
Dr. Hyler Scott presents Dominic Brown of WTKR with a certificate of appreciation for his commitment to the students.

Oct
02
10/02/2014

PDCCC Hires Ten Faculty and Staff for Varied Roles at the College

Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) is pleased to announce the hiring of faculty and staff to support a multitude of disciplines. The positions range from Mathematics instructors to High School Career Coaches.
 
“The majority of these positions were vacated due to retirements. The average tenure of those retiring was approximately 20 years, so we see Paul D. Camp as a great place to work and grow,” said College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D. “The individuals filling the new faculty and staff roles are bringing a wide array of talent and credentials to our college and community. Multiple years of talent will be available to our students and our community through their hiring.”
 
Trudy Kuehn

Trudy Kuehn – Nursing Instructor

Ms. Trudy Kuehn is among PDCCC’s newest Nursing faculty. She has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of emergency nursing positions, nursing supervisory roles, and primary classroom education. She comes to PDCCC having served as Program Chair at the ITT Technical Institute in Norfolk, where she coordinated nursing training; managed professional and part-time staff; coordinated the schedule of didactic and clinical learning; and taught nursing classes. Before her service with ITT, Ms. Kuehn also served as Patient Care Supervisor in Nursing Administration at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from Old Dominion University with a Master of Science in Nursing, with emphasis in Emergency Nursing and Critical Care. She has professional credentials as a Registered Nurse, and also in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
 
Susan Stubenrauch

Susan Stubenrauch – High School Career Coach

Mrs. Susan Stubenrauch has been selected to serve as one of PDCCC’s full-time High School Career Coaches. In this role, she will be based in local high schools to help high school students define their career aspirations and to recognize community college (and other postsecondary programs), including apprenticeships and workforce training, in order to help students achieve their educational and financial goals. Mrs. Stubenrauch has worked at PDCCC since 2013; she has served in the Admissions Office, where she worked as an Academic Adviser. During the summers when high schools are not in session, she will continue to serve in that role for the College. She also worked with PDCCC’s College Success Program Initiative as a Program Specialist, assisting students with becoming more successful at PDCCC. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at the College. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Service Counseling from Old Dominion University.
 
Heather Eckman

Heather Eckman: Mathematics Instructor

Ms. Heather Eckman was hired to serve as PDCCC’s new math instructor. She fills the role vacated by retiring long-time math instructor Calvin Holt. Before joining PDCCC full-time, Ms. Eckman worked with the Franklin City School District, where she taught Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Mathematics, Dual Enrollment Pre-Calculus, Computer Mathematics, Dual Enrollment Calculus, Algebra Functions & Data Analysis, and Economics & Personal Finance. She also served as Department Chair, and assisted with devising a plan to remediate students who required additional mathematics help. Additionally, she served as an Adjunct Mathematics Professor at PDCCC before recently joining the college full-time. In her role at PDCCC, Ms. Eckman will provide instruction in areas, including mathematical concepts, techniques, and applications. She also will be responsible for preparing and delivering lectures and leading classroom discussions, as well as mentoring students to help them achieve their educational goals and objectives. Ms. Eckman provides leadership for the PDCCC grant-funded Math Academy initiatives as well. She graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a B.A. in Mathematics and she attained her Master of Science degree from State University of New York at Fredonia in Mathematics Education.
 
William Patterson

William Patterson – Administration of Justice Instructor

Dr. William Patterson was brought on to lead the popular Administration of Justice program. He has graduated from Old Dominion University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Studies and Criminal Justice. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies. His Master of Arts degree is in International Studies as well. He earned his Doctoral degree in International Studies with a major concentration in Conflict and Cooperation. Prior to joining PDCCC, Dr. Patterson worked with the U.S. Army in its “Human Terrain Team.” The U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) support program employs personnel from the social science disciplines – such as anthropology, sociology, political science, regional studies and linguistics – to provide military commanders and staff with an understanding of the local population in the regions in which they are deployed. He also worked with BAE Systems, and worked with BAE’s Human Terrain Team as well. Before BAE, Dr. Patterson worked with the Virginia Beach Police Department. His teaching experiences come from roles served as an Adjunct Professor with Old Dominion University. He also was an English Teacher in Yokosuka Japan. Administration of Justice is an educational and professional discipline that centers on the prevention, detection and management of crime and/or criminal offenders. In his role, Dr. Patterson will guide students in the study of the legal system and how it relates to society as a whole. He will incorporate aspects of sociology, psychology, law, political science, history, philosophy, economics and other areas. He is filling the position of Ron Osbourne, who retired in the last year.
 
Richard Baker

Richard Baker – Industrial Trades Instructor

Mr. Richard Baker will lead the new Industrial Trades discipline. Before joining PDCCC, Mr. Baker served as Director of Plant Operations for the Lake Prince Woods Retirement Community, located in Suffolk. He also served as Chief Engineer for the Portsmouth Holiday Inn Waterfront. Prior to this service opportunity, he was with Illumilex Company, located in Raleigh, NC, where he worked as the Virginia Service Manager. Mr. Baker attained a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the College of William and Mary, and is a Certified Building Engineer through the Hotel Resort Management Association. In his capacity with PDCCC, Mr. Baker will provide instruction, hands-on and theory; classroom management; and administrative tasks in the industrial maintenance discipline. His programs will focus on analyzing machine maintenance and management; examining equipment for defects such as breakage and excessive wear. The role also will involve observing and testing the operation of machinery and equipment in order to diagnose malfunctions, using voltmeters and other testing devices, and other duties as needed.
 
Rudean Harrell

Rudean Harrell — Nursing Faculty

Mrs. Rudean Harrell also has been hired to fill critical roles in the PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health Department. She has worked for Sentara Obici Hospital, as well as the Louise Obici School for Professional Nursing as a Registered Nurse. Her additional experiences are as follows: PDCCC Clinical instructor (August 2013-present); EVMS- FIMR Coordinator (April 2012 – April 2013); Public Health Nurse-Western Tidewater Health District (June 2008 to March 2011) and numerous other roles such as a Bereavement Counselor; Lamaze Childbirth Educator; Lactation Consultant and other roles. She is a graduate of John Tyler Community College as well as Norfolk State and Old Dominion University. Mrs. Harrell received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her role at PDCCC, Mrs. Harrell will demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units. She will educate in subjects related to nursing such as principles and application of physical, biological, and psychological areas.
 
Nancy Warren

Nancy Warren – Communications Instructor

Mrs. Nancy Warren has been with PDCCC since 2000. She worked in the Office for Institutional Advancement for several years as a Public Relations Specialist, and then began teaching as an Assistant Professor of English. She served as an Associate Professor of English from 2008 to 2014. As PDCCC’s new Communications Instructor, Mrs. Warren will provide instruction using established course related materials. She will facilitate and moderate classroom discussions on topics such as public speaking, media criticism, and oral traditions. Aspects of her role will include reviews of college writing and literature appreciation. Mrs. Warren holds an Associate’s degree from Paul D. Camp Community College. She holds a Master’s degree in English from Christopher Newport University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Humanities from Old Dominion University. Mrs. Warren fills the role vacated by former Communications Instructor Jillian Overby.
 
Wendy Miller-Edwards

Wendy Miller-Edwards – History Instructor

Mrs. Wendy Miller-Edwards joins PDCCC to fill its full-time History Instructor position. From 2006 to 2014, Mrs. Miller-Edwards served as an Adjunct History Professor for the College. Before this role, Ms. Miller Edwards served as a Dual Enrollment Program History Instructor with PDCCC. And before this role, she worked in the Isle of Wight County Public School System as a both a fourth and fifth grade instructor. In her new position with the College, Mrs. Miller-Edwards will prepare and deliver lectures to students on topics such as ancient history, postwar civilizations, and the history of third-world countries. She also will teach community courses and speak to local groups and organizations. Mrs. Miller-Edwards graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Arts in American and Non-American History with a minor in Elementary and Middle School Education and she received a Master of Arts degree in Teaching History and Social Sciences from Christopher Newport University.
 
David Lorenz

David Lorenz – Electricity/Robotics Instructor

Mr. David Lorenz graduated from Regents University, in New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Old Dominion University with a Master of Science degree in Occupational and Technical Studies. Before joining PDCCC, he worked for Chesapeake Public Schools at Grassfield High School, where he served as Department Head for the STEM Program, was the advisor for both TSA and VEX robotics, and taught physics, electronics, and power and transportation. Mr. Lorenz also worked with Tidewater Community College as an Adjunct Instructor teaching mechanical engineering courses. Additionally, he served 20 years in the U.S. Navy with his last post being in the Curriculum Instructional Standards Office at Fleet Command Training Center in Virginia Beach. In his duties as an Electronics, Electricity, & Robotics Instructor, Mr. Lorenz will, in part, oversee, develop, and maintain a comprehensive safe program; create and implement a Mechatronics AAS program; collaborate with local industry; assist students and faculty in using electrical and mechanical training equipment and related software; and teach a variety of electrical, mechanical and robotic classes.
 
Jeanette Pellegrin

Jeanette Pellegrin – Dual Enrollment Coordinator

Ms. Jeanette Pellegrin has been hired to serve as PDCCC’s new Dual Enrollment Coordinator. In this capacity, she will manage all aspects of dual enrollment recruitment, marketing, school and public information sessions, student briefings and career fairs, as well as on-campus events. She will assist in coordinating with community college faculty and administrators the processes for credentialing dual enrollment teachers and for course approval. She also will coordinate college placement testing in area high schools for prospective dual enrollment students. Ms. Pellegrin formerly worked for Cloud County Community College in Condoria, KS, as an Academic Advisor for Online Outreach to Students. Before that role, she worked as a Coordinator of Student Services at Cloud County Community College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Maryland.

Sep
30
09/30/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Spring 2015 Scholarship Cycle Opens October 1 for New and Continuing Students

Deadline for submissions is Nov. 3, 2014
 
Applications for Paul D. Camp Community College scholarships will open Oct. 1 for the spring 2015 semester. New and continuing students can apply for an array of funding opportunities beginning that day.
 
“The cost of an education should not stop anyone from reaching their educational goals. That’s why Paul D. Camp Community College has established a number of opportunities for prospective and current students to get their education paid for through scholarships,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “What is amazing is that these opportunities are possible because of donors who have sacrificed, saved and contributed in order to help others achieve success.” In 2014,
 
During the fall 2014 semester, the PDCCC Financial Aid Office awarded 61 scholarships to students totaling more than $38,000.
 
There are 14 scholarships for new and continuing students available for the spring 2015 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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Scholarship applications must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 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 to scholarships@pdc.edu. (Scanning instructions are located in the area of the PDCCC computer labs and on the Web site scholarships page.)
  • 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 http://www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/

Sep
30
09/30/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Holds Second Annual Alumni Reunion and College Open House October 11, 2014

Event will include recognition of the Registered Nursing Program’s 10th Anniversary
 
Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) will honor its graduates and showcase its services on Oct. 11, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Franklin Campus at 100 North College Drive.
 
The Second Annual Alumni Reunion and College Open House will feature food, music, and games.
 
“This will be an opportunity for alumni to visit with former classmates and faculty,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Felicia Blow. “It is also an event for potential students and their parents to find out about academic programs at the college. In addition, this year will be significant, as we will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of our Registered Nursing Program.”
 
The event is free and also will be highlighted by a D.J., corn hole and inflatables.
 
“Potential students can learn about our programs, apply for admission to the College, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and visit the Virginia Education Wizard, an online education and career planning tool,” said Trina Jones, Dean of Student Services.
 
Participants can register to win prizes as well. The event will take place, rain or shine. For more information, call Trish Edwards at 757-569-6789.
 
Photo Information:
Edgar Allan Poe and Conco
“Edgar Allan Poe,” better known as President Scott Munn of the PDCCC Literary Club and College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., share some camaraderie during last year’s Alumni Reunion and College Open House.
 
Renee Felts a tCDC booth
Dean of Occupational and Technical Programs Renee Felts, right, and Coordinator of the Career Development Center and Job Placement Angela Lawhorne celebrate Felts commendable ring toss.

Sep
18
09/18/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Honors National Hispanic Heritage Month during Free Movie Night

~Other films set for showing through November~

 
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 -October 15) Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) will have a special showing of the film, “No Se Aceptan Devoluciones,” or “Instructions Not Included,” on Thursday, Sept. 25. The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road, and 7:00 p.m. at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin, 100 North College Drive.
 
A discussion regarding National Hispanic Heritage Month will follow the movie.
 
“Paul D. Camp Community College recognizes the positive influences that Hispanics and Latino Americans have in our country,” said Movie Night Coordinator Nancy Warren. “The special guest speakers will share information and insight about this significant month-long celebration.”
 
The movie, rated PG-13, involves the threat a man and his daughter experience when the birth mother re-enters their lives. The film runs 122 minutes. Follow this link to view a trailer: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/instructions_not_included_2013/
 
This is the second installment in the College’s 2014 movie night series. All showings are free and open to the public. The following films will be featured:
 
“The Words”
Sponsored by the PDCCC Literary Club
4:00 p.m. Hobbs Suffolk Campus
7:00 p.m. Workforce Center in Franklin
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
A successful writer pays steep price for stealing another’s work
PG-13
105 minutes
 
“Bully”
4:00 p.m. Hobbs Suffolk Campus
7:00 p.m. Workforce Center in Franklin
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
A documentary on bullying in schools.
National Bully Prevention Month discussion will follow.
PG-13
93 minutes
 
“The Wizard of Oz Sing-Along”
4:00 p.m. Hobbs Suffolk Campus
7:00 p.m. Workforce Center in Franklin
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Dorothy wakes up in a magical land after being swept away by a tornado.
PG
102 minutes
 
Free refreshments and door prizes will be provided. For more information, email nwarren@pdc.edu or call 757.569.6748.

Sep
12
09/12/2014

More than $11,000 Raised at the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation’s 11th Annual Golf Tournament

Britt Webb and Hasty
Teammates Steve Webb, left in back, and Brad Hasty watch as Herbert Britt concentrates on a shot during the 11th annual event.
 
On Friday, September 5, 70 golfers participated in the 11th Annual Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation Golf Tournament at Sleepy Hole Golf Club in Suffolk. More than $11,000 was raised to aid in student scholarships, and staff and faculty needs. Also, the following were winners at the tournament:
 
First Flight

  • First Place: Jeff Bird, Jonathon Jackson, Darden Hurt and Jeff Poehls
  • Second Place: Brad Cofer, Mark Cassady, Matt Ridjaneck and William Auman
  • Third Place: Ricky Carr, Steve Ritter, Russ Bradshaw and Wayne Ford

Second Flight

  • First Place: Sandy Mann, Jerry McGinnis, Alex Parker and Frank Wink
  • Second Place: Herbert Britt, Steve Webb, Joe Starling and Brad Hasty
  • Third Place: Ed Miller, William Hewitt and Tex McKinney

Third Flight

  • First Place: Amanda Jarratt, Ronnie West, Barry Porter and Chris Gullickson
  • Second Place: Charles Modlin, Charles Turner, Eric Lehman and Rob Thorndike
  • Third Place: Justin Oliver, Bob Tureman, Mike Forrest and Heather Eckman

 
In addition to these winners, the following won awards:

  • Darden Hurt:
    • 50/50 Putting Contest winner
  • Rob Thorndike:
    • Closest to Pin
  • Russ Bradshaw:
    • Longest Drive

“We want to thank all of the golfers, sponsors, donors and volunteers who supported this event for our foundation,” said Felicia Blow, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation.
 
Serving as the event’s primary sponsors were:

    >Gold Sponsors: Smithfield Foods and Smithfield Farmland
  • Silver Sponsors: Dominion Virginia Power
  • Bronze Sponsors: Bronco Federal Credit Union, Hubbard Peanut Company and Surry Power Station
  • Hole Sponsors: Burgess & Co., PC, CPAs; Duke Automotive; EVB; Farmers Bank; Hubbard Peanut Company; Prime Media; Rawlings Mechanical; Suffolk
    News-Herald; The Tidewater News; and Village at Woods Edge

 
Jackson Hurt Bird and Poehls
Photo Information:
Members of the Smithfield-Farmland team who earned first place winner in the first flight, from left, are: Jonathon Jackson, Darden Hurt, Jeff Bird and Jeff Poehls.

Aug
29
08/29/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College President Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Dr Conco' s Ice Bucket Challenge
Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., President of Paul D. Camp Community College, accepted an icy challenge today to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The Ice Bucket Challenge, made by Carol Wright, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Dr. Renee Felts, Dean of the Franklin Campus/Occupational/Technical programs, was also set to raise funds for a local firefighter that has this neurodegenerative disease. Dousing Dr. Conco in front of the College is Nelda Bellamy, Executive Secretary to the Vice President of Academic and Student Development, left, and Trina Jones, Dean of Student Services and Counselor. Dr. Conco then challenged Dr. Carl Sweat, Coordinator of PDCCC at Smithfield, Dr. Justin Oliver, Interim Dean of Transfer Programs and the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, and Randy Betz, Vice President of the Division of Workforce Development to follow suit by getting a cold soaking, making a donation or both. Conco is also making donations to both the local firefighter and the National ALS Association.
 
Dr Edenfield ice ice baby
This is a new twist on taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Raising awareness and funds for ALS, Dr. Joe Edenfield also challenged Troop 17 and all of the VCCS VPs.

Aug
27
08/27/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Celebrates Practical Nursing Collaboration on Franklin Campus

PDCC Nursing Program Reception group
Paul D. Camp Community College held a reception to introduce the new Practical Nursing Program on the Franklin Campus. The program is a collaborative effort between the College, Franklin City Public Schools and Southampton Memorial Hospital.
 
Celebrating the occasion, front row from left, are: Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, PDCCC Vice President of Academic and Student Development; Kimberly Lowe, FCPS PN Instructor; Samantha Dowd, Anndrea Wilson and Alexa Lilley, all PN students; Dr. Debbie Hartman, PDCCC Dean of Nursing and Allied Health; and Laurie Ross, Southampton Memorial Hospital CNO. Back row: Lynn Jones, PDCCC Local Board Chairman; Edna King, FCPS Board Chairman; Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., PDCCC President; Willie J. Bell Jr., FCPS Superintendent; Stephanie Lockhart, PDCCC Lead Faculty for PN Program; Keisha Spivey, PN student; Herbert W. DeGroft, PDCCC Foundation Board President; Abiola Ogbeta and Joyce Hines, PN students; and Asa Johnson, PDCCC Local Board member.
 
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Felicia Blow, PDCCC Vice President for Institutional Advancement, from left, Edna King, Willie J. Bell Jr., Paul Wm. Conco and Laurie Ross talk about the Practical Nursing collaboration.
 
PDCC Nursing Program Reception Alexa,Samantha, AnndreaPractical Nursing students, from left, Alexa Lilley, Samantha Dowd and Anndrea Wilson chat during the reception.
 
For more information about the program, email Lockhart at slockhart@pdc.edu .

Aug
27
08/27/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center Graduates Third Class of Marine Welders

Paul D. Camp Community College recently graduated 10 students from its Fast Track Marine Welding program—a non-credit, 120-hour program on the Franklin Campus that provides hands-on training, job shadowing opportunities and job placement support.
 
The College’s Division of Workforce Development and Career Development Center, as well as its Fast Track Marine Welding students in the latest session of the program, have benefited from a generous $10,000 grant awarded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
 
The program is designed to provide fast-paced, focused training of welding essentials and is targeted for individuals who are unemployed, particularly long-term. Not only does the program prepare students for the workforce, but also provides employers with trained candidates.
 
For more information, contact the Workforce Development Office, 757.569.6050, or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/.
 
Welding Graduation
Photo Cutline:
Members of the third class of Fast Track Marine Welders at PDCCC, from left, are: Andrew Randolph of Carrsville, Darwin DaCosta of Suffolk, Khalfani Elliott of Boykins, Chandra Tucker of Drewryville, Marcus Henry of Suffolk, Alice Widmeyer-Ellison of Franklin, Dustin Everette of Franklin, Maurice Warren of Franklin, Aaron Williams of Courtland and Brandon Card of Suffolk.

Aug
22
08/22/2014

The Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound Program’s Summer Session Culminates with Closing Ceremony

More than 200 students, alumni, family members, instructors, staff and college officials attended the 2014 Upward Bound Summer Closing Ceremony held July 22 at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
 
During the event, attendees celebrated the end of a six-week educational and cultural session, which featured guest speaker and Upward Bound alumna, Katrina Williams, a graduate of Southampton High School and student at Regent University. The ceremony was also highlighted by student talent and project displays.
 
For more information about Upward Bound, a federally funded TRIO program that helps students grades 9-12 continue their education beyond high school, visit www.pdc.edu/future-students/ or call 757.569.6764.
 
2014 Upward Bound Summer Closing CeremonyNicole Freeman of Southampton High School executes a modern dance performance during the ceremony.
 
2014 Upward Bound Summer Closing CeremonyA special musical presentation included Dante Copeland and Imani Garde, both of Lakeland High School.
 
2014 Upward Bound Summer Closing CeremonyEsther Brown looks at the paper turbine projects with her daughter and Upward Bound student Catherine Brown of Franklin High School.

Aug
19
08/19/2014

Newport News Shipbuilding Receives ‘Excellence Award’ for Successful Partnership with Paul D. Camp Community College

CTE Excellence Award
Photo Information:
Present for the awards luncheon, from left, were: Paul Wm. Conco, PDCCC President; Danny Hunley, NNS Vice President of Operations; Brian Burroughs, NNS Manager of Product and Training; Gary Roy, NNS Manager of Trades Training; Angela Lawhorne, PDCCC Career Development Center and Job Placement Coordinator; Bill Docalovich, NNS Director of Trades Services; and Larry Brunson, PDCCC Job Placement Coach.
 
Newport News Shipbuilding officials Bill Docalovich and Brian Burroughs were recently honored with a 2013-14 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Creating Excellence Award for Postsecondary Business and Industry Partnerships.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College made the nomination for the award, which was presented at a luncheon in Richmond by the Virginia Community College System in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education. NNS was recognized for the successful partnership between the industry and the College for its 120-hour Fast Track Marine Welding Training Program.
 
“This award is a direct result of the great work performed by the PDCCC Career Development Center and Regional Workforce Development Center in partnership with Newport News Shipbuilding,” said Paul Wm. Conco, president of PDCCC. “We are fortunate to have received a grant for this program through the Virginia Community College Chancellor’s Innovation Fund. The program is designed to meet the workforce needs of Newport News Shipbuilding.”
 
Newport News Shipbuilding and the College’s collaboration activities included weekly technical sessions, the completion of a real time skills gap analysis, the inclusion of a NNS instructor, and curriculum design assistance provided by Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development. The collaboration resulted in a program that may serve as a state, regional or nationwide model. Already in the region, similar maritime pre-hire programs involve electrical, coating and machinist training.
 
“Newport News Shipbuilding has found that by working closely and sharing some of our training materials with local community colleges and technical schools, we create a richer pipeline of talent applying for career opportunities with our company,” said Bill Docalovich, NNS director of trades services.
 
To date, the program at PDCCC has graduated 29 students in three classes.
 
“We had nine students in a very diverse first class of the Fast Track Marine Welding Training Program,” said Larry Brunson, coordinator of the project at PDCCC. They graduated in June 2013. Eight of the nine students are all employed, with five of them working at NNS.”

The CTE Excellence Awards promote best practices in education and recognize exemplary contributions that improve the quality of CTE programs, according to the Virginia Department of Education. Goals of the awards program are as follows:

  • Promote improvements in academic achievement and technical skills attainment;
  • Prepare students for transitions from secondary schools to postsecondary education and careers;
  • Strengthen the connection between secondary and postsecondary education; and
  • Create partners that support, promote, and enhance career and technical education.
Aug
19
08/19/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Awards Scholarships to 34 Students for Fall 2014 Semester

Paul D. Camp Community College has awarded 34 students with scholarships that will aid in paying for tuition and books for the Fall 2014 semester. The following applicants were honored with awards:

  • Angelita Bease of Suffolk – 40/7 Society Scholarship
  • Tyler Billups of Franklin – Frances P. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship
  • Jeamis Britt of Windsor – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Ellis Cofield of Franklin – Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Samantha Cole of Franklin – Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Natalia Dauphin of Franklin – Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Imani Edwards of Ivor – Wal-Mart Community Involvement Scholarship and the Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Tanisha Ford of Franklin – Donald C. Boyce Education Scholarship
  • Amber Gwaltney of Boykins – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Trakelia Hamlin of Smithfield – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Deidre Harmon of Virginia Beach – Margaret L. Brown Education Scholarship
  • Brittany Hart of Franklin – Cynthia A. Shaffer Scholarship
  • Tyreckka Hawks of Franklin – Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Kristen Kimball of Smithfield – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Josephine Lel of Virginia Beach – Shirley N. Barnes Scholarship
  • Heather Loveall of Zuni – Cynthia A. Shaffer Scholarship, and Roy and Eleanor Epps Cornwell Scholarship
  • Leny Maldonado of Suffolk – American Association of University Women, Suffolk Branch
  • Ashanda Mills of Suffolk – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Bonnie Newsome of Sedley – Smithfield Foods Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
  • Wanda Olden of Suffolk – PDCCC Classified Staff Council Scholarship
  • Eryn Owen of Suffolk – City of Suffolk Early Childhood Development Scholarship Fund
  • Jacqueline Peebles of Suffolk – Dr. Alvin C. Rogers Endowed Scholarship
  • Latia Pierce of Suffolk – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Amber Presson of Carrsville – William and Dorothy Gwaltney Scholarship
  • Jacqueline Rawlings of Suffolk – Kiwanis Club of Suffolk Scholarship
  • Tiffany Ricks of Suffolk – Cross Realty Career Grant
  • Emberlyn Roberts of Courtland – Camp to Camp Scholarship and Nellie White Business Scholarship
  • Matthew Seaborne of Sedley – Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Chelsea Spivey of Franklin – Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Chad Stubenrauch of Suffolk – Cross Realty Career Grant
  • Micah Thomas of Suffolk – Lawrence M. “Marvin” Farmer Memorial Scholarship
  • Kela’ Turner of Zuni – Bobby B. Worrell Scholarship and Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship
  • Charlene Walker-Briggs of Suffolk – Dean Nancy Sandberg Scholarship
  • Aaron Williams of Courtland – Perry W. Barnett Memorial Endowed Scholarship

“It’s truly a blessing that through so many generous donors, we are able to help so many students realize their educational goals at Paul D. Camp Community College,” said Felicia Blow, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation.
 
In addition to the fall awards, Upward Bound students who were enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes during the summer received Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarships (DECOS).
 
Those students are as follows:

  • Shamar Ballard of Franklin
  • Taniya Barrett of Suffolk
  • Shunye’ Burton of Capron
  • Shakyra Cotton of Suffolk
  • Arneze Flood of Suffolk
  • Emily Foster of Suffolk
  • Cierra Gilmore of Suffolk
  • Virginia Goode of Franklin
  • Matthew Gray of Suffolk
  • Shadeejah Hunt of Franklin
  • Lexus Isom of Suffolk
  • Rhema Johnson of Courtland
  • Wilmisha Porter of Branchville
  • Wilbert Ridley of Branchville
  • Markel Smith of Drewryville
  • Paula Steward of Suffolk

The Fall 2014 scholars, as well as the DECOS recipients, will join donors to be honored during a special reception on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center.
 
PDCCC awards scholarships each fall and spring semester. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6790.

Aug
04
08/04/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation Tees Up for 11th Annual Golf Tournament

The Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation is seeking sponsors and teams to support its 11th Annual Golf Tournament. The event will be held Friday, Sept. 5, at Sleepy Hole Golf Club, 4700 Sleepy Hole Road in Suffolk.
 
“Proceeds from this event will benefit student scholarships and educational programs at the College,” said Felicia Blow, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation. “It is a great way to enjoy the sport of golfing, while helping students continue their education.”
 
Registration for the tournament will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., when a shotgun start will get underway. An awards ceremony and dinner will take place at approximately 5:30 p.m.
 
Prizes will be awarded for the top three flights. In addition, there will be raffle prizes, a 50/50 putting contest, and superlative prizes for Closest to Pin, Longest Drive and Hole-on-One.
 
In the event of inclement weather, a rain date has been set for Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.
 
For sponsorship levels and registration forms, visit www.pdc.edu/golf. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6790.
 PDCCC Golf Tournament 2013
Photo Information: During last year’s event, the first place winner in the first flight was the Smithfield team. Members of the team were, from left: Jeff Bird, Brad Frantz, Darden Hurt and Jeff Poehls.
 
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College President Dr. Paul Wm. Conco, left, and PDCCC Foundation Board President Sandy Mann, right, congratulate Ed Patnesky and Bobby Woodward on the rare Hole-in-One feats they achieved during the 10th Annual PDCCC Golf Tournament.

Aug
04
08/04/2014

New Dean of Nursing & Allied Health Chosen for Paul D. Camp Community College

Ms. Deborah Hartman, Former Blue Ridge Community College Leader, Selected to Lead PDCCC’s Division
 
Ms. Deborah Hartman has been named Dean of Nursing & Allied Health at Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC). She began on August 1, 2014.
 
Hartman will take on the role vacated by founding Dean of the program Dr. Candace Rogers. Dr. Rogers began the PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health Division roughly 10 years ago, taking the program from an idea to a burgeoning and highly sought after educational experience. Dr. Rogers retired from the College effective July 1, 2014.
 
Formerly, the Associate Professor of Nursing, Nurse Educator and Allied Health Care Coordinator at Blue Ridge Community College, Ms. Hartman will take on a role for which she is responsible for the following activities and programs:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
  • CNA to RN Bridge Program
  • LPN to RN Bridge Program
  • Nurse Aide Courses/Program
  • Phlebotomy Courses/Program
  • Medication Administration Course
  • CPR Course
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate
  • Practical Nursing – Suffolk Program
  • Practical Nursing – Franklin Program
  • Pharmacy Technician

“Ms. Hartman brings valuable experience in instruction, as well as managing and aligning nursing and allied health programs,” said Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, Vice President for Academics and Student Development at Paul D. Camp Community College. “Her skills as a proven leader are exactly the qualities we sought in bringing her to the College.
 
“She will encourage a close partnership between the Nursing and Allied Health programs and other academic endeavors of the College, and together with our exceptional faculty and staff, take our programs to the next level,” added Atkins-Brady.
 
Ms. Hartman has had an extensive career in healthcare and academics having worked as a Registered Nurse at Augusta Health Care in Fishersville; Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, Va.; Rowan Memorial Hospital in Salisbury, North Carolina; and Durham Regional Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. She worked as an adjunct at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Ms. Hartman was RN case manager of Rockbridge Area Hospice and Homehealth and Americare Plus, both in Lexington, Va.
 
She has held licensures in Nursing from both Virginia and North Carolina, having held certifications as a Trauma Nurse Specialist, certified Emergency Nurse, certified Hospice and Palative Nurse, and instructor in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, EMT, and Advanced Cardiac Support. Ms. Hartman is a member of the National League for Nursing; the Virginia Community College Association and is a book reviewer for Kozier & Erb’s Fundamentals of Nursing: Concepts, Process and Practice Ninth Edition.
 
She earned her associate degree in Nursing in 1985 from Rowan Technical College in Salisbury, N.C., and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1993 from Winston-Salem University in Winston-Salem, N. C. Ms. Hartman attained her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk in 2009. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Higher Education and Adult Learning from Walden University.
 
She was named “Emergency Department Nurse of the Year” in 1990 by Region F EMS Council. Ms. Hartman resides in Suffolk with her husband, Cliff, and has a daughter who is married and lives in Ohio.
 
College Bids Farewell to Program Founder
As Dr. Rogers steps down, she leaves a legacy of distinct growth—a period in which the Nursing Division launched several new programs, doubled its enrollment, and constructed a new building.
 
“Dean Rogers has been an outstanding dean and has done an excellent job growing our nursing and allied health programs to high profile educational opportunities,” Atkins-Brady noted. “She leaves big shoes to fill, but I know Ms. Hartman will do a wonderful job.”

Jul
16
07/16/2014

Wavy News Anchor Speaks to Upward Bound Students

Don Roberts Upward Bound Group Photo
By Frank Davis/Contributing Writer
The Tidewater News

Students of the Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound summer session were treated to a very special guest on Thursday, July 10. Don Roberts, news anchor of the morning news program of Wavy TV 10 was present to speak with the group at the Technology Theater at the Regional Workforce Center. The group was composed of students from Franklin, Southampton and Lakeland high schools.

Roberts, during his lively, educational and motivating address to the students, spoke about his daily routine from getting up very early in the morning to preparing for his daily news programs on Wavy 10. He stressed his love of TV and the importance of the image that he creates for others as a mole model.

Roberts addressed the need to have quiet time to help calm him at the end of the day. During his quiet time Roberts became inspired to write. He read several excerpts from his latest book, “Hey Daddy Read This.”
In this book was a collection of statements that people have written to express their reactions to good and bad experiences they have had in their lives. Roberts spoke about the inspiration that his father had in his life and that he shaped him into the person he is today.

Using students from the audience, Roberts had one to hold a poster size photo of him at an early age with his father while two others held heavy bowling balls that represented choices and consequences that one makes in life. He used this demonstration to stress the importance of each decision made because they can have weighted life-long consequences. Roberts challenged the students to research what makes them special, as they discover their life’s purpose.

Jul
15
07/15/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Launches New Practical Nursing Program in Franklin Beginning Fall Semester

~Classes begin August 20~
 
Although the Southampton Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing will graduate its last class of 14 students in September, the program will still be offered at Paul D. Camp Community College. The new Practical Nursing Program at PDCCC gets underway this fall. This opportunity is the result of community collaboration between the College, Southampton Memorial Hospital and Franklin City Public Schools.
 
“This collaboration will honor and continue the legacy of practical nursing education in Franklin,” said PDCCC’s Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady.
 
In addition, the partnership will allow students with financial needs to enroll so that they may attain their educational goals. “Qualified students will be able to take full advantage of financial aid and scholarships, and will be able to transfer credits to other institutions,” said Stephanie Lockhart, lead faculty for the PN program on the Franklin Campus. “Graduating students will be able to transition to the RN Program at PDCCC more seamlessly as well.”
 
The Southampton Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing was established in 1964 to fulfill the hospital’s need of Licensed Practical Nurses at its new facility. It was co-sponsored by the hospital, Franklin City Public Schools and Southampton County Public schools. However, changing financial issues and many discussions led to the consensus that the community college should take lead on managing the program.
 
During the fall semester at PDCCC, the hospital will continue to provide the training facilities for clinical experience and Franklin City Public Schools will continue to provide one of the instructors.
 
“We are excited about this partnership,” said PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco. “The College will be able to fill a gap in educational and employment opportunities in our region. The Practical Nursing certificate is a good match for Paul D. Camp Community College’s mission of providing education and employment training to the community.”
 
Southampton Memorial Hospital Interim CEO Kim Marks said, “We are so pleased to be part of this community initiative to continue a much-needed program in the area. We have had a long standing partnership with Franklin schools and Paul D. Camp Community College with its Registered Nursing Program, so we are more than happy to continue to work as we always have with both schools.”
 
PDCCC has offered its Registered Nursing Program since 2004 and will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in October. In December 2012, Franklin Southampton Charities provided funds to support the pursuit of the PN program on the PDCCC Franklin Campus.
 
“Paul D. Camp Community College affords its students many educational opportunities.”
said Edna King, Chairman of the Franklin City Public School Board. “We want our graduating students to continue their education and have affordable options in which to do so.”
 
Applicants for the class of 2015 are now being accepted, with classes beginning Aug. 20. “We look forward to graduating students who will join almost 600 practical nursing program alumni who have provided nursing care in our community,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Felicia Blow; her office oversees alumni relations for the college.
 
The Certificate in Practical Nursing is for students who aspire to become licensed practical nurses and requires three semesters of study. Those who pass the required test from the Virginia Board of Nursing are then referred to as LPN – licensed practical nurses. For more information, email Lockhart at slockhart@pdc.edu. To obtain an application, call Carol Griffin at 757.569.6731.

Jul
09
07/09/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Awarded $10,000 Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

~Funds Will Support Fast Track Welding Program~
Bank of America check presentationFrom left: PDCCC Vice President for Institutional Advancement Felicia Blow and PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco accept the donation check from Charles R. Henderson Jr., senior vice president and Hampton Roads Bank of America market president.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development and its Fast Track Welding students will benefit from a generous $10,000 grant awarded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
 
“We are very fortunate that so many people support and believe in the Paul D. Camp Community College mission of providing ‘diverse learning opportunities that enhance the quality of life for students and the community,’” said College President Paul Wm. Conco. “Programs like Fast Track Welding are regionally needed to prepare students for the workforce and to provide employers with trained candidates.”
 
The program is a non-credit, 120-hour program on the Franklin Campus that provides hands-on training, job shadowing opportunities and job placement support. The program is designed to provide fast-paced, focused training of welding essentials and is targeted for individuals who are unemployed, particularly long-term.
 
“Fast Track Welding courses are designed to assure employers that candidates possess the skills and attitude of a successful marine welder,” said Larry Brunson, program manager and job placement coach with PDCCC’s Career Development Center. “The course provides great preparation for employment in this field.”
 
The 10 students of the first class successfully completed the program in 2013. A new session of the training program begins on July 14 and will continue until Aug. 1. For more information, contact the Workforce Development Office, 757.569.6050, or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/.

Jun
30
06/30/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Enrollment Revives Mother/Daughter Relationship

Amanda and Christine
Ivor residents graduate with honors from same program
 
Christine Wells and her daughter, Amanda Douglas, were not as close as they would have liked to be. But after enrolling in the Business Administration program at Paul D. Camp Community College, their relationship began to quickly evolve into a close knit one that they would come to cherish.
 
For four years, they helped each other with homework, studied together, and came to realize how much they had missed each other’s company.
 
“I talk to her almost every day now,” said Douglas. “She is not only my mom, but a great friend as well.”
 
Wells added, “We truly enjoyed knowing that we would be together in each class, as it was a struggle at times. We would lift each other up when one felt weary. It was a joy.”
 
Wells, 46, graduated Summa Cum Laude, dedicated to earning a 4.0 grade point average in memory of her mother, who passed away in 2000. The wife of an Army veteran and mother of a teenage son, she worked a full-time job in Smithfield and maintained an active membership in Mill Swamp Baptist Church, where her husband is a deacon. She is a choir member, and previously has served as an Awana leader, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School director FAITH Team leader and church reporter. Wells works for the Peninsula Rescue Mission.
 
She earned her Associate’s degree in Arts & Science in Business Administration and a Certificate in General Education in May 2014. She is a member of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
 
Douglas, nearly 26, graduated Magna Cum Laude, while working a full-time job in Smithfield. A wife as well, she found a way to balance home life, school life and work. She attended Smithfield High School and graduated from Alpha Omega Publications homeschool. Douglas had received seven local scholarships while enrolled at PDCCC.
 
She, too, is a member of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Douglas earned her Associate’s degree in Arts & Science in Business Administration and a Certificate in General Education in May 2014.
 
In addition, the Ivor residents are the first in their family to graduate college with a degree. “My mother actually started going to PDCCC the semester before I did,” said Douglas. “She encouraged me to begin taking classes, and said, ‘If I can do it, you can do it!’”
 
Both mother and daughter are now planning to earn bachelor degrees in the near future, and Amanda’s brother is planning to take some dual enrollment classes at PDCCC before he enrolls full-time at the college.
 
“Our experience at PDCCC has been rewarding in so many ways,” said Wells “To God be the glory for allowing me to attend college and perform well, because all good things come from above.”

Jun
24
06/24/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Will Offer New Robotics Technology Certificate for Fall 2014 Semester

Paul D. Camp Community College will offer a new Career Studies Certificate in Robotics Technology for the fall 2014 semester.

 

Implementation of the program has been possible through grants from Dominion Virginia Power and its Foundation, and Smithfield Foods/ Smithfield Farmland.

 

The new classes are designed to provide students the skills in programming, problem solving and troubleshooting, tuning and adjustment, and maintenance and repair required for robotics technology fields.

 

“Instruction will focus on developing knowledge of theory and a hands-on approach to learning,” said instructor Keisha Nichols. The curriculum includes introductions to automation and mechatronics, AC/DC Fundamentals and technical report writing. “Students will be able to use these skills to obtain entry level positions in a variety of fields as robot operators, robot service technicians, or robot product consultants.” The fields include manufacturing, software, electronics, math, physics and medicine.

 

The field of Robotics Technology is expected to grow. “Thanks to these generous contributions from our business partners, we will be able to enhance existing programs and develop new programs for our students that will train them for available jobs while meeting the needs of local businesses and industries,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady.

 

Registration is under way with classes beginning August 20. For more information, contact Nichols at 757-569-6763 or knichols@pdc.edu.

Jun
19
06/19/2014

Local Scholarships Allow Paul D. Camp Community College Graduate to Attain Educational Goal

Amanda Douglas
Amanda Douglas was already working full time as a business office manager for a small company when she decided to improve her competitiveness in the marketplace.
 
Four years of online courses and night classes later, she graduated Magna cum Laude with an Associate degree of Arts & Science in Business Administration and a Certificate in General Education. She was inducted as a member of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well.
 
But, it wasn’t easy. Even though she had a full-time job, the money she earned wasn’t enough to cover the costs of her education.
 
“I watched her tirelessly fill out paperwork, write essays and compile needed information for opportunities to earn scholarships that Paul D. Camp Community College offered each semester,” said Amanda’s mother, Christine Wells. “But by doing so, she was able to have 97 percent of her education paid for by local scholarships.”
 
Douglas said she is very thankful for the financial assistance that allowed her to concentrate on her studies rather than worry about how she would pay for her credit hours.
 
“The scholarships paid for most of my education at PDCCC,” she said. “Without this assistance, I would not have been able to achieve my goal of earning an associate’s degree.”
 
Douglas was awarded the following scholarships during her enrollment at PDCCC:

  • Career Preparation Grant (spring 2011)
  • The Franklin Woman’s Club Scholarship (spring 2011)
  • Career Preparation Grant (fall 2011)
  • The Perry W. Barnett Memorial Endowed Scholarship (fall 2012)
  • The Smithfield-Luter Foundation Scholarship (fall 2013)
  • Kiwanis Club of Smithfield (spring 2014)
  • Woman’s Club of Smithfield (spring 2014)

Although tuition at community colleges in the Commonwealth cost less than one half of that at a public four-year college or university in Virginia, students still may not be able to afford to continue their education.
 
“The cost of an education should not stop anyone from reaching their educational goals,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “Although Paul D. Camp Community College has established a number of opportunities for prospective and current students to get their education paid for through scholarships, there are so many other students who need help. We thank the donors who have sacrificed, saved and contributed in order to help others achieve success.”
 
Colton_James
To financially assist more students, the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation is sponsoring a benefit concert at the Regional Workforce Development Center on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8 p.m. featuring local country music artist and CMT star Colton James. Proceeds will go to student scholarships and math tutoring for youth in Suffolk and Franklin.
 
In 2013, the PDCCC Financial Aid Office awarded nearly 70 scholarships totaling more than $55,000 to students. For more information about the concert, call the Office of Institutional Advancement, 757.569.6790, or log onto www.pdcconcert.org.

Jun
16
06/16/2014

Math Tutoring Program Draws Many in its Debut at Paul D. Camp Community College

Paul D. Camp Community College held its first Math Academy Saturdays tutoring sessions at the end of April and throughout May on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus for Suffolk City Public Schools students in grades 4 through 6.
 
According to PDCCC Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, the program saw an increase in students throughout the four sessions. “From a modest beginning with just four students in attendance the first Saturday, enrollment rose dramatically in subsequent weeks,” she said. “The majority of students attended three to four Saturdays.”
 
The math tutoring program offered free, drop-in tutoring and engaged time with math in a fun way in advance of Suffolk City Public Schools’ end-of-year math testing. “The program utilized one-to-one and small group tutoring, as well as computers, games and music,” said Program Coordinator Rebecca Mercer.
 
The tutoring sessions are part of a larger PDCCC Math Academy, which is a grant-supported, multi-strategy initiative to promote mathematics literacy in partnership with schools and community organization in the College’s service region. In addition to Math Academy Saturdays tutoring, the initiative will include symposia with K-12 educators and the provision of math resources to the community through the College’s new Library Learning Commons on the Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk campuses.
 
“Skills in mathematics are vital for all grade levels and ages,” said PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D. “In today’s economy, so many career paths are closed to you if you do not possess basic math skills. We want to help increase the career opportunities for people in our service region.”
 
The initial sessions of Math Academy Saturdays were funded by grants from the Suffolk Foundation and the Community Action Coalition of Virginia. It was also promoted by Suffolk City Public Schools and made possible by the tutors and volunteers, including PDCCC students and its Upward Bound Program students.
 
Plans are under way for an expansion of the tutoring and math-related resources available to the community during the Saturday sessions and to implement a similar program in Franklin.
 
“I am very pleased with the success of our first Math Academy Saturdays,” said Atkins-Brady. “Overall, students enjoyed their time and interaction with tutors, and parents were appreciative of the service provided by the College. As with all new initiatives, we gained insights that we will use to refine and plan for future Math Academy Saturdays offerings. We received great support and enthusiasm for this initial program, and I look forward to seeing it grow to serve more students.”
 
For more information, contact PDCCC Program Coordinator Rebecca Mercer at rmercer@pdc.edu.

Jun
13
06/13/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Student Wanda Olden Earns Prestigious Valley Proteins Fellowship

Wanda Olden Head Shot
The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has selected Wanda Olden, who attends Paul D. Camp Community College, as a member of the fourth class of the prestigious Valley Proteins Fellows scholarship program.
 
The Valley Proteins Fellows represent the best and most motivated second-year students at Virginia’s Community Colleges who demonstrate both academic and leadership potential, along with an uncompromising commitment to excellence.
 
“This is a prestigious honor that is awarded to only 10 students from the almost 300,000 students that Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth,” said PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D. “Wanda is very deserving of this fellowship. We are so proud of her.”
 
A Suffolk resident, Olden is majoring in business management at PDCCC. A non-traditional student, she participates in the Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) program and Student Support Services at the College. She serves as vice president of the PDCCC Literary Club. Additionally, Olden was selected to represent the College at the Virginia General Assembly and the VCCS Student Leadership Conference. She was the recipient of the Franklin Woman’s Club Scholarship for spring 2014.
 
Olden is a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corp, the United Way of South Hampton Roads and is a literacy tutor with the Suffolk Literacy Council. When she completes her degree at PDCCC in 2015, she will be the first in three generations of her family to graduate. She plans to gain employment in business as a manager or director in the Social Behavior field.
 
The fellowship’s estimated value is $15,000. In addition to receiving full coverage of tuition and fees, the fellows participate in a unique curriculum that includes leadership programs, cultural opportunities and a community service project.
 
The fellows program is made possible through the generous donation of Valley Proteins, Inc., a longtime supporter of the Virginia Community College mission. The Winchester-based company has been in the rendering business for more than 60 years and currently operates 14 plants in 7 states.
 
“Congratulations to these students who earned some of our most competitive scholarships,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “These scholars are talented, motivated and community-focused. These men and women will be taking the reins of leadership and leaving their mark on the world and we’re delighted to work with them.”

Jun
10
06/10/2014

Spring 2014 President’s and Vice President’s List Announced for Paul C. Camp Community College

Paul D. Camp Community College has announced the students who have achieved President’s List recognition.
 
The students who have achieved President’s List status are those who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.800 or higher. Each of these students also has earned a minimum of 20 semester hours of credit at the College.
 
Following are the students achieving President’s List status for Spring 2014.
 

Franklin
Alexandra Kokich Franklin
Madalyn Kimlick Franklin
Tyler Billups Franklin
Miranda Tillett Franklin
Katrina Esterly Franklin
John Cornwell Franklin
Grace Kreider Franklin
Cheyanne Banks Franklin
Malik Phillips Franklin
Catherine Scott Franklin
Audrey Hart Franklin
Justin Armstrong Franklin
William Cartwright Franklin
Jacob Tatum Franklin
Rebecca Gray Franklin
Suffolk
Sharlene Mullins Suffolk
Donovan Grant Suffolk
John Deehan Suffolk
Richard Hyman Suffolk
Dana Veney Suffolk
Jeffrey Howell Suffolk
Susan Walter Suffolk
Michelle Chess Suffolk
Lela Picott Suffolk
Benjamin Holland Suffolk
Melissa Hale Suffolk
Amy Neprud Suffolk
Michael Fitch Suffolk
Jacqueline Rawlings Suffolk
Jacqueline Robertson Suffolk
Leny Maldonado Suffolk
Jurnell Bailey Suffolk
Nicholas Thompson Suffolk
Amanda Hamm Suffolk
Valla Vaughan Suffolk
Jacob Buchanan Suffolk
Isle of Wight County
Samantha Lee Smithfield
Shavonda Davis Smithfield
Thomas Michael Smithfield
Valerie Robinson-Ford Windsor
Wanda Pearson Smithfield
Jacob Bradshaw Carrsville
Timothy McDowell Windsor
Carla Johnson Smithfield
Emilee Eaton Windsor
Nathan Gonda Smithfield
Raymond Maya Windsor
Southampton County
Brenda Anyanwu Zuni
Katelyne Isaacs Ivor
Benjamin Cutchins Newsoms
Donna Lloyd Courtland
Deborah Elliott Boykins
Dustin Clary Sedley
Christine Wells Ivor
Samantha Billups Zuni
Amber Ballance Zuni
Kaitlyn Holloman Boykins
Duane Kesselring Courtland
Deanie Robertson Courtland
Jeffrey Eberhart Capron
Brittany Johnson Courtland
Other Communities (outside the PDCCC service region)
Jennifer Bestafka Sunbury, NC
O’Nealia Silvers Gatesville, NC
Rebecca Wheeler Waverly

 
Also, students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.200 or higher for the semester and who have earned a minimum of 12 semester hours of credits for the same semester are placed on the Vice President’s List
 

Franklin
Susan Walton Franklin
Shakeyta Wood Franklin
Travis Pope Franklin
Jeanetta Sessoms Franklin
Emily Hauser Franklin
Dashawn Blow Franklin
Taylor Felts Franklin
Nora Hathan Franklin
Joshua Turner Franklin
Alisha O’Neal Franklin
Sparkle Russell Franklin
John Durham Franklin
Mickey Turner Franklin
Allie Best Franklin
Suffolk
Pamela Reid Suffolk
Charlene Walker-Briggs Suffolk
Amanda Sowerby Suffolk
Alexzandera Nichols Suffolk
Shavaughn Gordon Suffolk
Wanda Olden Suffolk
Keesha Giles Suffolk
Leslie Bellamy Suffolk
Brandy Main Suffolk
Joshua Graham Suffolk
Shaun Woodhouse Suffolk
Kayla Baylor Suffolk
Fabian Fleischfresser Suffolk
Christal Tucker Suffolk
Estherett Ponton Suffolk
Sonja Parker Suffolk
Jane Turney Suffolk
Kenya Smith Suffolk
Lauren-Marie Banks Suffolk
Vester Collins Suffolk
Jay Baines Suffolk
Kristen Gavin Suffolk
Ashley Ashburn Suffolk
Elizabeth Gallegos Suffolk
Miranda Prentice Suffolk
Ladavia Lamb Suffolk
Brian Boone Suffolk
Blake Lester Suffolk
Isle of Wight County
Forrest Womack Smithfield
Ashley Neighbors Carrollton
Michelle Myers Windsor
Jacquelynn Clark Windsor
Shaquii Gary Carrsville
Cynthia Artis Carrollton
Janice Demarais Smithfield
Jeffrey Theall Smithfield
Coretta King Windsor
John Ritter Carrsville
Alona Stephens-Jones Smithfield
Shineka Scott Smithfield
Leigh-Ann Chase Windsor
Vicki Mottley Carrollton
Southampton County
Ashley Giorgi Boykins
LeAndra Watford Boykins
Patricia Drake Courtland
Kirstyn Andrew Courtland
Heather Loveall Zuni
Amanda Douglas Ivor
Christopher Munford Ivor
Brandelyn Clary Sedley
Victoria Marks Ivor
Raquel Jones Courtland
Jasmine Anderson Boykins
Mary Curling Ivor
Maurita Scott Courtland
Ricky Brockington Courtland
Joshua Riddick Newsoms
Alyssa Cranfill Newsoms
Katharine Harville Courtland
Stephanie Grain Zuni
Matthew Nixon Courtland
Shayvonne’ Woodley Courtland
Jessica Edwards Sedley
Other Communities
Lauren Wagoner Eure, NC

Jun
10
06/10/2014

For the Marks Grandmother and Granddaughter Pair, Education is a Family Affair at Paul D. Community College

First-generation college students Share Goals and Successes at Paul D. Camp Community College
PDCCC Pat and Victoria Marks
 
Both Pat and Victoria Marks initially wanted to continue their education in Early Childhood Development. The grandmother and granddaughter, who reside together in Ivor, made a conscious decision to take the same classes and save some money on books.
 
“That was the initial plan,” said Victoria, 22, a Navy veteran. “But I changed my major to Education.” Early Childhood Development was a good fit, as kids seemed to really like her. “They gravitate to me for some reason,” she said.
 
But she eventually wanted to teach. The Early Childhood Development program doesn’t transfer to a four-year school. An occupational/technical program, it is designed for participants to gain employment after completion. Students who want to teach enroll in Education.
 
In May 2015, she will receive her associate’s degrees in Business Administration and General Education, and a certificate in General Studies. She plans to continue her studies at a four-year institution and get a teaching certificate.
 
“I still plan to come back here to get my degree in Early Childhood Development and certificates in Child Care I and II,” she said. “I want to open a 24-hour daycare near a military base. It would help people in the service when they get that “emergency call” that they have to leave.” She also serves as a work-study student in the Admissions Office at the College and as a volunteer for the PDCCC Math Academy.
 
For Pat, school was something that was never completed, as she moved all over the world with her husband, who was also in the service. “I had one year of college in Chicago in 1971,” she said.
 
ECD was also a good fit for the 62-year-old. “I always enjoyed working with children and teaching them to read,” she said. Pat had worked as a child care worker in a Navy Base chapel and presently works with the kids at High Street United Methodist Church.
 
Pat graduated with honors in May 2014 with her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development and certificates in Child Care I and Child Care II. “My goal was to get my degree,” she said. “And it is a great feeling of accomplishment.”
 
Although she hasn’t decided exactly what she wants to do, she knows she would enjoy serving as a substitute teacher or an assistant for a pre-school or kindergarten class.”
 
Both Victoria and Pat are first-generation students and have been inducted into the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at PDCCC. They have even shared a couple of classes together.
 
Victoria looks forward to her younger sister enrolling at PDCCC for the fall 2014 semester. “This will be the first time my sister and I have gone to school together since elementary school,” she said.

Jun
04
06/04/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Launches Practical Nursing Program at Hobbs Suffolk Campus

~Franklin PN Program to Launch in August 2014~PDCCC First Class of PN program

Members of the first Practical Nursing class in Suffolk, from left: Heidi Bussler, Jessica Beil, Tonia Mason, Stephen Wilson, Kim Defreeuw, Denise Shoemaker, Angelita Bease, Chelsea Drake, Jordan Jones, Tonisha Hayer, Amber Jarratt, Ashanda Mills, Jessica Edwards, Brittany Johnson, Shaniqua Chambliss, Haley Dixon, DeeDee Magette and Alexis Blankenship. Not pictured: Judy Wyche and Coretta King.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College announces the launch of its Practical Nursing program on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
 
“We received well over 100 applications for 20 available enrollment slots,” said Courtney Darden, RN, BSN, Lead faculty for the program. Candidates who successfully complete the program will receive a one-year certificate in Practical Nursing.
 
With support from the Birdsong Corporation, through the Suffolk Foundation, the College has created a Practical Nurse program on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. George Birdsong, head of Birdsong Peanuts, a national peanut processing company based in Suffolk, is a leading supporter of research in healthcare issues for PDCCC. Funding is being used to renovate the Nursing Skills Lab on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. However, classes got under way at the beginning of the summer semester on May 19, 2014.
 
“This program will allow the College to fill a need in the community for the students who will become Licensed Practical Nurses. LPNs who continue their education at the College can become Registered Nurses with just one more year of study. Both RNs and LPNs will find a cadre of ready employers in our region,” said College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D. “This is a win-win partnership.”
 
Licensed practical nurses provide basic nursing care under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. They work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes. To become an LPN, students must complete a one-year state-approved educational program. After this step, they must pass a State Board of Nursing exam to receive a license before they can work as an LPN.
 
For more information on the PN program, call the Nursing Department on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus at 757.925.6315.

Jun
04
06/04/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Logging Task Force Participates in Expo in Richmond

PDCCC Bettina Ring and Randy BetzPictured are Bettina K. Ring, state forester, left, and Randy Betz.

 
Paul D. Camp Community College and its Southeast Virginia Logging Capacity Task Force recently participated in the 34th East Coast Sawmill and Logging Equipment Exposition at the Richmond Raceway. Staffing the informational booth were: Harrell Turner, who was hired to lead the logging initiative for the College’s Workforce Development Center; his wife, Cynthia Turner; William Snyder and Stephanie Grubb, both of International Paper; Steve Jones and Kevin McCormack with Enviva; and Vice President for the Division of Workforce Development at PDCCC Randy Betz.

May
30
05/30/2014

Presidential Student Ambassadors Selected for 2014-2015 School Year at Paul D. Camp Community College

PDCCC Student Ambassador Group

From left: Brandy Main of Suffolk, Deanie Robertson of Courtland, College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph. D., Amber Ballance of Zuni, Wanda Olden of Suffolk, Pamela Reid of Suffolk, Debra Bailey of Gates, NC, Michelle Chess of Suffolk, Public Relations Specialist Wendy Harrison and Allie Best of Franklin. Not pictured are: Jacob Bradshaw of Carrsville, Brittany Eley of Windsor, Taylor Felts of Franklin, Jennifer Massaroni-Bernocco of Capron, Tracy Morales of Carrollton and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Felicia Blow.


Paul D. Camp Community College announces its 2014-15 Presidential Student Ambassadors. The following have been selected to serve:

  • Debra Bailey (Gates, NC)
  • Amber Ballance (Zuni)
  • Allie Best (Franklin)
  • Jacob Bradshaw (Carrsville)
  • Michelle Chess (Suffolk)
  • Brittany Eley (Windsor)
  • Taylor Felts (Franklin)
  • Brandy Main (Suffolk)
  • Jennifer Massaroni-Bernocco (Capron)
  • Tracy Morales (Carrollton)
  • Wanda Olden (Suffolk)
  • Pamela Reid (Suffolk)
  • Deanie Robertson (Courtland)

 
“It’s truly an honor to be selected for this auspicious group. These students should be very proud of this distinction,” said Felicia Blow, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
 
The Presidential Student Ambassador Program is designed to support the President and the Office of Institutional Advancement in the positive promotion of Paul D. Camp Community College. The Student Ambassador team consists of a small group of students who volunteer to serve as student representatives of the College before a variety of important constituent groups. Student Ambassadors are enthusiastic individuals who enjoy meeting new people. They are interested in enhancing the reputation of the College.
 
Responsibilities of Presidential Student Ambassadors are varied. Students from this core group may be invited to attend social functions, meet with legislators, and speak about student life to varied audiences. Other responsibilities include participation in the following:

  • Presidential Meetings
  • Commencement
  • Fundraisers
  • Donor meetings
  • General Assembly Session in Richmond, VA

For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6792.

May
20
05/20/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College nursing students capped during special ceremony

PDCCC Capping 2014 Group
Celebrating their accomplishments, (front row from left, are): Rebecca Ballance of Franklin, Brittany Hart of Franklin, Katie Ricks of Suffolk, Latarsha Stith of Newsoms, Taylor Vick of Franklin, Lauren Wagoner of Eure, N.C., Olivia Walker of Sedley, Jessica Watson of Courtland and Shontel Watters of Portsmouth. Back row: College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., Erica Beale of Franklin, Kim Cribb of Suffolk, Candice Bailey of Courtland, Thomas Moore Jr. of Smithfield, Mary Darden of Windsor, Justin Griffin of Windsor, Kelly Hadley of Chesapeake, Erica Lewis of Suffolk and Teresa Lowe of Courtland. Not pictured is Autumn Compton of Suffolk.
 
A capping ceremony held Tuesday, May 6, 2014 marked a successful year completed by 19 Paul D. Camp Community College nursing students. The ceremony marked a mid-point for them in the Nursing program, as next year they will receive pins and formally graduate from the College’s Nursing Program. (After graduation, they are eligible to sit for the examination, which will allow them to be titled “Registered Nurses.”)
 
The event, held at PDCCC’s Regional Workforce Development Center, featured guest speaker Tami Williams, RN, of Southside Regional Medical Center. Williams is also a PDCCC graduate.

May
20
05/20/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Holds Nursing Student Pinning Ceremony

PDCCC Pinning 2014 Group
Back row: Cherie Rice of Suffolk , Brittany Spivey of Franklin, Crystal Drake of Franklin, Hillary Brinkley of Suffolk, Stephanie Monroe of Chesapeake, Tanisha Patrick of Chesapeake, Brandon Olson of Carrsville, Taneshia Jenkins of Boykins, Angel Gray of Ivor, Julie Sabo-Tyrell of Suffolk, Amy Rose of Sedley, Chelsea Gephart of Ivor, Kayla Eger of Franklin, and College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D.
 
Not pictured are Ruth Mwathi of Virginia Beach and Ricky Brockington of Courtland.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s nursing department held a pinning ceremony at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
 
The ceremony is designed to recognize the students who have completed the College’s nursing program. The guest speaker was Dennis Vann, Suffolk native, graduate of the PDCCC Nursing Program and Registered Nurse at Sentara Obici Hospital.
 
Dr. Candace Rogers, RN, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, said, “We are incredibly proud of these students. Their efforts are to be commended. It’s not easy accomplishing such a task – particularly when many of our students hold down jobs or have parental or other family responsibilities outside of school.”
 
Rogers, who is retiring July 1 after initiating the Registered Nursing program at the College in 2004, was recognized for her contributions to the nursing programs at PDCCC. She has more than 40 years of nursing experience.
 
Celebrating this milestone in front at left, are: Tiffany Holden of Franklin, Tiffany Cowan of Suffolk , Lindsey Steigler of Portsmouth, Connie Cook of Suffolk , Chrystal Shumate of Windsor, Bremer Gwaltney of Suffolk, Kierra Butts of Courtland and Shawn Battle of Franklin.
 
The following are special honors that were awarded that evening:

  • The Dr. Candace Rogers Leadership Award:Chelsea Gephart of Ivor
  • Suffolk Pilot Club Good Citizen Award:Kierra Butts of Courtland
  • Nursing Clinical Excellence Awards:Angel Gray of Ivor and Julie Sabo-Tyrell of Suffolk
  • The Mentorship Award:Ricky Brockington of Courtland
  • The Florence Nightingale Award:Connie Cook of Suffolk
  • Nursing Academic Excellence Awards:Chrystal Shumate of Windsor and Cherie Rice of Suffolk
May
20
05/20/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Ties Sixth Place in Nation for Digital Technology

As a result of its ninth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey, the Center for Digital Education announced that Paul D. Camp Community College tied for sixth place in the nation in the “Small Colleges Category-5,000 students or Less” for its digital technology.
 
“We do a very good job of staying on top of technology trends in order to achieve first-rate student learning environments,” said College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D. “Everything requires us to be technologically savvy these days, and it’s great to know that for a small college of more than 2,600 students, we are keeping up with other community colleges in the country.”
 
Survey questions and criteria examined and scored areas of digital and emerging technologies, such as use of mobile devices and technology integration into curriculum’ strategic planning and data management, and professional development, including availability of technology tools and training for faculty and students. Technology priorities, infrastructure and networks, collaboration and outreach efforts and use of technology innovations were also considered in the survey.
 
This honor is relevant for the academic year ending in 2012. PDCCC tied with Halifax Community College in North Carolina, and made the grade as a result of the College’s variety of online resources and tools available to faculty, staff and students.
 
“Community colleges across the country are employing technology in exciting ways to develop unique learning environments on campus and to expand online learning opportunities 24/7,” said Alan Cox, senior vice president for the Center for Digital Education. “Many of the colleges honored this year have employed various technologies and social media to improve resources to further instructional goals. We are honored to acknowledge these community colleges’ technology advancements.”
 
The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding.
 
2013-14 Digital Community Colleges Survey Winners are noted in the below chart. For more information contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6792.
 
Small Colleges Category (Less Than 5,000 Students)
 
1st — Carl Sandburg College, Ill.

2nd — Rappahannock Community College, Va.

3rd — Tompkins Cortland Community College, N.Y.

4th — Patrick Henry Community College, Va.

5th — Kirtland Community College, Mich.

6th (tie) — Halifax Community College, N.C.

6th (tie) — Paul D. Camp Community College, Va.

7th (tie) — Panola College, Texas

7th (tie) — Southwest Virginia Community College, Va.

8th — Blue Ridge Community College, Va.

9th (tie) — Jefferson Community College, N.Y.

9th (tie) — Mountain Empire Community College, Va.

10th — Bay de Noc Community College, Mich.
 
Mid-Sized Colleges Category (Between 5,000 and 10,000 Students)
 
1st — Lord Fairfax Community College, Va.

2nd — Virginia Western Community College

3rd (tie) — Laramie County Community College, Wyo.

3rd (tie)– Walters State Community College, Tenn.

4th (tie)– Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Minn.

4th (tie)– Southside Virginia Community College, Va.

5th — Hostos Community College, N.Y.

6th — Darton State College, Ga.

7th — Lake Land College, Ill.

8th — Temple College, Texas

9th (tie)– Central Virginia Community College, Va.

9th (tie)– Piedmont Virginia Community College, Va.

10th (tie) — Walla Walla Community College, Wash.

10th (tie) — South Mountain Community College, Ariz.
 
Large Colleges Category (10,000 Students or More)
 
1st — Johnson County Community College, Kan.

2nd — Northern Virginia Community College, Va.

3rd (tie) — Fayetteville Technical Community College, N.C.

3rd (tie) — Lone Star College System, Texas

4th — Northampton Community College, Penn.

5th (tie) — Howard Community College, M.D.

5th (tie) — Delaware Technical Community College, Del.

6th — Kingsborough Community College, N.Y.

7th (tie) — Harrisburg Area Community College, Penn.

7th (tie) — Delta College, Mich.

7th (tie) — Monroe Community College, N.Y.

8th (tie) — Thomas Nelson Community College, Va.

8th (tie) — Tidewater Community College, Va.

9th — Germanna Community College, Va.

10th (tie) — Community College of Allegheny County, Penn.

10th (tie) — Montgomery County Community College, Penn.

10th (tie) — Jefferson State Community College, Ala.

May
15
05/15/2014

Trio of high school seniors to receive degrees from PDCCC

STEPHEN H. COWLES/STAFF WRITER
The Tidewater News
 
Three area high school seniors will be rewarded for their extra attention to academics when they graduate tonight from Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin. During the commencement ceremony, Armirah Stephens of Franklin High School, Samantha Billups and Benjamin Cutchins, both of Southampton High School, will be recognized for their achievements as dual enrollment students.
 
By participating in the program, they earn credits from both their respective high school as well as the college.
The seniors spoke recently about their experience.


Armirah Stephens

Armirah Stephens

 
“My parents, they love it. This cuts off two years of college,” Stephens said. “I’ll be able to go ahead and get started on master’s program early. I’m the first in my family to graduate from college.
 
She is the daughter of Valerie Willis and Roger Stephens, and sister of Kumasi Matin, her brother, and four older sisters, Tunisia Stephens, Chiquita Stephens, Ruggayyah Matin and Rajeeyah Matin.
 
At PDCCC tonight, Stephens will graduate with honors with an associate’s degree in general studies and a certificate in general education from the college. Already certified as nurse’s aide, the 18-year-old had until recently worked part-time at Nansemond Pointe. She want to major in biology at Spelman, and the long-range goal is to become an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control.
 
“It’s definitely been a journey and a very good one,” Stephens said about being the intensive academic program. “When I was visiting at Spelman College, I noticed a teaching style similar to PDCCC, and I feel dual enrollment has prepared me for college and real life. It won’t be such a surprise…I won’t be shocked.”
As if textbooks weren’t enough, the 18-year-old has also been active in extracurricular school activities at Franklin High School as well as her church, First Baptist. There’s been the marching band, student ambassador to city council, the Student Government Association, Delta Gems, Alpha Kappa Alpha debutante queen, 21st Century Ladies of Distinction, a Mime Ministry leader and children’s church teacher, to name a few.
Two people get credit for helping Stephens get through it all.
 
“Jennelle Riddick gave me a crash course on time management — eat, sleep, free time. Alexa Harris — Spelman alumna, family friend and mentor — helped me learn how to take a break and balance everything to have a social life, but also keep up my grades as well.”
Two other factors have guided Stephens.
“My ambition comes from my faith and nieces, to be a good example. I want them to see that you don’t have to dribble a ball, sing or be a famous rapper to be successful,” she said.
 
After graduation, Stephens wants to get a job at a Boys and Girls Club and relax before heading off to college.


Samantha Billups

Samantha Billups

 
Billups, 18, said she’ll attend Hollins University to major in business, and wants to broaden her horizons by studying abroad as well. She’s not yet decided on a major, though.
 
“I want to find what fits me,” she said.
The daughter of Leisa and Douglas Billups of Zuni, she has a sister. Jenna Billups, who is a sophomore at Southampton High School.
Billups will graduate with honors with an associate’s degree in general studies and a certificate in general education from the college. She has earned a 4.73 GPA at Southampton High and a 3.9 at PDCCC, according to Wendy Harrison, communications specialist at PDCCC. Billups is also No. 2 in a class of 167 and has successfully completed the requirements for an advanced diploma at Southampton High.
A member of the National Honor Society, FFA, Varsity Club, and Christian Club, she serves as president of the Beta Club, according to Harrison. Billups is past captain of the Junior Varsity Volleyball team and serves as captain of the Varsity Volleyball team, which was Southside District Champions in 2011 and 2012. She earned 2012 2nd Team All-District and 2012 Assist Leader. She also serves as captain of the Blackwater Volleyball Club and participated in the Ivor Softball Association’s Southampton/Sussex Girls Fast Pitch All-Stars Team.
 
She volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Franklin Cooperative Ministry. She is a member of the Eucharistic Ministry Team, St. Jude Catholic Church Adult Choir and secretary of the church’s Youth Group. She also has served as pre-school and kindergarten Sunday school teacher and secretary of the Youth Group. In addition, she tutors math, specializing in algebra.
 
It was at the school when she heard from classmates about the dual enrollment, and got interested.
 
“I would say it has definitely helped prepare for the future,” she said about being in the program “It’s beneficial to my family in saving money in long run.”
No less important, “I manage my time better. I’ve learned to be more flexible and be more responsible,” added Billups.
 
There will be a little graduation party after tonight’s ceremony, then it’s back to high school on Monday.
 
Though she didn’t define her plans after graduation, Billups only knows it won’t be a lazy time.
 
“I have a busy summer,” she said. “I can’t function without being busy.”


Benjamin Cutchins

Benjamin Cutchins

 
The incentive for the Southampton High senior to sign up for dual enrollment was simple: “I wanted to decrease time and costs. I want to go into the medical field and there’s a lot of schooling.”
 
The 18-year-old has set quite an ambition for himself: cardiologist.
 
“Heart disease is the number one killer in America,” said Cutchins, who added that he’s also been studying anatomy and physiology. “I’ve done research and want to make sure it’s what I want to do.”
 
Cutchins said that if a career in medicine doesn’t work out, then he’d look to become a physical trainer.
 
“I keep a good level of physical fitness,” he said. Wrestling, track, cross country and martial arts are some examples that Harrison cited.
The son of Cathy and Ben Cutchins of Newsoms will graduate with honors with an associate degree in general studies and a certificate in general education from PDCCC. She works at the college and urged her son to enroll.
 
He in turn encourages other students to consider joining.
 
“The dual enrollment program is just a great program for just about any high school student. People are more capable than they realize,” said Cutchins. “It’s a doable program.”
 
There’s a different level of learning, he added, and more responsibility on students when they’re in dual enrollment classes.
Learning hasn’t been limited to just the school year. For the past two summers, Cutchins took classes in art, music, speech and health rather than laze about.
“I just do,” he said by way of explanation. “I guess personal growth.”
 
Higher education will be either at Virginia Military Institute or James Madison University.
 
“They just have a higher level of education, and give students a good set of values to live with,” said Cutchins about VMI, adding that joining the Air Force is a possibility for him.
 
Joel Bradshaw, a retired colonel, served as a mentor as well as instructing in calculus at the college.
 
“He’s really a great teacher,” said Cutchins. “He emphasized understanding rather than just memorization.”

May
15
05/15/2014

Siblings advance to RN status with graduation

STEPHEN H. COWLES/STAFF WRITER
The Tidewater News

Shawn & Tiffany
Tiffany Holden and Shawn Battle have been walking a path together, and not just as sister and brother. On Friday night, they each reached a proverbial milestone when they received their degrees as registered nurses during the graduation ceremony at Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin.
 
“It’s been a long journey,” Holden said with laughter. A 2002 graduate of Southampton High School, she’s been involved in a nursing role ever since. She first went to Norfolk State University, but came back home and continued studies at PDCCC.
 
“NSU was really a little tougher, but Paul D. Camp has been a little bit more one-on-one and closer to home.”
The education was complicated when a family member became ill.
 
“My biological mother — Marilyn Holden — got sick in 2006,” she said. “I continued to the nursing after she died.”
After becoming a licensed practical nurse, Holden, 30, got work as a nurse at the Deerfield Correctional Center, where’s she’s been since.
But her sights in the nursing profession have always been set higher.
 
“I just knew that being an LPN wasn’t going to be all. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s not what I want to do for the rest of my life. I will go on to get my bachelor’s degree,” said Holden. “I’m hoping to get hired into the [Southampton Memorial] hospital.”
 
All along the career track, her family has been cheering her along.
 
“My mother and father, Clara and Henry Battle, are the inspiration — as well as my three daughters, Armaiya, Abrielle and Amia — they inspire me every day.
“If not for my parents I would be nowhere near complete and probably would never have started,” she said. “They are my backbone. I give them the 100 percent credit.”
 
In turn, Holden became an inspiration of sorts for Shawn Battle, who lives in Franklin.
 
“I’m a former IP employee of 20 years — working on the paper machine and later as a windup operator. I first got introduced to nursing during her LPN graduation. I thought, ‘What would I do if something should happen to the mill?’”
 
Battle, 42, then got started after her ceremony to become an LPN himself.
 
“My road hasn’t been as long as hers,” he acknowledged.
 
Meanwhile, it so happened that the mill closed.
 
“I was also at Deerfield for a bit, and returned to IP for its startup, and then returned to PDCCC to get an RN degree,” he added. “I knew I was going higher. I did some agency work and get satisfaction out of helping people and taking care of individuals.”
 
Like his sister, Battle hopes to get work in some medical or service hospital, and will also pursue a BSN later.
 
Like Holden, Battle’s cheerleaders are his family.
 
“In my little journey, a lot of credit goes to my wife and kids — Vengeria Battle and Shawn II and Trinade Battle, Jazzi King — for their support,” he said, adding that without them, he wouldn’t have made it so far.
 
Both siblings look forward to the work ahead.
 
“You have to definitely love what you do,” Holden said about nursing. “No amount of money will be enough. You’ve got to love it.”

May
09
05/09/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College 43rd Annual Commencement Exercises Held May 9, 2014

PDCCC Graduation 2014

On May 9, 2014, Paul D. Camp Community College held its 43rd Annual Commencement. The ceremony was held at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. More than 250 students received their degrees and certificates.
 
Dr. Lawrence G. Dotolo, President of the Virginia Tidewater Consortium (VTC) for Higher Education, delivered the keynote address about the importance of “Lifelong Learning.” Student speaker for the commencement was Pamela Reid of Suffolk, who received a standing ovation for her delivery of “What Kind of Fabric Are You?”
 
In addition to the conferring of degrees and certificates, the following honors and additional recognitions occurred:
 

  • Virginia Community College Association’s 2013 Showcase awards winners were recognized. They are: Madeline Marks, Tutor Coordinator for Student Support Services; Troy Hand, Librarian; LaQuisa McGlone, Admissions Support assistant; and Angela Lawhorne, Career Development Center and Job Placement coordinator.
  • 2013-14 PDCCC Award for Excellence in Education was presented to Sandra Walker, College Success Coach for the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. Ms. Walker was selected by her peers for this honor. This is an annual recognition at the College.
  • J. Paul Councill Jr. Community Service Award was presented to Warren Beale, Executive Vice President of Manry Rawls. He serves as Chairman of both the Franklin-Southampton Economic Development Corporation and Franklin-Southampton Charities Board. He is a board member of the Franklin Southampton Chamber Foundation, The Village at Woods Edge, the Franklin Business Incubator, and the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Council.
  • Professor Emeritus recognition was bestowed upon Martha Kello, who retired after 25 years of teaching at PDCCC. She retired as associate professor of Early Childhood Development and Reading.

 
Next, the following degrees and certificates were awarded:
 
Degree of Associate of Arts and Science in Business Administration:

  • Suffolk: Lauren-Marie Banks (Magna Cum Laude), Vicky D. Best (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Kelly Griggs (Cum Laude), Ma’Quita A. Manley, Kendra M. Silver (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Shanice Sucre (Magna Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Franklin: Mary L. Hunter (Cum Laude), Edward L. Marks and Jeffrey D. Raiford (Cum Laude)
  • Ivor: Jeanette M. Bonham, Amanda J. Douglas (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Christine L. Wells (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Sedley: Martin R. Carr (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Portsmouth: Frederick A. Moody
  • Newport News: Jasmine L. Cary (Cum Laude)

 
Degree of Associate of Arts and Science in Education:

  • Suffolk: Anfernee Blakeney, Victoria C. Lyons, Amanda M. Sowerby (Cum Laude and PTK) and Shalisha L.Woodhouse
  • Franklin: Nayasia T. Pope and Joshua D. Turner
  • Ivor: Victoria Marks
  • Newsoms: LaVelle D. Evans
  • Courtland: Garrett A. Piersa
  • Windsor: Leigh-Ann Phillips Chase (Magna Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Carrollton: Cynthia D. Artis (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Karen D. Richardson

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

  • Suffolk: Corey W. Campbell, Joshua Graham (Cum Laude) and Dana Veney (Summa Cum laude)
  • Franklin: Carlos Lawrence
  • Courtland: Matthew VanDerWege
  • Smithfield: Joshua E. Bielewicz and Nathan Gonda (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)

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

  • Suffolk: Jay V. Baines Jr. (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) , Katrina Britt, Lana D’Ambrosio (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Nathan A. Harris (Cum Laude and PTK), Sheldon L. Hill, Malaika C. Karriem (Magna Cum Laude), Casey S. Mitchell, Jessica Moore, Scott Munn (Cum Laude), Lora M. Murphy, Dwight D. Parker Jr. , Kenya S. Smith (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Symone A. Stewart (Cum Laude), Dana Veney (Summa Cum Laude) and Ashley R. Wood
  • Franklin: Tyler W. Billups (Summa Cum Laude), Monique Dunn, Shanika L. Jones, Madalyn Kimlick (Summa Cum Laude and PTK), John E. Ritter III (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Armirah Stephens (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Courtland: Stephanie L. Hart
  • Sedley: Brandelyn S. Frances Clary (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Dustin Clary (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Newsoms: Benjamin T. Cutchins (Summa Cum Laude) and LaVelle D. Evans Sr.
  • Boykins: Deborah L. Elliott (Summa Cum Laude), Ashley L. Giorgi (Magna Cum Laude) and Nikita Owen
  • Branchville: Kateisha L. Davis
  • Zuni: Samantha L. Billups (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Smithfield: Amanda Dubinsky, Pacquita Ford, Joseph C. Grant, , Alona L. Stephens-Jones (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Joshua H. Marshall, Shineka Scott (Magna Cum Laude) and Sebastian Wellons
  • Surry: Alisa S. Jones (Cum Laude)
  • Portsmouth: Valerie K. Tuft
  • Como, NC: Cheryl G. Bowers

 
Degree of Associate of Arts and Science in Science:

  • Suffolk: Kayla A. Baylor (Summa Cum Laude and PTK), Deja M. Lankford (Magna Cum Laude) and Erin D. Rawlings
  • Franklin: LaTisha J. Barham and Alexandra J. Kokich (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Sedley: Jordan L. Pulley
  • Carrsville: Donald R. Andes (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Smithfield: Danielle Lyttle

 
Degree of Associate in Applied Science in Administration of Justice (Corrections Science):

  • Suffolk: Vester Collins (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Pebbles Nicole Cross and Leola Gill
  • Franklin: Angel J. Dickens and Michael W. Hartman Jr.
  • Courtland: Shaniqua S. Boyd (Cum Laude) and Robert C. Vaughan Jr. (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Boykins: Shayla N. Grant

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

  • Suffolk: Latasha Johnson and Brandon S. Mitchell
  • Franklin: John D. Cornwell Jr. (Summa Cum Laude), John G. Durham (Magna Cum Laude) and Desty M. Heikens (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Newport News: Pablo Jose’ Finelli (Cum Laude)

Degree of Associate in Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology (Executive):

  • Windsor: Mark Copeland (Cum Laude)

 
Degree of Associate in Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology (Word Information Processing):

  • Zuni: Debra J. Arrington
  • Windsor: Valerie D. Robinson-Ford (Summa Cum Laude)

 
Degree of Associate in Applied Science (Early Childhood Development):

  • Suffolk: Kathryn Lucia Cooke, Jacqueline Robertson (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Quay A’Qui’nette Young (Cum Laude)
  • Ivor: Patricia M. Marks (Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Courtland: Donna M. Lloyd (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Wakefield: Hannah Barrett (Magna Cum Laude and PTK)

 
Degree of Associate in Applied Science in Industrial Technology:

  • Franklin: Travis T. Pope (Cum Laude)

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

  • Franklin: James C. Williams III (Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Newsoms: Gerrel Gray (Cum Laude)

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

  • Franklin: Travis T. Pope (Cum Laude) and James C. Williams III (Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Newsoms: Lawrence B. Story Jr. (Cum Laude)

 
Degree of Associate in Applied Science in Management (Computer Support Specialist):

  • Suffolk: Donovan E. A. Grant (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Courtland: Tami Sue Kesselring

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

  • Franklin: Patricia A. Brown
  • Capron: Shelton L. Turner (Cum Laude)

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

  • Suffolk: Donovan E. A. Grant (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Franklin: Mickey W. Turner (Magna Cum Laude)

 
Degree of Associate in Applied Science in Nursing:

  • Suffolk: Hillary B. Brinkley, Connie A. Cook (Cum Laude), Tiffany M. Cowan, Bremer E. Gwaltney, Angelique C. Rice (Magna Cum Laude), Julia Sabo-Tyrrell and Erin N. Sessoms
  • Franklin: Shawn L. Battle , Crystal D. Beale, Kayla M. Eger (Cum Laude), Tiffany M. Holden and Brittany Spivey
  • Ivor: Chelsea Gephart (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Angel L. Gray (Cum Laude)
  • Sedley: Amy W. Rose (Cum Laude)
  • Courtland: Ricky D. Brockington (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Kierra A. Butts
  • Boykins: Taneshia N. Jenkins
  • Carrsville: Brandon W. Olson
  • Windsor: Chrystal Shumate
  • Chesapeake: Stephanie Monroe and Tanisha Patrick
  • Portsmouth: Lindsey N. Stiegler
  • Virginia Beach: Ruth Mwathi

 
Certificate in Clerical Studies:

  • Zuni: Debra J. Arrington

 
Certificate in Early Childhood Development Assistant:

  • Suffolk: Kathryn L. Cooke (Magna Cum Laude) and Jacqueline Robertson (Magna Cum Laude and PTK)

 
Certificate in Electricity:

  • Franklin: Ryan Walton and James C. Williams III (Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Newsoms: Gerrel Gray (Cum Laude) and Lawrence B. Story Jr. (Cum Laude)

 
Certificate in General Education:

  • Suffolk: Chelsey Austin, Jay V. Baines, Jr. (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Lauren-Marie Banks (Magna Cum Laude), Nathaniel Baker, Vicky D. Best (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Anfernee Blakeney, Katrina Britt, Lana D’Ambrosio (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Eric Deir, Joshua Graham (Cum Laude), Kelly Griggs (Cum Laude), Sheldon L. Hill, Malaika C. Karriem (Magna Cum Laude), Casey S. Mitchell, Scott Munn (Cum Laude), Ngbandu D. Mumbata, Lora M. Murphy, Dwight D. Parker Jr., Karen D. Richardson, Kendra M. Silver (Magna Cum Laude), Kenya S. Smith (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Amanda Sowerby (Cum Laude and PTK), Symone A. Stewart (Cum Laude), Dana Veney (Summa Cum Laude), Ashley R. Wood, Shalisha L. Woodhouse and Miranda Wright
  • Franklin: Justin Armstrong, Tyler W. Billups (Summa Cum Laude), Monique Dunn, Tanisha L. Ford, Kelsey D. Foreman, Kelly Haley, Mary L. Hunter (Cum Laude), Madalyn Kimlick (Summa Cum Laude and PTK), Alexandra J. Kokich (Summa Cum Laude and PTK), Fred Myrick Jr., Jeffrey D. Raiford (Cum Laude), John E. Ritter III (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Armirah Stephens (Summa Cum Laude) and Joshua D. Turner
  • Ivor: Amanda J. Douglas (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Christine L. Wells (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Sedley: Martin R. Carr (Summa Cum Laude and PTK), Brandelyn S. Frances Clary (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Dustin Clary (Summa Cum Laude and PTK), Jessica Edwards and Jordan L. Pulley
  • Courtland: Joseph L. Banty, Stephanie L. Hart, Garrett Piersa and Matthew VanDerWege
  • Newsoms: Benjamin T. Cutchins (Summa Cum Laude) and LaVelle D. Evans Sr.
  • Branchville: Kateisha L. Davis
  • Boykins: Deborah L. Elliott (Summa Cum Laude), Ashley L. Giorgi (Magna Cum Laude) and Nikita Owen
  • Zuni: Amber Ballance and Samantha L. Billups (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Carrsville: Donald R. Andes (Summa Cum Laude and PTK) and Jacob Bradshaw
  • Windsor: Joseph Allison, Leigh-Ann Phillips Chase (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Rachael Fussell
  • Carrollton: Cynthia D. Artis (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Ashley M. Neighbors
  • Smithfield: Joshua E. Bielewicz, Amanda Dubinsky, Pacquita Ford, Emily M. Lumley, Shineka Scott (Magna Cum Laude), Alona L. Stephens (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Sebastian Wellons
  • Waverly: Ngozi E. Eke
  • Surry: Alisa S. Jones (Cum Laude)
  • Newport News:Jasmine L. Cary (Cum Laude)
  • Portsmouth: Valerie K. Tuft

Certificate in Career Studies (Bookkeeping):

  • Suffolk: Debra L. Price
  • Courtland: Jamie L. Dodd and Tami Sue Kesselring
  • Branchville: Deria Binetsky
  • Smithfield: Carlene Davis and Veronica Handy
  • Portsmouth: Marlena Sharpe

Certificate in Career Studies (Childcare I):

  • Suffolk: Kathryn L. Cooke (Magna Cum Laude) and Jacqueline Robertson (Magna Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Courtland: Patricia Drake

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Childcare II):

  • Suffolk: Kathryn L. Cooke (Magna Cum Laude)  and Jacqueline Robertson (Magna Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Ivor: Patricia M. Marks (Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Courtland: Patricia Drake

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Computer Support Specialist):

  • Suffolk: Jurnell Bailey, Donovan E. A. Grant (Summa Cum Laude) and Dana Veney (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Zuni: Alan E. Piland
  • Windsor: Victor L. Williams
  • Portsmouth: Ivory Chapman

 
Certificate in Career Studies ( Electronic Health Records System Engineering):

  • Franklin: Sheena L. Graham and Marie D. Wyche

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Entrepreneurship in Small Business Management):

  • Suffolk: Terricka Rodriguez and Donovan E. A. Grant (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Franklin: Mickey W. Turner (Magna Cum Laude)

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Entrepreneurship in Small Business Management-Advanced):

  • Suffolk: Terricka Rodriquez

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Geographic Information Systems Technician):

  • Suffolk: Shannon L. Wolfe

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Hardware and Software Support):

  • Suffolk: Donovan E. A. Grant (Summa Cum Laude), Dana Veney (Summa Cum Laude) and Myers Hunt
  • Franklin: Mickey W. Turner (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Windsor: Aaron Beck

Certificate Career Studies (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning):

  • Suffolk: Randy P. Sylvester
  • Franklin: Daniel F. Borngesser, William C. Cartwright, Andrew Kostelnik and English T. Watson
  • Courtland: Brian M. Norton
  • Capron: Pedro Bryant
  • Drewryville: DeShawn Blowe
  • Smithfield: Denzel L. Williams

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Industrial/Residential Wiring):

  • Franklin: Fred Myrick Jr.
  • Courtland: Rashad N. Tanner

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Medical Office Billing Clerk): 

  • Suffolk: Tynesha L. Boykins-Jones, Tiffany M. Butler, Vickie D. Coles, Shyretta Eley, Keesha R. Giles, Gloria J. Shearrin and Latasha D. Spratley
  • Franklin: Tonia L. Wright

Certificate in Career Studies (Medical Office Specialist):

  • Suffolk: Shequita Blow, Tyneshia L. Boykins-Jones, Vickie D. Coles, Shyretta Eley, Keesha R. Giles, Gloria J. Shearrin, Latasha D. Spratley, April Taylor, Jane E. Turney
  • Franklin: Ohrinthel J. Blow, Connie Carpenter, Audrey D. Hart, Sharon D. Holloway and Tonia L. Wright
  • Ivor: Jerisa D. Boykins
  • Newsoms: Ida Spruell
  • Smithfield: Eleanor F. Hawkins
  • Clarksville, Tenn.: Jennifer L. Roderick

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Nurse Aide):

  • Suffolk: Jacqueline K. Peebles
  • Boykins: Brittany B. Ramsey
  • Carrsville: Cindy L. Metcalf

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Pharmacy Technician):

  • Franklin: Ashley L. Dobie and Audra Foster
  • Ivor: Teresa B. Bailey
  • Courtland: Raquel Jones and Maurita A. Scott
  • Capron: Robert S. Finch
  • Carrollton: Ashley M. Neighbors
  • Smithfield: Richard C. M. Wrenn
  • Waverly: Rebecca B. Wheeler
  • Portsmouth: Janet N. Ratemo

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Phlebotomy):

  • Suffolk: Angelita S. Bease, Chaney L. Jennings, Brandy D. Main and Pamela R. Reid
  • Franklin: Monique Dunn
  • Boykins: Brittany B. Ramsey

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Pre-Nursing):

  • Suffolk: Kristen D. Arrowood, Angelita S. Bease, Lisa Cooper, Brittney M. Jacks, Brenna M. Outlaw, Lela M. Picott, Symone A. Stewart (Cum Laude) and Anthony W. Thomas
  • Franklin: Latease E. Boyd, Roslyn S. Taylor, Keanna L. Turner and Marie Denise Wright
  • Courtland: Bianca L. Britt, Gregory E. Deloatch, Danielle S. Whitfield and Shayvonne’ M. Woodley
  • Carrsville: Christie L. McClenny
  • Windsor: Coretta S. King
  • Smithfield: Kristine Bateman and Shayvon S. Wise

Certificate in Career Studies (Professional Welder-Fabricator):

  • Franklin: William T. Richardson, Ryan Walton and Dominique W. Williams

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Professional Welder-Pipe):

  • Franklin: William T. Richardson and Ryan Walton

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Professional Welder-Plate):

  • Franklin: Tyler W. Billups (Summa Cum Laude) and Ryan Walton

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Religious Studies):

  • Newport News: Kecia L.Taliaferro

 
Certificate in Career Studies (Word Processing Technician):

  • Windsor: Valerie Robinson-Ford (Summa Cum Laude)
May
09
05/09/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Celebrates Allied Health Graduates at Special Ceremony

PDCCC Nurse Aide Group 2014

PDCCC Pharmacy Tech 2014 Group

PDCCC Medication Aide Grad 2014

During its Allied Health Ceremony on May 5, Paul D. Camp Community College recognized graduates from the Medication Aide, Nurse Aide and Pharmacy Technician programs.
 
Congratulating students who successfully completed the Nurse Aide program are College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., and instructors Courtney Darden, RN, BSN, second from left, and Dana Stallings, RN, BSN, right. Kneeling from left: Jessica Brienza of Franklin; Brittany Salmon of Suffolk; Whitney Coles of Suffolk; Kayla Holland of Suffolk; Emilee Eaton of Windsor; and Jacqueline Peebles of Suffolk. Back: Brittany Johnson of Courtland; Jessica Edwards of Franklin; Sue Walton of Sedley; Alexis Blankenship of Windsor; Lori McNair of Franklin; Miranda Tillett of Franklin and Shakeyta Wood of Franklin.
 
Academic Excellence Awards were presented to Jessica Brienza and Kayla Holland. Receiving Clinical Excellence Awards were Jessica Edwards and Emilee Eaton. Sue Walton was honored with the Overall Student Achievement Award.
 
Instructor Elaine Beale, RPh, and Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., congratulate Janet Ratemo of Portsmouth, from left, Ashley Neighbors, CPhT, of Carrollton, Rebecca Wheeler of Waverly and Robert Finch, CPhT, of Capron for successfully completing the Pharmacy Technician program. Not pictured are: Raquel Jones and Maurita Scott, both of Courtland.
 
Outstanding Performance in Pharmaceutical Calculations was awarded to Robert Finch.
 
Deborah Elliott of Boykins, joined by Conco and instructor Dawn Womble, RN, BSN, celebrates her successful completion of the Medication Aide program at the College.

May
05
05/05/2014

Suffolk Dual Enrollment Graduates Head Start on College
Suffolk Dual Enrollment


Ashley Wood, Malaika Karriem, De’Ja Lankford and Joshua Graham, pictured outside the college’s Hobbs Suffolk campus, will graduate this year as dual-enrollment students after completing classes at Paul D. Camp Community College while also attending high school.

Head start on college
 
By Matthew Ward
Suffolk News-Herald
 
Published 9:56pm Thursday, May 1, 2014
 
Four Suffolk seniors will graduate this year with a head start on their peers, having earned associate degrees at Paul D. Camp Community College while studying for their high school diplomas.
 
Joshua Graham will graduate with honors from PDCCC with an associate degree in General Studies-Computer Science and a certificate in General Education. He will also graduate with honors from King’s Fork High School.
 
Graham has also earned his Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 1 and is active at Main Street United Methodist Church, where he has long served as a member of the Adult Handbell Choir and a sound technician.
 
“When I go to Virginia Tech, I will already know the basics of college survival,” Graham said, adding he’ll pursue a math major with a computer science minor.
Malaika Karriem will graduate from PDCCC with honors with an associate degree in General Studies-General and a certificate in General Education. She will also graduate with honors from Nansemond River High School.
 
Karriem is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Model Judiciary, Healthy People Healthy Suffolk Youth Advisory Board, Nansemond River Crime Stoppers and the U.S. Tennis Association.
 
“At this point, we have gotten so many of our general classes out of the way (that) going into college, we should be able to just jump right in, fulfilling the courses that go toward our majors,” Karriem said.
 
She plans to major in public relations with a focus on crisis communication, and to minor in pre-law.
 
De’Ja Lankford will graduate with honors with an associate degree in science from PDCCC. She will also graduate with honors from King’s Fork High School, where she has been an honor roll student and is vice president of the National Honor Society.
 
Lankford works a part-time job, serves on the Suffolk Youth Advisory Council, and is president of Girl Scout Troop 669.
At George Mason University, Lankford plans to major in mathematics to become a math professor.
 
“At first, the workload was a little much,” Lankford said of being a dual-enrollment student. “When I started at 16, I didn’t really know how to juggle high school and college.
 
“After a while it got easier, and I was able to get a part-time job.”
 
Ashley Wood will graduate from PDCCC with an associate degree in General Studies-General and a certificate in General Education.
 
She will graduate with honors from Nansemond River High School, where she has remained on the honor roll, holds office in the Science Club and is a member of the Academic Team, the Prom Committee and the VOICE Club.
 
Wood will also attend George Mason University, studying psychology.
 
“I would say you should do it, because it’s good in the long run,” she advised students considering dual enrollment.
 

Apr
30
04/30/2014

Pinning Ceremony on May 7 Marks New Beginning for Nursing Graduates

Twenty-four Paul D. Camp Community College graduating nursing students will celebrate their achievements during the Class of 2014 Registered Nurse Pinning Ceremony to be held Wednesday, May 7, at 6 p.m., at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
The guest speaker will be Dennis Vann, Suffolk native, graduate of the PDCCC Nursing Program and Registered Nurse at Sentara Obici Hospital.
 
“This is a very special and emotional ceremony for our students and faculty, as it marks the completion of the registered nurse program,” said Dr. Candace Rogers, Professor and Dean of Nursing and Allied Health. “It is the culmination of late nights and hard work, but it also marks the beginning of even more dedication.”
 
The Registered Nursing program at PDCCC will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Oct. 11, 2014. For more information, call the Office of Institutional Advancement, 757.569.6790.

Apr
29
04/29/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Kids College Makes Debut in Smithfield

Open House will be held May 8

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Kamari, left, and Kenya Rivers design their own shirts during a previous Kids College “Tie Dye Tada!”

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development announced that Kids College, a popular summer enrichment series, will be offered at the
College’s Smithfield site for the first time ever this season.
 
“We were able to expand the program into a six-week pilot in Smithfield thanks to a new partnership with Isle of Wight County Public Schools,” said Kids College Director Teri Zurfluh.
 
The program offers unique workshops for students ranging in age from 7 through 18 and will be held on weekdays at PDCCC at Smithfield from June 23 to Aug. 1. The site is located at 253 James Street, where an Open House is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, from 1 to 7 p.m. “Participants will be able to register and meet some of the Kids College staff and instructors,” said Zurfluh.
 
Classes center around the following categories: Arts and Expression; Hobbies and Interests; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; and Student Success. The goal of the program is to offer area students opportunities to learn new skills, develop new interests and hobbies, and explore career opportunities in a fun, hands-on environment.
 
A variety of workshops and field trips have been planned for both locations this summer. Some highlights in Smithfield include “Gourd-jus birdhouses,” “Ready, Aim, Create! Photography in Action,” Tie Dye Tada!” “From Mind to Body: Introduction to Fashion Design,” “Porkalicious Ham Camp: History of Ham,” “Hooked on Fishing,” “NASA’s Journey into Outer Space,” and “Tech Stars: Harnessing your Web Power.”
 
“We also have two “Kids College on the Go” field trips, where we will be visiting the Jamestown Island archaeological dig and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Museum,” she said.
 
The Franklin schedule will feature some new topics, such as “Horseback Riding Camp,” “Project Butterfly Wings,” “Taste of Japan,” “All the World’s a Stage: Acting & Improv,” “Brick Builder Lab (Lego Engineering),” and “Wrestling Camp.”
 
Participants will also enjoy some returning favorites this year in Franklin. Some of these include “Cake Madness,” “Art Unleashed,” Kayak Kids,” “Safe Sitter,” Tie Dye Tada!”
 
“We are so excited about this expansion,” said Zurfluh. “And as always, Kids College will have plenty of classes in Franklin. Families are welcome to take classes at either location.”
 
The Franklin classes will be held from June 16 through Aug. 8. For more information, call Workforce Development at 757.569.6050 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/kids-college/ for a catalog.

Apr
29
04/29/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Holds Capping Ceremony May 6

Paul D. Camp Community College will hold its Class of 2015 Registered Nurse Capping Ceremony on Tuesday, May 6, at 6 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
The guest speaker will be Tami Williams, RN, of Southside Regional Medical Center. Williams is also a PDCCC graduate.
 
“This ceremony marks a mid-point for students in the nursing program,” said Dr. Candace Rogers, Professor and Dean of Nursing and Allied Health. “Next year, they will work toward earning their pins and graduating as registered nurses.”
 
The Registered Nursing program at PDCCC will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Oct. 11, 2014. For more information, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6790.

Apr
29
04/29/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Names Smithfield Foods as ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ – the College’s Top Philanthropy Award

Philanthropy Award Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods has earned the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy and is Paul D. Camp Community College’s 2014 Philanthropist of the Year. The honor was awarded at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia, located in Richmond, on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
 
Smithfield Foods, along with its Smithfield-Farmland division and the Smithfield-Luter Foundation, has generously supported College programs and initiatives, including the construction of the Regional Workforce Development Center; the establishment of a sustainability program; the launch of a new robotics curriculum; the enhancement of workforce programs and services; and scholarships. The company has also provided financial support to the PDCCC Foundation’s unrestricted fund, which supports a variety of initiatives that help students, faculty and staff.
 
In January 2013, Smithfield Foods and Smithfield-Farmland made the single largest contribution in the College’s history—$330,000—during PDCCC’s first Major Gifts Campaign. Smithfield Foods President and CEO C. Larry Pope also served as Honorary Chair of the campaign.
 
Tim Schellpeper, President and Chief Operating Officer of Smithfield-Farmland Fresh Meat Group, serves on the PDCCC Foundation Board. Smithfield has also provided many food donations for special events at the College and strives to make a positive impact in the communities where their employees live and work.
 
Pope and Schellpeper agree that the Virginia Community College System is a hidden jewel that provides another avenue in which to educate kids at home, where they are successful contributors to society. “Funds donated to community colleges go toward helping real people create a better life for themselves,” said Pope. “As a result, communities are much richer and more stable, and that broadens the knowledge base of all residents.”
 
The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy luncheon is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, as well as the statewide foundation. This marks the ninth year the awards have been given.
 
This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $12 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
 
“The generosity of the two dozen philanthropy leaders makes a critical difference in the lives of students and their families, as well as in the economic vitality of the commonwealth,” said VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois. “They believe in the knowledge and skills that Virginia’s Community Colleges offer to every Virginian. We thank them deeply for the partnerships that demonstrate the art of giving.”
 
The honored philanthropists will have a scholarship named after them, which will be awarded next fall to a student attending their community college.
 
The luncheon’s keynote speaker was W. Heywood Fralin, Virginia Business Higher Education Council Chair and noted philanthropist. He is also Chairman of Medical Facilities of America Inc. and has worked in higher education and economic development efforts throughout Virginia for the 20 years.

Apr
28
04/28/2014

FIRST-EVER HAMPTON ROADS LOGISTXGAMES TO BE HELD FRIDAY, JUNE 6

Logistics companies set to participate in friendly competition highlighting supply chain and logistics industry
 
Friday, June 6, 2014, will be a day like no other in Hampton Roads as several logistics companies in the region compete for the prize as being named the 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES champion.
 
This competition, titled 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES is a healthy competition between prominent companies who are involved in the movement of goods between source and consumer, and paths all along the way.
 
The Ace Import Redistribution Center Suffolk, Va., a 336,000 sq. ft. facility in the CenterPoint Intermodal Center on Route 58 is home to the first-ever 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES.
 
“We are thrilled to be leading this inaugural effort. Our event executive committee has meeting for more than six months and we are thrilled that the games are just about to begin!” said CBRE |Hampton Roads Senior Vice President and LOGISTXGAMES sponsor co-chair Lang Williams. “The games are fun, but it’s not just fun and games. There’s a serious purpose – and that is to publicize the importance of the logistics industry to our region.”
 
How do the games work?
There are five events in the 2014 competition. They are each designed to test the teamwork, talent, efficiency and speed of each competing company. The games mirror the types of environments which logistics professionals work within, but they are presented with a “twist.” Those games are:

  • Pallet Puzzle Sprint – Three-person teams each take 36 different-sized corrugated boxes from floor locations, assemble them and stack them on a pallet. The team with the quickest time wins.
  • Pallet Jack Relay – Three-person teams participate in a timed pallet jack relay race through an obstacle course while keeping the boxes on the pallet.
  • Pick/Pack Hurdle – Three-person teams move boxes from the pallet to a warehouse racking system while memorizing positioning and SKUs in a timed race.
  • Box Put –Teams will have packed one box with fragile bottled liquid items, in the Pallet Puzzle Sprint event, utilizing selected packaging material from various options. During the Box Put event one team member will then throw the box for distance and accuracy without breaking the contents.

 
An objective group of volunteers will serve as judges for the competition. The winning company will receive the “Golden Pallet” award.
 
Why Hold the LOGISTXGAMES?
First held in 2007 in Louisville, Ky., the games were created as a means for participating companies to build employee pride, foster teamwork principles and reinforce safety standards.
 
Scott Flanders, Ace Import Redistribution Center Manager and 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES organizer, said, “When I was exposed to the Games, they looked exciting and seemed like a great opportunity for us in the logistics operations industry to get their employees away from work and involved in something that’s a lot of fun.” He added, “We’ve been planning the Games for about six months and I can absolutely attest to the fact that this is proven to be a great way to build morale and develop a sense of camaraderie among the contestants and the participating companies. In addition, there is a great opportunity to tie in the games with promoting workforce development and raising money to help fund scholarships in distribution and logistics with the Paul D. Camp Community College.”
 
Logistics operations also drive the economy and support consumer demand. As a result, distribution operations are highly sought after assets to a community. “Hampton Roads’ existing logistics industry is composed of a strong, dynamic and reliable workforce,” said Kevin Hughes, Suffolk, Virginia Director of Economic Development, and a member of the planning team for the 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES. “This event represents a great opportunity to highlight the workforce that makes Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Suffolk a major and growing force in the logistics industry.”
 
Russell Young, Vice President of Economic Development at the Virginia Port Authority agreed, “The Port is a sponsor of the games because we support the recognition of the logistics profession and professional. But the key element of logistics involves competition…We compete for jobs, for business investment and for workers. This friendly competition elevates the professionals. This is one way to foster that friendly competition in an economic sector where all Hampton Roads municipalities are particularly strong.”
 
Other sponsors of the 2014 Hampton LOGISTXGAMES are:

Signature Sponsor

  • CenterPoint Properties
  • Virginia Port Authority
  • QVC
  • Expeditors International

Silver

  • City of Suffolk
  • CBRE | Hampton Roads

Bronze

  • Remedy Staffing
  • Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Teams playing, as of April 15, 2014, include:

  • Massimo Zanetti Beverage
  • Target
  • California Cartage
  • Expeditors International
  • Massimo Zanetti

How Will the Games Support Scholarships?
One key differentiating factor with the 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES, as compared to other games, is the provision of scholarships to future logistics professionals. (CBRE has organized 25 games in various cities to date). In fact, all net proceeds from this endeavor will benefit Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation. PDCCC has a wide array of credit and non-credit training opportunities for those wishing to enter the logistics area. And through net proceeds from the event, opportunities for Career & Technical Education program scholarships will be underwritten.
 
“We’re elated with this partnership! Despite the fact that a community college education is an affordable option for many, tuition rates still cause education to be out of reach for them,” says Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the Paul D. camp Community College Foundation. Through the proceeds from this event, I’m certain that even more adult learners who want to change their lives in the growing field of logistics will get an opportunity to go to school. This is truly a wonderful program.”
 
For more information about the 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES, call Felicia Blow, APR at 757.569.6791 or Deb Thaxton at 757.228.1860.


About Ace Hardware
For 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2013, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Seven Years in a Row” according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,850 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.acehardware.com.
 
About CBRE – Hampton Roads
CBRE |Hampton Roads is an affiliate office of CBRE Inc. serving the Hampton Roads region. The firm assists real estate owners, investors and occupiers by offering strategic advice and execution for property leasing and sales; property, facilities and project management; corporate services; debt and equity financing; and valuation and appraisal. In 2013, the Hampton Roads offices completed over $1.2 billion in sales and leasing transactions. For more information about the Norfolk or Newport News offices, visit our websites, www.cbre.com/norfolk or www.cbre.com/newportnews.

Apr
28
04/28/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Sets Allied Health Ceremony May 5

Paul D. Camp Community College will hold its Class of 2014 Allied Health Completion Ceremony on Monday, May 5, at 6 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
The guest speaker will be Pat Edwards, RN, MSN, ACNP of Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk.
 
The Allied Health field at PDCCC currently includes Phlebotomy, Nurse Aide, Pre-Nursing, Pharmacy Tech and Medication Aide.
 
The Registered Nursing program at PDCCC will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Oct. 11, 2014. For more information, call the Office of Institutional Advancement, 757.569.6790.

Apr
25
04/25/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Celebrates the Power of Words during its 5th Annual Literary Festival

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Dr. Harriette Arrington leads a storytelling session during the last Literary Festival at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
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Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs talks with author and poet Nathan Richardson during a previous Literary Festival.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Literary Club is sponsoring its 5th Annual Literary Festival Friday, April 25, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. This year’s theme is “Journeying with Words.”
 
“This event provides a wonderful, family-oriented opportunity for our students, faculty, staff and the community to come together to share in the appreciation of existing literary works and to promote the creation of new works,” said Literary Club Advisor and assistant Professor of English.
 
The festival will feature panel readings by Hampton Roads-based authors and poets Nathan M. Richardson, Phyllis C. Johnson, Dr. Angela Corprew-Boyd, Tony Ruggiero, and Northern Virginia resident Timothy Lee Giles.
 
More About the Panel:

  • Richardson, a performance poet and published author, founded Spiritual Concepts Publishing, which offers consulting and workshops for emerging writers. He is a recipient of the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award and the 2012 Move Maker Award. He is a native of Suffolk.
  • Johnson is an artist, a poet and an actress, who has received national and international attention from her poetic interpretation of Anne Frank’s diary. Among her other published works, she has co-authored a suspense novel and penned a romantic comedy. She is a member of the Hampton Roads Writers and the Chesapeake Romance Writers.
  • The founder of Women Empowered in the Millennium Inc. and Angela Corprew-Boyd Ministries Inc., the Elder and author Corprew-Boyd conducts Empowered Leadership Training sessions. She has traveled across the globe to teach and preach the gospel and to serve as a conference consultant.
  • A Suffolk native, Giles is a self-taught artist, specializing in watercolors. He has self-published two books. He has lived in many different countries, which have served as inspirations for some of his artwork. He has shown in numerous galleries and his work has been showcased at many festivals.
  • Best known for his dark fantasy thrillers about vampires being used by the U.S. military, Ruggiero has written a series of books on the subject. He has his own short story collection, “Humans Need Not Apply,” and his short stories are included in several anthologies. Audio versions of some of his books will be available this year.

Following the panel readings, the authors will be available to autograph books.
 
The Literary Festival will also be highlighted by poetry open-mic sessions, readings from the student poetry contest winners and raffles. All raffle proceeds will support the PDCCC Literary Club’s efforts to continue offering community programs and college events.
 
In addition, plenty of activities have been planned for the children’s entertainment. These include storytelling by Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., College President, and Dr. Harriette Arrington, dean of the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, as well as puppet shows, and arts and crafts.
 
The event is free. For more information, contact Jacobs at 757.925.6331 or rjacobs@pdc.edu.

Apr
25
04/25/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Celebrates Students

Allie Best Jake and Joel Bradshaw

Paul D. Camp Community College celebrated Student Appreciation Week April 14 through 18 with themed events each day. Above, SGA Vice President Allie Best of Franklin, SGA President Jacob Bradshaw of Carrsville, and math instructor Joel Bradshaw received coupons and a visit from the Bojangle’s mascot, Bo. Students Carlos Lawrence, below photo in back, and Saiquan Mason enjoy sandwiches with the Chick-fil-A cow, as well as coupons. Raffles, games and other activities were also highlights of the week.

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Apr
24
04/24/2014

Saturday Math Tutoring Program Begins at Paul D. Camp Community College

~FREE Math Help Available on April 26, May 3, May 10, and May 17~
 
Are you struggling with performing basic math functions? Are any children in your home having problems in school doing fractions, multiplication or division? None of you would be alone. Math continues to be one of the greatest challenge areas for many.
 
According to Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., PDCCC President and advocate for the College’s launch of this math tutoring initiative, without a good grasp of basic math skills, many of the opportunities in our new and changing market place simply will be unavailable to job seekers.
 
That’s why the College’s “Math Saturday” Tutoring effort was begun. Beginning Saturday, April 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the College’s Suffolk Hobbs Campus located at 271 Kenyon Road, targeted, open-access, free of charge tutoring support to children in grades 4 through 6 will start.
 
“We are excited about the launch of the Math Saturday tutoring effort. It’s easy to participate. Students with their parents and guardians will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins Brady.
“Each session is limited to 30 minutes in order to provide access to all those interested. We’ll have games and information for the parents and students as they wait to be served. This is our first foray into this area and we’re looking forward to launching other aspects of our Math Academy program.”
 
The math tutoring effort is part of a larger PDCCC Math Academy program.
 
“PDCCC’s Math Academy is a new grant-funded, multi-strategy initiative to promote mathematics literacy. We are doing the program in partnership with schools and community organizations in the College’s service region. The elements of Math Academy include “Math Academy Saturdays” tutoring, a symposia with K-12 educators, and the provision of mathematics resources to the community through the College’s new Library Learning Commons,” added Dr. Atkins-Brady.
 
This initial offering of Math Academy Saturdays is made possible by generous grants from the Suffolk Foundation and the Community Action Coalition of Virginia. PDCCC plans to expand the Math Academy Saturdays to its Franklin Campus, and to other grade levels as well as adults.
 
For more information, contact PDCCC Program Coordinator Rebecca Mercer at rmercer@pdc.edu.

Apr
23
04/23/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Students Kokich and Kimlick Named to State-Level Academic Team

Paul D. Camp Community College students Madalyn Kimlick and Alexandra Kokich, both of Franklin, were named to the 2014 All-Virginia Academic Team during the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s annual awards luncheon held April 16, 2014 at the Richmond Omni Hotel.
 
PTK Advisor Troy Hand said that the team is designed to recognize PTK members for their academic achievements, leadership and service.

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From left: Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., College President; Kimlick and Kokich, Academic Team members; Trina Jones, Dean of Student Services; Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, Vice President of Academic and Student Development and Hand.
 
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges.

Apr
16
04/16/2014

Seven Additional Scholarships Established at Paul D. Camp Community College due to Generosity of Donors

All new scholarships are available for Fall 2014 semester
 
Seven new scholarships have been established to help students pay for their studies at Paul D. Camp Community College.
 
The College has more than 45 scholarships available and awards them each fall and spring semester. In addition to the 17 existing scholarships for new and continuing students in fall, the following awards will be available:

  • The Cynthia A. Shaffer Scholarship. Given by her brother, Eric Shaffer, in memory of Cynthia’s lifetime of caring service to others as a nurse. Two scholarships will be awarded in fall and one during spring semester.
  • The Roy and Eleanor Epps Cornwell Scholarship. Funded by Locke and Cathy Cornwell Floyd, and their sons, Michael, Brian and Paul Floyd, the scholarship has been given in memory of the Cornwells, in honor of the nurses who cared for them and in appreciation of the people in the Western Tidewater area who were part of their lives.
  • Margaret L. Brown Education Scholarship Fund. Established by Clay and Susan White of Suffolk, this scholarship has been funded in memory of Ms. Brown, who was dedicated to the academic success of her students and to inspire them to become great citizens.
  • Nellie C. White Business Scholarship Fund. This award was also established by Clay and Susan White in memory of successful business woman Nellie White, who exemplified hard work, dedication and the pursuance of one’s dreams.
  • The City of Suffolk Early Childhood Development Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will be awarded to a Suffolk resident who is majoring in Early Childhood Development at PDCCC and is employed in the field.
  • Frances P. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship. Established by her children, Kermit Hobbs and Cynthia Baker, in honor of her support of Paul D. Camp Community College, this fund supports students who are furthering their education in the fields of engineering and technology.
  • The William and Dorothy Gwaltney Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is given in memory of Mr. And Mrs. Gwaltney to recognize their commitment to promoting higher education in their home and their community.

“We are so pleased to make these scholarships available to our students,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the College. “It costs about one-third less to attend Paul D. Camp Community College than to go to a four-year public college. However, without financial aid and scholarships provided by generous donors, many students would still not be able to afford to continue their education.”
 
In 2013, the PDCCC Financial Aid Office awarded nearly 70 scholarships totaling more than $55,000 to students. The acceptance period of scholarship applications for new and returning students and Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity funds is now open for fall semester.
 
For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6790 or visit www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/.

Apr
09
04/09/2014

Country Music Star Colton James Holds Concert to Benefit Paul D. Camp Community College & Foundation

~ True to his roots, Colton James’ July 11 Concert Gives Back to Community ~
 
Plenty of toe-tapping and boot scooting are in store when CMT star Colton James comes home in July. True to form, James is returning to give back to the community he loves by performing a benefit concert for Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) on Friday, July 11, at 8 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center at 100 North College, Franklin.
 
Sponsored by the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation, concert proceeds will help fund the College’s Math Academy, adult program tutors, student scholarships, and faculty training and development.
 
Colton James Giving Back Through Service
James, who approached College officials about holding the fundraiser, is not only known for his knack for writing and performing original country songs, but also for being a country boy. Raised in Hampton Roads and now residing in Southampton County and Nashville, he remains true to his roots by embracing opportunities to give back to the community.
 
“This is a phenomenal opportunity for the College,” says Wm. Paul Conco, PhD., president of PDCCC. “It is a fun way to raise funds for the Foundation and introduce the College to those who aren’t familiar with the resources we offer to the community.”
 
James’ philanthropy is seen in many ways. Through his support of our country’s troops, he received a standing ovation from 16,000 fans after his performance of “Brave Men” at Little Creek Amphibious Base in Norfolk when he opened for Jason Aldean. He and his wife, Cassie, founded Fishin 4 Heroes and are actively involved in Truckin 4 Troops, which both support our active military and veterans. “No aspect of support is too small—just a kind word can go a long way,” he said. After learning about Diane Stokle, who was battling breast cancer, he co-wrote “What Keeps Her Strong,” in her honor, as she was an inspiration and a strong woman. Not only did he have the opportunity to sing this special song to her, but he has also performed it during the Race for the Cure and for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
 
“I am always looking for ways to help people because so many others have touched my life,” James said. “If it were not for supporters, believers and listeners, I would not have experienced the success I have had so far.”
 
The country singer has opened for Toby Keith, Mark Chestnutt, Chris Cagle, Joe Nichols, Dixie Chicks, Lonestar, Keith Anderson and Trick Pony. Residents may remember local concerts that included playing the Franklin Southampton County Fair.
 
“What better way to celebrate area resources than a concert performed by a local country legend that benefits PDCCC students and staff education,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “It is going to be a great time for a great cause.”
 
James’ latest single is “101 Proof.” He is also working on a reality show titled, “Reel Water Cowboy,” where he travels to exotic locations with his guitar and tackle.
 
How to Get Tickets
Buy tickets online at www.pdcconcert.org or at the Regional Workforce Development Center. Prices of tickets are as follows:
 
Seating Price
 
VIP Seating $75
General Seating $20
Open Admission (Standing) $10
 
Vice President of Academics and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady said, “Despite the very low tuition costs to obtain an education at the College, our services are still out of reach for many. And, the Faculty who support student learning are consistently in need of development to further strengthen their classroom and project-based learning environments and other student-based activities. Proceeds from this event will make a big difference in helping students and our learning partners.”
 
For more information, call the PDCCC Office of Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790. Buy tickets online at www.pdcconcert.org.

Apr
09
04/09/2014

The Hurrah Players Perform April 24 at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center

The Hurrah Players Inc., Virginia’s leading family theatre company, will perform at Paul D. Camp Community College Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin. Broadway hits will be featured during the performance.
 
“Bringing a group of this caliber to Paul D. Camp Community College helps raise cultural awareness and broadens our community’s appreciation of the arts,” said Dr. MeChelle Blunt, PDCCC Student Activities Coordinator. “Music is a universal language that fosters unity and pleasure.”
 
Blunt said that she hopes that families, churches, schools and community groups will join PDCCC’s faculty, staff and students and attend the free concert.
 
Refreshments will be served at the event. To find out more about the theatre company, visit www.hurrahplayers.com. For more information about the local performance, call the Office of Student Activities at 757.569.6767.

Apr
07
04/07/2014

Opening of Fall 2014 Scholarships

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Fall 2014 Scholarship Cycle Opens April 7 for New and Continuing Students, and Dual Enrollment High School Students
 
~Graduating High School Senior Scholarships Close April 4~
 
Applications for Paul D. Camp Community College scholarships will open April 7 for the Fall 2014 semester. Dual enrollment high school students and new and continuing students can apply for an array of funding opportunities beginning that day.
 
“The cost of an education should not stop anyone from reaching their educational goals. That’s why Paul D. Camp Community College has established a number of opportunities for prospective and current students to get their education paid for through scholarships,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “What is amazing is that these opportunities are possible because of donors who have sacrificed, saved and contributed in order to help others achieve success.” In 2013, the PDCCC Financial Aid Office awarded nearly 70 scholarships totaling more than $55,000 to students.
 
Scholarships for Graduating High School Students
Graduating high school students may receive funding by applying for the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, the Bobby B. Worrell Scholarship or a Camp to Camp Scholarship. Scholarships for graduating high school students are already under way. Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 4, at 11:59 p.m. and although there are some exceptions, must be submitted electronically. Guidance Counselors at the schools can assist students with the scanning/submission process.
 
Scholarships for New and Continuing Students
More than 25 scholarships for new and continuing students are available for the Fall 2014 semester, including six newly established scholarships. The scholarship acceptance period, begins Monday, April 7. Scholarship application must be submitted by Friday, June 20, at 11:59 p.m.
 
Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarships
The awards are funded by the Ruth Camp Campbell Foundation, the Camp-Younts Foundation, and the Camp Foundation, and are available to assist in making dual enrollment high school courses affordable to eligible high school students that may not have the opportunity because of financial barriers. The scholarship acceptance period opens April 7, and will remain open until funds are exhausted. Guidance counselors may also assist Dual Enrollment students with scanning/submitting the required paperwork.
 
For more information, call the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6790 or log onto http://www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/

Apr
01
04/01/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Holds 43rd Commencement Ceremony May 9

Dr Dotolo
On Friday, May 9, Paul D. Camp Community College will hold its annual 43rd commencement exercises at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
More than 250 students will receive their degrees and certificates that evening.
 
Dr. Lawrence G. Dotolo, President of the Virginia Tidewater Consortium (VTC) for Higher Education, will be the keynote speaker. He has served as President since 1975.
 
Dr. Dotolo was honored with the Association for Consortium Leadership’s Pioneer Award in 2007 and the John F. Noftsinger Memorial Award in 2012 for his work in collaboration in higher education and has been involved in higher education access programs since 1979.
 
An advocate for the improvement of teaching and learning, he established the VTC for Higher Education’s Summer Institute on College Teaching. He also serves as the host of VTC’s “Inside Higher Education in Hampton Roads,” television program.
 
Dr. Dotolo is a professor of English at Old Dominion University. He earned a doctorate in American Literature from Marquette University.
 
The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6790.

Mar
31
03/31/2014

Barnes and Noble Bookstore is moving to bigger spaces

Change is in the air in Suffolk.
 
The Barnes and Noble Bookstore is moving to bigger spaces across the hall from its current location on the Hobbs Campus. Bigger spaces mean more opportunities to provide services to our students.
 
While the moving is underway next week the Suffolk Business Office will be closed March 31 – April 4. Our Franklin Campus Business Office will be open and ready to help if you need anything. If you need us please call 757.569.6702.

Mar
14
03/14/2014

Fall 2013 President’s and Vice President’s List Announced for Paul C. Camp Community College

Paul D. Camp Community College has announced the students who have achieved President’s List recognition.

The students who have achieved President’s List status are those who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.800 or higher. Each of these students also has earned a minimum of 20 semester hours of credit at the College.

Following are the students achieving this status for Fall 2013.

Frankin
Alexandra Kokich Franklin
Madalyn Kimlick Franklin
Tyler Billups Franklin
Armirah Stephens Franklin
Katrina Esterly Franklin
John Cornwell Franklin
Kiara Sweat Franklin
Cheyanne Banks Franklin
Allie Best Franklin
Catherine Scott Franklin
Audrey Hart Franklin
Justin Armstrong Franklin
Rebecca Ballance Franklin
Suffolk
Sharlene Mullins Suffolk
Donovan Grant Suffolk
Delise French Suffolk
Roman Shields Suffolk
Dana Veney Suffolk
Brian Defreeuw Suffolk
Susan Walter Suffolk
Brittney Jacks Suffolk
Lela Picott Suffolk
Benjamin Holland Suffolk
Malaika Karriem Suffolk
Robert Shields Suffolk
Michael Fitch Suffolk
Isle of Wight County
Donald Andes Carrsville
Shavonda Davis Smithfield
Thomas Michael Smithfield
Valerie Ford Windsor
Thomas Moore Smithfield
Jacob Bradshaw Carrsville
Timothy McDowell Windsor
Carla Johnson Smithfield
Joseph Grant Smithfield
Rachael Fussell Windsor
Nathan Gonda Smithfield
Raymond Maya Windsor
Vicki Mottley Carrollton
Southampton County
Brian Rountree Capron
Katelyne Isaacs Ivor
Martin Carr Sedley
Donna Lloyd Courtland
Deborah Elliott Boykins
Dustin Clary Sedley
Christine Wells Ivor
Samantha Billups Zuni
Other Communities (outside the PDCCC service region)
Victoria Barnes Rich Square, NC

 
Also, students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.200 or higher for the semester and who have earned a minimum of 12 semester hours of credits for the same semester are placed on the Vice President’s List.

Franklin
Audrey Hart Franklin
Shakeyta Wood Franklin
Tyler Billups Franklin
Madalyn Kimlick Franklin
Armirah Stephens Franklin
Dashawn Blow Franklin
Taylor Felts Franklin
Angela Harp Franklin
Sparkle Russell Franklin
Katrina Esterly Franklin
William Cartwright Franklin
Tiffany Newby Franklin
Kayla Eger Franklin
Rebecca Ballance Franklin
Desty Heikens Franklin
Alexandra Kokich Franklin
John Durham Franklin
John Cornwell Franklin
Mickey Turner Franklin
Kiara Sweat Franklin
Cheyanne Banks Franklin
Allie Best Franklin
Davis Moore Franklin
Katlyn Drake Franklin
Catherine Scott Franklin
Justin Armstrong Franklin
Suffolk
Pamela Reid Suffolk
Kathryn Cooke Suffolk
Amanda Sowerby Suffolk
Alexzandera Nichols Suffolk
Shavaughn Gordon Suffolk
Melissa Lowe Suffolk
Rhylon Evans Suffolk
Donovan Grant Suffolk
Gabrielle Jones Suffolk
Joshua Graham Suffolk
Shaun Woodhouse Suffolk
Jeffrey Howell Suffolk
Brian Defreeuw Suffolk
Robert Shields Suffolk
Jack Davis Suffolk
Susan Walter Suffolk
Jane Turney Suffolk
Dana Veney Suffolk
Lauren-Marie Banks Suffolk
Vester Collins Suffolk
Tracey White Suffolk
Kristen Gavin Suffolk
Lorraine Stevens Suffolk
Delise French Suffolk
Roman Shields Suffolk
Chelsey Austin Suffolk
Michael Fitch Suffolk
Jacqueline Robertson Suffolk
Brittney Jacks Suffolk
Symone Stewart Suffolk
Ladavia Lamb Suffolk
Scott Munn Suffolk
Lela Picott Suffolk
Benjamin Holland Suffolk
Brian Boone Suffolk
William Tedder Suffolk
Fred Spratley Suffolk
Edward Teager Suffolk
Malaika Karriem Suffolk
Blake Lester Suffolk
Jozee’ McPherson Suffolk
Jacob Buchanan Suffolk
Jurnell Bailey Suffolk
Sharlene Mullins Suffolk
Isle of Wight County
Shavonda Davis Smithfield
Thomas Michael Smithfield
Valerie Ford Windsor
Kenita Tynes Smithfield
Joseph Grant Smithfield
Donald Andes Carrsville
Timothy McDowell Windsor
Laura Lippard Carrollton
Thomas Moore Smithfield
Carla Johnson Smithfield
Coretta King Windsor
Nathan Gonda Smithfield
Jacob Bradshaw Carrsville
John Ritter Carrsville
Alona Stephens-Jones Smithfield
Christie Creasy Carrsville
Dana Gray Smithfield
Rachael Fussell Windsor
Shineka Scott Smithfield
William Copeland Windsor
Denzel Williams Smithfield
Stacey Williams Smithfield
Leigh-Ann Chase Windsor
William Lawrence Carrsville
Raymond Maya Windsor
Vicki Mottley Carrollton
Emilee Eaton Windsor
Southampton County
Ashley Giorgi Boykins
Brian Rountree Capron
Martin Carr Sedley
LeAndra Watford Boykins
Patricia Drake Courtland
Kirstyn Andrew Courtland
Heather Loveall Zuni
Brittany Johnson Courtland
Deanie Robertson Courtland
Amanda Douglas Ivor
Christine Wells Ivor
Donna Lloyd Courtland
Deborah Elliott Boykins
Gerrel Gray Boykins
Jessica Haydu Courtland
Shaniqua Boyd Courtland
Brittany Ramsey Boykins
Christopher Munford Ivor
Amber Ballance Zuni
Morgan Hulker Courtland
Brandelyn Clary Sedley
Jordan Pulley Sedley
Katelyne Isaacs Ivor
Victoria Marks Ivor
Dustin Clary Sedley
Samantha Billups Zuni
Raquel Jones Courtland
Kaitlyn Holloman Boykins
Other Communities (outside the PDCCC service region)
Kelly Hadley Chesapeake
Melvin Tynes Newport News
Victoria Barnes Rich Square, NC
Alisa Jones Surry
Lauren Wagoner Eure, NC

 
President’s List and Vice President’s List announcements are compiled at the conclusion of each semester.

Mar
12
03/12/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Celebrates Women’s History Month with Third Annual Event

The Women’s Empowerment Summit, hosted by the Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association at Paul D. Camp Community College, was held March 8, 2014 at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
 
PDCCC Women's Summit SGA Officers
Danielle Williams of Norfolk State University, second from left, was guest speaker. SGA Secretary Scott Munn of Suffolk, from left, Vice President Allie Best of Franklin and President Jacob Bradshaw of Carrsville present Williams with a Certificate of Appreciation after her presentation.
 
The theme of the event was “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.”

Mar
11
03/11/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Honors Women’s History during the Month of March

PDCCC Ruth Baskerville
Author Dr. Ruth L. Baskerville will discuss her latest book
 
(Franklin, VA) — In celebration of Women’s History Month, Paul D. Camp Community College’s Office of Student Activities and its SGA will host a meet and greet with Author Dr. Ruth L. Baskerville Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
Dr. Baskerville, retired educator and administrator, will highlight the latest of her two published books, “Finding Humor in Grief.”
 
The author earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English from the State University College in Fedonia, NY, and her M.A. and Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. During her 42 years in public school education, she has received numerous awards and civic honors.
 
Dr. Baskerville currently serves as chair of the Governing Board at the Pine Hills Community Performing Arts Center in Orlando, which provides fine and performing arts to under-served children. She is also a member of the board of directors of the EarthWeb Foundation, an organization that focuses on health, environmental and educational initiatives.
 
The event is free. For more information, call Dr. MeChelle Blunt at 757.569.6767 or email mblunt@pdc.edu.

Feb
28
02/28/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Hosts Third Annual Event Celebrating Women’s History Month

PDCCC Britney Jenkins
Britney Jenkins looks at items displayed by the vendors at a previous Women’s Empowerment Summit event.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association will host the third annual Women’s Empowerment Summit in recognition of Women’s History Month. The event will take place Saturday, March 8, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center.
 
The summit’s theme is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.”
 
“Against social convention and often, legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come,” said PDCCC Student Activities Coordinator Dr. MeChelle Blunt. “Women’s lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women’s experiences.”
 
Continental breakfast and registration will get underway at 8:30 a.m. The opening session, featuring guest speaker Danielle Williams of Norfolk State University, will begin at 9:00 a.m. Breakout sessions will follow. Vendors and informational booths will be set up for the event as well.
 
The Women’s Empowerment Summit is free. For more information, call Dr. Blunt at 757.569.6767 or email mblunt@pdc.edu.

Feb
18
02/18/2014

Renowned Poet to Speak at Paul D. Camp Community College Hobbs Suffolk Campus on February 18

The College’s Literary Club invites Nathan Richardson in recognition of Black History Month
PDCCC Nathan Richardson

In recognition of Black History Month, the Paul D. Camp Community College Literary Club is hosting events featuring accomplished performance poet and published author Nathan Richardson. Two sessions have been scheduled as follows:

DATE TIME LOCATION
Tuesday,
February 18
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Hobbs Suffolk Campus,
Rm. 104, 271 Kenyon Road, Suffolk
Tuesday,
February 18
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Regional Workforce Development Center
Technology Theater, 100 North College Drive, Franklin

“We are honored to have such an accomplished writer and speaker such as Nathan Richardson agree to speak at these events,” said PDCCC Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs. “He has been actively involved in our club’s annual Literary Festivals and is very supportive of the youth and aspiring writers in the surrounding area.”
 
Richardson’s presentation will include readings and discussions about the relationship between poetry and great speeches throughout African American history, such as Frederick Douglas’ “Fourth of July Speech,” Lincoln’s “Emancipation Proclamation,” and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream.”
 
A native of Suffolk, Richardson founded Spiritual Concepts Publishing in 1998, a company that offers literary consultation and workshops for emerging writers. He is the organizer of Poetry, Prose & Pizza Open Mic Series, which is now syndicated in Chesapeake, Suffolk and Prince George.
 
Nationally, his poetry has been commissioned to accent art exhibits at the Delaware Museum of Art, the New Mexico Holocaust Museum, the Chrysler Museum and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC). Since 2010, Mr. Richardson has served as the head coach for the Hampton Roads Youth Poets (HRYP). This team of talented young poets, ages 13-19 years old, represents Virginia each year at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam. Richardson is a recipient of the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award and the 2012 Move Maker Award. A short list of his literary affiliations includes the Poetry Society of Virginia, Young Audiences of Virginia and the Advisory Council for the Christopher Newport University Writer’s Conference.
 
For more information, call Jacobs at 757.925.6331.

Feb
18
02/18/2014

Seventeen Scholarship Recipients Honored at Spring 2014 Awards Reception

PDCCC Donor_Student Group
Seated from left, are: Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., (College President), Alona Stephens-Jones, Jacqueline Rawlings, Angelita Bease (scholars) and Col. Lula B. Holland (representative of the Col. Lula B. Holland, U.S. Army (Ret.), MSW, BSN, AA Scholarship). In back: Martha Page (King’s Fork Woman’s Club of Suffolk), Felicia Blow (Vice President for Institutional Advancement), Marie Bowman and Sarah Willman (King’s Fork Woman’s Club of Suffolk), Wanda Olden (scholar), Anne Hager (Franklin Woman’s Club), Donna Lloyd (scholar), the Honorable William K. Barlow (representative of Gordon “Gene” Barlow Jr. Scholarship Fund), Lynda Updike (PDCCC Foundation Board member), Sandy Kirkland (representative of Ryan L. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students), Teresa Harrison (PDCCC Financial Aid Coordinator), Shawn Battle (scholar) and David Lydick (representative of Jim Lassiter PDCCC Scholarship).
 
Seventeen scholarships, totaling more than $6,500 were awarded for the Spring 2014 semester, to several Paul D. Camp Community College students. Recipients, their family members, donors and scholarship representatives celebrated at a reception held Feb. 11 at the Regional Workforce Development Center.
 
Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., College President, said, “We believe in providing our top-notch students with opportunities to advance their educations. It is our goal to help our students get the assistance needed to make college an attainable goal. So we are elated with the recent awarding of scholarships to student in our Spring 2014 Scholarship cycle.
 
He added, “The establishing donors and/or their representatives also attended this reception and it was truly awe-inspiring to see the scholars and donors interact together.”
 
A complete list of the Spring 2014 scholarship recipients and awards are as follows:

  • Shawn Battle of Franklin

Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students

  • Angelita Bease of Suffolk

Ryan L. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students

  • LeeAnn Branch of Franklin

Career Preparation Grant
 
Connie Patterson Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund

  • Amanda Douglas of Ivor

Kiwanis Club of Smithfield Scholarship
 
Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship

  • Brittany Hart of Franklin

Karen Phillips Chase Memorial Nursing Scholarship
 
Susan E. Terry Scholarship for Returning Students

  • Nathan Gonda of Smithfield

Kiwanis Club of Smithfield Scholarship
 
Gordon “Gene” Barlow Jr. Scholarship Fund

  • Donna Lloyd of Courtland

King’s Fork Womans’ Club of Suffolk Scholarship
 
Perry R. Adams Scholarship

  • Wanda Olden of Suffolk

Franklin Woman’s Club Scholarship

  • Jacqueline Rawlings of Suffolk

Col. Lula B. Holland, U.S. Army (Ret.), MSE, BSN, AA Scholarship

  • Alona Stephens-Jones of Smithfield

Alvin C. Rogers Memorial Smithfield Ruritan Scholarship
 
Jim Lassiter PDCCC Scholarship
 
Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship
 
For more information about PDCCC Scholarships, visit www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/

Feb
13
02/13/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Students Visit Senators, Delegates during ‘Community College Day’

Paul D. Camp Community College students and officials visited local legislators recently during two trips to the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond.
PDCCC group with Sen Lucas
Senator L. Louise Lucas, D-18th, (above photo sixth from left), talks with Terrel Faulk of Suffolk, from left, Jake Bradshaw of Carrsville, Brooke Young of Franklin, Amber Ballance of Zuni, Kristen Arrowood of Suffolk, Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., (College President), Samuel Darden of Suffolk and Felicia Blow (Vice President for Institutional Advancement).
PDCCC group with Sen Cosgrove
Senator John A. Cosgrove Jr., R-14th, (below photo, standing fourth from left), takes some time to visit with Fred Spratley of Suffolk, (seated from left), Jake Bradshaw of Carrsville and Donovan Grant of Suffolk. In back: Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., Travis Jones, Gabrielle Jones, Allie Best of Franklin, Madalyn Kimlick of Franklin, Wanda Olden of Suffolk and Felicia Blow.
 
Students also went to the House Gallery and the Senate Gallery in the Capitol Building, where the College was introduced by Delegate Rick Morris, R-64th, and Senator Lucas, respectively.

Feb
03
02/03/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Hires Candice Artis as Full-Time Career Coach

~Grant from Hampton Roads Community Foundation allows the college to expand its high school career coach program~
PDCCC Candice Artis

Candice Artis of Drewryville has been hired as Paul D. Camp Community College’s new full-time High School Career Coach.

This position is funded by a $90,000 grant awarded over a three-year period to the College by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. That announcement was made in July 2013.

 

“Ms. Artis will provide leadership for our High School Career Coach initiative and provide support, encouragement and guidance to hundreds of students each year to ensure they leave high school with a plan for the future,” said Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, Vice President of Academic and Student Services at PDCCC.

 

As part of her duties, Artis will be supervising a team of four existing coaches who cover all the public high schools in the College’s service region while they carry out the objective of the program—to guide and support students so that they make informed decisions about their future and to help them map pathways to meet their goals. They motivate students to graduate and continue their education for a successful transition to the skilled workforce.

 

Artis is not new to the College, as she previously served as the In-School Youth Program Coordinator. She is also an adjunct faculty member at PDCCC, teaching dual enrollment Biology classes at Lakeland High School.

 

“This new position gives me the opportunity to service more students and be more engaged in school activities with the youth,” said Artis in comparing the job to her former position. “The coaches already have their individual unique approach to coaching, which will make my job easier.”

 

Artis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Norfolk State University and a Master of Science degree in Biology from Virginia State University. She teaches biology as an adjunct faculty member at Thomas Nelson Community College as well, and she plans to pursue her doctorate in the near future.

 

She serves as a member of the Academic and Student Development Leadership Team at PDCCC and is a Youth Advisor and choir member at Mount Tabor Baptist Church.

 

For more information, call 757-569-6770, or visit www.pdc.edu/future-students/high-school/.

Jan
13
01/13/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Libraries Make Transition to Library Learning Commons

Although plans have been underway for some time to transition the Paul D. Camp Community College libraries to the Library Learning Commons, physical renovations are now taking place.
 
“We have spent more than two years on these projects, working with a committee that includes faculty, staff, and administrators,” said Dr. Joe Edenfield, vice president of financial and administrative services. “We have visited other new or renovated libraries, including ODU and CNU to get ideas for PDCCC.”
 
Both libraries have been relocated, according to Director of Learning Resources Linza Weaver. “The Franklin Campus and Hobbs Suffolk Campus libraries will provide computer resources and library assistance in the computer labs during the renovation,” she said.
 
The projected completion date of the Hobbs Suffolk Campus renovation is March 14, 2014. Franklin renovations are scheduled to be complete by April 21, 2014.
 
The Library Learning Commons (LLC) will be a product of integrated services involving learning, research and project space. The LLC will incorporate library, computer, and the Learning Assistance and Testing Center into adjacent areas. These services will collaborate to accommodate students and community patrons.
 
The Library Learning Commons is evolving to accommodate new teaching and learning models. Students are more involved in electronic and collaborative projects. Many patrons are also taking online or virtual courses using course management systems, such as Blackboard, which require them to be more technologically savvy.
 
The LLC will feature digital collections, an e-book collection of more than 80,000 items, a wealth of electronic databases and technology, such as iPads, and LCD monitors.
 
The vision for the renovated LLC includes mobile furniture and group study areas for patrons to collaborate on projects. Study rooms will be equipped with LCD projection screens. The PDCCC open campus Wi-Fi is available for patrons to access using their smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
 
Community patrons can register to use the facilities and resources by

  • Completing a library card application
  • Presenting a valid picture ID
  • Signing a Code of Conduct Agreement
  • Taking a picture for the library circulation system

Registered community patrons have access to the following print and virtual resources:

  • Computers
  • iPads
  • Thousands of books/e-books (limited to on-campus use)
  • Thousands of articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers in general and specialized databases (limited to on-campus use)
  • Clips from multi-media/video resources

 
Students and community patrons can access virtual resources using the VCCS/PDCCC mobile app on their smartphones, laptops and tablets. iPads and laptops are also available for use in the LLC. Access is available using the PDCCC Open Wi-Fi. These wealth of resources are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week.
 
The mobile app has the following resource categories:
 

  • QuickSearch @ PDCCC – a search engine or browser which quickly and easily retrieves full-text e-books, articles and multimedia (i.e. video and audio clips) from databases
  • Ask a Librarian – a live chat reference service for students
  • Research Tools – select databases
  • Full PDCCC Library Site

 
Full descriptions for these resources can be found on the September 20, 2013 post of the Learning Commons 411 at pdc.edu/library. Full-text resources retrieved using QuickSearch @ PDCCC are only available for community patrons on-campus because of licensing agreements.

Jan
10
01/10/2014

Ready… Set… Action!

Paul D. Camp Community College Launches New College Video:

Changing Lives In Our Communities

~College Staff available for speaker’s bureau opportunities~

(Franklin, VA)— “The impact education has on people, the community and businesses is infinite,” said Dr. Paul Wm. Conco, President of Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC). The College premiered Changing Lives in Our Community, a documentary of PDCCC’s history, student successes, and the community that has grown the College to what it is today.
 
Getting started – or restarted – on a college education is a recurring trend in community colleges across the nation. A movement that is being led by traditional and non-traditional (above 35 and 40) students alike; all wanting to change their stations in life, switch careers, or get started on their futures. “We have as high a percentage of non-traditional students as we do 18 year olds,” says Felicia Blow, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
 
A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development states that across the developed world, someone who has graduated from a two or four year college earns about 57% more that someone with only a high school diploma.
 
“We focus on each student to change their lives for the better; and, a quality education can help make that happen,” said Dr. Conco.
 
PDCCC’s goal is to make college affordable and accessible. The College offers scholarships, grants, work study and a host of other options, including a dual enrollment program for eligible high schoolers. The 1-year general studies certificate basically serves as the first year of college and can transferred virtually anywhere in the country. Courses can be taken in Franklin, Suffolk, Smithfield and online.
 
Community colleges offer quality education, flexible schedules and more affordable tuition. “A family can save an average of $50,000 by choosing a 2-year college for the first two years of their child’s education,” emphasized Blow.
 
Changing Lives In Our Community was funded through special grants. To view the video click www.pdc.edu or www.youtube.com/PDCCCEDU.
 
To learn more about the College or to request a member of the Paul D. Camp Community College team for your next group or club meeting, please contact the Office Of Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6790.

 

Jan
09
01/09/2014

PDCCC Dual Enrollment Program Information Sessions Offer Vital Information Regarding Education and Savings Opportunities

Paul D. Camp Community College is hosting four informational sessions in February for those who are interested in learning more about the college’s Dual Enrollment Program. Dual Enrollment is a program that allows qualified high school students to enroll in college courses while in high school. The credits earned meet the requirements for high school graduation and simultaneously earn college credit.
 
The sessions are scheduled as follows:

Date Time Location Address
Wednesday, Feb. 5 5:30 – 6:30 pm Kings Fork High School 351 Kings Fork Rd., Suffolk
Wednesday, Feb. 12 5:30 – 6:30 pm Smithfield High School 14171 Turner Dr., Smithfield
Tuesday, Feb. 18 5:30 – 6:30 pm Workforce Development Center 100 N. College Dr., Franklin
Wednesday, Feb. 26 (Southampton and Isle of Wight academies, and home schooled students) 5:30 – 6:30 pm Workforce Development Center 100 N. College Dr., Franklin

At these sessions, attendees can learn the following:

  • Benefits of this program to students
  • Costs, etc. for enrolling in dual enrollment courses
  • Differences and similarities of the dual enrollment program to other programs (such as the Advanced Placement program)

Paul D. Camp Community College counselors will be available to review and discuss other questions. Additionally, light refreshments will be provided at the event.
 
“You need not RSVP to attend. We simply ask all parents, guardians, or others interested in dual enrollment to come out,” said PDCCC Educational Projects Coordinator Audrey Lawrence. “You’ll find that this effort is a win-win situation for students and parents alike. The students get ahead in their educational goals and parents save a lot of money in the process.”
 
Attendees can come by any time during the information sessions to receive information that will include the benefits and costs of enrolling in the program. PDCCC counselors will be on hand as well.
 
For more information, visit www.pdc.edu/future-students/high-school/dual-enrollment/ or contact Lawrence, 757.569.6770 or alawrence@pdc.edu.

Jan
07
01/07/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Elaine Beale Honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Workforce Development Services

Elaine Beale's Chancellors Award
Elaine Beale, center, is congratulated by fellow PDCCC Regional Workforce Development employees Renee Brown, executive secretary, and Randy Betz, vice president, at a luncheon where she was honored.
 
Elaine Beale, pharmacy technician instructor at Paul D. Camp Community College, was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Workforce Development Services on Nov. 15 during a special ceremony held at Tidewater Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center.
 
The Chancellor’s award is designed to recognize outstanding contributions made by workforce development professionals in support of the college’s mission in serving the Virginia’s workforce and community.
 
The Pharmacy Technician Program at PDCCC graduated its first class in May 2013. Beale, in conjunction with Workforce Development Coordinator Carolyn Crowder, were instrumental in developing this Career Studies Certificate program at the college.
 
“We are certainly glad we arrived at a place where we could use Elaine’s talents,” said Vice President of the Division of Workforce Development Randy Betz. “She has the credibility to work with and guide our Advisory Committee of pharmaceutical professionals as well.” Betz nominated Beale and presented her the award during the ceremony.
 
Beale has a genuine compassion for her students, which is exemplified by the time she spends with each one of them.
 
“She goes the distance to help each student manage any challenges they may have to become the best learner and pharmacy technician possible,” said Betz. “Just looking at the smiles on the faces of students in our first graduating class said it all. They had a positive learning experience that will help them gain meaningful employment.”
 
Beale has worked in retail, hospital and nursing home pharmacy settings and noted that gaining knowledge about pharmacy and pharmacy practice has always been exciting for her.
 
“My real love is teaching, so this job combines two of my interests,” she said. “I try to pass along my enthusiasm and skills to the students.”
She began working as a pharmacy technician in a retail pharmacy in high school. She then worked as a hospital pharmacy technician. After five years as a technician, she enrolled in pharmacy school, serving as a pharmacy intern to fund her education. During that time, she also completed an externship and clerkship program.
 
“Randy nominating me for this award was an honor, especially since the program means so much to me,” Beale said. “Working through workforce development has been a wonderful and very positive experience.”

Dec
12
12/12/2013

Hyler Scott of Paul D. Camp Community College Completes Doctorate in Education

PDCCC Hyler Scott
Paul D. Camp Community College professor and Student Support Services counselor, recently earned a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University. She is the third in roughly four months to achieve this honor.
 
In regard to reaching this educational milestone, Scott said, “First and foremost, I thank God for sustaining me during my doctoral journey. Without Him, I would not have accomplished my dream of earning a Ph.D.
 
“I am also so appreciative of my mother and family for their love, encouragement, and support, which have been such a blessing to me. To my friends and colleagues who have endured my complaining, frustrations, and my celebrations, I am forever grateful–as I am for my mentors who gave me sound advice, words of wisdom, and kind reinforcement. I am also thankful for my pastor and church family at St. Luke United Church of Christ who constantly kept me in their prayers.”
 
Scott’s educational background also includes a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Regent University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from St. Paul’s College, and an Associate of Science degree in Secretarial Science from Paul D. Camp Community College. Her dissertation focused on “Retention Strategies for First-Generation Female Community College Students: from the Perspective of Female Administrators Who Were First-Generation College Students.”
 
She has also served as administrative assistant, financial aid officer, instructor, assistant director, and director at Hampton University, Tidewater Community College, and PDCCC, where she began her college education. Her career in higher education is focused on guiding and helping students attain the education they need to reach their career goals. “I enjoy assisting others in their academic pursuits, especially low-income and first-generation students,” she said.
 
Scott’s professional development includes affiliations with various local, state, and national organizations. The following are some of these affiliations: member of the Suffolk Literacy Council; member of the Virginia Community Colleges Association (VCCA) and Past Chair of its Black Concerns Commission; member of the Virginia Association of Education Opportunity Personnel Programs (VAEOPP) and Past Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee; Chairperson for the Education Support Committee (Standing Faculty committee); Co-Chair, Student Development Services Peer Group for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS); leadership training, the Virginia Network for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education Administration; Western Tidewater Counselor Association and National Council of Education; and former Advisor for the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Her honors include recognition in the VCCA Faculty Showcase and recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Education Award at PDCCC.
 
Scott is a proud native of Southampton County and a graduate of Southampton High School. One of 10 children, she is the daughter of Mary Ann “Hines” Scott and the late Bert L. Scott Sr.

Dec
12
12/12/2013

Two Instructors Bring Wealth of Experience to New Logistics Management Career Studies Certificate Program

Registration underway for spring 2014 semester; classes begin Jan. 6, 2014

 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s new Logistics Management Career Studies Certificate program will be led by two highly regarded and qualified instructors when the classes start for spring 2014 semester.
 
Jammie Faltz, general manager of California Cartage Company in Suffolk, and David Lydick, program head and lead faculty for business management and marketing management at PDCCC, will prepare students for careers in transportation and warehousing through the study of the principles of organization and management in logistics.
 
“Both of these gentlemen are an asset to the Logistics Management program,” said Bob Hayes, education program coordinator for the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center. “Their experience in logistics and business will ensure that students have the knowledge and training they need to seek gainful employment in a rapidly growing field, or if they are already in the field, to upgrade their skills.”
 
Faltz will teach “BUS 223: Transportation and Distribution.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Old Dominion University in 1998 and a master’s degree in business administration from Troy University in Alabama. He has LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt Certification as well as Distribution Requirement Planning Certification. In addition, Faltz has successfully completed training in other areas, including hazardous materials and union relations.
 
As general manager, Faltz is in charge of two facilities—a 385,000-square-foot and a 200,000-square-foot facility. The centers include various warehouse operations, including full automation, cross-dock, and storage operations. He serves as the liaison between production and senior offices, oversees staffing needs and trains new managers.
 
Before his current position at California Cartage, he worked as operations manager at NYK Logistics and Allied Transportation, both in Chesapeake.
 
Lydick will be the instructor for “BUS 111: Principles of Supervision I ” and “BUS 193: Business Studies in Logistics Management.” He earned a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University, a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University; and an educational specialist degree from The College of William and Mary.
 
He has been program head and lead faculty for business management and marketing management at PDCCC since 1990 and, along with his academic colleagues and college faculty, designed several Career Studies Certificates at the College for Leadership, and two for Entrepreneurial Small Business Management.
His multiple careers and experience with local telephone and power companies, and his own private consulting company, make him uniquely qualified to design and implement contemporary academic programs with the assistance of faculty and staff at Paul D. Camp Community College.
“The Logistics Management program is one of the newest, most progressive and much needed academic offerings in the service area,” said Lydick. “Well-paying jobs and career opportunities are now available for PDCCC students who successfully complete the Logistics Management program designed by Bob Hayes and his associates.”
 
Graduates of the program should qualify for employment in logistics-related jobs, such as material handling, transportation, traffic management, warehouse management and control management.
 
In addition, students who complete the short program may wish to advance their career opportunities by enrolling in any number of other available academic/career opportunities offered at PDCCC, such as IT, business, marketing and supervision.
 
“Advanced degrees offered at PDCCC often result in long-term financial and career stability,” said Lydick. “Many of the courses offered for the Logistics Management program are also transferable to other career degrees the college provides.”
 
Classes begin Jan. 6, 2014. For more information, call the workforce development center at 757.569.6050 or log onto www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/.

Dec
10
12/10/2013

Paul D. Camp Community College Partners with Southampton Middle School to Provide Math Activities during Special Event

PDCCC Numeracy Night
Paul D. Camp Community College participated during Southampton Middle School’s recent Numeracy Night.
 
“PDCCC provided interactive numeracy activities related to SOL concept areas that would benefit their students the most,” said Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president of academic and student development. “Our goal was to introduce/ reinforce math vocabulary and related concepts and in the process make it enjoyable. We promoted the message that math matters.”
 
Jillian Overby, assistant professor of communications, center, and students Bethany Weber and Chad Stubenrauch present “Cooking with Math.” The session concentrated on the conversion of fractions to percentages and decimals. Not pictured is student Gabrielle Jones.

Dec
05
12/05/2013

Fire Science Technology Program to be Offered on Franklin Campus at Paul D. Camp Community College

Paul D. Camp Community College is offering Fire Science Technology courses on our Franklin Campus that lead to a Career Studies Certificate and, ultimately, the potential to earn a higher salary in the field.
 
Completing the 29 credit hour program can lead to careers, such as firefighter, fire officer, fire protections specialist, fire/emergency instructor, fire or building inspector, fire investigator, rescue technician, emergency medical service, hazardous materials service, emergency manager, occupational safety and risk management and other related occupations.
 
“This program will go much more in depth than basic firefighter classes,” said Instructor Jerry Beaton. “Having this certificate can make a difference when it comes to getting hired— the odds will be in your favor.”
 
Typically, a firefighter works 10 days a month, in 24-hour shifts. Beaton said that with the Career Studies Certificate, a firefighter can earn a salary in the range of $37,000-$55,000 and even more in larger cities.
 
A captain (retired) with Franklin Fire and Rescue, Beaton has also served as a volunteer for the organization ever since his retirement in 1984. He has taught as an adjunct at the College since 1964 when industrial firefighting was offered at PDCCC.
 
He serves as the training officer for all 10 fire and rescue departments in Southampton County.
 
“A person who wants to be in this line of work should be a people person,” said Beaton. “You have to have compassion for people and have a good ethic.
 
“The joy you get from this is addictive. It is very rewarding work.”
 
The program is designed to provide transferability to an AAS program where more in depth knowledge of management is emphasized. Registration has already begun. Spring 2014 classes start Jan. 6, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants enrolling in the course should be affiliated with a local fire department.
 
For more information, call Beaton at 757.742.2956.

Dec
04
12/04/2013

New Instructor, Frank Fogarty, Available for Meetings on the Subject of Sustainability as part of PDCCC’s Speaker’s Bureau

PDCCC Frank Fogarty
Paul D. Camp Community College, through the generosity of Smithfield Foods and Smithfield Packing, has brought on new Instructor Frank Fogarty, who teaches in the area of sustainability at the College. As part of his work with the College, Mr. Fogarty also is available to meet with community and business groups to offer feedback and information on the wide-ranging area of sustainability.
 
Topics which Mr. Fogarty is available to provide a presentation include, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Waste Management & Recycling
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Water Conservation
  • Composting
  • Energy & Climate matters
  • Transportation & Land Use
  • Natural Resources & Environmental Quality
  • Saving money through conservation (targeted to local businesses)

Mr. Fogarty has earned a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology, and a master’s degree in Public Policy, Environmental Specialization, from the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a minor in Sustainability Studies.
 
Also, Mr. Fogarty was the primary author on a project at the Smithsonian Institute that focused on how businesses can improve sustainability by emulating ecosystems functions. He developed a sustainable ecotourism business plan for a Peruvian non-profit and his report drafted for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is being used to recruit other state agencies to a program that aids in the protection of migratory birds.
 
Mr. Fogarty has served in numerous capacities on various sustainability projects through volunteer efforts and work-related experience, including recent experience as an avian field research assistant at Toiyable National Forest in Nevada.
 
To schedule a presentation, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 569-6790.

Dec
03
12/03/2013

Two Paul D. Camp Community College Students Recognized by Virginia’s Community Colleges

Two Paul D. Camp Community College students were among 53 students who were honored Tuesday, Nov. 19, at a luncheon recognizing scholarships they received. The event was called The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education 2013 Scholarship Luncheon and was held in Richmond. Representatives from all 23 of Virginia’s community colleges were in attendance for this recognition celebration.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s two honorees were Ms. Lauren Wagoner and Ms. Donna Lloyd. They each received scholarships for their scholastic aptitude and achievements.
 
PDCCC Lauren Wagoner
Ms. Wagoner, of Eure, N.C., was the recipient of the J. Philip Bain Jr. Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship. A nursing student, she became interested in the healthcare field after participating in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) organization in high school. She is a certified nurse assistant and plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in nursing after completing the registered nursing program at PDCCC.
 
PDCCC Donna Lloyd
Ms. Lloyd, of Courtland, received the Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship. She put her education on hold to raise her two children and now is an early childhood education major at PDCCC. She will pursue her bachelor’s degree after graduation from PDCCC and is a full-time lead teacher in the Early Head Start Program at The Children’s Center.
 
Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, in commending the 53 scholars, said “These outstanding students are Virginia’s future leaders. They represent the potential in all of our youth, and the difference that we each can make in the world.”
 
Keynote speaker John Adams, chairman of the Martin Agency, told the students they were the most important people in the room. And, he told them their lives and careers will probably not work out as planned. That’s good news, he said, “because some of these things will turn out much better than you expect, and because life is an adventure and therefore much more interesting than if it were predictable.”
 
The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program, with 25 recipients this year, was established in 2006 through the generosity of private donors to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. The scholarships recognize students from across the commonwealth who have demonstrated academic excellence during high school as well as a commitment to developing their leadership skills. Each scholarship bears the name of one of many philanthropy leaders who support Virginia’s Community Colleges.
 
Thanks to the generosity of the Moses D. Nunnally, Jr. Charitable Lead Unitrust, an additional seven students in the metro Richmond region were named as recipients of a new Richmond Region Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship.
 
Another 11 students received endowed and memorial scholarships honoring special philanthropists and friends who have worked to further the mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges, and 10 students were honored as participants in the Valley Proteins Fellows Program.
 
For more information on scholarship opportunities for students, contact the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (757) 569-6791.

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