Paper applications accepted during the fall 2018 scholarship cycle at Paul D. Camp Community College

~Deadline for submissions is May 16, 2018~

Due to Paul D. Camp Community College migrating to a new automated scholarship application system, the college will be accepting paper applications for the fall 2018 semester. The window for applying opened Wednesday, April 18, and will continue until Wednesday, May 16, at 11:59 p.m. New and continuing students, as well as high school students can apply for a number of funding opportunities beginning that day.
“Thanks to the generosity of many selfless donors, we are able to assist our students with funding that will enable them to continue their education goals,” said Dr. Renee Felts, executive director of the PDCCC Foundation and vice president for institutional advancement and workforce development. “We are so grateful for all of the philanthropic members of our community who believe in investing in our future through our students.”
Just during the spring 2017 semester, PDCCC awarded students $39,850 in scholarships, which included dual enrollment awards.
A number of scholarships for new and continuing students is available for the fall 2018 semester. Students may apply for these regardless if they have previously applied for scholarships in the spring as long as they meet the criteria listed for each award.
Scholarships are also available for graduating high school students, as well as Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarships (DECOS) for high school juniors and seniors.
Students should email scanned applications, along with any other required documents, to Stacy Pauley in the Office for Institutional Advancement at spauley@pdc.edu.
For more information, visit www.pdc.edu/scholarships.


Festival offers reading fun with local writers

Literary FestivalKristen Ellis and Denise Gephart have copies of “Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth” signed by the collection’s author Tracey Moore at one of the previous Suffolk Literary Festivals held by Paul D. Camp Community College. (Submitted Photo)
By Alex Perry
Suffolk News-Herald
Published 9:21 pm Monday, April 16, 2018
Paul D. Camp Community College is partnering with Suffolk Public Library to host the Suffolk Literary Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. this Saturday at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
The festival is free and open for the public to enjoy a slew of activities. All ages will be able to have their faces painted, attend a poetry workshop and flex their creativity even more in literary rap battles.
“We’ll give them a topic, and they’ll have to create — in rap terms — a “hot 16” based on that,” said PDCCC Student Activities Coordinator Justin Ellis.
Via Goode of Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia will present her riveting storytelling program. Goode has been a professional storyteller since 2011 and has delivered more than 600 performances in schools and Hampton Roads public libraries.
Kristin Mehaffey, who teaches at the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, will lead a workshop on comic books and visual storytelling. Attendees will be able to perform classic stories in the Adult Readers Theatre but with unique twists.
“We give them a script on the spot but in a different setting,” Ellis explained. “It may be a Shakespeare play but set in the 1920s and use that vernacular, or in the Wild West at the O.K. Corral.”
The Suffolk Public Library will arrange an exciting panel of Hampton Roads authors for the event, including Dr. Christine Bacon, Fanita Pendleton, Barry Jordan Jr. and many more writers.
The PDCCC Literary Club founded the festival nine years ago, led by Ronette Jacobs, assistant professor of English at PDCCC. The festival was last held in 2015 with approximately 100 attendees before it was suspended by Jacobs for medical reasons.
The return of the festival is meant both to serve the Suffolk community and to honor the work of Jacobs.
“At Paul D. Camp Community College, I wanted to instill my love for literature and reading not only to students but to the community,” Jacobs said. “I wanted to connect those with the love of reading and inspire others to read more.”
She also wants the festival to nurture relationships between the college and the city.
“It was always my vision to bring the students and the community together,” she said.
Search “Suffolk Literary Festival” on Facebook for a complete list of attendees, festival schedule and other information.


Birdsong Trust funds medical program

By Kellie Adamson
The Suffolk News Herald
Paul D. Camp Community College recently received funding from the Birdsong Trust Fund to offer a new medical program at the City of Suffolk Workforce Development Center this fall.
PDCCC made the request for start-up funding for its Fast Track Healthcare Program in November 2017. The program will allow students to receive certifications to be a clinical medical assistant, phlebotomy technician and EKG technician.
The Birdsong Trust Fund provided PDCCC with $24,000 for start-up costs.
“With the funding, we are able to completely outfit a new lab at the Suffolk Workforce Development Center,” said Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne. “If it wasn’t for the Birdsong Trust, we wouldn’t have the program in Suffolk. It’s a major support for the area.”
The next session of the fast-track program runs from August 6 to December 19, and the program will last for a total of 486 hours. Students will earn all three certifications and perform externships with Lakeview Medical Center.
“It’s the first bundled program, and we try to meet a need in the area with not just hospital but medical facilities,” Lawhorne said.
To make sure students are getting the lab time and instructor attention they need, there are only 15 slots every time they offer the program.
“We also don’t want to saturate the market, so we don’t want to have too many students,” Lawhorne said.
Having only 15 slots makes the program competitive, and prospective students have to take a career readiness test, pass a background check and drug screen and submit three letters of recommendation.
“We also see how committed they are to the program, because there are only so many days you can miss,” Lawhorne said. “Since it’s a fast-track program, it is a four-day-a-week program.”
They first rolled out the fast track medical program in Franklin, and it had its first semester started in January. They will continue to have the programs rotating at both locations — Franklin will be held in the spring, and Suffolk’s class will be held in the fall.
The program will cost $4,500. If all certifications were taken separately at other institutions, the average cost would be $7,300, according to Lawhorne. This is due to how quickly the programs are completed, and there is only one instructor that is certified in all three areas.
Textbooks, uniforms, credential exam costs and other needs for the classroom are included in the cost.
Now that the program has funding, PDCCC will be holding information sessions for prospective students. Both information sessions will be at the Suffolk Workforce Development Center, 157 N. Main St., and the first session will be at 1 p.m. May 4. The second session will be at 5:00 p.m. May 31.
More information can be found on the website, www.pdc.edu/workforce-development, or by calling 569-6050.


PDCCC program director applies skills, helps students by penning textbook for pharmacy technicians

Elaine BealePDCCC Pharmacy Technician Program Director and Instructor Elaine Beale with her new book, titled “Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians, Third Edition.”
Come fall, Paul D. Camp Community College pharmacy technician students may notice a familiar name on one of their textbooks.
PDCCC Pharmacy Technician Program Director and Instructor Elaine Beale has authored a comprehensive version of “Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians, Third Edition.”
“The first year I began teaching Pharmacy Tech at PDCCC, I used an early edition of this text,” recalled Beale. “I found so many errors that I began constantly reporting them to the publisher.”
Later, Beale wrote a chapter on calculations for one of the publisher’s textbooks. Then eventually she was asked to undertake this endeavor.
“The company asked if I would like to rewrite the entire text, keeping the same title, after the original authors of Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians decided to stop writing the book,” she said. “I worked on it every chance I got, focusing on using clear explanations to help students build on their knowledge and be able to progress through the material successfully.”
The detailed publication took three years to complete. According to the Elsevier website, the latest edition includes a basic math skills review, conversions between measurement systems, interpretations of drug labels and physicians’ orders, and calculations of medication dosages based on patients’ age or weight. There is expanded coverage of chemotherapy and intravenous feeding calculations, numerous practice problems, and step-by-step examples.
Beale stated that pharmacists have a lot of responsibilities that are not apparent to the general public and technicians are able to assist in many of these duties. “Pharmacists are responsible for monitoring patients for compliance with their medications, detecting possible food and drug interactions with medications, and checking any work performed by technicians, all while keeping the flow of prescriptions at a high rate,” she said.
“Pharmacy involves a great deal of math, which becomes more complicated when dealing with compounding (mixing) both sterile and nonsterile medications.” Pharmacy technicians must know how to perform these pharmaceutical calculations as well as business math calculations used in retail pharmacy.
Beale earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy at The University of Toledo in 1984. Over the years, she has worked in retail, hospital and consulting pharmacy. She has taught physical science, biology, physics and weight training at Southampton Academy and exercise classes and weight training at the YMCA for 21 years. Her first class of students after developing the program was in August 2012.
While Beale favored the undertaking of writing the book, she was also glad to see her work come to fruition.
“I took on this project because I have a love of math, which I know is not shared by a lot of people,” she said. “But, I feel I can explain it to others in a way that they can understand and hopefully, begin to enjoy.”
The new textbook is available from several sources, including Elsevier, Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $75.95.


State Board for Community Colleges to Set 2018-2019 Tuition and Fees at May Meeting

In accordance with Section 23.1-307 (D) of the Code of Virginia, the State Board for Community Colleges provides notice that it will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases for Virginia’s Community Colleges, effective fall 2018, at 9:00 a.m., May 17, 2018, at 300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, Virginia.
The State Board will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases of between 1 percent and 3 percent for all undergraduate students, subject to further actions of the General Assembly. The community colleges would use the revenue generated from the tuition increase to pay for:

  • Increased state employee fringe benefit costs;
  • Operation and maintenance of new buildings;
  • Technology infrastructure upgrades;
  • Contractual obligations; and
  • Investments in strategic initiatives to improve student success.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.


RN students take part in training

RN group at MedWarFront row, from left, are: Callie Bailey, Melanie Brinkley, Brittany Brooks and Lindsey Drake. Middle: Abbiegail Jones, Chandler Stuck, Jessica Revels, Carrie Holt, Dawn Wilson, Brittany Fletcher and Britney Pierce. In back: Katrissa Bennett, Ruth Kent, Mike Edwards, Tasha Sydnor, Jennifer Kilborn and Dorothy Moore.
Seventeen students from the registered nursing program at Paul D. Camp Community College volunteered to be “rescued” in a wilderness setting at Newport News Park during the weekend of March 24.
The Medical Wilderness Adventure Race (MedWAR) training is a unique event that combines wilderness medical challenges with the growing sport of adventure racing.
The race was also developed as a tool for teaching and testing the knowledge, skills, and techniques of wilderness medicine, and for promoting teamwork and collegiality among competitors.
MedWAR is sanctioned by North American Educational Adventure Racing (NAEAR).


Rolling down the road to a rewarding career

~First woman CDL graduate at PDCCC secures dream job~

Michelle McDaniel

Michelle McDaniel reached more than one milestone by the time she had graduated from Paul D. Camp Community College in December 2017. The 47-year-old Virginia Beach resident is the first woman to graduate from the college’s truck driver training program offered in partnership with Shippers’ Choice in Suffolk.
The non-traditional student also defies traditional roles, as she is currently employed at a company where the majority of the employees are men.
“It’s an honor to be the first woman to graduate from the program,” McDaniel said. “I am proud to be in a male-dominated industry.” She was hired a little more than a couple of months after graduation to drive a Mack dump truck for a Virginia Beach construction company.
“My typical day is delivering asphalt to road construction sites all over Hampton Roads,” McDaniel said. “I really love what I do. It is challenging and fast paced, but at the same time, I have a lot of ‘me’ time in the truck, where I pray and just enjoy the ride.”
When McDaniel decided it was time for a change, she found the PDCCC curriculum while researching Commercial Driver License programs online.
“I realized that good jobs go to people with good skills,” she said about repurposing her career path. “I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to afford to quit my job at a fast food restaurant and go to school full time,” she said.
Although she received some funding through the VCCS workforce credentialing grant, currently referred to as FastForward, she often had to sacrifice and be diligently frugal.
“It was a challenge to budget my savings for fuel, food and bills, but I knew I couldn’t go wrong investing in myself.”
The partnership for this program entails Shipper’s Choice providing training, instructors and trucks, while the college provides students, classroom and office space, and credentials.
“I highly recommend the program,” said McDaniel. “I knew the instructors wanted me to succeed. PDCCC was always there for me with job leads and encouragement. I never felt lost in my journey.”
McDaniel emailed Workforce Career Coach Lisha Wolfe to tell her that the CDL program had changed her life.
“I came from a background of bad decisions and bad relationships,” she explained. “I have never really taken care of myself.
“But I’m here to tell you that it’s never too late to start over and take control of your life. I am amazed every day at how much my life has changed. If you have a dream in your heart, you will find a way. If I can do it, so can you.”
For more information about the truck driver training program, contact the Regional Workforce Development Center at 757-569-6050 or email workforce@pdc.edu.


PDCCC Financial Aid College Night successful at Hobbs Suffolk Campus

Suffolk Scholarship winners groupJada Ingram, from left, Jackeeta Steward and Dajour Faulk are congratulated on their scholarships by Dean of Transfer Programs and the Hobbs Suffolk Campus Dr. Justin Oliver.
Approximately 50 participants were on hand to deliver information or learn more about financial aid and scholarships during the recent College Night event in Suffolk.
“This event was a success,” said Financial Aid Coordinator Teresa Harrison. “We immediately received feedback from attendees, and it was all overwhelmingly positive.”
Presenters from PDCCC offered information about financial aid and scholarships. Additionally, the computer lab was open during the first hour so that students could receive assistance filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms.
“What an amazing team we have at PDCCC,” said Harrison. “I’m so proud of the way we all come together for events like this. Faculty, staff, students and administrators were well represented. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication.”
The following high school students won the $500 scholarships at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus event:

  • Senior and Upward Bound student Jackeeta Steward
  • Senior Dajour Faulk
  • Junior Jada Ingram

“The students were very enthusiastic and interactive throughout the session,” said PDCCC Financial Aid Loan Specialist Taniya LeGrand. “Dr. Hyler Scott was the star presenter of the evening, as she was mentioned by name in several of the evaluations.”
For more information, visit www.collegenights.org


Financial Aid College Night successful at PDCCC’s Smithfield site

Scholarship Winners Group SmithfieldHigh School Career Coach Justin Ellis, left, and Smithfield Director Toni Johnson, right, congratulate Zachary Slone, Karlena Diggs and Keeona Mahone on winning scholarships.
Approximately 45 participants were on hand to deliver information or learn more about financial aid and scholarships during the recent College Night event in Smithfield.
“Feedback was very positive,” said Financial Aid Coordinator Teresa Harrison. “We had a good turnout considering we had less than desirable weather.”
Presenters from PDCCC offered information about financial aid and scholarships. Additionally, the computer lab was open during the first hour so that students could receive assistance filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms.
“What an amazing team we have at PDCCC,” said Harrison. “I’m so proud of the way we all come together for events like this. Faculty, staff, students and administrators were well represented. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication.”
The following high school students won the $500 scholarships at the Smithfield site event:

  • Senior Karlena Diggs
  • Sophomore Keeona Mahone
  • Junior Zachary Slone

“Parents and students alike really enjoyed each program that was represented and the interactions with faculty,” said PDCCC Financial Aid Loan Specialist Taniya LeGrand. “We can only hope to expand the event next year.”
For more information, visit www.collegenights.org


PDCCC presents third annual event focused on student retention

Dr Brown 1Dr. Adolph Brown presents his “backpack” session to faculty and staff during the symposium.
Nearly 300 faculty, staff, students, officials from surrounding schools, and community colleges and community partners attended the Paul D. Camp Community College 3rd Annual Symposium on Student Success. The theme was focused on “Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World: Build Knowledge. Create Connections.”
The event was presented by the PDCCC Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) in partnership with Tidewater Regional Center for Teaching Excellence (RCTE), the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) Office of Professional Development, the PDCCC Office of the Vice President for Academic and Student Development and the PDCCC Office of Student Activities, in order to gain insight and resources regarding student retention.
“This event provides an exceptional professional development opportunity for faculty and staff, as well as growth opportunity for students,” said Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president for academic and student development at PDCCC. “The focus of Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World is timely and relevant as we seek to ensure that our students are successful in college and beyond. Diversity is one of the great strengths of community colleges and of communities as a whole, whether that community is a classroom, a workplace, a neighborhood or an organization that strive to make a difference.”
The symposium featured guest speaker Dr. Mark Taylor, an educator and expert on the traits, developmental issues and learning outcomes of today’s younger generation. In split sessions, he presented to students, “Planning for Success in the Multigenerational Workplace,” and to faculty and staff, “Teaching All Learners: Principles and Techniques of Research Informed Instruction.”
Dr. Adolph Brown, founder, president and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institutes, who has earned multiple degrees from the College of William and Mary, led a session to faculty/staff titled, “Two Backpacks: Unpacking the Unseen,” and to students, titled “Makeover, Break’s Over! Getting Real about Life.”
In addition, Shauna Davis, executive director of the VCCS Student Success Center and office of professional development shared her experiences in education during a lunchtime session that included both students, and faculty/staff groups. Davis has a master’s degree in career and technical education from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University.
“Retention is the focus of serious discussion among educational institutions today, but we can’t always rely on what we did in the past due to the fluid nature of the trends among our youth and upcoming community college students,” said Dean of Student Services and Professional Counselor Trina Jones. “This event is significantly important in order to collaborate and share best practices with our colleagues, and also to help our students be successful, not only in their educational endeavors, but in their career paths as well.”
For more information about STEPS, contact Ms. Laura Clark on the Franklin Campus, 757-569-6780, lclark@pdc.edu or Dr. Sandra Walker on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 757-925-6326, swalker@pdc.edu.

Dr Brown 2Dr. Adolph Brown presents his “backpack” session to faculty and staff during the symposium.

Dr TaylorDr. Mark Taylor, a motivational guest speaker at the event, addresses attendees.

Shauna DavisShauna Davis of the VCCS shares insight regarding her educational experiences.


Three Southampton High School students win scholarships during Paul D. Camp Community College event

Group-winnersStudents Alexis Olds, third from left, Amari Long and Taylor Darden are congratulated by Financial Aid Loan Specialist Taniya LeGrand, from left, Financial Aid Coordinator Teresa Harrison and Upward Bound Director Travis Parker.
Despite cold, dreary weather, approximately 80 participants were on hand to deliver information or learn more about financial aid and scholarships during the recent College Night in Franklin.
“This event was a success,” said Financial Aid Coordinator Teresa Harrison. “We immediately received feedback from attendees, and it was all overwhelmingly positive.”
Presenters from PDCCC offered information about financial aid and scholarships. Additionally, the computer lab was open during the first hour so that students could receive assistance filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms.
“What an amazing team we have at PDCCC,” said Harrison. “I’m so proud of the way we all come together for events like this. Faculty, staff, students and administrators were well represented. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication.”
The following Southampton High School 17-year-olds won the scholarships at the Franklin event:

  • Senior and Upward Bound student Amari Long,
  • Senior Alexis Olds
  • Junior Taylor Darden

Upcoming financial aid events will be held at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus on Tuesday, March 13, and at the college’s Smithfield location, Tuesday, March 20, both from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants must be present to win the drawings for scholarships.
For more information, visit www.collegenights.org

Susan StubenrauchHigh School Career Coach Susan Stubenrauch offers scholarship application tips to students during financial aid’s College Night.


Birdsong Trust Fund provides $24,000 for Paul D. Camp Community College to offer fast track healthcare program in downtown Suffolk

An opportunity for Paul D. Camp Community College to offer an exciting new program will come to fruition thanks to generous funding from the Birdsong Trust Fund.
Offered through the college’s Division of Workforce Development, the curriculum will bundle three certifications in order to graduate students who can fill needed jobs in the college’s service region. Credentials will ultimately be completed in the following: Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and Certified EKG Technician (CET).
Birdsong Trust Fund is providing the $24,000 start-up cost for the materials and supplies, which will be housed at the City of Suffolk Workforce Development Center in downtown Suffolk where training will take place.
“There has been a lot of interest in Paul D. Camp having a presence downtown for some time,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “Thanks to the generosity of the Birdsong Trust, this new program can serve as the first step toward this effort. Additionally, this agreement will enhance our partnership with the City of Suffolk Workforce Development Center.”
The curriculum requires that students complete 486 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction.
“This fast track healthcare program will also require a 120-hour or five-week externship with a local employer,” said PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. “It will enable structured career pathways where the credentials are stackable. This means students can build off of these certifications, but can also use the program as a springboard for advancing their career in the healthcare field.”
According to the labor market information on virginialmi.com, the medical assistant, phlebotomy and EKG technician job fields in the college’s service region are growing at 32, 34 and 24 percent respectively. EKG technicians can make $61,000 a year and more in some cases.
“The result of bundling the program enhances the opportunity for employability,” said Lawhorne.
After graduating, students will then just need to sit for the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) certification exams to earn the credentials.
“We are a partner with NHA, so exams will be offered on-site,” said Lawhorne. “We will offer practice exams and study guides in order to ensure student success.”
The new partnership between the college and Birdsong Trust Fund benefits both entities, as it will offer relevant programs in a central area for Suffolk residents, as well as support PDCCC’s initiatives to provide skilled labor for its business and industry partners. The healthcare program will graduate about 15 students each semester.
“I am sure that the funding for this type of healthcare program comes with the blessings of all the members of the Birdsong family,” said Birdsong Trust Fund Chairman John C. Harrell. “I am also pleased that the classes will be held downtown, giving residents in that part of Suffolk better access to the community college program.”
Birdsong Trust Fund Secretary William “Billy” Chorey Sr. is proud to be part of the collaboration as well and agrees that the investment epitomizes the Trust’s commitment to the City of Suffolk.
“The Birdsong Trust Fund is excited to play a major part in this unique opportunity to help the citizens of Suffolk take advantage of Paul D. Camp’s offering of the fast track healthcare program, which will help meet the demands of the local healthcare industry in Suffolk,” said Birdsong Trust Fund Secretary Billy Chorey Sr. “It’s personally very gratifying for me to see local students given the chance to be placed into high demand jobs right here in Suffolk and to know that I’m a part of a great organization that helps to facilitate that very thing. I am also extremely grateful to Dr. Dan Lufkin and Angela Lawhorne of Paul D. Camp for their insightful guidance of this project and for coming to us for help.”
Plans are to have the new fast track healthcare program ready to register students beginning in fall 2018. For more information about the curriculum, visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development, email workforce@pdc.edu or call 757-569-6050.


Paul D. Camp Community College joins VCCS institutions to offer support for foster youth

Paul D. Camp Community College is participating in a statewide initiative that assists foster youth with achieving educational and career success. The Great Expectations program, a partnership with Virginia’s Community Colleges and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, is available at nearly all of community colleges in the system.
The Great Expectations program assists youth with the transition from foster care to independence and higher education. Foster youth are paired with an adult coach, and they work together to assess skills and interest, discuss the future, and develop a plan for enrolling in college. The program helps them finish high school, continue their education through community college, and successfully transition to living independently.
“This program will provide invaluable support to our area foster youth,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development. “We want to see foster youth make a smooth transition from high school to higher education and help set them up for academic success.
“Great Expectations assists students with academic and career planning, applying for financial aid and scholarships, and connecting with academic and personal support, such as tutoring community resources,” said Atkins-Brady.
In its commitment to implement the program, Paul D. Camp recently hired a Great Expectations program coach, who will also serve as a college success coach.
Karen Owens, who has earned a master’s degree in student services from Liberty University, began her duties on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus recently.
“In addition to serving PDCCC students, Karen will work with foster youth in our service region to inspire their passion for higher education,” said Dean of Student Services Trina Jones. “Karen is experienced in working with a diverse population and is eager to assist in the process of better human development of our targeted population.”
Owens also attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with a minor in Management from Old Dominion University.
For more information, contact Owens at kowens@pdc.edu.


Craft show and sale will benefit students at Paul D. Camp Community College

PDCCC GradsProud college graduates, pictured from left, are: Jevedia Martin, Shakyra Cotton, D’Avion Godwin, DeVon Morris, Aaliyah Simms and Deja Batten.
An annual event that crafters look forward to will have a new spin this year. The Hometown Annual Spring Fling Craft Show, headed up by crafter and local resident Shirley Billups, will benefit the students of the Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound program.
“Proceeds from vendor registration fees and raffles, as well as any donations made by the vendors and patrons will all help us offer more for our students,” said Upward Bound Director Travis Parker.
The event will be held at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 N. College Drive, Franklin, on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program that is focused on assisting low income and/or first generation high school students grades 9 through 12 with successfully completing postsecondary education. However, the new partnership with the indoor craft event will allow the program to offer additional activities that will help prepare students for college, career and life in general.
“We have a bigger vision for our students,” said Parker. “In addition to academics, we try to expose the students to a wealth of activities, which include financial workshops, cultural experiences, college visits, a summer component and educational seminars.” Students in the program also receive assistance with tutoring, resources, support, college processes and the PDCCC Dual Enrollment program.
The Upward Bound program has been extremely successful since its implementation in 2009. According to Parker, 63 high school students currently participate in the program, and another 55 past participants are currently enrolled full time in college. “We are very proud of our students,” noted Parker. “Thirty-five participants have completed an associate’s degree, 20 have earned a bachelor’s degree, and two have attained a master’s degree—all in less than nine years of the program’s inception. That’s pretty significant.”
Parker said he is grateful that Administrative Assistant Barbara Strylowski and Shirley Billups connected about this partnership.
“We all three met and decided this would be nothing short of a win-win for both parties,” said Parker. “Ms. Billups has had much success in the past with this event. We would like to set a goal of $4,000 for proceeds total. We anticipate about 50 vendors, but time is running out to secure a booth.”
For more information about the PDCCC Upward Bound Program, contact Strylowski at bstrylowski@pdc.edu or 757-569-6764. Vendors interested in registering for a 10-by-10 booth space may contact Shirley Billups at 757-620-5499.

UB GroupUpward Bound students volunteer their time when needed at various college events. Front row from left, are: Tashera Barrett, Ashana Artis, Haleigh Andrew, Errika Lane, and MacTayla Joyner. In back: Syeria Stephens, Tanasia Nicholson and Alaska Jones.

UB Day at VSUStudents featured during Upward Bound Day at Virginia State University, front row from left, are: Imani Boatner and Tanasia Nicholson. In back: Taniya Wyche and Jackeeta Steward.

Lakeland GradsD’Avion Godwin, from left, Dominique Rodriguez and Jevedia Martin are recent graduates of Lakeland High School, which is one of the schools served by the PDCCC Upward Bound program.


Plan a nice night out while supporting Paul D. Camp Community College students

CrowdshotMore than 200 guests attended last year’s event at the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center.
Leave dinner to us March 24 during the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation Board’s 3rd Annual Building for the Future Gala.
The event gets underway at 5:30 at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center. The fundraiser features an open bar, a seated dinner, as well as live and silent auctions, all for one ticket price of $75. Proceeds will be used for the following to support upgrades and expansions that will benefit students:

  • enhancement of the college’s occupational and technical library resources
  • implementation of technology in the classroom that will connect locations in real time
  • upgrade classroom and student spaces at the Smithfield location, and
  • expand the athletics program to include a women’s softball team

The listed projects will collectively support the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which includes the initiative, 15 to Finish.
“This is a national concept where we will enroll students in 15, or full-time, credits per semester, so that they can complete educational goals in a timely manner,” said Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Dr. Renee Felts. She also serves as vice president for institutional advancement and workforce development. “Finishing an associate’s degree or a credential in two years or less, saves students time and money, and prepares them for jobs where they can make family-sustaining wages.”
Last year, more than 200 guests netted more than $44,000. The proceeds made it possible to add relevant programs to ensure student success, preparing them for high demand jobs, such as electrical/ instrumentation, warehousing/ distribution/ logistics and cyber security. It also enabled the college to get its athletic program going.
This year’s goal is $75,000.
“There is absolutely nothing more important than our students’ success,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “We are all working hard to make sure that the first place potential students in our region think of to enroll is Paul D. Camp because of our relevant programs, student-friendly atmosphere, one-on-one attention and community partnerships. Your support will help us achieve our vision.”
For more information or tickets, call Dr. Felts, 757-569-6760.

Guests ArriveGuests arrive at the 2nd Annual Building for the Future Gala held in 2017, which netted more than $44,000 to help ensure student success.

Placing BidsTaylor Williams puts in a bid at the last event, as Local PDCCC Board member sPatricia Sowell, in front, looks at some of the items in the auction.


Adjuncts celebrated at PDCCC

Thirteen adjunct faculty members, who have excelled in several categories, have been recognized by Paul D. Camp Community College.
“Our adjuncts are a vital part of the college, and therefore, the students’ success,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated faculty and want them to know how much we appreciate them.”
The following adjunct faculty members were honored:
Teaching Effectiveness:

  • Teresa Ashcraft – Emergency Medical Services
  • Mary Ellen Gleason – English
  • Carol Lawrence – Information Systems Technology
  • Deloris Manley – English & Reading
  • Renee Roper-Jackson – English and Reading
  • Luann Scott – English and Reading
  • Terry Spady – Dual Enrollment Mathematics
  • Dr. Carl Vermeulen – Biology and Chemistry
  • Dr. Sandra Walker – Student Development

Institutional Responsibility:

  • Dr. Teresa Lewis-Economics
  • William Wentz – Electricity

Community Impact:

  • Susan Stubenrauch – Student Development


  • Mary Ann Howell – Information Systems Technology

Participants are winners during successful PDCCC Scholarship Night in Suffolk

Scholarship Night CrowdLorraine SantaLucia presents scholarship resources information during the free event.

signing-inPDCCC student Jeremy Williams signs in to the event shortly after arriving.
Approximately 137 students and parents gathered at the Paul D. Camp Community College Hobbs Suffolk Campus on Kenyon Road Friday evening to learn more about scholarships and how to apply for them.
“We had students from all of the college’s service areas, representing public and private schools,” said Susan Stubenrauch about the Scholarship Night session. She serves as PDCCC high school career coach, advisor and adjunct faculty member.
“The number of attendees tells me that there is a need for this kind of event. We were excited to be able to offer this free to everyone.”
The event featured a presentation by Scholarship Sharing Founder and President Lorraine SantaLucia, who is also from Hampton Roads. Scholarship Sharing is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Virginia and Washington, DC, students connect with resources that will help pay for college.
SantaLucia presented strategies for students to graduate debt free, as she was able to do after securing $65,000 in scholarships and grants to cover her full tuition at Virginia Commonwealth University.
“Participants learned about other financial resources as well, said Stubenrauch.”
Sgt. Casey Cameron and Sgt. William Winn of the Virginia National Guard delivered an informative presentation titled, “FAFSA and Military Career Options.” In addition, PDCCC’s Mary Ellen Gleason, testing administrator and adjunct English instructor, delivered valuable information regarding “Writing a Great College Essay.”
According to Stubenrauch, the event has the potential to become an annual event.
“This was very successful and provided students with valuable information that will help them reach their educational goals,” she said. “This enables the students to concentrate on their career path a little more instead of worrying how they are going to pay for their education. That is a big point of stress, and often times, a deal breaker for many of our students.”
For more information about the High School Career Coach Program at PDCCC, contact Stubenrauch at sstubenrauch@pdc.edu.


New PDCCC warehouse facility provides vital skills that meet regional employers’ needs

Warehouse classroom with Larry WallaceOSHA Instructor Larry Wallace in the classroom area of the warehouse.
Instruction is underway at the new Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training facility located in the back of The Tidewater News building at 1000 Armory Drive.
“We are currently running two programs out of the facility,” said Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. Forklift, Reach Truck and Clamp Truck Operator sessions have been conducted there, as well as our new Warehouse and Distribution Foundations course.
“The new course is in high demand now as employers are requesting applicants with knowledge of material moving equipment operation, safety, and soft skills,” said Lawhorne. “Our program has it all.”
The course includes OSHA 10 safety certification, 15 hours of forklift and other material moving equipment training, the Career Readiness Certificate, and an 8-hour employability and soft skills segment.
“The PDCCC Division of Workforce Development has been working closely with all three area Economic Development partners, as well as employers, including International Paper, Ace Hardware, Target Distribution Center, Quality Custom Distribution, Emser Tile, and Cost Plus World Market, along with support from The Port of Virginia, to make the Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training Facility a reality,” said Lawhorne.
According to Vice President of Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts, additional funding is being sought.
“We would like to make even more improvements to the facility in order to designate it a tour stop for site consultants when businesses are considering our area for startup, relocation or expansion,” she said. “This will make our area more marketable to employers.”
The concept of using the space that was no longer needed by the newspaper was the brainchild of PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin and Tidewater Publications LLC Publisher Tony Clark.
“This is in alignment with our efforts to continue to offer relevant programs,” said Lufkin. “We are very excited to be able to meet the needs of area employers and put our graduates in a better position to earn jobs with sustainable wages.”
Lawhorne added that the new course is “the perfect complement” to the Suffolk based Class A CDL Truck Driver training and the online Logistics Management program.
“With the continuing growth of manufacturing, and warehouse and distribution in our region, we need to prepare the people in our community to meet the needs of those employers,” she said.
Several students have obtained jobs within one week of completing this training. For more information, log onto www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/ or call 757-569-6050.


Hard work and head start at PDCCC lead to success for local businessman

Robby Cutchins 1PDCCC alumnus Robby Cutchins was able to continue his education by enrolling in community college while holding down a full-time job and taking care of a family of four.
Lessons learned in community college can lead to a lifetime of success. For alumnus Robby Cutchins, skills were acquired at Paul D. Camp Community College beyond academics that helped shape his future at Bobby’s Tire and Auto Care.
“By attending PDCCC, I was equipped with knowledge that prepared me for various situations and enabled me to work through them effectively,” the CEO said.
Time management was a must for Cutchins, as he was not only taking a full load of classes, but also working full-time and taking care of a family of four.
“Managing your time is something that you really have to do and maintain at a high level if you are going to be successful,” he advised. “Being a father and husband requires that you be very disciplined in order to take care of responsibilities, family obligations and complete your studies or degree.”
After graduating with honors from Southampton High School in 1999, Cutchins had a wealth of opportunities to play college basketball, but turned down all of the offers to work in the family business.
“I was ready to work and make money, but I also knew my education was important, so I decided to enroll at PDCCC and continue my education there,” he said.
“My father (Bobby Cutchins) worked extremely hard when I was younger and ultimately, I saw the sacrifices he made, so I wanted to be a part of that and bring what I could to the table to join forces with him and see the company prosper as well.” The business has since expanded to include a location in Emporia and two locations in Franklin.
Cutchins is a magna cum laude PDCCC graduate who majored in management with a specialization in general business. He also earned a Career studies Certificate in supervision.
Although he pushed himself academically, he cited the advantages of positive influences in his life as well.
“My wife has been a huge part of my life for many years and continuously supported my efforts in various avenues thus far,” he said, which also included his studies to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Although his father started the business in 1982, Cutchins worked his way up to his present position as CEO, which he has held since 2016. He took over the duties as general manager in 2006, and was later promoted to president. He was recently selected as one of Inside Business magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 entrepreneurs, which is based on success in business, as well as community service.
He has been active in numerous community activities and organizations, such as the James L. Camp Jr. YMCA, Smart Beginnings of Western Tidewater, Cover 3 Foundation, Cypress Cove Country Club and Franklin-Southampton Area United Way.
As exemplified by his driving passion for youth, Cutchins has spent 15 years as basketball coach at Franklin High School.
“Seeing these young men grow into responsible citizens in our society really motivates me as far as coaching,” he said. “They learn so much about the most important game they will ever play—the game of life—simply by uniting in the game of basketball.”
Cutchins believes resources are key when it comes to a self-starter business and therefore, supports his alma mater’s latest initiative to promote entrepreneurship at PDCCC and in the community. “Knowledge is power, which is what you gain when attending PDCCC,” he said. “You may not use everything you learn from high school to college, but at the end of the day, equipping yourself with the right tools is very powerful.”
Robby is married to Amy Cutchins. They have two daughters, Skiler, 18, a freshman at George Mason University, and Katelynn, 17, a senior at Franklin High School.

Robby Cutchins 2 at counterRobby Cutchins, president and CEO of Bobby’s Tire and Auto Care, has a very hands-on approach to work at all three company locations, as seen here while working with Drew Dunn at the downtown Franklin business.

Robby and BobbyRobby Cutchins accomplished what he aspired to do in helping his father, Bobby, right, expand the business and prosper.


PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus hosts Frederick Douglass

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The Paul D. Camp Community College Hobbs Suffolk Campus was the site of historical information recently as it hosted a visit from Frederick Douglass, also known as Nathan Richardson.
Douglass was a slave, writer, orator, social reformer, abolitionist and statesman who died in 1895.
The event highlighted Douglass’ life as an abolitionist.
The college partnered with the Suffolk Public Library to offer this free presentation.


Learn about scholarships during student and parent information session at PDCCC

An upcoming educational event for all students and parents will highlight scholarship information. The Paul D. Camp Community College High School Career Coach Program is sponsoring the free “Scholarship Night”session on Friday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
A presentation will be conducted by Lorraine SantaLucia, who is a Hampton Roads native and Scholarship Sharing founder and president. She secured $65,000 in scholarships and grants that covered her full college tuition.
“We are so fortunate to have her as our guest speaker,” said High School Career Coach Susan Stubenrauch. “She is an amazing humanitarian and champion for students.” According to Stubenrauch, SantaLucia will present strategies for students to graduate debt free. Participants will also learn about various scholarships, grants, federal and state funds, and other financial resources.”
Scholarship Sharing is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Virginia and Washington, DC, students connect with resources that will help pay for college.
“This event will provide valuable information to meet all students’ needs and help them meet their educational goals, putting them on the appropriate career path as well,” said Stubenrauch.
For more information, contact her at sstubenrauch@pdc.edu.


Expanded topics bring exciting opportunities to Encore participants this season

Terry EdwardsTerry Edwards gets some new avian friends at Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, NC.

kayaking on Darden Mill PondPatricia Conley and Dennis Rhoads enjoy kayaking on Darden Mill Pond near Sedley.

chessDenise Reid, left, and Gladys Wiggins partake in a friendly game of chess during a session of Encore Learning at the workforce center.

painting of a colorful cardinal.Paul Leathers demonstrates his artistic skills in his painting of a colorful cardinal.
Whether you choose to get up close and personal with some local honeybees, reward your palate with various wines and chocolate, or take in some of the more than 2,000 plantings at the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens, the Encore Learning Program at Paul D. Camp Community College has something for you.
The popular lifelong learning program offered by the Division of Workforce Development helps its members stay young by offering non-credit courses to adults 50 and better who want to improve their skills, explore new ideas, and interact with interesting people in the community.
With over 40 courses and trips this spring, Encore Learning has expanded the experience to include more topics in order to reach a wider audience. The spring 2018 calendar includes classes on genealogy, music and the mind, river kayaking, Windows 10, financial fitness, yoga, painting, nutrition, card making, beekeeping, line dancing, and so much more. Encore members will also be traveling to area art and history museums, botanical gardens, and local farms.
“Our spring program is one of the best ones we’ve ever offered,” Director Teri Zurfluh said proudly about the 5-year-old program that has grown from four members to more than 60. “But as my Encore members remind me often, we can’t get too comfortable.”
Zurfluh has been working hard in preparation for this season, as she hopes to have more than 58 participants signed up by the start of classes in early February, which is the mandated minimum of memberships that will allow the program to continue.
“We have to continue to look for ways to maintain this program’s relevance… to always serve the Encore community we’ve all worked so hard to build. We are proud to be the ‘community’ in Community College.”
In the spirit of continuous improvement, Encore Learning has made some changes to the overall program to make it viable for the future and to simplify the membership process. Encore membership will cost $199 per person and will cover programming for spring and fall seasons, and the number of classes packed in each season has increased significantly. Over 70% of this season’s offerings will be free to Encore members, with a few “Encore Extras” classes available for additional fees. A payment plan is also available for members to spread the payments out to make it easier for people to enroll in Encore.
“No one wants this to be the end of Encore,” said Zurfluh. “We’ve worked hard to create a high-quality program that members will value.”
Marguerite Leathers of Courtland has been a long-time member, along with her husband, Paul. “Encore Learning has value. Any seniors who are Encore Learners will tell you how much this program means and how wonderful it is that we have it available to us. Encore Learning is truly a blessing in my life and in my husband’s life.”
Barbara Herrala of Windsor is another dedicated member to the Encore Learning program. She said, “It’s not like taking a class for weeks at a time—no tests or papers involved. Basically, it’s learning for the pure joy and fun of it, little bits at a time!”
Zurfluh added, “If you’re inquisitive and love to learn, Encore is your tribe. We are lifelong learning in action!”
Now is the time to join Encore Learning. Registration is open and materials are available at the Regional Workforce Development Center and online at www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/encore-learning/. For more information, call Teri Zurfluh at 757-569-6062 or email encorelearning@pdc.edu.


PDCCC nursing faculty gets students moving

RN students walking for CommonHealthStaying fit while connecting with each other are Kim Lowe, front row from left, Melanie Brinkley, Courtney Darden, Lindsay Drake, Brittney Pierce and Kendra King. Back row: Patricia Tippens, Bonnie Burns, Dorothy Moore and Jessica Schnur.
They say sitting is the new smoking. Studies show that leading a sedentary lifestyle can lead to health problems, and even an early demise.
In response, the Paul D. Camp Community College nursing faculty challenged its second-year associate degree students to walk with them for 30 minutes prior to class time to improve health and to decrease stress by enjoying the outdoors.
“This became a time of tutoring, clarifying information, and a way for students to get to know each other better,” said associate professor Trudy Kuehn.
Over the course of the fall 2017 semester, students and faculty have logged more than 120 miles, based on a 2,000 step mile.
“Other institutions of higher learning have implemented walking clubs and walking office hours, but no one has combined the practice that I have seen,” said Kuehn.
She noted that the students look forward to this activity. Kuehn plans to implement the activity during next semester and compare the effects on the students from the fall and the spring.
“Having the opportunity to exercise, connect with classmates and spend time outside is a winning situation, no matter how you look at it,” she said.


3rd Annual Genieve Shelter Collection Drive

Genieve Shelter Collection DriveDr. Sandra Walker, (College Success Coach, Hobbs Suffolk Campus). Dr. Walker conducts a final count of donated items.
PDCCC staff and faculty joined forces with the Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative at PDCCC – S.T.E.P.S., in support of the 3rd Annual Genieve Shelter Collection Drive.
As noted on the Genieve Shelter’s website, “The mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment to victims of domestic violence and to provide information, education, and training services which focus on ending domestic violence.”
Community service is a key tenet of the College Success/S.T.E.P.S. program’s agenda.
This year almost 700 items (toiletries) were donated which brings our three-year total to over 1,500 items!
We significantly exceeded our milestone goal to collect 1,000 items by year three!


PTK in the Community



PTK President, Cynthia Gurstseigler and PTK member Latoya Evans assist with the community blood drive at White Oak Springs Missionary Baptist Church (WOSMBC) in Franklin, VA.
Former PDCCC Administrative Support Technology instructor, Mrs. Bessie Smith was in attendance along with the Director of Finance Ministry and the Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator at WOSMBC.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society volunteered to assist with a recent community blood drive held at White Oak Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin.
Above from left, Bessie Smith, director of the finance ministry and former instructor at PDCCC; PTK member Latoya Evans; Amanda Rogers, donor recruitment with the American Red Cross; PTK President Cynthia Gurstseigler; and Mittie Ricks, blood drive raffle coordinator pose for a photo together to promote partnerships.
Gurstseigler, helps organize the snacks for the blood drive.


Emergency Food Bag Distribution

Food Bags - DistributionMs. Marie Linton (Financial Aid Officer) and Mr. Chris Whitfield (Facilities Personnel), both employees on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus assisted with accepting the food bag delivery from the Foodbank.
The College and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore are developing a partnership.
The charge of the PDCCC Foodbank Committee is to address food insecurities and hunger within affected populations.
On December 6, 2017, the College made a request to the Foodbank for emergency food rations, as students’ needs emerged the week before exams.
On December 13, 2017, 50 food bags were delivered to the College that were divided between the two campuses and the Smithfield Center.
By the close of business December 19, 2017, all of the food bags had been distributed.
Donated items from staff and faculty supplemented the food bags, based on recipients’ needs.
Recipients were also linked to other on and off campus resources including the Community Resources Toolkit and the PDCCC Foundation Student Emergency Fund.
Dr. Felts recently sent out a call to action for monetary donations to the student emergency fund through the Annual Fund Drive, as requests are increasing.


Paul D. Camp recently recognized for new workforce program

Hire Ed Conf AwardPDCCC Vice President of Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts, left, and PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne were available to answer questions regarding the program. In addition, participants were able to try out the college’s Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), which is a digital computer that industries use to automate machines and factory assembly lines.
A new program of the Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce earned the institution an Honorable Mention during the Hire Education Conference 2017.
PDCCC showcased the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation (IM E&I) program at the event that was held at the Homestead in Hot Springs. The curriculum is being offered on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
“It is exciting to get this kind of recognition for a program in its first year,” said Vice President of Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts. “We are proud to be the only community college in Virginia that offers the IM E&I as a non-credit program.”
The very first class of students completed the 40-hour core skills and knowledge training in early October and will complete the 165-hour course for Level Four certification in February 2018. They received certificates for completing core, as well as NCCER and OSHA certifications.
“This training earns workers industry recognized credentials, in addition to aligning with the Virginia Community College System’s FastForward initiative,” said PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. FastForward refers to the workforce programs that help train Virginians for fulfilling careers in a short amount of time.
As a result of the recognition, PDCCC will receive $500 that will be designated to recruit students for the IM E&I. For more information about the program, call 757-569-6050, email workforce@pdc.edu, or visit pdc.edu/workforce-development.


PDCCC First-time career education event draws nearly 70 high school students

Justin AllenJustin Allen of Smithfield High School, right, works with the filtration system in the General STEM Escape Room.—Photo by Jamie Dodd
Sometimes you’ve got to multi-task in order to make informed decisions while evading the “Career Sucking Zombies.”
On Saturday, students posing as the creatures served as metaphors for what students should strive to not become as they decide their career paths. The “Escape the School” event focused on exposing the students to a myriad of professions and careers.
“Some students don’t really know what they want to pursue after they graduate high school,” said PDCCC High School Career Coach Susan Stubenrauch. “Each ‘escape room’ represented a career or profession. Students engaged in teamwork and used clues and strategies to solve specific issues related to the field, such as HTML coding, pipe fitting and transportation.” They had 30 minutes in each of the nine rooms.
Escape the School was co-hosted by Paul D. Camp Community College’s High School Career Coach program, The Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads, and Opportunity Inc. at the PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus on Kenyon Road. Sixty-seven students attended from all of the PDCCC service region public high and private schools, as well as three students from Western Branch and one from Sussex.
“This was a huge success,” said Stubenrauch. “Through a follow up survey, we’ve learned that students enjoyed working with students from other high schools, and they want us to expand the number of rooms next year.”
Professionals volunteered to coach students through each “Escape Room,” according to Stubenrauch. “Representatives and industry experts from 360 IT, Rolls Royce, Southside Regional Medical Center, ECPI, Newport News Shipbuilding, Huntington Ingalls, U.S. Navy and National Guard, Suffolk Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the three PDCCC locations, and Opportunity Inc. Youth Career Center participated in the program,” she said.
There was also a room designed to let the students decompress and another to educate them about the Virginia Community College’s Education Wizard—a tool launched in 2009 to help guide students on education, career and workforce goals.
“This has been very informative,” said Sydney Stubenrauch, 15, of Lakeland High School about the event in Suffolk. “I was able to get some ideas of what career I might like to pursue.”
For more information about the High School Career Coach Program at PDCCC, log onto www.pdc.edu/future-students/.


AAUW Rock Painting Event

AAUW Rock Painting Event 02

Paul D. Camp Community College’s recently formed American Association of University Women (AAUW) Student Club partnered with the Suffolk Branch organization to paint “Suffolk Rocks” and hide them in the community. Messages painted on the rocks reflect the mission of the AAUW, which advocates equal rights for women and girls. Those finding the stones are being encouraged to post a photo on Facebook and hide the rocks again for others to find. The event was held on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus and funded by an AAUW advocacy grant. To learn more about the organization, log onto www.aauw.org.


PDCCC graduate transitions from high school to Huntington Ingalls in few months

~Franklin man first in family to enter the trades sector~

Tyrick ErquhartTyrick Erquhart of Franklin enrolled in the Fast Track Welding program at PDCCC after graduating from Southampton High School in June. He has been hired at Huntington Ingalls and will apply to the Apprentice School this spring.
Tyrick Erquhart wouldn’t trade his experience for anything else. In four weeks and with no prior exposure, he successfully learned to lay the perfect bead.
“I would tell anyone to stick with it,” the 18-year-old advised about the Fast Track Welding Program at Paul D. Camp Community College. “It starts off hard, but you can’t let yourself get discouraged.”
The student just graduated from Southampton High School in June. He knew he wanted to get some hands-on experience in the area of trades and the Career Services Program at the high school was there to guide him.
“Ms. (Tisha) Evans told me about the programs at Paul D. Camp,” he said. She is the career services advisor at the high school. In August, Erquhart had completed the Fast Track Welding Program, and two weeks later, he had landed a job at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). In addition, completing the program at PDCCC first allowed him to go to the industry at an entry level position at a higher wage rather than having to train first.
“The program is designed to meet the workforce needs of regional and area employers,” said FastForward Career Coach Lisha Wolfe. “But it’s clearly a win-win, as the students are employed sooner and make sustainable wages.” FastForward refers to the Virginia Community College System’s workforce programs that help train Virginians for fulfilling careers in a short amount of time.
After taking a tour of The Apprentice School, Recruiter Paul Hoffman recommended getting a job at HII before applying to the school, which is operated by Newport News Shipbuilding and is a division of HII. The recent graduate anticipates applying for spring 2018 classes there. He is awaiting the start date of his new position.
“When Tyrick comes out of The Apprentice School, he will be able to make more money,” said Wolfe. “He will likely be making more than $50,000 a year and will also have the job title of foreman.”
In addition to the Fast Track Welding Certificate, Erquhart earned a Silver level Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) which also gave him an edge when conducting a job search after graduation. “Industries look at this credential as an added plus,” explained Wolfe. “It sets candidates apart from other applicants.”
The welder is pleased to have learned of the opportunities offered so close to home, and the fact that he has graduated with no student debt. “I would recommend the program,” he said. “You get a chance to explore different fields within the trade. Trades are becoming more marketable and there is a big demand for welders.
“It just takes a lot of practice. Make sure you ask questions. But once you get the hang of it, you’ve got it, because it is all hands on.”
For more information, call the Workforce Development Office at 757-569-6050, email workforce@pdc.edu or visit pdc.edu/workforce-development/.


PDCCC honors 21 students during 2017-18 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society induction

PTK Group Students celebrating their induction into the Omega Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, from left, are: Zachary Pauley of Franklin, Megan Truitt of Wakefield, Jessica Ellsworth of Newsoms, Latoya Evans of Franklin, Cynthia Gurstseigler of Franklin, Michael Edwards of Franklin, Sarah Giorgi of Boykins, Charity Thompson of Suffolk, Lillie Williams-Dirtion of Suffolk, Cayla Christmas of Zuni, Amanda Holmes of Courtland and Chelsea Spivey of Franklin. Not in attendance are: Valerie Bonham of Ivor, Heather Bowie of Capron, Amy Flowers of Suffolk, D’Avion Godwin of Suffolk, Ruth Kent of Ivor, Samantha Luke of Suffolk, Courtney Vinson of Courtland, Tyler Wheeler and Jaquanna Wilkins, both of Suffolk.
Paul D. Camp Community College recently inducted 21 students into its Omega Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Held at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin, the ceremony featured Mistress of Ceremonies Sherri Ward, PDCCC recruitment and admissions specialist. Ward serves as co-advisor of the local chapter of PTK, along with Toni Johnson, director at PDCCC in Smithfield; and Brenda Burgess, administrative and office specialist in the library Learning Commons.
PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin welcomed attendees to the event and Dr. Joe Edenfield, lead faculty for business and accounting, delivered remarks. The messages from both were comprised of inspirational and congratulatory messages for the inductees. Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady conducted closing remarks.
In addition to recognition of academic success, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society provides its members additional scholarship and leadership opportunities, as well as an honorable distinction among peers. Employers also typically seek the qualities and traits that PTK members possess.


PDCCC and Tidewater Publications partner in opening new regional warehouse and distribution training facility

The college is leasing approximately 5,000 feet of warehouse space from Tidewater Publications, LLC, the company that publishes The Tidewater News, in their facility located at 1000 Armory Drive in Franklin. The idea for leasing the space was the result of a conversation between PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin and TPL Publisher Tony Clark at a recent PDCCC Foundation Board meeting.
“We are proud to partner with The Tidewater News on this endeavor,” said Lufkin. “The addition of a global logistics regional training program at the college not only supports our local business and industry, it will help people get jobs. This is truly a win-win for everybody.” Global logistics will further add to stackable credentials.
Many partners and employers have been involved in the new endeavor, such as Target Distribution Center, Quality Custom Distribution, the Port of Virginia and Opportunity Inc.
“We are excited about the opportunity to provide students hands-on training in a real warehouse environment,” said PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. “This facility will allow us to provide training year-round while expanding training programs to meet the growing needs of local employers.”
The facility features a classroom and warehouse training space and will house the new non-credit Warehouse & Distribution Foundations course, which begins Dec. 11. Registration is under way for the course, which will be comprised of the Career Readiness Certificate; the OSHA 10 Certification; forklift, reach and clamp truck training, as well as soft skills for employability that will include basic computer training.
“In the months since freeing up our warehouse facility, we have considered several options for how to best make use of the space,” said Clark. “The fact that we were able to do so by supporting Dr. Lufkin’s vision of expanding available workforce training opportunities in our community was the best possible solution.”
Plans are under way for a formal open house event at a later date. For more information, call 757-569-6050, email workforce@pdc.edu, or visit www.pdc.edu.


Practical Nursing students help local family in need

Nursing Students Thanksgiving Meal DonationThe PN students, along with their instructor, display all the items collected for a family in need. Front row from left: Ashley Rife, Emiloju Utieyin, Ashley Dobie, Lillian Riddick, Megan Smith, Vernell Davis, Ronlesha Jones and Instructor Wright. Back row: Clay Rabey, Lori NcNair, Shaune Williams, Tina Davis, Evelena Johnson, Charizma Perry and Audrey Johnson. Not pictured are Katiska Grier and Tyra Hunter.
The Practical Nursing Class of 2018 set out to help a particular family, who recently experienced much tragedy.
“The family members are from our community and are involved with one of the Practical Nursing program’s primary clinical sites, which provide invaluable support for our nursing students,” said Laurel Wright, PN program faculty member on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. “The students are always looking at ways to give back to our community.”
The students collected food items needed to make a complete Thanksgiving dinner, as well as personal items for the family.
“To say that I am proud of my students is an understatement,” said Wright. “They came up with this idea on their own.”
The group plans to deliver the collected items by the end of the week.


PDCCC’s STEPS program collects items for shelter while promoting community service

Student Matthew SeaborneStudent Matthew Seaborne helps pack donated items for The Genieve Shelter during last year’s collection drive.
Paul D. Camp Community College Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) participants will gain community service experience during its 3rd Annual Genieve Shelter Collection Drive. The shelter provides assistance to victims of domestic violence. Items needed include:

  • Laundry soap
  • Trash bags
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Wash clothes
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Tooth paste and tooth brushes
  • Feminine products
  • Other toiletries

Donations may be dropped off on Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk campuses in the libraries, student lounges or STEPs offices. For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Walker in Suffolk, room 112D, at swalker@pdc.edu or 757-925-6326; or Laura Clark in Franklin, room 120C, lclark@pdc.edu or 757-569-6780.


New VCCS portal provides assistance for current and prospective military and veteran students

In efforts to support and enhance the student experience, Paul D. Camp Community College is promoting a new academic and career portal designed specifically for current and prospective students who have served in a branch of the US Armed Forces or are currently serving in the military.
The recently launched Virginia Community College System’s Credits2Careers (C2C) portal will provide multiple academic pathways where veterans and military students can use their previous education and experience toward programs prior to applying to a VCCS institution.
“This will be a tremendous help to the veterans and military members who we serve,” said PDCCC Director of Workforce Development and veteran Angela Lawhorne. “The portal offers a comprehensive place where visitors can map out a plan for their future.”
The personalized virtual counseling tool will provide an easy way to:

  • Explore academic degree programs offered by all 23 state community colleges.
  • Instantly receive an estimate of potential credits from military education, experience and training.
  • Personalize exploration of civilian careers related to their military training and specialties, personal interests or recommendations by interest evaluations.
  • Receive real-time employment information to assist military and veteran students in making informed post-secondary decisions.

“Awarding credit for prior learning is something that always sounded better in theory than it was in practice, until today,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Military service is increasingly a technical experience. And thanks to the hard work of hundreds of people across our community colleges, and other state agencies, we are in a positon to reward that in-uniform service in an unprecedented way.”
Matt Adams, a Marine Corps reservist and Tidewater Community College student demonstrated the portal at the unveiling event at the Virginia Community College System Office.
“I can’t say enough about this new tool. It’s going to help a lot of people like me save time and money in the pursuit of a college credential,” Adams said. “This is a difference-maker for those seeking their next step in civilian life. I’m sharing it with everyone I served with.”
The Credit2Careers portal debut coincided with the dedication of Veterans Resource Centers at seven of Virginia’s Community Colleges— Germanna in Fredericksburg; J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler in the Richmond area; Northern Virginia; Tidewater; Thomas Nelson on the Virginia Peninsula; and Virginia Western in Roanoke. The colleges are part of the commonwealth’s VERITAS (Veteran Education Resource Initiative for Transition, Advising and Success) program.
Paul D. Camp Community College has served more than 300 military and veteran students in the 2016-17 academic year. For more information, log onto www.credits2careers.org.


Franklin resident fulfills love of travel while earning better wages

Travis Kidd Cert of ExcellenceTravis Kidd received a certificate of excellence by successfully completing the CDL training requirements with a 4.0 grade point average.
The notion of making a good salary while having the opportunity to see new places was appealing to Paul D. Camp Community College graduate Travis Kidd.
“I love traveling,” said the 30-year-old, who discovered the CDL training opportunity on the electronic sign at the Franklin campus. “I heard the pay was pretty decent for driving OTR, especially for entry-level employees.” OTR is an acronym for over the road, a type of truck driving that gives invaluable experience to newcomers to the field by exposing them to all different routes, procedures and conditions along the way. In addition, it guarantees a change of scenery as it is not a routine, designated route.
While supporting a family of four, Kidd completed the program in six weeks and accepted a job offer one week later at Cox Transportation in Ashland, Va.
“I had multiple opportunities,” he said. “The company I decided on is small, but really family oriented. I’m out on the road for five to six days a week, and then return home for two days. I like it.”
Kidd was the last to complete the program under the CDL agreement that PDCCC had with Southside Virginia Community College. According to Duncan Quicke, coordinator for SVCC Truck Driver Training School in Blackstone, Kidd was an exceptional student.
“From the 2,500 individuals who have attended our program in the last 21 years, the Truck Driver Training School has seen a lot of quality students excel and rise to the top. Travis Kidd was no exception, and I would put him on top of that deck,” said Quicke. “He has just the right amount of two key ingredients that are necessary for a successful career in the trucking industry. This young man has enough confidence in his ability to get the job done correctly, yet he has enough humility to understand that these 80,000-pound machines demand respect 100 percent of the time in order to get the job done safely.”
Paul D. Camp currently has a new CDL training program at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus through a partnership with Shipper’s Choice, which is a more centralized location for the PDCCC’s service region and is in an area of significant growth.
“The program enables people in the area to earn these credentials while having the convenience of classroom and hands-on instruction in the same vicinity without traveling for the actual driver training,” said Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne.
She added that the full-time program held Monday through Friday can be demanding for those who work full time. “A part-time weekend program has been added to help meet the needs of those with weekday commitments,” she said.
Kidd was appreciative of the financial assistance he was provided and for the expertise in instruction and training he received from the community colleges.
“I’m glad that I went to Paul D. Camp and had the hands-on training at Southside Virginia,” he said. “This program helped me with the skills I needed to start a new career. It gave me an edge once I started driving for the company who hired me.”
In addition, Kidd noted that his line of work is a great way to support his family and because of the demand, there is great job security.
“There are so many different opportunities in the driving industry that you can’t go wrong or get bored,” said Kidd.
For more information regarding the CDL training in Suffolk, visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development, email workforce@pdc.edu or call 757-569-6050.


PDCCC supports students beyond studies at the college

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


PDCCC supports the launch of Growth4VA Campaign

Paul D. Camp Community College announced support of the recently launched Growth4VA campaign, which is focused on promoting reform and reinvestment in Virginia’s nationally acclaimed higher education system. The campaign’s purpose is to help grow the Commonwealth’s economy, expand access to education and job opportunities for all Virginians, and regain the state’s no. 1 ranking for business.
Virginia’s colleges, universities and community colleges are stepping up to help achieve these goals. Working with our partners in the business community, we will be offering practical policies and creative ideas focused on four strategies:

  • Make Virginia the Top State for Talent
  • Become recognized as the Home of Innovators and Entrepreneurs
  • Prepare Virginians for Great Jobs and Great Lives
  • Provide Affordable Access for All Virginians

PDCCC has been and will continue working with business leaders to develop programs that lead students straight to the careers that are in high demand in the college’s service region, which is encompassed by the cities of Franklin and Suffolk, and the counties of Southampton and Isle of Wight.
“This approach is also beneficial to our local business and industry,” said PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, who had already begun responding to community feedback regarding new programs since he came on board in June 2016. “By tailoring curricula according to their needs, we know that we are offering relevant programs that will provide skilled workers who will be able to secure jobs within our own community.” A number of programs have been launched, including new CDL sessions that include weekend classes in Suffolk, an industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation program in Suffolk, a new CNA program in Smithfield, and new warehousing and distribution curriculum in Franklin.
“We will continue to assess and track the success of our programs and react accordingly, staying on top of the needs of our local partners,” said Lufkin.
Growth4VA is a campaign of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council and has been endorsed by all 15 of Virginia’s public higher education institutions and the Virginia Community College System. To learn more about the Growth4VA campaign, including the current economic impact of Virginia’s higher education system and the Growth4VA coalition’s plans for expanding economic growth and opportunity in Virginia, visit the campaign website at www.Growth4VA.com.


Nearly 300 attend college’s first student leadership conference

Ellis CofieldPDCCC Alumnus Ellis “Trey” Cofield spoke about his experiences at the community college, as well as served as master of ceremonies.

La Quisa McGloneLaQuisa McGlone, a graduate of PDCCC, shared what her life was like during her academic journey. She was the student speaker during the college’s 2013 commencement ceremony.

Chancellors PresentationDr. Glenn DuBois, VCCS chancellor, received an award during the event from STEPS team Jamie Dodd, from left, Dr. Sandra Walker, and Laura Clark.
A free event proved exceptionally successful as nearly 300 area students gathered at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Center to learn more about achieving their educational goals.
Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) organized and led the 1st Annual Student Leadership Conference, themed “Engage. Educate. Empower,” on Oct. 27.
Sessions were designed to assist community college students from the surrounding area, and dual enrollment and potential dual enrollment high school students in the college’s service region. The region encompasses the cities of Franklin and Suffolk, and the counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton.
“We help students be successful and stay on track in their academic endeavors, but that is only part of our focus,” explained College Success Coach Laura Clark. “We take a holistic approach to addressing the needs of underserved students.”
The morning began with optional pre-conference mentoring sessions led by PDCCC’s Men with A Purpose (MAP) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin and Virginia Community Colleges’ Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois provided welcome/opening remarks, respectively.
An unsuspecting DuBois received a surprise award kept under wraps until the right moment. The STEPS team presented a plaque honoring DuBois as a “Champion for Student Success” for his creation of an initiative that continues to positively impact students and their families across the state.
PDCCC Alumni Ellis “Trey” Cofield III of Franklin and LaQuisa McGlone of Suffolk delivered testimonials and spoke of their academic paths that began at PDCCC.
Founder, President and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institute Dr. Adolph Brown, who has earned multiple degrees from the College of William and Mary, made a presentation focused on developing habits helpful to students in staying on point. The keynote speaker addressed overcoming negative, emotional issues as they affect one’s outlook and decisions.
Other topics covered were leadership and a team-building activity with Upward Bound Director Travis Parker; entrepreneurship with Franklin Southampton Economic President and CEO Amanda Jarratt; and civic engagement with faculty member Wendy Miller-Edwards.
“We created a student-centered learning experience to help students develop a clear vision of their goals, to guide them in connecting daily activities to their long-term goals, and to support them in building skills,” said College Success Coach Dr. Sandra Walker.
The STEPS program was created in 2012 as a response to the Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative. The conference was made possible by the Excellence in Education (EIE) award funding and the STEPS program. The STEPS team was awarded a $5,000 first-place prize during the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) New Horizons Conference 2017 held in Roanoke in April for their project—a model based on research and facts to use when helping underserved students.
To learn more about the program, visit www.pdc.edu/success/; contact Dr. Sandra Walker on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus at swalker@pdc.edu or 757-925-6326; or contact Laura Clark on the Franklin Campus at lclark@pdc.edu or 757-569-6780.


Dr. Adolph Brown delivers dynamic presentation to participants during 1st annual conference

Dr Adolph BrownA disguised Dr. Adolph Brown approached the stage, and proved his point of how judging people reflects negatively on you.

Second backpackDr. Adolph Brown describes his second backpack, while stressing the importance of releasing its contents.

Look in the mirrorDr. Adolph Brown shared his grandfather’s advice to look in the mirror and strive to get better every day.

Dr Brown Climbs TreeDr. Adolph Brown advised the students to challenge themselves and not wait on good things to come to them.

ConclusionThe motivational speaker sported a T-shirt near the end of his presentation printed with the words “Started from the bottom, now I’m here!”
It wasn’t just about backpacks to Dr. Adolph Brown, the keynote speaker for the PDCCC STEPs team’s 1st Annual Student Leadership Conference. It was more about what is in them, and that is what he relayed to his audience.
Brown succeeded in duping conference participants or at least confusing them, as he stood on stage. While everyone’s attention was on him, someone came bounding through the conference hall sporting camouflage pants and a bandana, promptly parking himself in a seat that was only momentarily unoccupied.
He refused to move and slid the former occupant’s personal belongings aside. Then, the baggily clad man made a beeline to the stage, much to onlookers’ chagrin, until they realized he was, indeed, Dr. Adolph Brown, and the person being introduced to the stage was actually his assistant.
His message was as bold as his disguise: do not judge. “Judging says more about you than me,” he said. This was just one of the many poignant messages he delivered to the students to help them personally, as well as academically.
The motivational speaker held up his backpack and explained that he had one to carry his books and supplies. However, he also had a second backpack, which served as a metaphor for baggage— all of the negative experiences and ill feelings inside a person.
“Second backpacks are real,” he said. “Everyone has one. You’ve got to empty it. You’ve got to deal with it. We are only as sick as our secrets.”
Brown worked his way out of the projects, out of destitution, and survived growing up without his father and dealing with the murder of his brother. But he never lost hope nor his positive attitude, thanks to his mother, his aunt and his grandfather, a farmer in Wakefield.
“As long as you’re living, nothing is so bad that you can’t overcome it,” he said. He spoke to the students about work habits, attitude and growth mindset.
“You accept a challenge, knowing that sometimes, you are going to fail,” he said of the mindset. “But failing doesn’t make you a failure. Perfection is not attainable.”
Brown holds several degrees from the College of William and Mary and was the youngest professor ever tenured in the United States at age 29. He is a master teacher, business leader, educational/clinical psychologist, anthropologist and a humorist.
Melissa Coward of Franklin, a non-traditional student, is working on attaining her GED and said she was glad she attended the 1st Annual Student Leadership Conference.
“I was from the projects in New York, so I could identify with Dr. Brown,” she said. “I have learned so much.”
To find out more about Brown’s many initiatives and achievements, visit www.docspeaks.com.


Ground broken for field renovation

Ball field ceremonyIn a brief ceremony on Friday morning, ground was broken for the renovation of a new ball field at Paul D. Camp Community College. From left are Martha Russ, Coach David Mitchell, President Dr. Dan Lufkin, Chancellor Glenn DuBois, Franklin Mayor Frank Rabil, June Fleming and Leonard Provost Jr. — Stephen H. Cowles | The Tidewater News
By Stephen Cowles
The Tidewater News
Ground was ceremoniously broken on Friday morning for the renovation of the ball field at Paul D. Camp Community College.
With shovels in hand were Hurricanes Head Coach David Mitchell, President Dan Lufkin, Virginia Community College Chancellor Glenn DuBois, Heartland Construction Vice President Leonard Provost Jr., PDC Operations Manager Phillip Bradshaw, Franklin Mayor Frank Rabil, President of the local Board of Directors June Fleming and Chairman of the college Foundation Board Martha Russ.
Provost said work on the field will begin within a week or two, and is expected to be completed within 90 days.
Mitchell pointed out that a 20-feet high fence stretching 200 feet will be constructed at the left field to keep balls from flying over onto cars parked at the Regional Workforce Development Center, which is located next door. There will be new sod laid down, concrete dugouts, a press box, concession stand and, where the tennis courts are located, a batting cage will be established.
“There’s a big buzz around town [about the college],” said Lufkin, noting that more students are coming to PDC and are also looking forward to playing ball.”
But he wanted to emphasize that the college is “not just about athletics. Our mission is academics.”
To underscore his words, the president pointed to the Workforce Center where the inaugural Student Leadership Conference was taking place.
In fact, he and DuBois had taken a short break from the program to participate in the ceremony.
“Engage. Educate. Empower” was the conference theme. Topics included leadership, entrepreneurship, civic engagement and team-building.


Big league hopeful slides into home at PDCCC

Seth-Konkel-PitchingSeth Konkel winds up for a pitch during the recent Play in Pink benefit game to raise money for breast cancer research. – Photo by Stacy Pauley
Seth Konkel may reside in a rustic area of Virginia, but he has his sights set on the big league. The 18-year-old left-handed pitcher for the Paul D. Camp Community College Hurricanes has a plan to carry him until that day arrives.
“I want to pursue a career in becoming a sports physical therapist,” he said. “I also want to work hard at baseball and try to get drafted into the MLB.”
Konkel had opportunities to attend other four-year colleges for baseball and academics, but landed in Franklin—not a far cry from the rural environment of his Exmore home on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
“[Other colleges’] tuition costs were very high, and most were not Christian colleges,” he said. “I was looking for a college that would fit my criteria, and PDCCC was perfect.” Konkel cited that affordability, recruitment for the new baseball team, and the proximity to The Rock Church of Franklin—where he is an active member—all played a part in his assessment.
“I have always heard that the first two years of college at a four-year school are usually made up of general studies classes, so to me, attending a community college is a wise decision financially,” he said.
Konkel is also the recipient of the 2017-18 Herbert W. DeGroft Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship (CLS) at PDCCC, an honor awarded to a graduating high school senior through the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. He is in his first semester of General Studies classes that will eventually lead to his bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences.
“By receiving this scholarship, my parents will not have to save money to help pay for my classes, books and supplies,” he said. “I have two brothers and two sisters. Coming from a big family, any help I receive is a huge blessing.”
Konkel has been enamored by baseball since he began playing at 8 years old. But it was an injury to his pitching arm, which benched him for four months that led him to embrace the epiphany of using the experience to assist others.
“I began physical therapy at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in the beginning of fall 2016,” he recalled. “Having gone through the therapy program, I became interested in being able to help athletes like myself become healthy and come back better than ever.”
Graduating from Mighty Warriors Homeschool with a 3.7 grade point average, Konkel is an Eagle Scout who has been active in the community for nearly six years through the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he played guitar for about the same length of time for the worship team at The Rock Church of The Eastern Shore.
A CLS is selected every year from each of the 23 institutions in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). As a Commonwealth Legacy scholar, Konkel will mentor future scholarship recipients and participate in statewide events, such as the Student Leadership Conference, scheduled for November 10-12. Scholars will also be featured on the VCCS website and in other VCCS publications.
This year, the scholarship will provide $3,500 for a full year of tuition, books and fees— all possible due to the generosity of Wells Fargo and additional funding available from VCCS.
While Konkel has already been accepted to Lee University, he is also interested in completing his application for Liberty University. He intends to play baseball wherever he enrolls. Current and past coaches have confirmed the 6-foot-3, 200-pound pitcher’s potential to play the sport professionally, but Konkel knows that there are greater factors at work that will determine his outcome.
“I am letting God lead my life, and whichever direction He leads me is where I will go,” he said.


PDCCC awarded workforce education award during Opportunity Inc. annual meeting

Opp Inc presentationDr. Edna Baehre-Kolovani, from left, presents the award to Dr. Dan Lufkin, Dr. Renee Felts and Angela Lawhorne.
Paul D. Camp Community College was among the honorees at the Opportunity Inc. annual meeting and Workforce Innovation Awards event held recently in Chesapeake.
The education honor, presented by President of Tidewater Community College Dr. Edna Baehre-Kolovani, was awarded to Paul D. Camp for its “lasting impact in its industry, through efforts to strengthen Hampton Roads’ workforce,” according to Opportunity Inc.
PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin, Vice President for Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts and Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne attended the event. This award is just one confirmation that the community college is making progress under new leadership. Lufkin was just officially inaugurated Oct. 6, but has implemented change since coming on board in June 2016.
“I have shared my vision of making PDCCC the region’s first choice for postsecondary education, and occupational/technical training,” said Lufkin. “One aspect of this is creating needed programs that put our students to work, in addition to providing our business/industry partners with skilled workers. We are proud of our collaborations with community and business stakeholders and will continue to enhance these relationships.”
The creation of a partnership with Shipper’s Choice in Suffolk has allowed the college to offer truck driver training, preparing students to test for a Commercial Driver’s License. Another example of Lufkin’s response to workforce needs is the establishment of a new industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation lab, also taught at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
Programs have also been expanded and created for the college’s Franklin campus and the center in Smithfield. “Feedback from advisory committee members assist us in our training,” said Felts. “Our workforce center also has individuals serving on Career and Technical Education committees at all three local school divisions.”
In addition, the college works alongside local economic development teams to monitor current and future business needs. “We are committed to creating portable, stackable credentials for
in-demand jobs by offering relevant curriculum and programs,” said Lawhorne.
Awards for Community, Business and Regional Innovator were also presented. Gov. Terry McAuliffe received the Workforce Champion of the Year Award, and served as keynote speaker at the event.
“For a small college, it is an honor to know that we are making a difference in our community and changing lives,” said Lawhorne.


Deadline to register for first weekend CDL class is November 15

Although a brand new truck driver training program on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus is under way, Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development is already offering its first weekend training session of the program.
“Our part-time weekend program will allow flexibility for those who work full-time or during the weekdays,” said Director of PDCCC Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne. “Jobs in this field are in high demand and we want to make sure our programs are based around community and business needs.”
The weekend session will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, November 18, 2017 through January 21, 2018, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 117 on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. The program will prepare students for the Commercial Driver’s License test and is a 160-hour program. Half of the hours will be spent in the classroom and half of the hours will be spent in hands-on training.
Prospective students must present proof of being at least 18 years old, possess a valid Virginia driver’s license, and provide a copy of their driving record. A CDL Learner’s permit and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) physical exam will also be provided at the beginning of the program and is include in the $4,500 tuition.
“Financial assistance is available,” said Lawhorne. “In addition, other scholarships and financial aid can further reduce the cost.”
The program is being offered in partnership with Shipper’s Choice and offers free lifetime job placement assistance to graduates and lifetime refresher training. For more details, visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development, email workforce@pdc.edu or call 757-569-6050.


Dr. Dan Lufkin inaugurated as eighth PDCCC president

Daniel Lufkin Inauguration

By Stephen Faleski
The Tidewater News
Dr. Dan Lufkin was officially inaugurated as Paul D. Camp Community College’s eighth president during an installation ceremony Friday in the Regional Workforce Development Center at the college’s Franklin campus.
The ceremony featured delegations from colleges and universities throughout Virginia. June Fleming, chair of Paul D. Camp’s local college board, delivered opening remarks, during which she spoke of Lufkin’s career accomplishments and the rigorous selection process the college used to select its new president.
“We’ve come to know this person, his sly, infectious smile, his inquiring mind, his love of sports and his reflective nature that is absolutely contagious,” Fleming said.
Her remarks were followed by those of Dr. Renee Felts, vice president of institutional advancement and workforce development at PDCCC, who introduced the collegiate delegations and other special guests, which included Paul D. Camp’s president emeritus, Dr. Doug Boyce and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-3rd) among others.
Next, two current Paul D. Camp students, Justin Perry and Javon Saunders, spoke on Lufkin’s involvement with the college’s male mentorship program “Men with a Purpose.”
“He has become a big advocate for the program and even provided a lunch for us on occasion,” Perry said. “I was told on a couple occasions he even rearranged his schedule to fit [us] in.”
“I have nothing but the utmost respect for Dr. Lufkin, not just because he’s our president but because he reaches out to the students,” Saunders said.
Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, then formally presented Lufkin with the Paul D. Camp Community College medallion and gavel, two traditional symbols of collegiate leadership.
“Dan is forever a coach,” DuBois said, highlighting Lufkin’s love of sports. “He understands who needs a gentle pat on the back and who needs a kick in the pants.
“Dan is an optimist by nature. No matter when you run into him, he always has the same answer. He’ll say, ‘Today is the best day of my life.’”
The proceedings concluded with Lufkin’s inaugural address, during which he spoke on the new electrical and instrumentation program at the college’s Suffolk campus, its new CNA program at Smithfield and its fast-track welding and global logistics programs in Franklin.
“With vessels entering the ports of Virginia in record numbers, we feel we are well poised to educate a highly skilled workforce that will respond to these growing needs and contribute to a new Virginia economy,” Lufkin said.
He also invited his wife, Catey, and children Lily, 9, and Layton, 6, up on stage, thanked them for their support and presented them with flowers. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president of academic and student development at PDCCC, delivered closing remarks.
Lufkin began his position as president of PDCCC on June 28, 2016, having previously served as vice president for student affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton. Throughout his career, he has taught students from pre-kindergarten to master-level classes. During his time at PDCCC, the college has seen an increase in completion rates, including dual-enrollment graduates, and the creation of the college’s very first baseball team, the Hurricanes.
He is originally from the rural foothills of the Adirondack Mountains area of upstate New York.


First cohort of students honored for core completion

Graduation GroupGathering for the recognition in the lab, from left were: instructors Lee Inman and Patick Kneisley, Amos Smith, Kyle Ellis, Thomas Joines Jr., Michael Serle, Sharmane Jacobs, PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin, Workforce Career Coach Lisha Wolfe, Michelle Bergin, Chris Wallace, Willard Ward, Electronics/Robotics Lead Faculty David Lorenz, instructor Bill Wentz, Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne and Vice President for Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts.
~PDCCC electrical and instrumentation program under way~
The very first class of students enrolled in Paul D. Camp Community College’s National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Industrial Maintenance Electrical & Instrumentation curriculum were recognized this week for completing the first leg of the program.
“The NCCER core skills and knowledge is a 40-hour training program that covers topics such as safety, construction math, hand and power tools, construction drawings, materials handling, communication and employability skills,” said Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne. “After completing this section, the students will move on to a 165-hour course for NCCER IM E&I Level Four certification that will conclude in February 2018.”
Certificates were awarded by PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin at a brief gathering prior to class on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. “You are pioneers in this program,” he said to the students. “We encourage feedback from your experience so that we can assess the program and make improvements as needed.”
Receiving certificates, as well as NCCER and OSHA certifications, were Michelle Bergin of Franklin, Kyle Ellis of Suffolk, Shamane Jacobs of Suffolk, Thomas Joines Jr. of Gates, NC, Michael Serle of Virginia Beach, Amos Smith of Norfolk, Chris Wallace of Courtland and Willard Ward of Portsmouth.
“IM E&I technicians are needed in every industry that uses machinery,” said Vice President for Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts. “We are meeting job needs that are in high demand in this field.”
Prospective students must meet some requirements to be registered in the program. Financial assistance is available. For more information, email workforce@pdc.edu, call 757-569-6050 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development.


Opportunity Inc. celebrates collaboration with its innovation awards

By Sandra J. Pennecke
Inside Business

Shawn AveryShawn Avery, president and CEO of Opportunity Inc., shared details about the organization’s past year at its annual meeting and Workforce Innovation Awards ceremony September 20.
Shawn Avery summed up the past year for Opportunity Inc. as time spent building meaningful partnerships to strengthen the regional workforce.
“Sometimes we play the quarterback, sometimes the coach and sometimes the water boy,” said Avery, president and CEO of the organization. “We all know it takes a team to be successful.”
He said collaboration has been the main point of its efforts to ensure strategic workforce development solutions for the region.
Opportunity Inc., which was established by the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board, oversees federally funded workforce development programs geared toward helping businesses acquire qualified workers and jobseekers find job openings and increase their earning potential through training.
It is responsible for workforce development in Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.
At its annual meeting and Workforce Innovation Awards on September 20, leaders touched on what it has accomplished and what is on the horizon while honoring several of the established partnerships that are helping with its mission.
“This is our way of saying thank you to our many partners,” Delceno Miles, Workforce Development board chair said. “Thank you for your generosity and more importantly for your belief in what we’re doing.”
Governor Terry McAuliffe, who was awarded the Hampton Roads Workforce Champion of the Year, commented on how Virginia is a different state than it was when he took office.
Four years ago, it was reeling from the loss of 240,000 jobs due to sequestration, but since then 216,000 new jobs have been created and more than $16 billion in capital investment has been brought to communities throughout the state, he said.
“We’ve made great progress. The challenge is that we don’t want jobs anymore; we need to fill the jobs,” McAuliffe said, stressing it all comes down to workforce development.
Last year alone, the organization’s One-Stop Workforce Centers provided services to more than 12,000 individuals. It enrolled 604 customers in training services and 641 were placed in career services. It placed 495 customers in jobs paying an average of $31,325. More than 400 credentials were obtained for participants.
The organization continues to grow with two new One-Stop Centers, the Veterans Transition Center and a GED Prep Center set to open this fall as well as the expansion of its Youth Career Center.
“We continue to service our No. 1 customer in the region which is our employers,” said Avery, noting it was the fifth consecutive year Opportunity Inc. exceeded all of it performance measures.
The announcement of four grants — $200,000 from Bank of America for the Veterans Transition Center, $170,000 from Altierus Career College for the GED Prep Center, $15,000 from SunTrust Bank for financial education programs and $50,000 from the state to support the Youth Career Center – was met with resounding applause.
Kevin Will, president of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Virginia, bestowed the community-based organization award to Tom Crockett, executive director of Together We Can.
“They share our passion for giving our youth every opportunity in Hampton Roads,” Will said of the not-for-profit organization that works to improve the lives of at-risk youth.
Tidewater Community College President Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani presented the second award in the education category to Dan Lufkin, president of Paul D. Camp Community College.
“We know they will leave here job ready and be a competent employee ready to meet the needs of the workforce,” Lufkin said.
The business award was given to SunTrust Bank.
“It’s an honor to receive this award when there are so many other organizations, financial institutions … doing great work. We want to make sure our region is prepared for the future,” said Mark Johnson, vice president and community development manager at SunTrust.
The Hampton Roads Chamber was the recipient of the final award for being a regional innovator.
“I learned the importance of collaboration in my military career and it’s the philosophy I brought to this job,” said Bryan Stephens, chamber president and CEO. “Nothing in Hampton Roads gets done unless it’s a collaboration. We bring groups together for the experiential power it has to get things accomplished.”


PDCCC Foundation golf tourney brings in more than $14 K

Golf-RaffleMartha Russ, president of the PDCCC Foundation, seated right at table, and Phil Bain, Foundation board member, assist with sales of raffle tickets and mulligans during the fundraising event.
The Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation’s 14th Annual Golf Tournament raised more than $14,000 that will benefit the college’s first baseball team, the Hurricanes, as well as the Foundation Scholarship Endowment Fund.
“We still have donations coming in,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the foundation. “We are very grateful for the support we receive from the community for our students during this fundraiser.”
The event was held at Cypress Creek Golfer’s Club in Smithfield with a four-person captain’s choice format.
The following were winners of the 2017 tourney:
First Place First Flight:
James Schloss Team No. 1 — Fred Bew, Ricky Bew, Joe Jackson and Mike Aliff
Second Place First Flight:
Dart Mechanical Team — David Szymanski, Christopher Szymanski, Mark Patterson and Roger Mumford
Third Place First Flight:
Bronco Federal Credit Union Team — Jerry Grizzard, John Beale, Tom Pearson and Tony Pearson
First Place, Second Flight:
RP Watson Team — Drew Powell, Forrest Caulder, Bobby Sears and RP Watson
Second Place, Second Flight:
William Wentz Team — Bill Wentz, Bob Martin, Jim Nelson and Kenny Samdahl
Third Place, Second Flight:
Holt Livesay Team — E. Dayton Crowder, Harold Blythe, Robert Powell III and Jim Hansford
Bobby Sears also won the putting contest and Walker Gillette earns Closest to Pin. For more information about the PDCCC Foundation, contact the Office for Institutional Advancement, 757-569-6790 or visit www.pdc.edu.


Learn more about area colleges, file FAFSA all in one night

More than 60 colleges, universities, and technical and trade schools have been invited to participate in Paul D. Camp Community College’s College Night on Tuesday, October 3, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
“Participants will be able to get vital information about what these schools have to offer,” said Sherri Ward, a recruitment and admissions specialist for the college. “In addition, they will have the convenience of receiving one-on-one help filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by coming to the earlier event as well.”
The FAFSA Night Out event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the workforce center for high school seniors and parents. PDCCC Financial Aid Coordinator Teresa Harrison said, “We will have financial aid professionals available to answer questions and help guide participants through filing the 2018-19 FAFSA.” She recommends allowing an hour to get the filing process completed. “However, there will be no early admittance to the College Night event,” she said. “That will begin promptly at 7:00.”
Attendees need to bring all tax and income information for 2016 for students and parents to file for assistance.
There are no fees for either event, and registration is not required. For more information, call Chris Ricks, 757-569-6719, or Sherri Ward, 757-925-6321.


Suffolk residents complete NASA internships

By Tracy Agnew
The Suffolk News-Herald
Jeremy Williams Jesse PrudenJeremy Williams, left, and Jesse Pruden recently completed internships with NASA. Both have applied for permanent positions with the agency.
Two Suffolk residents and Paul D. Camp Community College students have applied for permanent positions with NASA after great experiences during their internships this summer.
Jeremy Williams and Jesse Pruden both said they loved the environment NASA offers and are willing to start at the bottom to get their foot in the door.
“If this leads to a job sweeping NASA’s space dust, I’ll take it,” Pruden said.
Williams, a 24-year-old 2011 graduate of Churchland High School, snagged the internship as an environmental technician this summer. He spent the season living in a dorm-type room at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore.
Williams’ work included such widely varied activities as taking samples of stormwater and drinking water to be analyzed, doing field surveys of marsh vegetation, helping biologists catch bats and monitoring two endangered species of birds that live on Wallops Island, the peregrine falcon and piping plover.
Williams got a new perspective on how important it is to take care of the environment during his internship.
“It was a real eye-opener,” he said. “You want to treat earth like it’s your home, because it basically is.”
He also got to meet astronaut Kay Hire, fulfilling a bucket-list item.
“It was pretty awesome,” he said. “She’s a celebrity almost there.”
Williams said the internship will help him in the future. He had planned to transfer to Hampton University and earn his degree in marine biology after he is done at Paul D. Camp, but now he is instead considering a career in environmental engineering.
“I think it’s going to help me a lot,” he said.
Pruden said the same thing, even though he has a few years on Williams. He’s in his 50s, but he still expects the internship to have a positive effect on his future.
Pruden and a partner spent the summer mapping a steam system in a sonic and hypersonic research facility at NASA Langley Research Center.
“A lot of things had changed over the years, and they didn’t keep track,” Pruden said.
But his work helped catch NASA up on the system in the building.
“The last I heard, our drawing was being submitted to be considered as the official NASA drawing for that building,” Pruden said.
After a career in manufacturing, Pruden enjoyed the positive attitude that seems to pervade NASA.
“Everybody seems to enjoy what they’re doing and wanted to tell you about it,” he said. “It was Christmas morning every day I went in there this summer.”
Pruden also noted that, this being NASA’s 100th anniversary year, the interns got the opportunity to go to a lot of parties, celebrations and seminars they would not have had the chance to attend any other year.
Pruden also got some cool experiences. He got to walk through a hangar where astronauts practice and stood inside a wind tunnel — but not while it was running, of course.
“Aside from my wife and kids, this is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me,” Pruden said. “I want to be over there forever.”


Paul D. Camp Community College accepting applications for spring 2018 scholarships

~Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2017~

Applications for Paul D. Camp Community College scholarships are currently being accepted for the spring 2018 semester. New and continuing students can apply for an array of funding opportunities until the October 31 deadline.
“The costs associated with higher learning 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 help pay for their education through scholarships,” said Dr. Renee Felts, executive director of the PDCCC Foundation. “We are grateful for the donors who have provided students these opportunities by making student success a high priority.”
PDCCC awarded more than $74,000 in scholarships over the last year.
Students may apply for scholarships in the spring 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 began Tuesday, September 12. Scholarship applications must be submitted by Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. and will only be accepted electronically.
Students should take the following steps to apply:

  • Submit a PDCCC Scholarship Application with all required supporting documentation to scholarships@pdc.edu. (Scanning instructions are located on the website 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.

Spring classes will get under way Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. For more information, call the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790 or log onto www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/.


PDCCC new truck driver program offers more than training

Paul D. Camp Community College is now making it more convenient for those who want to receive training in order to work as a truck driver.
“We have begun a new partnership with Shipper’s Choice to deliver all of the truck driver classroom training at our Hobbs Suffolk Campus and the driving happens just a short distance down the road from the campus,” said PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. “This is a flexible, non-credit certification program.”
In addition, the new offering entails a comprehensive, 160-hour program (80 hours classroom and 80 hours hands-on training) that provides the skills needed to work in the field. Lawhorne said, “Graduates receive free lifetime job placement assistance to graduates and lifetime refresher training.”
An Open House will be held at the campus on Wednesday, September 27, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., for prospective students, partners and employers to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to view the tractor trailer vehicles, meet PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin, Shipper’s Choice Director of Education Ed Henk, instructors, employers and partners. Light refreshments will also be available.
Upon successful completion of the course, students attain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), a credential that is recognized by related industries. Sessions of classes start every four weeks Monday through Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 117 at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. The full tuition cost is $4,500 Grants and other financial assistance are available to offset tuition.
For more information, email workforce@pdc.edu or call 757-569-6050.


PDCCC honors donors, students at 2017 fall scholarship reception

Fall 2017 Scholarship ReceptiongroupDonors, namesakes, college officials, scholarship recipients and family members attended the fall scholarship reception. From left is PDCCC’s sixth President Dr. Douglas Boyce, Barry Bieker, PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin, Grace Boyce, Jesse Pruden, Reese Parker, Zachary Pauley, Nancy Warren, Marshall Lipscomb Jr., Kevin Parker, and Cathy and Locke Floyd.
Nearly 30 students were awarded scholarships for the fall 2017 semester at Paul D. Camp Community College.
A reception held to honor these recipients and the generous contributions of donors got under way recently at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. Presentations of the awards were led by Drs. Dan Lufkin, president, and Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation.
The following students received scholarships for the fall semester:

  • Kevin Parker of Franklin—40/7 Society Scholarship
  • Keshonta Banks of Suffolk— American Association of University Women, Suffolk Branch
  • Katrissa Bennett of Eure, NC—Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship
  • Morgan Haynes of Smithfield—Bobby B. Worrell Scholarship
  • Zachary Pauley of Franklin—Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Seth Konkel of Exmore— Herbert W. DeGroft Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
  • Laura Hickman of Suffolk—Cross Realty Career Grant
  • Latisha Butts of Wakefield—Dean Nancy Sandberg Scholarship
  • Barry Bieker of Suffolk—Donald C. Boyce Education Scholarship
  • Michelle Taylor of Smithfield—Dr. Alvin C. Rogers Endowed Scholarship
  • Jacob Maffei of Ivor—Frances P. Hobbs Scholarship and “Service Above Self” Rotary Scholarship
  • Bakari Jenkins of Suffolk— Friendship Scholarship
  • Cordero Williams of Suffolk—Joe and Frances Wilbur Memorial Scholarship
  • Haileigh Sowers of Windsor—Margaret L. Brown Education Scholarship
  • David Claud of Franklin—Nellie White Business Scholarship
  • Jesse Pruden of Suffolk—Perry W. Barnett Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Zakary Groves of Virginia Beach—Pete Parker Memorial Scholarship
  • Daliyah Holliman of Windsor—Roy and Eleanor Epps Cornwell Scholarship
  • Daresia Hubbard of Virginia Beach—Shirley N. Barnes Scholarship
  • Brett Deese of Carrollton—Smithfield Foods Endowed Scholarship
  • William Gay of Carrollton— Smithfield Foods Endowed Scholarship
  • Shycura Allmond of Smithfield—Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Marshall Lipscomb Jr. of Zuni— Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Matthew Seaborne of Sedley— Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Alexis Terrell of Smithfield— Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Ruth Kent of Ivor—Suffolk Ruritan Nursing Scholarship

With three new scholarships established, PDCCC awarded more than $74,000 in scholarships during the past year. For more information about PDCCC scholarship opportunities, visit www.pdc.edu or call the Office for Institutional Advancement, 757-569-6790.


Deadline approaching to register for PDCCC basic contractor business licensing course

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, September 15. The consecutive session will be held on Tuesdays, September 19 and 26 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
This is an eight-hour course that provides an overview of the statutes and regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia. The course, led by Donald Goodwin, city of Franklin director of community development, is approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Board of Contractors. Successful completion earns a participant 0.8 continuing education units (CEUs).
Topics will include: Starting a Business in Virginia; Laws and Regulations; Contractor Limits and Classifications; Virginia State Statutes Relating to Contractors; Statement of Consumer Protections; The Licensing Process; Obtaining a Contract; Customer Service and New Home Warranties; Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC); Underground Utilities; Insurance; Virginia Taxes; Labor Law; Erosion and Sediment Control; Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH); and Liens.
The cost, which includes the textbook, is $175. For more information, contact the Workforce Development office, 757-569-6050, or email workforce@pdc.edu.


Open house held in Suffolk for PDCCC’s new electrical and instrumentation program

NCCR-StaffNCCER IM E&I staff, from left, are: Workforce Career Coach Lisha Wolfe, Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne, instructors Lee Inman, Patrick Kneisley and Bill Wentz, Electronics/Robotics Lead Faculty David Lorenz, and Vice President of Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts.
If you combine Paul D. Camp Community College’s training in Industrial Maintenance, Electrical and Instrumentation (IM E&I) classes and the NCCER’s Registry System, what do you have? The answer is some very content industry-skilled graduates who began their training with a high school diploma or GED and are now very employable throughout industry as Certified Instrumentation Technicians with nationally recognized credentials. These graduates’ credentials are entered into the NCCER’s Registry System, allowing companies to track and pursue new hires. For these local newly credentialed technicians, this registry database securely supports their professional craft records.
At a recent Open House and Reception on the Suffolk campus for the new NCCER Industrial Maintenance – Electrical & Instrumentation (IM E&I) program, PDCCC exhibited various industrial equipment donated to the school by local companies such as ST Tissue, which donated a “starch skid” machine that provides starch for the paper making process.
Instructors David Lorenz and Bill Wentz recently completed teaching a 40-hour training for a nationally certified course in Core skills August 14-18 at the Suffolk campus and are currently teaching another Core class. Both Lorenz and Wentz guided visitors at the Open House to see the donated equipment and its uses. According to one Level 4 instrumentation instructor at the Open House, Patrick Kneisley from Chesapeake, he is glad to see young high school graduates signing up for these classes. “There just are not enough young people coming into the fields,” he said. He sees these IM E&I classes as an opportunity to recruit a younger generation of craft professionals.
There is only one other community college in Virginia besides PDCCC’s Division of Workforce Development that offers instrumentation classes. Furthermore, the college has worked with businesses in the area to determine the hours that the classes are offered so that class times are compatible with work schedules reflected in the area. Lorenz stated, “The students are definitely excited about learning the new skills associated with the curriculum. One student was in the lab and was busy taking lots of pictures of the equipment before and between classes.”
The NCCER Registry System is part of the National Center for Construction and Education Research, which is a national not-for-profit organization developed with the support of over 125 construction CEOs and associations and academic leaders. NCCER developed a core of standardized construction and maintenance curriculum. The NCCER IM E&I program begins with a Core class that covers multiple topics including power tools, construction drawings, material handling, and safety to name a few. Those applicants who feel they already have these core skills can sign up to take the “Challenge Tests.” The Core classes are followed by a four-level E&I curriculum. According to Angela Lawhorne, director of workforce development at PDCCC, these assessments provide “portable and stackable” certifications increasing employability for the graduates.
The NCCER Core class is followed by a four-level NCCER E&I designed curriculum covering topics such as Fasteners and Anchors, Process Mathematics, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Controls, Process Control Loops, Instrument Calibration and Configuration, Electronic Components, Programmable Logic Controllers, and an introduction to the National Electrical Code. Many more skills are taught beyond these critical industrial skills within this four-level curriculum. Currently, companies are asking PDCCC to provide the Level 4 class after graduates complete the Core class and earn their certification.
Registration for the NCCER Core begins by calling PDCCC’s Workforce Development (757) 569-6050 to sign up for the 40-hour instructional program or Challenge Test. The cost is $1,098, but Virginia residents 18 years of age and older may receive a discount and pay only $366 under the Workforce Credentials Grant. Other financial assistance is available to reduce tuition costs.
To be eligible to register for the program, applicants must be at least 18 years old and provide a copy of their high school diploma or GED. A non-credit application for Admission along with the WCG/FANTIC Application to determine grant, financial aid and scholarship eligibility will be supplied by Workforce. More information can be found on the PDCCC Workforce webpage under Financial Assistance at www.pdc.edu/workforce-development or those interested may email workforce@pdc.edu or call 757-569-6050.

Open-HouseAdjunct instructor Lee Inman, second from right, talks to visitors about the new lab on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.


PDCCC tees off at Cypress Creek Golfer’s Club

Dr LufkinPDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin takes a swing during the 2016 fundraiser.
Hurricane season has taken on a very different meaning at Paul D. Camp Community College. With the first baseball team now organized, the PDCCC Hurricanes will benefit, as well as the Foundation Scholarship Endowment Fund, from proceeds during the 2017 Golf Tournament.
The 14th annual event will be held on Thursday, September 21, with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at Cypress Creek Golfer’s Club in Smithfield. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. The format will be four-person captain’s choice.
“We are excited to be able to dedicate the proceeds to helping even more of our students this year,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the foundation. “Businesses and individuals have the option of playing, sponsoring various facets of the tournament, or both. In addition, the PDCCC Hurricanes players and coaches will be present at the event.”
The cost is $300 per team of four players or $100 per player, both of which include the golf cart, boxed lunch and other incentives. Sponsorship packages offer opportunities to support the tournament in a variety of ways.
Winning team and superlative awards, such as Longest Drive, will be presented during a short culminating ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.pdc.edu/golf.

Bob Powell Rick Coradi Carlisle Wroton Pat CorbinBob Powell, from left, Carlisle Wroton, Rick Coradi and Pat Corbin earned the First Flight, First Place award at last year’s tourney held at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk.

Herb DeGroftPast Board Chair and Foundation President Herb DeGroft greets golfers before the tournament gets under way last September.


A meeting of two presidents


President of Paul D. Camp Community College Dr. Dan Lufkin didn’t have to go far to visit colleague and Chowan University President Dr. M. Christopher White.
The meeting was arranged by Lufkin’s fellow Franklin Rotarian Sara J. Crowder, who works in Murfreesboro, NC, as a financial advisor for Edward Jones. Prior to the tour of Chowan and meeting with Dr. White, Lufkin accompanied Crowder to a coffee club meeting where he had the opportunity to talk with business and civic leaders in the North Carolina community.
During this meeting, Lufkin shared his appreciation for Chowan by discussing the good relationship between PDCCC and Chowan and cited numerous student success experiences that have resulted from the partnership.
When meeting with Dr. White, Lufkin stated that is was a pleasant and productive conversation that focused on “enrollment strategies, vision, and creating an environment that fosters student success.” Lufkin added, “I enjoyed meeting Dr. White and learning more about the college, as well as the Murfreesboro community.”



PDC Workforce Development, Basic Contractor Business Licensing Course

By Mary Ellen Gleason
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Workforce Development Center will be offering Basic Contractor Business Licensing Course on Tuesdays, August 15 and August 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The instructor is Donald Goodwin, Director of Community Development for the City of Franklin. The class will meet in Room 218 of the Workforce Center.
This eight-hour course will provide an overview of the statues and regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia. Topics in this course will include starting a business in Virginia, laws and regulations, contractor limits and classifications, Virginia State statues relating to contractors, statement of consumer protections, the licensing process, obtaining the contract, Customer Service and new home warranties, Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), Underground utilities, insurance, Virginia taxes, labor law, erosion and sediment control, Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH), and liens.
The cost of the course which includes the textbook is $175. The Registration Deadline is August 10. The PDCCC Workforce Center is located on 100 North College Drive in Franklin. Any questions can be directed to (757) 569-6050 or workforce@pdc.edu


Verizon’s First Ever All-Girl STEM Camp Culminates in Community Expo

VIL STEM Campers 01VIL STEM Campers (from left) Jasmine Brown, VIL VIL STEM Campers (from left) Jasmine Brown, Alexandra Mendiola, Nakari Blunt (back row), Meghan Stephens, Daeja Bailey, Caitlin Bergin, and Brianna Falcone at International Space Station Conference in DC with Dr. Cady Coleman (NASA astonaut), Dr. Elizabeth Blaber (USRA Scientist/Ames Research Center), and Craig Walton (aerospace entrepreneur).

VIL STEM Campers 02VIL STEM Campers listening to presentation about deep freeze reactions to liquid nitrogen at the VA Air & Space Museum.

VIL STEM Campers 03ODU’s Dean of Engineering, Dr. Stephanie Adams with Laney Phillips (left) and Gabrielle Johnson (right).

VIL STEM Campers 04Gabrielle Johnson looking through goggles at a scene she created with virtual reality.
By Mary Ellen Gleason, Desirée Urquhart, and Teri Zurfluh
Creating inspiration and pathways for women entering the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is the vision of Verizon’s Innovation Learning (VIL) Program for Girls and this vision is being realized for D’Miya King, Emily Hammond, Shynece Waters, Brianna Falcone, Aimee Corriea, Alexandra Mendiola, Juleesah Parker, and 42 other local middle school girls attending the three-week kick-off camp at the Regional Workforce Center at Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC).
This specialized STEM camp for girls will culminate with a Community Expo on July 28 from 1p – 3p. According to Teri Zurfluh, VIL STEM Camp Director, “We invite the public to join us to see the girls’ creative and futuristic projects that demonstrate their newfound skills in coding, digital storytelling, virtual and augmented reality, 3-D design and entrepreneurship.”
Verizon has never sponsored an all-girl STEM camp before, but this summer, only five rural community colleges in the entire country were identified by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to pilot Verizon’s first effort in providing STEM education in a girls-only environment. This three-week camp will be followed by a year-long series of monthly events to continue developing these girls’ newfound STEM skills and abilities.
A visitor walking through the Workforce halls during this program sees girls wearing virtual reality goggles, remotely run miniature robots scooting about the halls operated by a pod of girls intently focused on that Ozobot with iPads in hand, and lots of eager faces engaged in technology and with each other. Many of these girls didn’t know each other prior to attending camp, as they come from many area middle schools; yet, they have become good friends in a few short weeks. And all are eager to talk about what they are learning.
D’Miya loves using Roller Coaster, a special virtual reality app. She has discovered that she enjoys coding. “I love learning stuff about putting commands in computers,” she said. While sitting together at lunch, Emily’s, Shynece’s, Brianna’s, Aimee’s and Alexandra’s collective enthusiasm about their experiences at this STEM camp was unmistakable. Their favorite newfound skills were virtual reality, operating apps and coding with their iPads. They all mentioned their love for the 3-D printer, specifically working with the 3Doodler pens to create projects and manipulating the tiny filament with the pens.
Juleesah likes stories with pictures. She brought that interest to the camp with her and because of that interest, she likes Morphi, a 3-D model design and printing app. Juleesah learned to code from an app called Playground and while this might look like a fun game, she explained that the app teaches the user to code easily and enables her to create those stories she loves so well.
Multiple expert speakers infused this STEM camp with their knowledge and enthusiasm. They represented women ranging from university deans, CEOs, researchers and nationally recognized leaders in STEM. Dr. Stephanie Adams, Dean of Engineering at Old Dominion University (ODU), shared with the girls her goal of “making sure there are women engineers to take my place in the future,” and invited the girls to come to ODU in the fall to “just build stuff with me in my engineering lab.” Dr. Trina Fletcher, a researcher and director of similar STEM camps for the National Association of Black Engineers all over the country, shared her “Rules for a Successful You,” outlining tips for success in any field of endeavor. One CEO asked to speak to these “rising phenoms” when she saw the tweets of Ellen Peterson, the 3D Printing instructor, who was celebrating some early and hard-fought successes with Morphi. Sophia Georgiou, Morphi’s CEO, offered an impromptu talk with the girls and gave a tutorial on Morphi via Skype. Zurfluh quipped, “It’s kinda like getting tips on using Microsoft from Bill Gates!”
While the girls had virtual field trips and visitors, they also traveled to the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton to explore STEM and space exploration, including demonstrations about materials engineering in deep cold space, interactive space exhibits, and a visit inside the Center’s Lunar Habitat. They even got to taste an “out of this world” treat: ice cream made with liquid nitrogen! A few girls also had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC to attend the International Space Station R&D Conference at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel. They privately met with an astronaut, a scientist and a space entrepreneur; communicated with NASA astronauts in the International Space Station currently in a low orbit over Earth; and were interviewed by the media team from the Smart Girls organization founded by artist Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker.
Ms. Zurfluh explains that the secret to the success of the program is the outstanding team of instructors and staff that have been working tirelessly to make this experience the best possible for these middle school girls: Travis Parker, Asst. Director; Desirée Urquhart, PDCCC grants coordinator; instructors Jason Gabel (Coding & Virtual Reality), Ellen Peterson (3D Printing), Eric Scott and Keisha Nichols (Social Entrepreneurship and Digital Storytelling), and administrative assistant Danielle Stauffer. The IT team of Mark Evans, Zak Wade and David Felton from PDC’s Computing Services rounds out the “dream team” that Zurfluh calls, “one of the very best teams I’ve worked with in all my years at PDCCC.”
Support extended beyond the “dream team.” Through Mr. Parker’s network of relationships, the camp was fortunate to forge community partnerships with two local entrepreneurs – Greg Scott of Cover 3 that provided daily healthy breakfasts and lunches for the girls, and Charles “C.C.” Cooper of Kids Kab that transported students to camp from and back to designated locations throughout Franklin City and Southampton and Isle of Wight Counties.
And this camp isn’t the end… it’s only the beginning. “The challenge will be to maintain the excitement the girls have experienced during camp, while continuing to develop their interest and skills in STEM with continued monthly workshops and meaningful mentorships. We want Verizon and NACCE to say that we are the benchmark for all other all-girl STEM camps.”


PDC Workforce Development, Basic Contractor Business Licensing Course

By Mary Ellen Gleason
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Workforce Development Center will be offering Basic Contractor Business Licensing Course on Tuesdays, August 15 and August 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The instructor is Donald Goodwin, Director of Community Development for the City of Franklin. The class will meet in Room 218 of the Workforce Center.
This eight-hour course will provide an overview of the statues and regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia. Topics in this course will include starting a business in Virginia, laws and regulations, contractor limits and classifications, Virginia State statues relating to contractors, statement of consumer protections, the licensing process, obtaining the contract, Customer Service and new home warranties, Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), Underground utilities, insurance, Virginia taxes, labor law, erosion and sediment control, Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH), and liens.
The cost of the course which includes the textbook is $175. The Registration Deadline is August 10. The PDCCC Workforce Center is located on 100 North College Drive in Franklin. Any questions can be directed to (757) 569-6050 or workforce@pdc.edu


PDC at Smithfield now offers nurse aide program

Those with a passion for helping people can now enroll in the Paul D. Camp Community College nurse aide program in Smithfield.
“We received site approval last week from the Virginia Board of Nursing,” said Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Debbie Hartman. “We are so excited that we can now let everyone know and begin recruiting for the program.”
The 24-credit hour program is designed to prepare students for full-time work as nurse assistants. A certified nursing assistant (CNA) provides basic care to patients in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or long-term care facility, or even in the homes of patients through home healthcare services.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean pay in Virginia for a CNA in 2016 was between $24,960 and $26,830. The demand to fill these positions is also expected to increase, which means facilities will be looking to fill CNA positions with skilled workers.
“This will provide a convenient location for Isle of Wight and the surrounding area students who want to begin a career in the healthcare profession,” said Hartman. “This is also the beginning of the pathway for the practical nursing and associate’s degree in nursing programs.”
Registration for fall 2017 classes is in progress. Classes start on Aug. 21. For more information, contact Carol Griffin, cgriffin@pdc.edu.


Students take advantage of free proctoring services at Paul D. Camp Community College

Taking online college classes and accessing proctoring services go hand in hand for many university students. The PDC Testing Center offers proctoring services to PDC graduates as well as college students within the community who are enrolled in four-year colleges. Olivia Walker, a graduate of the PDC nursing program, and Jake Doiron, a student at Virginia Tech, are utilizing these services.
Olivia WalkerAfter graduating in 2015 from the PDC RN program, Walker began her nursing career at Sentara Obici Hospital and later transferred to the Courtland Health and Rehabilitation Center. She is currently enrolled in the Western Governor’s University bachelor’s degree program in nursing (BSN) while working at the Rehab Center. Walker’s future interest is nursing informatics, a relatively new field combining technology and clinical nursing.
PDC and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) have a number of articulation agreements with other colleges and universities. These agreements allow students who have earned certain associate degrees to transfer from PDC or other VCCS colleges to senior institutions with little or no loss of credits.
The articulation agreement with Western Governor’s University (WGU) is specific to nursing graduates. Other articulations include Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, James Madison University, and many other colleges and programs.
Western Governor’s University (WGU) derived its name from 19 U.S. governors who came together in 1995 to create a distance learning university focused on “learning and not time,” according to its website, making it the choice for many people with jobs and families who are looking for a bachelor’s or master’s degree in their field without the travel and deadlines.
According to Walker, WGU assigns a program mentor who is discipline specific. Her program mentor is a nurse. Other program mentors have degrees and experience in the discipline that they support. Walker said, “My WGU program mentor has been especially helpful. She not only helps me with the content of my classes, but the technology required for online classes.”
Jake DoironJake Doiron is a Virginia Tech student majoring in mining engineering. He has enrolled in an online math course on differential equations through Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), but lives in the service area of PDC. Taking online courses in the summer helps to lighten his course load in the fall and spring.
He added, “The online math course through NVCC offers a significantly lower tuition rate.” Students would pay more at a four-year college. NVCC operates an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) that provides flexible online education in which students can take either 8-week or 16-week classes. While ELI boasts of offering their courses to students “anywhere in the world,” students taking these courses within Virginia can access proctoring services for their courses at the nearest community college.
The benefits of enrolling in online classes are many for university students. Having access to proctoring services at the nearest community college provides minimal travel time, free proctoring, and a prepared testing environment that increases the allures of online classes.
For students like Doiron, his academic schedule is lightened, the tuition costs are appealing, and the proctoring proximity is convenient. For university students like Walker, she can keep in touch with nursing faculty, receiving encouragement from the environment where she began her career. She also has received support for some of her submissions requiring more complex technology from PDC technology staff. For these students, they find testing support and encouragement for their online classes right around the corner at their community college.
For more information, contact Gleason, who also serves as the Franklin Campus Testing Administrator, at mgleason@pdc.edu.
Photos by Mary Ellen Gleason


Native named director of PDC at Smithfield

~Antoinette Johnson begins duties August 1~

Antoinette JohnsonToni Johnson started out at PDC as an adjunct professor before serving as full-time faculty member for early childhood development, and dean of the Franklin campus and occupational/technical programs. She begins as director of PDC at Smithfield on August 1.
It has been a decade since Antoinette “Toni” Johnson joined Paul D. Camp Community College as an adjunct professor. Beginning August 1, she will serve the college as the director of PDC at Smithfield.
“As a native of Smithfield, I am excited to be home,” she said. “I am looking forward to promoting PDC, and working with students and stakeholders in the community to help the college be first choice.”
Many of Johnson’s duties will be an extension of what she is currently doing as dean of the Franklin Campus, a position she has held since May 2016. She served as interim dean for a year prior to that as well.
“I will ensure the center at Smithfield offers a learning environment conducive to high-quality instruction,” she said. Other duties include helping to develop the class schedule, advising students, assisting with admissions advising and orientation of new students, teaching early childhood development classes, and seeking and maintaining program-related partnerships and opportunities for the students.
“There are endless opportunities in which to explore that will help continue PDC’s value and viability, not only for the Town of Smithfield, but throughout Isle of Wight County and surrounding communities,” she said.
Johnson attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Norfolk State University in 1999 and a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Phoenix in 2006. She is presently pursuing a Doctorate of Education degree in higher Educational Leadership at Concordia University. She has served as early childhood education director at The Children’s Center and has taught in Isle of Wight County Public Schools.
“Antoinette will bring a wealth of experience to the center in Smithfield, not to mention her community connections as a native,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady.
Johnson resides in Suffolk and is a member of Kingdom Empowerment Temple in Newport News, where her husband, Ed’Ward Johnson, is pastor. Together, they have one son, Aaron, who is a law school student, two daughters, Felicia and Kiyah, and three grandchildren. She is a 1990 graduate of Smithfield High School and is the daughter of Theresa Hall and the late Melvin Hall.

Antoinette Johnson with AalliyahToni Johnson and work study student Aalliyah Merricks review some information in the admissions office at PDC.


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

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


PDCCC holds first baseball signing day

~Baseball gets underway in fall~

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

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

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


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

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


Four Students. Eight Degrees.

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


Outstanding PDCCC students recognized during honor society luncheon

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


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

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


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

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


Deadline to register for Backflow Prevention Device Certification is July 7

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


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

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


LogistXGames return to Suffolk

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

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

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


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

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


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

~ Classes begin July 17~

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

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

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


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

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

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