Apr
10
04/10/2017

Deadline approaching to register for PDCCC basic contractor business licensing course

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, April 21. This session will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 25 and May 2, at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
This is an eight-hour course that provides an overview of the statutes and regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia. The course, led by Donald Goodwin, city of Franklin director of community development, is approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Board of Contractors. Successful completion earns a participant 0.8 continuing education units (CEUs).
 
Topics will include: Starting a Business in Virginia; Laws and Regulations; Contractor Limits and Classifications; Virginia State Statutes Relating to Contractors; Statement of Consumer Protections; The Licensing Process; Obtaining a Contract; Customer Service and New Home Warranties; Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC); Underground Utilities; Insurance; Virginia Taxes; Labor Law; Erosion and Sediment Control; Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH); and Liens.
 
The cost, which includes the textbook, is $175. For more information, contact the Workforce Development office, 757-569-6050, or email workforce@pdc.edu.

Apr
10
04/10/2017

Scholarships awarded during College Night in Franklin

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

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

For more information, visit www.collegenights.org.

Apr
07
04/07/2017

PDCCC sponsors first community entrepreneurship forum

Free event features speakers and panel of local business leaders

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

Apr
05
04/05/2017

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

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

Apr
04
04/04/2017

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

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

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

Mar
31
03/31/2017

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

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

Mar
24
03/24/2017

PDCCC presents second annual event focused on student retention

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

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

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

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

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

Mar
07
03/07/2017

Summer registration set at PDCCC

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

Feb
24
02/24/2017

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

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

Feb
24
02/24/2017

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

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

Feb
14
02/14/2017

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

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, March 3. This session will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 7 and 14, at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
This is an eight-hour course that provides an overview of the statutes and regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia. The course, led by Donald Goodwin, city of Franklin director of community development, is approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Board of Contractors. Successful completion earns a participant .8 continuing education units (CEUs).
 
Topics will include: Starting a Business in Virginia; Laws and Regulations; Contractor Limits and Classifications; Virginia State Statutes Relating to Contractors; Statement of Consumer Protections; The Licensing Process; Obtaining a Contract; Customer Service and New Home Warranties; Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC); Underground Utilities; Insurance; Virginia Taxes; Labor Law; Erosion and Sediment Control; Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH); and Liens.
 
The cost, which includes the textbook, is $175. For more information, contact the Workforce Development office, 757-569-6050, or email workforce@pdc.edu.

Feb
13
02/13/2017

Get your photos on at the PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus

~ Award winning photographer Shirley Whitenack will teach two classes ~

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

Feb
03
02/03/2017

PDCCC graduate wants to inspire others to make a difference

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

Feb
01
02/01/2017

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

~Deadline for submissions is March 17, 2017~

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

    • Submit a PDCCC Scholarship Application with all required supporting documentation. Visit www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/ for the application.
    • New students must submit an application for admission to the College with your high school or college transcripts attached.
    • All students must submit two letters of reference with your application.
    • Read the criteria for each scholarship. Some require additional attachments, such as an essay. Applications missing required documents will not be processed.
    • Make sure that all requirements are met by the scholarship cycle deadline.
    • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov using our school code: 009159.

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

Jan
26
01/26/2017

Randy Betz resigns as PDCCC vice president of workforce development

Dr Lufkin Randy Renee

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

 

~ Betz will continue to work in the VCCS ~

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

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

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

Jan
23
01/23/2017

Students complete nurse aide studies

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

Jan
20
01/20/2017

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

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, February 3. This session will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, February 7 and 14, at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
This is an eight-hour course that provides an overview of the statutes and regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia. The course, led by Donald Goodwin, city of Franklin director of community development, is approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Board of Contractors. Successful completion earns a participant .8 continuing education units (CEUs).
 
Topics will include: Starting a Business in Virginia; Laws and Regulations; Contractor Limits and Classifications; Virginia State Statutes Relating to Contractors; Statement of Consumer Protections; The Licensing Process; Obtaining a Contract; Customer Service and New Home Warranties; Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC); Underground Utilities; Insurance; Virginia Taxes; Labor Law; Erosion and Sediment Control; Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH); and Liens.
 
The cost, which includes the textbook, is $175. For more information, contact the Workforce Development office, 757-569-6050, or email workforce@pdc.edu.

Jan
13
01/13/2017

PDCCC nursing students honored during special ceremony

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

Jan
11
01/11/2017

PDCCC’s Harvey McLemore earns state honor for community service

Randy and Harvey web

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

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

Dec
21
12/21/2016

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

Randy Renee Skyler

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

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

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

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

Dec
21
12/21/2016

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

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

Student Matthew Seaborne

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

Student Wanda Olden

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

Grady Chambliss Dr Sandra Walker

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

Dec
16
12/16/2016

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

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

Dec
09
12/09/2016

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

Dr Lufkin and JJ Smith

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

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

Dec
02
12/02/2016

Go to work sooner with Career Studies Certificate in Building Maintenance

~ Multicraft course of study covers array of maintenance skills ~

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

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

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

Nov
29
11/29/2016

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

~ College and career information offered in one place ~

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

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

College Fair 2 web

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

Nov
21
11/21/2016

PDCCC President honored at Hampton Roads Chamber Event

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

Nov
21
11/21/2016

PDCCC partners with NACCE to nurture entrepreneurship

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

Nov
18
11/18/2016

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

~ Classes begin Monday, January 9, 2017 ~

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

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

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

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

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

Nov
11
11/11/2016

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

Paul D. Camp Community College is meeting the demand for a growing industry by offering a forklift, clamp truck and reach truck operator certificate course.
 
“With new construction and the expansion of existing facilities, the demand for warehouse and distribution center employees is increasing every day,” said Randy Betz, PDCCC vice president of workforce development. “In response, the college created this non-credit course to enhance opportunities of employment in this industry.”
 
The course will begin Tuesday, November 29, and continue through Thursday, December 1, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Franklin Campus, 100 North College Drive. 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 $150. Scholarships in the amount of $100 are available. The deadline to register is by Monday, November 28, at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call the workforce office, 757-569-6050, or email workforce@pdc.edu.

Nov
11
11/11/2016

PDCCC offers new mechatronics degree program for spring 2017 semester

~ Classes begin January 9, 2017 ~

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

Nov
07
11/07/2016

PDCCC officials help celebrate 50th anniversary of Virginia Community Colleges

Dr Lufkin at VCCS 50th

PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin and wife Catey.

Dr Lufkin at VCCS 50th

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

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

Oct
24
10/24/2016

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

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

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

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

Oct
24
10/24/2016

Well-respected business owner inspires, recruits students at PDCCC

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

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

HVAC Welding Speaker

HVAC Welding Speaker 2

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

Oct
24
10/24/2016

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

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

  • Collaborative project by Wytheville Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, New River Community College and Southwest Virginia Community College – $412,856 to expand WCC’s current commercial truck driver’s license program to serve regional needs and train drivers across four community college territories.
  • Collaborative project by Piedmont Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College and Central Virginia Community College – $163,785 to purchase trailer and training equipment to build a mobile welding school that will be shared by the three colleges.
  • Collaborative project by Southside Virginia Community College, Patrick Henry Community College and Danville Community College – $601,651 to establish a regional training program for commercial truck drivers.
  • Collaborative project by Germanna Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College and Virginia Western Community College – $179,313 to expand GCC’s public-private partnership with the Virginia Asphalt Association and VDOT for trained asphalt technologists to serve regional needs.
  • Blue Ridge Community College – $500,152 for welding and machining, and commercial driver’s license programs.
  • Central Virginia Community College – $299,900 for credential training programs in project management, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and human resources.
  • Community College Workforce Alliance (Reynolds and Tyler Community Colleges) – $100,000 for commercial truck drivers training.
  • Eastern Shore Community College – $118,859 for expanded training in healthcare, cybersecurity and commercial truck drivers.
  • Germanna Community College – $283,237 to establish a new facility in Fredericksburg to deliver training in welding, manufacturing, skilled trades.
  • Lord Fairfax Community College – $375,587 to increase workforce training capacity in multiple programs in manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare.
  • New River Community College – $131,781 for certification training in manufacturing, pharmacy technician.
  • Northern Virginia Community College – $121,491 to expand industry credential programs and corresponding job placement services in IT, healthcare, welding, and commercial driver’s license.
  • Patrick Henry Community College – $110,605 for credentials training in health care, medical billing and coding.
  • Paul D. Camp Community College – $199,609 to establish new credential training for industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation.
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College – $300,000 to expand training in healthcare, aviation, logistics, and cybersecurity.
  • Southwest Virginia Community College – $200,000 for credentials training for health care and building trades.
  • Thomas Nelson Community College – $416,565 to create EKG technician and plumber programs and to redesign six other programs in health sciences and skilled trades.
  • Tidewater Community College – $200,000 for training programs in welding and cybersecurity.
  • Virginia Highlands Community College – $194,400 for healthcare and commercial truck drivers.
  • Virginia Western Community College – $100,000 for certification training for computer machining operations.
  • Wytheville Community College – $231,231 to expand existing power lineman training in collaboration with Southside Virginia Community College.
Oct
17
10/17/2016

Brothers kick start careers at Paul D. Camp Community College

Ryan and Scott Duke

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

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

Oct
03
10/03/2016

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

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

Sep
23
09/23/2016

Franklin Woman’s Club makes last donation to PDCCC

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

Sep
22
09/22/2016

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

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

This is an eight-hour, non-credit course that provides an overview of the statutes and regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia. The course, led by Donald Goodwin, city of Franklin director of community development, is approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Board of Contractors. Successful completion earns a participant .8 continuing education units (CEUs).

Topics will include: Starting a Business in Virginia; Laws and Regulations; Contractor Limits and Classifications; Virginia State Statutes Relating to Contractors; Statement of Consumer Protections; The Licensing Process; Obtaining a Contract; Customer Service and New Home Warranties; Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC); Underground Utilities; Insurance; Virginia Taxes; Labor Law; Erosion and Sediment Control; Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH); and Liens.

The cost, which includes the textbook, is $175. For more information, contact the Workforce Development office, 757-569-6050, or email workforce@pdc.edu.

Sep
21
09/21/2016

Students tap into real life experience in building maintenance class

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

Sep
21
09/21/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep
19
09/19/2016

Chancellor visits PDCCC as part of ‘Listening Tour”

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

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

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

Sep
13
09/13/2016

Curtains rise on the Encore Learning fall season

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

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

Aug
29
08/29/2016

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

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

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

Aug
24
08/24/2016

PDCCC honors donors, students at 2016 Fall Scholarship Reception

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

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

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

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

Aug
24
08/24/2016

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

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

  • Submit a PDCCC Scholarship Application with all required supporting documentation. Visit www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/ for the application.
  • New students must submit an application for admission to the College with your high school or college transcripts attached.
  • All students must submit two letters of reference with your application.
  • Read the criteria for each scholarship. Some require additional attachments, such as an essay. Applications missing required documents will not be processed.
  • Make sure that all requirements are met by the scholarship cycle deadline.
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov using our school code: 009159.

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

Aug
15
08/15/2016

Autumn provides colorful photo opportunities

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

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

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

Aug
11
08/11/2016

Cody Billups Earns Prestigious Valley Proteins Fellowship

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

Aug
11
08/11/2016

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

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

Aug
10
08/10/2016

Students finish nurse aide studies

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

Aug
10
08/10/2016

Registered nursing class of 2017 earn caps

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

Jul
22
07/22/2016

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

The deadline to register for Basic Contractor Business Licensing is Friday, August 5. The class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, August 9 and 16, at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
This is an eight-hour, non-credit course that provides an overview of the statutes and regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia. The course, led by Donald Goodwin, city of Franklin director of community development, is approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Board of Contractors. Successful completion earns a participant .8 continuing education units (CEUs).
 
Topics will include: Starting a Business in Virginia; Laws and Regulations; Contractor Limits and Classifications; Virginia State Statutes Relating to Contractors; Statement of Consumer Protections; The Licensing Process; Obtaining a Contract; Customer Service and New Home Warranties; Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC); Underground Utilities; Insurance; Virginia Taxes; Labor Law; Erosion and Sediment Control; Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH); and Liens.
 
The cost, which includes the textbook, is $175. For more information, contact the Workforce Development office, 757-569-6050, or email workforce@pdc.edu.

Jul
07
07/07/2016

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

The Division of Workforce Development at Paul D. Camp Community College will offer Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certification in July, which will train participants on the critical competencies required for modern manufacturing production and production-related occupations.
 
Classes will be held July 18 through Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road, and will provide participants with the development of high performance skills through demonstrations, lectures, self-paced studies, labs, technical presentations, use of proxy technology, critical thinking, problem solving and individual/group activities.
 
Many manufacturing employers report difficulty in finding qualified workers to fill their industry-specific needs. There are three factors contributing to the lack of skilled workers. Those factors are: the increase in technology required for manufacturing, the retirement of existing workers, and the competition for talent.
 
“The Manufacturing Skills Institute, which set the national skills standards for MT1 certification in 2009, is partnering with PDCCC to provide this baseline credential program in the Hampton Roads and Western Tidewater area,” Hayes said. “It will provide training to address identified technical skill gaps and provide a pathway to advanced level training and specialized training based on industry requirements for potential new hires and incumbent employees.”
 
The MT1 program will address the core competency areas of math and measurement; spatial reasoning and manufacturing technology, and business acumen and quality, for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing.
 
The cost of this non-credit course is $1,300, which includes certification testing and a lab workbook. Financial aid is available for all students who qualify.
 
For more information, contact the workforce development office at 757-569-6050 or workforce@pdc.edu.

Jun
23
06/23/2016

Recognized for outstanding service

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

Jun
23
06/23/2016

Annual award presented at PDCCC graduation

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

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

PDCCC makes way for new sign

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

Jun
21
06/21/2016

STEM… it’s not just for him anymore

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

Jun
21
06/21/2016

Kids College helps participants explore history and mystery of Smithfield

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

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

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

Jun
15
06/15/2016

PDCCC Grows Dual Enrollment Program

Paul D. Camp Community College has seen an 81 percent increase in the number of students taking dual enrollment classes from the 2014-15 academic year to the 2015-16 academic year.
 
“There has been an increase in interest in the general education certificate, and career and technical education opportunities for students,” said Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin.
 
The Dual Enrollment Program provides the opportunity for high school students to earn college credits while working toward their high school diploma. This includes completing a degree or certificate if they choose to go that route.
 
PDCCC has seen an increase in the number of dual enrollment graduates as well. The college graduated 41 dual enrollment students from four high schools on May 13 compared to the 18 who graduated with a degree or certificate last year in 2015.
 
“Our partnerships with the high schools are growing because we share the goal of education for skills relevant in today’s workforce,” said Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president for academic and student development.
 
This concept also aligns with Virginia’s Community Colleges’ goal of “Complete 2021,” a strategic plan that aims to triple credentials awarded annually by 2021. One area of focus in this initiative is preparing graduates for employability in the regional workforce.
 
The following students are among the dual enrollment students graduating from PDCCC with a degree and/or certificate:
 
Lakeland High School

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

Southampton High School

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

Franklin High School

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

HOME SCHOOL

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

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

Jun
13
06/13/2016

PDCCC Upward Bound students receive funds from Suffolk Education Foundation

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

Jun
09
06/09/2016

High School students commit to college graduation

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

Jun
06
06/06/2016

Thank You Letter from William C. Aiken

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

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