Jun
05
06/05/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College student inspired to get back on track after personal struggles

Micah ThomasDespite all his personal challenges, Micah Thomas didn’t give up on his education. He earned three scholarships, and was selected to represent the college at the Virginia General Assembly and the Student Leadership Conference since enrolling at PDCCC.
 
When Micah Thomas lost his mother in 2005, he was only 10 years old.
 
“It sent me off my path and I was kind of lost,” he said. “She was my motivation—my biggest inspiration.”
 
Born and raised in Suffolk, Thomas graduated from Kings Fork High School in 2012. The youngest of six children, the first-generation student always knew that he wanted to go to college, as his parents had encouraged him to do. But his mother’s death left a void that made it difficult for Thomas to move forward with the same positive stride.
 
But with the support of his sister and encouragement from others, he found the strength to return to his focus of continuing education during his senior year in high school when he took two advanced placement courses to make up “for lost time.” His interest in math and science was reignited during his AP Biology class with Mrs. Story.
 
“By this time, my father was ill,” he said. And although Thomas qualified for eight college credits after scoring a perfect 5 on the AP Biology exam, his GPA wasn’t high enough to secure a full scholarship to a four-year college or university.
 
“I didn’t want my father to have the added stress of paying for my college education,” he said. “I came to PDCCC with the mindset of applying for financial aid and if I didn’t qualify, I wasn’t going to go.”
 
Thomas enrolled at PDCCC, taking mostly online computer science courses while also taking care of his dad, a responsibility that was increasing by the day for the 18-year-old. The only sibling still living in the household, Thomas was soon overwhelmed, struggling to take care of the bill payments, legal issues, medicine management and household maintenance, and keep up with his online classes. He ultimately had to withdraw from a couple of classes and received incomplete status in two others.
 
Thomas’ father passed in February 2013 Thomas was now faced with tending to his father’s affairs, making funeral arrangements and preparing for out-of-town relatives. In addition, his father had only been able to take Thomas out for a few driving lessons during his illness.
Visiting the Hobbs Suffolk Campus in Fall 2014, he met with Sandra Walker of the Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS). “She did so much for me,” he said. “If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be here (in college) right now.”
 
She supplied Thomas with resources and referred him to Student Support Services and the Career Development Center, where Lisha Wolfe helped him get funding through Opp Inc. and an internship with RFK Solutions. Prior to his internship, he took on a job in the computer lab as a work-study student.
 
“I was able to take my training in the computer lab to RFK, and they suggested I get several IT certifications.” RFK began partnering with PDCCC to offer these certifications, and during his spring semester, Thomas was taking a full load of classes during the day, three hours of certification classes in the evening and working in the computer lab. He also served as a math tutor for Student Support Services and is currently the vice president of the PDCCC Literary Club.
 
“There have been times when I forgot to eat,” he said. “But I felt like if I slowed down, I might stop.”
 
When Thomas completes his studies this summer and graduates in May 2016, he will have earned his associate’s degree in General Studies-Computer Science, as well as certificates in General Education, Hardware & Software Support, and Computer Support Specialist. He plans to transfer to Old Dominion University this fall to earn his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and apply to graduate school for biomedical engineering.
 
“There are too many people I want to thank to list them all,” said Thomas. “But after coming here and receiving hope from so many others, I have been inspired to keep going.”

Jun
05
06/05/2015

Let the games begin

Target WinnersThe Suffolk-based Target team celebrates after winning the LogistXGames, held at Northgate Logistics Center in North Suffolk on Thursday.
 
By Matthew Ward
Suffolk News-Herald
LogistXGames Matthew WardRon Coleman was the first competitor up in the final event of the day: the box put.
 
The box resting upon his outstretched palm just above his right shoulder — shot put-style, unsurprisingly — he sprinted toward the empty pallets stacked up as an obstacle.
 
Just before he might have barreled into the pallets, Coleman stopped on a dime and transferred the momentum he’d generated through to his catapulting arm and into the box.
 
With the effort, Coleman’s tendons jumped out and his eyes bulged. The box sailed through the air more than 30 feet, as the crowd that thronged the course under the high ceiling of Northgate Logistics Center cheering delightedly.
 
Such was the heady atmosphere of the Hampton Roads LogistXGames, held in Suffolk for the second year running and bringing together eight teams of up to 10 members, fielded by area logistics companies.
 
According to Lang Williams, its senior vice president in Hampton Roads, commercial real estate services firm CBRE started the games for several reasons, including to promote the importance of logistics, to recognize major logistics employers and their top employees, and to raise money for workforce development.
 
Williams and Scott Flanders, who manages ACE Hardware’s Suffolk redistribution center, co-chaired the event.
 
The games reportedly raised $10,000 for the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation’s workforce development programs. The $8,000 from last year allowed the foundation to create an endowed workforce development scholarship.
 
“From the bottom of my heart, I really appreciate your support of our programs, and most importantly your support of our students,” remarked Randy Betz, the college’s vice president of workforce development.
 
Besides the box put, other events included the pallet puzzle sprint, pallet jack relay and the pick/pack hurdle. Each event was designed to test and showcase the skills logistics workers develop.
 
After the box put, trophies were awarded, with Suffolk employees from Target, Expeditors International and QVC delivering the goods for first, second and third, respectively.
 
“The whole reason why we are here is to get everybody together as a community” and promote workforce development, Flanders said.
 
Williams said, “Thank you to all who participated for sticking your necks out, maybe getting embarrassed, and hopefully having some fun.”

Jun
03
06/03/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Literary Club collects more than 400 books during drive

book drive 4The Feed the Monster Book Drive held by the Paul D. Camp Community College Literary Club resulted in the collection of more than 400 books. According to Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs, at least 300 of those books were children books, which were donated to J.P. King Jr. Middle School in Franklin June 2, 2015. Donations for the book drive came from PDCCC faculty and staff, and The Friends of the Suffolk Library. Literary Club President Wanda Olden of Suffolk, from left, member Sandy Haduck of Wakefield and Vice President Micah Thomas of Suffolk, who conceptualized the Feed the Monster Book Drive, stand with the books before they were packed and delivered. According to Jacobs, the children were very excited to receive the donation.book drive 3

Jun
01
06/01/2015

Dr. Justin Oliver honored with award for exemplary educational support to students at Paul D. Camp Community College

Dr Oliver Exellence in Education AwardDr. Justin Oliver accepts the PDCCC 2015 Excellence in Education Award from Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken during graduation on May 15.
 
Interim Dean of Transfer Programs and the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, Dr. Justin Oliver, was recently honored with the Paul D. Camp Community College 2015 Excellence in Education Award.
 
Dr. Oliver was selected to receive this award by a committee of his peers. “Examples of his commitment, enthusiasm, and support of the College, students, faculty and staff, as well as his exceptional service were highly noted,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady.
 
Oliver earned his Doctorate of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Regent University in 2012. He began working at PDCCC as an adjunct faculty member in 1998. In 2004, he was hired as a full-time instructor, teaching developmental courses, math for liberal arts, pre-calculus and statistics.
 
A recipient of the 2007 Virginia Community College Association’s Showcase Award, Oliver has served on the Planning and Effectiveness Committee, the Quality Enhancement Plan Committee, and the Developmental Math Redesign Curriculum Team. In addition, he served as campus leader for the redesign of the College’s developmental math initiative.
 
“Justin’s service as an educator, mathematics professor, and interim dean has been outstanding,” said PDCCC Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken. “Your many accomplishments as a leader and teacher have garnered the respect of your colleagues and have served to promote the mission of the College.”
 
Oliver was selected to attend the Virginia Community College’s first Chancellor’s Developmental Education Institute offered in partnership with the National Center for Developmental Education in 2011.
 
“He is an advisor, a mentor and a coach who inspires students to reach their fullest potential,” said Atkins-Brady.

Jun
01
06/01/2015

Roberta Naranjo honored with special award from Paul D. Camp Community College

Roberta Naranjo J Paul CouncillInterim President Dr. Bill Aiken makes the presentation to Mrs. Naranjo.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College honored Roberta Naranjo during graduation on May 15 with the 2015 J. Paul Councill Jr. Community Service Award. Mrs. Naranjo was on the Southampton County School Board for more than four decades, serving as vice chairman up until her retirement in 2014.
 
She is an advocate of post-secondary education and of PDCCC, in particular its Nursing Program. She was instrumental in the development of the nursing partnership with Southampton Memorial Hospital and the Southampton County Public School System—the program, which is now a partnership with PDCCC.
 
She has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award and two Alli Awards from Rawls Museum Arts for her contributions to cultural life and tireless efforts in support of RMA, as well as support of the arts in public schools. She has also received the Virginia School Board Association Distinction Award and a commendation from the Virginia General Assembly for her educational contributions.

May
28
05/28/2015

Three PDCCC retirees honored with Professor Emeritus award

Professor Emeriti PresentationPaul D. Camp Community College Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken honored Mike Forrest, retired Associate Professor and Lead Faculty for Electricity/Electrical, from left, Ron Osborne, retired Assistant Professor and Lead Faculty for Administration of Justice and Dr. Candace Rogers, retired Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, during the graduation ceremony. The retired college employees were recognized with Professor Emeritus status, which is awarded to retired faculty or administrators for significant contributions to the college. Forrest was employed by the college for 15 years, Osborne for nearly 40 years, and Dr. Rogers for a little more than 10 years.

May
21
05/21/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College honors 2015 graduates of the Registered Nursing program

ADN Pinning GroupKneeling from left: Teresa Lowe of Courtland, Kimberly Cribb of Suffolk, Shontel Watters of Portsmouth, Mary Darden of Windsor, Lauren Heckenlaible of Eure, NC, Autumn Wiedel of Chesapeake, Justin Griffin of Windsor and Associate Professor of Nursing Carol Wright, RN, BSN, MSN. Back row: Erica Lewis of Suffolk, Jessica Watson of Courtland, Lyndsay Duke of Carrsville, Taylor Vick of Franklin, Olivia Walker of Sedley, Katie Ricks of Suffolk, Latease Boyd of Franklin, Rhonda Hines of Suffolk, Latarsha Stith of Newsoms, Erica Beale of Franklin, Candice Bailey of Courtland, Jessica Sadler of Branchville, Katrina Esterly of Franklin and Rebecca Ballance of Franklin. Not pictured is Kelly Hadley of Chesapeake
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Department of Nursing and Allied Health recently honored its graduating class of students in the registered nursing program by holding a special pinning ceremony. Assistant Professor Trudy Kuehn, RN, BSN, MSN, served as guest speaker.
 
Kuehn believes that things in life occur for a reason. “Something happened to bring you to the nursing program. Stay the course and see the recognizable outcome. Only when we look back can we see how it affects us. You can and will make a difference in lives.”
 
Special awards were presented during the ceremony. The following students received class honors:

  • Nursing Academic Excellence Award-Rebecca Ballance and Katrina Esterly
  • Nursing Clinical Excellence Award-Erica Lewis and Jessica Sadler
  • Mentorship Award-Mary Darden
  • Florence Nightingale Award-Lauren Heckenlaible
  • Dr. Candace Rogers Excellence in Leadership Award-Jessica Watson

In addition, Lynn Moon of the Pilot Club of Suffolk presented an outstanding citizenship award to Jessica Watson.

May
21
05/21/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College recognizes Nurse Aide students during completion ceremony

CNA Grad Group 2015Celebrating their academic achievements, kneeling from left, are: Alexice Jenkins of Franklin, Karen Boone of Newsoms, Joyce Shumate of Windsor, Dominique Parker of Suffolk, Jonya Cooper of Franklin and Amanda Twine of Murfreesboro, NC. Back row: Courtney Baggett of Windsor, Susan LaRose of Suffolk, Adena Breeden of Carrsville, Alisha O’Neal of Franklin, Stephanie Grain of Zuni, Judith Brown of Suffolk, Myiah Cook of Windsor, Isabelle Black of Suffolk, Lillie Powell of Wakefield, Meagan Parreco of Franklin and Diamond Outland-Mason of Courtland.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’ Department of Nursing and Allied Health held a special ceremony May 13 for graduates of the Nurse Aide program. Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, PDCCC’s vice president for academic and student development, served as guest speaker.
 
Classes for Nurse Aide begin for the fall 2015 semester on August 21.

May
20
05/20/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College graduates third class of pharmacy technicians

~Applications are being accepted for classes beginning August 21~
Pharmacy Technician Group2015 graduates of the Pharmacy Technician Program are pictured with Elaine Beale, back row from left: David Johnson of Chesapeake, Rebecca Bartlett of Suffolk, Christel Archer of Carrsville and Damacita Cave of Suffolk. Front row: Carmen Madere of Smithfield, Brittany Kelso of Zuni, Ashley Dobie of Franklin, Trista Smith of Capron and Heather Joyce of Franklin.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College recently graduated its third class of pharmacy technicians. Eight of this year’s nine graduates have already taken and passed the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam.
 
“This certification enables them to work as a technician anywhere in the United States,” said Pharmacy Technician Program Director and Instructor Elaine Beale, R.Ph. “Most states, including Virginia, require technicians to register with the State Board of Pharmacy as well, so they have a record of all certified technicians. One of this year’s students has already been hired as a technician and many have had very promising interviews.”
 
Applications are now being accepted through the Department of Nursing and Allied Health for fall 2015 semester classes, which will begin on August 21. “Space is limited for this program,” said Beale. “I encourage those interested to apply early.”
 
The Pharmacy Technician field is growing due to the increasing elderly population and the use of technicians to perform many duties that were previously limited to a Registered Pharmacist. “Technicians are considered professionals and assist pharmacists in retail, hospital, nursing home supply and mail order pharmacy settings,” said Beale.
 
The program includes basic classes, such as freshman English, public speaking and CPR certification, as well as specific pharmacy classes and clinical experiences. “It is a 25-credit hour, 8-month comprehensive program, so students are eligible for financial aid,” said Beale. “After completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the national and state examinations for certification, whichever they prefer.”
 
According to Beale, a total of 17 students have passed either the National or Virginia State Board exam since the program graduated its first class in May 2013. Other students have gone on into the nursing program or a four-year college.
 
For more information, go to www.pdc.edu or contact Beale at ebeale@pdc.edu.

May
20
05/20/2015

First Paul D. Camp Community College Alumni and Friends Reception well received

Charles Wayne White Linda WhiteCharles White (Class of 1976) and Linda White enjoy some refreshments during the Alumni and Friends Reception.

Heather Brown Brandi Owens Aaron MitchellSuffolk residents Heather Miles, from left, Brandi Owens, (both of the Class of 2015) and student Aaron Mitchell enjoy connecting during the reception held at the workforce center in Franklin.

Rebecca Wyche Raffle PrizeClass of 2007 Alum Rebecca Wyche won a raffle prize, presented by Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken and donated by Johnson’s Flower and Garden Center. Other prizes were donated by Keurig Green Mountain and Norfolk Tides.

Seventies Alumni GroupWilliam Corbitt (Class of 1975), Herman Williams (Class of 1972), Charles White (Class of 1976) and Barbara Butler (Class of 1973) pose as the proud “70s group” who graduated from PDCCC.

Alumni spanning decades attended the first Paul D. Camp Community College Alumni and Friends Reception on Tuesday, May 12. The event was held at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin during a week of graduation activities.

“We are very excited to begin reaching out to our PDCCC Alums, as they are the reason for our success and even our existence,” said Alumni Relations Associate Lori Carter, who also graduated from the college in 2004. “We have more activities planned that will provide networking opportunities.”

It is free to join the PDCCC Alumni Association and alums can share and update their stories and successes online at www.pdc.edu/alumni .

“We want students to keep in touch, no matter what year they graduated,” said Carter.

The Alumni Relations Program got underway in January. There are approximately 550  members of the organization.

To learn more about the PDCCC Alumni Association, contact Lori Carter at lcarter@pdc.edu or 757-569-6082.

May
20
05/20/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Celebrates Phlebotomy graduates

Phlebotomy Grad Group 2015Celebrating their accomplishments, front row from left, are: Shawn Daniels of Suffolk, Eboney Joyner of Courtland, Anna Smith of Suffolk, Sandy Boone of Suffolk and Tanisha White of Newport News. Back row: Instructor Dawn Womble, RN, BSN, Tinisha Hawkins of Suffolk, Takeshia Rawls of Franklin, Courtney Rice of Carrsville, Wendy Howell of Franklin, Teresa Rhodes-Unser of Zuni and Ngandu Mumbata of Suffolk. Not pictured is Suzanne Etheridge of Suffolk.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Department of Nursing and Allied Health held a special recognition ceremony for the graduates of its Phlebotomy program on May 13.
 
Phlebotomy classes for fall 2015 semester begin August 21. Registration may be done through the Department of Nursing and Allied Health at PDCCC.

May
20
05/20/2015

Graduation Proposal

Jessica John and JaxsonImmediately following the Paul D. Camp Community College 44th Annual Commencement, John Worth of Boykins took the opportunity to make the night extra special, proposing to the love of his life, Jessica Packer of Newsoms. Worth was proactive, first asking permission from her son, Jaxson Packer, 5. Jessica was awarded an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Science that evening. Worth is also a 2008 graduate of PDCCC.

May
19
05/19/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College holds pinning ceremony for first practical nursing class

PN Program Pinning First ClassKneeling from left, are: Heidi Bussler of Toano, Tonia Mason of Suffolk, Jessica Beil of Ivor, Jordan Jones of Carrsville, Jessica Edwards of Sedley, Chelsea Drake of Carrollton and Ashanda Mills of Suffolk. Back row: Nursing Instructor Rudean Harrell, RN, MSN, Coretta King of Windsor, Stephen Wilson of Suffolk, Alexis Blankenship of Windsor, Judy Wyche of Emporia, Denise Shoemaker of Suffolk, Shaniqua Chambliss of Suffolk, Tonisha Hayer of Elizabeth City, NC, Dixie “DeeDee” Magette of Courtland, Amber Jarratt of Franklin and Lead Faculty for the PN Program Courtney Darden, RN, MSN.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Department of Nursing held a special pinning ceremony, which recognized the first class of 16 graduates from the college’s practical nursing program.
 
The event, held at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, featured PDCCC Nursing Instructor Rudean Harrell as guest speaker. She made her presentation after a brief welcome from Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken.
 
“I promise you that the blessings you give your patients will be returned in ways you’ll never understand,” she said to the class. Harrell also noted that nurses are not powerless to make changes and encouraged the students to get involved. She added, “After the first six months on the job, kick it up a notch. I cheer you on in everything you do.”
 
Three awards of excellence were presented to students during the ceremony. The following were honored:

  • Heidi Bussler-Mentorship Award
  • Tonia Mason-Nursing Academic Excellence Award
  • Dixie “DeeDee” Magette- Nursing Clinical Excellence Award
May
19
05/19/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College 44th Annual Commencement Exercises Held May 15, 2015

Graduation ProcessionChristien Powell of the Southampton High School Marching Band, which is under the direction of Aubrey K. Harrington, leads the procession from the main building to the Regional Workforce Development Center during Paul D. Camp Community College’s 44th Annual Commencement Exercises.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College held its 44thAnnual Commencement on May 15, 2015. The ceremony was held at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. More than 250 students received degrees and certificates.
 
Col. Lula B. Holland, retired from the Army Reserves after serving as Chief Nurse in the 18th Field Hospital and also retired Assistant Director of the Portsmouth City Department of Social Services, delivered the keynote address. Student speaker for the commencement was Courtney Wright of Suffolk.
 
In addition to the conferring of degrees and certificates, the following honors and additional recognitions occurred:

  • Virginia Community College Association’s 2014 Showcase awards winners were recognized. They are: Cinda Schmitt, Associate Professor of Administrative Support Technology; Issi Patterson, Executive Secretary in Academic Programs; and Cathy Cutchins, Executive Assistant to the Interim President.
  • 2014-15 PDCCC Award for Excellence in Education was presented to Dr. Justin Oliver, Interim Dean of Transfer Programs and the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. Dr. Oliver was selected by his peers for this honor. This is an annual recognition at the College.
  • 2015 J. Paul Councill Jr. Community Service Award was presented to Roberta Naranjo, who served for more than four decades on the Southampton County School Board. She has been an advocate of PDCCC, particularly of the Nursing Program, and was a driving force in developing the partnership with Southampton Memorial Hospital and Southampton County Public Schools, which is currently a partnership with the College.
  • Professor Emeritus recognition was bestowed upon Mr. Mike Forrest, retired Associate Professor and Lead Faculty for Electricity/Electrical; Mr. Ron Osborne, retired Assistant Professor and Lead Faculty for Administration of Justice; and Dr. Candace Rogers, retired Dean of Nursing and Allied Health.

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

  • Suffolk: Tisha J.Warren
  • Franklin: Tyler W. Billups (Summa Cum Laude), Salean’a M. Saunders and Philbert D. Taylor (Cum Laude)
  • Sedley: Ashley L. Worth
  • Ivor: Victoria A. Marks (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Zuni: Amber R. Ballance (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Smithfield: Shavonda E. Davis (Summa Cum Laude), Audrey D. Kraemer (Summa Cum Laude) and Samantha Lee (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Carrollton: Susan Carr-Dow
  • Chesapeake: Sheila Hill (Magna Cum Laude)

Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Education:

  • Suffolk: Brandi Owens
  • Franklin: Tanisha L. Ford and Bethany C. Ramey
  • Ivor: Katelyne Isaacs (Summa Cum Laude) and Victoria Marks (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Boykins: Jasmine D. Anderson (PTK) and Gabrielle M. McGuire
  • Courtland: Katharine N. Harville (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Windsor: Stephanie J. Whitley
  • Carrollton: Tracy L. Morales

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

  • Suffolk: David T. Hunter and Micah H. Thomas
  • Franklin: Justin E. Armstrong (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Windsor: Jacquelynn Q. Clark

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

  • Suffolk: Angelita S. Cohen, Sarah Jo Carr, Reagan L. Colley, Tunisha C. Goodwyn, Rachel A. Hamilton (Cum Laude), David T. Hunter, Richard R. Hyman III (Summa Cum Laude), Lexus M. Isom (Cum Laude), Crystal A. Jones, Gabrielle M. Jones (Cum Laude and PTK), Travis J. Jones, John T. Lowry (Cum Laude), Jozee’ C. McPherson (Cum Laude and PTK), Heather N. Miles, Keith R. Owens, Christine Y. Pinell, Miranda S. Prentice, Chelsey M. Reeder, Micah H. Thomas, Trinity M. Torres (Cum Laude), Tisha J. Warren, Jordan T. West, Kelly C. Woods, Courtney E. Wright (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Miranda E. Wright
  • Franklin: Shamar O. Ballard (Magna Cum Laude), Katlyn R. Drake, Virginia Goode (Cum Laude), Nora R. Hathan (Cum Laude), Shadeejah T. Hunt (Cum Laude), Abigail L. Idisi (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Porschia Lee, Malik L. Phillips (Summa Cum Laude), Nadia D. Purvis (Summa Cum Laude), Salean’a M. Saunders, Catherine A. Scott (Summa Cum Laude and PTK), Stacy R. Stauffer-Pauley (Cum Laude), Jacob A. Tatum (Summa Cum Laude) and Joshua D. Turner (Cum Laude)
  • Courtland: Kirstyn Andrew (Magna Cum Laude), Jessica L. Haydu (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Rhema Johnson (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Ivor: Victoria A. Marks (Magna Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Boykins: Katrina R. Williams (Cum Laude)
  • Capron: Shaunye’ T. Burton (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Drewryville: Rebekah R. McDonald (Cum Laude)
  • Windsor: Breanna L. Black
  • Carrsville: Jacob Bradshaw (Summa Cum Laude and PTK) and Christie L. McClenny
  • Smithfield: Joseph C. Grant, Trakelia Hamlin, Joshua H. Marshall and Emily M. Lumley
  • Wakefield: Maliea H. Rogers (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Surry: Leighland W. Stone (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Portsmouth: Ludgie Pierre
  • Chesapeake: Sheila Hill (Magna Cum Laude) and Kelly Riddick
  • Petersburg: Leroy Moore Jr.
  • Harrisonburg: Jordan E. Edwards (Magna Cum Laude)

Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Science:

  • Suffolk: Jared C. Bass, Blake T. Lester and Laura M. Smith
  • Franklin: Ja’Lisa Hicks (Magna Cum Laude) and Jeanetta Sessoms (Cum Laude)
  • Courtland: Kirstyn P. Andrew (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Newsoms: Jessica A. Packer and Joshua W. Riddick
  • Ivor: Francheska Rodriquez-Galarce
  • Carrsville: Whitney R. Searcy (Magna Cum Laude)

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

  • Suffolk: Pebbles N. Cross, Latasha Johnson and Laura L. Quesenberry
  • Franklin: John D. Cornwell Jr. (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Sedley: Mitchell W. White
  • Capron: Lisa A. Martinette (Cum Laude)
  • Boykins: William Gray and Kaitlyn B. Holloman (Magna Cum Laude)

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

  • Suffolk: John Deehan (Summa Cum Laude), Edwin J. Delgado (Summa Cum Laude), Benjamin I. Holland (Summa Cum Laude), Deanie M. Robertson (Summa Cum Laude) and Kari E. Van Wassen (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Franklin: Tiffany L. Newby
  • Courtland: Jalen T. Boone, Justin T. Boone and Michael D. Harville (Cum Laude)
  • Boykins: LeAndra K. Watford
  • Wakefield: Timothy R. Russell
  • Windsor: Benjamin W. Joslin (Cum Laude)
  • Smithfield: Ryan L. Ellis (Cum Laude) and Michael W. Hartman Jr.
  • Chesapeake: Cozette L. Solomon

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

  • Suffolk: Shannon L. Wolfe (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Newsoms: Alyssa M. Cranfill

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

  • Suffolk: Shannon L. Wolfe (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Carrollton: Vicki M. Mottley (Magna Cum Laude and PTK)

Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Early Childhood Development:

  • Suffolk: Pamela R. Reid (Magna Cum Laude) and Tracey White (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Franklin: Kahlie D. Worrell
  • Courtland: Patricia Drake
  • Sedley: Rekitia R. Jordan
  • Windsor: Michelle L. Myers (Magna Cum Laude)

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

  • Suffolk: Brian Boone (Magna Cum Laude)

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

  • Franklin: Steve A. Saunders (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Windsor: Raymond E. Maya Jr. (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)

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

  • Suffolk: Nestor Boose (Magna Cum Laude), Laura A. Case (Cum Laude) and Shaun A. Woodhouse (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Zuni: Michele L. Marsee
  • Windsor: Timothy L. McDowell (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Portsmouth: LaTonya Y. White (Magna Cum Laude)

Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Management (Marketing):

  • Suffolk: Shaun A. Woodhouse (Magna Cum Laude)

Associate of Applied Sciences in Nursing:

  • Suffolk: Kimberly H. Cribb, Rhonda Hines, Erica C. Lewis, Katie M. Ricks and Brandi J. Spivey
  • Franklin: Rebecca T. Ballance (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Erica Beale, Latease E.Boyd, Katrina L. Esterly (Magna Cum Laude), Brittany P. Hart, Taylor Vick and Kelly R. Warren
  • Sedley: Olivia N. Walker
  • Courtland: Candice L. Bailey, Teresa M. Lowe and Jessica L. Watson (Cum Laude)
  • Newsoms: Latarsha R. Stith
  • Branchville: Jessica A. Sadler
  • Carrsville: Lyndsay Duke
  • Windsor: Mary C. Darden and Justin C. Griffin
  • Chesapeake: Kelly M. Hadley and Autumn C. Wiedel
  • Portsmouth: Shontel A. Watters
  • Eure, NC: Lauren Heckenlaible (Magna Cum Laude)

Certificate in Clerical Studies:

  • Suffolk: Shannon L. Wolfe (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)

Certificate in Early Childhood Development Assistant:

  • Suffolk: Pamela R. Reid (Magna Cum Laude), Charlene L. Walker-Biggs and Tracey White (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Franklin: Karen Earls, Brittany N. Joyner and Jessica A. Robinson
  • Courtland: Patricia Drake
  • Sedley: Rekitia R. Jordan
  • Windsor: Michelle L. Myers (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Emporia: Hannah J. Tuck

Certificate in Electricity:

  • Franklin: Travis T. Pope and Deshon D. Saunders
  • Windsor: Raymond E. Maya Jr. (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)

Certificate in General Education:

  • Suffolk: Jared C. Bass, Sarah Jo Carr, Angelita S. Cohen, Reagan L. Colley, Shawn R. Daniels, Tunisha C. Goodwyn, Rachel A. Hamilton (Cum Laude), Tinisha Hawkins, David T. Hunter, Richard. R. Hyman III (Summa Cum Laude), Lexus M. Isom (Cum Laude), Crystal A. Jones, Gabrielle M. Jones (Cum Laude and PTK), Travis J. Jones, John T. Lowry (Cum Laude), Jozee’ C. McPherson (Cum Laude and PTK), Heather N. Miles, Brandi A. Owens, Keith R. Owens, Christine Y. Pinell, Miranda S. Prentice, Chelsea M. Reeder, Laura M. Smith, Micah H. Thomas, Trinity M. Torres (Cum Laude), Tisha J. Warren, Jordan T. West, Kelly C. Woods and Courtney E. Wright (Magna Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Franklin: Shamar O. Ballard (Magna Cum Laude), Katlyn R. Drake, Tanisha L. Ford, Virginia Goode (Cum Laude), Nora R. Hathan (Cum Laude), Shadeejah T. Hunt (Cum Laude), Abigail L. Idisi (Magna Cum Laude and PTK), Porschia Lee, Malik L. Phillips (Summa Cum Laude), Nayasia T. Pope, Nadia D. Purvis (Summa Cum Laude), Salean’a M. Saunders, Catherine A. Scott (Summa Cum Laude and PTK), Jeanetta Sessoms (Cum Laude), Stacy R. Stauffer-Pauley (Cum Laude), Jacob A. Tatum (Summa Cum Laude) and Demetri T. Wiggins
  • Ivor: Victoria A. Marks (Magna Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Sedley: Deshawn R. Ricks
  • Courtland: Kirstyn P. Andrew (Magna Cum Laude), Katharine N. Harville (Summa Cum Laude and PTK), Jessica L. Haydu (Magna Cum Laude and PTK) and Rhema Johnson (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Newsoms: Joshua W. Riddick
  • Boykins: Jasmine D. Anderson (PTK) and Katrina R. Williams (Cum Laude)
  • Capron: Shaunye’ T.Burton (Summa Cum Laude) and Saiquan R. Mason
  • Carrsville: Christie L. McClenny and Whitney R. Searcy (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Windsor: Breanna L. Black, Jacquelynn Q. Clark and Stephanie J. Whitley
  • Carrollton: Susan Carr-Dow (Magna Cum Laude) and Tracy L. Morales
  • Smithfield: Shavonda E. Davis (Summa Cum Laude), Joseph C. Grant, Audrey D. Kraemer (Summa Cum Laude), Samantha Lee (Summa Cum Laude), Joshua H. Marshall and Wanda Pearson
  • Wakefield: Maliea H. Rogers (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Emporia: Ashley N. Johnson
  • Chesapeake: Kelly Riddick
  • Portsmouth: Ludgie Pierre
  • Harrisonburg: Jordan E. Edwards (Magna Cum Laude)

Certificate in Practical Nursing:

  • Suffolk: Shaniqua Q. Chambliss, Tonia E. Mason, Ashanda L. Mills, Denise Shoemaker and Stephen L. Wilson
  • Franklin: Haley Dixon and Amber Jarratt
  • Ivor: Jessica M. Beil
  • Sedley: Jessica Edwards
  • Courtland: Brittany Johnson, and Dixie D. Porter Magette
  • Carrsville: Jordan Jones
  • Windsor: J. Alexis Blankenship and Coretta King
  • Carrollton: Chelsea N. Drake
  • Emporia: Judy K. Wyche
  • Toano: Heidi E. Bussler
  • Elizabeth City, NC: Tonisha D. Hayer

Career Studies Certificate in Advanced Early Childhood Development:

  • Suffolk: Pamela R. Reid (Magna Cum Laude) and Tracey White (Cum Laude)
  • Franklin: Karen Earls and Kahlie D. Worrell
  • Sedley: Rekitia R. Jordan
  • Courtland: Patricia Drake
  • Windsor: Michelle L. Myers (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Emporia: Hannah J. Tuck

Career Studies Certificate in Bookkeeping:

  • Suffolk: Amanda K. Barbour and Shannon L. Wolfe (Summa Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Franklin: Philbert D. Taylor (Cum Laude)
  • Zuni: Brenda Anyanwu
  • Carrsville: Inderjeet Kaur

Career Studies Certificate in Computer Support Specialist:

  • Suffolk: Keith G. Jordan, Micah H. Thomas and Dana Veney
  • Franklin: Angela Harp and Stacy R. Stauffer-Pauley (Cum Laude)

Career Studies Certificate in Early Childhood Development:

  • Suffolk: Pamela R. Reid (Magna Cum Laude) and Tracey White (Cum Laude)
  • Franklin: Karen Earls and Kahlie D. Worrell
  • Sedley: Rekitia R. Jordan
  • Windsor: Brenda K. Anderson and Michelle L. Myers (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Emporia: Hannah J. Tuck

Career Studies Certificate in Entrepreneurship in Small Business Management:

  • Windsor: Timothy L. McDowell (Summa Cum Laude)

Career Studies Certificate in Fired Science Technology:

  • Newsoms: Zachary S. Vann

Career Studies Certificate in Hardware and Software Support:

  • Suffolk: Samantha Branch and Micah H. Thomas
  • Franklin: Aaron Graham and Angela Harp
  • Windsor: Victor L. Williams

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

  • Suffolk: Terrel Faulk
  • Franklin: Samuel Darden, Carlos S. Lawrence and Michael Smith
  • Courtland: Melvin Evans and James A. Watlet Jr.
  • Capron: Saiquan R. Mason
  • Zuni: Garren R. Curtis Meyers
  • Carrsville: Medford G. Franklin
  • Smithfield: Christopher R. Kurowski
  • Wakefield: Joseph J. Boychuck
  • Portsmouth: Sean T. Dodd
  • Hobbsville, NC: Lance C. Greene

Career Studies Certificate in Industrial Maintenance:

  • Franklin: Dominique W. Williams

Career Studies Certificate in Industrial/Residential Wiring:

  • Franklin: Tony L. Pulley Jr.

Career Studies Certificate in Leadership:

  • Suffolk: Terricka Rodriquez

Career Studies Certificate in Medical Office Billing Clerk:

  • Suffolk: Michelle L. Chess and Robin S. Lane
  • Franklin: Vakiah C. Artis, Brittney Brown, Violet L. Brown, Rita M. Hawkins and Quasha C. Parham
  • Smithfield: Eleanor F. Hawkins

Career Studies Certificate in Medical Office Code/Reimbursement:

  • Suffolk: Michelle L. Chess
  • Franklin: Vakiah C. Artis

Career Studies Certificate in Medical Office Specialist:

  • Suffolk: Michelle L. Chess and Robin S. Lane
  • Franklin: Brittney Brown, Nancy McCravey and Jasmine M. Ricks
  • Courtland: Joyce Gordon-Graves and Morgan A. Hulker
  • Smithfield: Toni A. Tatum

Career Studies Certificate in Nurse Aide:

  • Suffolk: Ginger M. Evans and Tinisha Hawkins
  • Franklin: Youlanda D. Haskins, Jazzi R. King, Alisha O’Neal and Chelsea B. Spivey
  • Courtland: Katerina M. Mahoney and Diamond Mason
  • Capron: Sarah C. Thorpe
  • Zuni: Hannah L. Anderson, Stephanie Grain and Kendall Griffin
  • Carrsville: Courtney D. Rice
  • Windsor: Elizabeth R. Olson

Career Studies Certificate in Pharmacy Technician:

  • Suffolk: Rebecca Bartlett and Damacita’ I. Cave
  • Franklin: LaRisha D. Britt, Ashley L. Dobie, Heather L. Joyce and April D. Lankford
  • Zuni: Brittany Kelso
  • Boykins: Selena N. Beals
  • Capron: Trista K. Smith
  • Carrsville: Christel Archer
  • Smithfield: Carmen Madere
  • Chesapeake: David B. Johnson

Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy:

  • Suffolk: Sandy C. Boone, Shawn R. Daniels, Suzanne M. Etheridge, Tinisha Hawkins and Anna E. Smith
  • Franklin: Wendy L. Howell, Takeisha Rawls and April H. Warren
  • Courtland: Eboney K. Joyner
  • Zuni: Teresa R. Unser
  • Carrsville: Courtney D. Rice
  • Newport News: Tanisha M. White

Career Studies Certificate in Pre-Nursing:

  • Suffolk: Kristen D. Arrowood, ShaVaughn Gordon, Tarsheva Holland, David T. Hunter, Brandy D. Main, Leny F. Maldonado, Bennie E. Perry III and Courtney E. Wright (Magna Cum Laude and PTK)
  • Franklin: Mercedes D. Barnes, Hannah G. Beach, Samantha Cole, Jakwon L. Cross, Alisha O’Neal, Sparkle C. Russell, Chelsea B. Spivey and Shakayta Wood
  • Ivor: Francheska Rodriguez-Galarce
  • Zuni: Laura A. Vick
  • Carrsville: Christie L. McClenny, Amber F. Presson and Chandler B. Stuck
  • Windsor: Shannon Clark and Meredith K. Coggsdale
  • Portsmouth: Ludgie Pierre
  • Corapeake, NC: LaShay M. Johnson

Career Studies Certificate in Professional Welder-Pipe:

  • Franklin: Dominique W. Williams

Career Studies Certificate in Professional Welder-Plate:

  • Franklin: Wayne R. Small

Career Studies Certificate in Religious Studies:

  • Suffolk: Fred Spratley
  • Smithfield: Joseph C. Grant (Cum Laude)

Career Studies Certificate in Robotics:

  • Suffolk: Brian Boone (Magna Cum Laude) and Charles Whitfield Jr.
May
18
05/18/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Launches New Emergency Medical Services Intermediate Program

~Classes Begin August 21~
Jerry EMS EquipmentPaul D. Camp Community College is now offering Emergency Medical Services Intermediate Career Studies Certificate, as part of its Nursing and Allied Health Program.
 
“This Career Studies Certificate will provide students the opportunity to achieve a Virginia Intermediate certification level,” said EMS Program Coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Griffith. “Students can begin completing their goal of becoming an Advanced Life Support provider.”
 
Emergency Medical Services provide medical care, transport to definitive care and other transport for patients with illnesses and injuries.
 
“The intermediate level provider will be able to provide life-saving interventions in the pre-hospital emergency setting,” Griffith explained.
 
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for EMTs and paramedics is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012-2022—a much faster rate than the average growth rate for all occupations, which is 11 percent. There were 239,100 jobs in this field in 2012, with a median annual wage of $31,020.
 
Applicants are encouraged to speak with the EMS Program Coordinator prior to applying to the Intermediate Program.
 
“You can complete the Intermediate certificate in two continuous semesters,” said Griffith. “However, if you need to take the EMT first, you can still complete both in three semesters.”
 
For more information, contact Griffith at 757-569-6732 or ggriffith@pdc.edu. Download an application for the program EMS – Application.

May
12
05/12/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College graduates largest number of dual enrollment students in its history

Paul D. Camp Community College will graduate 18 dual enrollment students from four area high schools during the 44th annual commencement exercises on May 15. This is the largest number of dual enrollment students graduating at one time at PDCCC since the first five Suffolk students took advantage of the opportunity in 2010.
 
“It is wonderful to see these students reach the goals they’ve worked so hard to attain,” said PDCCC Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin. “It takes extreme time management skills and dedication to achieve this accomplishment.”
 
The Dual Enrollment Program at PDCCC allows high school students to simultaneously earn credits from their high school and college, putting them in the position to graduate from the college before receiving their high school diplomas.
 
Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken said, “This program is essential to those students who are focused on completing academic and career goals at a faster pace than the traditional student.”
 
The following students will have earned an associate’s degree and/or certificate from PDCCC before their high school commencement:
 
Franklin High School

  • Shamar BallardShamar Ballard, 18, is vice president of the SGA and an Upward Bound student at PDCCC. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Drama Club, Spanish Club, DECA, Scholastic Bowl, Book Club, Yearbook staff and JROTC. He plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University to earn his bachelor’s degree in Psychology before earning a master’s and doctorate degree. An honor graduate, he is the son of Chawanda Faltz of Franklin.
  • Virginia GoodeVirginia Goode, 17, is graduating sixth out of 76 in her class at FHS. She is Senior Class Vice President; Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook; member of the Book Club, Prom Committee, DECA, SGA and PDCCC’s Upward Bound. Goode plans to attend Old Dominion University to major in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. She is seeking a career as a consultant. The honor graduate is the daughter of Janet Goode of Franklin and Kevin Goode of Glen Allen.
  • Shadeejah HuntShadeejah Hunt, 18, is graduating fifth out of 76 at in her class at FHS. She is president of the SGA, and a member of HOSA and PDCCC’s Upward Bound Program. Hunt has completed the Certified Nursing Assistant program and participated in junior varsity and varsity cheerleading. She plans to attend PDCCC’s Registered Nursing Program and transfer to Old Dominion University to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing. The honor graduate is the daughter of Latoshia Evans of Franklin.
  • Jacob TatumJacob Tatum, 17, will be graduating as valedictorian or salutatorian of FHS. He is a member of the Scholastic Bowl and Honor Roll. He plans to attend Virginia Tech and enlist in its Corps of Cadets program, where he will major in Computer Science. Tatum aspires to be a game designer. The honor graduate is the son of Anita Harris of Franklin and Trent Tatum of Brodnax.
  • Nora HathanNora Hathan, 17, is a member of the Future Problem Solvers, DECA (past vice president of Business Partnerships), Yearbook staff, school newspaper staff and the Student Council Association (treasurer, secretary), and Opportunity Inc. She is an Upward Bound student at PDCCC. Hathan plans to attend George Mason University to double major in Global Affairs and Economics with the ultimate goal of working at Amnesty International. An honor graduate, she is the daughter of Bothina Hassan and Raphat Hathan of Franklin.

Southampton High School

  • Shaunye BurtonShaunye’ Burton, 17, serves as President of the National Honor Society and is a member of the Upward Bound Program at PDCCC. He will attend the University of Virginia to major in Psychology. The honor graduate is the son of Brenda Saunders of Capron.
  • Rhema JohnsonRhema Johnson, 17, is a member of the Upward Bound Program at PDCCC. She serves as captain of the Varsity Football Cheerleading Squad and is a Southampton High School Student Ambassador. She is also Vice President of the National Honor Society and was selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary’s Virginia Girls State, where she held the position of City Manager. She plans to attend Temple University this fall. The honor graduate is the daughter of Ricky L. Johnson Sr. and Rheila A. Johnson of Courtland.
  • Malik PhillipsMalik Phillips, 18, is the recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. He serves as President of the National Beta Club and Treasurer of the National Honor Society. He was selected to attend the American Legion’s Boys State, where he held the position of Supreme Court Justice. He is a past President of the YMCA Young Black Achievers and is involved in numerous community service projects. He will attend the University of Virginia to major in Biology. The honor graduate plans to become a pediatrician and is the son of Chiquita Seaborne of Franklin.
  • Nadia PurvisNadia Purvis, 17, is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Future Farmers of America. She was a member of the Key Club and the Varsity Club and played Junior Varsity (Captain 10th grade) and Varsity volleyball. Purvis plans to attend Longwood University. She wants to major in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting with the goal of becoming a CPA. She will receive her Academic Honors Diploma in June and is the daughter of Chris and Dawn Purvis of Franklin.

Lakeland High School

  • Reagan ColleyReagan Colley, 17, will be attending Old Dominion University in the fall to pursue her Ph. D. in Pediatric Audiology. She benefitted from the dual enrollment courses because they gave her a head start on college. An honor graduate, she is the daughter of Michelle and Jeffrey Colley of Suffolk.
  • Lexus IsomLexus Isom, 18, serves as President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s Rhoer Club (youth group) and Secretary of the FBLA. Isom is a member of DECA, Rho Kappa and PDCCC’s Upward Bound Program, as well as an active participant in the community. She will attend George Mason University and major in Health, Fitness and Recreation. She plans to be a physical therapist. An honor graduate, she is the daughter of Sheila Sears of Suffolk.
  • Travis JonesTravis Jones, 18, is a member of the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. He performs volunteer work with the Salvation Army. Jones has been offered scholarships to Averett University, Ferrum College and Bridgewater College. He plans to major in Psychology and Pre-Law at one of these schools and ultimately, become a lawyer. The honor graduate is the son of Ronald and Trina Jones of Suffolk.

Nansemond River High School

  • Rachel HamiltonRachel Hamilton, 18, is ranked in the top 13 percent of a class of 344. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. She is a member of Fusion Dance Team and the Academy of Classical and Contemporary Dance. Hamilton is involved in numerous community service projects and is the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award (2012-present) for maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA. She will attend Old Dominion University in fall and major in Biology. She then plans to transfer to a dental school before pursuing a specialist degree in Orthodontics.
  • Richard R. Hyman IIIRichard R. Hyman III, 18, will graduate from NRHS with an Advanced Diploma and is ranked in the top 10 in a class of 344. He is enrolled in Project Lead the Way: Pathways to Engineering; and member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Beta Club and FIRST Robotics team. Hyman plans to attend the University of Central Florida to study Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. He aspires to explore outer space with his own inventions, establish an engineering firm, and run for U.S. President. The honor graduate is the son of Estrella and Richard Hyman Jr.
  • John T. LowryJohn T. “Tommy” Lowry, 18, is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers with Young Life organization. He will attend George Mason University to major in Computer Engineering. The honor graduate is the son of Keith and Noelle Lowry of Suffolk.
  • Christine PinellChristine Pinell, 18, is involved in Project Lead the Way: Pathways to Engineering at NRHS, athletics and the FIRST Robotics team. She is a member and leader in Girl Scouts, where she was the recipient of the Silver Award. Her service to the community has included the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance, Impact Hampton, Point Harbor Student Ministry and the Suffolk Center for the Cultural Arts. Pinell will attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in Architecture. The honor graduate is the daughter of Cindy and Adam Pinell of Suffolk.
  • Trinity TorresTrinity Torres, 18, will graduate from NRHS with an Advanced Diploma and is ranked in the top 10 percent of a class of 344. She is an active member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Student Council, and serves as Vice President of the FBLA. Torres has organized and led numerous initiatives, including River Revolution/B.O.L.D. and Fusion Youth Group. She plans to attend the College of William and Mary to major in International Relations and minor in Global Policy. She then wants to go to law school with the goal of working in International Business Law or Immigration Law. The honor graduate is the daughter of Estella and Angel Torres of Suffolk.
  • Jordan WestJordan West, 18, will graduate from NRHS with an Advanced Diploma. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. She was selected to Virginia Girl’s State and to attend UVA Society of Women Engineers High School Visitation. West has received numerous academic awards, and has been offered scholarships from University of Alabama School of Engineering and University of South Carolina for full-tuition. She plans to attend the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to pursue a degree in Biological Engineering before applying to medical school. She wants to become a dermatologist. The honor graduate is the daughter of David and Ruth West.
May
07
05/07/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Fast Track Welding Program Registration Underway for Summer 2015

~Classes begin July 6, 2015~
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center is offering Fast Track Welding for the Summer 2015 semester. The deadline to apply is May 26 by 4:00 p.m.
 
“Programs like Fast Track Welding are needed in our region to provide employers with trained job candidates,” said Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz.
 
Fast Track Welding is a non-credit 160-hour program offered on the Franklin Campus that provides hands-on training, job shadowing opportunities and job placement support. The program is designed to provide fast-paced, focused training of welding essentials and is targeted for individuals who are unemployed, particularly long-term.
 
“The courses are designed to assure employers that candidates possess the skills and attitude of a successful welder,” said Job Placement Coach Larry Brunson with the PDCCC Career Development Center. “The course provides great preparation for employment in this field.”
 
The cost of the class, including supplies, equipment and AWS certification process, is $2,395. Classes will be held from July 6 to July 31.
 
For more information, call 757-569-6061 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development for registration forms.

May
06
05/06/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College to Receive Part of $500,000 Dominion Gift for its New Rural VA Horseshoe Project

Dominion GiftPictured are:
State Board Chair, Dorcas Helfant; Felicia Blow, PDCCC VP of Institutional Advancement; Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor VCCS; Mr. Paul Koonce, CEO Dominion Power; The Honorable Gerald Baliles, former Governor and Chair of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education; Dr. Renee Felts, PDCCC Dean of Occupational and Technical Programs.
 
The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has received a $500,000 grant to increase post-secondary credentials for residents living in rural parts of the state. The grant from the Dominion Foundation will benefit the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative, named for the horseshoe-shaped arc formed by the rural community colleges.
Paul D. Camp Community College is one of the schools involved in the initiative.
 
Over the next ten years, the three objectives of the program are:

  • To reduce the number of residents who live in the Rural Horseshoe and do not have a high school diploma by 10%
  • To increase the percentage of rural residents who earn an Associate’s Degree or other college certification to more than 50%

The goals will be reached through seeking funding for hiring full-time High School Career Coaches at each high school in PDCCC’s service region, and through providing incentives for GED and a focus on adult education opportunities for non-traditional students.
 
Other rural colleges involved in the program’s pilot are: Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave; Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge; Danville Community College; Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa; New River Community College in Dublin; and Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville.
 
For more information, contact Wendy Harrison at wharrison@pdc.edu.

May
06
05/06/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Kids College: Full STEAM Ahead

L'orien PotterL’orien Potter works on a creative place setting during last year’s Artist’s Café session in Smithfield.
 
While everyone is more than likely familiar with STEM classes, Kids College is taking it a step further—building STEAM power this summer.
 
“What you’re hearing in educational circles across the country these days is a greater focus on the integration of art and creativity into the traditional science and technology courses typically offered in schools and enrichment programs, “ said Kids College Director Teri Zurfluh. “So you’ll see that reflected in several of our Kids College courses this summer.”
 
STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
 
Zurfluh added, “A couple of courses that are really exciting to me are The Art of Math and Mining the STEAM Treasure: Minecrafter Camp as they are truly engaging the full brain of our kids, challenging the stereotype that you are either a science geek or inspired artist. At Kids College, you can be both… in the same class!”
 
Kids College 2015, a popular summer enrichment series sponsored by the Division of Workforce Development at Paul D. Camp Community College, offers unique workshops for students ages 7 to 18. Dates of the program are as follows:

  • Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin:
    Week days from June 15 to August 14
  • PDCCC at Smithfield, our newest location, 253 James Street:
    Week days from June 22 to August 14

This summer’s selection features over a dozen courses in STEAM, and a total of over 70 courses in the following other topic areas: The Arts and Expression, Backyard History, Hobbies and Interests, and Student Success. KC on the Go! is another collection of courses, consisting of educational field trips focusing on subjects from airplane science and the science of sports, to fishing and natural horsemanship.
 
“We also have special partnerships with Western Tidewater Tennis Association, Ballyshannon Equestrian Center, Blackwater Outfitters/Nottoway River Guides, the Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads, and the Suffolk Center for the Cultural Arts, just to name a few,” Zurfluh said. “We’re also genuinely appreciative of the grant support we’ve received from the Suffolk Foundation to help expand our STEAM programming.”
 
“In the summer of 2014, we tested the waters in Isle of Wight County to see if there was demand for the kind of hands-on, creative and fun courses that have always been at the heart of Kids College. And those families told us that they wanted Kids College back in Smithfield this summer.
 
“Thanks to great teamwork and our continuing partnership with Isle of Wight County Public Schools, we’ve expanded our Smithfield offerings by nearly 50 percent, including a significant increase in STEAM courses. And that’s what parents told us last summer they wanted… more STEAM… and we’ve delivered! Full STEAM ahead!”
 
Registration is now open at 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 send an email to kidscollege@pdc.edu.

May
05
05/05/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Names Dr. Renee Felts as Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Renee FeltsDr. Renee Felts, current Dean of the Franklin Campus/Occupational & Technical Programs, has been appointed the Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Paul D. Camp Community College. The selection was made by Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken after Felicia Blow recently announced her resignation from the position to pursue a career at Tidewater Community College.
 
“I am ready for this new challenge,” said Felts. “My objective is to make this a seamless transition. I know the staff; I’ve worked with many for multiple years, and I’m thrilled to be taking on this role with the Office of Institutional Advancement team.”
 
Dr. Felts has a notable background in academics, having worked at Chowan University and Isle of Wight Academy. She is extremely familiar with the many workforce development initiatives and business needs in the region. Dr. Felts also has partnered with the Workforce Development Division on many programs, including service as a trainer for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
 
Her educational achievements include earning her Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership at Northcentral University (Prescott Valley, Ariz.); a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems in 1997 from Chowan University (Murfreesboro, NC), where she also earned an Associate of Science degree in Accounting in 1982; a Master of Science degree in Education with an emphasis in Computer Education in 1987 from Old Dominion University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Barton College (Wilson, NC) in 1984. In addition, she completed a 12-semester-hour program in Web Design from East Carolina University in 2002 (Greenville, NC), and attained the “Quality Matters” certification for online instruction in 2012.
 
“This is a critical position to the organization and I am confident that Renee is well-suited for this position,” said Interim College President Dr. Bill Aiken. “Her communication, leadership and organizational skills, and her knowledge from the academic side of the house, will be an asset to not only the Office of Institutional Advancement, but the rest of the College as well.
 
“In addition, she has internal and external strengths that will benefit the College. Thought is currently being given to how we will fill Renee’s present role.”
 
She was recognized as the 2010 Educator of the Year at PDCCC and received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence in Teaching Award.
 
“I am so proud of this College and all that it has done for this community. Working together – staff, students, and faculty – I believe that we will continue to do great things well into the future,” added Dr. Felts.
 
Dr. Felts will begin her new duties on May 22, 2015.

May
05
05/05/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Literary Club raises awareness and appreciation of words

Poetry WinnersLiterary Club Advisor, from left, with contest winner Tori Gray, Professor of Business Management and Marketing Management David Lydick, Literary Club President Wanda Olden, contest winner Eryn Owen and Literary Club Vice President Micah Thomas. Lydick sponsored the poetry winners’ prizes.
 
The Paul D. Camp Community College Literary Club’s Sixth Annual Literary Festival drew approximately 100 attendees to the Suffolk Hobbs Campus.
 
“It was truly a momentous occasion— a festival like never before,” said Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs.
 
The event featured Virginia’s 2012-14 Poet Laureate Sofia M. Starnes as keynote speaker, award-winning poet, recording artist and educator Synnika Lofton as the moderator, and Dr. Harriette Arrington as the dynamic storyteller. Activities for the children included balloon art by Ryan-the-Balloon-Guy Ryan Lavallee and face painting.
 
Another highlight scheduled was original readings by winners of the PDCCC Student Poetry Contest.
The following are the winners of the PDCCC Student Poetry Contest:

  1. First Place ($25): Tori Gray of Suffolk for “A Stormy Mind”
  2. Second Place ($15): Eryn Owen of Suffolk for “Grandma and Granddaddy” and “For Kids”
  3. Third Place ($10): James McMichael of Buena Vista for “She Says it Was Delusional”

“We had a lot of wonderful entries,” said Jacobs. “In addition, the club members did an incredible job of planning around our theme, “Promoting Literary across Generations. We look forward to next year’s event.”
Balloon Art groupChildren enjoyed activities such as balloon art with Ryan Lavallee and other arts and crafts during the festival.

May
04
05/04/2015

Forklift, Forklift Clamp Truck and Reach Truck Operator Certificate Training Offered in June at Paul D. Camp Community College

Forklift, Forklift Clamp Truck and Reach Truck Operator Certificate Course training will be held Tuesday-Thursday, June 9 through 11, 2015 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Paul D. Camp Community College Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
 
“With new construction and the expansion of existing facilities, the demand for warehouse and distribution center employees is increasing every day,” said PDCCC Program Director Bob Hayes.” In 2013, the annual mean wage of material moving workers in Virginia was $34,790-$40,880.
 
The program provides training for warehouse and distribution safety awareness, OSHA safety procedures, and forklift, reach truck and clamp truck driving. Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a forklift operator’s certificate, a reach truck certificate and an OSHA safety certificate.
 
The cost of the course training is $150. Those interested must pre-register by calling the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center at 757-569-6050. For more information, call the Workforce Development Center or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/.

May
04
05/04/2015

Non-traditional student graduates for second time from Paul D. Camp Community College

Melvin Evans Richard BakerMelvin Evans, left, and Instructor Richard Baker prepare to put gauges on a unit in the HVAC lab at PDCCC.
 
It is never too late to enhance one’s knowledge, particularly if the goal is like that of Melvin Evans, a 61-year-old Veteran who wants to expand his opportunities in the workforce. Evans, a resident of Courtland, will graduate from Paul D. Camp Community College on May 15 for the second time, earning a Career Studies Certificate in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC).
 
The 1974 graduate of Southampton High School also completed a Welding certificate at PDCCC in 1977, graduating near the same time as his sister, Vivian Evans Baker, who encouraged him to attend the college. “I welded for Franklin Equipment for a while,” he said, “and then I decided to enlist in the Army.”
 
Evans started out training to be a chemical equipment repairman, but was later deployed to Germany, where he was tasked with using his welding skills once again.
 
“I found that it just wasn’t for me,” Evans said of serving in the Armed Forces. After a stint living in Richmond, he settled back in his native county and began working for the Town of Courtland.
 
“My mother became ill,” he said, “I left the job with Courtland in 2003 to take care of her.” Sadly, his mother passed away in 2005, and after being hired for various work in the area, Evans began assisting residents of the county with odd jobs and errands.
 
“The people I do the most for are my mother’s former caregiver, Evelyn Mayfield, who is retired from the Southampton County Department of Health, and my cousin, Virginia Boyd,” said Evans. “I run errands, drive them to doctor appointments, do yard work or anything they need.”
 
Although Evans loved to weld, he began looking into another field after being unemployed for several years.
 
“I kept hearing about HVAC and my brother-in-law said the field was wide open,” he said. “I enrolled at PDCCC in 2014. I’ve enjoyed learning something new and challenging. The instructors have been excellent and so willing to work with me.”
 
Instructor of Industrial Trades Richard Baker was pleased with the diversity and cohesiveness of his class, stating that his students range in age from 20 to 72 years old and have developed a strong bond with each other.
 
“Melvin has been the undisputed leader in the class,” said Baker. “Everyone looks to him. Student-to-student teaching is by far a more effective method of teaching.
 
Evans said he is thankful to his sister, Jackie, who provides him with transportation to the college, and for the financial aid he has received. “Financial aid has been a blessing to pay for this class,” he said. “I wouldn’t have been able to enroll the HVAC program without it.”
 
He was selected to represent Paul D. Camp Community College at the Virginia General Assembly in January and serves as deacon at Allen Grove Baptist Church in Franklin, where the Rev. Wilbur Walden is pastor.
 
After graduation, Evans will return to the college to complete classes in Electronics-Controls and utilize the Career Development Center to prepare for interviews and job searches.
Melvin Evans Richard BakerInstructor Richard Baker, left, watches as Melvin Evans tests the voltage on a unit.

May
04
05/04/2015

Siblings Graduate together from Paul D. Camp Community College May 15, 2015

Gabby and Travis JonesOn any given day, you may see Gabrielle “Gabby” Jones on her cell phone. More than likely, she isn’t talking with friends, but texting her brother, Travis.
 
“We text each other every day,” she said. The siblings have always been close and will in fact, graduate together from Paul D. Camp Community College on May 15.
 
“He is like my best friend,” said Gabby. “We have always said, ‘it is me and him against the world.’”
 
Gabby, 19, and Travis, 18, will each graduate from PDCCC with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in General Studies-General and a Certificate in General Education.
 
Gabby, a 2013 graduate of Lakeland High School, was accepted to Norfolk State, Old Dominion and Virginia State universities, however, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to study. Her mother, who works at PDCCC as Dean of Student Services, and father, encouraged her to think about attending the community college to satisfy pre-requisites while she figured out what career path she wanted to follow.
 
“I’m happy with my decision,” she said. “I wanted to go into hospitality management in the beginning since I also work at the Hilton Garden Inn, but now I actually want to go into social work.” She will graduate with honors from PDCCC.
 
Gabby plans to go into the ROTC at either ODU or VSU and become a licensed social worker in the Army. “It’s a very good plan,” she said, “and I like helping people.” She is a member of the Omega Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at PDCCC and babysits in addition to her other part-time job.
 
Travis, 18, is a dual enrollment student who will graduate with honors from Lakeland High School in June, after attaining his associate’s degree. His interest in pursuing this academic avenue was spawned from his dedication to excel.
 
“I realized during my freshman year that I couldn’t get valedictorian because I didn’t’ take all honor classes that year and my GPA wasn’t high enough,” said Travis. “One of my friends, who is in the Dual Enrollment Program, told me that I could begin the program as early as my sophomore year. I knew if I wanted to go to law school, there would be four more years of college, so I wanted to get a jumpstart on it.”
 
Travis participates in sports year-round, so whether he is wrestling, playing soccer or football, he still has to complete his assignments. “It is a struggle at times,” he admits, “but it has taught me to manage my time wisely.”
 
Travis is a member of the National Honor Society and the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. In addition, he volunteers at the Salvation Army through a friend’s church. He served two years in ROTC.
 
“It’s exciting to have your degree before some of your friends. It’s a good program, but you have to be ready to work.”
 
Travis plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in Psychology before heading to law school. Averett University is his top choice for his baccalaureate studies, since he likes the academic and football programs there. They have also offered him a $13,000 scholarship. Bridgewater College and Ferrum College, which have offered more than $25,000 and $16,000, respectively in scholarships, are also on his list of potential schools.
 
“We have had some of the same assignments, so we help each other along the way, but we always compete, too,” said Gabby. “We try to see who’s smarter. I say it’s me, and then he says, ‘but, who’s graduating from high school and with a college degree?’”
 
Gabby and Travis were both selected to represent PDCCC at the Virginia General Assembly in 2014 and are members of Palm Tree Baptist Church in the Whaleyville borough of Suffolk. Gabby participates in praise dance and Travis plays drums. The brother and sister were students in the first class at True Gospel Ministries Christian Academy before attending public school.
 
Asked if the siblings’ relationship will affect where they look for jobs after school, they both agreed that it wouldn’t matter, because of their strong bond.
 
Travis said, “I’m ready to go where the job opportunity takes me. I’m prepared for anything.”
 
Rest assured, no matter where Travis and Gabby end up residing after college, they will still be sending each other messages of friendly sibling rivalry.

Apr
29
04/29/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College student Brandy Main excels, selected to Phi Theta Kappa All-Virginia Academic Team

Brandy Main PTK Awards LuncheonBrandy Main, third from left, was honored for being selected to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2015 All-Virginia Academic Team. Joining her, from left, are: Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton, PDCCC Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken and Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges Dr. Glenn DuBois.
 
It only seemed fitting for Brandy Main, a work-study student in the Financial Aid Office on the Paul D. Camp Community College Hobbs Suffolk Campus, to follow in the footsteps of many of her family members, continuing her education after high school.
 
“All of my family is very supportive of my endeavors and they always help me out when I need guidance,” she said. With this kind of support, Main has excelled at PDCCC, already graduating from the Certified Nurse Aide program in 2013 and the Phlebotomy program in 2014.
 
She has been selected as a Presidential Student Ambassador and to represent the College at the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond and at the Student Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach, where she helped reach their goal of packaging 20,000 meals for the hungry. She is a Senator with the Student Government Association and a member of the Faith Unleashed in Everyday Life (FUEL) Club at PDCCC.
 
Main has been inducted into the College’s Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and served as the local chapter’s public relations officer. In addition, she was recently selected to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2015 All-Virginia Academic Team, with recognition taking place at its Annual Awards Luncheon at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Richmond.
 
“Brandy is very deserving of this honor,” said PTK Advisor Troy Hand. “She exemplifies academic achievement, leadership and service, which is what the Honor Society recognizes and encourages.”
 
Main, a resident of Suffolk, is studying General Science at PDCCC. She will graduate on May 15 with a Career Studies Certificate in Pre-Nursing, and continue her studies at PDCCC. In 2016, she will have completed associate’s degrees in Science and in General Studies, as well as a Certificate in General Education. She then plans to attend Old Dominion University, where she has been offered honor classes. Her ultimate goal is to become the lead person in charge of a laboratory, such as LabCorp. She is a very active volunteer and member of Cross Pointe FWB Church.
 
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges, symbolizing academic excellence in higher education and a commitment to students.

Apr
28
04/28/2015

Twin brothers graduate from Administration of Justice Program at Paul D. Camp Community College

Jalen and Justin BooneTwin brothers, from left, Jalen and Justin Boone, are earning their bachelor degrees from ODU and will graduate from PDCCC May 15.
 
Watching a lot of television may not be such a bad thing after all. Justin and Jalen Boone of Courtland grew up viewing crime shows like “Dateline,” which ultimately aided them in choosing a course of study. On May 15, they will both graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Administration of Justice-Police Science.
 
“I said to myself, I want to be around this and find a career path in this field,” Justin recalled about what he was thinking during his childhood.
 
Although the 21-year-old twin brothers’ first ambition was to join the military, health issues prevented them from enlisting. The 2011 graduates of Franklin High School heard testimonials about Paul D. Camp Community College and soon enrolled in classes at the college.
 
Jalen said, “Criminal justice is a life-long interest for us, and it is a field for which the need has grown. As long as you keep your nose clean, you will always have a job.” Justin added that there are so many branches in the field, that the sky is the limit. “When you major in something that involves connecting with people, you can go anywhere,” he said.
 
Justin and Jalen finished classes at PDCCC in Fall 2014 and Spring 2014, respectively. Although they were accepted at Virginia Commonwealth and George Mason universities, they chose to work toward their Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University with an anticipated graduation of Fall 2016.
 
Although plans are not set in stone for Justin after his ODU commencement, he will test the waters on several fronts, as he has many interests in the criminal justice field. “I am going to look into working with the State Police for a couple of years and then, I want to explore some branches, such as executive protection agent on a state or federal level, and if that isn’t exactly what I want, I may try the fields of public relations and social work.”
 
Jalen plans to work in security. “I want to work as a regional supervisor for a solution company like Brinks or Loomis,” he said.
 
The brothers took advantage of the Career Development Center’s array of services while at PDCCC. The program helps students from assistance with college admissions and funding to aid in job searches and employment guidance.
 
“They are super stars,” said Larry Brunson, job placement coach with the college’s Career Development Center. “They are on point with their career path and are a good example of young men who are grabbing what they can and going for it.”
 
The sons of Rashona Seaborn of Courtland and Gregory Boone of Suffolk had family influence when it came to continuing their education. Their mother earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Virginia State University and their father completed course work at The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding.
 
Justin’s two-year-old son, Bryson Boone, also motivates him to do his best. In addition, the Boone twins’ grandmother, the late Laverne Seaborn of Courtland and grandfather, Raymond Seaborn of Franklin, have served as a support system, encouraging them to pursue their education.
 
“Our aunt, Mary Britt of Franklin, has also been our cheerleader,” said Jalen. “She took on the role of our grandmother after she passed and we love her to death.”
 
The brothers utilized financial aid while at the college and had a more seamless transfer to ODU due to the PDCCC’s articulation agreement with the university. “Paul D. Camp prepared us for our journey ahead,” said Justin. “I would recommend anyone coming out of high school to come here first to see if college is right for them. You can figure out your dream and save money.”
 
Justin and Jalen are involved in Success Without Limitations (SWL) and the Black Student Organization (BSO) at ODU. They also volunteer at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia in Norfolk.
 
After earning bachelor degrees, the brothers will go where job opportunities take them, even if it means moving out of the Tidewater area or the state to pursue their particular areas of interest.
 
“That will be the ‘great divide,’” Justin said, his arms spread wide, about sharing a lifetime of experiences with his brother. “But for now, we enrolled in all our classes together at ODU. We might as well be smart about this and use our availability as brothers to push each other.”

Apr
24
04/24/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Will Offer Federal Direct Student Loans Beginning May 15, 2015

Paul D. Camp Community College will begin offering Federal Direct Student Loans for the fall 2015 semester in order to expand student access and success through financial aid initiatives.
 
The college feels that offering these loans will help bridge the gap that exists between tuition and the actual cost of attendance, which additionally includes books, supplies and transportation.
 
“Making these loans available is just one step in the process,” said Financial Aid Coordinator Teresa Harrison. “For the program to be a success we must also make sure students and their families are well informed, so they can make responsible financial decisions as far as these loans are concerned. We want to increase access to higher education balanced by minimal debt.”
 
The college will offer workshops for students and their families; in-person and online financial aid advising; and individualized financial aid counseling.
 
“We have also subscribed to Financial Aid TV, which is a tool the students can have at their fingertips to get a wealth of information quickly,” said Harrison. “It will be linked through the college’s website.” Kiosks equipped with iPads will also be installed in the Financial Aid and Admissions offices on both the Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk campuses to serve as additional resources.
 
Transitioning the way students receive refunds will also expedite the way students receive disbursements and reimbursements.
 
“We have just started providing students’ financial aid refunds via Direct Deposit and pre-paid Visa cards,” said Harrison. “Previously, students received traditional paper checks, which take about a week longer to go through the mail.”
 
Other components of the initiative are professional development for financial aid staff and outreach. The Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) has provided funds to implement this initiative. The CIF provides support for faculty and staff for projects and ideas targeted to meet the goals of the VCCS six-year strategic plan, Achieve 2015, especially those goals that support access and increase student success.
 
The College will begin awarding loans May 15, 2015.

Apr
22
04/22/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College offers new Building Maintenance Career Studies Certificate this fall

~Classes begin August 21, 2015~

PDCCC WeldingPaul D. Camp Community College has expanded its Industrial Trades programs by additionally offering the Building Maintenance Career Studies Certificate.
 
“This program will not only add to the diversity of PDCCC’s Industrial Trades programs, it is also a 24 credit curriculum, which qualifies students for financial aid,” said Dean of Occupational/Technical Programs Dr. Renee Felts.
 
Students enrolled in this program will train in the basic principles and skills relating to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and electricity, plumbing, carpentry, safety, blueprint reading and welding.
 
According to Industrial Trades faculty member Richard Baker, the program is designed to train students to maintain and repair structures and systems of commercial and industrial establishments, such as hotels, apartment complexes, schools, hospitals and shopping centers. No previous experience is required.
 
“This program will benefit recent high school graduates, people transitioning from the military or displaced workers,” said Baker.
 
The program can be completed in two semesters. However, an additional semester can earn a student another Career Studies Certificate in HVAC.
 
Jobs for building maintenance positions are expected to grow nine percent by 2022. The median annual wage for general maintenance and repair workers in Hampton Roads is $36,000.
 
For more information, contact Baker, 757-569-6729 or rbaker@pdc.edu.

Apr
20
04/20/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Holds 44th Commencement Ceremony May 15, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Paul D. Camp Community College will hold its annual 44th commencement exercises on Friday, May 15, at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin, with a new Interim President Dr. William “Bill” Aiken.
 
“I am thrilled to be part of recognizing the success of these students and honoring more than 250 students who will receive their degrees and certificates that evening,” said Dr. Aiken.
Holland-LulaCol. Lula B. Holland, an advocate of education who retired from the U. S. Army Reserves, will be the keynote speaker. Holland returned to school after dropping out for several years. She earned her high school diploma at 21 years old. She then continued her education, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree from Norfolk State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), as well as a master’s degree in Social Work from Norfolk State University.
 
She served as chief nurse in the 18th Field Hospital and is also retired as assistant director of the City of Portsmouth Department of Social Services.
 
An annual scholarship was established in Col. Holland’s honor by her daughter, Attorney Helivi Holland, to help a non-traditional student seeking an associate’s degree at Paul D. Camp Community College.
Courtney Wright webIn addition, the ceremony will feature graduate speaker Courtney Wright of Suffolk. A 2013 graduate of Lakeland High School, she is a member of the College’s Omega Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Also at PDCCC, she serves as a Presidential Student Ambassador and is an active member of the Literary Club.
 
The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790.

Apr
15
04/15/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Holds its First Alumni & Friends Reception

An inaugural reception for alumni and friends of Paul D. Camp Community College will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
“The event will present an opportunity for classmates and professors to reconnect,” said Alumni Relations Associate Lori Carter. “It is free and open to all alumni of the college and to former and retired faculty.”
 
The reception will also feature light refreshments and a short program. “It will be a very casual event,” said Carter. “We just want to bring our graduates together to share their success stories and let them know how proud we are of their accomplishments.”
 
Paul D. Camp Community College launched its Alumni Relations Program in January. There is no fee to join the Alumni Association.
 
“Participants only need to fill out a registration form,” said Carter. “They will receive communication about upcoming events catered to alumni. We have already had 500 alumni sign up for the organization.
 
Although the Alumni & Friends Reception is free, registration is required. Visit www.pdc.edu/alumni/ to register for the reception. For more information regarding the PDCCC Alumni Association, contact Carter at lcarter@pdc.edu or 757-569-6082.

Apr
15
04/15/2015

Olympic Gold Medalist Motivates Students at Paul D.Camp Community College

LaTasha Clark Speaks WebOlympic Gold Medalist and Portsmouth native LaTasha Clark served as motivational speaker during Paul D. Camp Community College’s Student Appreciation Week, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.
 
Clark, below photo, visited students at the Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk Campuses. Pictured with her, from left, are: Student Government Association members Brent Hall, representative; Abigail Idisi, secretary; Kirstyn Andrew, vice president; and Student Activities Coordinator Eric Benton.
 
Clark works to remove barriers that prevent youth from succeeding and is founder of the LC Treasures Within Foundation.
LaTasha with students Web

Apr
14
04/14/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Holds 6th Annual Literary Festival April 24

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Literary Club is sponsoring its 6th Annual Literary Festival on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road, Friday, April 24, 2105, from 6 to 9 p.m.
 
“We have been planning the Literary Festival for a long time,” said Literary Club Advisor and Assistant Professor of English Ronette Jacobs. “The event’s focus is to raise awareness and appreciation of literary works and to provide encouragement to writers. In addition, the college provides the perfect venue for the students, faculty, staff and the community to come together for a family-oriented night out together.” There is no admission fee.
 
This year’s theme is “Promoting Literacy across Generations,” and will be highlighted by the keynote panelist, Virginia’s 2012-2014 Poet Laureate Sofia M. Starnes. The author of five poetry collections, she is working on a current collection titled, In Search of Nature. Her works have appeared in more than 100 publications.
 
Award-winning poet, recording artist and educator Synnika Lofton will serve as the Festival Moderator. He has recorded more than 150 CDs, albums, singles and mixtapes of poetry, and has written 11 books. Lofton is the founder of Riot Speech, a new musical genre that combines performance poetry and traditional musical forms.
 
He teaches World Literature, British Literature and Composition while touring the country, performing at festivals, poetry readings and other events. He also teaches literature at Chesapeake Bay Academy. Lofton hosts his own poetry festival, the People’s Poetry Festival, and leads the longest running book club in Chesapeake, the African Mahogany Book Club.
 
In addition to the panelists, the Literary Festival will be highlighted by poetry readings from the Paul D. Camp Community College Student Poetry Contest winners. The deadline for submissions is April 10.
 
According to Jacobs, there will be plenty of activities for the children as well.
“We will have storytelling, arts and crafts, balloon art and face painting,” said Jacobs.
 
Storytelling will be led by former Dean of the Hobbs Suffolk Campus and author Dr. Harriette Arrington. She has serves as a teacher, college professor and public school administrator. In addition to writing children’s books, she has performed as a storyteller throughout the country.
 
Open Mic sessions and raffle drawings will also take place at the Literary Festival. For more information, contact Jacobs at 757-925-6331 or rjacobs@pdc.edu.

Apr
06
04/06/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Hosts Olympic Gold Medalist LaTasha Clark

LaTasha_Colander_Sydney_2000Paul D. Camp Community College’s Office of Student Activities is sponsoring a motivational session with LaTasha Colander Clark on Monday, April 13, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. in room 122 on the Franklin Campus, 100 North College Drive, and at 5:30 p.m. in room 106 at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. The event is free and is part of Student Appreciation Week at the College. For more information, contact Student Activities Coordinator Eric Benton, ebenton@pdc.edu. Clark is a native of Portsmouth and works to remove barriers that prevent youth from succeeding. She is founder of the LC Treasures within Foundation. She is a 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist and helped set a world record in the 800-meter relay in 2000.

Apr
03
04/03/2015

Take Your Best Shot during photography class at Paul D. Camp Community College

Whitenack S Red White and Blue webShirley Whitenack has earned many awards for her photography. She took this photo, titled, “Red, White, and Blue.”
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center is offering “Digital Photography: Take Your Best Shot” on Tuesdays, May 5-June 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
 
The classroom instruction will take place at the PDCCC at Smithfield site, 253 James Street, with the following schedule:
 

Placement Testing
Placement Testing

Placement Testing

May 5, 2015 Classroom at PDCCC’s Smithfield Site
May 12, 2015 Classroom and Smithfield Station
May 19, 2015 PDCCC’s Smithfield Site Gazebo & Classroom
May 26, 2015 Huntington Park, Newport News
June 2, 2015 Classroom

 
The class, led by award-winning photographer Shirley Whitenack, will teach participants about when to use different camera modes and how to use exposure compensation.
 
“On-location shooting will provide opportunities to fully utilize directional light, learn how and when to add a flash outdoors, use photo reflectors and exploit depth of field,” said Whitenack. Students will also learn to use the rule of thirds, power points, leading lines and depth of field techniques.
 
“Throughout the class, we will analyze histograms and review and critique photographs,” she said. “In our final class, we will discuss printing options, organizing and archiving images, photo resources and any follow-up questions students may have.”
 
Participants are asked to bring their camera, battery charger, instruction manual, digital media, and a sample of some good and less than good photos they have taken. Bringing a tripod and laptop are optional.
 
The cost of the class is $130. The deadline for registration is May 1, 2015. For more information, contact the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 757-569-6050.

Apr
01
04/01/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Career Development Center Partners with ‘Wounded Warrior’ to Host Event for Veterans and Military

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Career Development Center (CDC) will host two informational sessions for military and veterans on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 10 to 11 a.m., and 6 to 7 p.m., in the Technology Theater of the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin. This event was rescheduled due to February inclement weather.
 
Education Navigator Nycholle Woolfolk-Gator will be on hand from the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) through the Virginia Department of Veteran Services. She will also bring a special guest to speak to participants.
 
“The VWWP serves veterans of any era and branch who are residents of Virginia,” said event coordinator and CDC Adult Career Coach Kandace Turner.
 
The VWWP program “provides a network of community-based services that help veterans and their families overcome the challenges of stress-related conditions and traumatic brain injuries resulting from military service,” According to Woolfolk-Gator.
 
She added, “These services are coordinated through local community providers, including community services boards, brain injury service providers, VA medical facilities and other public and private providers.”
 
The VWWP also provides direct support through veteran peer specialists, resource specialists and family support specialists.
 
Confidential referral services that are offered by VWWP are as follows:

  • Comprehensive Assessment of Individual and Family Needs
  • Direct Linkage to Treatment Services for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Care Coordination Services
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health Therapy
  • Peer Support Services
  • Rehabilitative Services
  • Family Support Services
  • Homeless and Housing Services
  • Support Groups
  • Benefit Services
  • Employment Services
  • Outreach and Education Services
  • Prisoner Re-Entry Services

The sessions will benefit members of all branches of the Armed Service, National Guard and Reserves not in federal service and their family members.
 
The event is in alignment with a statewide initiative to enhance military and veteran services throughout the Virginia Community College System. For more information about the informational sessions, contact Turner, kturner@pdc.edu, or 757-569-6766.

Mar
31
03/31/2015

Virginia’s Community Colleges Hire Dr. William C. Aiken to Serve as Interim President of Paul D. Camp Community College

Dr. William C. Aiken will lead Paul D. Camp Community College beginning April 6, 2015. His appointment as the college’s interim president will last for at least one year. Subsequently, a statewide committee is postponing its work to select the next permanent president of the college, which serves the communities of Franklin, Suffolk and Smithfield, Virginia.
 
Aiken, who retired after working for a dozen years as the president of Sampson Community College, in Clinton, N.C., has also served as the interim president of two other North Carolina institutions: Haywood and Rockingham community colleges. Aiken’s higher education career includes numerous positions at institutions throughout Tennessee and North Carolina, dating back to his first job as a teacher in Athens, T.N. in 1965. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
 
“Bill Aiken is a proven and seasoned higher education leader and I’m delighted to announce his appointment as the interim president of Paul D. Camp Community College,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “The college is facing a number of serious challenges. Were this college a private enterprise, its financial sustainability would be questionable. Our mission, however, compels us to serve these communities, helping people there find opportunity, and we intend to return the college to a standing where it can do that. In the meantime, it is simply unfair to hand over the college, in its current condition, to a new permanent president. Aiken has experience as both an interim and permanent college president and his accomplishments bode well for leading PDCCC through this transition period.”
 
“I appreciate this opportunity and look forward to this work,” said Dr. Aiken. “From a preliminary look at the college’s indicators, it is not meeting its potential for the leading role that it can and should play in the community. I’m excited to bring people together in this effort to help the college find its footing.”
 
A committee, consisting of community college leaders from across Virginia and members of the PDCCC local college board, tasked with finding the college’s next permanent president met in Richmond last week. They agreed with DuBois that naming an interim president is a prudent decision and postponed their work to find the college’s next permanent president.
 
Aiken replaces Dr. Paul Conco, who announced last October his intention to retire as PDCCC’s president after leading the college for five years. Conco previously served as a vice president at Virginia Highlands Community College, in Abingdon, VA, for nearly a decade.

Mar
30
03/30/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Plans Two More Free Workshops in April for Healthcare Employees

Paul D. Camp Community College has two more free educational workshops for healthcare professionals that will be presented in April.
 
“The Past, Present, and Future of Diabetes Pharmacology” will be presented by Dr. Christopher Dowd, DO, on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
“The goal is to improve knowledge on the various classifications of old and new diabetes medications, in terms of mechanism of action, nursing implications and patient teaching,” said Carol Wright, Associate Professor and Nurse Planner for Continuing Education Events at PDCCC.
 
The last event in April will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Sentara Obici Hospital’s Amedeo Room on the garden level. Priscilla O. Edwards, RN, BSN, MSC, ACNP, will lead the workshop, “Technology: Changing the Way We Treat Clients with Diabetes Mellitus,” which will focus on how technology is helping clients improve diabetes management. Participants will also work with some current technology that can assist in the improvement of patient outcomes.
 
Both free educational events will include a healthy lunch and will be geared to registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and advanced practice nurses who care for clients with diabetes mellitus. Participants will earn one Continuing Education credit hour, but must attend the full hour of the program in order to qualify.
 
The schedule is as follows for both workshops:

  • 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Registration and Networking
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Program
  • 12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m. Receipt of Continuing Education Certificate

“I am encouraging people to register early,” said Wright. “There are only 30 spaces available for the workshops.”
 
These workshops are part of a series of events funded by the Obici Healthcare Foundation that will provide evidence-based, up-to-date information on diabetes for local area nurses.
 
Attendees will also be entered in a drawing to win a FitBit. To register, visit http://www.pdc.edu/nursing-allied-health/ce-workshops-sign-up/. For more information, contact Wright, cwright@pdc.edu or 757-569-6723.

Mar
27
03/27/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College honors scholars during Spring 2015 reception

Paul D. Camp Community College Spring 2015 scholarship recipients, their family members, donors and scholarship representatives celebrated at a reception held March 19 at the Regional Workforce Development Center.Scholarship Recipients GroupScholarship recipients attending, from left, are: N. Brooks Stephens of Windsor-Jim Lassiter PDCCC Scholarship and Kiwanis Club of Smithfield Scholarship; Danielle Stauffer of Franklin-Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship; Jena Araojo of Ivor-Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarship; Courtney Etheridge of Boykins-Karen Phillips Chase Memorial Scholarship; Jessica Sadler of Branchville- Cynthia S. Frierdich, RN Nursing Scholarship, Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students and Connie Patterson Memorial Nursing Scholarship; Porschia Lee of Franklin- Perry R. Adams Scholarship; Rebekah Wilson of Smithfield- Alvin C. Rogers Memorial Smithfield Ruritan Scholarship and Gordon “Gene” Barlow, Jr. Scholarship; and Jacqueline Peebles of Suffolk- Franklin Woman’s Club Scholarship, joined by PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco. Not pictured are Franklin Woman’s Club representatives Anne Hager and Sharon Hasty, and Foundation Board Vice President Bob Felts.

Mar
25
03/25/2015

The best of the Best: Paul D. Camp Community College Student Elected to State Nursing Student Association

Jenna Best and Ann PinnerAssociate Professor of Nursing Ann Pinner, RN, BSN, MS, left, congratulates Jenna Best of Chesapeake on her recent election to the Virginia Nursing Student Association board of directors as first vice president.
 
It is Jenna Best’s passion to become a nurse — a commitment she does not take lightly.
 
“She shows much initiative and leadership potential,” said Associate Professor of Nursing, Ann Pinner, RN, BSN, MS. “She is highly motivated, a team player and takes responsibility for herself.”
 
Best was recently elected as First Vice President of the Virginia Nursing Student Association (VNSA) at a state convention, hosted by the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing in Charlottesville—a convention where PDCCC was the only community college represented.
 
“It is an honor to have been nominated, especially since I am from such a small college,” said the 20-year-old Franklin native. “I am very excited to see what I will learn serving on the board of directors.”
 
As First VP, her duties entail planning of the VNSA State Convention for 2016. She will also serve in the absence of the President.
 
“I will be creating a theme, securing speakers and organizing the entire event so students can gain education in nursing and the opportunities that are available in the nursing field,” she said.
 
Best also serves as secretary of the PDCCC chapter of the Nursing Student Association (NSA) for 2014-15. “Another goal for me this year is to bring awareness to more nursing students in the state of Virginia about the benefits, opportunities education and connections that you can gain by participating in the NSA, no matter how small your school.”
 
Currently a resident of Chesapeake, Best chose to apply to the nursing program at PDCCC for personal reasons.
 
“My grandfather, Clayton Louis Best, was very sick for a while,” she said. “When he was in the hospital, I decided I wanted to have an impact on someone’s life and help them get better.” In addition, her mother serves as a nursing instructor. “She is such an amazing teacher,” said Best. “I have been so inspired by her kindness and wisdom in nursing that I wanted to follow in her footsteps.”
 
Pinner, who also serves as faculty advisor for the college’s Nursing Student Association, noted that being elected to this position is a significant accomplishment for Best and the PDCCC NSA.
 
“I am very proud of the initiative and foresight Jenna exhibited by running for the state level office,” said Pinner. “She has demonstrated that she values her participation in the profession of nursing outside the classroom and clinical settings.
 
“She has integrity and demonstrates accountability, which are both characteristics of an effective and dedicated leader. She will do a great job.”
 
In the past, two other PDCCC students were elected to the VSNA board. Katrina Denny served as Break Through to Nursing Director in 2011-2012 and Mandi Edwards as Second Vice President in 2013-14.

Mar
24
03/24/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College 6th Annual Literary Festival Features Virginia’s Poet Laureate Sofia Starnes

Sofia M. StarnesSofia M. Starnes, Virginia’s Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014, will be the keynote panelist at Paul D. Camp Community College’s 6th Annual Literary Festival, Friday, April 24, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
 
“We are so honored to have Ms. Starnes agree to serve in this capacity at our event,” said PDCCC Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs. “Her work has been featured in at least 100 different publications.”
 
Starnes has authored five poetry collections and is the editor of Four Virginia Poets Laureate (2004-2012): An Anthology and Reader’s Guide and The Nearest Poem Anthology (2014), both published by Cedar Creek Publishing.
 
She has received numerous awards, including a Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Aldrich Poetry Prize, the Transcontinental Poetry Editor’s Prize, the Whitebird Poetry Series Prize, the Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry Prize, the Marlboro Poetry Prize (Editor’s Choice), three Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Poetry Achievement Award from the Virginia Writers Club of which she is an honorary member.
 
Starnes received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Union College in Kentucky, from where she also received the designation of Distinguished Scholar. She is poetry editor and poetry book review editor of the Anglican Theological Review, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Orison Books and the HETL Poetry Anthology Series.
 
Jacobs added that Virginia’s Poet Laureate also mentors writers through her editing service, Creative Writing Critiques.
 
“This is especially important, as it resonates with our reasons to hold the Literary Festival—to celebrate writing, and to encourage our authors at the college and in the community to continue doing so.”
 
For more information, contact Jacobs, 757-925-6331 or rjacobs@pdc.edu.

Mar
23
03/23/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College and Obici Healthcare Foundation present free diabetes workshop for nurses

Paul D. Camp Community College, through the generous support of the Obici Healthcare Foundation, will present a free workshop for healthcare professionals on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Southampton Memorial Hospital’s East Pavilion Auditorium.
 
“This event is focused on identifying barriers of diabetes management in our region and identifying ways to help people overcome the barriers,” said Carol Wright, Associate Professor and Nurse Planner for Continuing Education Events at PDCCC.
 
“Improving the Outcomes for Clients with Diabetes Mellitus” will be led by Dana Stallings, RN, BSN, of the Virginia Department of Health. The free educational event will include a healthy lunch and is geared to registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and advanced practice nurses who care for clients with diabetes mellitus. Participants will earn one Continuing Education credit hour, but must attend the full hour of the program in order to qualify.
 
The schedule is as follows:
 
11-11:30 a.m. Registration and Networking
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Program
12:30-12:45 p.m. Receipt of Continuing Education Certificate
 
“I am encouraging people to register early,” said Wright. “There are only 30 spaces available for the workshop.”
 
This workshop is part of a series of events funded by the Obici Healthcare Foundation that will provide evidence-based, up-to-date information on diabetes for local area nurses.
 
“PDCCC is committed to not only the education of undergraduate nurses, but providing lifelong learning opportunities and continuing education opportunities to nurses working in our communities as well,” said Wright. “We are expanding our services to provide learning opportunities for nurses to attain the continuing education hours that are now mandatory in the Commonwealth of Virginia in order to renew their licensure.”
 
Attendees will also be entered in a drawing to win a FitBit. To register, visit http://www.pdc.edu/nursing-allied-health/ce-workshops-sign-up/. For more information, contact Wright, cwright@pdc.edu or 757-569-6723.

Mar
23
03/23/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Robot Takes Award at Chamber Expo

David Lorenz and ChrisPaul D. Camp Community College debuted its FANUC robot at the Smithfield Center during the Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce Expo held March 18, 2015. The college was awarded Best Product Demonstration at the event. David Lorenz, assistant professor of Electronics/Mechatronics/Robotics at PDCCC, above photo right, is pictured at the Expo with student Chris Munford. Below, student C.J. Whitfield is pictured beside the robot.
CJ and Robot

Mar
13
03/13/2015

‘Selma’ featured during free movie night at Paul D. Camp Community College

SelmaPhoto Courtesy of selmamovie.com.
Police attempt to restrain activist Annie Lee Cooper, played by Oprah Winfrey, in this scene of the movie, Selma. Winfrey was also a producer on the film. Photo Courtesy of selmamovie.com.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Student Government Association will sponsor two free showings of the movie, “Selma,” on Thursday, April 9, 2015.
 
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this screening to our students and the public,” said Student Activities Coordinator Eric Benton. “The film was widely released in January 2015 and is historical, as it is about one of the most significant victories of the Civil Rights Movement.”
 
The first showing will be held at 4 p.m. in room 105 on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. The second will be in the Technology Theater at 7 p.m. at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive in Franklin.
 
“Selma,” rated PG-13, highlights Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s challenges to secure voting rights for everyone, which ultimately ended in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., and the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson.
 
The movie and cast, including David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey, have earned numerous awards. “Selma” runs 128 minutes.
 
No ticket is required. Free popcorn and sodas will be available during the shows. For more information, contact Benton ebenton@pdc.edu.

Mar
10
03/10/2015

Sedley native becomes AHA spokesperson

By Cain Madden
Editor, The Tidewater News
Jenna at TN webBeing a 16-year-old girl and getting through high school is hard enough on its own. For one local, that task got even tougher when her heart disease flared up, causing multiple surgeries in one month’s time.
 
That was three years ago for Sedley native Jenna Johnson. While she admits that the experience was tough, the 19-year-old also thinks it made her a stronger person, giving her a whole new take on life.
 
Jenna Johnson, left, with her cardiologist Dr. John Reed. Johnson had a rare form of heart disease that caused it to beat more than 250 times per minute when she got excited.
 
“I don’t know how I graduated, especially with honors,” said Johnson, who attended Southampton High School. “I missed so many days and I was in the hospital a lot. I actually went to school at CHKD [Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk], which was pretty cool. A tutor comes to help you.”
 
But CHKD and her cardiologist, Dr. John Reed, meant a lot more to her than that. They helped her overcome the odds and be more today than a statistic of someone who succumbed to heart disease.
 
Those numbers — a person dies every 39 seconds from it — are scary.Jenna and Dr Reed“Without my cardiologist, I wouldn’t be here,” Johnson said. “I shouldn’t be here. I shouldn’t have graduated from high school. I should have never had a chance to get married and have kids.”
 
But Johnson is here, and she wants to make the best of it. Back during the fall, she participated in her first American Heart Association Heart Walk at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach.
 
“When I was walking through the crowd, I didn’t know how to feel,” Johnson said. “I was happy to be there, but so many people were crying because they had lost someone to heart disease. That pushed me to want to do more.”
 
A couple of weeks before the Oct. 25 walk, Johnson had submitted a letter to the editor to The Tidewater News telling her story and encouraging donations. She’d raised $650, and after the walk she was hoping to do even more.
 
That chance came when she was sitting on the couch watching “Criminal Minds” on television. Suddenly, her phone made the sound letting her know that she had an email. It was from Teri Arnold, director of marketing for the American Heart Association.
 
“She was asking me to be a spokesperson,” Johnson said. “I was pretty excited — I wanted to jump up and down!”
 
Back when she was 16, before she had to have two emergency heart surgeries, the act of jumping up and down could have been bad news. Whenever Johnson would get excited — about a boy, about a class or about something as simple as drinking a Sundrop — it could have killed her.
 
Johnson’s adrenaline was causing her heartbeat to go over 250 beats per minute. Due to this, she talks slow and is very calm in her tone of voice, even today.
“It would hurt,” Johnson said about the episodes. “My chest would start shaking so much that you could see my shirt shaking. My heart couldn’t keep up with the oxygen and blood flow. I could feel my heart stop beating.”
 
While her heart would only stop for a few seconds or less at a time, the episodes could last for up to 12 hours. The condition exhausted her.
 
“I was always tired, and the medicine I was on for blood pressure made me more tired,” Johnson said. “I used to play softball, and I sometimes had trouble breathing when trying to run.”
 
It all started at 14, when she went to a doctor who misdiagnosed her and put her on medication that didn’t work.
 
“Always get a second look on something as important as your heart,” she tells people now, having learned the lesson the hard way.
 
Because of a bad opinion Johnson risked her life for two years before getting a new cardiologist, Dr. Reed at CHKD. He diagnosed her with a type of SVT — Supraventricular Tachycardia. After the second surgery, Reed was able to help her heart regulate properly when she got excited.
 
Even when it was regulated, heart disease was hard subject for her.
 
“I was so young, and it took me a while to start talking about it,” Johnson said. “I didn’t want it to be real. I could pretend if I did not talk about it.”
 
Now, she’s actually able to be excited to talk about it. Her story is on the American Heart Association’s website, www.goredforwomen.org/?story=jenna-johnson.
 
“I want to do more walks, and try to tell people about my story as much as I can,” she said. “I hope people can see my story and it helps them overcome an obstacle in their life.”
 
Johnson also wants to help people even beyond that. At Paul D. Camp Community College, she’s in the pre-nursing program looking to become a nurse practitioner.
 
“What I went through, it’s probably the reason I want to be a nurse,” Johnson said. “It just makes me feel better to give than to get something.”
 
With her new chance at life, Johnson wants to help people get through struggles like she had been through. She knows about the hard parts of working in the medical profession, but she’s also seen the good.
 
“In December, my cardiologist released me — I had no signs of heart disease at all,” Johnson said with a laugh and more excited tone. “I did jump up and down that day!”

Mar
09
03/09/2015

6th Annual Literary Festival Poetry Contest

2014 Poetry Winners for contest promotion
Paul D. Camp Community College is holding its Sixth Annual Literary Festival Poetry Contest!
 
Deadline for submissions: April 10, 2015, by 5 p.m.
 
All PDCCC students are invited to submit up to two poems for the contest.
 
Literary Festival Poetry Prizes include:
1st Place-$25
2nd Place – $15
3rd Place- $10
 
All entries must be submitted following these guidelines:

  • Must be typed on 8 ½ x 11-inch white paper, with the title of the poem at the top of the page.
  • Each poem must be original.
  • Poems cannot exceed 100 lines
  • All entries must not have been published in any form
  • All entries must include a title page with the author’s full name, area code and phone number, mailing address, and PDCCC e-mail. Do not place your name on the page with the poem.
  • Entries must be submitted to me at rj2982@email.vccs.edu. No faxed or hard copies of poems will be accepted.

Winners will be notified and required to read their poems during the Paul D. Camp Community College Literary Festival on Friday, April 24, 2015. The event is sponsored by the PDCCC Literary Club.
 
For more information, contact Ms. Jacobs at rj2982@email.vccs.edu or 757.925.6331.

Mar
05
03/05/2015

Forklift, Forklift Clamp Truck and Reach Truck Operator Certificate Training Offered in April at Paul D. Camp Community College

1-forkliftForklift, Forklift Clamp Truck and Reach Truck Operator Certificate Course training will be held Tuesday-Thursday, April 14, 15 and 16, 2015 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Paul D. Camp Community College Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
 
“With new construction and the expansion of existing facilities, the demand for warehouse and distribution center employees is increasing every day,” said PDCCC Program Director Bob Hayes.” In 2013, the annual mean wage of material moving workers in Virginia was $34,790-$40,880.
 
The program provides training for warehouse and distribution safety awareness, OSHA safety procedures, and forklift, reach truck and clamp truck driving. Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a forklift operator’s certificate, a reach truck certificate and an OSHA safety certificate.
 
The cost of the course training is $150. Those interested must pre-register by calling 757-650-8699. For more information, contact the Regional Workforce Development Center, 747-569-6050, or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/.

Mar
02
03/02/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Accepting Applications for Practical Nursing Program until March 31

PN Capping both groups

Paul D. Camp Community College’s first Practical Nursing Capping Ceremony was held in January this year, above photo. The group includes Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk PN students. Applications are being accepted for the summer semester of Paul D. Camp Community College’s Practical Nursing Program, offered on the Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk campuses. The applications may be found online at www.pdc.edu. The deadline is March 31. For more information, call 757-569-6731 to talk with someone on the Franklin Campus or 757-925-6315 to speak with someone on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.

Feb
23
02/23/2015

Students Applying for Fall 2015 Scholarships Should Expect a New, Seamless Process

Students seeking scholarships for the Fall 2015 semester at Paul D. Camp Community College should expect an easier process when applying online.
 
“Students will need to create a user name and password,” said Development Associate Nancy Parker. “They will be able to complete the application and attach required documents, such as letters of recommendation. Students will automatically be considered for all scholarships for which they are qualified, rather than having to submit an application per scholarship.”
 
Parker said those students who have limited technology experience or access can still download a hard copy of the application, but they must scan and submit their applications and supporting paperwork at the Library Learning Commons on the Franklin Campus or the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. This method will also require an application per scholarship for which they want to be considered.
 
Applications for Paul D. Camp Community College scholarships will open March 2 for graduating high school students, April 13 for new and continuing students, and April 13 for dual enrollment high school students for the Fall 2015 semester. Students can apply for an array of funding opportunities beginning those days.
 
“The cost of an education should not stop anyone from reaching their educational goals. That’s why Paul D. Camp Community College has established a number of opportunities for prospective and current students to get their education paid for through scholarships,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “What is amazing is that these opportunities are possible because of donors who have sacrificed, saved and contributed in order to help others achieve success.” PDCCC awarded nearly 80 scholarships totaling almost $56,000 to students during the 2014-15 academic year.
 
Scholarships for Graduating High School Students
Graduating high school students may receive funding by applying for the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, the Bobby B. Worrell Scholarship or a Camp to Camp Scholarship. Scholarships for graduating high school students open on Monday, March 2, 2015. Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. and although there are some exceptions, must be submitted electronically. Guidance Counselors at the schools can assist students with the scanning/submission process. Scholarship recipients will be notified May 11, 2015.
 
Scholarships for New and Continuing Students
Approximately 25 scholarships for new and continuing students are available for the Fall 2015 semester. The scholarship acceptance period begins Friday, April 13. Scholarship applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 1. Scholarship recipients will be notified July 13, 2015.
 
Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarships
The awards are funded by the Ruth Camp Campbell Foundation, the Camp-Younts Foundation, and the Camp Foundation, and are available to assist in making dual enrollment high school courses affordable to eligible high school students that may not have the opportunity because of financial barriers. The scholarship acceptance period opens Friday, April 13, 2015 and will remain open until Monday, June 1, 2015 or until funds are exhausted. Guidance counselors may also assist Dual Enrollment students with submitting the applications and paperwork.
 
For more information, call the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790 or visit www.pdc.edu/scholarships.

Feb
19
02/19/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Awards Spring 2015 Scholarships

Donor Student GroupDonors and scholars were honored at the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center during the Spring 2014 Scholarship Reception. The Spring 2015 Scholarship Reception is set for Thursday, March 19.

Paul D. Camp Community College has awarded more than 30 students with scholarships that will aid in paying for tuition and books for the Spring 2015 semester. The following applicants were honored with awards:

  • Brittany Eley of Windsor – Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Courtney Etheridge of Boykins – Karen Phillips Chase Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • Rayna King of Windsor – Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Porschia Lee of Franklin – Perry R. Adams Scholarship
  • Heather Loveall of Zuni – Cynthia A. Shaffer Scholarship
  • Leny Maldonado of Suffolk – Ryan L. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Ashanda Mills of Suffolk – Smithfield Foundation Scholarship
  • Vickie Mottley of Carrollton – Kiwanis Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Jacqueline Peebles of Suffolk – Franklin Woman’s Club Scholarship
  • Jacqueline Rawlings of Suffolk – Col. Lula B. Holland, U.S. Army (Ret.), MSW, BSN, AA Scholarship
  • Jessica Sadler of Branchville – Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students; Connie Patterson Memorial Nursing Scholarship; and Cynthia S. Frierdich, RN Nursing Scholarship
  • Danielle Stauffer of Franklin – Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Nolan Brooks Stephens of Windsor – Jim Lassiter PDCCC Scholarship; and Kiwanis Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Micah Thomas of Suffolk – King’s Fork Woman’s Club of Suffolk Scholarship
  • Rebekah Wilson of Smithfield – Alvin C. Rogers Memorial Smithfield Ruritan Scholarship; and Gordon “Gene” Barlow Jr. Scholarship
  • Shanece Winnegan of Windsor – Smithfield Foundation Scholarship

“It’s truly a blessing that through so many generous donors, we are able to help so many students realize their educational goals at Paul D. Camp Community College,” said Felicia Blow, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation.

In addition to the spring awards, high school students who are enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes received Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarships (DECOS) for Fall 2014 and/or Spring 2015.

The recipients are as follows:

  • Jena Araojo of Ivor
  • Christian Arnquist of Suffolk
  • Keisha Branch of Drewryville
  • Rachel Brown of Franklin
  • Shunye’ Burton of Capron
  • Darian Dean of Suffolk
  • Deven Dodd of Courtland
  • Emily Foster of Suffolk
  • Alexis Gilmore of Suffolk
  • Cierra Gilmore of Suffolk
  • Virginia Goode of Franklin
  • Warren Hastings of Courtland
  • Shadeejah Hunt of Franklin
  • Lexus Isom of Suffolk
  • Rhema Johnson of Courtland
  • Taylor Pulley of Capron
  • Wilbert Ridley of Branchville
  • Tashira Sawyer of Suffolk
  • Markel Smith of Drewryville
  • Paula Steward of Suffolk

The above scholars, along with donors, will be honored during a special reception set for Thursday, March 19, at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center.

For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790.

Feb
12
02/12/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Hosts Black History Month Event Featuring Documentary on Nansemond County’s First African-American Public High School

The Paul D. Camp Community College Office of Student Activities will host a special event in honor of Black History Month on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. in room 106 at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
 
Mae Burke, a 1959 graduate and alumni member of Nansemond County Training School, will deliver a first-hand account of the life of African-Americans in Nansemond County between 1924 and 1970. Following her presentation, she will show the 40-minute documentary, “Strength through Our Roots.”
 
“The film will depict the school’s history from 1924 when it was Nansemond County Training School through to its last graduation in 1970 as Southwestern High School,” said Student Activities Coordinator Eric Benton. “This is really going to be an interesting and educational presentation.”
 
For more information, contact Benton, ebenton@pdc.edu.

Feb
12
02/12/2015

College nursing program celebrates 10th anniversary

By Stephen Cowles
The Tidewater News
Boyce RogersDr. Candace Rogers, third from left, was presented an award by Associate Professor of Nursing Carol Wright. Dr. Douglas Boyce, right, was also honored during the celebration. Joining them is College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D.
 
When accepting honor for her role in guiding the nursing program at Paul D. Camp Community College, Dr. Candace Rogers, RN, said, “It’s not one person, it’s everyone.”
 
Indeed, she was among a dozen individuals and organizations recognized for their part in establishing and nurturing the curriculum, which began formally in autumn of 2004. A reception and awards ceremony marked the program’s 10th anniversary on Friday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn in Suffolk.
When Rogers joined the college that year, she brought two decades of experience both as a nurse and administrator. In her 10 years since, the nursing syllabus has grown to include Practical Nursing and several Allied Health programs. She retired last July, and Debbie Hartman now serves as dean.
Before presenting the award, faculty member Carol Wright said of Rogers, “She made an indelible impression on my life. Her decision to lead in 2004 had a significant impact on the college and community. She built the foundation…I never met a person with more vision. She led us there with much courage…and she’s touched more lives than she will ever know.”
 
Dr. Doug Boyce, president emeritus of the college, was applauded by Dr. Joe Edenfield, vice president of administration and technology, for his continued efforts and he got to welcome the first nursing program. For example, Boyce and other related personnel fostered the beginning of the college’s freestanding Applied Science in Nursing program. Funding was provided by then-Obici Hospital — now Sentara Obici Hospital, another contributor.
 
Dr. Maxine Singleton was “instrumental in academic leadership,” said Trina Jones, dean of student services and professional counselor. Singleton was recruited by the late Dr. Jerome Friga, the college’s fifth president, who is credited for developing the nursing program at PDCCC. In addition to establishing a partnership with Tidewater Community College’s own nursing curriculum, Singleton sought financing for one at PDCCC. This is where Franklin-Southampton Charities comes into the story. FSHC gave enough money for the first two full nursing classes. Those students did not have to pay for books, fees and tuition. An early laboratory and a 15-passenger van were also gifts of the charity.
 
Betsy Brantley, adjunct faculty for health information management and medical terminology, was another honoree, and was praised by Ann Pinner, associate professor for nursing.
 
“When we had the partnership with TCC, [Barbara] was kind of the bridge between the two programs. She really was a liaison,” Pinner said. “She did a lot of student advising, and was kind of the glue that held the programs together until Dr. Rogers was hired.”
 
Barbara Ridenhour was introduced by Linda Chitwood, assistant professor for medical surgical nursing. When Pinner told her of what she believed was an unfair situation at the hospital, “Barbara made it her business to solve that program. She acted.”
 
Ridenhour was personally chosen by Friga in making sure the nursing program met the Virginia Board of Nursing’s seal of approval. The former director of nursing at Obici, she also helped Singleton to develop the application process for college’s nursing program.
 
But all the good intentions and expert planning from the aforementioned honorees would have come to naught had there been no funding. In addition to the beneficence of FSHC and Sentara Obici, the nursing program also has been nourished by the following:

  • Birdsong Corporation; Charles Birdsong was present to receive an award;
  • The Camp Family Foundation;
  • Hampton Roads Community Foundation;
  • The Obici Healthcare Foundation; Tammie Mullins-Rice accepted the honor; and
  • Southampton Memorial Hospital; Laurie Ross received the award.
Feb
10
02/10/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Career Development Center Partners with ‘Wounded Warrior’ to Host Event for Veterans and Military

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Career Development Center (CDC) will host two informational sessions for veterans on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, from 10 to 11 a.m., and 6-7 p.m., in the Technology Theater of the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
 
An education navigator will be on hand from the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) through the Virginia Department of Veteran Services.
 
“The VWWP serves veterans of any era and branch who are residents of Virginia,” said event coordinator and CDC Adult Career Coach Kandace Turner.
 
Confidential referral services that are offered by VWWP are as follows:

  • Comprehensive Assessment of Individual and Family Needs
  • Direct Linkage to Treatment Services for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Care Coordination Services
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health Therapy
  • Peer Support Services
  • Rehabilitative Services
  • Family Support Services
  • Homeless and Housing Services
  • Support Groups
  • Benefit Services
  • Employment Services
  • Outreach and Education Services
  • Prisoner Re-Entry Services

According to VWWP Education Navigator Nycholle Woolfolk-Gator, the program “provides a network of community-based services that help veterans and their families overcome the challenges of stress-related conditions and traumatic brain injuries resulting from military service.”
 
She added, “These services are coordinated through local community providers, including community services boards, brain injury service providers, VA medical facilities and other public and private providers.”
 
The VWWP also provides direct support through veteran peer specialists, resource specialists and family support specialists.
 
The sessions will benefit members of all branches of the Armed Service, National Guard and Reserves not in federal service and their family members.
 
The event is in alignment with a statewide initiative to enhance military and veteran services throughout the Virginia Community College System. For more information about the informational sessions, contact Turner, kturner@pdc.edu, or 757-569-6766.

Feb
09
02/09/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Holds Inaugural Practical Nursing Capping Ceremony

Nearly 30 students took part in the first Paul D. Camp Community College Practical Nursing Program Capping Ceremony held at the Regional Workforce Development Center. The ceremony marks a mid-point for the students in the Practical Nursing program.
 
After the processional and welcome by the Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, remarks were offered by Debbie Hartman, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health.
 
PN Capping Suffolk Students web
Suffolk cohort students celebrating their accomplishments, above, from left, are: Tonia Mason of Suffolk, Heidi Bussler of Toano, Coretta King of Windsor, Denise Shoemaker of Suffolk, Brittany Johnson of Courtland, Chelsea Drake of Carrollton, Judy Wyche of Emporia, Jessica Edwards of Courtland, Jordan Jones of Carrsville, Stephen Wilson of Suffolk, Haley Dixon of Franklin, Amber Jarratt of Franklin, Jessica Beil of Ivor, Alexis Blankenship of Windsor, Ashanda Mills of Suffolk, Tonisha Hayer of Gates County, N.C., and Shaniqua Chambliss of Suffolk. They are joined by PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., far left, and Courtney Darden, Lead Practical Nursing Faculty on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, and Debbie Hartman, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health.
 
PN Capping Franklin Students web
Below, the Franklin group of PN students and PDCCC officials celebrating from left, are Conco, Clinical Instructor Kimberly Lowe, Jessica Ortiz of Franklin, Laura Larson of Suffolk, Samantha Dowd of Boykins, Meghan Bridgers of Lasker, N.C., Alexa Lilley of Suffolk, Lashonda Murrell of Emporia, Abiola Ogbeta of Portsmouth, Anndrea Wilson of Carrsville, Joyce Hines of Suffolk, Erika Albert of Suffolk, Rugayyah Matin of Suffolk, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Debbie Hartman, Lead Practical Nursing Faculty on the Franklin Campus Stephanie Lockhart and Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady.

Feb
09
02/09/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Hosts Warehouse Equipment Training Meeting

Group at AmadasWorkforce professionals attending the morning session at Amadas Industries in Suffolk, from left, are: Jim Butler of Blue Ridge Community College; Debra Smiley of Southside Community College; Gary Keener of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College; Mindy Fast of the Virginia Community College System; Bob Hayes of Paul D. Camp Community College; Ruth Hendrick of Central Virginia Community College; Randy Betz, Paul D. Camp Community College; Kevin Ratliff and Mary Sullivan, both of Blue Ridge Community College; and Lewis Godwin of Amadas Industries.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center hosted a recent training meeting for four additional community colleges and the Virginia Community College System.
 
Representatives from Central Virginia, Southside Virginia, Dabney S. Lancaster and Blue Ridge community colleges, and the Virginia Community College System were in attendance.
 
The training began at Amadas Industries in Suffolk with an overview of the PDCCC Forklift, Reach Truck and Clamp Truck Operator Certificate Program led by Program Coordinator Bob Hayes and Vice President for Workforce Development Randy Betz.
 
“This was a way for us to share with our sister colleges what has been working for us in this area of need for trained employees,” said Betz. “We hope it will help them with the success of their individual programs.
 
“We started out the day at Amadas Industries because they are a significant supporter of PDCCC’s Warehouse and Distribution Program. Thanks to Amadas, the College now has an excellent location to conduct its hands-on training.”
 
Attendees received a “mini-tour” on the way from Suffolk to the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin as they passed by CenterPoint Intermodal Park, International Paper, the Franklin Business Incubator and the Camp Family Homestead. They also toured the Regional Workforce Development Center and were presented more information regarding the Warehouse and Distribution program from Instructor Wayne White and Betz.

Feb
09
02/09/2015

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

Paul D. Camp Community College students and officials visited local legislators recently during two trips to the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond. Students attending were Sandy Haduck of Wakefield, Melvin Evans of Courtland, Brandy Main of Suffolk, Pamela Reid of Suffolk, Abigail Idisi of Franklin, Micah Thomas of Suffolk, Tracy Morales of Carrollton, Danielle Stauffer of Franklin, Debra Bailey of Gates, N.C., and Ellis “Trey” Cofield of Franklin.
 
Students also went to the Senate Gallery and the House Gallery in the Capitol Building, where the College was introduced by Senator L. Louise Lucas, D-18th, and Delegate Rick Morris, R-64th, respectively.
 
Check out photos from both trips:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pdccc/sets/72157650713195742/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pdccc/sets/72157650308123009/

Feb
09
02/09/2015

Nathan Richardson Portrays Frederick Douglass in Recognition of Black History Month at PDCCC

Nathan as Frederick DouglassNathan Richardson, accomplished performance poet and published author, portrays Frederick Douglass during Paul D. Camp Community College Literary Club’s Black History Month celebration. Richardson led two performances—one each at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus and the Regional Workforce Development Center—where he depicted the life of the well-known writer, orator and abolitionist. PDCCC Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs prepares to present Richardson with a PDCCC token of appreciation after his performance.
Nathan Richardson and Ronette Jacobs

Jan
28
01/28/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Literary Club Sponsors Portrayal of Frederick Douglass during Black History Month

Nathan RichardsonAccomplished performance poet, published author and Suffolk native Nathan Richardson will be featured during the Paul D. Camp Community College Literary Club’s Black History Month celebration. Richardson will portray Frederick Douglass, well-known writer, orator and abolitionist.
 
There will be two performances on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in room 104 at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road
  • 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in the Technology Theater at the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.

“This is a great way to bring our community and our students together to learn about this remarkable man as part of our history, and to honor Black History Month,” said Assistant Professor of English and PDCCC Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs. “Douglass escaped from slavery and joined the abolitionist movement. He was known for his eloquent speeches and articulate writing.”
 
The author of “Likeness of Being,” and the new “Chapbook Twenty One Imaginary T-Shirts,” Richardson’s poetry has been commissioned to accent major art exhibits at the Delaware Museum of Art the New Mexico Holocaust Museum. He is the resident teaching artist for the Artistic Verses Creative Writing Program sponsored by Newport News Public High Schools and the Peninsula fine Arts Center.
 
Richardson is the creative writing instructor for Camp Rise Summer Arts Program, which was one of only 12 summer arts programs in the country awarded the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award. He is organizer and host of the Poetry, Prose & Pizza Open Mic Series that is now syndicated in Chesapeake, Suffolk and Prince George.
 
For more information about these events recognizing Black History Month, contact Jacobs, 925-6331 or rjacobs@pdc.edu.

Jan
28
01/28/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Career Coach Hosts Admissions Event for Southampton High School Students

High School Career Coach Supervisor Candice Artis will host the first-ever On-site Admissions Day event for Southampton High School students in the library at the high school on, Thursday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon.
 
“There will be representatives from about 15 colleges and universities, along with the U.S. Army,” said Artis.
 
“What sets this event apart from the usual college fair is that in addition to receiving information about these institutions, students will be able to receive an admissions decision onsite,” she said. “They may also be able to receive academic scholarships.”
 
On-Site Flyer
 
For more information, contact Artis, 757-569-6770 or cartis@pdc.edu.

Jan
13
01/13/2015

Alumni Relations Program Launched at PDCCC

Lori CarterThrough financial support from the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation, the College now has a formal alumni relations program, managed through the Office of Institutional Advancement. Since 1970, literally thousands of students have graduated from PDCCC; these graduates include degree program graduates, certification recipients, or non-credit program participants. All of these Alumni are making a huge impact on the communities in which they live.
 
The goals of the alumni relations program are multi-faceted and include the following: keep the connection between alumni and their alma mater strong, as well as to encourage interest, enthusiasm, and loyalty to PDCCC. The program also will foster relationships with those taking courses and/or graduating from the College. These goals will be accomplished through a number of means, including but not limited to: networking receptions; special Alumni events; newsletters issuances; and development of an Advisory Council. Alumni will be given direct, personal attention in an effort to encourage engagement with the College.
 
To execute the Alumni Relations plan, Ms. Lori Carter was hired to serve as Paul D. Camp Community College’s very first Alumni Relations Associate. She graduated from Paul D. Camp Community College in 2004 with an Associate’s degree of Arts & Sciences in General Studies. Following her time at PDCCC, Ms. Carter transitioned to Old Dominion University, where she attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications. “As alumni relations associate and an alumnae myself, my hope is to grow the network of PDCCC alumni so that current students and future students can have equal, if not better, experiences in community college,” said Mrs. Carter.
 
Since graduating, Mrs. Carter has held positions with Isle of Wight County, City of Suffolk, and BB&T. Her professional experiences have been in event planning and coordination, fundraising, and banking. She added, “After the birth of my daughter in 2012, I wanted to work part-time to provide more time for my family while remaining in the workplace. When the opportunity to return to Paul D. Camp Community College presented itself, I felt it was time to return and coordinate alumni, just like myself, and encourage engagement.”
 
To reach Mrs. Carter or to learn more about the PDCCC Alumni Relations Program, please contact her via lcarter@pdc.edu or 757.569.6082.

Jan
13
01/13/2015

Paul D. Camp Community College Signs Agreement with The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding

Officials from Paul D. Camp Community College and The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding signed an articulation agreement Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, that will allow students to transfer credits to PDCCC associate degree or certificate programs. The agreement immediately went into effect.

“Students who have successfully completed the World Class Shipbuilder Curriculum at The Apprentice School can transfer credits to the Business Administration, General Business Management and Industrial Technology programs at PDCCC,” explained Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, Vice President of Academic and Student Development at PDCCC.

“Our apprentices complete on-the-job training and academic coursework in a highly structured program that prepares them for positions of leadership within the organization,” said Everett Jordan, Director of Education at The Apprentice School. +“Through our partnerships and transfer agreements with local community colleges and universities, apprentices have opportunities to complete degree programs in business, engineering and technology. This agreement with Paul D. Camp exemplifies our commitment to education and the community.”

Articulation agreements like this are also important to the college, as they foster partnerships with other educational institutions.

“Collaborations such as these are win-win,” said Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., PDCCC President. “These types of agreements recognize student learning and accomplishments, and promote continuing education and degree attainment. This partnership further supports our mission of providing ‘diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for students and the community by offering a variety of educational opportunities and workforce training.’’”

For more information, call 757-569-6700.

The Apprentice School Artic Signing web
Everett H. Jordan Jr., Director of Education at The Apprentice School, and Paul Wm. Conco, PDCCC President, seated in middle, sign an articulation agreement that will allow credits from The Apprentice School to transfer to programs at PDCCC. On hand for the endorsement are Dr. James H. Hughes, Manager of Academics, The Apprentice School, seated left, and Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, PDCCC Vice President of Academic and Student Development. In back: Dr. Joe Edenfield, PDCCC Vice President of Administration and Technology; Dr. Renee Felts, PDCCC Dean of Occupational & Technical Programs on the Franklin Campus; Dr. Alicia Uzzle, Manager, Training, and Program Chair for Physics at The Apprentice School and Randy Betz, PDCCC Vice President for Workforce Development.

Jan
08
01/08/2015

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

Nursing Aniversary 01Dennis Vann, Suffolk native, graduate of the PDCCC RN Program and Registered Nurse at Sentara Obici Hospital, serves as guest speaker during the 2014 Pinning Ceremony.

 

In honor of the 10th year of its Registered Nursing Program, Paul D. Camp Community College has a special celebration planned. The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn and Suffolk Conference Center in Suffolk.

“This is going to be an exciting event where nursing alumni, current students, faculty, staff, donors and other business and community members can come together to recognize the success of this program and our students,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Felicia Blow.

In addition, all proceeds will be used to establish an endowed nursing scholarship in honor of Dr. Candace Rogers, who recently retired from PDCCC. Dr. Rogers got the nursing program up and running, and was instrumental in its continued success.

The reception will be highlighted by heavy hors d’ouevres, music, and a short program honoring staff and students. Tickets are $35 per person.

PDCCC has graduated approximately 300 students from its RN Program. For more information, contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790. Visit www.pdc.edu/nursing-event to purchase tickets.
Nursing Aniversary 02Students graduating from the RN Program at PDCCC participate in a pinning ceremony designed to recognize the students and honor those receiving special awards.

Dec
12
12/12/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Offers New Certified Production Technician Program through VCCS Grant

The Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce Development will offer a new non-credit program that focuses on industry-related, core-competency standards, thanks to a Virginia Community College System Institutes of Excellence grant.
 
“This is an exceptional opportunity for us to not only help people find jobs with upward mobility, but to also provide employers with highly skilled workers, therefore, reducing recruitment costs for them,” said Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz.
 
Successful completion of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) program will prepare participants for high-performance, technologically advanced production jobs. MSSC is the “nation’s leading industry-led training, assessment and certification organization that focuses on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s frontline production and material handling workers,” according to its Web site.
 
PDCCC Career Development Center and Job Placement Coordinator Angela Lawhorne has been selected to coordinate the program for the 2014-15 year.
 
“Students will complete a 10-week training program consisting of five modules,” she said. “They will receive individual certificates at the end of each module and a national certification after the completion of all modules. They will also take the Workkeys Assessments, which provide workplace skills analyses, to attain a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).”
 
Key work activities for standards, training and assessments will fall under the following five modules:

  • Safety
  • Manufacturing Processes & Production
  • Green Production
  • Quality Practices & Management
  • Maintenance Awareness

“The first cohort will be in the evenings for those working or attending school,” said Lawhorne. Cohort 1 will meet Feb. 3, to April 10, 2015, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Assessment testing will take place at 6 p.m. every other Friday.
 
Cohort 2 will meet April 20, 2015 to June 26, 2015, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with assessment testing at 9 a.m. every other Friday. All training will take place at the Workforce Center in Franklin, 100 North College Drive.
 
For more information, contact the Workforce Development Office at 757-569-6050 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development .

Dec
10
12/10/2014

Members of Paul D. Camp Community College Faculty and Staff Receive Recognition during Annual Community College Conference

Members of Paul D. Camp Community College faculty and staff were honored during the 32nd Annual Virginia Community Colleges Association conference and awards showcase, held in Arlington.
 
The VCCA Showcase Awards program recognizes outstanding faculty and staff from the 40 campuses of the 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System. Recipients were chosen by peers at their home campuses.
 
PDCCC faculty and staff receiving the 2014 VCCA Showcase awards are as follows:

Cinda SchmittCinda Schmitt, Associate Professor of Administrative Support Technology on the Franklin Campus
 
Schmitt has worked for Paul D. Camp Community College since 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Longwood University, an MBA from Lynchburg College and a Masters in Accountancy Certificate from DeVry University. She has been the recipient of the Paul D. Camp Community College Faculty Award.
 
Issi’ PattersonIssi’ Patterson, Executive Secretary in Academic Programs on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus
 
Patterson has been employed at PDCCC since 2005. She serves as Administrative Assistant to the Academic Dean. She has an associate degree from PDCCC, and AAS, Administrative Support Technology/Word Information Processing and Certificates in Office Information Processing and Clerical Studies. She is a member of the PDCCC Classified Personnel Association and the Alumni Association. In addition, she served as president of the Student Chapter 2005 International Association of Administrative Professionals. Patterson was selected by the College to attend the VCCS Leadership Academy in 2006 and served as a member at large for the VCCA Executive Committee in 2009 and 2010. She was also a Showcase Award honoree in 2009.
 
Carthy CutchinsCathy Cutchins, Executive Assistant to the President on the Franklin Campus
 
Cutchins has been working at PDCCC since 2001. She worked at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center for 11 years before being hired in her current position in 2012. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Management from Saint Leo University. She was awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Administrative Support Technology at PDCCC. She is a member of the PDCCC Classified Personnel Association. Cutchins has earned many accolades, including a Dean’s Certificate for Outstanding Performance at Saint Leo, and a Letter of Merit, President’s List, at PDCCC. She has also served on numerous college committees.
 
Harriette ArringtonDr. Harriette Arrington, former Dean of the Suffolk Campus, was also selected. However, she retired prior to receiving the award.

Dec
08
12/08/2014

New Workforce Development Partnership Launched Between WHRO and Paul D. Camp Community College

WHRO SkillsOnlinePresident and CEO of WHRO Bert Schmidt, seated left, and PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., sign a partnership agreement to get the SkillsOnline Program under way. On hand for the signing are PDCCC employees standing from left, Larry Brunson, Job Placement Coach; Angela Lawhorne, Coordinator of the Career Development Center and Job Placement; Nancy Ezzell, Workforce Development Center Receptionist; Randy Betz, Vice President of Workforce Development; Felicia Blow, Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Daniel Ferrell, Network Support Specialist for Workforce; and Deborah McGarrah, Workforce Development Center Receptionist.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College and WHRO are partnering in the launch of a new workforce development initiative – SkillsOnline. Governor Terry McAuliffe officially lauded the program in a statement made December 5, 2014 due to the need to provide Virginia’s workforce with skills that today’s businesses need.
 
SkillsOnline is WHRO’s new online professional development and workforce training portal, offering skills-based courses needed to succeed in a 21st century workplace.
 
This program is an added benefit for PDCCC students who want access at times and locations convenient for their schedules.
 
With nearly 3,500 self-paced and instructor led courses, SkillsOnline is an affordable, efficient way companies can train workers, provide industry certification and offer professional advancement.
 
Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., President of PDCCC said, “We believe this partnership will help us expand and transform the provision of non-credit, workforce training to those interested in online learning. WHRO is a proven leader in the provision of effective educational solutions to many and we are very excited about this new opportunity.”
 
Bert Schmidt, President and CEO of WHRO said “WHRO Public Media is experienced in creating engaging online learning courses currently used by pre-K to grade 12 teachers and students across Virginia for free, funded by the Department of Education. We are owned by the 19 school divisions of southeastern Virginia and use our broadcast and production facilities to create engaging learning modules which capture and hold the attention of today’s online media savvy students.”
 
Other partner community colleges include Thomas Nelson, Eastern Shore, and Rappahannock Community Colleges.
 
Working with subject matter experts, WHRO is currently developing the first 5 of 21 work readiness modules identified by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service as those required for employers for career entry and advancement. They include:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Reading for Information
  • Locating Information
  • Internet Use and Safety-Digital Citizenship
  • Understanding Health, Wellness and Safety.

 
Courses in SkillsOnline are grouped by subject area with sub-categories for ease of reference. Simplified registration and an orientation plus an online discussion board make it easy to get started. Free online help is available at any time, including free skills and career assessment tools for students and veterans.
 
Tuition is very affordable and can be paid via credit card or purchase order. Most courses cost between $99 and $125, while some industry certification preparation courses are priced accordingly at higher rates. Transcripts are maintained online and can be accessed at any time.
 
SkillsOnline Courses Available:

  1. Accounting & Bookkeeping
  2. Business Process
  3. Clean Energy
  4. Computer Applications
  5. Environmental Sciences
  6. Health
  7. Hospitality & Food Service
  8. Information Technology
  9. Logistics and Operations
  10. Marketing
  11. Materials & Manufacturing
  12. Medical Services & Nursing
  13. Mining & Chemicals
  14. Networks and Systems
  15. Programming
  16. Project Management
  17. Safety & OSHA Requirements

 
For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (757) 569-6791.

Dec
08
12/08/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Offers New Emergency Medical Technician Program in Spring 2015

Jerry EMS EquipmentEMS Program Coordinator Jerry Griffith works with Mega Code Kelly, a full-size manikin that allows students to practice I.V. skills and medical administration. The manikin exhibits palpable pulse, auscultative B.P., changing pupils, ECG monitoring and can also be defibrillated.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College will offer the Emergency Medical Technician Career Studies Certificate as part of its EMS curriculum in the Nursing and Allied Health Program. Classes will get underway for the spring 2015 semester.
 
“EMTs provide first-line medical or emergency care for sick or injured people,” said EMS Program Coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Griffith. “They help save lives at emergency sites through basic interventions and safely transport patients to hospitals or medical facilities.”
 
Classes will be held on the Franklin Campus on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and two Saturdays to be announced or Monday through Friday, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
 
“This provides some flexibility in order to accommodate others who may be working during the day,” said Griffith.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022. Most EMTs work full time and likely do shift work that includes weekends and holidays. They may work for private ambulance services, fire departments, hospitals or other rescue services. The average salary for an EMT is a little more than $31,000.
 
“You can begin a career in Emergency Medical Services by starting with the EMT Career Studies Certificate here at the college,” said Griffith.
 
Franklin-Southampton Charities has supported PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health programs, including the new EMT program, and has provided funds for the Emergency Medical Services program to include new lab equipment.
 
Griffith added, “We have two state-of-the-art training labs and an abundance of equipment to train all levels of EMS providers.”
 
For more information, contact Griffith at 757-569-6732 or ggriffith@pdc.edu.
 
EMS EquipmentGriffith demonstrates an infant intubation trainer, which allows EMS providers to hone skills in the areas of pediatric airway management and endotracheal intubation.

Nov
26
11/26/2014

 Two Paul D. Camp Community College Adjunct Instructors Recognized at Workforce Luncheon in Hampton

Larry FutrellTimothy Smith
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Larry Futrell and Timothy Smith, adjunct instructors at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, were recognized for enhancing the skill sets of welders in Hampton Roads. The presentation took place recently at the Virginia Community College System Workforce Development Services Chancellor’s Awards Appreciation & Nomination Luncheon held at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton.
 
About 60 representatives from Eastern Shore, Tidewater, Rappahannock, Thomas Nelson and Paul D. Camp community colleges attended the luncheon, including Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development Randy Stamper.
 
PDCCC Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz noted that after recruiting adjunct instructors who are retired, the sense of accomplishment they experience after training students is uplifting.
 
“They have a wonderful sense of being valued, of contributing to the new generation, and of passing on skills that they have honed over decades,” he said.
 
Futrell, a welding expert of North Carolina who retired from Union Camp and International Paper, taught five welding classes in one semester to displaced workers after the mill’s closure as part of the Multicraft Diploma Program on which PDCCC and Southside Community College collaborated.
 
“All of the students in this program are now employed by various businesses and industries throughout Hampton Roads,” said Betz.
 
Futrell was recruited again in 2013 as one of the two welding instructors for the Fast Track Welding Program at PDCCC, providing afternoon instruction to 10 students, six of whom graduated and began working at Newport News Shipbuilding.
 
The retired welder also provided four weeks of welding training to maintenance mechanics from International Paper’s Franklin Mill to support the startup of its new Fluff Mill and continued to work with Larry Brunson of the PDCCC Career Development Center to serve as one of two instructors of two, three-week Fast Track Welding sessions. There were a total of 20 graduates from the two sessions, 11 of whom are actively employed throughout Hampton Roads businesses and industries.
 
Smith of Courtland has 38 years of experience at Newport News Shipbuilding—32 of those years as a full-time welder. He has helped with building seven of 10 aircraft carriers from start to finish.
 
For the last five years, Smith has served as a full-time welding instructor at NNS.
 
“With him as our morning instructor, and Larry Futrell as the afternoon instructor, our students reaped the benefits of having two highly-qualified welders and welding instructors in the classroom and the welding lab,” said Betz.
 
“Their numerous contributions to welding students and industries make this recognition well-deserved.” He added, “We look forward to having them both return to Paul D. Camp during the summer of 2015 for additional sessions of Fast Track Welding.”
 
For more information about the Fast Track Welding Program, contact the Workforce Development Office, 757-569-6050, or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/.

Nov
26
11/26/2014

Two Paul D. Camp Community College Scholarship Recipients were among 57 Honored during Special Ceremony

Scholarship Luncheon GroupThose attending the VFCCE 2014 Scholarship Luncheon from PDCCC were, seated from left, Smithfield Foods Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship recipient Bonnie Newsome and her mother, Jenny Newsome, Development Associate Trish Edwards, and President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D. Back row: PDCCC Foundation Board member Robert Harris, Upward Bound Director and Scholarship Chairman Travis Parker, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Felicia Blow, PDCCC Foundation Board President Herbert W. DeGroft, PDCCC Foundation Board Director Emeritus Nancy Nagle-Bolio and Valley Proteins Fellowship recipient Wanda Olden.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College students Bonnie Newsome and Wanda Olden were two of 57 students representing Virginia’s 23 community colleges who were honored Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education 2014 Scholarship Luncheon held in Richmond.
 
Newsome, a Sedley resident, is the recipient of the Smithfield Foods Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship. While at Southampton High School, she maintained an average of 3.16 while taking classes that included a dual enrollment biology course, two years of art classes, an online Economics and Personal Finance course, and Electronics. In addition, she completed the high school’s Early Childhood Education Program. She has been a member of numerous clubs/organizations, such as the National Honor Society, the Student Government Association, the Key Club and Varsity Club. Newsome works at a local restaurant, as well as volunteers for Surry Volunteer Fire Department. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
 
Olden, of Suffolk, is the recipient of the Valley Proteins Fellowship. A non-traditional student, Olden is a participant in the Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) program and is a PDCCC Presidential Student Ambassador. She serves as vice president of the PDCCC Literary Club.
 
Additionally, Olden was selected to represent the College at the Virginia General Assembly and the VCCS Student Leadership Conference. She is a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corp, the United Way of South Hampton Roads and is a literacy tutor with the Suffolk Literacy Council. When she graduates with an associate’s degree in Business Management in 2015, she will be the first in three generations of her family to graduate. She plans to gain employment in business as a manager or director in the Social Behavior field.
 
The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Shawn Boyer, founder and chairman of the board of Snagajob. “Throw the word, ‘failure,’ out of your vocabulary,” he told the students. “You are going to make lots of errors. Don’t let that start affecting your psyche.”
 
The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) distributed more than $350,000 in scholarships this year to students from across the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program, with 25 recipients this year, was established in 2006 through the generosity of longtime partners Wells Fargo and Dominion. The scholarships recognize students from across the Commonwealth who have demonstrated academic excellence during high school as well as a commitment to developing leadership skills. Each scholarship bears the name of one of many philanthropy leaders who support Virginia’s Community Colleges.
 
The Valley Proteins Fellowship is awarded to only 10 students from the almost 300,000 students that Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth. Its estimated value is $15,000. In addition to receiving full coverage of tuition and fees, the fellows participate in a unique curriculum that includes leadership programs, cultural opportunities and a community service project.
 
Nineteen scholars received additional scholarships in honor of special philanthropists and friends who further the mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges, and 13 students were honored as participants in two prestigious Fellows Programs: Valley Protein Fellows and Potomac Health Foundation Fellows.

Nov
24
11/24/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Inducts 25 Students into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa 8 GroupThose present for the Induction Ceremony Friday evening, front row from left, are: Brandy Main of Suffolk, Shannon Wolfe of Suffolk, Heather Loveall of Zuni, Allie Best of Franklin, Ellis Cofield III of Franklin, Brenda Bergess of Boykins, Jasmine Anderson of Boykins, Brandi Owens of Suffolk, and Jozee’ McPherson of Suffolk. Second row: PTK Co-Advisor Toni Johnson, College President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., James Sepmoree of Windsor, Michelle Chess of Suffolk, Katlyn Drake of Franklin, Violet Brown of Franklin, Deanie Robertson of Suffolk, PTK Co-Advisor Troy Hand, Wanda Olden of Suffolk and Pamela Reid of Suffolk. Not pictured are Breanna Black of Windsor, William Cartwright of Franklin, Leigh-Ann Chase of Windsor, Katharine Harville of Courtland, Raymond Maya of Windsor, Sharlene Mullins of Suffolk, Jacqueline Rawlings of Suffolk Catherine Scott of Franklin and Leandra Watford of Boykins.
 
Violet Brown of Franklin lights the ceremonial candle during the Phi Theta Kappa Induction. Dean of Student Services Trina Jones and PTK Co-Advisor Troy Hand in background at podium)
 
Jozee’ McPherson of Suffolk lights the ceremonial candle during the Phi Theta Kappa Induction.
 
On Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, Paul D. Camp Community College inducted 25 students into its Omega Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the Two-Year College.
 
Held at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin, the ceremony featured Troy Hand as Master of Ceremonies. Hand, Library Supervisor, serves as co-advisor of PTK at the college, along with Toni Johnson, Professor of Early Childhood Education.
 
Welcoming remarks were delivered by PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., and faculty remarks were presented by Professor of English Ronette Jacobs.
 
Hand introduced keynote speaker Alice Adoga of Franklin, an alum of PDCCC and the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Adoga spoke about leadership, believing in yourself and serving others.
 
“[Joining PTK] is a call for you to be a leader among your peers, to take action,” she said. “And it is a time to be among friends who know what it takes to succeed.” Adoga also added that PTK is about giving back.
 
Adoga earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2013 and is working on a Masters of Art degree in Human Services Counseling with a concentration in Crisis Response and Trauma at Liberty University Online.
 
The honor study topic for 2014-15 is “Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration.” According to Hand, the topic guides the organization’s Honors in Action Project. Members research and discuss the topic and how it impacts society.
 
“Then we break it down further as to how it impacts our community to decide what we can do as a project to help,” he said.

Nov
21
11/21/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Students Present Original Research Findings at Annual State Meeting

Microbiology Team w Dr V
PDCCC Nursing students who attended The 2014 VaASM from left, are: Anthony Thomas, Cynthia Thibeault, Ashley Storrs, Elizabeth Whitfield, and Microbiology Mentor and professor Dr. Carl Vermeulen.
 
Four Paul D. Camp Community College nursing students and their Microbiology Mentor and Professor, Dr. Carl Vermeulen, presented fresh research findings at a prestigious meeting that is rarely attended by community colleges. In fact, PDCCC was the only community college presenting at the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology (VaASM) held at James Madison University on Nov. 7.
 
“This year, the PDCCC contingent presented their work in the midst of about 40 other groups that were mostly juniors and seniors in colleges and universities,” said Vermeulen. “Thus, these PDCCC lower division students stand proud among these upper classmen.
 
“The ASM presentations are not science fair competitions for prizes, but true scientific revealings of original research that have never been done before anywhere.” He said. The findings and processes were presented by the students—on behalf of themselves and dozens of fellow former and present students— on three microbiological subjects that impact everyone.
 
Cynthia Thibeault told of her group’s discovery that when premenopausal women eat dairy products, within about 90 minutes, great numbers of the probiotic, “dairy bacteria,” in the food quickly get transported through their bodies to be secreted out in their sweat – over about two weeks of their monthly cycle.
“While this might sound disgusting,” Thibeault relates, “it is just these bacteria, which act like guard dogs that protect our skin from many infections.” Thibeault was also surprised to learn that this also occurs with milk in nursing mothers. Vermeulen supported her thoughts by telling how very little of the “normal” is studied because we tend to study sickness and try to cure diseases.
 
Ashley Storrs said that her work is linked to Thibeault’s because it could be asked how women got the bacteria in the first place to put into their milk to help their infants’ survivals. “You have to eat your raw greens, because my group showed that the spongy interior of all leaves (called mesophyll) is composed of cells that are coated with these dairy bacteria.” Storrs noted that the same way the bacteria protect babies, they also protect leaves from getting infected by dust-borne environmental germs. “Our group showed that these dairy bacteria isolated from leaves retards or inhibits the growth of most other kinds of bacteria,” she said.
 
Elizabeth “LeeAnn” Whitfield and her group are on track to save lives by the millions by being able to provide nearly a billion people and their livestock with vaccines that would not require refrigeration for storage or during transportation to remote areas in the world. This was a project that was begun more than a year ago, when its first phase was reported at an international meeting of the organization in 2013 by Anthony “Wayne” Thomas.
Last year Thomas reported that something as sensitive to heat as an enzyme can be packaged in a way that protected its molecules from heat’s distortions. He found that when enzymes are shrink-wrapped in dried starch “noodles,” the enzymes remained active up to a hot 160 degrees Fahrenheit and held at that temperature for as much as three months.
 
“My group wanted to see if this work could be extended to an even more complicated protein than Thomas’ simple lactase, the enzyme used by people who are lactose intolerant,” said Whitfield. “We selected human pregnancy hormone, hCG, which is many times larger than lactase, and consists of two pieces. We shrink-wrapped our hCG in flavorless gelatin, cut out “noodles” and dried them. The day before the meeting in Harrisonburg, we tested a “noodle” that had been heated at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for five months, and it still gave a positive pregnancy test.” “If not shrink-wrapped,” Vermeulen added, “the hCG lost its ‘pregnancy’ within seconds when exposed to 140 degrees.”
 
When asked about what should be done next, Whitfield recommended that a real vaccine be tested in chickens. They have made some shrink-wrapped meningitis vaccine in starch “noodles.” Bits of them would be placed under the skin of chickens. Within minutes the starch will be digested and the vaccine would escape into the chicken’s system. “Interestingly,” Whitfield said, “chickens make immunity antibodies just like people do, but chickens also put their antibodies in their egg whites. That makes for easy collection.”
 
The American Society for Microbiology, ASM, is the largest basic science society in the world. It interests encompass basic bacteriology and virology, infectious diseases, immunity, food sanitation, and many other health-care activities. On the state level, the Virginia Chapter meets annually at various institutions around the state.
 
For more information regarding these studies and more, visit Vermeulen’s Web site, www.science-projects.com

Nov
12
11/12/2014

Veterans Day Concert at Paul D. Camp Community College Drew Close to 100 Event Goers

Army Band Concert Group Playing
Nearly 100 attendees came out to the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin to hear the patriotic sounds of the 392nd Army Band of Fort Lee. The salute to veterans in our community was sponsored by the College’s Office of Student Activities.
 
“It was a delight to see so many people in attendance this year,” said Student Activities Coordinator Dr. MeChelle Blunt. “The community was well-represented and the band’s performance was outstanding.” Colors were presented by the Franklin High School JROTC Color Guard. Mesha Bullock, a student at S.P. Morton Elementary School, led the National Anthem. She was escorted by her grandmother, Joyce Carrington Ralph, who is also a veteran.
 
The Suffolk Chapter of the Links Inc. hosted a reception following the patriotic program.
 
Army Band Concert Group
Members of the 392nd Army Band of Fort Lee joined members of the Suffolk Chapter of the Links Inc. Sarah J. Walden, from left, Marvia Goode and Kula Liggins, right, and Student Activities Coordinator Dr. MeChelle Blunt, fourth from right, for a photo during the reception.
Army Band Concert Mesha Bullock
Mesha Bullock, a fifth grader at S.P. Morton Elementary School, led the audience in the National Anthem.

Nov
10
11/10/2014

Paul D. Camp Community College Offers New Robotics Technology Certificate for Spring 2015 Semester

~Registration Begins November 17, 2014~

Keisha with Students
Instructor Keisha Nichols and students Elizabeth Conner of Franklin and Stanley Crawford of Ivor work with the robotic arm during a dual enrollment class session.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College will offer a new Career Studies Certificate in Robotics Technology for the spring 2015 semester.
 
This is the second semester the certificate has been offered at the college. Implementation of the program has been possible through grants from Dominion Virginia Power and its Foundation, and Smithfield Foods/ Smithfield Farmland.
 
The new classes are designed to provide students the skills in programming, problem solving and troubleshooting, tuning and adjustment, and maintenance and repair required for robotics technology fields.
 
“Instruction will focus on developing knowledge of theory and a hands-on approach to learning,” said instructor Keisha Nichols.
 
The curriculum includes introductions to automation and mechatronics, AC/DC Fundamentals and technical report writing. “Students will be able to use these skills to obtain entry level positions in a variety of fields as robot operators, robot service technicians, or robot product consultants,” she said.
 
Those fields include manufacturing, packaging, assembly, distribution, warehouse, software, electronics, math, physics and medicine.
 
“The medical field is in need of computer programmers who have some training in the area of remote surgeries or dispersal of medicine using a programmable tool/arm,” added Nichols.
 
In addition, the field of Robotics Technology is expected to grow.
 
“Thanks to these generous contributions from our business partners, we will be able to enhance existing programs and develop new programs for our students that will train them for available jobs while meeting the needs of local businesses and industries,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady.
 
For more information, contact Nichols at 757-569-6763 or knichols@pdc.edu.

Nov
10
11/10/2014

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

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

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

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

Nov
05
11/05/2014

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Nov
05
11/05/2014

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

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

Nov
04
11/04/2014

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

A Commitment

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

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

More Than 200 Visitors Participate in College Night

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

Oct
30
10/30/2014

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

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

Oct
28
10/28/2014

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

~Varied Levels of Sponsorships Available~

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

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

Silver Level: $1,500

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

$250 Level:

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

$100 Level:

  • Recognition in the event program
  • Admission of two registrants

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

Oct
27
10/27/2014

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

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

Oct
24
10/24/2014

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

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

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

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

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

Oct
21
10/21/2014

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

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

Oct
20
10/20/2014

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

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

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

Oct
15
10/15/2014

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

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

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

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

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

Oct
02
10/02/2014

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

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

Oct
02
10/02/2014

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

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

Trudy Kuehn – Nursing Instructor

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

Susan Stubenrauch – High School Career Coach

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

Heather Eckman: Mathematics Instructor

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

William Patterson – Administration of Justice Instructor

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

Richard Baker – Industrial Trades Instructor

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

Rudean Harrell — Nursing Faculty

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

Nancy Warren – Communications Instructor

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

Wendy Miller-Edwards – History Instructor

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

David Lorenz – Electricity/Robotics Instructor

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

Jeanette Pellegrin – Dual Enrollment Coordinator

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

Sep
30
09/30/2014

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

Deadline for submissions is Nov. 3, 2014
 
Applications for Paul D. Camp Community College scholarships will open Oct. 1 for the spring 2015 semester. New and continuing students can apply for an array of funding opportunities beginning that day.
 
“The cost of an education should not stop anyone from reaching their educational goals. That’s why Paul D. Camp Community College has established a number of opportunities for prospective and current students to get their education paid for through scholarships,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “What is amazing is that these opportunities are possible because of donors who have sacrificed, saved and contributed in order to help others achieve success.” In 2014,
 
During the fall 2014 semester, the PDCCC Financial Aid Office awarded 61 scholarships to students totaling more than $38,000.
 
There are 14 scholarships for new and continuing students available for the spring 2015 semester. Students may apply for these regardless if they have applied for scholarships in the fall, as long as they meet the criteria listed for each award. The scholarship acceptance period, begins Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Scholarship applications must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. and will only be accepted electronically.
 
Students only need to follow these steps to apply:

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

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

Sep
30
09/30/2014

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

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

Sep
18
09/18/2014

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

~Other films set for showing through November~

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

Sep
12
09/12/2014

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

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

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

Second Flight

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

Third Flight

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

 
In addition to these winners, the following won awards:

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

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

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

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

Aug
29
08/29/2014

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

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

Aug
27
08/27/2014

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

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

Aug
27
08/27/2014

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

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

Aug
22
08/22/2014

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

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

Aug
19
08/19/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug
04
08/04/2014

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

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

Aug
04
08/04/2014

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

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

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

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

Jul
16
07/16/2014

Wavy News Anchor Speaks to Upward Bound Students

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

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

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

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

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

Jul
15
07/15/2014

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

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

Jul
09
07/09/2014

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

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

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