The Hampton Roads Community Foundation has awarded $90,000 to the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation to expand its High School Career Coach program.
The grant will be awarded over a three-year period and will allow the College to hire one full-time Career Coach.
All of the seven public high schools in the Paul D. Camp Community College service area have a part-time career coach. “Career coaches assist and motivate students to graduate and enroll in postsecondary education and training,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady. “The program provides the groundwork for a successful transition to the skilled workforce and this grant will allow us to serve the students more efficiently.”
The College’s service region is comprised of Suffolk and Franklin, and Isle of Wight and Southampton counties.
The grant will be matched up to $50,000 by the Virginia Community College System through the Rural Virginia Initiative.
“The Rural Virginia Initiative is a 10-year project that is aimed at increasing the educational levels attained by residents within rural Virginia localities,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation Felicia Blow. “The initiative is also focused on improving workforce skills and increasing the earning potential in these localities.” The RVI has identified the expansion of the High School Career Coach programs as a proven solution to address these issues.
Paul D. Camp Community College President Dr. Paul Wm. Conco said, “Even with part-time coaches, there has been an increase in graduates enrolling in community college or career training programs, and an 11 percent increase in high school students taking advantage of dual enrollment opportunities. A full-time coach will be able to guide even more students through the career exploration process.”
For more information about the Paul D. Camp Community College High School Career Coach program, visit http://www.pdc.edu/future-students/high-school/.
About the Hampton Roads Community Foundation
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is southeastern Virginia’s largest grant and scholarship provider. Since its founding in 1950, the regional community foundation has provided nearly $180 million in grants and scholarships to improve life in southeastern Virginia. For more information about the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, visit the Web site at www.hamptonroadscf.org