PDCCC moves into final phase of its Major Gifts Campaign:Larry Pope, Smithfield Foods President & CEO, is General Campaign Chair

Paul D. Camp Community College is moving into the final phase of its first Major Gifts Campaign. With a goal of raising $3 million, the campaign has been designed to address the region’s need for a skilled and educated workforce. The key pillars of the campaign are:


  • High-Need Academic & Workforce Program Funding
    • The College is committed to providing relevant programs for regional education and training. With the help of community partners, the College has and will continue to identify areas of growth and change and create programs of study to match the opportunities.


  • Student Access & Excellence Funding
    • The annual tuition at our college is less than half that at a public four-year institution. Even still, college education remains out of the reach for many in our communities. The majority of our students receive some form of financial aid and it is still not enough.


  • Instructional Technology Enhancement Funding
    • Being technologically ready is increasingly important as the College focuses its education and workforce development on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Healthcare; we call this STEM – H.  One solution is to ensure that classrooms, labs, and libraries at all College locations are fully equipped with current technology. We also must provide professional development activities and experiences for our faculty and staff so that they remain on the cutting edge of these new technologies.


Dr. Paul Wm. Conco, Paul D. Camp Community College President, said, “We are very excited about the response and generosity we have experienced so far, and already we see the great success and difference  our major gifts campaign is making. This effort is intended to help the College and community on many levels. We will be able to better prepare our citizens for the careers of tomorrow.  Together we can build a community ready to support the economic growth of our region.”


The campaign began several years ago and has the long-term support of the Boards of the College and the community. Despite the many challenges which have occurred during the course of the campaign, College leadership, the Local College Board, as well as the Foundation Board have been working diligently to bring the College’s first Major Gifts campaign to its final stage.


Larry Pope, Smithfield Foods President and CEO, said, “In today’s global economy, education and training are essential to successfully navigate the changes impacting our workforce and quality of life. Now, more than ever we need to ensure that Paul D. Camp Community College can provide affordable education and fill our workforce with competitive employees.”


The opportunities to give are numerous and the need is great. The campaign will conclude in the summer of 2013.


For more information about the campaign or information on ways to give, contact Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation, at 757.569.6791 or fblow@pdc.edu.