PDCCC receives grants for LPN program, GED planning

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently awarded Paul D. Camp Community College grants of $189,186 to launch a practical nursing program and for one year of planning for a GED program. Grant funds were provided by anonymous donors through their donor-advised fund administered by the community foundation.


Practical Nursing Program

“By launching a Practical Nursing program, the College will be able to fill a gap in educational and employment opportunities in our region. The employment of Licensed Practical Nurses is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Yet in our region, there are fewer and fewer places to go to earn the Practical Nursing certificate,” says PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health Program Head Dr. Candace Rogers.


In 2011, the Portsmouth Practical Nursing Program closed. Earlier this summer, Sentara Obici Hospital announced it will graduate its last Practical Nursing class in February 2013 after the Suffolk School Board decided it could no longer fund the program. Before its announced closing, the Practical Nursing program at Sentara Obici Hospital received approximately 150 applications each year for a class of 20-25 students,” Dr. Rogers added.


“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,” adds Dr. Candace Rogers.


G.E.D. Attainment Program

“We serve the counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton, and the cities of Franklin and Suffolk. For this new effort, we will work with the localities and others to assess gaps in need and then we’ll be able to press forward with a strategy that’s well-suited to the College and is well-coordinated with the community at large,” says Paul D. Camp Community College President Dr. Paul Conco.


As part of this grant, the College will:

  • Select an appropriate GED model to serve the western Hampton Roads region’s needs
  • Coordinate with the organizations that currently offer GED classes
  • Integrate the GED model with the college’s career and technical programs
  • Identify times and locations to offer classes and career readiness programs to GED students


“Paul D. Camp is a college of the community, and as such we want to support the growing and changing needs of the community. These two programs are at the heart of the key needs in this area and we’re very excited to receive these grants to perform this work,” adds Dr. Conco.


For more information regarding this grant award from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, please contact Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation Executive Director Felicia Blow at (757) 569-6791 or via fblow@pdc.edu.