Suffolk High School Student Graduates from PDCCC

Chris Graham

On Friday, May 11, 2012, a King’s Fork High School student Chris Graham, 18, will receive a degree through Paul D. Camp Community College’s dual enrollment program before he graduates from high school.


As a result of enrolling in the college’s dual enrollment program, Graham, the son of Scott and Karen Graham of Suffolk, will have earned his Associate of Arts and Science degree in General Education (General) and a Certificate in General Studies from PDCCC. He will be transferring to Old Dominion University this fall as a junior and will major in mechanical engineering.


“I thought it would be nice to graduate with an associate’s degree and have a bit of the college work done,” he said. “I was focused on pursuing my education and (this program) will help me better prepare for the working world.”


Graduating with honors from Kings Fork, holding membership in the school’s Beta Club, and serving as assistant scoutmaster in Boy Scout Troop 1, Main Street United Methodist Church, hasn’t left Graham much time for extracurricular activities.


“A lot of my time is spent on college work,” he said. “I did take a lot of the online courses because it was easier and saved the need to travel to the college.”


As a result of his participation in the dual enrollment program, Graham has inspired his younger brother, Josh, a rising sophomore at King’s Fork, to enroll in the program.


“He is getting signed up and taking some classes this summer,” said Chris. “One of the biggest advantages of the program is that the grade you receive is for passing the course, not for passing a test. There is no big AP (Advanced Placement) or SOL (Standards of Learning) exam. And the dual credit is at a higher level than the SOLs.


Dual-enrollment classes are offered in high schools in the PDCCC service area. Dual enrollment allows qualified high school students to enroll in college coursework while still in high school.


“I would recommend the program to other students. It is beneficial because it helps you adjust to college-level courses- the workload, time management and the differences in instruction methods from high school to college teachers.”


Students enrolled in these courses may earn both high school and college credit simultaneously. For more information, contact PDCCC Educational Projects Advisor Audrey Lawrence, 757-569-6770, or