About Paul D. Camp Community College
Opened in 1971, Paul D. Camp Community College is a public two-year educational institution with campuses in Franklin and Suffolk, and a Center in Smithfield, VA. With the mission of providing diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for students and the community, the College offers a wide array of educational opportunities and workforce training.
About the Franklin Campus
Paul D. Camp, an advocate of education, along with his brothers founded the lumber company, Camp Manufacturing, in 1887. Later, after establishing a paper mill, the Franklin facility became a part of Union Camp Corporation, then eventually International Paper. Company officials announced the mill closure in 2009 and then mill repurposing plans in 2011. The mill began its “high quality fluff” production in June 2012. The college in Franklin was built on over 80 acres of land donated by Paul D. Camp’s daughters, Willie Younts and Ruth Camp Campbell, almost 50 years after his death.
About the Suffolk Campus
An engineering pioneer, Oliver Kermit Hobbs, Sr., founded the Hobbs Engineering Company in 1963. His company created agricultural and farming innovations that have been used around the world. In 1988 the company became Amadas Industries. The Paul D. Camp Community College campus in Suffolk is named for Mr. Hobbs in recognition of his generous donation of 67 acres of land to the College (with an additional 15 acres donated in 1989). In making this gift, his goal was to ensure that others would have educational opportunities that he had been denied.
- Admissions Agreements: Twenty 4-year Virginia colleges and universities have guaranteed admissions agreements with PDCCC for students with an associate’s degree and minimum GPA.
- Campuses and Sites:
- Franklin Campus: 100 North College Drive, Franklin, VA 23851; 757-569-6700
- Hobbs Suffolk Campus: 271 Kenyon Road, Suffolk, VA 23434; 757-925-6300
- Smithfield Center: 253 James Street, Smithfield, VA 23430; 757-925-6340
- Career Development Center: The goal of the Paul D. Camp Community College Career Development Center is to support and guide job seekers and
students through career discovery to employment. This work is accomplished through a broad array of programs and services that focus on individual needs, empowering them to make informed career and educational decisions. Activities of the Career Development Center include: exploring careers and college programs; locating intern/externships; preparing for job searches and successful interviews; creating/critiquing resumes; free workshops; and free suits for interviews.
- Clubs, Organizations and Programs: The Student Activities Program compliments the academic program and enhances the overall educational experience of students through their participation in social, cultural, intellectual, recreational, and governance activities. A range of opportunities
are available, including membership in the Student Government Association (SGA) and various other student clubs and organizations that promote leadership development, attainment of education and career goals, and the formation of long-lasting friendships.
- Degrees & Certificates: Associate degree programs in Business Administration, Education, General Studies, Science, Administration of Justice, Administrative Support Technology, Early Childhood Development, Industrial Technology, Management, and Nursing. PDCCC offers 37 career studies certificates and four 1-year certificates that can be earned in less than a year.
- Distance Education: PDCCC uses the Blackboard course management system to host instruction, assignments, discussions, and tests. About one-third of students are enrolled at some level in distance education courses.
- Dual Enrollment: In addition to day and evening classes, credit and noncredit workforce services and training, dual-enrollment classes are offered in area high schools. Dual enrollment allows qualified high school students to enroll in college coursework while still in high school. Students enrolled in these courses may earn both high school and college credit simultaneously.
- Economic Impact: PDCCC is the 5th largest employer in the city of Franklin. The College has a budget of over $10 million.
- Faculty, Staff and Administration: Approximately 174 full- and part-time faculty and staff are employed.
- Financial Aid: 72% of our curricular students received some type of financial aid in 2012/2013, totaling about $3.7 million. Over 30 local
scholarships are available.
- Founded: 1970; Franklin Campus opened: 1971; Hobbs Suffolk Campus: 1995; Smithfield Center: 1993; Regional Workforce Development Center, Franklin: 2002.
- High School Career Coaches: Paul D. Camp Community College maintains a team of career coaches assigned to the high schools in our service area. The coaches assist students and their parents with college preparation and exploring career choices.
- President: William C. Aiken, Ed.D.
- Social Media: Facebook – www.facebook.com/pdccc | Twitter – twitter.com/PDCCC | YouTube – www.youtube.com/PDCCCEDU | Flickr – www.flickr.com/photos/95274022@N04
- Students: Over 2,025 full & part-time students attend PDCCC annually. Full-Time:17% | Part-Time: 83%; Males: 32% | Females: 68%; Students age
- Technology: PDCCC has over 300 computers and high speed wireless Internet available for student use on its campuses and sites. Students can register, pay for classes, apply for scholarships and receive their grades online.
- Tuition: In-State: $136.15 per credit hour. Tuition and fees at PDCCC are less than half of the comparable cost of attending Virginia’s public four-year institutions. For detailed tuition information visit www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/tuition-rates.
- Virginia Education Wizard: The Wizard is an online one-stop resource that helps students and their families make informed decisions about
college and career. To access the Wizard, go to www.VaWizard.org.
- Workforce Development: Training and Workforce services are available at the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center on the Franklin Campus, the City of Suffolk Workforce Development Center, Hobbs Suffolk Campus and the PDCCC Smithfield Center.
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PDCCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Paul D. Camp Community College. The college’s programs are also approved, as required, by the State Board for Community Colleges, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Administration Assistance, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Virginia State Board of Nursing. Institutional membership is maintained in the American Association of Community Colleges.