Attendance proves high during College and Career Fair at PDCCC

Ambassador GroupServing as student ambassadors during the free event were Yalaina Greene (Smithfield), from left, Shelby Stubenrauch (Lakeland), Avery Williams (Windsor), Erubey Mendiola (Windsor), and Darren Jefferies (Smithfield).
More than 400 students attended the Paul D. Camp Community College High School Career Coach Program’s College and Career Fair held on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus on Saturday.
“There were students from every high school in our service region, some from Gates County, NC, as well as students from Portsmouth,” said PDCCC High School Career Coach (HSCC) Susan Stubenrauch, who coordinated the event. She also serves as a counselor and adjunct instructor at the college. “The response has been extremely positive.”
The free event featured over 100 colleges and exhibitors, demonstrations, and presentations.
“Students had the opportunity to register on-site with many colleges and universities, as well as apply for jobs, participating in on-the-spot interviews with the businesses that are hiring,” she said. “Presentations were designed to help students with writing their resumes, preparing for interviews, researching and applying for scholarships and preparing for SAT and ACT testing.
Area SOAR Virginia scholarship students, administered by the HSCC program, served as student ambassadors, assisting exhibitors and guests. The scholarships are designated for high school students who are pursuing postsecondary education.
“Events of this magnitude can only come to fruition with many entities and people working together for a common goal,” said Stubenrauch. “Of course, that goal is student success, and we will continue investing in our community by preparing our students for their academic and career goals.”
For more information about the HSCC program, contact Stubenrauch at

Chick-fil-A-InterviewTeri Jernigan of Chick-fil-A conducts an interview with student Jermey Carrolle of Windsor High.

Marine-CorpsAaron Jones talk with Aubrey Wilson, a student at Lakeland High School.

Tidewater-News-boothStephen Cowles speaks to student ambassadors Avery Williams of Windsor High and Darren Jefferies of Smithfield High.