Outstanding PDCCC students recognized during honor society luncheon

PTK Awards Luncheon Group webOn hand for the recognition, from left, are: President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, All-Virginia Academic Team members Mary Burgess, Taryn Hains-Karmilovich, Olivia Davis and Andrew Stegman, and VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois.
Four Paul D. Camp Community College students were recognized by the Virginia Community College System for outstanding academic achievement during a special event held in Richmond.
Among the 74 honorees representing Virginia’s 23 community colleges were PDCCC students Andrew Stegman, Taryn Hains-Karmilovich, Olivia Davis and Mary Burgess. The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society 2017 All-Virginia Academic Awards Luncheon was held at Four Points by Sheraton and featured remarks from the VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois, Lord Fairfax Community College President Dr. Cheryl Thomson-Stacy, and President and CEO of PTK Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, who served as guest speaker.
The PTK Honor Society All-Virginia Academic Team program is not just about academic excellence. Members possess leadership skills and work hard to give back to their communities as well. According to PTK, Virginia is one of 38 states participating in the All-State Academic Teams program. It was introduced in 1994 as a way to give scholastic recognition to its members while promoting excellence at two-year colleges.
Toni Johnson and Sherri Ward are co-sponsors of the organization at PDCCC.


Four Students. Eight Degrees.

ADN BSN Concurrent Students GroupLeft to Right, students Taylor Felts, Taylor Jackson, Caitlin Sawyer and Ayla Sherman completed their ADN requirements at PDCCC on May 12, 2017, and will graduate from ODU with a BSN degree in December 2017. They must pass the NCLEX licensure exam before they can graduate from ODU.
By Sarah J. Hill
Our hard-working students are pulling off what few hope to achieve: earning two degrees.
What’s even more impressive is that they’re earning both degrees at the same time.
Thanks to an agreement between Old Dominion University and Paul D. Camp Community College, students attending PDCCC are able to study for both their associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing.
The program is academically challenging and a lot of work for the students. However, for Ayla Sherman, Taylor Jackson, Taylor Felts, and Caitlin Sawyer, it was worth it to reach their academic goals.
All four will be moving on to the next steps in their education and career that much sooner.
For Ayla Sherman, the rigorous program allowed her to reach her goals faster and have more time with her family.
“I have two young children. I did not want to be in school their whole young lives, and this helps consolidate your school time,” Sherman told ODU.
“It was a good option for me, because I was able to get both my associate and bachelor’s degrees in two years.
I’m still able to see my kids in their later years, and I’m not going to be in school until they’re 20.”
Taylor Jackson is confident that having earned his BSN will help him in the competitive medical job market.
“Not only does it save you time,” Jackson said, “It makes you more competitive while you’re out there looking for a job.”
“The success of these students not only validates their hard work and persistence,” says Dr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president, “it also reinforces the value of our partnership with Old Dominion University.”
Each of the four nurses plan to find work in the field, and some are considering continuing their education in the form of a master’s degree.
Sarah J. Hill is a content strategist for Distance Learning Old Dominion University.


Employees who are certified in forklift, clamp truck and reach truck operation are in demand

Put yourself in a position to be in demand at Paul D. Camp Community College where forklift, clamp truck and reach truck operator certificate courses are being held to meet the needs of the community in this growing industry.
“With new construction and the expansion of existing facilities, the demand for warehouse and distribution center employees is increasing every day,” said Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne. “In response, the college created this non-credit course to enhance opportunities of employment in this industry.”
The three-day long course will be held in a couple of different sessions. The first begins Tuesday, July 11, and continues through Thursday, July 13, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center Conference Hall, 100 North College Drive, Franklin. Another session will be held at the same time and place from August 15 through 17.
Students will participate in forklift driving drills and learn OSHA safety procedures. Upon successful completion of the class, they will receive a forklift operator’s certificate and OSHA safety certificate.
The cost of tuition is $250. Scholarships in the amount of $200 are available. Register and pay online at pdc.augusoft.net. For more information, call the workforce office, 757-569-6050, or email workforce@pdc.edu.


Deadline to register for Backflow Prevention Device Certification is July 7

Classes for a course designed for plumbing, mechanical and fire suppression contractors, city building and plumbing officials, public utilities inspectors, water and wastewater personnel, health department officials and engineers will be held Wednesday, July 12, and Thursday, July 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 111 at the Paul D. Camp Community College Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
Backflow Prevention Device Certification is focused on helping participants understand backflow and recognize cross-connections, with special emphasis on preparing individuals to test, inspect and provide in-line maintenance of reduced pressure principle backflow prevention devices, double check valve assemblies and pressure vacuum breakers.
The one-credit course costs $300. Financial assistance is available. Register by July 7 at 4:30 p.m. and pay online at pdc.augusoft.net. For more information, call 757-569-6050 or email workforce@pdc.edu.


Deadline to register for beginning to intermediate photo class is June 23

Get your photos on at the PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus
~ Award winning photographer Shirley Whitenack will teach class ~
Paul D. Camp Community College’s (PDCCC) Division of Workforce Development will offer a unique photography class that will leave students confident in their picture taking abilities.
“This class will unleash your creativity as you learn to take control of your camera,” said instructor and award winning photographer Shirley Whitenack.
Beginning to Intermediate Digital Photography will be held in a four-week consecutive session on Wednesdays, June 28 to July 19, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the PDCCC Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. The cost for this class is $115.
The class will include information about basic camera mechanics, fundamentals of exposure and compositional techniques through traditional lecture, demonstration and on-location photography. In addition, students will learn how to fully utilize directional light, determine proper exposure and exploit depth of field to create dramatic compositions.
“Students will leave the class with working knowledge of their digital camera and the confidence to fully utilize it to capture outstanding images,” Whitenack said.
Participants need to bring their fully charged camera, instruction manual and digital media. Register at pdc.augusoft.net. For more information, call 757-569-6050 or email workforce@pdc.edu.


PDCCC student Joel Fox conducts research that will help people in underdeveloped countries

Joel Fox Joel Fox, pictured in the PDCCC biology lab, presented research at a meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in New Orleans on June 11. –Photo by Mary Ellen Gleason
Joel Fox’s project involved heat proofing vaccines for easier transport for underdeveloped countries. – Photo by Joel Fox
What does the French Quarter in New Orleans, the American Society of Microbiology, and Paul D. Camp Community College have in common? The answer is Joel Fox, a PDCCC general studies student.
He presented his project in immunology at the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) meeting in New Orleans on June 11 at the recommendation of Dr. Carl Vermeulen, professor of microbiology, who is affectionately known to his students as Dr. V.
Fox’s project introduced research at the convention on heat proofing vaccines, making them more transportable and safer for many underdeveloped countries. According to Fox, a common problem in some countries is transporting vaccines safely to towns and villages. Vaccines exposed to high temperatures in transit to villages by canoe, for example, can lose potency and effectiveness. Typically, temperatures can break down the vaccine before it reaches its destination.
A second problem is the mishandling of the vaccine once it is delivered. It is not uncommon for people in villages to use the same needle to dispense the vaccine causing serious infections among the children receiving the vaccine.
The PDCCC student’s project shows research that solves both problems. He and Dr. V sought ways to inject vaccines into starch noodles. Once hardened, they can withstand temperatures up to 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Furthermore, these noodles have a sharp point and are small, which enables them to be inserted under the skin. Thousands of the vaccines can be transported because of the small size of the hardened noodle and at a very low cost.
The American Society of Microbiology provided Fox with multiple opportunities for dialogue about immunology specifics to his project and exposure to many different mind sets in that field. According to him, he would ask those he talked with for advice. “Small details can be extremely important,” he said. He was approached by many graduate students who were interested in his project. He was amused when one graduate student asked him if he was post-doctoral. “I said, ‘No, I am a student at Paul D. Camp Community College.’”
Dr. V described the importance of this research, explaining, “While Joel was in transit to the meeting, a lot of kids in the Sudan died from being given the measles vaccine that had become contaminated over the 4-day period of injections without any refrigeration, and the use of only one syringe for the whole village, and because children were used to administer the shots.
“Our work promotes vaccines that don’t need refrigeration; the delivery device can only be used once and then disappears, and the method is so simple that inexperienced providers can do it.”
Fox anticipates that his research project at PDCCC will help him reach his academic goals and considers his experience in New Orleans a success. He said, “I connected with many people, some from places such as Manchester and Cambridge, while others were from Wisconsin and Alabama.” Dr. V would agree and said that Joel “made a couple of very important connections” at the ASM convention.
Fox grew up in Capron with his parents, Jeff and Kira Fox, and his older brother, Taylor. He graduated from PDCCC in May and plans to enroll at Christopher Newport University to major in molecular biology and chemistry. Along with his family and Dr. V, he is quick to add that his work was supported by multiple students at PDCCC.
For more information about programs and classes at PDCCC, visit www.pdc.edu.


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