Camp seeks vendors for Professional Healthcare Career Fair

John Failmezger Vickie Clarke Laura Weaver Melissa JeffersonRegistered Nursing students like John Failmezger, from left, Vickie Clarke, Laura Weaver and Melissa Jefferson also volunteer in the community, as they did here during their partnership with Sentara Healthcare to administer “drive up” flu shots.
The Camp Community College Nursing and Allied Health Department is looking for a wide variety of representation from area health institutions, universities and the military during its upcoming Professional Healthcare Career Fair.
The event is set for Tuesday, March 3, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 N. College Drive in Franklin. The cost is $200 per table space, which will go to defray costs of the students’ national exams that they need to take at the end of their programs to attain licensure to practice.
Subway meals will be provided for vendors and a classroom will be reserved for on-the-spot interviews. Anyone attending for interviews should be in business casual dress and have their updated resumes with them.
Reservations are required by visiting pdc.edu/nursing-allied-health/professional-health-care-career-fair/. Checks may be made to the Camp Community College Foundation. Please note on your check that it is for the Nursing and Allied Health Department and mail to: 100 N. College Drive, Franklin, VA 23851. The tax ID number for the foundation is 5013C. Participants may also pay online at pdc.edu/donate/.
For more information, contact Trudy Kuehn, 757-569-6765, or Carol Griffin, 757-569-6731.


Camp graduates fourth class of certified medical assistants

Fast Track Grad Group Dec 2019
Lead Instructor Dawn Womble, back row left, celebrates with students Chandra Mingga of Suffolk, Elizabeth Crawford of Suffolk, Tameka Briggs of Suffolk, Hannah Grant of Murfreesboro, N.C., Benjamin Cutchins of Newsoms, Latisha Battle of Suffolk, Tameeka Hoskie of Franklin, Leslie Henry of Windsor and Tia Jones of Gates, N.C. Front row: Brittney Ingram of Suffolk, Natasha Warren of Sedley, Cynthia Person of Boykins, Chrystinia Fisher of Suffolk and Rayonna Barnett of Suffolk. Not pictured is Marcia Gibson-Ali of Suffolk.
Camp Community College recently celebrated 15 graduates who earned credentials from the Fast Track Healthcare program.
The program is offered through Camp’s Division of Workforce Development and is a curriculum that bundles Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and Certified EKG Technician (CET) in order to graduate students who can fill needed jobs in the college’s service region. Sessions are alternatively taught on the Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk campuses.
This ceremony marked the fourth class to graduate from the program and the second class from the Suffolk location since the first students earned their credentials on the Franklin Campus in July 2018. Thirteen of the students completed the CCMA, while 14 finished CET and 15 earned the CPT credential.
For Cynthia Person, this program opened doors to opportunities that would allow her to earn a paycheck. The 55-year-old dislocated worker had earned a living for more than 35 years at AEC Narrow Fabrics in Boykins, formerly Narricot Industries, before discovering the plant would be shut down and she would be out of a job.
Person had background in healthcare as a CNA, an EMT, and took home health care classes when she found out her job would end. Then representatives of Camp and Virginia Career Works visited the plant to talk to the workers about programs and offerings that were available to help secure jobs.
“I love helping people,” said Person. “I learned a lot [during this program]. It’s a stepping stone to achieve better things.”
The non-credit FastForward program was initially intended to train students for a career in clinical medical assistant, but lead instructor Dawn Womble expanded the program to include the other credentials as well.
“The additional credentials allow our graduates to be in even higher demand,” said Womble. “Students can enroll to train for a new career or for their first career. They don’t have to have any medical background.”
Benjamin Cutchins of Newsoms had already been introduced to Camp as a dual enrollment honor graduate and as a successful completer of the college’s CNA program. He graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Biology in 2018. While working in physical therapy, he asked his mother, who works at the college, if there were any medical assistant classes available at Camp.
“I wanted to gain a variety of clinical experience in preparation of applying to physician assistant programs,” he said. “The Fast Track Healthcare program provides an excellent opportunity to gain the experience working in a clinical setting and to begin a career in health care.” Students were able to acquire hands-on skills at Bayview Physicians Group, James River Cardiology and Southampton Memorial Hospital, which served as clinical sites.
Cutchins was accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant program at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at Mary Baldwin University and began his studies earlier this month.
A special ceremony was held for the graduates December 17 with Pastor Anthony Rawlings Sr. of Celebration Church in Franklin as guest speaker and Dr. George Henry of Windsor giving the invocation.
The following awards were presented during the ceremony:

  • Academic Excellence: Benjamin Cutchins and Leslie Henry
  • Clinical Excellence: Natasha Warren, Latisha Battle and Tia Jones
  • Sunshine Award: Tameka Briggs and Chrystinia Fisher
  • Most Dedicated: Benjamin Cutchins and Tia Jones
  • Most Dependable: Cynthia Person and Elizabeth Crawford
  • Greatest Comeback: Tameka Briggs
  • Leadership Award: Brittney Ingram and Chandra Mingga
  • Most Improved: Rayonna Barnett, Hannah Grant and Tameeka Hoskie
  • Most Helpful: Chandra Mingga and Brittney Ingram

Students visit Camp training facility

SHS students web

A group of Southampton High School business students from the Technical Career Center recently toured the Camp Community College Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training Facility on Armory Drive.
The group learned about the logistics field and related programs offered by Camp. The visit included time on the forklift simulator.
For more information, contact the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 757-569-6050 or workforce@pdc.edu.


Camp Smithfield students present at microbiology society’s annual meeting in Farmville

Alyssa FelgentreuAlyssa Felgentreu of Suffolk was one of five students from Camp’s center in Smithfield to present at the annual microbiology meeting.
Five students at Camp Community College in Smithfield represented several dozen of their biology and chemistry classmates at the annual meeting of the Virginia Branch of the American Society for Microbiology held at Longwood University in Farmville.
Alyssa Felgentreu of Suffolk, Dylan McCuiston of Isle of Wight, Tiffanie Wells of Smithfield and dual enrollment student Samantha Hollis of Windsor High School presented work relating to the discovery and identification of the target of anesthesia. “This interestingly led to revealing a new way to monitor global air pollution,” said Camp Professor Dr. Carl W. Vermeulen, who is known fondly by his students as Dr. V. “Quinn Wilson of Ivor presented in a very different area—the development of a type of marine paint to be used within ships to prevent the spread of diseases among crew and passengers.”
According to Dr. V, to find what anesthesia targets in order to work, Felgentreu applied anesthesia to a variety of different plant stems and found she could temporarily stop sap flow in them. This indicated that anesthesia’s target is not nerves, but something upstream from them. “That upstream target must also be in plants,” she said, as she proposed that the answer could be mitochondria, the powerhouses of cells. “Both plants and animals possess mitochondria,” she said.
In a previous semester, Felgentreu and fellow students had found that mitochondria power the movement of sap in all the major types of vascular plants. In addition, last year in Atlanta, Felgentreu had reported earlier work on stems, finding that plants possess a mechanism that prevents the upward spread of infection in their “bodies.”
McCuiston showed that anesthetics also temporarily stopped the production of oxygen in photosynthesis. “Thus, anesthetics also target chloroplasts,” he said. His question then was about what mitochondria and chloroplasts have in common. According to Dr. V, a cell’s way of storing energy can be likened to the “pump storage” used in the form of the tank behind most toilets in our homes. “Little by little water is pumped into the tank, and then when needed, a gusher can be produced, releasing lots of water or energy,” he described. “In plants, light slowly crams protons together ever tighter before releasing them to power the making of biology’s main energy storage form called ATP.
Wells questioned whether the complexity of higher plants and animals is hiding the real target of anesthesia from our view. She decided to test it further by using simple organisms and found that anesthesia put algae and water fleas to sleep as well, but the same wasn’t true for the third organism. “Anesthetics had little effect on the ability of baker’s yeast to ferment and make carbon dioxide,” she said.
Hollis noted that we usually think of anesthesia as an all-or-nothing effect and proposed whether that the dose could have an effect. “The more anesthetic, the slower the process,” she said.
She also delved into the question of whether methane could be the culprit for the global decline of the efficiency of photosynthesis. After placing leaves in various concentrations of methane, her classmates found strong evidence that methane did indeed slow photosynthesis. “It is extremely important because if photosynthesis were to slow down to 70-80 percent, this might be devastating to worldwide agriculture.”
Meanwhile, Wilson presented his work on making a self-sterilizing paint for use in confined marine situations. He noted that in just the past two years two cruise ships were quarantined in port due to on-board epidemics. “One can only imagine similar cases that go unreported in navy vessels such as submarines,” he said. Wilson used one of the most commonly used interior marine paints and doped it with various concentrations of a strongly antibacterial shampoo detergent. He found a mixture of a paint and 1 percent of the detergent became sterile within 30 seconds of handling it with dirty hands.
“On one test on the railings of Jamestown High School, the effect lasted for more than a year until so much wear had occurred that the railings were repainted,” said Vermeulen. “Members of this group hope to present this to the military’s medical research unit in Bethesda in the coming weeks in hopes that a few students might be employed by those labs after leaving college.”
A Williamsburg resident and a retiree of William & Mary, Vermeulen has been an adjunct at Camp Community College for more than 10 years. He regularly has students presenting at this state-level meeting, as well as frequently at the society’s international gatherings.

Samantha HollisWindsor High School dual enrollment student Samantha Hollis, according to Dr. V, “did far more than be the “clean-up hitter” for the team” at the meeting in Farmville.


Camp Phi Theta Kappa members attend conference

PTK Officers webPTK Public Relations Officer Candice Blow, from left, Historian Kennedy Parker, President M. Jeanette Ahmes, visiting student Jakiyah Williams, Vice President of Service Tamra Boone and Vice President of Leadership Kayla Rountree attended the regional conference in Lynchburg.
Members of the Omega Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society traveled to Lynchburg in October to participate in the 2019 regional conference.
According to co-advisors Brenda Bergess and Crystal McNair, the students were able to take inspiration and information from speakers who discussed the honors topic, “Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing and Achieving Change.”
Bergess said, “The students also participated in the Regional Service Project, which entailed creating artwork that was distributed to a local nursing home.”
The students were able to visit the Lynchburg Museum and Liberty University while on the trip as well.


English instructor talks of monsters at museum in Smithfield

Anita Rose Hillary White Bill CampCostumes were optional at the event. Blackwater Regional Library Cataloger Anita Rose, dressed as a kitty, from left, and Branch Manager Hillary White, dressed as the mouse from “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” talk with Bill Camp after the presentation.
Camp Community College adjunct English instructor Bill Camp made a fitting presentation during the month of October at the Isle of Wight County Museum. Titled “Six Degrees of Separation: Smithfield and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” the information Camp provided highlighted connections between the town and the famed author’s “Modern Prometheus.”
Six degrees of separation refers to the concept that any person is connected to another by no more than six links or acquaintances. Camp presented to the audience that the show boat, James Adams Floating Theatre, made a dozen stops in Smithfield on its cruises up and down the mid-Atlantic Coast during the early 20th century.
He told them how novelist Edna Ferber actually cruised on the James Adams to conduct research for her book, “Show Boat,” which was published in 1926.
According to Camp, there were several adaptations of “Show Boat” to film. The 1936 version was directed by James Whale, who also directed the “Frankenstein” adaptation in 1931. “This was the strongest link between Mary Shelley’s novel and Smithfield,” said Camp. “Whale also directed the Frankenstein sequel, “Bride of Frankenstein” in 1935, as well as the musical, “Show Boat,” which was an adaptation of the Ferber novel.”
The Blackwater Regional Library also participated in the event, showcasing their related collection of books and encouraging more reading and research, according to Director of the Isle of Wight County Museum Jennifer England. The library also led activities for attendees.
“Bill’s presentation was wonderful,” said England. “It was a great discussion of the history of Frankenstein, the literary history of Mary Shelley’s writing and the golden era of film.”
She noted that the museum has some displays and information about the floating theater and Ferber’s “Show Boat.”
“We are going to incorporate his ‘Six Degrees’ into the reworking of our exhibit,” she said. “We are also looking forward to other presentations with Bill in the coming year.”
Camp received a scholarship last year from the Horror Writers Association to support his work on a non-fiction book that will examine how the story was interpreted and presented at different times in our history and across cultural lines.
For more information, contact Bill Camp at bcamp@pdc.edu. For more information about the Isle of Wight County Museum, visit www.historicisleofwight.com/.

Black h20 Lib CollectionA collection of books related to Frankenstein at the Blackwater Regional Library in Smithfield.


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