Paul D. Camp Community College celebrates its adjunct faculty members

Paul D. Camp Community College’s third annual Adjunct Faculty Recognition produced 21 honorees among the more than 100 adjunct employees at the college.
“Paul D. Camp is very proud of our committed adjunct instructors,” said Vice President for Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady. “We want them to know how much we value their dedication and skill sets that help our students succeed in their course of study.”
The following adjunct faculty members were honored:
Teaching Effectiveness:

  • Jordan Basnight – Emergency Medical Services
  • Jennifer Domer – Nursing
  • Dr. Renee Felts – Information Systems Technology
  • Mary Ellen Gleason – English
  • Martha Harrison – Mathematics
  • Keandra Hunter – Psychology
  • Carol Lawrence – Information Systems Technology
  • Martha Maurno – English
  • Catherine Paler – Nursing
  • Sandra Raker – Communication Studies
  • Renee Roper-Jackson – English
  • Dr. Sandra Walker – Student Development
  • Dawn Womble – Allied Health
  • Dr. Carl Vermeulen – Biology & Chemistry

Scholarly & Creative Engagement:

  • Elaine Beale – Pharmacy Technician
  • Bill Camp – English
  • Charles McLeod – Emergency Medical Services
  • India Meissel – History

Faculty Leadership:

  • Mary Ann Howell – Information Systems Technology
  • Dr. Sandra Walker – Student Development
  • Thomas Czerwinski – Information Systems Technology

For more information, contact the office of Academic and Student Development at 757-569-6704.


Paul D. Camp Community College Hurricanes kick off the New Year with the addition of soccer

The Paul D. Camp Community College Athletics Department celebrates 2019 with exciting news of the addition of a men and women’s soccer program. The plan is to have the teams in place for competition by the fall semester, which starts in late August.
The sports program has quickly picked up momentum, and enrollment has already increased since 2017 when the baseball program was created and athletic director David Mitchell was hired. The community saw softball implementation and the hire of Coach Carrie Hoeft following soon after in 2018. The addition of soccer is projected to increase full-time enrollment by 50 more students.
“Athletics has added a lot of excitement and publicity in the community,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “This initiative also aligns with our strategic plan objectives that include enhancing student engagement, and therefore, ensuring student success.”
According to Mitchell, who has championed a cohesive athletics department since his arrival, creating the soccer teams will help move the athletic department forward.
“This is an exciting time for the Hurricanes,” he said. “We will be playing the same college teams that we do in baseball and softball games.”
Recruitment for a full-time head soccer coach/ campus life coordinator is underway. For more information regarding PDCCC athletics, contact Mitchell at 757-569-6767 or dmitchell@pdc.edu or visit www.pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College graduates first class from Fast Track Healthcare program in Suffolk

CMA grads first class Suffolk WorkforceCelebrating their academic accomplishments, seated from left, are: Imari Wrenn of Smithfield, Tyeshia Whitfield of Franklin, Tonya Boone of Franklin, Laquita Goodman of Suffolk, Brittany Joyner of Suffolk and Shayla Hale of Norfolk. Back row: Alesia Hale of Norfolk, Eboni McCray of Suffolk, Darna Riddick of Suffolk, lead instructor Dawn Womble, NaTasha Sloan of Emporia, Tarnisha Johnson of Portsmouth and Ashley Rife of Carrsville.
Paul D. Camp Community College celebrated its first class of the Fast Track Healthcare program offered in downtown Suffolk. Twelve graduates were honored during a completion ceremony held Monday at the city’s Workforce Development Center.
In March, Birdsong Trust Fund generously funded the $24,000 start-up cost for the Suffolk program. It is offered through PDCCC’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) to graduate students who can fill needed jobs in the college’s service region.
The non-credit FastForward program was initially intended to train for a career in clinical medical assistant, but lead instructor Dawn Womble expanded it to include the other credentials as well and had the program running five months after its inception.
“The incredible thing about this program is that students don’t have to have a medical background to enroll, and depending on what direction in which the students want to head, they can complete one or all parts of the program,” explained Womble. She said that 11 out of the 12 students passed their certification exams. The pass rates for the Fall 2018 Suffolk group are CPT—100 percent, CET—85 percent, and CCMA—92 percent.
The guest speaker for the event was Seko Varner, who runs his own entertainment firm, directs a youth mentorship program, volunteers with Green Run High School and works as a One-Stop operator for the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board.
In addition to celebrating the graduates, the following were recognized further with the presentation of awards:

  • Most Improved Student — Eboni McCray and Darna Riddick
  • Most Helpful Student — Natasha Sloan and Ashley Rife
  • Sunshine Award — Tyeshia Whitfield and Brittany Joyner
  • Most Dedicated — Tonya Boone and Tarnisha Johnson
  • Leadership Award — Natasha Sloan and Laquita Goodman
  • Clinical Excellence — Ashley Rife and Imari Wrenn
  • Academic Excellence — Shayla Hale, Alesia Hale and Natasha Sloan

The students completing this program and passing their certification exams go to work in a shorter amount of time than a credit student who is working toward a degree would.
“Fast Track is where it’s at,” said Eboni McCray of Suffolk. “I gained an extra family here. I’ve never had a sister and now I have 13.”
According to graduate Laquita Goodman, also of Suffolk, the program is intense, as there is a lot of information taught in a short amount of time. “Be prepared to hit the ground running,” she advised potential students.
Womble said that members of the Birdsong Trustee Board and PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin visited the classroom recently.
“The students were able to demonstrate the equipment and tell them about their experiences in the clinical setting,” she said. “Bayview Medical Center played a big role in providing the clinical sites in which the students worked.”
The first Fast Track Healthcare class on the Franklin Campus graduated in July 2018. For more information about the program, contact the Workforce office at 757-569-6050 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/.


Angela Lawhorne of PDCCC honored for workforce achievements

~Twelve programs have launched under her directorship~

Angela Lawhorne AwardAngela Lawhorne accepts the prestigious award from Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. – submitted
Paul D. Camp Community College Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne was awarded recognition recently at the Virginia’s Community Colleges Higher Education Conference held at the Homestead in Hot Springs.
The 2018 award for Outstanding Achievement by a College Staff Member, was presented to Lawhorne by Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois. It is designated for the individual who has demonstrated expertly applied skills and practical knowledge to enhance the workforce development system in Virginia while providing top-notch service and increased access to students, business partners and other customers.
“Without a doubt, Angela has turned about workforce development at PDCCC and is truly deserving of the chancellor’s award,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts.
Since her hiring in 2017, Lawhorne has launched or helped with the launch of 12 FastForward credentialing programs, including the following curricula: Fast Track Healthcare; Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Certified Logistics Associate and Certified Logistics Technician; and The National Center for Construction Education and Research Industrial Maintenance-Electrical and Instrumentation.
“In addition, she brought four programs in-house and helped create PDCCC’s very own Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training Facility,” added Felts.
Angela has also been instrumental in securing funding in excess of $600,000 for the new initiatives, which have increased enrollment and revenue for workforce development.
“I am so grateful to receive this award,” said Lawhorne. “I am fortunate to get to do what I love each and every day, which is meeting the immediate needs of local employers and the community by creating new non-credit programs.”
Workforce Career Coach Lisha Wolfe was also nominated for the “Rising Star” award for her contributions to workforce development. For more information about workforce development programs, visit www.pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College Allied Health students celebrate completion of programs

Nurse Aide Group ShotFrom left, Tonya Tester of Suffolk, Abigail Neal of Suffolk, Haley Morgan of Sedley, Kayleigh Macleod of Courtland, Tatiyana Greene of Smithfield and Kendra Goode of Virginia Beach celebrate completion of the Nurse Aide program at PDCCC. Not pictured is completer Courtney Carr of Carrsville.

EMT EMS Academy Group ShotStudents who completed EMT and EMS Academy, from left, are: Patricia Barber of Bedford County, Daniel “Chuck” Logan of Chicago, Hunter Morrison of Cincinnati, Ohio, and stationed in Norfolk, Taylor Stallard of Southampton County, Elizabeth Williams of Isle of Wight County, Kaitlyn McLean of Smithfield and Randi Vick of Suffolk. Not pictured are Sean Catley, Skylar Epps, Tonja Vinson, Silvia White and Colin Wright.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s 2018 Allied Health Completion Ceremony was held Friday in the Library Learning Commons on the Franklin Campus.
PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin welcomed guests and graduates to the ceremony. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Director Paul Ruppert led the ceremony and congratulated all of the students.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) student Haley Morgan shared a poem, titled, “Only a CNA.”
The Class of 2018 CNA certificates were presented by Nurse Aide Instructor Lauren Heckenlaible and Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Debbie Hartman, followed by the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and EMS Academy presentations made by Ruppert.
Ruppert then led the EMT & EMS Academy students in the reciting of the EMT Oath and Code of Conduct for Paramedics, which was adopted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians in 1978.
The following special awards were presented:
Nurse Aide

  • Clinical Excellence — Abigail Neal
  • Academic Excellence — Tonya Tester


  • Clinical Excellence — Kaitlyn McLean
  • Academic Excellence — Randi Vick

EMS Academy

  • Academic Excellence — Hunter Morrison

A special presentation was made, during which Ruppert received the George Washington Medical Faculty Association (GW MFA) EMS coin. According to its website, The GW MFA is the first medical school in Washington, D.C., that touts expertise in more than 50 clinical specialties. Physicians teach and mentor medical students, residents and researchers at the school.
For more information about PDCCC Allied Health programs, visit www.pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College holds workshop series to benefit the agricultural community

A new financial series gets underway in January at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
The Business of Farming, created in partnership with area experts and sponsored by Farm Credit, will be held each Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Technology Theater at the workforce center, 100 N. College Drive.
The schedule is as follows:

  • January 7 — Taxes, presented by Benny Burgess and Julie Griggs of Burgess & Co.
    A number of topics will be covered including deferred crop insurance and conservation easements.
  • January 14 — QuickBooks, presented by Benny Burgess and Julie Griggs of Burgess & Co.
    An overview of the software with specifics on how to make it work for your business.
  • January 28 — Business & Law, presented by Will Holt of Kaufman & Canoles
    Business structuring (proprietorship, LLC, etc.) and general legal issues will be covered in this session.
  • February 4 — Succession Planning, presented by Will Holt of Kaufman & Canoles
    Learn about retirement planning and the future of your farming business during this workshop.
  • February 11 — Crop Insurance, presented by Kevin Lynch and Jim Jervey of Farm Bureau Insurance Co.
    2019 crop insurance updates and risk management will be discussed in this informative session.
  • February 18 — Risk Management, Life Insurance, Retirement, presented by Jim Jervey of Farm Bureau Insurance Co.
    This workshop provides a continuation of risk management, but also leads into the discussion of life insurance and planning your retirement.
  • February 25 — Financial Analysis and Case Study, presented by Chris Simms of Farm Credit
    This last session highlights financial analysis for the business of farming, followed by a group presentation.

“In our rural communities, it is important that we support those in the agricultural field,” said Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne. “Farmers often face a unique set of challenges and we want to help them stay as informed as possible on a number of issues.”
Tuition for two people for the financial sessions is only $50. Participants can select particular workshops or attend them all for that price.
For more information, call 757-569-6050 or visit www.pdc.edu.


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