Paul D. Camp Community College still accepting applications for the fall Practical Nursing certificate program

Megan Smith with Laurel WrightMegan Smith, who just graduated in May from the practical nursing program, right, receives her certificate from Laurel Wright, lead faculty for the program. Smith is already working in her field in Suffolk.
Franklin Rotarian Gaynelle Riddick was amazed when she was handed a “newborn baby” while visiting the Paul D. Camp Community College Department of Nursing and Allied Health’s Simulation lab.
The nursing faculty hosted the Rotarians’ weekly meeting recently, introducing them to the state-of-the-art equipment in the lab, namely Sim Mom, a tool which provides students valuable hands-on skills before they head out into the real world as nurses.
Riddick said that the simulation was almost real. “I am so pleased to know that our little college here in my hometown has something this incredible to use in teaching students to be nurses,” she said. “I would not have imagined this teaching tool to even be in existence.”
According to Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Debbie Hartman, many community members in the service region do not realize that the small college has this high quality equipment incorporated into its curriculum.
“We have three labs, including one dedicated to the practical nursing program students on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus with a room that fully simulates bedside patient care,” she said. “We are very fortunate to have generous donors in our community who believe in our mission and our students here at the college, which has made our high quality instruction possible.”
Rotarian Lauren Harper, who was also at the demonstration, echoed Riddick’s sentiment of the realistic approach to instruction. “We are very fortunate to have this facility in Franklin,” she said. “Obviously, the experience is enhanced by very engaged instructors.”
Class of 2019 graduate Megan Smith, 23, of Suffolk, said that her time in the program has been a positive experience and has helped her confirm her calling in the healthcare field, where she works as a licensed practical nurse at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters Nansemond Pediatrics office in Suffolk.
“You gain confidence and nursing skills to help you succeed in your field,” she said. Smith also noted that Laurel Wright, who serves as lead faculty for the PN program, is a kind, caring and positive role model for the program who will go beyond what she has to do to help a student accomplish their goals.
“Anyone would be lucky to have her as their teacher,” she said. “I truly can say that Paul D. Camp Community College’s Nursing Department is a second family to me.”
Practical nursing is just one of the health-related careers that is currently in high demand. According to O*Net Online, the occupations of licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses based on 2016 figures are expected to grow by more than 18 percent in Virginia by 2026.
“The PN program at Camp is one year of instruction that focuses on classroom success, with hands-on activities and skills lab training,” explained Hartman. “The students are provided with more than 500 hours of clinical instruction, working directly in patient care in facilities that are in our service area.”
In addition, the program can be used as a pathway to the registered nursing program. “Camp offers the Licensed Practical Nursing to Registered Nursing (LPN to RN) Advanced Placement Program, which is three semesters and is offered on the Franklin Campus,” said Hartman.
The 2019 practical nursing graduates experienced a 100 percent pass rate, which refers to the successful completion of the state licensure exam for which the college program prepares them.
Currently, the program is still accepting applications for the fall 2019 semester. Classes begin August 20.
For more information about the PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health programs, email Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Debbie Hartman, dhartman@pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College continues to provide quality programs, according to regional body for accreditation

CCC LogoPaul D. Camp Community College announced today that the college has recently received reaffirmation of accreditation by the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
“Beyond meeting or exceeding the rigorous standards of the accreditation process, this milestone also recognizes the hard work and dedication that our faculty and staff put forth each and every day to make Paul D. Camp Community College a wonderful place to work and learn,” said Camp President Dr. Daniel Lufkin.
He added that the process involves everyone at the college, including the Camp Local College Board, the Camp Foundation Board, advisory boards and community partners. However, he bestowed a special recognition on Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, Dean of Transfer Programs and the Hobbs Suffolk Campus Dr. Justin Oliver, and Coordinator of Institutional Research and Assessment Damay Bullock, for their “unending support and leadership.” He added, “Through their leadership, collectively we achieved our goal of reaffirmation of accreditation, which should make us all extremely proud.”
SACSCOC assures quality and effectiveness of degree-awarding institutions located throughout 11 southern states, which includes Virginia, and some international institutions as well. According to its President, Dr. Belle Wheelan, an institution that has earned accreditation by SACSCOC shows that the college has “a purpose appropriate to higher education and has resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.”
She added in her welcome letter on the website, “In addition to ensuring that our institutions provide quality programs for students which determines eligibility for Title IV funds (student financial aid), SACSCOC works to influence legislation and regulations that impact the work of our member institutions.”
The six core values of SACSCOC are integrity, continuous quality improvement, peer review/self-regulation, accountability, student learning and transparency.
Colleges are reviewed every 10 years by SACSCOC. The next reaffirmation for Camp will be in 2029. For more information about reaccreditation, visit the SACSCOC website, www.sacs.org/.


Paul D. Camp Community College gets a fresh new look

Camp College LogoThe new Camp Community College logo featuring a pine needle graphic and the tagline “Grow Your Future,” created by Lawler Ballard Van Durand Advertising and facilitated by James Schloss.
The community may notice a “facelift” of sorts on materials and promotions as Paul D. Camp Community College launches its new branding.
Although the name of the college will remain the same, a more modern look has been created by Lawler Ballard Van Durand Advertising (LBVD) with PDCCC Foundation Board President James Schloss acting as facilitator on the project.
He has extensive experience in marketing, having worked in the field for Sara Lee and more recently, Smithfield Foods.
The ad agency is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia.
Paul D. Camp has undertaken a lot of new projects and enhancements since the hiring of its new President Dr. Daniel Lufkin in 2016, including the expansion of relevant programs and the addition of an athletics program.
“There is a lot going on here at the college,” said Lufkin. “We will be coming up on our 50th anniversary in the next couple of years, and the ad agency has provided a more modern, futuristic branding that will lend more consistency while preserving our history as we move forward through the next 50 years.”
An old logo of the college depicted pine trees, reflecting the rich history of the area and PDCCC’s origins, particularly the lumber company, Camp Manufacturing, that Paul D. Camp and his brothers founded in 1887.
The more than 80 acres of land for the first campus in Franklin was donated by Camp’s daughters nearly 50 years after his death.
Later another logo that included the website URL and tagline “Get Ahead” was used.
The latest tagline invites students and potential students to “Grow Your Future,” referring to the fact that the college can help students achieve their goals, whether one is seeking an associate’s degree, courses before transferring to a four-year institution, or credentials that can qualify them to begin working more quickly than the traditional route.
According to LBVD, the new logo features “strong but open type treatment that grounds the logo.”
The gradient graphic to the left of the wording depicts pine needles that symbolize growth and renewal.


Paul D. Camp Community College offering training for high demand programs at new facility

Andrew Murrell forkliftOperating the forklift, Andrew Murrell is a graduate of several of the workforce programs. He works at Cost Plus World Market in Windsor.
As the Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges continues to work toward the expansion of Pell grants for students enrolling in short-term workforce programs, there are local opportunities that can help pay for student training at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training Facility.
“At the workforce center, we see many students who are job seekers,” said Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. “We are seeing more and more students who want to learn specific skills in a quality program that will train them for work in a shorter amount of time than it takes to earn an associate’s degree.”
Some of these programs are being taught at the new facility, which is located in the back of The Tidewater News building at 1000 Armory Drive and is adjacent to the football field at the Armory.
Forklift, Clamp Truck and Reach Truck Operator, for instance, is a 15-hour, three-day course. The Warehouse and Distribution Foundations course only takes 40 hours or one week, and Certified Logistics Associate or Certified Logistics Technician take four weeks each.
“In one week, a student can complete a Career Readiness Certificate, the Fork lift, Clamp Truck and Reach Truck class, OSHA 10 certification, and nine hours of employability/soft skills training,” said Lawhorne.
According to Lawhorne, there are several ways for eligible students to receive funding for the courses, thanks to the shared vision of the localities, area businesses and industries, and donors who recognize that fulfilling the gap of skilled workers for area jobs can help the Commonwealth as a whole.
“Funds have been donated from supporting events, like the LogistX Games and from other partners for student scholarships,” said Lawhorne. “Money is also available from the FastForward Workforce Credentials Grant and through workforce scholarships.” Additionally, approved programs are eligible for 100 percent payment by Hampton Roads Workforce Council and its Virginia Career Works office.
“Students may also apply for Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative funding, a state-level campaign that includes PDCCC and is aimed to help students in rural communities transition to higher education,” she said.
Students learn skills hands-on in real life warehouse surroundings that allow them to excel in logistics.
“The skills that the students attain put them in a career-ready position that will fulfill the needs of the supply-chain industry and at the same time, allow them career advancement opportunities and the ability to earn a sustainable wage,” said PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin.
For more information about workforce development programs, email workforce@pdc.edu, call 757-569-6050, or visit pdc.edu/workforce-development/.


Paul D. Camp Community College celebrates grand opening of regional warehouse and distribution training facility

ribbon cuttingThose participating in the ribbon cutting of the building from left, are: Local College Board members Chuck Sanders and Chair Elect Jim Strozier, Franklin City Manager Amanda Jarratt, Senior Associate of Moseley Architects Jan Burgess, Publisher of The Tidewater News Tony Clark, PDCCC Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne, PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, Chief Workforce Advisor to the Governor Megan Healey, CEO and Executive Director of Virginia Port Authority John F. Reinhart, Franklin City Mayor Frank Rabil, Local College Board members June Fleming, Benjamin Vaughan and Youlander Hilton, President and CEO of Hampton Roads Workforce Council Shawn Avery, and PDCCC Foundation Board Member Herbert DeGroft.
Under a large American flag undulating over the building, the Grand Opening of the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training Facility got underway with perfect weather and heartfelt words.
Instruction at the facility began in 2018 with Forklift, Reach Truck and Clamp Truck Operator and Warehouse and Distribution Foundation programs taught there. The project has been a collaborative effort of many donors and business partners.
Franklin City Mayor Frank Rabil greeted 130 guests, followed by remarks from PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin. He talked about the collaborative project and what it means to our area.
“In this renovated space—designed and outfitted to replicate a real-world warehouse environment—we not only will be able to customize training to meet local employers’ needs, but more importantly, we will be able to help put people to work in meaningful jobs that allow for career advancement and pay a family-sustaining wage,” he said.
“With the equipment and set up you see here today, we will be able to showcase this facility to potential companies looking to move into our area, and have it serve as a place for site location consultants to visit.”
CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority John F. Reinhart talked of the importance of providing job opportunities nearby in order to retain residents. “[With this facility] People can work for local companies,” he said. “They can live here and be the fabric of our community.
“This area will continue to grow, and we want to grow smartly with it. On behalf of the Virginia Port Authority, I am happy to have played a small part in this.”
Chief Workforce Advisor to the Governor Megan Healey, PhD, related how job openings outnumber qualified candidates in Virginia and that we have to think about how to fill not only these jobs, but future jobs as well. “Many businesses will benefit from this,” she said. “I commend this partnership.”
Andrew Murrell of Franklin, a graduate of several programs taught at the facility, including Forklift, Clamp and Reach Truck, and Employability/Soft Skills, said he’d recommend the program to others. “It gives you the ability to go to a company with all the knowledge and skill you’ll need for the job, and it is right here at home,” he said. Murrell, who has secured a job at Cost Plus World Market in Windsor, briefly addressed the guests in attendance as well. “I thank Paul D. Camp Community College for giving me a platform,” he told the audience.
Other highlights of the program included a check presentation from President and CEO of Hampton Roads Workforce Council Shawn Avery for the generous amount of $20,000 for student scholarships. PDCCC Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne said that the project had been a “labor of love.” She presented an award to Mike Renfrow of Virginia International Terminals who served as a dedicated leader and, along with his contractors, associates and construction staff, contributed many hours of assistance.
A tour of the facility followed, which included forklift simulators and a forklift demonstration by Murrell.
For more information about workforce programs, email workforce@pdc.edu or visit pdc.edu/workforce-development/.

Andrew Murrell demo forkliftAndrew Murrell, who graduated from several of the programs taught at the facility, demonstrates forklift skills alongside Warehouse Coordinator and Logistics Instructor Carroll Richie.

Youlander Hilton simulatorLocal College Board member Youlander Hilton tries out the forklift simulator.


Paul D. Camp Community College Fast Track Healthcare program graduates 16

FastTrack Group HallwayStudents who completed the rigorous healthcare program under lead instructor Dawn Womble, seated left, are: Crystal Rose of Newsoms, Janice Turner of Franklin and Tara Mclean of Suffolk; second row: Jeamis Britt of Franklin, Kenya Scott-Newsome of Suffolk, Capron Smith of Hampton, Mona Johnson of Franklin, Salean’a Saunders of Franklin, Rochelle Scott of Franklin and Sherniya Wiggins of Franklin. Back: Tatyana Beale of Newsoms, Frances Sharp of Franklin, Amaris McDaniel of Chesapeake, Alexis Harris of Portsmouth, Shanice Clemons of Sedley and Tamika Swan of Suffolk. Swan is the second in her family to graduate from PDCCC. Her sister, Laveckia, previously completed her degree and also worked for the college.
A special ceremony dedicated to 16 ladies who completed the Fast Track Healthcare program at Paul D. Camp Community College was held June 4 at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
The program 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) 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 was to celebrate the second cohort from the Franklin-based program.
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 that put the successful completers in even higher demand.
“It is a win-win situation, because it allows the college to provide a skilled workforce for our local businesses as well as helps the students attain a viable career with sustainable wages,” said Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne.
The Fast Track Healthcare is one of the programs at PDCCC where you may find a mix of students who are enrolled to get training for their first full-time job, alongside of students who are in the program to repurpose or enhance a career.
Sherniya Wiggins, 19, graduated from Southampton High School in June 2018. She received direction to go into a healthcare field primarily from watching her mother serve as a nurse.
“It inspired me a lot, and it fits my personality of caring for people,” she said. “I want to get more hands-on experience first. Then I want to continue my education to earn a bachelor’s degree and become a registered nurse.”
Janice Turner, 59, who spent 16 years in the corrections field before transitioning to the medical field, currently serves as a Direct Support Professional (DSP), assisting adults with disabilities. She heard about the program from Workforce Career Coach Lisha Wolfe.
“This is an excellent program and an awesome opportunity,” she said. “When you are my age and come into a class with all these young, strong women, you are forced to refocus in order to keep up the pace with them. Mrs. Womble deals with us one-on-one to make sure no matter what else is going on in our lives, we all really get what she is teaching.”
Amaris McDaniel, 42, landed in the program after graduating from the Truck Driver Training program at PDCCC. She discovered Fast Track Healthcare after meeting Womble in the hallway one day and drove to the classes every day from Chesapeake. “I realized that as much as I wanted to have my own office and see the world, that I had six kids at home who I would not be with if I was driving for a living,” she said.
Tara Mclean and Kenya Scott-Newsome have already secured jobs with Bayview Physicians Group and Capron Smith will kick off her career at Tidewater Physicians Group.
In addition, one male enrolled, Jade Cross of Newsoms, earned the phlebotomy certification.
The ladies say that as a group, they have been through all sorts of personal issues that have required some accommodation by Womble. “Thank God for her,” said Frances Sharp, 58. “She has encouraged us and motivated us during some of our weakest moments.”
The guest speaker for the program was retired administrator Deborah W. Faulk. Her remarks were followed by a vocal presentation by Minister Mary Lane-Williams of Love Center Family Church in Suffolk.
In addition to the celebration of the students’ completion, the following honors were awarded:

  • Most Helpful Student—Mona Johnson and Capron Smith
  • Most Improved Student—Tara Mclean and Tamika Swan
  • Sunshine Award —Frances Sharp, Jeamis Britt and Tatyana Beale
  • Most Dependable Student— Crystal Rose and Sherniya Wiggins
  • Most Dedicated Student—Shanice Clemons and Rochelle Scott
  • Clinical Excellence— Kenya Scott-Newsome, Jeamis Britt, Tara Mclean, Alexis Harris and Janice Turner
  • Leadership Award—Frances Sharp and Amaris McDaniel
  • Academic Excellence—Mona Johnson, Salean’a Saunders and Capron Smith

“Although it has been challenging to meet the needs of everyone as far as the varied levels of “old school” versus “new methods” of math, an incredible aspect of the program is that medical background is not needed to enroll, and students can finish one or all parts of the program, depending on where they are headed in their careers,” said Womble.
Sharp added as a word from the wise to potential students to be serious when you enroll in the program. “Come prepared and be ready to work,” she said.
All three programs prepare students to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification exams to earn their credentials. PDCCC has become an NHA partner and will offer the exams on-site. For more information about the program, contact the Workforce office at 757-569-6050 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/.


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