Healthcare administrator Rick McClenny hails from first nursing class at Paul D. Camp Community College

Rick McClenny

~ From CNA at 16 to chief quality officer at 29~
There wasn’t much debate as far as Rick McClenny’s decision to go into the healthcare field. Even as a young teenager, he had the desire to help people.
He received further confirmation that he was heading in the direction he wanted after he took the health occupations class during his freshman year at Franklin High School.
“I always thought I would become a physician, but it quickly became clear to me that I wanted to become a nurse,” recalled McClenny. “They spend considerably more time with patients in their moments of need in comparison to doctors.”
Through the high school program, McClenny became a certified nursing assistant at age 16. With the insight of instructors Carole Dixon and Jane Best, he applied for the PDCCC inaugural registered nursing program and was accepted.
The young CNA was also juggling a part-time job as a certified nursing assistant at a local nursing home, and participating in church and nursing student activities in the community.
Because McClenny qualified for a Pell grant, and received an honor/scholarship from the Hampton Roads Young Achievers, he was able to finish his degree debt free at PDCCC in 2006.
McClenny had been working as a nurse technician at what was then Obici Hospital in the Surgical, Orthopedics and Pediatrics Unit for about a year and a half. By age 19, he had earned the required credentials and became a registered nurse.
“I continued working on the third floor at Obici on the nursing staff,” he recalled. “After two months, I began working as the charge nurse on weekends.”
McClenny took on even more responsibilities as he served as the 3-11 Unit Coordinator and full time charge nurse in 2010 and chaired the units’ safety council.
He continued his education at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was accepted to the RN-BSN program in 2010. “I transitioned from Sentara Obici Hospital to Sentara Home Care and Hospice in 2011, but I realized that I had a passion for leadership and administrative roles, and working in home health would not promote and foster my leadership aspirations,” he said.
By age 26, McClenny had accepted a job at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia as the director of risk management and patient safety officer just before his graduation at VCU in 2012.
“This position helped me maximize my leadership potential and hone my leadership skills,” he said. McClenny decided to enroll in the Master of Health Administration program at Ohio University, where he graduated in August 2015. Within one month of his graduation, he was asked by the CEO at Southampton Memorial Hospital to join the administrative team as the chief quality officer. He currently still serves in this position.
McClenny touted the education he received at PDCCC as laying a foundation for the success he has experienced in his career.
“Not only is there a shortage of nurses, but this community needs educational programs that will produce skilled and educated workers. The nursing program does just that,” he said. “It prepares graduating nurses to enter the nursing workforce with the education and skills necessary to excel immediately in their new career.”
Reflecting on enrollment as a traditional student at PDCCC, McClenny advises students take at least one year of prerequisites before starting the nursing program. “Coming straight from high school, I had to complete all prerequisites concurrently with the nursing program courses,” he said. “That was quite difficult.”
For more information about the nursing program, contact Carol Griffin at (757-569-6731) or Dr. Debbie Hartman: (757-569-6751).


Paul D. Camp Community College’s holds 47th Annual Commencement Exercises May 11

Felicea DawsonFelicea Dawson received a standing ovation after her speech during the 2018 graduation ceremony.
Paul D. Camp Community College conducted its 47th Annual Commencement ceremony on May 11 at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. Nearly 250 students received degrees and certificates.
Student Felicea R. Dawson served as speaker, and received a standing ovation after the delivery of her message.
“Today, I would like to say to all the graduates that through it all, we made it,” said Dawson. “Whether your next stop is another degree or entering the workforce, remember to tell fear that failure is not fatal, so turn your dreams into reality and know that every end starts a new beginning— today is ours.”
Dawson earned a GED in 2007 and placed as valedictorian of the class. She currently owns her own cleaning business. She graduated with honors Friday evening with an associate’s degree in General Studies and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Business from Norfolk State University.
In addition to the conferring of degrees and certificates, the following recognition occurred:

  • 2017-18 PDCCC Award for Excellence in Education was presented to Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president of academic and student development. Dr. Atkins-Brady was selected by her peers for this honor. This is an annual recognition at the College awarded to one who has made significant contributions and has shown commitment to the College and its community.
  • 2018 Professor Emeritus recognition was bestowed upon Ann Pinner, who retired from the Nursing Department in 2017. This designation is awarded to retired faculty members or administrators who have made significant and long term contributions to the college and community. Pinner began in the beginning of the program in 2005, assisting with curriculum development. She taught Fundamentals, Maternity and Pediatrics. She worked with about 560 associate’s degree nursing students and 23 practical nursing students during her tenure.

Omega Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society President Cynthia Gurst Seigler recognized outstanding graduates, which included those earning cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude, as well as members of PTK. Veterans and active duty members of the armed forces were asked to stand for recognition by PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin.
Dual enrollment students, as well as Environment Sustainability Scholar Tammy Fox were recognized by Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady. The sustainability program’s focus is on teaching outstanding resource stewardship and raising awareness of how green practices can be incorporated into all aspects of life. Students in this program are required to complete 15 credits of related coursework.
The Franklin High School ROTC conducted the Color Guard presentation and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Brittnee Ricks Randolph, 2010 Alumus, sang the National Anthem.

Grad-LineupNearly 250 students earned degrees and certificates Friday evening.


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.


PDCCC early childhood development grad continues education, enhances career at The Children’s Center

Donna LloydIt seems fitting to compare 60-year-old Paul D. Camp Community College alumna Donna Lloyd to an Olympic runner. After all, she has cleared more than her share of life’s hurdles. And in the midst of those challenges, Lloyd has worked a full-time job doing what she loves—all while earning two degrees.
“I raised my children by myself,” said the mother of two, who also helped raise her own siblings. “After my children got their degrees, it was time for me to get mine.”
Her academic journey began at Paul D. Camp, where her advisor, now retired Martha Kello, inspired her to continue her studies. Lloyd earned a Child Development Associate credential that was required for her job at The Children’s Center where she taught and an associate’s degree in early childhood development from PDCCC in 2014. She was 57 when she graduated community college.
“As an older student, I was from a different generation with different ways of learning, so I appreciated the people at PDCCC who supported me, mentored me and assisted me,” she said.
Lloyd was the college’s only recipient of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education’s Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholar, which came at a time when she discovered she no longer qualified for financial aid. “In my heart, I always wanted my degree,” she said. “This allowed me to finish my studies.”
Lloyd continued her academic goals by attaining a bachelor’s degree in human services at Old Dominion University, graduating in December 2017 with a 3.98 grade point average.
Aside of being a non-traditional student, other challenges arose during Lloyd’s college experiences that would test her diligence and commitment. Her husband discovered he had cancer, her 18-month-old grandson was diagnosed with a sensory disorder, her mother passed away, and on top of all of these hardships, she was diagnosed with breast cancer during her internship semester.
“We beat my husband’s cancer,” she said. “I stay positive and know that we will beat my cancer, too!”
The Home Visitor for Early Head Start said that for her, the Early Childhood program was a success and that she uses what she learned every day while assisting families in the community. A typical day for her involves a visit to three to four clients with pregnant mothers and/or children under 3 years old. She assists with setting personal goals, such as those dealing with education, employment and budgeting.
“The staff at PDCCC is still available to me for questions, resources and advice,” she said. “Part of my job with helping families move forward positively in their lives is to provide assistance with enrolling in college classes. I have recommended PDCCC to many young students and have had eight families enroll in classes in the past two years.”
Lloyd is proof that no matter what obstacles come your way, you can work through it and still finish college.
“Be positive and follow your dreams,” she said. “PDCCC is a great place to begin your journey.”


College hires softball coach

By Stephen Cowles
The Tidewater News

Carrie HoftCarrie Hoeft has been named the coach for Paul D. Camp Community College’s softball team, and the Chesapeake resident is ready to begin recruiting for the fledgling program.
PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin and Hurricanes Head Baseball Coach David Mitchell announced the decision on Monday morning at The Tidewater News office.
After the position was posted, numerous applications came in from as far away as Arizona, Florida and New York, said Mitchell. The count was narrowed to five after interviews with himself and a handful of other people. About four weeks ago, the list was winnowed to three and another round of interviews followed. Mitchell said Hoeft was exactly who they were looking for.
She will be bringing her years of playing and coaching experience, most recently as the assistant softball coach for Stratford University. Hoeft has also run camps and clinics for more personalized training. The Hickory High School graduate also earned a degree in sports management at Virginia State University.
Lufkin added, “We’re building a program,” which includes becoming visible, getting momentum going and people talking.”
As mentioned, Hoeft will soon be recruiting. Her goal is to have 15 players by mid-July, and hopes to have 20 players in the fall. She figures there will be 10 to 15 games, depending on the weather.
In seeking out players, she wants to get 18 to 19 ‘true freshmen,’ as she calls them, and will be looking at how coachable they are, how they interact with other players and then their stats.
“She’s very well connected with players in this area,” Mitchell said.
“I have a ton of connections,” she added.
Like PDC baseball, the softball team will also be affiliated with the NJCAA, Division II, Region 10.
Married, she and her husband have a daughter and two sons, also athletic.
“They keep me busy,” Hoeft said, adding that she also works out (“Keeps me sane,”) plays racquetball and, since last May 20 has been the Mid-Atlantic World Outdoor Racquetball Director.
Her family, she said, is “super supportive.” Her parents still come to her games. “It’s pretty awesome.”
Her motivation for coaching is one that any softball player can appreciate.
“I love the game,” Hoeft said with a smile. “I was very fortunate in my coaches [while growing up.] They had a great impact on me and I want to be a great mentor on and off the field.”


June Fleming recognized in Richmond for philanthropy at Paul D. Camp Community College

Philanthropy GroupJune Fleming, fifth from left, is congratulated by PDCCC board member Patricia Sowell, from left; VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois; Fleming’s daughter, Paula Dozier; PDCCC Operations Manager Phillip Bradshaw; PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin; PDCCC Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne; board members Benjamin Vaughan and Syretha Wright; Franklin City Mayor Frank Rabil; and Vice President for Institutional Advancement/ Workforce Development and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Dr. Renee Felts. – Photo by Clem Britt
Mrs. June Fleming of Franklin joined others in Richmond this week to be prestigiously honored with the 13th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.
Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), the annual luncheon ceremony thanks leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, as well as the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of $6 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
“Receiving this recognition is a humbling experience,” said Fleming. “It is an honor to be given an award for simply committing yourself and your energies for a cause in which you deeply believe. Paul D. Camp Community College is a jewel in our community. It is my wish that others will join me in helping to move this institution forward.”
For nearly 20 years, Fleming has demonstrated her dedication to Paul D. Camp Community College and her commitment to education. She has been an active member of the PDCCC Foundation Board from 2000-2007, serving as its vice president and president. This public service contributed to the reason she was selected to receive the J. Paul Councill Jr. Community Service Award in 2009 at the college’s graduation.
In addition, she has served on the PDCCC Local College Board since 2012, where she currently remains. She has also held the position as its chair since 2016. Mrs. Fleming took on the responsibility of the Local College Board liaison from 2013-17 as well. She has supported numerous opportunities leading to students’ success and has an innate desire to help others.
“We are so grateful to have someone as engaged in the college as Mrs. Fleming,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “She personifies generosity.”
Paul Koonce, executive vice president, and president and chief executive officer with the Power Generation Group, Dominion Energy, served as keynote speaker. He called the community college system “one of Virginia’s greatest inventions.” Koonce also borrowed a passage from a 1903 Teddy Roosevelt speech to underscore the invaluable connection between higher education and opportunity.
“‘Far and away, the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Our purpose (as donors) is to make sure that prize – meaningful work – the best prize that life offers, remains within reach of every Virginian.’”
Each community college’s Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, awarded in fall, will be named after the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.


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