Healthcare program at Camp has good track record of putting people to work in the medical field

~Applications accepted for the spring 2020 semester~

Mercedes w DawnMercedes Barnes of Franklin stands with program lead Dawn Womble during the very first Fast Track Healthcare program graduation in July 2018. Barnes is employed with Bayview Physicians Group in Suffolk.
Many graduates of FastForward programs at Paul D. Camp Community College, such as Fast Track Healthcare, are scheduling job interviews before they even graduate. The majority of those job positions do not require a long commute. And guess what else? No medical background is required.
The program allows students to earn three in-demand credentials, which are clinical medical assistant (CMA), electrocardiogram (EKG) technician and phlebotomy technician. Another plus is the fact the students can test for all three certifications on-site through the National Healthcareer Association.
“Since the program got underway in 2018, we have graduated 44 medical assistants, 45 EKG technicians and 45 phlebotomy technicians,” said program lead Dawn Womble. “Currently we have another 16 CMA, 17 EKG techs and 45 phlebotomy techs enrolled.”
Those students are currently training at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus and will graduate in December 2019.
Ashley Rife of Carrsville, a traditional student who completed all parts of the program to graduate in December 2018, wound up at orientation for her new job with Bayview Physicians Group at North Suffolk Family Medicine the morning of her graduation at Camp.
“(The college) puts their students in clinical sites that are potential job opportunities,” Rife said. “And they were always there to encourage me when things were tough.”
CMA and EKG programs tout more than a 90 percent pass rate, while the phlebotomy technician certifications boast 100 percent pass rate.
Certified medical assistants are multi-skilled and handle clinical and administrative roles, while an EKG technician can set up and administer EKGs and stress tests, among other duties. Phlebotomy technicians have routine tasks, among them are drawing blood and maintaining medical equipment.
The recent emphasis on providing more opportunities for workforce training in Virginia is a two-fold solution for industries and job seekers. But the program would not be so successful without the support of many community partners who allow the students to complete the clinical part of their studies at their facilities, such as Bayview Physicians Group, Southampton Memorial Hospital Laboratory, Horizon Healthcare of Ivor and Waverly, Chesapeake Bay ENT of Churchland, and Lifetime Women’s Health.
“We are currently working with Sentara Lab Services, James River Cardiology and Patient First to give our students more of a variety of clinical settings and employment opportunities,” said Womble. Although Bayview Physicians Group has employed most of the students, graduates are also working at Sentara Obici Hospital, Lifetime Women’s Health, Horizon Healthcare, James River Cardiology, Midatlantic Health Solutions, as well as other medical facilities throughout Hampton Roads.
Laquita Goodman of Suffolk graduated from the first Fast Track Healthcare program in December 2018.
“The program is intense, as there is a lot of information taught in a short amount of time,” she said. “Be prepared to hit the ground running.”
An information session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 N. College Drive, Franklin. Only 20 students are accepted to each class of the CMA program, however an additional five can be enrolled in the EKG and phlebotomy technician classes. Two program sessions are offered each year, alternating between the Franklin Campus in spring and Hobbs Suffolk Campus in fall.
Funding opportunities are available. Spring 2020 classes will be taught at Camp’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin and will start Jan. 13. If you are unable to make the information session, call the workforce office, 757-569-6050, or email Womble prior to Sept. 26 at


Encore Learning has evolved into new program at Paul D. Camp Community College

~latest enrichment series is for all adults~

Community Education Program Museum groupPenelope “Penny” Rhoads, from left, Edmond Hanrihan, Patricia Walker, Melba Holland, Dennis Roads, Ann Spence, Joan Gates, Tom Perry and Patricia Haley gather for a photo by the carved eagle figurehead from the USS Lancaster during a trip to the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development is offering a new, metamorphosed program that will replace the Encore Learning series for seniors.
According to Community Education Coordinator Melba Holland, there are two important differences between the programs.
“We are still offering an array of interesting sessions, along with some new ones,” she said, “but with the current program, we will not require membership fees and the program is open to adults of all ages.”
The Community Education Program includes lectures, field trips, social activities, workshops and courses. “People who want to improve skills, explore new ideas, and/or connect with other learners can choose from many different topics and customize their own program,” she said. She noted that there are other options listed in the catalog under “Program Extras” that have fees associated with them. “Many of those are larger trips that require transportation and sometimes meals, supplies and museum fees,” she explained. “This was something that was offered in previous years.”
Free sessions being offered include Movie Time, Understanding Opera, Technology classes and the Genealogy Club. There are many volunteer opportunities and also classes eligible to “test drive,” meaning you can visit, meet instructors and decide if the free course is for you before registering.
Some of the sessions that require fees are a lecture by local author Gaynelle Riddick, Chair Yoga, Spanish and Brushstrokes classes, and kayaking. “You can register for as many classes or workshops as you want,” Holland said.
Many organizations partner with Camp’s Community Education Program in order to offer quality enrichment opportunities. “Collaborations like these are the foundation of the program’s success,” said Holland. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with them.”
Classes start in September. For more information about Camp’s Community Education Program, contact Melba Holland at 757-569-6062 or To view fall 2019 program offerings catalog, visit


Camp student headed for NASA in October

~Nyjah Silver selected to participate in scholars program~
Nyjah SilverNyjah Silver was selected to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program and will be on-site at Langley Research Center in Hampton in October.
Paul D. Camp Community College student Nyjah Silver, 18, will join an elite community in October at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton.
The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program affords students the opportunity to learn about NASA research and missions during an online course, which included a final project. “That was really fun and through research, exposed me to a lot of information I had not previously known,” said Silver about the project. Students also have the opportunity during the course to chat online with NASA engineers and scientists.
“There are two parts to the program,” explained Silver. “To qualify for the first part, which was the online portion, I had to complete an application process similar to what you would do to apply for a scholarship. For the second part, which I will attend this fall, you are selected depending on your performance during the online course portion.”
Silver will attend the four-day experience Oct. 7-11. She will work alongside a NASA scientist or engineer and participate in a rover competition. “I am so excited about this opportunity,” she said. “My career goal is to actually work at NASA one day as a computer and/or aerospace engineer.”
Currently, Silver is working on her associate’s degree in computer science at Camp, but plans to transfer to a four-year university to study computer and aerospace engineering. “I want to keep working to earn my Ph.D. as well,” she said.
At the time she earned her diploma from Smithfield High School, she received a certificate for the Early College Scholars Program, as she had completed the required amount of college credits through Camp’s dual enrollment courses. Also at Camp, she was inducted into the college’s chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success. She also serves as a mentor to youth at Dawn of Phoenix Dance Company in Carrollton, a non-profit organization that empowers youth through leadership, community service and contemporary dance.
“I can’t wait to get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and find out what it is like to be part of this program,” said Silver.
For more information about the NCAS, visit


Paul D. Camp Community College alumna rises above overcast days

Eneida SmallwoodEneida Smallwood delivers the student success speech at the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Induction Ceremony in April. She was the only student in the college’s chapter to earn Advanced and Executive Leadership Certification.
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light,” are words attributed to Greek philosopher Aristotle.
Easier said than done.
Yet Eneida Smallwood found that the light was inside her all along. And she used that as she set out to turn disappointment into a degree at Paul D. Camp Community College.
“I heard a lot of people talking about the college,” she said. “I decided to check it out for myself. I wanted to return to school to finish what I had started.”
Smallwood, now 28, had attended other colleges such as Norfolk State University and Pensacola Junior College in Florida. But life kept getting in the way of finishing her education.
“I was tired of the letdowns, disappointments and tears. Along my journey, I’ve lost people who were very dear to me and the biggest part of my support system — that one was my dad,” she said.
His death seemed to be all that mattered as she began to withdraw from her environment.
“I gave up on many things, including school,” she said. I wanted to quit my job, life and being a parent.” But Smallwood knew she was needed by her mom and daughter and she knew what her dad would tell her to do.
“I started remembering how proud my dad was of me and how important graduating would be for my life and career,” she recalled.
As a full-time parent and worker, the alum still completed her associate’s degree in general studies in 2018 and the career studies certificate in early childhood the following year, graduating Summa cum laude in May 2019.
Smallwood was inducted into the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society and to the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), where she was the only student in the college’s chapter to earn Advanced and Executive Leadership Certification by completing a number of additional modules and projects. Smallwood also served as the chapter secretary of NSLS and was selected to deliver the student success speech at the induction ceremony.
Her advisor and professor noted that despite obstacles, Eneida’s commitment and determination were impressive. “She has this exuberant spirit and whenever you see her, she always has a smile and a hello,” said Toni Johnson, who is also director of the college’s center in Smithfield. She added that it was Smallwood’s perseverance that led to the attainment of her student’s goals.
“Her leadership abilities and enthusiasm for her classes often showed in her interactions with her peers,” said Johnson. “I know her future is bright because she was able to grow as a student and person at Camp. I am elated to have had the opportunity to work with Eneida.”
Smallwood plans to continue her education to complete her early childhood and business administration degrees. After working eight years as a crew leader at Smithfield Packing, she has recently been hired as a USDA food inspector.
She said that a number of people in her life were responsible for giving her the strength she needed to get through her hard times and keep working toward her degree. “My father William, my daughter Leiyanna, my mother Jannet, and my godmother Denise, have given me so much support,” said Smallwood. “I had friends and family that had my back during the times that I shut them out, and they were still there to cheer me on even through the darkness.”
She also noted that Johnson is an “amazing advisor,” who helped her even on her days off, and former Camp Academic Advisor Nicole Jordan is also “incredible,” getting her through some tough times with just the right words. Other faculty members helped along the way as well, lifting her up when she needed a boost.
“It is because of all these people that I am a success story of this college and an inductee of NSLS,” she said in her speech for the ceremony. “I would like to thank everyone that helped me, encouraged me, and believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself, because without them, I wouldn’t be before you today sharing my story.”
She had some words of wisdom to share with new students starting out in college. “Keep your head up and keep pushing,” she said. “I’ve met some incredible people at Paul D. Camp Community College. You have instructors that care about you and believe in you, too, more than you can imagine. If they see you wanting to help yourself, then they will push you through to the end.”

Eneida HeadShot With the help of family, friends and faculty, Eneida Smallwood forged on to complete an associate’s degree at Camp


Susan Stubenrauch honored by peers

Dr Tara Susan StubenrauchSusan Stubenrauch, right, was selected by her peers to receive the 2018-19 Camp Award for Excellence in Education.
This annual recognition is awarded to one who has made significant contributions and has shown commitment to Camp and its community. She serves as high school career coach, academic advisor and adjunct instructor. Stubenrauch has demonstrated that she is an exemplary liaison between the high schools and the college, and is unequivocally devoted to her students.
The award was presented by Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady.


Summer cohorts wield welding skills

~More Camp students will benefit from $200,000 in funds from VCCS~

Fast-Track-Welding-July-2019The July cohort, from left, is: Taylor Carr of Southampton County, Robert Allen of Suffolk, Tevin Patterson of Portsmouth, Brittany Dickens of Suffolk, Daniel Moore Jr. of Virginia Beach, and Melvin Pinn III of Richmond and Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne.

Fast-Track-Welding-August-2019The August students, from left, are: Tyler McDaniel of Chesapeake, Naz Boone of Franklin, RaeQuan Wright of Franklin, Rakheem Scott of Suffolk, Brandon Jackson of Franklin, and Curtis Lankford of Southampton County.
Two cohorts of students at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development Fast Track Welding recently completed the summer 2019 program. Out of 12 students, 10 earned the American Welding Society (AWS) Certification on the first attempt, and according to Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne, the other two are eligible to immediately retake the certification exam.
Opportunities that have been enhanced by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) are allowing students like these to embark on new careers. The VCCS recently directed $2.75 million in FastForward Workforce Training Grants to its community colleges to not only expand existing programs, but to develop new ones as well.
“Camp received $200,000 in funding for the FY20 FastForward Improvement Grant to help more students earn credentials for new careers,” said Lawhorne. “The funds will enable us to purchase a Mobile Welding Lab that will be housed at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, which will allow for more FastForward Welding classes in 2020. The Virginia Ship Repair Association will also participate in welding training through their Marine Trade Training program.”
Not every student is seeking a two-year associate’s degree when they enroll at Camp. The shortage of workers to fill jobs in the state has revealed the need of other strategies to prepare students who want to go directly into the workforce.
“The distribution of the Fast Forward funds will help Virginia build a skilled workforce for the region and allow companies to hire locals at wages that are suited to sustain their families,” said Camp President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “The training we provide is for relevant, high-demand jobs.”
To learn more about FastForward programs and the various scholarships and grants available to help offset tuition, visit or call 757-569-6050.


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