Paul D. Camp Community College sets official opening of its new training facility

TrainingInstructor Wayne White conducts training in the new facility.
The Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training Facility serves as a boon to both local employers and students seeking local jobs. Although instruction has been underway since 2018, a grand opening has been set for the facility Wednesday, June 12, beginning at 11:00 a.m. with a brief presentation.
“We are so excited to have our forklift simulators available as well as student demonstrations in our warehouse,” said PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. Lunch will follow the presentation.
“We will have special remarks from the Governor’s office and the CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority, Mr. John Reinhart,” added Lawhorne.
Forklift, Reach Truck and Clamp Truck Operator sessions, Certified Logistics Associate and Certified Logistics Technician programs, as well as Warehouse and Distribution Foundations courses have been running from the facility, located in the back of The Tidewater News building on Armory Drive in Franklin.
Students may be eligible for scholarships and grants that cover the majority of tuition costs. Some of the graduates of the programs have also secured jobs within a week of completing training.
If you plan to attend the grand opening, please email Linda Riddick by June 6 at
For more information about workforce programs, contact workforce development at or visit

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‘Camp out’ this summer at Paul D. Camp Community College

~Popular enrichment series kicks off in June~
Cooking with DisneyDebra Brabson of Now You’re Cooking Culinary Studio shows young chefs how to create edible delights during a previous Kids College Camp session.
As far as your imagination can take you is the limit to your destination this summer. Adventures abound and possibilities are endless during the 2019 Paul D. Camp Community College Kids College Camp.
“This year, most sessions are planned to be a week in length under one adventure topic,” said Kids College Camp Director Melba Holland. “The camps will end with field trip fun on Fridays.”
Upcoming camps include:

  • Water Adventures: June 17 – 21 — Students will experiment with items that sink and float, and will use water color techniques on canvas. The field trip will be to Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach.
  • Tech Adventures: June 24 – 28 — Math and experiments will be combined with creative expression through art. Friday trip is set for Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth.
  • Exploration Adventures: July 8 – 12 — Youth will find their inner detective and investigate animals and their habitats. Travel on Friday will be to the Norfolk Zoo.
  • Designing Art Adventures: July 15 – 19 — Participants will be challenged for solutions using Legos and will learn about design. Local Field trip will be to the Franklin City Department of Parks and Recreation pool.
  • Drawing Adventures: July 22 – 26 — Attendees will try their hand at architectural drawing and cartooning. The Friday trip will entail a visit to a Bounce House.
  • STEAM Adventures: July 29 – August 2 — Students get fired up for computer games and decoding using robots. Round out the week with a trip to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.
  • Cooking Adventures: August 5 – 9 — Junior chef class begins with developing culinary skills and a Cupcake Wars competition. The end of the week culminates with a trip to the movie theater at Chesapeake Square Mall on Friday.

“We are also having a camp titled, “Sports and Fitness—Games,” set for the week of June 17 through August 8,” said Holland. “Participants will engage in athletic activities each day to promote teamwork and fun.”
Board and Wii games will also be incorporated into the week’s session.
“The camps are for youth 7 to 18 years old, and as long as a child will turn 7 by the start of the class, they may register for the camp,” said Holland.
Registration is required. For more information about Kids College Camp, contact Holland, or visit


Paul D. Camp Community College honors completers in the Allied Health program

EMT EMS Group webPaul Ruppert, left, congratulates his students. Attending from left are: Shae Masters of Suffolk, Mohammad Sajid of Chesapeake, Charlotte Cifers of Courtland, Nick Stickney of Newsoms, Patricia Barber of Lynchburg, Sylvia White of Smithfield, Elizabeth Williams of Carrsville, Tonja Vinson of Southampton County and Macayla Servais of Carrsville. Not pictured are Paul Bangley and Pamela Smith.
Nineteen students were celebrated during the Paul D. Camp Community College 2019 Allied Health Completion Ceremonies held at the regional workforce development center in Franklin.
The midday event got underway with a welcome from PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, followed by the presentation of a prestigious award— the International Ambulance and Medics Commendation— presented to EMS Program Director and Paramedic Paul Ruppert.
“[Mr. Ruppert’s] dynamic leadership and exemplary foresight consistently forged powerful results in every area of endeavor. On short notice and without any additional manpower, he developed the EMS Academy curriculum based on instructor and student critiques, and refined courses to absolute perfection,” said Lufkin. The pinning of the medal was conducted by Adjunct Associate Professor and EMS Clinical Coordinator Charles McLeod.
Lead Phlebotomy Instructor Nancy Cook presented certificates to her six students, followed by Ruppert presenting certificates to nine of the 11 completers able to participate from the EMT/EMS program. The two students successfully finishing the Pharmacy Technician program, headed by Director and Instructor Elaine Beale were not able to attend the ceremonies. They are Alyssa Aguilar and Alyssia Ricks, both of Franklin.
For more information about the PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health programs, email Tasha Taylor at

Phlebotomy Group webStudents successfully completing the phlebotomy program under instructor Nancy Cook, center, from left, are: Latisha Battle of Suffolk, Erica Turner of Courtland, Jessica Moore of Courtland, Candice Jordan of Franklin, Sharita Brown of Franklin and Ebony Turner of Courtland.


Paul D. Camp Community College nursing students celebrate during special ceremony

RN Program 2019Class of 2019 RN students, front row from left, are: Jordan Anderson of Suffolk, Candace Triplett of Sedley, Victoria Kouassi of Carrollton, Kaitlyn Pope of Boykins, Tori Ricks of Franklin, Brittany Fletcher of Smithfield, Mariah Smith of Corapeake, NC, and Dedria Burgess of Newport News. Second row: Bonnie Burns of Franklin, Sophie Abisaab of Yorktown, Victoria Williams of Suffolk, Bethany Brinkley of Suffolk, Jennifer Kilborn of Suffolk, Keshonta Banks of Suffolk, Jessica Revels of Wakefield, Carin Wade of Virginia Beach, Carrie Holt of Sedley, Callie Bailey of Suffolk, and Raven Daniels of Suffolk. Back row: Dawn Wilson of Ivor, Tasha Sydnor of Chesapeake, Sara Creech of Courtland, Kaycie Edwards of Franklin, Darius Evans of Suffolk, Michael Edwards of Franklin, Katrissa Bennett of Eure, NC, Abbiegail Jones of Windsor, Ruth Kent of Ivor, Courtney Edwards of Franklin, Hannah Fagan of Suffolk, and Emily Edwards of Franklin.Photo by Paula Hasson of Precious Memories Photography
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Department of Nursing and Allied Health recently honored its graduating class of students in the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) and Registered Nursing (RN) programs by holding a special pinning ceremony. Lead Instructor for the Associate Degree Nursing Program Trudy Kuehn served as guest speaker.
Kuehn created a PowerPoint presentation that humorously highlighted “Nursing School through the Lens of Memes.”
Kuehn, known as Mrs. K by the students, has more than 30 years of experience as a nurse. She attained her BSN from The Ohio State University and earned her MSN from Old Dominion University with a specialty in Critical Care.
Special awards were presented during the ceremony. The following LPN students received class honors:

  • Clinical Nursing Excellence Award-Megan Smith
  • Nursing Academic Excellence Award-Laura Vick

The following RN program students received class honors:

  • Academic Excellence Award-Katrissa Bennett
  • Nursing Clinical Excellence Award-Keshonta Banks
  • Mentorship Award-Candace Triplett
  • Dr. Candace Rogers Excellence in Leadership Award-Tori Ricks
  • Florence Nightingale Award-Bonnie Burns
  • Ann Pinner “One Bite at a Time” Award-Carin Wade

For more information about the PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health programs, email Tasha Taylor at

Megan Smith Laura VickMegan Smith of Suffolk, left, and Laura Vick of Zuni celebrated the completion of the LPN program. – Photo by Lucy Little


Paul D. Camp Community College holds 48th Annual Commencement Exercises May 10

Alice AdogaAlice Adoga, a 2011 graduate of PDCCC delivered the keynote address.
Nearly 300 degrees and certificates were awarded during Paul D. Camp Community College’s 48th annual graduation ceremony held May 10 at the Regional Workforce Development Center.
Alumna Alice Adoga was the keynote speaker for the event, delivering an inspirational message titled, “Changing Your Default Settings.” Adoga had educational, language and cultural differences to adapt to after moving to the United States from West Africa, Nigeria. She referenced how she became known as the “African girl,” soon after beginning classes at Franklin High School.
“My default changed from Alice to African girl—an identity I did not predict.” Adoga said, “At some point in my journey, it was up to me to take charge of my default settings and change that narrative.”
She compared taking charge of this transformation to that of a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly and spoke of what it takes to change perceptions-a positive mindset, taking on challenges that are feared, taking risks and allowing ourselves to be vulnerable.
“I allowed myself to see the world through my own eyes, experience new things, and changed my default,” she said. “…Twelve years ago, I was an African girl who moved to this country. Today, I am not only that, I am an American citizen, a family services specialist with the Franklin City Department of Social Services, and the director of Operations at a non-profit organization, Walk In It Inc…The truth is, we are all capable of transforming ourselves by changing our default settings.”
In addition to the conferring of degrees and certificates, the following recognition occurred:

  • Two pillars of the community were presented the 2019 J. Paul Councill Jr. Community Service Award, an honor designated for leaders who have given exemplary service to the college and community. Mac Birdsong and Phyllis Stoneburner were the recipients.
    Birdsong has served on the PDCCC Foundation Board for six years. In addition to his individual contributions to the college, he was instrumental in securing the Birdsong Corporation’s commitment of $150,000 to build a regional LPN program; $75,000 for the Warehouse and Distribution Center opening this summer, and $50,000 from Birdsong Trust to implement the Fast Track Healthcare program in downtown Suffolk. The remodeling and renovation of the Nursing Skills Lab nor the launch of the LPN program based on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus would be in existence without his support.
    Stoneburner, recently retired as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Sentara Obici Hospital. She serves on numerous community committees and boards, including the PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health Advisory Board. As a member of this Board since 2005, she has provided insight and assisted the program with advisement in the areas of multiple program development. It is because of her relationship with PDCCC, the college has received many donations to the Nursing and Allied Health programs. She has always taken time out of her busy schedule to visit with the students and to assist or advise the Nursing and Allied Health Department.
  • High School Career Coach, Academic Advisor and Adjunct Instructor Susan Stubenrauch was selected by her peers to receive the 2018-19 PDCCC Award for Excellence in Education. This annual recognition at the College is awarded to one who has made significant contributions and has shown commitment to the College and its community. She has demonstrated that she is an exemplary liaison between the high schools and PDCCC and is unequivocally devoted to her students. Unfortunately, she was not able to attend the event.

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 the Paul D. Camp Community College Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) and members of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. Veterans and active duty members of the armed forces were asked to stand for recognition by PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin.
Dual enrollment student graduates, as well as Environment Sustainability Scholar Latisha Battle, 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 Alumna, sang the National Anthem.

Mac BirdsongMac Birdsong received the J. Paul Councill Jr. Community Service Award from Paul D. Camp Community College President Dr. Daniel Lufkin during the graduation ceremony.

Phyllis StoneburnerPhyllis Stoneburner received the J. Paul Councill Jr. Community Service Award from Paul D. Camp Community College President Dr. Daniel Lufkin during the graduation ceremony.

Color GuardThe Color Guard presentation was conducted by the Franklin High School ROTC.

Cynthia Gurst Seigler Carolyn AshbyAssociate Professor of Biology and Sustainability Coordinator Carolyn Ashby, right, gives Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Cynthia Gurst-Seigler a big hug before the procession.

Laniah Artis Alyshia HillEarly Childhood Development graduates Laniah Artis of Courtland, left, and Alyshia Hill of Boykins are excited about their accomplishments and the upcoming ceremony.

William Campbell Bob TuremanWilliam Campbell of Suffolk is congratulated by Associate Professor of Information Technology Bob Tureman.

gradsGraduates at the PDCCC 48th Annual Commencement Exercises.


Paul D. Camp Community College Holds 48th Commencement Ceremony May 10, 2019

Grad LineupGraduates at last year’s PDCCC Commencement Ceremony.
Paul D. Camp Community College will award nearly 300 degrees and certificates at its 48th annual commencement exercises on Friday, May 10, at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
In addition to the students’ honors, special awards will be announced during the ceremony. Recipients of the J. Paul Councill Jr. Community Service Award and the Excellence in Education Award will be presented that evening.
The keynote speaker for the event will be 2011 graduate Alice Adoga. Coming to the United States from West Africa, Nigeria, she had to adapt to educational, language and cultural differences. The honor graduate earned an associate’s degree in general studies from PDCCC. While at the community college, she served as a Presidential Student Ambassador, a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member, a member of the Student Leadership Committee and the Student Government Association, and an active participant of Student Support Services. She became a U.S. Citizen in 2013.
She continued her education, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2013 in Psychology from George Mason University and a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling in 2016 from Liberty University. Adoga currently works as director of operations with Walk In It Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and empower girls and women. She also has worked as a family services specialist with the Franklin City Department of Social Services since 2014, where she investigates child protective services cases and serves families in need within the community.
Adoga stays connected to her native country through dance, as she is a certified Kukuwa African dance instructor. She enjoys travel, family and her dear friends. “They add joy to my life daily,” she said.
Honor students, veterans and dual enrollment graduates will be recognized as well during the ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790.


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