Paul D. Camp Community College is a comprehensive institution of higher education offering programs of instruction generally extending to not more than two years beyond high school. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth of Virginia to confer the degrees of Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Arts and Sciences; certificates, and career studies certificates in selected occupational-technical areas. The College’s program offerings include:
The occupational and technical education programs are designed to meet the increasing demand for technicians, semi-professional workers, and skilled crafters for employment in industry, business, the professions, and government. The curricula are planned primarily to provide workers for the region being served by the College.
The university parallel/college transfer programs include freshman and sophomore courses in the arts and sciences and pre-professional education. These curricula meet the standards necessary for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in four-year colleges and universities.
General education is that portion of the collegiate experience that addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values characteristic of educated persons. It is unbounded by disciplines and honors the connections among bodies of knowledge. Required areas of general education for PDCCC degree-seeking students include: communication, critical thinking, cultural and social understanding, information literacy, personal development, quantitative reasoning, and scientific reasoning. Goals for each include:
- Communication: Interact with others using all forms of communication, resulting in understanding and being understood.
- Critical Thinking: Evaluate evidence carefully and apply reasoning to decide what to believe and how to act.
- Information Literacy: Recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively.
- Quantitative Reasoning: Possess the skills and knowledge necessary to apply the use of logic, numbers, and mathematics to deal effectively with common problems and issues.
- Scientific Reasoning: Adhere to a self-correcting system of inquiry (the scientific method) and rely on empirical evidence to describe, understand, predict, and control natural phenomena.
- Cultural and Social Understanding: Possess an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the social and cultural dimensions within and across local, regional, state, national, and global communities.
- Personal Development: Strive for physical well-being and emotional maturity.
Continuing adult education programs are offered to enable adults in the region to continue their learning experiences and include both credit and noncredit courses offered during the day and evening hours. Courses are often planned and scheduled to provide needed learning for one or more of the following:
businesses, industries, professions, governmental agencies, and volunteer organizations.
Special training is provided where specific employment opportunities are available for new or expanding industry. Special training programs are coordinated with Virginia’s economic expansion efforts and with the needs of employers.
Developmental studies are offered to prepare individuals for admission to an occupational-technical curriculum or to a university parallel/college transfer program. These studies are designed to assist the individual in acquiring the basic skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in other community college programs.
The facilities and personnel of the College are available for specialized services to provide for the cultural and educational needs of the region served by the community college. These services include availability of facilities for special meetings and events, noncredit programs such as cultural events, workshops, lectures, conferences, and community projects designed to provide educational and cultural opportunities for persons living in the area.