Paul D. Camp Community College is a two-year institution of higher education which operates under the state-wide system of community colleges. The College serves residents of the cities of Franklin and Suffolk (south of Routes 125 and 337) and the counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton. The College is operated under policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges and the Paul D. Camp Community College Board. The institution is financed primarily with state funds, supplemented by student tuition and funds raised by the PDCCC Foundation. With service and academic excellence its primary aims, the College offers a variety of programs and services to meet the diverse needs of the community. Its two-year college transfer programs in arts and sciences and in certain pre-professional areas lead to associate degrees consisting of courses generally acceptable for transfer to four-year institutions. Its occupational and technical programs lead to associate of applied science degrees, certificates, and career studies certificates and are designed to prepare individuals for certain business or technical professions. Its other programs — including developmental courses, and special training for industry and community service— are offered to meet the needs and interests of individuals, groups and the community.
The College is comprised of two campuses (one in rural Franklin and the other in Suffolk) and a Center in Smithfield. Located just west of the booming Tidewater area of Southeastern Virginia, the College serves population centers that vary from the attractive and easy going Franklin, to the rapidly developing city of Suffolk, to the turn-of-the-century charm of historic Isle of Wight and Southampton counties.
The College is operated on a year-round basis using the semester system. The availability of college credit courses in the evening, weekends, and online allows the students who work to coordinate college activities with employment.