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College Catalog: About The College

The College

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.


In order to provide educational opportunities beyond high school to all citizens of the Commonwealth, the 1966 Virginia General Assembly created the Virginia Community College System. The System’s Master Plan divides the Commonwealth into 23 regions with a community college to serve each region. In areas that are geographically isolated or heavily populated, more than one campus may exist. Region 21, which serves the Franklin-Suffolk area, was organized by the Local Board on January 7, 1970 with Roger Drake elected as the first chairman. On April 1, 1970, the College was officially named “Paul D. Camp” to honor a man noted for his contributions to this region’s development and whose family donated the land for the campus. The first president, Dr. Perry Adams, served from 1970 until he was succeeded by Dr. Johnnie E. Merritt in 1980. Subsequent presidents included Dr. Michael B. McCall (1984), Dr. Edwin L. Barnes (1988), Dr. Jerome J. Friga (1992), Dr. Douglas W. Boyce (2002), Dr. Paul Wm. Conco (2010), Dr. William C. Aiken (interim, 2015), and Dr. Daniel Lufkin (2016). Paul D. Camp Community College opened its Franklin Campus in the fall of 1971 with a comprehensive program featuring occupational-technical and college transfer curricula as well as foundation-building and continuing adult education classes. In 1979, the College began offering classes in Suffolk, where it utilized the John Randolph Elementary School building from 1981 until 1982 when an off-campus center was established in a building on Pinner Street. In 1988, the Pinner Street facility received campus status. In 1993, the Smithfield Center began operation, and by 1995, the Hobbs Suffolk Campus was constructed on Kenyon Road.

Vision Statement

Paul D. Camp Community College will be our region’s first choice for postsecondary education, workforce development, and community partnerships.

Mission Statement
Paul D. Camp Community College provides accessible, quality higher education, workforce training, and community development in our service region, while supporting success for a diverse student population, and fulfilling the needs of our employers.

Core Values
At Paul D. Camp Community College, we are committed …

  • To Diversity – Each person is important. We appreciate the diversity of our student body and college employees. We seek to understand and respect one another.
  • To Teaching and Learning – Faculty, staff and students bring knowledge, skills and abilities to the institution. We encourage everyone to develop to their full potential in order to live responsible and productive lives.
  • To Teamwork – We accomplish more by working together. Collaboration is an organizational priority for faculty and staff and a learning expectation for students.
  • To Access and Service – We strive to remove obstacles that threaten student success. We challenge students to do the same in their communities through service to others.
  • To Excellence and Continuous Improvement – We expect each student and college employee to uphold the standards of quality identified for their academic plan or administrative unit with integrity. We evaluate student outcomes and other measures of institutional and individual effectiveness to continuously improve performance, programs and services.
  • To Innovation – We encourage each other to try new ways to address challenges and fulfill the college’s mission.
  • To Community – We work with our community to achieve common goals related to education, economic development, and civic engagement.

  • Governance

    PDCCC and the other 22 colleges in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) are governed by a 15- member State Board for Community Colleges (SBCC), which is responsible for assuring funding and quality programs are available for all sections of the state. The VCCS Chancellor is the legally appointed head of the VCCS. The President of each College serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Each College also has a local College Board to represent the region served by each college. Additional information about the SBCC is available at www.vccs.edu. Additional information about the local College Board is available at www.pdc.edu.


    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.

    Associate degree programs provide a coherent, shared experience for students to develop the general education core competencies expected of them as college-educated individuals. General education, as an integrated and cohesive whole, provides the educational foundation necessary to promote intellectual and personal development. Upon completion of the associate degree, graduates of Virginia’s Community Colleges will demonstrate competency in student learning outcomes (SLOs) determined and assessed by each college in 1) civic engagement, 2) critical thinking, 3) professional readiness, 4) quantitative literacy, 5) scientific literacy, and 6) written communication. Collectively, these general education core competencies distinguish graduates of Virginia’s Community Colleges as individuals with a breadth of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to pursue further education and their careers, continue to develop as learners, and contribute to the well-being of their communities. These competencies are defined as follows:

    Civic Engagement is the ability to contribute to the civic life and well-being of local, national, and global communities as both as social responsibility and a life-long learning process. Degree graduates will demonstrate the knowledge and civic values necessary to become informed and contributing participants in a democratic society.

    Critical Thinking is the ability to use information, ideas and arguments from relevant perspectives to make sense of complex issues and solve problems. Degree graduates will locate, evaluate, interpret, and combine information to reach well-reasoned conclusions or solutions.

    Professional Readiness is the ability to work well with others and display situationally and culturally appropriate demeanor and behavior. Degree graduates will demonstrate skills important for successful transition into the workplace and pursuit of further education.

    Quantitative Literacy is the ability to perform accurate calculations, interpret quantitative information, apply and analyze relevant numerical data, and use results to support conclusions. Degree graduates will calculate, interpret, and use numerical and quantitative information in a variety of settings.

    Scientific Literacy is the ability to apply the scientific method and related concepts and principles to make informed decisions and engage with issues related to the natural, physical, and social world. Degree graduates will recognize and know how to us the scientific method, and to evaluate empirical information.

    Written Communication is the ability to develop, convey, and exchange ideas in writing, as appropriate to a given context and audience. Degree graduates will express themselves effectively in a variety of written forms.

    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.

    Accreditation and Recognition

    Paul D. Camp Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Paul D. Camp Community College.

    Paul D. Camp Community College, a member of the Virginia Community College System, is approved by the State Board for Community Colleges. The associate degree curricula of the College have been approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Most college programs have been approved by the Virginia State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Administration Assistance and by the U.S. Office of Education for various federally funded programs.

    In addition, certain programs of the college are approved by the appropriate state agency. PDCCC’s Nursing associate degree program (2018) and the Practical Nursing certificate program (2017) are conditionally approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. The Nurse Aide career studies certificate program (2017) is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. PDCCC’s Pharmacy Technician career studies certificate program is approved by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy (2013). PDCCC’s EMS Program is accredited by the Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services) upon the recommendation of Division of Educational Development (2017). PDCCC’s Nursing associate degree program also has initial approval from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (2017).