Phi Theta Kappa welcomes newest members Omega Zeta Chapter performs induction ceremony


PTK Society 2019 B Group webFrom left: PTK Advisor Brenda Bergess, John Roberson, Persida Barkman, Kennedy Parker, Desiree Pierce, Jeanette Ahmes, Candice Blow, Tamra Boone, Alexis Cannon, Kayla Rountree, Ela Wilson, and PTK Advisor Crystal McNair.
Photo courtesy of Stephen H. Cowles
Ten of the 11 candidates for the membership into the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society were inducted last Thursday.
This ceremony, which took place in the Regional Workforce Development Center of Camp Community College, marked their official entry into a renowned group of people dedicated to learning and sharing their knowledge — and wisdom — with other people for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Dan Lufkin, president of Camp Community College, told those candidates present, “I don’t need to tell you to do well. You are there.” He urged them to continue to “do hard work” necessary for advancing their learning.
Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president of academic and student development, also commended the students, and said, “This is a big deal and I hope you are all proud.”
Cynthia Gurtseigler, who had served as chapter president from 2017 to 2019, was the guest speaker for the occasion. Gurtseigler told the candidates that was the first in her family to go to college, but that it took her three tries.
At times she felt overwhelmed, but thankfully found a mentor.
Through encouragement, Gurtseigler “poured her heart” into learning.
Today she working to earn her bachelor’s degree in logistics management.
Each candidate was called forth to sign their names into a membership roll and then light a candle that signifies the quest for knowledge.
The new inductees are: Jeanette Ahmes, Persida Barkman, Candice Blow, Tamra Boone, Alexis Cannon, Kennedy Parker, Desiree Pierce, John Roberson, Kayla Rountree and Ela Wilson. Not present was Jennifer Christenson.


Start the bubble machine

Dennis Rhoads making soap webDennis Rhoads shows Patsy Falls the precise measurements in order to make bar soap during the Bubble Up with Soap class held as part of Camp’s Community Education Program at the Workforce Development Center.
For more information about the program, contact Melba Holland at mholland@pdc.edu or 757-569-6062.
You may also visit pdc.edu/workforce-development/ and select Community Education Program for All Adults to view the catalog and to register.


Camp among other rural colleges to benefit from $1.5 million investment from Baliles-inspired initiative at Virginia’s Community Colleges

RHVI logoThrough the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI), the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) and Virginia’s Community Colleges will invest $1.5 million in the 2019-2020 academic year to increase high school graduation rates and the attainment of post-secondary credentials.
RVHI was established in 2013 under the leadership of former Virginia Governor Gerald Baliles, and serves a large portion of rural Virginia, stretching from the Eastern Shore across Southside to Southwest Virginia, up the Shenandoah Valley and back eastward toward the Northern Neck.
Camp Community College is in the “horseshoe” shape that is formed when you look at the area on the map and will receive $58,000 that includes funds from the VFCCE and the matching funds from the college’s foundation.
“RHVI funding has enabled us to offer scholarships for GED and high school diploma recipients who are low skilled or low income, while continuing to provide high school career coaches who encourage students to continue their education,” said Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne.
The region encompasses three-quarters of the commonwealth’s territory and is home to 2.1 million people. In Virginia’s Rural Horseshoe, more than half a million people have less than a high school education.
“We are grateful for the leadership of Governor Baliles for this remarkable program,” said Jennifer Gentry, Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement for Virginia’s Community Colleges and Executive Director of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. “His work to highlight the needs of rural Virginia has been transformative and produced lasting results for tens of thousands of students across the Rural Horseshoe. We are very proud to continue this initiative and to see it grow and thrive.”
Modeled after the successful Patrick County Educational Foundation program implemented by Governor Baliles in his native Patrick County, RVHI provides funding that is matched dollar-for-dollar by the local community college foundation along with an annual allocation from the General Assembly. That combined funding goes directly to cover the costs associated with career coaches, education incentives, and other efforts to increase the educational success of rural residents.
“Last year, 60% of coached high school seniors went on to college,” said Caroline Lane, Project Director of the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. “RVHI also has provided more than 600 adults with scholarships for training to get jobs. These numbers indicate a real impact in rural Virginia.”
“Because colleges can create their own strategies to raise educational attainment, an often overlooked benefit of this program is that the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative is producing innovations and best practices that are spreading to other programs and being adopted throughout the state,” added Lane. “RVHI is truly a best practice incubator for student success.”
Other Virginia community colleges receiving and matching RVHI funding for the 2019-2020 academic year include Blue Ridge, Dabney S. Lancaster, Eastern Shore, Lord Fairfax, Mountain Empire, New River, Patrick Henry, Rappahannock, Southside Virginia, and Southwest Virginia.
The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative aims to cut in half the number of residents in the region who lack a high school diploma or GED, and to double the percentage of rural residents who earn an associate degree or other college certification in the Rural Horseshoe region. To date, the RVHI has provided more than $9 million in direct and matched funding toward achieving these goals.


Sylvan Heights is not just for the birds

Melba with SunconureCommunity Education Coordinator Melba Holland feeds a beautiful bird known as a sun conure while on the trip.
Participants in the Community Education Program at Paul D. Camp Community College recently had the opportunity to engage in fowl play while visiting Sylvan Height’s Bird Park in Scotland Neck, NC.
The park is home to more than 2,000 waterfowl and exotic birds. The facility has aviaries set up by continent, which includes birds from South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. In the Landing Zone, visitors can enter into a free flight area and feed various birds.
“It was a wonderful trip,” said Community Education Coordinator Melba Holland. “Everyone explored the park at their own pace. We then enjoyed our bagged lunches together in one of the picnic areas at the park.”
For more information about other sessions of the Community Education Program at Camp, contact Holland at mholland@pdc.edu or 757-569-6062.

Beryl Roblin and Linda ThrockmortonBeryl Roblin, left, and Linda Throckmorton feed some of the many birds in the open aviary area.

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Scarlet IbisA Himalayan monal and a scarlet ibis were also two of the many attractions.


Welding instructor bonds more than just metal at Camp

~Doug Wiggins continues to help high school students after 16 years~

Mr Wiggins at tableDual Enrollment Welding Instructor Doug Wiggins has taught many students welding skills in the lab since his hire in 2003. It is rewarding to him when former students update him on their progress in the field of welding.
Even at 77 years old, Douglas Wiggins hasn’t given much thought to retiring.
That’s because his students are important to the dual enrollment welding instructor who has come full circle at Paul D. Camp Community College.
As an honor graduate who earned a certificate in welding at Camp in 1979, Wiggins returned to his alma mater to teach in 2003.
“I thought about sticking around as long as good health prevails,” he said about his teaching career, “especially if I can still help someone in life. I enjoy what I do.”
Wiggins is a presence at Camp Community College. Standing 6 feet 4 inches tall, he demands attention when he walks through the halls or enters a classroom. And although students will attempt to give him a hard time, he assuredly stands his ground against any tomfoolery in his classroom.
Kendal Lassiter, a 27-year-old Franklin resident and former student of the welding instructor, said that while Wiggins is a patient teacher, he is firm when he needs to be. He related well to Wiggins, as they often had conversations about hunting, a hobby they had in common.
“He took the classroom part [of his instruction] and made it hands-on, so that it wasn’t boring,” Lassiter recalled. “He is a great teacher, and an all-around good guy.”
Ironically, Wiggins worked as a welding supervisor at Newport News Shipyard before coming to Camp, and now Lassiter, who took his welding class at Camp while at Southampton High School in 2010, works as a welding instructor and welder at the company on the peninsula, now Huntington Ingalls Industries.
“I used what Mr. Wiggins taught me to get through the shipyard welding school,” Lassiter said. “That is where it all started.” He said he loves his job and is confident in the work he performs. Wiggins also earned a certificate in Welding from the Newport News Welding School in 1966.
Wiggins graduated from the former Southwestern High School in Suffolk. He was drafted into the US Army in 1967 where he received on-the-job training for arming and disarming atomic warhead missiles. Two years later, he left the military as a sergeant.
He cites his wife, Linda Jean Wiggins, and many colleagues as being inspirational in life, including former employee, Zak Wade, Camp retirees Dr. Maxine Singleton, Mike Forrest, and Anthony King and his wife, Edna. He also noted that Camp’s Associate Professor of Industrial Technology Keisha Nichols is motivational to him. The sentiment is mutual.
“The students treat him with the utmost respect and I do, too,” Nichols said. “To witness this man come to work every day with a passion to teach students a valuable skill is so inspirational to me. He is my spiritual dad and mentor, as I look to him as an advisor on a professional and a personal level.”
More than likely at any time, you will find Wiggins helping someone.
In fact, he welds IV poles for the college’s nursing department, has built barbecue cookers for people and in 2011, he and his classes from Franklin and Southampton high schools converted a regular police car into one that had a special area to accommodate a new bloodhound for the Franklin Police Department, saving them roughly $2,000.
By using his students to help with projects like these, he gives them hands-on experience, but also teaches them to give back to their communities as he leads by example.
The welder is a past master and member of the board of directors of Masonic Lodge #256 PHA; a past director of the Community Electric Cooperative; 30-plus-year member of Suffolk Voter Registration Electoral Board; and member of American Legion Post 315 and the NAACP.
Wiggins also serves as president of the Ushers’ Ministry, trustee chairman, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher and choir member at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He loves to hunt, fish, travel and vacation with the 16 or more members of his family during the summer.
“The most rewarding part of my job is to teach these students and observe their potential,” he said. “And then later learn that they are also gainfully employed as a welder because of my teachings and influence.”


Local storyteller and author speaks at Camp

~Gaynelle Riddick reveals a hometown hero~
Gaynelle signingGaynelle Riddick pens her signature for one of the Community Education Program participants on September 11. (Photo by Melba Holland)
Gaynelle Edwards Riddick, local author and storyteller who taught American history for 24 years, spoke to participants as part of the Community Education Program at Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center.
On Patriot Day, September 11, she told a story from her book, titled Veteran of War, about Franklin native Lt. Ellis Frankfort who left Virginia Tech to go to war during World War II. Frankfort became a pilot in the Army Air Corps, but went down with his plane on an island in the South Pacific in 1944.
“His remains were found and returned to our local cemetery 50 years later,” Riddick said. “There are so many ‘God things’ that make this story so incredible.” Riddick also said that a few years ago, she met the Army colonel who escorted Lt. Frankfort home for burial.
“Having met him also makes this story awesome,” she added. Riddick signed some of her books during the presentation.
For more information about the Community Education Program, contact Melba Holland at mholland@pdc.edu or 757-569-6062.


Camp participates in grant that will help women work in high-demand jobs

Alina-Precious-FeliciaWhile these women are not funded by the new grant, they are training at Camp’s Hobbs Suffolk Campus to work in the shipyard repair industry as an outside machinist. Alina Bennett, from left, Precious Hall and Felicia Ross watch a demonstration of drilling and tapping by trades training instructor Hugh Gibson. Far left is Elvin Hughes and Artie Lewis, with Ryan Marsh not pictured.

Precious-Felicia-Alina-drill-and-tapThe grant from the Department of Labor will help women in the near future train in waterfront trades, like Precious Hall, from left, Felicia Ross and Alina Bennett who are training for outside machinist positions but not under the new grant. The ladies are drilling and tapping a hole for a bolt for the first time in the lab.
Paul D. Camp Community College will take part in a $500,000 grant that will help train 40 women to begin work in ship repair-related jobs, thus helping the industry and the students.
The Department of Labor has awarded the grant to the Hampton Roads Workforce Council’s Women in Skilled Careers (WISC) program. “We will partner to target this population and offer a comprehensive program, which includes pre-hire marine trade training programs,” said Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. “At Camp, this program is outside machinist.”
The funding will help women who have been victims of abuse or trafficking, or who have experienced poverty or difficulty making ends meet. The grant will also assist the women with child care and transportation costs.
According to trades training instructor Hugh Gibson, prior to this month’s class, the outside machinist program has served 218 students since the last part of 2017.
“Women are just as capable of doing this type of work as anyone,” he said. “We usually have women who enroll in each session of our classes. During the last class, there were four women enrolled of the 10 students.”
The Outside Machinist program is an 80-hour two-week course that runs from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The students exercise math skills, handle precision measuring tools, hand and power tools, conduct drilling and tapping, and learn to identify components.
“This is just the beginning of their life’s work of training,” Gibson said of the outside machinist students. “This program is in partnership with the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VRSA), so not only are we training for jobs at the shipyard in Newport News, but for all area shipyards. After completing this program, the students have a leg up when hired.”
Tidewater and Thomas Nelson community colleges will also provide shipyard repair training under the grant. Other partners of the grant include the Virginia Ship Repair Association, WHRO and The United Way.


Outside Machinist program provides pre-hire training for shipyard

~Small classes allow students to bond while working toward goal~

outside machinist demoTrades training instructor Hugh Gibson, from left, shows Elvin Hughes, Artie Lewis, Alina Bennett, Precious Hall, Felicia Ross and Ryan Marsh how to drill and tap a leveled hole for a bolt during the outside machinist class on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
Before the birds sound their first chirps, it is wheels to the pavement. By daybreak and perhaps before breakfast, minds are already exercising math mode. If converting fractions to decimals isn’t enough to heighten awakenings, maybe measuring to 1000th of an inch will do the job.
That is not even the first half of the academic day in the lives of six Paul D. Camp Community College students who are enrolled in the Marine Trade Training Outside Machinist Level 1 pre-hire program. Each morning, four students drive from Newport News, one from Bertie County, NC, and one from nearby in Suffolk. The good thing is that they will only be making that haul for class from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for two weeks. After that, they will be reporting to work as trainees at area shipyards and receiving a paycheck to boot.
Hugh Gibson, known by his current class as Mr. G, serves as a trades training instructor for the program at Camp. He retired after 27 years in production at the Outside Machinist Department of Newport News Shipbuilding, currently Huntington Ingalls Industries. During the last 11 years on the job, he also conducted waterfront trades training.
According to Gibson, the program has served 218 students since its implementation in November 2017. “We have at least a 95 pass rate,” he said of the program. “Some of our students continue to work while they are enrolled in the program.”
The outside machinist program is 80 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. Students apply for positions in the shipyard industry and are screened and selected by the Virginia Ship Repair Association to attend the class. And while it is not a guarantee that the students will be hired, the program prepares them for the trainee positions available at Huntington Ingalls Industries, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, and soon, other local ship building and repair companies.
Precious Hall, 24, of Bertie County, is a single mother who recently graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a degree in business administration. She and her classmates were in the beginning of their second week of the program when interviewed.
“I wanted to gain more knowledge in a different field,” she said. “This will provide a long term career for me and my 5-year-old son.” Hall said she had gained a lot of knowledge in the classes. “I am excited,” she said. “I’m glad I enrolled in this program.”
Suffolk resident Artie Lewis, 55, is retired from the Army and federal government. “This will be a whole new career for me,” he said. “I will be able to come out of retirement and do something different.” Lewis said that he has learned a lot of new information in the class as well and that it is a “very worthwhile” course.
“Without the support of this team and Mr. G,” he said looking around at his classmates, “I wouldn’t be as successful.”
Alina Bennett, 28, of Newport News said the program is worth the drive. Her husband presently works at Huntington Ingalls and she currently is a teacher. “I want to get enough base knowledge to start the job and continue in a new career,” she said.
While Newport News resident Felicia Ross, 25, graduated with a business administration degree while she was in Arkansas, she still wants to provide more for her 2-year-old. “I have support,” she said, “but I want to earn more and have better benefits for me and my son.”
Construction laborer Ryan Marsh, 23, of Newport News actually moved to the area from Dover, Del., after hearing on a radio show about the importance of trades and how Virginia’s shipyards need workers. He wanted to learn something new so he could make enough money to get out on his own. Marsh said, “I have learned a lot about precise measuring and different tools that I wasn’t familiar with in my construction work.”
Elvin Hughes, 31, also of Newport News has been applying to Huntington Ingalls for 13 years. He had been working for a home restoration company, but was very concerned of the effects on his health since they frequently dealt with fire and mold remediation. He also has 11-year-old twin boys, Taariq and Elijah Hughes, who live in Atlanta, Ga.
“I like this work and I like my teacher, Mr. G.” he said. “I want to continue my education for my trade.”
Several of the students, including Hughes, plan to apply to The Apprentice School, which was founded at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1919 and trains in many related disciplines. There, students are able to earn college credit, a paycheck and benefits while learning a trade.
A demonstration of drilling and tapping by Gibson illustrated just how detailed new job duties will be. The students spent the rest of the afternoon in the lab, recalling all of the meticulous steps performed by their instructor prior to noon. Making a hole in a plate is not as easy or quick as it would seem to a layman.
Undaunted, the students prepared for the task at hand, constantly stepping away from their work stations to help each other, as they were all working toward the same goal—to drill and tap a leveled hole for a 5/8-inch bolt—and to secure a better future for themselves and their families while doing so.
For more information about the outside machinist program at Camp, visit pdc.edu/workforce-development/.


Camp named ‘2019 Great College to Work For’

~Honor places college in elite community~
Paul D. Camp Community College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Great Colleges to Work For program.
The results, released Sept. 16 in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 236 colleges and universities. In all, 85 of the 236 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Among the 85, 25 are two-year institutions like Camp. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Camp included among the small institutions that have between 500 and 2,999 students.
“I am so honored that we have achieved this designation,” said Camp President Dr. Daniel Lufkin. “I am proud of our teamwork and our accomplishments, which are all centered upon serving our students and community well.”
The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.
Camp won honors in two categories — Collaborative Governance, which means that faculty members are appropriately involved in decisions related to academic programs, and Confidence in Senior Leadership, which reflects on leaders having the necessary knowledge, skills and experience for institutional success. According to ModernThink LLC, which conducted the survey, the average response rate across the program is 45 percent, while Camp had 59 percent of employees respond to the survey.
“We are so excited about this honor,” said Camp Director of Human Resources Rachel Beale. “I think that the results say a lot about our work environment. It shows that faculty and staff are confident that together we can carry out our mission and that their opinions and input are valued.”
“Great Colleges to Work For” is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit the Great College Program website at www.greatcollegesprogram.com.
ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.


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 dwomble@pdc.edu.


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 mholland@pdc.edu. To view fall 2019 program offerings catalog, visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/community-education/.


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 go.nasa.gov/ncas.


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 www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/ or call 757-569-6050.


Camp partnership brings summer STEM program to local middle school girls

Kalia Robinson and mother LaToya RichardsonKalia Robinson of Suffolk shows her mother, LaToya Richardson, a ring and chain “trick” based on physics.
Paul D. Camp Community College kicked off its 3rd year introducing middle school girls in its service region to subjects in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through its partnership with Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). This year’s summer event got underway July 15 at Camp’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin with an array of activities.
“This year’s cohort of 55 girls was engaged in technology as soon as they walked on campus,” said VIL STEM Camp Director Keisha Nichols, who is also associate professor of Industrial Technology at the college. “Ellipse tablets were distributed to each camper, email addresses were created and access to the internet was granted. Additional activities based upon STEAM (including arts) concepts were also incorporated during daily makerspace time.”
Collaboration within the college helped introduce the girls to a number of topics. According to Nichols, the first day was geared to get moving, but also to get to know their “VIL camp sisters.” “The jumpstart activity got underway with the athletics department’s “get-up-and-move” session, headed up by Athletic Director Carrie Hoeft and Head Soccer Coach/Campus Life Coordinator Clay Hyatt,” said Nichols.
Success Coach Dr. Sandra Walker led a session focused on bullying and self-esteem. In addition, Recruitment and Admissions Specialist Ellis Cofield led the campers on a tour of the Franklin Campus. “They explored the tech labs, bookstore, library, classrooms and even witnessed current Upward Bound students in action,” she added.
Nichols was assisted by Camp Counselor Riste Hall-Blow, a former Upward Bound student, and Senior Camp Instructor Ellen Peterson, technology/STEM teacher at Smithfield Middle School. Three new camp instructors include middle school teachers Kim Eure of Isle of Wight County Public Schools, Jill Mizelle of Suffolk City Public Schools and Irving Ricks of Surry County Public Schools.
“We would not have been able to do this without our community partners,” said Nichols. “Cover 3 Foundation provided breakfast and lunches for STEM camp girls and Camp25 provided transportation. We are also very fortunate to have other volunteers from middle schools who have been instrumental as daily class aides and helpers to the campers.”
The group held an Expo Aug. 2 for family and the community by displaying projects that identify and provide solutions to challenges in their community using technology, as in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The showcase portion was followed by a closing ceremony, however the camp is not completed.
“The summer camp portion is over,” said Nichols. “However, we will continue to meet one Saturday each month beginning this September. The girls will have a graduation ceremony, where they will be presented certificates in May 2020.”
For more information about Verizon’s Innovative Learning STEM program, visit www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/verizon-innovative-learning.

Mikaylah JoseyMikaylah Josey, 12, of Suffolk keeps up with one of the drones until it is her turn to operate the controls.

Layla Criner Kadence CrockettLayla Criner, 10, from left, and Kadence Crockett, 11, both of Suffolk, demonstrate how the small Ozobots will follow a color coded pathway created with markers or how it will also follow finger movements.


The Digital divide narrows at VIL STEM Camp for Girls

Skylar HamlinSkylar Hamlin, pictured, partnered on a project with Tara Darden titled, “The Daily Breeze.” The concept was a solar-powered fan that automatically starts when the engine is off and cools the interior of a vehicle for the preservation of groceries or lifesaving measures for children and pets.
By Desiree P. Urquhart
Grants Coordinator
Camp Community College
On July 15, 2019, Paul D. Camp Community College (Camp) kicked off its 3rd Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) STEM Summer Camp with 55 girls from area middle schools. Piloted in 2017 in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), Camp was a charter participant along with four (4) other community colleges chosen from across the nation to introduce rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls in rural areas to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
I interviewed two students among this summer’s campers – Skylar Hamlin (11, Southampton Middle, Courtland) and Sierra Hedgepeth (12, Georgie Tyler Middle, Windsor) – to find out what motivated them to seek the free enrollment in this camp and to uncover what their respective interests are in STEM.
DPU: How did you find out about the VIL STEM Camp at Paul D. Camp Community College?
Skylar: My Nana told me that my cousin was interviewing at her school for a camper position and said that I should check it out. I had seen the flyer, plus I was looking for something to do over the summer because I didn’t want to be bored. I love meeting people anyway, so I applied and got accepted.
Sierra: My mom told me to check to see if my guidance counselor at my school had any forms for the camp and that I should think about enrolling. I read the courses they would be teaching. I had done virtual reality before but not 3D printing. I really wanted to do that.
DPU: Do you like science and technology?
Skylar: Yes, I love, love, love experiments. I’ve been doing them with my cousin since we were little girls. My Grandma only wanted to watch old black and white shows on TV. Since we couldn’t watch the Nickelodeon and the Disney channels, we would go outside to dig in the dirt. When I was in the 5th grade, we used to do fossil digs with chocolate chip cookies. The goal was to dig out the chocolate chips without breaking up the cookies. I also love blowing stuff up. (She makes a loud boom sound with her voice and mimics an explosion with her arms). In 2nd grade, I saw an experiment done on TV where they put Mentos in a bottle of Coke. The blast gave me a huge rush!
Sierra: Yes, science is fun. You can do projects that craft old stuff into newer things. I learned to read rain gauges from my grandfather who has them all over his garden to measure the amount of water the plants were using. I take the measurements for him every time we go to visit. It’s my fun job I love to do.
DPU: What do you hope to learn from this VIL STEM Camp experience?
Skylar: 3D Printing; Virtual Reality; 360 videography, and architecture to learn how to build a house.
Sierra: I want to learn practical uses of technology like how to use technology in real life. Stuff like the rain gauge, which is a scientific tool that my Dada uses every day.
DPU: Have you made any new friends? Do you have any relationships with them outside of camp?
Skylar: Absolutely; a lot. I knew everybody in this camp by the end of the first week! I was a little nervous at first, so I spent time listening to others’ conversations, especially in the classrooms. I can figure out a personality in the first five seconds. If they act nice, talk with others, laugh, say “hello,” I know that’s a good person. I text message many of them every day. Also, on my first day, I saw signs that read, “Good, Better, Best; Don’t rest until your good is better and your better is the best.” I knew right away this was the place for me because this is what my daddy has been saying to me for years. I didn’t have a clue where he got this from. I know he hadn’t been to this camp, so I figured it was a sign from God that this is a place that’ll have girls I wanna be around.
Sierra: Yes, I’m usually shy, but once I started talking to a few girls here at the camp, they seemed happy and it made me feel comfortable. Now I FaceTime a few of them. We’ve been talking about doing a sleep-over. Not sure if I’m ready to spend the night at someone else’s house who’s not a relative. But my mother said I could have these new friends over to my house to hang out. Mom’s even offered to drive us to camp if they spend the night during the week.
DPU: Why do you think it’s important for girls to feel comfortable with or to excel in math and science?
Skylar: Let me tell you something. I have found that authority figures usually don’t recognize girls for their bright minds. Boys get all of the attention for little things. What is that all about?
Sierra: Boys are taught more about technology. I’m doing a gender equality project on sustainable development that will be shown at the presentation Expo on the last day of camp. I’m excited!
DPU: Have you ever felt intimidated by working with boys on math or science projects?
Skylar: Boys don’t scare me. I image them as being a girl; their gender doesn’t change what they can do.
Sierra: No way! I have an older brother that I hafta live with (laughs). I’m totally confident in myself.
DPU: What female scientist, engineer or mathematician do you most admire?
Skylar: Ms. Hewett, my math and science teacher. She always tells me that I need to act how I would want someone to treat me. Also my Nana, who is my personal “Google” and “Alexa.” She knows everything! And my mom, who can solve a math problem in a jiffy!
Sierra: My 6th grade teacher, Mrs. White, who is a great math teacher. Also my science teacher who did amazing experiments with chemicals.
DPU: Tell me about something you’ve dreamed of inventing.
Skylar: I wanna design and build a house in a box and then give them out to the homeless. It may be difficult but I love facing challenges and being a winner. I can handle losing because I use it as a new challenge to win.
Sierra: (Her face lights up with excitement as she takes a deep breath and leans back in her chair). I love animals and I wanna build cages for them that have telescoping side bars that’ll create extra space inside as they grow. Yep, that’s been a dream invention of mine!
If Skylar’s and Sierra’s thirsts for learning STEM subjects and dreams of designing and building unique inventions are any indication of the narrowing of the digital divide, then there is hope for the future that girls will be able to interact with transformative technologies that will make serious differences in the world.

Sierra Hedgepeth Rosa Manson Kalia RobinsonSierra Hedgepeth shows Rosa Manson how the ring and chain trick based on physics works, as another STEM Camp student, Kalia Robinson, right, also prepares to present the information to other attendees at the Expo.


Summer students celebrate completion of 10-week EMT and Nurse Aide programs

EMT-Group-ShotPaul Ruppert stands with his EMT students who completed the program this summer, from left: Alexandra Anderson, Cynthia Clanton and Christina Wood, all of Suffolk. Not pictured are Randy Fuhrman of Suffolk and Garrett Marchand of Chesapeake.
Twelve students successfully completed the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Nurse Aide programs at Paul D. Camp Community College, which culminated in a special ceremony held recently in the library on the Franklin Campus.
Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady welcomed guests. Student Margaret Ahmes shared a poem titled, “Only a CNA.”
The EMT students, led by EMT/EMS Program Coordinator Paul Ruppert, received their certificates before taking the Emergency Medical Technician Oath.
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Simulation and Skills Lab Coordinator Lucy Little presented certificates to the nurse aid students.
The Rev. Ellis Cofield, also recruitment and admissions specialist at Camp, delivered the invocation and convocation during the ceremony.
Fall classes begin Aug. 20. For more information about Camp Nursing and Allied Health programs, contact Tasha Taylor at 757-569-6779 or ttaylor@pdc.edu.

Nurse Aide GroupThe nurse aid students celebrating completion, from left, are: Madison Winningham of Courtland, Kelby Lewis of Boykins, Cameron Francis of Newsoms, Laura Vasser of Sedley, Margaret Ahmes of Suffolk, Jacqueline Opauski of Windsor, professor Lucy Little, and Kyle Smiecinski of Smithfield.

Kelley Johnson and Alexandra AndersonKelley Johnson, left, gives flowers to friend Alexander Anderson in support of her accomplishments following the ceremony


Paul D. Camp Community College still accepting applications for the fall Practical Nursing certificate program

Megan Smith with Laurel WrightMegan Smith, who just graduated in May from the practical nursing program, right, receives her certificate from Laurel Wright, lead faculty for the program. Smith is already working in her field in Suffolk.
Franklin Rotarian Gaynelle Riddick was amazed when she was handed a “newborn baby” while visiting the Paul D. Camp Community College Department of Nursing and Allied Health’s Simulation lab.
The nursing faculty hosted the Rotarians’ weekly meeting recently, introducing them to the state-of-the-art equipment in the lab, namely Sim Mom, a tool which provides students valuable hands-on skills before they head out into the real world as nurses.
Riddick said that the simulation was almost real. “I am so pleased to know that our little college here in my hometown has something this incredible to use in teaching students to be nurses,” she said. “I would not have imagined this teaching tool to even be in existence.”
According to Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Debbie Hartman, many community members in the service region do not realize that the small college has this high quality equipment incorporated into its curriculum.
“We have three labs, including one dedicated to the practical nursing program students on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus with a room that fully simulates bedside patient care,” she said. “We are very fortunate to have generous donors in our community who believe in our mission and our students here at the college, which has made our high quality instruction possible.”
Rotarian Lauren Harper, who was also at the demonstration, echoed Riddick’s sentiment of the realistic approach to instruction. “We are very fortunate to have this facility in Franklin,” she said. “Obviously, the experience is enhanced by very engaged instructors.”
Class of 2019 graduate Megan Smith, 23, of Suffolk, said that her time in the program has been a positive experience and has helped her confirm her calling in the healthcare field, where she works as a licensed practical nurse at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters Nansemond Pediatrics office in Suffolk.
“You gain confidence and nursing skills to help you succeed in your field,” she said. Smith also noted that Laurel Wright, who serves as lead faculty for the PN program, is a kind, caring and positive role model for the program who will go beyond what she has to do to help a student accomplish their goals.
“Anyone would be lucky to have her as their teacher,” she said. “I truly can say that Paul D. Camp Community College’s Nursing Department is a second family to me.”
Practical nursing is just one of the health-related careers that is currently in high demand. According to O*Net Online, the occupations of licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses based on 2016 figures are expected to grow by more than 18 percent in Virginia by 2026.
“The PN program at Camp is one year of instruction that focuses on classroom success, with hands-on activities and skills lab training,” explained Hartman. “The students are provided with more than 500 hours of clinical instruction, working directly in patient care in facilities that are in our service area.”
In addition, the program can be used as a pathway to the registered nursing program. “Camp offers the Licensed Practical Nursing to Registered Nursing (LPN to RN) Advanced Placement Program, which is three semesters and is offered on the Franklin Campus,” said Hartman.
The 2019 practical nursing graduates experienced a 100 percent pass rate, which refers to the successful completion of the state licensure exam for which the college program prepares them.
Currently, the program is still accepting applications for the fall 2019 semester. Classes begin August 20.
For more information about the PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health programs, email Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Debbie Hartman, dhartman@pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College continues to provide quality programs, according to regional body for accreditation

CCC LogoPaul D. Camp Community College announced today that the college has recently received reaffirmation of accreditation by the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
“Beyond meeting or exceeding the rigorous standards of the accreditation process, this milestone also recognizes the hard work and dedication that our faculty and staff put forth each and every day to make Paul D. Camp Community College a wonderful place to work and learn,” said Camp President Dr. Daniel Lufkin.
He added that the process involves everyone at the college, including the Camp Local College Board, the Camp Foundation Board, advisory boards and community partners. However, he bestowed a special recognition on Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, Dean of Transfer Programs and the Hobbs Suffolk Campus Dr. Justin Oliver, and Coordinator of Institutional Research and Assessment Damay Bullock, for their “unending support and leadership.” He added, “Through their leadership, collectively we achieved our goal of reaffirmation of accreditation, which should make us all extremely proud.”
SACSCOC assures quality and effectiveness of degree-awarding institutions located throughout 11 southern states, which includes Virginia, and some international institutions as well. According to its President, Dr. Belle Wheelan, an institution that has earned accreditation by SACSCOC shows that the college has “a purpose appropriate to higher education and has resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.”
She added in her welcome letter on the website, “In addition to ensuring that our institutions provide quality programs for students which determines eligibility for Title IV funds (student financial aid), SACSCOC works to influence legislation and regulations that impact the work of our member institutions.”
The six core values of SACSCOC are integrity, continuous quality improvement, peer review/self-regulation, accountability, student learning and transparency.
Colleges are reviewed every 10 years by SACSCOC. The next reaffirmation for Camp will be in 2029. For more information about reaccreditation, visit the SACSCOC website, www.sacs.org/.


Paul D. Camp Community College gets a fresh new look

Camp College LogoThe new Camp Community College logo featuring a pine needle graphic and the tagline “Grow Your Future,” created by Lawler Ballard Van Durand Advertising and facilitated by James Schloss.
The community may notice a “facelift” of sorts on materials and promotions as Paul D. Camp Community College launches its new branding.
Although the name of the college will remain the same, a more modern look has been created by Lawler Ballard Van Durand Advertising (LBVD) with PDCCC Foundation Board President James Schloss acting as facilitator on the project.
He has extensive experience in marketing, having worked in the field for Sara Lee and more recently, Smithfield Foods.
The ad agency is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia.
Paul D. Camp has undertaken a lot of new projects and enhancements since the hiring of its new President Dr. Daniel Lufkin in 2016, including the expansion of relevant programs and the addition of an athletics program.
“There is a lot going on here at the college,” said Lufkin. “We will be coming up on our 50th anniversary in the next couple of years, and the ad agency has provided a more modern, futuristic branding that will lend more consistency while preserving our history as we move forward through the next 50 years.”
An old logo of the college depicted pine trees, reflecting the rich history of the area and PDCCC’s origins, particularly the lumber company, Camp Manufacturing, that Paul D. Camp and his brothers founded in 1887.
The more than 80 acres of land for the first campus in Franklin was donated by Camp’s daughters nearly 50 years after his death.
Later another logo that included the website URL and tagline “Get Ahead” was used.
The latest tagline invites students and potential students to “Grow Your Future,” referring to the fact that the college can help students achieve their goals, whether one is seeking an associate’s degree, courses before transferring to a four-year institution, or credentials that can qualify them to begin working more quickly than the traditional route.
According to LBVD, the new logo features “strong but open type treatment that grounds the logo.”
The gradient graphic to the left of the wording depicts pine needles that symbolize growth and renewal.


Paul D. Camp Community College offering training for high demand programs at new facility

Andrew Murrell forkliftOperating the forklift, Andrew Murrell is a graduate of several of the workforce programs. He works at Cost Plus World Market in Windsor.
As the Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges continues to work toward the expansion of Pell grants for students enrolling in short-term workforce programs, there are local opportunities that can help pay for student training at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training Facility.
“At the workforce center, we see many students who are job seekers,” said Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. “We are seeing more and more students who want to learn specific skills in a quality program that will train them for work in a shorter amount of time than it takes to earn an associate’s degree.”
Some of these programs are being taught at the new facility, which is located in the back of The Tidewater News building at 1000 Armory Drive and is adjacent to the football field at the Armory.
Forklift, Clamp Truck and Reach Truck Operator, for instance, is a 15-hour, three-day course. The Warehouse and Distribution Foundations course only takes 40 hours or one week, and Certified Logistics Associate or Certified Logistics Technician take four weeks each.
“In one week, a student can complete a Career Readiness Certificate, the Fork lift, Clamp Truck and Reach Truck class, OSHA 10 certification, and nine hours of employability/soft skills training,” said Lawhorne.
According to Lawhorne, there are several ways for eligible students to receive funding for the courses, thanks to the shared vision of the localities, area businesses and industries, and donors who recognize that fulfilling the gap of skilled workers for area jobs can help the Commonwealth as a whole.
“Funds have been donated from supporting events, like the LogistX Games and from other partners for student scholarships,” said Lawhorne. “Money is also available from the FastForward Workforce Credentials Grant and through workforce scholarships.” Additionally, approved programs are eligible for 100 percent payment by Hampton Roads Workforce Council and its Virginia Career Works office.
“Students may also apply for Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative funding, a state-level campaign that includes PDCCC and is aimed to help students in rural communities transition to higher education,” she said.
Students learn skills hands-on in real life warehouse surroundings that allow them to excel in logistics.
“The skills that the students attain put them in a career-ready position that will fulfill the needs of the supply-chain industry and at the same time, allow them career advancement opportunities and the ability to earn a sustainable wage,” said PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin.
For more information about workforce development programs, email workforce@pdc.edu, call 757-569-6050, or visit pdc.edu/workforce-development/.


Paul D. Camp Community College celebrates grand opening of regional warehouse and distribution training facility

ribbon cuttingThose participating in the ribbon cutting of the building from left, are: Local College Board members Chuck Sanders and Chair Elect Jim Strozier, Franklin City Manager Amanda Jarratt, Senior Associate of Moseley Architects Jan Burgess, Publisher of The Tidewater News Tony Clark, PDCCC Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne, PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, Chief Workforce Advisor to the Governor Megan Healey, CEO and Executive Director of Virginia Port Authority John F. Reinhart, Franklin City Mayor Frank Rabil, Local College Board members June Fleming, Benjamin Vaughan and Youlander Hilton, President and CEO of Hampton Roads Workforce Council Shawn Avery, and PDCCC Foundation Board Member Herbert DeGroft.
Under a large American flag undulating over the building, the Grand Opening of the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training Facility got underway with perfect weather and heartfelt words.
Instruction at the facility began in 2018 with Forklift, Reach Truck and Clamp Truck Operator and Warehouse and Distribution Foundation programs taught there. The project has been a collaborative effort of many donors and business partners.
Franklin City Mayor Frank Rabil greeted 130 guests, followed by remarks from PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin. He talked about the collaborative project and what it means to our area.
“In this renovated space—designed and outfitted to replicate a real-world warehouse environment—we not only will be able to customize training to meet local employers’ needs, but more importantly, we will be able to help put people to work in meaningful jobs that allow for career advancement and pay a family-sustaining wage,” he said.
“With the equipment and set up you see here today, we will be able to showcase this facility to potential companies looking to move into our area, and have it serve as a place for site location consultants to visit.”
CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority John F. Reinhart talked of the importance of providing job opportunities nearby in order to retain residents. “[With this facility] People can work for local companies,” he said. “They can live here and be the fabric of our community.
“This area will continue to grow, and we want to grow smartly with it. On behalf of the Virginia Port Authority, I am happy to have played a small part in this.”
Chief Workforce Advisor to the Governor Megan Healey, PhD, related how job openings outnumber qualified candidates in Virginia and that we have to think about how to fill not only these jobs, but future jobs as well. “Many businesses will benefit from this,” she said. “I commend this partnership.”
Andrew Murrell of Franklin, a graduate of several programs taught at the facility, including Forklift, Clamp and Reach Truck, and Employability/Soft Skills, said he’d recommend the program to others. “It gives you the ability to go to a company with all the knowledge and skill you’ll need for the job, and it is right here at home,” he said. Murrell, who has secured a job at Cost Plus World Market in Windsor, briefly addressed the guests in attendance as well. “I thank Paul D. Camp Community College for giving me a platform,” he told the audience.
Other highlights of the program included a check presentation from President and CEO of Hampton Roads Workforce Council Shawn Avery for the generous amount of $20,000 for student scholarships. PDCCC Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne said that the project had been a “labor of love.” She presented an award to Mike Renfrow of Virginia International Terminals who served as a dedicated leader and, along with his contractors, associates and construction staff, contributed many hours of assistance.
A tour of the facility followed, which included forklift simulators and a forklift demonstration by Murrell.
For more information about workforce programs, email workforce@pdc.edu or visit pdc.edu/workforce-development/.

Andrew Murrell demo forkliftAndrew Murrell, who graduated from several of the programs taught at the facility, demonstrates forklift skills alongside Warehouse Coordinator and Logistics Instructor Carroll Richie.

Youlander Hilton simulatorLocal College Board member Youlander Hilton tries out the forklift simulator.


Paul D. Camp Community College Fast Track Healthcare program graduates 16

FastTrack Group HallwayStudents who completed the rigorous healthcare program under lead instructor Dawn Womble, seated left, are: Crystal Rose of Newsoms, Janice Turner of Franklin and Tara Mclean of Suffolk; second row: Jeamis Britt of Franklin, Kenya Scott-Newsome of Suffolk, Capron Smith of Hampton, Mona Johnson of Franklin, Salean’a Saunders of Franklin, Rochelle Scott of Franklin and Sherniya Wiggins of Franklin. Back: Tatyana Beale of Newsoms, Frances Sharp of Franklin, Amaris McDaniel of Chesapeake, Alexis Harris of Portsmouth, Shanice Clemons of Sedley and Tamika Swan of Suffolk. Swan is the second in her family to graduate from PDCCC. Her sister, Laveckia, previously completed her degree and also worked for the college.
A special ceremony dedicated to 16 ladies who completed the Fast Track Healthcare program at Paul D. Camp Community College was held June 4 at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
The program is offered through PDCCC’s Division of Workforce Development and is a curriculum that bundles Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and Certified EKG Technician (CET) in order to graduate students who can fill needed jobs in the college’s service region. Sessions are alternatively taught on the Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk campuses. This ceremony was to celebrate the second cohort from the Franklin-based program.
The non-credit FastForward program was initially intended to train students for a career in clinical medical assistant, but lead instructor Dawn Womble expanded the program to include the other credentials that put the successful completers in even higher demand.
“It is a win-win situation, because it allows the college to provide a skilled workforce for our local businesses as well as helps the students attain a viable career with sustainable wages,” said Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne.
The Fast Track Healthcare is one of the programs at PDCCC where you may find a mix of students who are enrolled to get training for their first full-time job, alongside of students who are in the program to repurpose or enhance a career.
Sherniya Wiggins, 19, graduated from Southampton High School in June 2018. She received direction to go into a healthcare field primarily from watching her mother serve as a nurse.
“It inspired me a lot, and it fits my personality of caring for people,” she said. “I want to get more hands-on experience first. Then I want to continue my education to earn a bachelor’s degree and become a registered nurse.”
Janice Turner, 59, who spent 16 years in the corrections field before transitioning to the medical field, currently serves as a Direct Support Professional (DSP), assisting adults with disabilities. She heard about the program from Workforce Career Coach Lisha Wolfe.
“This is an excellent program and an awesome opportunity,” she said. “When you are my age and come into a class with all these young, strong women, you are forced to refocus in order to keep up the pace with them. Mrs. Womble deals with us one-on-one to make sure no matter what else is going on in our lives, we all really get what she is teaching.”
Amaris McDaniel, 42, landed in the program after graduating from the Truck Driver Training program at PDCCC. She discovered Fast Track Healthcare after meeting Womble in the hallway one day and drove to the classes every day from Chesapeake. “I realized that as much as I wanted to have my own office and see the world, that I had six kids at home who I would not be with if I was driving for a living,” she said.
Tara Mclean and Kenya Scott-Newsome have already secured jobs with Bayview Physicians Group and Capron Smith will kick off her career at Tidewater Physicians Group.
In addition, one male enrolled, Jade Cross of Newsoms, earned the phlebotomy certification.
The ladies say that as a group, they have been through all sorts of personal issues that have required some accommodation by Womble. “Thank God for her,” said Frances Sharp, 58. “She has encouraged us and motivated us during some of our weakest moments.”
The guest speaker for the program was retired administrator Deborah W. Faulk. Her remarks were followed by a vocal presentation by Minister Mary Lane-Williams of Love Center Family Church in Suffolk.
In addition to the celebration of the students’ completion, the following honors were awarded:

  • Most Helpful Student—Mona Johnson and Capron Smith
  • Most Improved Student—Tara Mclean and Tamika Swan
  • Sunshine Award —Frances Sharp, Jeamis Britt and Tatyana Beale
  • Most Dependable Student— Crystal Rose and Sherniya Wiggins
  • Most Dedicated Student—Shanice Clemons and Rochelle Scott
  • Clinical Excellence— Kenya Scott-Newsome, Jeamis Britt, Tara Mclean, Alexis Harris and Janice Turner
  • Leadership Award—Frances Sharp and Amaris McDaniel
  • Academic Excellence—Mona Johnson, Salean’a Saunders and Capron Smith

“Although it has been challenging to meet the needs of everyone as far as the varied levels of “old school” versus “new methods” of math, an incredible aspect of the program is that medical background is not needed to enroll, and students can finish one or all parts of the program, depending on where they are headed in their careers,” said Womble.
Sharp added as a word from the wise to potential students to be serious when you enroll in the program. “Come prepared and be ready to work,” she said.
All three programs prepare students to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification exams to earn their credentials. PDCCC has become an NHA partner and will offer the exams on-site. For more information about the program, contact the Workforce office at 757-569-6050 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/.


Upward Bound program at Paul D. Camp Community College honors college graduates

Grad Celeb GroupGathering at the event, front row from left, are: Nikiyah Whitehead, Erica Staton, Nyasia Johnson, Jevedia Martin, Jamaal Tillery and Angel Knight. Second row: Tiara Robinson, Joi Myrick, Talisha Jenkins, Sara Lyons, Paula Steward and Cierra Gilmore. Third row: Upward Bound Director Travis Parker, Ellis Cofield III, Tatiyahna Blakely, Haleigh Andrew, Amari T. Long, Diamond Jones and Upward Bound Counselor Angel Cashwell.
During a special gathering, The Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound Program celebrated 32 of its recent college graduates. The event, held at the Regional Workforce Development Center, gave students time to reflect and share the role that Upward Bound has played in their achievements.
Sara Lyons, a 2018 PDCCC graduate, is a theatre and performing arts major at Norfolk State University, and will be a senior this fall semester. She now knows that the significance of Upward Bound’s tenet, “Graduate, Enroll, Graduate.” It made her realize that she can do anything that she sets her mind to do.
“Going to PDCCC and attaining my associate’s degree was the best decision I ever made,” she said. “While there, I became a mentor to high school girls who were about to attend college. Making sure they get their associate’s degrees and transfer to a college or university is the best decision they could ever make as well.”
She added, “Mr. Parker and Ms. Cashwell are two amazing people in my life!” Travis Parker is the Upward Bound director and Angel Cashwell is counselor.
Ellis “Trey” Cofield III, an alum of PDCCC who completed his bachelor’s degree at Chowan University, currently works at PDCCC as recruitment and admissions specialist. He hopes that all eligible youth will take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in the UB program.
“It was an enlightening and enriching experience,” he said. “I learned the significance of attending a collegiate institution and because of this program, I also have been able to attain five degrees and certificates.”
Upward Bound is a federal TRIO Program focused on assisting high schoolers in grades 9-12 with continuing their education at a postsecondary institution. Many of the students also enroll in dual enrollment classes where they can earn college credits while working toward their high school diploma, including completing a degree or certificate if they go that route.
“Our students work hard,” said Parker. “They are not only achieving their own academic and personal goals, but they are serving as mentors and role models for others.”
The following students were recognized at the ceremony:
Master’s degree recipients:

  • Erica Staton
  • Elizabeth Whitehead

Bachelor’s degree recipients:

  • Jamaal Tillery
  • Tyreckka Hawks
  • Lexus Isom
  • Shaniqua Thorpe
  • Angel Knight
  • Nikiyah Whitehead
  • Joi Myrick
  • Tiara Robinson
  • Ellis Cofield III
  • Talisha Jenkins
  • Brena Whitfield
  • Paula Steward
  • Cierra Gilmore
  • Virginia Goode
  • Rhema Johnson
  • Shunye” Burton
  • Jevedia Martin
  • Tamia Copeland
  • Sahmod Earls

Associate’s degree recipients:

  • Sara Lyons
  • Sharon Sanchez
  • Tatiyahna Blakely
  • Ashlyn Edwards
  • Haleigh Andrew
  • Amari T. Long
  • Angel Padilla
  • Diamond Jones
  • Nyasia Johnson
  • Desirae Gilmore
  • Taniya Wyche

The PDCCC Upward Bound program serves 60 + students in grades 9-12 at three area high schools. For more information, call UB Administrative Assistant Barbara Strylowski, 757-569-6764, or log onto www.pdc.edu.

CelebrationHayleigh Andrew, from left, Diamond Jones and Amari Long had the opportunity to reconnect after their May 2018 graduation from PDCCC.


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 lriddick@pdc.edu.
For more information about workforce programs, contact workforce development at workforce@pdc.edu or visit pdc.edu.

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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, mholland@pdc.edu or visit pdc.edu/workforce-development/kids-college/.


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 ttaylor@pdc.edu.

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 ttaylor@pdc.edu.

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.


Graduates Celebrate at Cook Out

A graduation celebration was held Friday at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, with a deejay, catered cookout and games.

Cody Council and Emily BallanceCody Council and Emily Ballance, both of Franklin, play a few rounds of corn hole.
Both students will graduate May 10 with a general studies degree.

Alexis Terrell w mom Kizzy TerrellAlexis Terrell of Smithfield, and her mother, Kizzy Terrell, enjoy each other’s company before the festivities got underway.
Alexis will also receive her degree in general studies May 10.
Commencement starts at 7:00 p.m.


PDCCC’s TechSpec offers additional CTE exploration and valuable lessons for high school students

Shakeim FleshmanA senior at Lakeland High School, Shakeim Fleshman experiences the difficulty of throwing corn hole bags while wearing vision impaired goggles. Conducting this exercise is George Ryan, a retired investigator with the District Attorney’s Office in Elizabeth City, N.C. Ryan currently works as a deputy at Chowan County Sheriff’s Office and runs a non-profit program, Street Safe, of Wilmington, N.C.
When Shakeim Fleshman casually tossed a corn hole bag, he had no idea how hard it would become once he donned a set of impaired vision goggles. It was hard enough just to stand on two legs for the Lakeland High School senior, much less take accurate aim.
In the meantime, Darcy Kilgore, another Lakeland senior, was trying to maneuver a golf cart around cones without a collision while sending a text message to a classmate’s phone.
These were just some of the activities that took place on April 26 at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus of Paul D. Camp Community College on Kenyon Road. TechSpec, a Career and Technical Education (CTE) exploration day for the students from high schools in PDCCC’s service region, was offered through PDCCC’s High School Career Coach Program.
During the month of April, which is Community College Month, more than 155 high school students received the opportunity to participate in activities like creating wind turbines, soldering and performing CPR at the community college. A session was held on the Franklin Campus on April 5 and the center in Smithfield on April 12.
Students rotated through the exploration sites that highlighted criminal justice, robotics, mechatronics, and nursing and allied health. Recruitment and Admissions Specialist and recent graduate of PDCCC Ellis “Trey” Cofield III shared some things to expect in college from a student perspective in a segment called, “What I Wish I Knew.”
“We have held CTE Exploration/STEM Days previously, but this year, we tried to be a bit more targeted to seniors who had an interest in attending Paul D. Camp Community College,” said High School Career Coach/Academic Advisor/ Adjunct Instructor Susan Stubenrauch. “We have had very positive feedback from these events.”

David Allen Malik Goode Brooke MillsLakeland High senior David Allen, from left, Kings Fork High senior Malik Goode and Lakeland senior Brooke Mills use their newfound soldering skills to secure components to a circuit board. The students built robots with PDCCC faculty Keisha Nichols and David Childs.

Joe De Stefano Darcy Kilgore 2Criminal Justice Lead Faculty Joe DeStefano rides with Lakeland High senior Darcy Kilgore as she tries to maneuver the golf cart around cones while texting.

MechatronicsAssociate Professor of Electronics/Mechatronics/Robotics David Lorenz helps students build wind turbines. Students, from left, are: LeonTre Bailey, Laqual Mizell, Jaquan Mason and Kevin Williams, who are all seniors at Kings Fork.

Paul Ruppert Nasya Batt WilkinsNasya Batt-Wilkins, a junior at Nansemond River High School, gets ready to try her hand at CPR techniques demonstrated by PDCCC EMT/EMS Program Coordinator Paul Ruppert.

Brandy Lowe Lauren LaceyBrandy Lowe, left, and Lauren Lacey, junior and senior, respectively, at Nansemond River High work on wind turbines during the mechatronics portion of the event.


Community shows support for PDCCC Upward Bound and local vendors at Saturday’s craft show

Show-OverviewThe Spring Fling Craft Show featured roughly 40 vendors and more than 200 visitors throughout the day.
An estimate of more than 200 participants came to check out the 2nd Annual Spring Fling Craft Show sponsored by the Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound program on Saturday.
The event was headed up by local crafter Shirley Billups and was held at the workforce in Franklin, where about 40 vendors set up booths that featured an array of items from homemade jams and paintings to brand-named jewelry and wreaths made from repurposed wine corks.
Money raised from registration, raffles and donations allow Upward Bound to offer even more to students in its well-rounded curriculum. Focused on students in grades 9 through 12, who are low income and/or first generation students, the program assists them with the successful completion of postsecondary education.
Students in this TRIO program receive a number of services, including assistance with tutoring and resources, cultural experiences, and life skills and leadership activities.
The program has grown significantly since its 2009 implementation, with many students also participating in the PDCCC Dual Enrollment program. For more information, contact PDCCC Upward Bound Administrative Assistant Barbara Strylowski at bstrylowski@pdc.edu or 757-569-6764.

D-Jones-M-Joyner-K-Wiggins-S-WigginsUpward Bound students Dinae Jones and Mactayla Joyner, both of Southampton High School, from left, and Keon Wiggins-Saunders and Shiasia Wiggins, both of Lakeland High School, took a break from volunteering and showing their own works to get a group photo.

Jennifer-Bernocco-June-FlemingLocal College Board member June Fleming looks at some of the Park Lane jewelry, locally owned by Jennifer Bernocco, left.

Jenny-TindleJenny Tindle of Jenny’s Strings & Things in Franklin creates new pieces on site at the event.

Keon-Wiggins-Angel-Cashwell-Travis-ParkerUpward Bound is a tight-knit group, as is evidenced by student Keon Wiggins-Saunders, from left, Counselor Angel Cashwell and Director Travis Parker.

Keon-Wiggins-Rich-Kid-NationUpward Bound student Keon Wiggins-Saunders of Suffolk shows off his own clothing brand and business that he launched when he was 14, RichKidNation.

Kim-Moseman-Laura-BealeLaura Beale of Richmond, right, receives her bagged purchase from Kim Moseman of Bedtime Buddies in Franklin. Moseman crotchets animals to go along with bedtime story books for children.

Raye-Atkins-Dr-Tara-Rosa-BradyRaye Atkins, her daughter, Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, and granddaughter Rosa Brady peruse the acrylic paintings created by Upward Bound student Mactayla Joyner, far left.

Steven-JudasSteven Judas of Franklin visits the booth of Rustic Wino of Suffolk, owned by Tina Ward. The display featured items made from wine bottles and corks.

Travis-Parker-Stacie-CutchinsDirector of PDCCC Upward Bound Travis Parker shares the latest newsletter with Stacie Cutchins, independent consultant of Paparazzi jewelry. The newsletter highlights the achievements of the UB students.


Non-traditional Paul D. Camp Community College graduate finds passion and purpose


Shanika Jones-Smith, a single mother of two, was working as an office technician when she realized there had to be something more rewarding in life.
“I wanted to be an example to my children and pursue a better life for myself and them,” she said. “I was not sure what I wanted to do with my life, but I later found my purpose.”
Utilizing resources that were in her “back yard,” Jones-Smith decided to enroll at Paul D. Camp Community College. “I came to the conclusion that I could sit around feeling sorry for myself and blame my situation on other people, or I could dust myself off and do something about my situation,” she said.
“I was not sure what I needed to study at first, but I knew I had to start doing something. I met with Trina Jones who helped me decide to enroll in the general studies associate’s degree program.”
Jones is dean of student services and a professional counselor at PDCCC. “We discussed options, and planned her classes according to our transfer agreements so that her credits would transfer to other four-year colleges or universities. This allowed Shanika to maximize her transfer credits and get ahead of schedule,” Jones said. “Jones-Smith persevered above the odds and worked hard to achieve her academic and personal goals.”
Jones-Smith worked two jobs and took care of her children while taking a full load at PDCCC.
“There were times when I was overwhelmed and drained,” she said. “There were times when I failed a class, but I had to learn to take it as a lesson and not a loss, so I went back and tried again. My faith in God and looking at the faces of my two children every day gave me determination.”
Jones-Smith rose above all challenges and graduated with her Associate degree in Arts and Sciences in General Studies in May 2014. However, her goals were not set to end there. She enrolled at Old Dominion University and will have earned her bachelor’s degree in human services in May 2019. Last year, she also became certified by the Virginia Board of Counseling as a substance abuse counselor.
“I plan to continue my education and pursue entrepreneurship opportunities where I can continue to serve people,” she said. “My main focus is on single moms—they have a special place in my heart.”
The soon-to-be baccalaureate recipient noted that taking advantage of local resources at PDCCC opened up avenues and changed her life.
“Speaking on behalf of single mothers who feel like they are at a dead end, Paul D. Camp is an excellent place where you can be yourself and be nurtured while you grow,” she said. “The environment is comfortable and safe, and the instructors understand that each student learns differently.
“If you desire to go to college to take up a trade or get a degree— no matter how old you are or what your past looks like or how long it takes—you can pursue an education and you can succeed,” she said.
She shared one of her favorite quotes by David O. McKay in hopes of providing more inspiration to others when they are thinking about their futures: “‘Find a purpose in life so big that it will challenge every capacity to be at your best.’”


Paul D. Camp Community College inducts first students into The National Society of Leadership and Success

NSLS-Student-GroupThe first students inducted into the NSLS at PDCCC were, from left: Mekayla Addison of Smithfield, Shamya Poarch of Suffolk, Nyjah Silver of Smithfield, Eneida Smallwood of Bertie County, NC, Jennifer Christenson of Smithfield, Vishal Mahendran of Franklin, William Richardson of Suffolk, Grant Hasty of Carrsville, Paola Duran of Franklin, Ethan Voight of Suffolk, Haley Adams of Suffolk, Katrina Cosendine of Suffolk and Errika Lane of Franklin. Not pictured are inductees De’Ryan Artis, Elizabeth Holliday and Mackenzie West.
The first inductees of Paul D. Camp Community College’s Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) were honored Thursday evening at a special ceremony held in the Library Learning Commons on the Franklin Campus. Students are selected for membership by the college for academic standing or leadership potential. NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership honor society with 656 chapters and more than 1 million members.
PDCCC Academic Advisor Nicole Jordan welcomed attendees and shared information about the symbols of the NSLS before introducing the keynote speaker, Director of PDCCC Upward Bound Travis Parker.
Parker is also the founder of Coach P LLC, where he is a certified John Maxwell team coach, speaker and leadership trainer. The organization helps people find their potential and encourages positive thinking. A 1985 Southampton High School graduate, Parker later worked at Southampton Middle School, where he coached JV and Varsity football, softball, basketball and baseball.
He also earned his earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, DC, and his master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Cambridge College in Chesapeake. Parker is very active in the community and is deacon at New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin and recently elected commissioner of Tri-City Basketball Association.
Parker cited three important leadership areas when addressing the audience: growth, responsibility and reflection.
“You must learn continuously to grow,” he said. “I always say, ‘wake up smarter and better than when you went to bed.’” He noted that actions and attitude are important, as is realizing that as a leader, it is not about ‘us,’ rather it is about others.
Awards were presented to Travis Parker, who accepted the Honorary Membership Award; Dean of Transfer Programs and the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, Dr. Justin Oliver, who accepted the Excellence in Service to Students Award; and Director of the PDCCC Center in Smithfield and Early Childhood Education Program Advisor, Antoinette “Toni” Johnson, who was not able to attend, was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award.
Student Eneida Smallwood of Bertie County, N.C., shared some very personal struggles she has endured while enrolled, including the deaths in her family. Her story served as an inspiration to others.
An emotional Smallwood said, “If it were not for my daughter, Ms. (Toni) Johnson and Ms. (Nicole) Jordan, I would not have made it this far.” Smallwood, very appreciative of her opportunities and accomplishments, was awarded an Advanced Certification.
Students were then officially inducted into the NSLS, followed by a small reception for students and their guests.
For more information about the The National Society of Leadership and Success, visit www.nsls.org.

Travis-AwardTravis Parker addresses participants as the first keynote speaker for the ceremony at PDCCC.

Eneida SmallwoodStudent Eneida Smallwood shared her struggles during the induction. She received Advanced Certification.


Charles Henderson Jr. honored in Richmond for 2019 Leadership in Philanthropy

Philanthropy GroupOn hand to support the honoree are, from left: Hans VonKruger of Bank of America (BOA), Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady of PDCCC, Michelle Little of BOA, VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois, Donna Henderson, wife of recipient, Leadership in Philanthropy Award Recipient Charlie Henderson, Dr. Renee Felts of PDCCC, and Youlander Hilton of the PDCCC Local College Board.
Bank of America Senior Vice President Charles R. Henderson Jr., was recently honored at The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond for his philanthropic contributions to Paul D. Camp Community College.
He was recognized along with two dozen other outstanding individuals, families, and businesses from around Virginia for exceptional support of Virginia’s Community Colleges and its foundations. The awards were presented by Chancellor Glenn DuBois at the 14th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy Luncheon, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.
“Charlie Henderson has been a huge advocate for Paul D. Camp Community College over the past five years,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Workforce Development/Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Dr. Renee Felts. “He has given both his time and has shepherded financial support to the college from the Bank of America Foundation, which has helped with a number of things, including costs associated with much needed trade programs.”
In addition, Felts noted that Henderson has participated in many PDCCC Open Houses, the PDCCC Give Local 757 campaign, and has provided guidance on BOA grant applications. “He has a sincere interest in both the success of the students and the college,” she said.
Henderson also serves as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Program Manager; president of the Bank of America Market and Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
“The Bank of America Foundation focuses on building capacity within the communities that they serve, particularly for the underemployed and the unemployed,” said PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin. “According to Charlie, PDCCC’s workforce development programs have proven successful by creating positive change in the earning power of our students, as well as advancing our local economy.”
As part of the philanthropy award, each college will be awarded funds for the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, to be named in honor of the college’s 2019 Chancellor’s Award recipient.
This year, among those to be honored were four members of VCCS faculty, all of whom have made contributions that have helped their colleges and their students grow. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $18 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Donald Graham, keynote speaker and Chairman of the Board at Graham Holdings Company and Co-Founder of TheDream.US, spoke about the importance of Virginia’s Community Colleges and the ways that the philanthropists have contributed to the Commonwealth.
“We are in this room today to tell you, whether you work for one of the colleges or have given to one of the colleges, that what you are doing is absolutely right,” Graham said during his remarks. “I am so proud of this crowd for what you’re doing, and I hope you are proud of yourselves and your fellow donors and of the leaders and teachers at the community colleges you serve.”
For more information about the PDCCC Foundation, contact Dr. Renee Felts, rfelts@pdc.edu or 757-569-6760.


PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health completion ceremonies set

RN Program 2019photo by Precious Memories Photography, Paula Hasson
Paul D. Camp Community College nursing and allied health students will celebrate the completion of their programs on Wednesday, May 8, at the college’s regional workforce development center.
At 12:30 p.m., the Allied Health Completion Ceremonies get underway for emergency medical technician/emergency medical services, phlebotomy, and pharmacy technician program students.
The Nursing Completion Ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. and will include pinning for both practical nursing and registered nursing program students.
These ceremonies provide recognition to students from nursing and allied health faculty and acknowledgement of students that they are ready for commitment to their respective careers.
The week of graduation activities will culminate with the 48th Annual Paul D. Camp Community College Commencement Ceremony to be held Friday, May 10, at the workforce development center, 100 N. College Drive, Franklin.
For more information about the college’s nursing and allied health programs, email Tasha Taylor, ttaylor@pdc.edu, or visit www.pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College students among those Phi Theta Kappa members recognized in Richmond

PTK Luncheon Janvi JadejaPDCCC Vice President for Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, left, and Virginia Community College System Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois congratulate Janvi Jadeja at the event.
Janvi Jadeja of Franklin was among the students who were honored for commitment to academic excellence and public service at the Phi Theta Kappa 2019 All-Virginia Academic Team Awards Program in Richmond.
Jadeja represented the Omega Zeta Chapter of PTK at Paul D. Camp Community College, where she is a general studies major and a work study student in the Library Learning Commons on the Franklin Campus.
She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science and to secure a job in that field.
Lilly Balderson was also recognized, but not present.
She spent a summer interning with NASA and has transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue a doctorate in chemistry or engineering.
To be eligible for PTK, the international society of the two-year colleges and academic programs, a student must have completed of at least 12 hours of associate degree course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
Being a member is prestigious and affords additional opportunities to students such as scholarships.
Members were presented medallions during the event for their achievements.
For more information about Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, visit www.ptk.org.


State Board for Community Colleges to Set 2019-20 Tuition and Fees at May Meeting

In accordance with Section 23.1-307 (D) of the Code of Virginia, the State Board for Community Colleges provides notice that it will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases for Virginia’s Community Colleges, effective Fall 2019, at 9:00 a.m., May 16, 2019, at 300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, Va.
The State Board will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases of between 0 percent and 2.4 percent for all undergraduate students, subject to provisions of the 2019 session of the General Assembly. The community colleges will use revenue generated from any increase in tuition and mandatory fees to pay for:

  • Increased state employee compensation and fringe benefit costs;
  • Operation and maintenance of new buildings;
  • Technology infrastructure upgrades;
  • Contractual obligations; and
  • Investments in strategic initiatives to improve student access, engagement, and success.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation will provide funding to PDCCC to address food insecurity

~Funding to help establish and bolster food emergency programs across rural Virginia~

anthem check presentationVirginia Community College System Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois, from left, VFCCE Corporate and Foundations Manager Susan Nolan, Anthem Director of Marketing and Member Engagement Thomas Raper and President of Anthem Virginia Medicaid Plan Jennie Reynolds.
Paul D. Camp Community College, along with the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), announced a $4,500 grant from the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem Inc., to help students who are experiencing food insecurity to succeed in college programs. The award is part of a $100,000 grant that will allow more than a dozen rural Virginia community colleges to expand emergency food programs to students.
College Success Coach Dr. Sandra Walker of the Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) team at PDCCC, responded by reiterating the community college’s commitment to addressing students’ basic needs insecurity.
“With the funding provided by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Paul D. Camp Community College will be better positioned to assist students with the daily challenges that impact their ability to be retained and to achieve their academic, career and personal goals,” Walker said. “Furthermore, these funds will have a positive impact as the institution continues to focus on creating a culture of caring, collaboration and completion.”
Awareness of food insecurity among community college students is on the rise. Some researchers say as many as half of all such students lack consistent access to nutritious food, particularly in underserved communities. Virginia’s Community Colleges are working with partners like Anthem to minimize student success barriers to promote greater academic attainment and promote better long-term health outcomes.
At PDCCC, the additional funds will be paired with proceeds that are designated for the food program from the recent Foundation’s Boots & Bling spring fundraiser.
“We earmarked about $10,000 from the event to establish a permanent location at all three PDCCC sites to store food,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts, who also serves on the Foodbank Committee at the college. “We also received three cabinets from SAFCO, so we can have a pantry set up on the Franklin, and Hobbs Suffolk campuses, as well as the center in Smithfield.”
According to Felts, the donation and the proceeds from the fundraiser will give the college 14,500 for the permanent pantries.
“Anthem’s mission is to improve lives and communities and to make healthcare simpler. To help us accomplish this, we work with local organizations to develop community-specific approaches that remove barriers and improve health,” said Jennie Reynolds, president, Anthem’s Virginia Medicaid Plan.
“Food insecurity is associated with some of the most serious and costly chronic health problems, and it’s important we continue to identify ways to address this serious issue in our communities where help is needed and can be readily accessed. That is why we are excited about this unique partnership with Virginia’s Community Colleges, which allows us to not only address this critical issue, but also helps to bring greater awareness to the problem of hunger on campus.”
For more information about the STEPS program at PDCCC, part of the Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative, contact Walker, 757-925-6326 or swalker@pdc.edu, or visit www.pdc.edu/success/.


Paul D. Camp Community College president and former board member visit Congress

~Dr. Daniel Lufkin and O. Kermit Hobbs Jr. advocate for investments in education and workforce programs~
Paul D. Camp Community College President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, along with Executive Vice President/President of Amadas Industries and Founder/Owner of Pathfinder Associates LLC O. Kermit Hobbs Jr., joined more than 30 business and community college leaders from 12 states for the Business Leaders United (BLU) for Workforce Partnerships Fly-In April 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C. Hobbs is also a former board member at the college.
The focus of the engagement was to visit members of Congress and their staff in order to urge them to modernize our higher education system by providing more funding for high-quality, short-term training programs that prepare students for in-demand jobs; providing more federally funded student support services, such as child care and transportation assistance; and investing in partnerships between business and community colleges in order to provide high-quality training.
“These are common sense solutions that would deliver real results for our students working toward a post-secondary credential, our businesses, and the college,” said Lufkin.
Nearly two- thirds or 62 percent of small and mid-sized business leaders say it’s difficult to find and hire skilled workers, according to the Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU). Community and technical colleges play a critical role in ensuring workers and employers have the skills to succeed on the job and in their career. But our federal education policies simply aren’t structured to support partnerships between businesses and community colleges – and they don’t do enough to help the working people who want and need training to take the next step in their career.
“Businesses are already working together with local community and technical colleges – to make sure they’re offering training programs that give people the in-demand skills they need to get hired. It’s time for lawmakers in Washington to also work together to ensure federal policies are structured to support our institutions and the businesses we serve,” Lufkin said.
Lufkin and Hobbs also shared insights with staffers from the offices of Rep. Bobby Scott, Rep. Donald McEachin, Sen. Tim Kaine and Sen. Mark Warner.
As a small business owner, Hobbs said that the Jumpstart our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act really resonated with him.
In today’s world we are seeing an unfortunate combination of willing workers needing jobs, along with well-paying, secure jobs needing the workers to fill them,” said Hobbs. “There should be a natural fit between them, but there is a missing link – the training needed to qualify the workers for the jobs. The proposed JOBS Act would help fill this gap by making funds available for skills training, qualifying more people to fill those jobs. It’s a win-win for workers and for business and industry.”


Paul D. Camp Community College President Dr. Daniel Lufkin serves on ‘diverse workforce’ panel

Dr Lufkin on PanelPDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, far right, serves as a panelist along with Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University in DC Dr. Kmt G. Shockley, who served as moderator, from left; President of Morgan State University in Baltimore Dr. David Wilson; President of Prince George’s Community College Dr. Charlene M. Dukes; and Chief Development and Marketing Officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Sandy Holt.
Lufkin served as a panelist during Verizon’s conference earlier last week, which focused on the technology-related jobs in the workforce. The panel discussed “Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Community Colleges: The Gateways to a Diverse Workforce.”
The event, Building a Diverse and Skilled Tech Workforce, was co-hosted by the Verizon Foundation and the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). Featured were keynote speakers Rep. Alma Adams, founder of the Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus and Rep. Raul Grijalva, member of the House Education and Labor Committee.
Event goals associated with the technology workforce are to raise awareness of the lack of diversity, shortage of skilled workers and other issues they face; to show how HBCUs, HSIs and community colleges are leading efforts to address these issues; and to show investments in training are well worth the effort when it comes to entrepreneurship.
According to Verizon, the U.S. Department of Labor recently predicted that America will have a shortfall of 2 million skilled workers by 2020. The conference was held to explore what America’s educators, corporate leaders, elected officials and others are doing today to ensure that we have a skilled workforce of tomorrow that reflects the diversity in our communities.
“One reason that Paul D. Camp Community College is in a good position to help address the lack of diversity in the technology workforce is because serving a diverse student population is part of our mission,” said Lufkin. “And as a partner of the NACCE, we also foster entrepreneurship.”
Each panelist gave an overview of what is being done at their institution to create a workforce that can sustain the future demand for skilled workers.
“We began by listening to our business and industry partners and developed short-term training programs where students earn industry recognized credentials, putting them to work in jobs that pay a living wage,” said Lufkin. “Some of these programs include fast track healthcare, CDL truck driver training and NCCER Industrial Maintenance.
“With support from our partners, we’ve been able to start a new Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training Facility near the college and with funding from the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, (formerly Opportunity Inc.), have implemented an out-of-school youth program that helps 16- to 24-year olds earn credentials for in-demand occupations.”


Drill helps Paul D. Camp Community College nursing and allied health students handle emergency in a lifelike setting

Charlotte-Cifers-Krisi-MuseEMS student Charlotte Cifers helps nursing student Krisi Muse during the mass casualty drill.
It was a life threatening scenario at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Franklin Campus this week. A tractor trailer carrying ammonium hydroxide collided with a bus of passengers. Immediate medical help was needed for multiple patients.
Thank goodness this was only a drill.
Fifty nursing and allied health students and faculty participated in Thursday’s Mass Casualty Incident Drill, giving the students some idea of what they would face in a mass casualty situation. Some of the students were assigned injuries as victims while others tended to triage, but everyone had a role. “Patient” conditions ranged from disorientation to bleeding and eye injuries.
“We started off briefing the students before the drill, explaining the hazmat situation and provided them with a map of the “hospital” with designated rooms in the college as emergency areas, such as the operating room and radiology,” explained Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program Lead Trudy Kuehn.
EMS Program Director Paul Ruppert gave a separate briefing for the EMS students, highlighting objectives, explaining the triage tagging process, and making them aware of a simulated decontamination area outside near the “victims.’
The students met again near the end of the event for a debriefing and to share what they had learned from the exercise.
“The mass casualty incident allows the nursing students to experience the importance of good communication, teamwork and leadership in a controlled, but chaotic environment,” said Kuehn. “Since hospitals must conduct drills, this is an effective way to replicate a potential situation so that when they are a part of the workforce, they already have a greater understanding.”
According to Ruppert, the exercise also gives his students critical hands-on experience that they will need once out in the field as emergency medical technicians or paramedics.
“In addition, these realistic, full-scale scenarios give students from each of our health sciences disciplines an opportunity to learn from each other,” said Ruppert. “These exercises give our nursing, EMS, and other health sciences students the chance to work cooperatively together to manage critical clinical cases, as is required in real-world medical practice.
“In our joint debriefing sessions after these exercises, it’s clear that our students are gaining a deep understanding and appreciation of the value of each distinct medical specialty as they learn cognitive, psychomotor, and communication skills from each other.
This peer-directed active learning, guided by experienced faculty, is a unique feature of education at Paul D. Camp Community College, and is not limited to large scale training exercises.
In day-to-day classes, skills labs, and even the interactive workshops our students conduct as an outreach to high school students exploring health sciences careers, the more our students work together in active learning, they more they develop the interpersonal and leadership skills in high demand by employers today,” he said.
For more information about the PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health programs, email Tasha Taylor at ttaylor@pdc.edu.

Nick Stickney Jameka Burns Kendra ScottNick Stickney performs triage, tagging Kendra Scott. Jameka Burns is in background.

Lianna White Kendra ScottLianna White and Kendra Scott gather near the decontamination tent after being triaged.

Mohammad Sajid Jameka Burns Nick StickneyMohammad Sajid, left, and Nick Stickney take “victim” Jameka Burns out on a stretcher. Assistant Professor of Nursing, Simulation and Skills Lab Coordinator Lucy Little and Practical Nursing Faculty Member Laurel Wright are in the background.

Shea Masters Vickie ClarkeEMS student Shea Masters tends to nursing student Vickie Clarke, who is confused and wandering the area looking for her dog.

Jamie Coggsdale Paul Bangley Charlotte Cifers“Victim” Jamie Coggsdale receives help from EMS students Paul Bangley and Charlotte Cifers.


Paul D. Camp Community College graduate ‘fast tracks’ to healthcare career

Ashley RifeBefore Ashley Rife graduated from the Fast Track Healthcare program at Paul D. Camp Community College, she had already secured a job with Bayview Physicians Group at North Suffolk Family Medicine—not even 30 miles from her Carrsville home.
“I received an application and an interview during my externship there. I started orientation the morning of my graduation,” she said about that memorable day in December 2018.
Rife enrolled at PDCCC directly from Windsor High School after the program was suggested to her by the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Debbie Hartman.
“I have always wanted to go into the medical field,” said the 22-year-old. “Both of my parents have always supported and encouraged me.” Her mother, Anita Rife, is also a PDCCC graduate, where she earned an associate’s degree in business administration in 1996.
Through the PDCCC Division of Workforce Development’s Fast Track Healthcare program, Ashley became certified as a clinical medical assistant (CCMA) with phlebotomy certification, as well as EKG technician certification. CCMAs handle an array of tasks in the healthcare setting, including clinical and administrative duties, and may assist doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
The non-credit FastForward program was initially intended to train for a career in clinical medical assistant, but lead instructor Dawn Womble expanded it to include the other credentials as well and had the program running five months after its inception.
“I watched Ashley build a new level of confidence with each certification that she earned,” said Womble. “The fact that she was also able to secure a job during her externship made her success even more exciting.”
As a traditional student, Rife still had to make sure that she managed her time properly in order to allow her enough time to work, study, complete assignments and attend classes. But PDCCC proved to be a good fit for her.
“PDCCC was always there to help and encourage me when things were tough,” she said. “They also put their students in clinical sites that can be potential job opportunities.”
Rife is now enjoying her new career and is reaping the benefits of a comfortable work environment. “I enjoy interacting with new people every day, getting to know each patient, and I am always learning something new,” she said. “I am where I want to be right now. However, in the future I plan to go back to school to get a degree in nursing.”
The CCMA was able to realize her aspiration to work in the medical field without spending more time or money than was needed and recommends the Fast Track Healthcare program.
“I would tell first-time students to study hard, do not get behind, and always ask for help if you are having difficulty in a class,” Rife said. “As my instructor (Dawn Womble) would always say, ‘You need to hit the ground running.’”
According to Womble, students don’t have to have a medical background to enroll, and depending on what direction in which the students want to head, they can complete one or all parts of the program.
For more information about workforce development programs, call 757-569-6050, or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/.


Paul D. Camp Community College Nursing and Allied Health hosted interactive workshop for high school students

SHS CNA Group webAshlynne Harrell, from left, Errika Lane, Danielle Snyder, Matyson Crutchley, Meaghan Ellis, Adam Story, LaNiah Artis and Instructor Joyce Tomlin from Southampton schools first assessed a patient with pneumonia.
Twenty-two juniors and seniors from the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) programs at Isle of Wight and Southampton County public schools visited Paul D. Camp Community College Department of Nursing and Allied Health recently for an interactive workshop series called “That Medical Thing.”
The students from the high schools were able to work with PDCCC students from the registered nursing, licensed practical nursing and emergency medical services programs.
“They learned about first aid, airway management and hemorrhage control,” said Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Debbie Hartman.
“They also had the opportunity to experience simulation with an OB patient in active labor and complete an assessment on a patient with airway concerns while they were in the lab.”

Brianna Jailah Jordan Mohammad NickBrianna Wapplehorst, from left, Jailah Page and Jordan Smith of Isle of Wight County Public Schools listen to Mohammad Sajid and Nick Stickney. Sajid and Stickney are PDCCC EMS students who volunteered to teach the visitors about airway management.

Matyson CrutchleyMatyson Crutchley is tasked with explaining how an incentive spirometer is used.


Spring Fling Craft Show will help the Upward Bound program at Paul D. Camp Community College

DE Grads 2017Some of the Upward Bound students also earn degrees and certificates through the PDCCC Dual Enrollment program, which means they graduate from the community college before they receive their diplomas from high school.
Spring is in the air, at least according to Punxsutawney Phil, who predicted an early spring when he could not find his shadow on Groundhog Day.
Although his forecast may be disputed based on the recent chilly weather, most can agree that spring is a season people await in anticipation. To celebrate the season and raise money, the Paul D. Camp Community College Upward Bound program will sponsor its 2nd Annual Spring Fling Craft Show on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 N. College Drive in Franklin.
Headed up by local crafter Shirley Billups, the event features free admission to patrons, and money raised from registration, raffles and donations will benefit Upward Bound student activities.
“At PDCCC, we like to treat our students more holistically by not just providing the education they need to excel, but to also expose them to cultural experiences, and life and leadership skills as well,” said the college’s Upward Bound Director Travis Parker. “Students also receive assistance with tutoring, resources, support, college processes and the PDCCC Dual Enrollment program.”
Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program that is focused on assisting low income and/or first generation high school students in grades 9 through 12 with successfully completing postsecondary education.
The program was implemented at PDCCC in 2009 and continues to grow. The number of students completing postsecondary degrees has increased by 41.5 percent in the last year, bringing the total to 75.
“Currently, we have six high school seniors who are working toward an associate’s degree in general studies and/or a certificate in general education through the dual enrollment program, which continues to be an option with which our scholars have been challenging themselves,” said Parker. “The hard work that they are doing for their education makes it possible for the UB program to prosper at PDCCC.”
The PDCCC Upward Bound program serves 60 + students in grades 9-12 at three area high schools. For more information on the program, call UB Administrative Assistant Barbara Strylowski, 757-569-6764, or log onto www.pdc.edu.
Vendors interested in a booth space for the craft show may contact Shirley Billups, 757-620-5499. Set up times are from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

UB sports 1Upward Bound students, from left, Lawrence Wiggins, Dinae Jones, Christian Branch, Tashera Barrett, Juhan Carr and Andrea Barnes attending the 2018 Franklin Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce Tailgate Breakfast.


PDCCC Financial Aid Office’s College Night well-attended

Scholarship WinnersFinancial Aid Coordinator Dr. Teresa Harrison, from left, with scholarship recipients Brooke Mills, Tiffany Gary and Jada Ingram. Also congratulating the winners are Dean of Transfer Programs and the Hobbs Suffolk Campus Dr. Justin Oliver and Financial Aid Loan Specialist Taniya LeGrand.
About 40 high school students and their parents/guardians visited the Hobbs Suffolk Campus of Paul D. Camp Community College to take advantage of the services and information provided during the Financial Aid Office’s College Night.
“This event was a success in more ways than one,” said Taniya LeGrand, financial aid loan specialist for the college. “The weather was amazing and we had a lot of support and participation at our 9th annual Financial Aid event.”
According to LeGrand, several participants took advantage of having an expert guide them through the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), scholarship information and PDCCC sign-in procedures prior to the event.
“Others began the evening by perusing the showcase area where our participating academics and athletics departments, the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center and AmeriCorps discussed offerings to potential students,” she said.
Information was provided about the college process and how to navigate it successfully. “Door prizes, including three wireless printers were a huge hit,” said LeGrand. “At the end of the evening, three lucky seniors each received a $250 scholarship to attend Paul D. Camp Community College.”
The winners were Brook Mills of Lakeland High, Tiffany Gary of King’s Fork High and Jada Ingram of Nansemond River High.
“I want to send out a huge thank you to all who helped to make this event successful,” said the financial aid loan specialist. “It takes a lot of teamwork to put this event together, and we had a great team!”
NicoleAcademic Advisor Nicole Jordan gives a presentation to high school students during the Financial Aid College Night event in Suffolk.

Paul and Dr HartmanEMT/EMS Program Coordinator Paul Ruppert and Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Debbie Hartman, left, talk to some College Night participants about healthcare programs and the skills lab.


PDCCC director presents abroad

ODU Group

The rare appearance of a rainbow made the perfect backdrop for the group of ODU students, including Lawhorne, center, in front of Dublin Castle in Ireland.

Paul D. Camp Community College Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne participated in a study abroad as part of an Old Dominion University Global Higher Education course. The trip encompassed stops in Dublin, Ireland, London, England, and Cambridge, United Kingdom.
The course is an elective in Lawhorne’s PhD program in Community College Leadership at ODU. She presented to faculty, staff and students at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge about Virginia’s Fast Forward programs and Workforce Credentials Grant.
“They don’t have programs like this there,” said Lawhorne. “So, they were amazed that we have assistance like this in place to help fund student tuition toward high-demand credentials.”
In addition to Anglia Ruskin University, the ODU students visited the University College Dublin, Maynooth University, Ireland Department of Education and Skills, and the Center for Global Higher Education.
“We had the opportunity to tour Trinity University and Cambridge University campuses,” said Lawhorne. “It was a very exciting experience to share ideas and learn what others are doing in higher education.”
Angela Lawhorne presentation

Angela Lawhorne, director of workforce development at PDCCC, talks to educators about Fastforward and the Workforce Credentials Grant program while at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.


Paul D. Camp Community College’s Boots & Bling kicked up an abundance of support

Live Auction Crowd Shot

Bids were placed throughout the night for the live and silent auctions.

The Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation fundraiser, Boots & Bling, drew more than 225 people to the Regional Workforce Development Center Saturday evening for food and fellowship, as well as some boot scooting to the band, Hickory Knoll.
“This was the largest crowd I’ve seen in attendance at our annual fundraiser since 2016,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Workforce Development, and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Dr. Renee Felts. “Not only was the food from caterer Country Boys Barbecue phenomenal, everyone seemed to really be having a good time as well.”
This year, the foundation decided to hold a more casual event rather than the formal gala they had in the past, and the move proved to be popular. Although the dollar amount raised is still being figured since donations are still incoming, this seemed to be the best event to date, according to Felts.
Proceeds from Boots & Bling, including ticket sales, and a live and silent auction, will benefit the PDCCC students in the three ways: the emergency fund; scholarships for warehouse and logistics training; and the college’s Food Bank program, which partners with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore to provide help to students who have food insecurities.
“This is a great way for the community to come together, have a good time, network and support our area students all at the same time,” said Felts. “We hope to bring in even more interest next spring.”
For more information about the PDCCC Foundation, call Felts at 757-569-6760 or visit www.pdc.edu/foundation.


Paul D. Camp Community College symposium focuses on addressing students’ basic needs

Marissa Meyers

Marissa Meyers was keynote speaker, addressing the group of student attendees and non-student attendees in a culminating presentation during lunchtime.

More than 300 people registered from area schools, colleges and community partners to attend the 4th Annual Student Success Symposium held at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center on Tuesday.
In light of recent data revealing that many college students are experiencing food insecurities and homelessness, the theme for the event was, “#3C_PDC, Creating a Culture of Caring, Collaboration and Completion-Addressing Students’ Basic Needs Insecurity.”
“The symposium provides a unique venue where students can learn more about resources and how to be their own advocates, but also for professional development of faculty, staff and administrators,” said Vice President for Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady. “Our STEPS team works to make sure topics are relevant and speakers provide insight on ways we can help address our students’ needs.”
The free event featured Dr. Bethanie Tucker, an educator since 1972. She has served in a number of critical teaching and program leadership roles at the elementary school level and is a professor of education at Averett University in Danville. She presented “Possible Selves: Envisioning, Accomplishing and Giving Back” to the students, and “A Framework for Understanding Poverty” to the faculty, staff and other guests.
Serving as the keynote speaker, Marissa Meyers, is a practitioner/researcher at the Hope Center at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. Meyers hails from foster programs herself, and serves on boards and advisory councils of a number of Philadelphia organizations that address food insecurity, foster care, and trauma-informed practice. She presented to the collective groups during a convening at lunchtime and talked about “Action: We Have More Work to Do.” Meyers also presented “Identifying Solutions to Addressing Students’ Basic Needs Insecurity to the non-student group.
In addition, sharing other insights, welcoming and closing remarks were Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Experience and Strategic Initiatives Dr. Van C. Wilson, PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC Vice President for Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, PDCCC Alum and City of Suffolk School Board member Karen Jenkins, retired NFL defensive Lineman and Cover 3 Foundation founder Greg Scott, PDCCC Assistant Professor of Biology Carolyn Ashby and Adjunct English Instructor Delores Manley.
“The guest speakers led engaging sessions that led to collaborative plans to further engage in the topic of meeting the basic insecurity needs of our students,” said Dean of Student Services Trina Jones. “The theme was relevant to the work we do, and I am sure that there is more to come.”
STEPS Success Coach Dr. Sandra Walker hopes to continue bringing more awareness to student insecurity out in the community and looks forward to the next STEPS event in October, the 3rd Annual Student Leadership Conference.
To learn more, contact Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (STEPS) at PDCCC by visiting www.pdc.edu/success/.

Dr BethanieTucker with students

Dr. Bethanie Tucker talks to the students during the Student Success Symposium.

Dean Jones Pledge

Dean of Student Services and Professional Counselor Trina Jones signs the pledge to create a culture of caring, collaboration and completion.


Paul D. Camp Community College nursing students participate in wilderness adventure activity

MedwarsPaul D. Camp Community College nursing students assisted for the third year with a national event that was recently held at Newport News Park.
MedWAR, which stands for Medical Wilderness Adventure Race, provides an opportunity for students to be involved in both learning and teaching other racers, according to Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program Lead Trudy Kuehn. “It also gives them the chance to spend a day with nature and learn about wilderness medicine.”
Eighteen PDCCC nursing students were sent out in the park with various scenarios assigned to them. They act out the scenarios, and if needed, teach others about the correct results. Scenarios range from near drowning and hypothermia to snake bites and ankle sprains. “The challenge is to be adaptable and flexible while running the race,” said Kuehn.
According to the nursing lead, this unique event combines wilderness medical challenges with the growing sport of adventure racing. “The race was also developed as a tool for teaching and testing the knowledge, skills and techniques of wilderness medicine, and for promoting teamwork and collegiality among competitors,” she explained. MedWAR is sanctioned by North American Educational Adventure Racing (NAEAR).
“We are happy to have been able to provide assistance for this event each year and excited to see what next year brings,” said Kuehn.
For more information about nursing and allied health programs, contact Carol Griffin, cgriffin@pdc.edu or visit www.pdc.edu.


Phi Theta Kappa members raise funds as well as awareness

Alyssa-Felgentreu-Candice-TriplettMembers of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at Paul D. Camp Community College bussed tables Tuesday night at El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant on Council Drive to raise funds for the organization.
Recording Secretary Alyssa Felgentreu, left, and Vice President of Service Candice Triplett were among the members on hand who helped to raise awareness of PTK.
Ten percent of sales were donated by El Ranchero to the organization.
The group raised $120 to help with the cost of its annual induction ceremony and trip to the national convention.


Paul D. Camp Community College scores with new head coach hire

~Clay Hyatt began new role this week~

Clay HyattThe Paul D. Camp Community College Hurricanes are celebrating a new addition to the athletics department.
Clay Hyatt, a 2005 graduate of Franklin High School, has been hired to serve as head coach of the women’s and men’s soccer teams and campus life coordinator.
PDC announced plans in January to have the new teams in place for competition by the fall semester, which starts in late August.
Hyatt, also a 2009 graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan, where he played soccer, has worked with the City of Franklin Park and Recreation Department for seven years as athletic specialist and is past president and founder of the Franklin Fire Soccer Club.
In addition, he has coached soccer for 10 years and has experience working with the United States Soccer Federation.
According to PDCCC Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach David Mitchell, who has already built a camaraderie among the Hurricane athletes since his arrival in 2017, Hyatt is currently recruiting for both soccer teams.
“We are extremely pleased to bring Clay on board at PDCCC,” said Mitchell. “He has the skills and expertise to hit the ground running. Implementing soccer will really help move the athletics department forward.”
The sports program has quickly picked up momentum, and enrollment has already increased since 2017 when the baseball program was created.
The community saw softball implementation and the hire of Coach Carrie Hoeft following soon after in 2018.
The addition of soccer is projected to increase full-time enrollment by 50 more students.
In addition to practice, class assignments and game commitments, the PDC Hurricanes are engaged in additional activities that build teamwork, leadership and fundraising skills. They serve as role models for our local youth.
For more information regarding PDCCC athletics, contact Mitchell at 757-569-6767 or dmitchell@pdc.edu or visit www.pdc.edu.


Stoneburner of Sentara Obici inspires Paul D. Camp Community College nursing students

Phyllis StoneburnerStoneburner talked to the students about the opportunities nursing can provide to them.
Paul D. Camp Community College nursing students were encouraged by a recent visit from Sentara Obici Hospital’s Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Phyllis Stoneburner.
This is the third year that she has taken the time to spend with the senior class of Registered Nursing (RN) students at the college.
“With her passion for nursing and her leadership experience, she shared what their future may look like and the opportunities that nursing can provide for them,” said Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program Lead /Associate Professor of Nursing Trudy Kuehn. “As always, she was engaging and left the students eager to complete their degree and begin their careers.”
Stoneburner advised the students to work in a supportive environment that will assist them in their aspirations.
Slightly tearful, as she will soon retire, Stoneburner said to be a nurse is a “privilege and honor. I am grateful to have had such a diverse, but meaningful career.”
Stoneburner holds a diploma in nursing from the Riverside School of Professional Nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Christopher Newport University and a Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University.
“She is always gracious with the students and candid in her answers,” said Kuehn. “She welcomes the hopes, dreams and fears of the new RN graduates.
“She will be greatly missed upon her retirement. We hope to entice her out of retirement next year to continue to dispense her special brand of advice to the next generation of nurses.”
For more information about the RN program at PDCCC, email cgriffin@pdc.edu.
Group w PhyllisThe seniors in the registered nursing program took valuable information and inspiration from Phyllis Stoneburner, who served as a recent guest lecturer.


Paul D. Camp Community students awarded scholarships for spring 2019

Tori Ricks Joyce Davis Kermit HobbsRecipient of the Ryan L. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students, Tori Ricks of Franklin, from left, Joyce Davis and O. Kermit Hobbs Jr. enjoy food and conversation during the reception.
Paul D. Camp Community College students were selected for more than $4,500 in scholarships for the spring 2019 semester.
“We are thankful that we have so many in the community who believe in our mission and goals,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts. Felts also serves as executive director of the PDCCC Foundation which oversees the scholarships. “We can never do too much to help our students succeed.”
The following students received awards for the upcoming semester:

  • William J. Gay of Isle of Wight County-Kiwanas Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Dawson J. Stevens of Franklin-Perry R. Adams Scholarshp
  • Kirsta D. Rose of Isle of Wight County-Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Keshonta T. Banks of Suffolk-Matthews & Reed Nursing Scholarship and the Col. Lula B. Holland, US Army (Ret.), MSW, BSN, AA Scholarship
  • David R. Claud Jr. of Franklin-Jim Lassiter PDCCC Scholarship
  • Tamra E. Boone of Southampton County-Kings Fork Woman’s Club of Suffolk Scholarship
  • Megan E. Hatfield of Southampton County-Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Victoria A. Kouassi of Isle of Wight County-Connie Patterson Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • Tori M. Ricks of Franklin-Ryan L. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Bonnie B. Burns of Franklin-Karen Phillips Chase Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • Whitney H. Gibson of Franklin-Jim Lassiter PDCCC Scholarship
  • Olivia A. Smith of Suffolk- Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship

A reception was held recently to celebrate both the fall 2018 and spring 2019 recipients, donors and namesakes. The fall recipients names and awards were published in September 2018.
Scholarships for the fall 2019 semester will also open on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. Scholarships are available for new and continuing students, graduating high schools seniors, and high school dual enrollment students for fall 2019. For more information or to apply, visit www.pdc.edu/scholarship/.

The BoycesDr. Douglas W. Boyce, who served as PDCCC President from 2002 to 2010, and his wife, Grace, attended the event. The Boyces, along with their family and friends, fund a scholarship in memory of Donald C. Boyce, who was a dedicated elementary school teacher.


Paul D. Camp Community College continues to address needs of students

~ Providing resources helps focus remain on studies ~

Shauna DavisShauna Davis, executive director of the VCCS Student Success Center and office of professional development shared her experiences in education during a lunchtime session at last year’s event that included both students, and faculty/staff groups.
The Paul D. Camp Community College Students Transitioning through Education Program Successfully (STEPS) team is gearing up for its 4th Annual Student Success Symposium. This year’s event, themed “Creating a Culture of Caring, Collaboration and Completion, Addressing Students’ Basic Needs Insecurity,” will be held at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center on Tuesday, March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
According to research released from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab in April 2018, titled, “Still Hungry and Homeless in College, it is estimated that 42 percent of community college students experienced food insecurity in the 30 days preceding the survey; 46 percent reported being housing insecure within the last year of the survey; and 12 percent reported being homeless during the last year of the survey. Although the numbers have decreased from a larger study conducted in 2017, these are critical issues that students face—issues that have drawn the attention of Virginia’s Community Colleges as well.
In addition, another report released recently from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), stated analysis of data from the Department of Education showed that 2 million at-risk students who were potentially eligible for SNAP did not report receiving benefits in 2016. It was recommended by GAO that the Food and Nutrition Service improve student eligibility information on its website and share information on state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agencies’ approaches to helping eligible students.
“Addressing basic student needs is a college-wide effort,” said STEPS College Success Coach Dr. Sandra Walker. “The STEPS team has presented professional development on the topic for faculty and staff, and engaged the community in an effort to develop a shared language, understanding and commitment around how basic needs insecurity may impact individuals who frequent those agencies or establishments.”
According to PDCCC Vice President for Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, the 4th Annual event provides opportunities for faculty and staff professional development, as well as student growth.
“The focus is on relevant issues that our students face that may prevent them from reaching their education and employment goals,” she said. We are always striving to help our students in any way possible.”
The PDCCC STEPS program is part of the Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative and helps underserved students with their personal, academic and career goals. The program has made great strides and earned recognition since its launch at PDCCC in 2012. As research continued to surface regarding student food and home insecurities, a foodbank committee was implemented in 2017 by PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin.
“At PDCCC, we are focused on the overall well-being of our students,” said Lufkin. “We should always keep our students in the forefront and evaluate their issues so that we can respond in a supportive way that helps them stay on track. That is why it is significant that we formed the Foodbank Committee and developed the partnership with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.”
According to Walker, among those invited to register are college, university, high school and homeschooled students; staff, faculty, adjuncts and administrators; community organization members; human service providers; researchers, elected officials and policy makers.
The Student Success Symposium is free, however, registration is required. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the college’s foodbank or toiletry item for the Genieve Shelter to help support community service projects.
For more details, email Success Coaches Dr. Sandra Walker, swalker@pdc.edu or Karen Owens, kowens@pdc.edu. To register, log onto www.pdc.edu/success/.


College success coach raises awareness with community partners regarding hunger and homelessness

Clint Rudy Dr Walker Jennifer BrownDirector of the City of Suffolk Libraries Clint Rudy, left, and Youth and Family Services Manager Jennifer Brown, right, receive certificates of participation signed by Dr. Sandra Walker, center, and Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, on behalf of PDCCC. Not pictured are Manager of Library Locations Tiffany Duck and Outreach and Program Services Manager Megan Mulvey.
Paul D. Camp Community College Success Coach Dr. Sandra Walker presented a workshop to the City of Suffolk Libraries staff that focused on the implications of poverty on teaching, learning and the workplace. In addition, she shared new research about poverty, food and housing insecurity, hunger, homelessness, and how this affects the success of students, communities and workplaces.
In April 2018, Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab and colleagues released the report, Still Hungry and Homeless in College. The research revealed that 42 percent of community college students had food insecurity in the last 30 days that preceded the survey and 46 percent were housing insecure within the last year.
“We know that the student sitting in one of our classes could very well be the same patron served by one of the libraries or the client of the human services agency in our service region,” Walker said. “To this end, engagement and communication are the cornerstones of our partnerships.”
PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin formed a food bank committee in 2017 that works in partnership with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Shore to provide some assistance to the students.
Walker added, “PDCCC has a pulse on emerging trends within higher education, which includes a movement to address the students’ basic needs.”
For more information, contact Walker at swalker@pdc.edu.


TRIO Upward Bound exceeds program goals at PDCCC

Travis and Tatiyahna BlakelyLakeland High School’s Tatiyahna Blakely, pictured at the May 2018 graduation with Upward Bound Director Travis Parker, is one of UB’s many success stories at PDCCC. She earned her associate’s degree at PDCCC through the Dual Enrollment Program and is currently on a full academic scholarship at University of Virginia.
Like a fine wine, Paul D. Camp Community College’s TRIO Upward Bound program keeps getting better with age. Implemented in 2009, the program has continued to grow and support students in many ways to help them achieve post-secondary educational goals.
“We do not work to produce students,” PDCCC Upward Bound Director (UB) Travis Parker said, “We work to produce scholars.” He states this along with the statistics to show the progress of the many participants of the program.
Currently, UB has helped three students earn master’s degrees. In addition, 10 other students are currently working on graduate degrees. “Twenty-seven scholars have earned a bachelor’s degree, and 44 others are currently attending undergraduate programs at many four-year institutions,” Parker said. “Also, 43 UB scholars have earned associate’s degrees from Paul D. Camp.”
The number of students completing post-secondary degrees has increased by 41.5 percent in the last year, bringing the total to 75.
“Dual enrollment continues to be an option with which our scholars are challenging themselves to attain college credit, certifications and degrees while still in high school,” he said.
“Right now, we have 14 high school seniors who are motivated to do what it takes to get accepted into colleges, and earn scholarship and grants.” According to Parker, six of those seniors are working toward an associate’s degree in general studies and/or a certificate in general education.
Students will actually receive these degrees and/or certificates before receiving their high school diplomas.
Upward Bound is committed to providing support for and increasing the rate of success for high school senior students who are low income or first-generation potential college graduates.
“Since success is dependent on a number of factors in addition to academics, we provide cultural and leadership experiences as well,” said Parker. “We visit area colleges and universities, hold workshops and provide a summer program-which all help a student be better equipped to navigate through life.
“The hard work that our scholars are putting into their education continues to make it possible for the UB program to prosper here at Paul D. Camp Community College.”
The PDCCC Upward Bound program serves 60 + students in grades 9-12 at three area high schools. For more information, call UB Administrative Assistant Barbara Strylowski, 757-569-6764, or log onto www.pdc.edu.
Sara Lyons and Amari LongSara Lyons, from left, and Amari Long also graduated from PDCCC in May 2018. Lyons, a Franklin High School graduate, is continuing her education at Norfolk State University. Long, a Southampton High School student, was also a Dual Enrollment student and earned her associate’s degree before high school graduation. She is currently studying at Old Dominion University.


Nursing students celebrate others

hallway crowd shotThe nursing students celebrated Cultural Appreciation Day on Thursday.
“This the third annual event, with the goal of promoting awareness and appreciation of different cultures worldwide,” said Associate’s Degree in Nursing Program Lead Trudy Kuehn.
“The senior nursing students researched different areas, learning about medical beliefs, time and space orientation and other specific details.”

Bonnie and DawnSharing some of the culture of Italy, are Dawn Wilson, from left, and Bonnie Burns, who used substitutes for alcohol in the wine bottles.

Dean Jones with studentsTaking a break from showing some hand drumming to capture the nostalgia of Lebanon are students, from left:Hannah Fagan, Candace Triplett, Sophie Abisaab (seated), and Bethany Brinkley with Dean of Student Services Trina Jones.


Paul D. Camp two-steps into spring with country-themed fundraiser

Placing BidsTaylor Williams and former board chair Patricia Sowell look peruse items and place bids at last year’s fundraiser. This year’s event promises to be more casual with a country theme.
Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation is putting its best foot forward in preparation of its upcoming fundraiser, Boots & Bling.
The 4th Annual Building for the Future event will include a dinner, dance and auction in country casual attire at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center on Saturday, March 23.
“For the past three years in spring, we have held a gala in order to raise money for the college and its students,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts. “This year, we are mixing it up a bit with a dressed down event.”
A cocktail hour with open bar and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner, provided by Country Boy’s Barbecue LLC of Windsor, will get underway at 6:30 p.m.
According to Felts, the proceeds will benefit students by way of scholarships, the emergency fund and the foodbank program.
“We are looking forward to having a good time while helping ensure our students’ success,” said Felts.
Hickory Knoll and a live auction will take place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person, but participants must be 21 years or older to be admitted.
For more information, including sponsorships and tickets, contact Renee Felts, rfelts@pdc.edu.


First-generation student lands full circle at PDCCC

~ She earned degrees while married with four children and full-time job ~

LaRhonda WynneLaRhonda Wynne came full circle at Paul D. Camp after graduating from the community college in 2008 and recently becoming employed as tutor coordinator for Student Support Services at her alma mater.
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” LaRhonda Wynne is all too familiar with the meaning of these wise words from author and lecturer Ralph Waldo Emerson. That is because the 2008 magna cum laude graduate of Paul D. Camp Community College refuses to let circumstances define her.
According to the Suffolk resident and first-generation college student, she hailed from a very diverse socioeconomic background without a strong support system in place. As the eldest of five children, she found herself taking on the roles of caretaker, provider and nurturer for her siblings.
“I dropped out of high school because of the life I was surrounded by and found myself pregnant at a young age,” she said.
Facing the realities of even the basic requirements that come along with raising another human being prompted her to look a little farther into her and her family’s future.
“I wanted more. I wanted change. I wanted to break cycles,” she said. “So, I went back to school and earned my GED in 1992.”
As a non-traditional student, Wynne knew that she was capable of achieving higher goals, but wasn’t sure how she was going to add “college student” to her roles as wife, mother of four and full-time retail worker.
“It was a struggle at times trying to juggle work, family and school,” she said. “It was difficult in the beginning to find a balance. One day, everything just fell into place.”
She discovered that she was mounding more pressure on herself to succeed, but was not alone in the pursuit of her goals. There was an entire network of support at PDCCC to help.
“I needed an institution that would allow me to attain the credentials that I desired, while giving me the flexibility to reach them,” she said. “The instructors were engaging, encouraging and empathetic to the students.”
A Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society student at PDCCC, she graduated with an associate’s degree in management-general business, an associate’s degree in management-hardware and software support, and with three career studies certificates in Bookkeeping, Computer Support Specialist and Supervision.
“When I began community college, I just wanted to finish and say, ‘I did it,’” she recalled. “I did not realize until a little later that attending PDCCC changed that. Once I saw that I could balance life, school and work, I wanted to go further.”
Wynne attained a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational and technical studies from Old Dominion University in 2011 and earned a Master of Education degree through an individualized degree program (career switchers) from Regent University in 2014.
Wynne has since come full circle at Paul D. Camp, as she was recently hired as the Tutor Coordinator for the Trio Student Support Services program at the college. She serves as an instructor for GED classes for the College and Career Academy at Pruden, currently part of the Suffolk City Public School system, and says that she recommends PDCCC to her GED students. She also has a daughter who is currently enrolled at the college.
“My desire to help students achieve their academic goals is derived from individuals willing to help me with my academic success years ago,” she said. “I became a true example of what education can do for an individual and what doors that it can open. I want students to know that I was once where they are and I have made it.”
Her advice for students just starting out in college is threefold — Don’t fret. Don’t quit. Stay focused. “The main thing is to believe that you can do it,” she emphasized.


Paul D. Camp Community College career fair for health professionals

Paul D. Camp Community College held a career fair for health professionals Friday at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center.
“This has been a good fair,” said DeVry University Dean Christine Ettehad about two and a half hours into the event.
“There has already been quite a few students come through.”
AaliyahBynumEnglishAnayahWigginsUBAaliyah Bynum English and Anayah Wiggins, who are both Upward Bound students at PDCCC and Franklin High School students, talk with Lauren Caughorn, recruiter for Sentara.

Ashley PetersonPDCCC Nursing student Ashley Peterson of Suffolk exchanges pleasantries with Lake Prince Woods Human Resources Manager Meagan Saunders after gathering some insight and dropping off her resume.

Bethany BrinkleyBethany Brinkley of Suffolk, a PDCCC nursing student, receives more details about Silver Care LLC from Ashely Cofield, PCA, from left, and Marissa Jones, administrator.

Tyler Jamie DerickaPDCCC students Tyler Britton of Boykins, second from left, Jamie Cogsdale of Courtland and Dericka Artis of Suffolk listen to details about DeVry University of Chesapeake from Dean Christine Ettehad.

Jabria Cross Tyasia HollandHealthcare Recruiter for Armor Correctional Health Services Laura Vasser, from left, and Nurse Manager at Deerfield Correctional Center Samantha Smith share information with Franklin High School students Jabria Cross and Tyasia Holland, far right.


Paul D. Camp Community College celebrates its adjunct faculty members

Paul D. Camp Community College’s third annual Adjunct Faculty Recognition produced 21 honorees among the more than 100 adjunct employees at the college.
“Paul D. Camp is very proud of our committed adjunct instructors,” said Vice President for Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady. “We want them to know how much we value their dedication and skill sets that help our students succeed in their course of study.”
The following adjunct faculty members were honored:
Teaching Effectiveness:

  • Jordan Basnight – Emergency Medical Services
  • Jennifer Domer – Nursing
  • Dr. Renee Felts – Information Systems Technology
  • Mary Ellen Gleason – English
  • Martha Harrison – Mathematics
  • Keandra Hunter – Psychology
  • Carol Lawrence – Information Systems Technology
  • Martha Maurno – English
  • Catherine Paler – Nursing
  • Sandra Raker – Communication Studies
  • Renee Roper-Jackson – English
  • Dr. Sandra Walker – Student Development
  • Dawn Womble – Allied Health
  • Dr. Carl Vermeulen – Biology & Chemistry

Scholarly & Creative Engagement:

  • Elaine Beale – Pharmacy Technician
  • Bill Camp – English
  • Charles McLeod – Emergency Medical Services
  • India Meissel – History

Faculty Leadership:

  • Mary Ann Howell – Information Systems Technology
  • Dr. Sandra Walker – Student Development
  • Thomas Czerwinski – Information Systems Technology

For more information, contact the office of Academic and Student Development at 757-569-6704.


Paul D. Camp Community College Hurricanes kick off the New Year with the addition of soccer

The Paul D. Camp Community College Athletics Department celebrates 2019 with exciting news of the addition of a men and women’s soccer program. The plan is to have the teams in place for competition by the fall semester, which starts in late August.
The sports program has quickly picked up momentum, and enrollment has already increased since 2017 when the baseball program was created and athletic director David Mitchell was hired. The community saw softball implementation and the hire of Coach Carrie Hoeft following soon after in 2018. The addition of soccer is projected to increase full-time enrollment by 50 more students.
“Athletics has added a lot of excitement and publicity in the community,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “This initiative also aligns with our strategic plan objectives that include enhancing student engagement, and therefore, ensuring student success.”
According to Mitchell, who has championed a cohesive athletics department since his arrival, creating the soccer teams will help move the athletic department forward.
“This is an exciting time for the Hurricanes,” he said. “We will be playing the same college teams that we do in baseball and softball games.”
Recruitment for a full-time head soccer coach/ campus life coordinator is underway. For more information regarding PDCCC athletics, contact Mitchell at 757-569-6767 or dmitchell@pdc.edu or visit www.pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College graduates first class from Fast Track Healthcare program in Suffolk

CMA grads first class Suffolk WorkforceCelebrating their academic accomplishments, seated from left, are: Imari Wrenn of Smithfield, Tyeshia Whitfield of Franklin, Tonya Boone of Franklin, Laquita Goodman of Suffolk, Brittany Joyner of Suffolk and Shayla Hale of Norfolk. Back row: Alesia Hale of Norfolk, Eboni McCray of Suffolk, Darna Riddick of Suffolk, lead instructor Dawn Womble, NaTasha Sloan of Emporia, Tarnisha Johnson of Portsmouth and Ashley Rife of Carrsville.
Paul D. Camp Community College celebrated its first class of the Fast Track Healthcare program offered in downtown Suffolk. Twelve graduates were honored during a completion ceremony held Monday at the city’s Workforce Development Center.
In March, Birdsong Trust Fund generously funded the $24,000 start-up cost for the Suffolk program. It is offered through PDCCC’s Division of Workforce Development and is a curriculum that bundles Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and Certified EKG Technician (CET) to graduate students who can fill needed jobs in the college’s service region.
The non-credit FastForward program was initially intended to train for a career in clinical medical assistant, but lead instructor Dawn Womble expanded it to include the other credentials as well and had the program running five months after its inception.
“The incredible thing about this program is that students don’t have to have a medical background to enroll, and depending on what direction in which the students want to head, they can complete one or all parts of the program,” explained Womble. She said that 11 out of the 12 students passed their certification exams. The pass rates for the Fall 2018 Suffolk group are CPT—100 percent, CET—85 percent, and CCMA—92 percent.
The guest speaker for the event was Seko Varner, who runs his own entertainment firm, directs a youth mentorship program, volunteers with Green Run High School and works as a One-Stop operator for the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board.
In addition to celebrating the graduates, the following were recognized further with the presentation of awards:

  • Most Improved Student — Eboni McCray and Darna Riddick
  • Most Helpful Student — Natasha Sloan and Ashley Rife
  • Sunshine Award — Tyeshia Whitfield and Brittany Joyner
  • Most Dedicated — Tonya Boone and Tarnisha Johnson
  • Leadership Award — Natasha Sloan and Laquita Goodman
  • Clinical Excellence — Ashley Rife and Imari Wrenn
  • Academic Excellence — Shayla Hale, Alesia Hale and Natasha Sloan

The students completing this program and passing their certification exams go to work in a shorter amount of time than a credit student who is working toward a degree would.
“Fast Track is where it’s at,” said Eboni McCray of Suffolk. “I gained an extra family here. I’ve never had a sister and now I have 13.”
According to graduate Laquita Goodman, also of Suffolk, the program is intense, as there is a lot of information taught in a short amount of time. “Be prepared to hit the ground running,” she advised potential students.
Womble said that members of the Birdsong Trustee Board and PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin visited the classroom recently.
“The students were able to demonstrate the equipment and tell them about their experiences in the clinical setting,” she said. “Bayview Medical Center played a big role in providing the clinical sites in which the students worked.”
The first Fast Track Healthcare class on the Franklin Campus graduated in July 2018. For more information about the program, contact the Workforce office at 757-569-6050 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/.


Angela Lawhorne of PDCCC honored for workforce achievements

~Twelve programs have launched under her directorship~

Angela Lawhorne AwardAngela Lawhorne accepts the prestigious award from Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. – submitted
Paul D. Camp Community College Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne was awarded recognition recently at the Virginia’s Community Colleges Higher Education Conference held at the Homestead in Hot Springs.
The 2018 award for Outstanding Achievement by a College Staff Member, was presented to Lawhorne by Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois. It is designated for the individual who has demonstrated expertly applied skills and practical knowledge to enhance the workforce development system in Virginia while providing top-notch service and increased access to students, business partners and other customers.
“Without a doubt, Angela has turned about workforce development at PDCCC and is truly deserving of the chancellor’s award,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts.
Since her hiring in 2017, Lawhorne has launched or helped with the launch of 12 FastForward credentialing programs, including the following curricula: Fast Track Healthcare; Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Certified Logistics Associate and Certified Logistics Technician; and The National Center for Construction Education and Research Industrial Maintenance-Electrical and Instrumentation.
“In addition, she brought four programs in-house and helped create PDCCC’s very own Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training Facility,” added Felts.
Angela has also been instrumental in securing funding in excess of $600,000 for the new initiatives, which have increased enrollment and revenue for workforce development.
“I am so grateful to receive this award,” said Lawhorne. “I am fortunate to get to do what I love each and every day, which is meeting the immediate needs of local employers and the community by creating new non-credit programs.”
Workforce Career Coach Lisha Wolfe was also nominated for the “Rising Star” award for her contributions to workforce development. For more information about workforce development programs, visit www.pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College Allied Health students celebrate completion of programs

Nurse Aide Group ShotFrom left, Tonya Tester of Suffolk, Abigail Neal of Suffolk, Haley Morgan of Sedley, Kayleigh Macleod of Courtland, Tatiyana Greene of Smithfield and Kendra Goode of Virginia Beach celebrate completion of the Nurse Aide program at PDCCC. Not pictured is completer Courtney Carr of Carrsville.

EMT EMS Academy Group ShotStudents who completed EMT and EMS Academy, from left, are: Patricia Barber of Bedford County, Daniel “Chuck” Logan of Chicago, Hunter Morrison of Cincinnati, Ohio, and stationed in Norfolk, Taylor Stallard of Southampton County, Elizabeth Williams of Isle of Wight County, Kaitlyn McLean of Smithfield and Randi Vick of Suffolk. Not pictured are Sean Catley, Skylar Epps, Tonja Vinson, Silvia White and Colin Wright.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s 2018 Allied Health Completion Ceremony was held Friday in the Library Learning Commons on the Franklin Campus.
PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin welcomed guests and graduates to the ceremony. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Director Paul Ruppert led the ceremony and congratulated all of the students.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) student Haley Morgan shared a poem, titled, “Only a CNA.”
The Class of 2018 CNA certificates were presented by Nurse Aide Instructor Lauren Heckenlaible and Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Debbie Hartman, followed by the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and EMS Academy presentations made by Ruppert.
Ruppert then led the EMT & EMS Academy students in the reciting of the EMT Oath and Code of Conduct for Paramedics, which was adopted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians in 1978.
The following special awards were presented:
Nurse Aide

  • Clinical Excellence — Abigail Neal
  • Academic Excellence — Tonya Tester


  • Clinical Excellence — Kaitlyn McLean
  • Academic Excellence — Randi Vick

EMS Academy

  • Academic Excellence — Hunter Morrison

A special presentation was made, during which Ruppert received the George Washington Medical Faculty Association (GW MFA) EMS coin. According to its website, The GW MFA is the first medical school in Washington, D.C., that touts expertise in more than 50 clinical specialties. Physicians teach and mentor medical students, residents and researchers at the school.
For more information about PDCCC Allied Health programs, visit www.pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College holds workshop series to benefit the agricultural community

A new financial series gets underway in January at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
The Business of Farming, created in partnership with area experts and sponsored by Farm Credit, will be held each Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Technology Theater at the workforce center, 100 N. College Drive.
The schedule is as follows:

  • January 7 — Taxes, presented by Benny Burgess and Julie Griggs of Burgess & Co.
    A number of topics will be covered including deferred crop insurance and conservation easements.
  • January 14 — QuickBooks, presented by Benny Burgess and Julie Griggs of Burgess & Co.
    An overview of the software with specifics on how to make it work for your business.
  • January 28 — Business & Law, presented by Will Holt of Kaufman & Canoles
    Business structuring (proprietorship, LLC, etc.) and general legal issues will be covered in this session.
  • February 4 — Succession Planning, presented by Will Holt of Kaufman & Canoles
    Learn about retirement planning and the future of your farming business during this workshop.
  • February 11 — Crop Insurance, presented by Kevin Lynch and Jim Jervey of Farm Bureau Insurance Co.
    2019 crop insurance updates and risk management will be discussed in this informative session.
  • February 18 — Risk Management, Life Insurance, Retirement, presented by Jim Jervey of Farm Bureau Insurance Co.
    This workshop provides a continuation of risk management, but also leads into the discussion of life insurance and planning your retirement.
  • February 25 — Financial Analysis and Case Study, presented by Chris Simms of Farm Credit
    This last session highlights financial analysis for the business of farming, followed by a group presentation.

“In our rural communities, it is important that we support those in the agricultural field,” said Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne. “Farmers often face a unique set of challenges and we want to help them stay as informed as possible on a number of issues.”
Tuition for two people for the financial sessions is only $50. Participants can select particular workshops or attend them all for that price.
For more information, call 757-569-6050 or visit www.pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College reveals latest plan to help ensure student success

~ Great strides in 2018 include new programs, enrollment growth~
In its continued efforts to ensure student success, Paul D. Camp Community College has developed a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), titled, “15 to Finish.”
Implementation of the plan began at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester and is focused on graduating students on time. On time graduation refers to a specified amount of time that a student would finish the degree or certificate they are pursuing if enrolled full time. For an associate’s degree, full time would be two years, a certificate would require one year, and career studies certificates would take one or two semesters to complete.
“The students for which this plan is targeted are degree, certificate or career studies certificate-seeking individuals who are entering college for the first time, or continuing their studies from the dual enrollment program,” said Vice President for Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady. “Research supports our belief that helping students enroll in and complete 15 credit hours per semester or 30 credit hours in an academic year, will better enable them to meet their academic and career goals. It will also save students time and money.”
According to PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin, resources have been secured to cover the initiative over the next five years.
“This will include funding for marketing, professional development and technology that will allow us to increase efficiency in academic planning and course scheduling.” said Lufkin. “We will have assessment plans in place to evaluate our progress and outcomes during the five-year period.”
In support of the initiative, additional sessions for new students were held at all three PDCCC locations at PDCCC prior to the fall semester to assist with registration, financial aid and academic planning. Information Tours have also been held to prepare students for the 2019 spring semester.
The following are just some of the accomplishments PDCCC also celebrated in 2018:

  • The first official game of the Hurricanes baseball team, the formation of the Lady Hurricanes softball team, and subsequently, the renovation of the softball field on Armory Drive.
  • A number of generous donations, such as from Birdsong Trust, enabling us to launch the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and Certified EKG Technician (CET) programs; and Hampton Roads Workforce Council for the launch of the Out-of-School Youth program. We also received foundation awards from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Camp Foundation, and Franklin Southampton Charities.
  • A number of alums, including Michelle McDaniel, the first woman graduate of our truck driver training program, and Rick McClenny, who quickly advanced into an administrator position and was from our first nursing class.
  • A number of students like Alyssa Felgentreu who presented at the state microbiology conference, Charlotte McKeller who opened her own painting studio at home; Seth Konkel, a Valley Proteins scholar; Lilly Balderson, who made an impact during a NASA summer opportunity; the graduates of our first class of Fast Track Healthcare; and the inductees of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
  • A number of faculty such as Elaine Beale for penning a math textbook for the pharmacy technician program; Bill Camp for receiving a scholarship to research the allure of Frankenstein in film, Nancy Warren for receiving an Excellence in Education Award; and Steven Street, who organized hurricane relief efforts.
  • In addition, a newly formed Foodbank Committee is continually helping our students who are experiencing food insecurities, enabling them to focus more on their studies.
  • The college saw a 6.30 increase in regular FTE enrollment in fall 2018 compared to fall 2017.

“We look forward to making even more of a difference in the lives of our students, and supporting the growth of our business and community partners in 2019,” said Lufkin. “All of our efforts support our vision to be the first choice for postsecondary education, workforce development and community partnerships.
“We will remain committed to preparing our students for their future by offering relevant programs and providing the skills they need to succeed in their educational and career goals.”


Drive provides food for students


The Paul D. Camp Community College Annual Food Drive has resulted in more than 600 items collected, which were used to supplement the 50 bags provided by the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
The food was distributed this week and benefits students on both campuses of PDCCC, as well as at the college’s center in Smithfield.
Dean of Student Services Trina Jones, above, loads bags of food.
Pictured, below, is Jones with Larry Barnes of PDCCC’s facilities staff, left, and Zaphir Dozier of the Foodbank.
The food drive was led by the PDCCC Foodbank Committee that is comprised of 11 staff and faculty members and administrators.



Paul D. Camp Community College offering new EMS certificate in spring

Paul D. Camp Community College recently received final approval from the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) to offer a new statewide EMS curriculum beginning in January.
“This is a new certificate program that will allow students with no prior medical training to progress all the way through paramedic certification right here at their local community college,” said PDCCC EMS Program Director Paul Ruppert.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for EMTs and paramedics was $33,380 in 2017, with the highest 10 percent earning nearly $57,000. The majority of paramedics work full time. In comparison to emergency medical technicians, paramedics provide more extensive care to patients before they are taken to the hospital.
“Paramedic is the highest level of certification in the EMS program,” said Ruppert. “It entails about 22 additional credits and two more semesters after completing EMT-I.”
A student must be at least 16 years old prior to the start of classes and certified in CPR for Healthcare Providers.
“PDCCC students receive hands-on experience in hospital emergency departments and on ambulances,” said the director. “Advanced level students complete additional clinical training time. Certified EMS providers can also upgrade their certification level easily though our new advanced standing policy, which awards college credit for prior medical training and experience.”
Spring 2019 classes begin January 7, 2019. For more information or to apply to the program, log onto pdc.edu/EMS.


Third generation teacher receives initial tools for teaching career from Paul D. Camp Community College

Jean Stokes-WarrenPhoto taken and submitted by Jean Stokes-Warren
PDCCC graduate Jean Stokes-Warren will complete a master’s degree in special education in 2019.

Whether Jean Stokes-Warren’s propensity for teaching is an inherited instinct or a learned behavior is really irrelevant, as it could have occurred either way. The 2008 Paul D. Camp Community College graduate had a niche carved out for her all along.
“I was destined to become a teacher,” Stokes-Warren said. “My mother and grandmother were teachers for Isle of Wight County Public Schools,” Stokes-Warren said. “My sister and aunt are also teachers for Portsmouth Public Schools.”
The Isle of Wight County native was working at Happy Hearts Child Care Center in Windsor as a teacher and assistant director when she decided that she wanted to earn a degree in the field. She enrolled at Paul D. Camp and earned her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development in 2009 all while holding down two jobs, being a mother and a newlywed.
“The teachers and staff gave me motivation and support needed to reach my fullest potential,” she said. “I believe that the foundation for my success, maturity and passion began at PDCCC.”
But Stokes-Warren’s academic aspirations stretched beyond that initial goal. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University in 2012 and is currently enrolled at Northcentral University.
“I will receive my master’s degree in special education in June 2019,” she said. “Once that goal is met, I’ll just need to pass my teacher licensure exams.”
The 42-year-old has worked at SECEP as a teacher assistant, Rivers Bend Academy as a special education teacher, the Salvation Army as an education coordinator and presently is employed at Portsmouth Public School as a special education teacher.
“PDCCC paved the way for these wonderful opportunities,” she said. “The college gives you the tools you need to get ahead. I am excited that my daughter, Ashley, has chosen PDCCC for a quality, affordable education as well.
“Her time there allowed her to mature into a responsible adult. The small classrooms and one-on-one instruction have helped her successfully transfer to a four-year school.”
For more information about the Early Childhood Development program at PDCCC, email Antoinette “Toni” Johnson at ajohnson@pdc.edu or visit www.pdc.edu.


Phi Theta Kappa candidates inducted Ceremony confirms their commitment to learning, growing

Tidewater News

PTK 2018 AThe newly inducted members of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society gather for a group photo after the ceremony on Thursday evening in the Regional Workforce Development Center. The inductees, in no particular order, are: Emily Balance, David Claud, Robert Cross, Taylor Darden, Paula Duran-Piner, Alyssa Felgentreu, Jon Hall, Deirdre Hambrick, Janvi Jadeja, David Jarvis, Michelle Miller, Emma McClelland, Justin Perry, Gloria Shears, Eneida Smallwood, Candace Triplett, Elizabeth Williams, Robert Williams and Shantrice Wood. Not pictured is Stacy Pauley.
Before they signed their names, carried the ceremonial candles or even received their pins, the candidates for induction into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Omega Zeta Chapter, first heard words of experience and wisdom from the guest speaker, Tidewater News Publisher Tony Clark, himself an alumni of the renown organization.
Students at Paul D. Camp Community College who have excelled in their studies were invited to join the renown Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Omega Zeta Chapter.
Their acceptance took place on Thursday evening in the form of the ceremony, which occurred in the Regional Workforce Development Center.
The theme for the occasion was “Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing and Achieving Change.”
Clark related his personal experiences of learning in college, which were initially not without their stumbling blocks.
Being on his own for the first time, without parental supervision, gave him space to spend more time enjoying the college life, rather than learning in the classes.
It was suggested he might want to reconsider whether higher education was right for him.
Some years later Clark awakened to the realization — the acknowledgement — that he could learn.
Clark set about taking a couple of summer classes at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, in which he earned A’s.
Following through the next semester, he continued to flourish.
“I kept having success,” he said, and later went on to earn at 4.0 GPA.
“I was invited to join the PTK and immediately accepted.”
This personal transformation, Clark added, “was tangible proof I could excel.”
Going from self-doubt to self-confidence, he began to assess the possibilities before him, such as a career.
Following acknowledgement and assessment, then the next step is to achieve change.
“A very, very powerful place to be,” said Clark.
For example, at one time he was working at Manry-Rawls, then moved over to newspapers.
One position led to another here in The Tidewater News, and today Clark is not only publisher and vice president here, but also publisher at the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald in Ahoskie, North Carolina, and Coastland Times in Manteo, North Carolina.
The ceremony that was about to begin, he said, “is not the end, but really the beginning … from here you can go whichever path you choose. Do not limit your possibilities.”
The membership into PTK is “an accomplishment that cannot be taken away from you,” Clark continued.
“Be proud, and expect to make your mark in your community and the world.”
Brenda Bergess, PTA advisor, called the candidates forth one at a time. Each came to sign their names in a register.
Cynthia Gurstseigler, PTK president, stood by as witness.
Then the new members each took a candle and lit it from the flame that represents the society’s torch.
That, said Bergess “is symbolic of knowledge, which is the servant of wisdom which dwells in prudence and leads in the way of righteousness in the midst of the paths of judgment.”
The inductees are: Emily Balance, David Claud, Robert Cross, Taylor Darden, Paula Duran-Piner, Alyssa Felgentreu, Jon Hall, Deirdre Hambrick, Janvi Jadeja, David Jarvis, Michelle Miller, Emma McClelland, Stacy Pauley, Justin Perry, Gloria Shears, Eneida Smallwood, Candace Triplett, Elizabeth.

PTK 2018 CAfter signing her name as an official member of the PTK honor society, Gloria Shears carries a candle to signify she is carrying the light of learning to others throughout her life. — Stephen H. Cowles | Tidewater News


Paul D. Camp Community College receives $175,000 to assist area youth

Mercedes Barnes Dawn WombleThe new FastForward Out-of-School Youth grant will help out-of-school youth receive certification in programs like the fast track healthcare program at PDCCC. Mercedes Barnes, pictured with instructor Dawn Womble, was one of the first graduates of the healthcare program.
Paul D. Camp Community College has received a $175,000 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant from the Hampton Roads Workforce Council (HRWC) to fund the launch of an Out-of-School Youth program. The HRWC is formerly known as Opportunity Inc.
According to Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne, the new program will be offered under the PDCCC Division of Workforce Development as part of the VCCS FastForward credentials initiative. The FastForward programs are funded by the Workforce Credentials Grant (WCG).
“The new FastForward Out-of-School Youth program will serve out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24 who reside in the cities of Franklin and Suffolk, and Southampton and Isle of Wight counties,” said Lawhorne.
Participants will receive career guidance and certification training in one of the following FastForward programs:

  • Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Truck Driver
  • Fast Track Healthcare
  • Fast Track Welding
  • National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Industrial Maintenance— Electrical and Instrumentation
  • CompTIA A +, Network+, Security+ and/or Cyber Security
  • Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Logistics Technician program

Following training, students will have the opportunity to participate in paid internships at local companies before receiving assistance with permanent employment. The grant will pay the interns $8.50 an hour.
“We are currently seeking local employers to host youth internships,” said Lawhorne.
The Out-of-School Youth program will also include free workshops, along with a financial literacy series led by staff from Bank of America, and field trips.
“We are in the process of bringing a new FastForward Out-of-School Youth coordinator on board at PDCCC,” said Lawhorne.
Youth who are interested in the program may email workforce@pdc.edu or call Lawhorne at 757-569-6064. Employers who would like to participate may also call Lawhorne.

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