May commencement will include 95 program or degree completers
Paul D. Camp Community College has experienced a 164 percent increase in the number of dual enrollment students who are graduating with a certificate, career studies certificate (CSC) or an associate’s degree when compared to 2016.
“We’re very excited to see so many high school students who are completing their programs of study this year,” said Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin, “It’s a strong testament to how hard these students work and what great opportunities are offered to them in this program.”
The PDCCC Dual Enrollment Program provides the opportunity for high school students to earn college credits while working toward their high school diploma. This includes completing a degree or certificate if they choose to go that route.
During the 2015-16 academic year, PDCCC graduated 36 dual enrollment students. For the 2016-17 year, the college is expected to see 95 students from the program walk during the May commencement. Sixty-eight of those are on schedule to earn career studies certificates, 10 will be earning General Education Certificates and 17 will earn both Career Studies Certificates and Associate of Arts and Science degrees in General Studies.
“Our partnerships with the high schools are growing because we share the goal of education for skills relevant in today’s workforce,” said Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, vice president for academic and student development.
This concept also aligns with Virginia’s Community Colleges’ goal of “Complete 2021,” a strategic plan that aims to triple credentials awarded annually by 2021. One area of focus in this initiative is preparing graduates for employability in the regional workforce.
In addition to the largest number of dual enrollment students graduating at PDCCC, Franklin High School will have a record number of participants this year, with the following being awarded: 11 Principles of Robotics CSCs; seven Plate Welding CSCs; four General Education Certificates; and four Associates of Arts and Sciences degrees in General Studies.
This will also be the first year that students who attend PDCCC dual enrollment classes at The Pruden Center for Industry and Technology in Suffolk will earn career studies certificates in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic.
Other dual enrollment graduate awards include students from the following schools:
- Southampton High School—
Five Early Childhood Education and Advanced Early Childhood Education CSCs; five General Education Certificates; and three AA&S degrees in General Studies.
- Lakeland High School—
Three Early Childhood Education CSCs at Pruden; seven EMT Basic at Pruden; one General Education Certificate; and eight AA&S degrees in General Studies.
- Nansemond River High School—
One Early Childhood Education CSC at Pruden; nine EMT Basic CSCs at Pruden; and two AA&S degrees in General Studies.
- King’s Fork High School—
One Early Childhood Education CSC at Pruden; seven EMT Basic CSCs at Pruden.
- Smithfield High School—
Eight EMT Basic CSCs at Pruden.
- Windsor High School—
Five EMT Basic CSCs at Pruden.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s 46th Annual Commencement Exercises will be held Friday, May 12, at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.
For more information about dual enrollment, contact PDCCC’s Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin at 757-569-6081, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the college’s website at www.pdc.edu.