Paul D. Camp Community College Hosts Warehouse Equipment Training Meeting

Group at AmadasWorkforce professionals attending the morning session at Amadas Industries in Suffolk, from left, are: Jim Butler of Blue Ridge Community College; Debra Smiley of Southside Community College; Gary Keener of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College; Mindy Fast of the Virginia Community College System; Bob Hayes of Paul D. Camp Community College; Ruth Hendrick of Central Virginia Community College; Randy Betz, Paul D. Camp Community College; Kevin Ratliff and Mary Sullivan, both of Blue Ridge Community College; and Lewis Godwin of Amadas Industries.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center hosted a recent training meeting for four additional community colleges and the Virginia Community College System.
Representatives from Central Virginia, Southside Virginia, Dabney S. Lancaster and Blue Ridge community colleges, and the Virginia Community College System were in attendance.
The training began at Amadas Industries in Suffolk with an overview of the PDCCC Forklift, Reach Truck and Clamp Truck Operator Certificate Program led by Program Coordinator Bob Hayes and Vice President for Workforce Development Randy Betz.
“This was a way for us to share with our sister colleges what has been working for us in this area of need for trained employees,” said Betz. “We hope it will help them with the success of their individual programs.
“We started out the day at Amadas Industries because they are a significant supporter of PDCCC’s Warehouse and Distribution Program. Thanks to Amadas, the College now has an excellent location to conduct its hands-on training.”
Attendees received a “mini-tour” on the way from Suffolk to the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin as they passed by CenterPoint Intermodal Park, International Paper, the Franklin Business Incubator and the Camp Family Homestead. They also toured the Regional Workforce Development Center and were presented more information regarding the Warehouse and Distribution program from Instructor Wayne White and Betz.