Paul D. Camp Community College has received funds from Virginia’s Community Colleges to create or expand workforce training programs.
The new capacity building funds will allow Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC), in a collaborative project with Germanna and Virginia Western, to expand Germanna’s public-private partnership with Virginia Asphalt Association and the Virginia Department of Transportation for trained asphalt technologists to serve regional needs. The amount designated for this effort is $179,313.
“Paul D. Camp will serve as a satellite training center for the asphalt training,” explained Dr. Daniel Lufkin, president of PDCCC. “This training embeds the required VDOT certifications for government and contract workers involved in road construction and repair projects.”
Germanna will serve as lead in the project and will provide training in Northern Virginia, while Virginia Western will provide training in the western part of the state, and PDCCC in the Hampton Roads area. Instruction will include distance learning technology and a mobile training lab for specific courses. Classes are scheduled to begin in March 2017.
In addition to this collaborative effort, PDCCC will receive $199,609 to establish new credential training for an industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation program.
According to Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz, PDCCC’s Division of Workforce Development met with representatives from the following companies throughout the PDCCC service region regarding the creation of an electrical and instrumentation training program:
- J.M. Smucker
- Hampton Farms
- ST Tissue
- Massimo Zanetti
- Highground Services
“A design group advised that most companies today combine the two creating the one position of electrical and instrumentation technician,” Betz said. “After extensive research, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation Program was selected as our program.”
The program will serve as a training-to-job pipeline in a craft much in need by local industries. The curriculum also includes training content and required credentials that would qualify the program for tuition funding and financial aid.
“We are extremely fortunate to have received these funds,” Lufkin said. “This was a very competitive process and we are appreciative and thrilled to be able to expand offerings to our students, as well as assist our business and industry partners. In addition, local foundations have designated funds for the start-up of new programs at PDCCC.”
The Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation Program courses are set to begin in fall 2017.
Both programs will fall under the Workforce Credential Grant. An amount of $5.3 million total has been directed by the VCCS to community colleges in the system.