Paul D. Camp Community College to Receive Part of $500,000 Dominion Gift for its New Rural VA Horseshoe Project

Dominion GiftPictured are:
State Board Chair, Dorcas Helfant; Felicia Blow, PDCCC VP of Institutional Advancement; Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor VCCS; Mr. Paul Koonce, CEO Dominion Power; The Honorable Gerald Baliles, former Governor and Chair of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education; Dr. Renee Felts, PDCCC Dean of Occupational and Technical Programs.
The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has received a $500,000 grant to increase post-secondary credentials for residents living in rural parts of the state. The grant from the Dominion Foundation will benefit the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative, named for the horseshoe-shaped arc formed by the rural community colleges.
Paul D. Camp Community College is one of the schools involved in the initiative.
Over the next ten years, the three objectives of the program are:

  • To reduce the number of residents who live in the Rural Horseshoe and do not have a high school diploma by 10%
  • To increase the percentage of rural residents who earn an Associate’s Degree or other college certification to more than 50%

The goals will be reached through seeking funding for hiring full-time High School Career Coaches at each high school in PDCCC’s service region, and through providing incentives for GED and a focus on adult education opportunities for non-traditional students.
Other rural colleges involved in the program’s pilot are: Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave; Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge; Danville Community College; Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa; New River Community College in Dublin; and Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville.
For more information, contact Wendy Harrison at