PDCCC holds several Veteran’s Day recognition activities

Paul D. Camp Community College will hold 2012 Veteran’s Day observances on Monday, November 12.


On November 12, a U.S. Marine Corp recruiter will be available at the Franklin Campus, located at 100 North College Drive, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. PDCCC Smithfield Center Coordinator Dr. Carl Sweat Jr., said, “The U.S. marine recruiting officer will be speaking about the advanced technology that the government is emphasizing for the military.” Sweat is an Army veteran and coordinates Veteran’s Day activities for the college.


Also on the 12th, two authors will be featured as part of the College’s Veteran’s Day recognition activities. PDCCC’s Safety/Security Officer Eric Shaffer and renowned veterans services expert Dr. Larry Brayboy, will be on hand on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road, to discuss what inspired them to pen their life experiences. Shaffer also will be speaking about his book, “Camouflaged Memories—Vietnam and Beyond,” from 9:30 to 11 a.m., while Dr. Brayboy will discuss his experiences as a combat veteran. He also will discuss his latest book, “The Black Church in America; Preparing for a New Century,” from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


In addition, the PDCCC Student Government Association will create and display a “wall” to recognize students, faculty and staff who are veterans.


“The wall will be displayed in the main hallways on each of the college’s campuses and at the PDCCC at Smithfield site,” said College Student Activities Coordinator MeChelle Blunt.


“Members of the campus community will have the opportunity to salute our military heroes by writing a message to them.”


PDCCC has been ranked in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the United States for providing a supportive environment for military students. The college received the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list designation by Victory Media whose publications include G.I. Jobs magazine.


According to Victory Media, the list is determined after “exhaustive research conducted by the G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Schools team, which includes government agencies and private entities that administer education benefits and a comprehensive survey administered by G.I. Jobs.”


“We are thrilled to be part of this ranking. Our goal is to work hard to provide a great environment and terrific activities for our military community…and we couldn’t be more pleased to be part of this important ranking,” says Dr. Conco.


The following are the top five categories by which the research findings are weighted:

  • Military Support on Campus
  • Academic Credibility
  • Percent of Military Students
  • Academic Credit for Military Students
  • Flexibility for Military Students


Teresa Harrison, PDCCC financial aid coordinator and senior VA certifying official, the College has approximately 100 military students, awards academic credit for military service and currently has four VA certifying officials to support the military on campus.