Students tap into real life experience in building maintenance class

Paula and CathyCathy McEntire, owner of McEntire Designs-Architects, right, shares work experiences at her firm in Suffolk with Paula Apperson, a student in Richard Baker’s BLD 111 class. — Photo by Richard Baker
Professionals share as part of curriculum
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Blueprint Reading and the Building Code students (BLD 111) will get the opportunity to learn first-hand what various jobs entail.
Throughout the semester, Richard Baker, industrial trades instructor, has local professionals aligned as guest speakers. “This is a great opportunity for our students to learn directly from experts in their fields,” he said.
His students recently visited Cathy McEntire, owner of McEntire Design-Architects in Suffolk, to hear about day-to-day operations and what is required to execute the various projects the company has undertaken.
Other speakers will be staggered over the semester and will feature Brian Layne, surveyor, and Chris Parrish, professional engineer, of Parrish-Layne Design Group Ltd. in Chesapeake; Larry Riddick of Riddick Builders in Suffolk; and Donald Goodwin, director of community development for the city of Franklin. Goodwin also teaches Basic Contractor Business Licensing for the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center.
BLD 111 is an introduction to reading and interpreting various types of blueprints and working drawings with reference to local, state and national building codes. The class is part of the Building Maintenance Career Studies Certificate program at PDCCC.
“The program uses a multi-craft approach and is designed to prepare students for employment,” said Baker.
For more information about the program, contact Baker at 757-569-6729 or