Denny Evans-Class of 2011
A native of Southampton County, Denny Evans began his career as a part-time sales representative at the Verizon store in Franklin in 1998. He worked his way up to become manager of the Verizon corporate store in Suffolk.
He graduated from Paul D. Camp Community College in May 2011 with a degree in business administration. Attaining his degree, in part, allowed him eligibility for a job promotion. He is now District Manager of Indirect Sales. He is responsible for more than 54 stores in the western part of Virginia, parts of West Virginia and a small portion of North Carolina.
Denny earned his degree while working full time and helping his wife, Dawn, raise four children. Both attended PDCCC in the early 90s, and were enrolled in a co-op program that allowed them to work while receiving credits for college. Denny served as a tutor for the co-op program.
Denny is pictured during his 2011 graduation with his dad, Mike Evans.
Nickelle Russell-Baker Class of 1998
Nickelle Russell-Baker of Franklin juggled classwork, a part-time job and raising her son while earning a degree at Paul D. Camp Community College.
After receiving an associate’s degree in general studies and taking satellite classes that allowed a smooth transition to Old Dominion University, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human services counseling in 2001. She also minored in special education.
Nickelle is now working for Western Tidewater Mental Health Center as a school base counseling manager and also serves as mental health court liaison in the city of Suffolk.
Crystal Edwards Butler Class of 2006
Crystal earned an Associate of Arts and Science Degree in general studies from Paul D. Camp Community College. She continued her education at Francis Marion University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in visual arts in May 2006 and a Master’s degree in business administration in December 2009.
Crystal, now residing in Courtland, currently owns her own company, Crystal Marketing Solutions, LLC, which is a full-service marketing consultant business for financial advisors nationwide and local businesses.
She is the membership and marketing chair of the Western Tidewater Tennis Association and also co-captain of the Sharp Shooters, a U.S. Tennis Association team in the 2012 Tidewater Adult Women’s League, whose home court is in Suffolk.
Crystal is vice president and marketing chair for Focused United Engaged Leaders (FUEL), a local Young Professionals organization; and a member of the Franklin-Southampton Chamber of Commerce, River of Life Baptist Church, and Tidewater Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha.
Find out more about her business by logging onto http://crystalmarketingsolutions.com/
Andrea Worth Class of 2009
Andrea Worth attended Paul D. Camp Community College from 2007 to 2009. She chose the community college as a stepping stone, as she was unsure of what field of study would interest her.
In 2009, she transferred to Chowan University, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She recently received a job offer in her field and will be working at the Newport News shipyard as an electrician.
After completing the apprenticeship program there, she plans to pursue her master’s degree in electrical engineering.
“I am so excited about my future,” she said, “and it all started at Paul D. Camp.”
Eric Bielewicz Classes of 1995
During the past 20 years, Eric has celebrated four graduations at PDCCC. He earned a Certificate in Engine Technology and a Certificate in Automotive Systems in 1995, and an Associate degree in Applied Science in Automotive Management in 1996.
Additionally, he earned a Career Studies Certificate in Bookkeeping in 1997, a Certificate in Electricity and a Career Studies Certificate in Industrial and Residential Wiring in 2002. Then in 2004, he celebrated his fifth graduation at the college with an Associate in Arts and Science degree in General Studies. All of his certificates and degrees were earned with honors.
When Eric chose to attend Paul D. Camp Community College, he was married and had a child. He also worked a couple of jobs. “Paul D. Camp gave me the flexibility to attend classes and take care of my family in the process,” he said.
Eric is attaining a bachelor’s degree at South University and works for the City of Suffolk Public Works Department.
Tremain Ashburn Class of 2010
Paul D. Camp Community College gave Tremain the opportunity to learn another trade. He had three years of brick masonry and carpentry classes in high school, and right after graduation, he went to work at Cost Plus, where he became certified to drive four different kinds of forklifts. But he wanted to learn heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
He heard about the HVAC program at PDCCC through a friend and thought this would give him the training he wanted. Tremain graduated in 2010 with the Career Studies Certificate in HVAC.
I boxed full time six to seven days a week while I was taking classes. After I received my certificate, there weren’t any jobs available in the immediate area for HVAC, so I took a job again at Cost Plus, driving a forklift.
I had applied at Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News and they called me for an interview. I have been to welding and burning school, and have been a shipfitter there since March 2011.
“Now I have my foot in the door at the company. PDCCC gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and improve my skills, so that I can be well-rounded in the job market,” he said.