Paul D. Camp Community College inspires local lawyer to continue educational goals
P. Daniel Crumpler III is a firm believer that students can live at home, work a job, and save a lot of money by attending community college. After all, he is living proof that educational goals can be attained no matter what obstacles are encountered in life.
The attorney with Parker, Clark and Crumpler Law Firm in Franklin found himself back home in Sunbeam unexpectedly after going out-of-state to college.
“During my freshman year in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of South Carolina, I got sick and had to come home,” Crumpler said. “I earned my associate’s degree in general education at Paul D. Camp Community College.”
Completing his degree in a year and a half, Crumpler and his excellent scores allowed him to transfer to the College of William and Mary. However, he studied there for one semester before deciding to enroll at Old Dominion University, where he transferred all of his credits from PDCCC.
“It was great,” he said. “Everything transferred without a hitch to the college of my choice and I was able to graduate on time.” Crumpler earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at ODU in May 1981.
He returned to PDCCC to work as the recruiter for the college. He also worked as a disc jockey at WLQM until fall of 1982 when he went back to college to earn his law degree at University of Richmond. There Crumpler served as class president and student body president. He earned his law degree in 1985 and passed the bar exam on the first attempt.
The following year, he joined the law office of Parker and Clark, taking on cases in real estate, personal injury, domestic, and wills and estates. Thirty years later, Crumpler works alongside his wife, Amanda, at the North Main Street law office in downtown Franklin and lives on the family farm where he was born and raised. They have two sons, ages 21 and 13, and attend Sunbeam Baptist Church.
Although it’s been years since Crumpler was enrolled at PDCCC, he still believes in the college’s mission of providing “diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for students and the community.”
“I was fortunate that the community college was here for me when I returned from South Carolina,” he said.
Justice For His Dreams
“My degree was always a dream and something I wanted to pursue,” said PDCCC alumnus Josh Wyche. With a family, church, community involvement, and a full-time job at the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office, his plate was pretty full. “Like most people, I procrastinated,” admitted Wyche. Going back to school at age 52 was daunting.
Now captain of the Patrol Division, Wyche credits his PDCCC degree in helping him move up the ranks. Attaining my degree made me a better candidate when being considered for a promotion. It also prepared me to handle the daily challenges that come with my current position,” says Wyche.
He decided to bite the bullet and go back to school after talking with now-retired PDCCC faculty, Ron Osborne, during a visit at the Sheriff’s Office. “It gave me the push I needed,” admitted Wyche. He knew it would be a challenge. He was a husband, father, grandfather, full-time employee, involved in his church and community and a member of a gospel singing group. Adding classes, studying and homework to the mix were quite an undertaking. Naturally, there were moments where he felt overwhelmed.
“My personal determination to accomplish my dream and my Marine training had a great deal to do with me completing what I had started,” said Wyche. Plus, Sheriff Jack Stutts’ support and motivation helped him push forward when balancing everything. “He assured me ‘you can still accomplish your goal, even when you are ready to throw in the towel,’” Wyche recalls.
Accomplishing his goal is an understatement – Josh Wyche graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) in 2013, earning an administration of justice degree! Thankful to the instructors at both the Franklin and Suffolk campuses, he found them all eager to teach, which, in turn, “made me eager to learn.”
Why did he choose PDCCC? Wyche has many reasons. The convenient location, the college’s interest in the success of its students, the varied curriculum and “feeling like you are cared for” top his list. Fulfilled by his accomplishments, proud of the college and pleased to be a role model for his family, Wyche is honored to serve the people of Southampton County.
“I’ve risen through the ranks and am now a captain,” he said. “I have shown my children and grandchildren that you should always set goals for yourself and that it is never too late to accomplish them. Quitting is never an option!”
PDCCC Degree Helped Alumnus Reach New Heights at FAA
U.S. Army veteran William Goodman served in the Vietnam War. After leaving the military, he started working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an air traffic controller. Goodman loved his job and the profession, but wanted to grow into a supervisory role. In his mind, in order to be a qualified candidate he would need to earn a college degree. Knowing many students that were attending Paul D. Camp Community College, Goodman decided to enroll college and was admitted to PDCCC in the fall of 1973.
College life for Goodman was challenging. Being employed full time and having to fit classes around a full time work schedule proved to be difficult. But, it was not a deterrent for Goodman – he was determined to earn his degree. “I spent many nights studying late, attending day classes, leaving class early to drive 60 miles to Patrick Henry Airport Traffic Control Tower in Newport News,” Goodman says as he recalls a few of the challenges he faced.
Goodman had a team helping him throughout his educational journey at PDCCC. He says, “All of my college instructors and office staff,” were part of the keys to his success in achieving the goal of a college degree. In 1988, over 10 years after he entered PDCCC for the first time, Goodman accepted his diploma for an Associates of Arts & Sciences in General Studies degree.
When asked for advice to help others take off in their college careers, Goodman encourages students and potential students to study hard, know their capabilities, and ask for help when they need it.
Goodman retired from the FAA as a GS-12 grade, Supervisory Air Traffic Control Specialist. As he thought, his pursuit of higher education did enhance his qualifications to be in a supervisory role. Paul D. Camp Community College helped him achieve his goals and regardless of the roadblocks in his path, Goodman says the outcome was well worth the pain.
If you are a PDCCC alumni and want to share your story about how the College and your education helped you, please contact Stacey Pauley at email@example.com or call 757.569.6790