Paul D. Camp has secured donations and other gifts which are making a true impact at the College.
Paul D. Camp Community College Hires Candice Artis as Full-Time Career Coach
Candice Artis of Drewryville has been hired as Paul D. Camp Community College’s new full-time High School Career Coach. This position is funded by a $90,000 grant awarded over a three-year period to the College by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. “Ms. Artis will provide leadership for our High School Career Coach initiative and provide support, encouragement and guidance to hundreds of students each year to ensure they leave high school with a plan for the future,” said Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, Vice President of Academic and Student Services at PDCCC. As part of her duties, Artis will be supervising a team of four existing coaches who cover all the public high schools in the College’s service region while they carry out the objective of the program—to guide and support students so that they make informed decisions about their future and to help them map pathways to meet their goals. They motivate students to graduate and continue their education for a successful transition to the skilled workforce.
College Receives $30,000 Grant from the Dominion Foundation
Paul D. Camp Community College was awarded a $30,000 Higher Education Partnership grant from Dominion Virginia Power and its Foundation to create a Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory to support current Electronics programs taught. Also, it will allow the development of two new program offerings in Robotic and Mechatronics. The College’s planned programs emphasize applied technology and lab-based learning, which makes the need for modern state-of-the-art equipment crucial.
Frank Fogarty Hired as New Faculty Member to Lead Sustainability Program at Paul D. Camp Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College has hired Frank Fogarty to lead its new sustainability program. This initiative is part of the College’s collaborative efforts with Smithfield Foods and Smithfield Packing after the companies announced a commitment of $330,000 to the college in February. Fogarty will be organizing a college-wide sustainability program that implements green initiatives on both PDCCC campuses and the site in Smithfield. In addition, he will be teaching at least one elective course related to sustainability. The course offered the second eight weeks of fall semester will be ECO 215-Understanding our Environment: An Economic Introduction.
The Late Gordon E. Barlow Establishes $25,000 Endowed Educational Scholarship with Paul D. Camp Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College is pleased to announce the establishment of an endowed scholarship in honor of philanthropist, local businessman and educator Mr. Gordon “Gene” Eugene Barlow, Jr. Upon his passing, Mr. Barlow identified Paul D. Camp Community College, and four other educational institutions as recipients of major gifts, for endowed scholarships. The new Gordon E. Barlow, Jr. Scholarship will be available for the spring 2014 semester for those seeking an education with Paul D. Camp Community College.
Smithfield Foods Made a $330,000 Commitment to Paul D. Camp Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College has received a commitment of $330,000 from Smithfield Foods/Smithfield Packing. The announcement of this gift was made at an event to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Workforce Development Center.
This funding will be used to build an ongoing collaboration between the College and Smithfield Packing. Specific elements of this collaboration include, but are not limited to:
- Development of a skilled technicians program through the Workforce Development Center
- Creation of a specialized “Technology Center” at the Workforce Development Center
- Establishment of scholarships to support the educational attainment goals of students
- Development of a sustainability initiative that supports the vision of Smithfield Foods
Birdsong Corporation, Through Suffolk Foundation, Makes $150,000 Gift to Paul D. Camp Community College to Start its LPN Program
The Suffolk Foundation, on behalf of the Birdsong Corporation, has made a $150,000 commitment to Paul D. Camp Community College to build a regional Licensed Practical Nursing Program (LPN). Specifically, funding will be used for the remodeling and renovating of the Nursing Skills Lab. The College’s new LPN Program will be based in Suffolk at the College’s Hobbs Campus.
Licensed practical nurses provide basic nursing care under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. They work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes.
PDCCC Uses Patient Simulators to Enhance Learning for Nursing and Allied Health Students
Nurse educators are finding it increasingly more challenging to prepare undergraduate students for the ever-changing and more acute clinical environment. As an answer to this dilemma, the human patient simulator can provide students with the opportunity to enhance knowledge, to facilitate skill acquisition, to decrease anxiety, and to promote clinical judgment in a safe environment.
These experiences assist the novice nursing student to progress to the advanced beginner stage of practice. In the fall of 2011, the Obici Healthcare Foundation awarded Paul D. Camp Community College’s Nursing Department $110,585 to purchase three patient simulators: SimMan Essentials, SimMom, and SimBaby. Obici’s award for the simulators created a state-of-the-art nursing skills laboratory on the Oliver K. Hobbs campus in Suffolk. The simulators are used by students in PDCCC’s Nursing, Nurse Aide and Phlebotomy programs.
Funding Received to Support Warehouse and Logistics Program
In 2012, Franklin Southampton Charities awarded $25,000 to support Paul D. Camp Community College’s Workforce Development Division. With these funds the College was able to purchase a high-quality reconditioned reach truck to provide training to future warehouse and distribution workers. PDCCC’s Reach Truck Operator Certificate training provides a much-needed service to the warehouse and distribution industry.
Finally, following are just a few additional programs funded through the generosity of several individuals and organizations. Paul D. Camp Community College is truly changing lives through these initiatives.
- Camp Foundation (Career Coaches)
- Fast Track Marine Welder Preparation Program (VCCS)
- Franklin Southampton Charities (Nursing Faculty)
- Hampton Roads Community Foundation (Nursing and GED Programs)
- Institutes of Excellence Logging and Transportation Initiative (Training programs for loggers and truck drivers)
- International Paper (Regional Logging Resource Center)