Summer offers fun learning options

Published 8:25 am Friday, June 26, 2009

In addition to the traditional college credit classes and ongoing workforce training, summer 2009 at Paul D. Camp Community College also includes great options for children through the Kid’s College Program.



SMH Fun (Southampton Makes Health Careers Fun) for rising 8th-12th graders is scheduled June 29 through July 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. when students interested in the medical field join the Southampton Memorial Hospital staff to explore career opportunities in health care. This special class features hands-on opportunities in the areas of laboratory science, surgery, physical rehabilitation, and food and nutrition. Certification in Basic First Aid and Friend and Family CPR are also included in the program. The cost is $40.

n Eco-Explorers I for rising 2nd-4th graders is offered two times: July 16 and July 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eco-Explorers II for rising 5th-8th graders meets Aug. 6, also from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In each class, participants learn where pollution goes and what is in the water through simple chemical and biological testing of local rivers that supply Franklin residents with drinking water. A special feature this offering (sponsored co-sponsored by the Chowan Basin Soil and Water Conversation District and the Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Program) is an eco-cruise on the river with Riverkeeper Jeff Turner for a firsthand look at the beauty of one of our most precious resources. The cost for each class is $20.

For more details or registration information, call 569-6050.


Some kids will be happy to know that teachers attend classes, too. This past Monday, educators from across the college’s service region came back to college for the annual Educators’ Environmental Institute, funded by International Paper. Facilitated by John Patterson, Associate Professor of Biology, the Institute provides teachers, administrators, and other school personnel with factual information about the interrelationships of man and his resources. In the Institute, they complete NAS 215: Man and His Environment, a six-hour content-based undergraduate science course. Based on Teacher Recertification Guidelines for Virginia, this course is designed to fulfill the certification needs of all teachers with a Master’s degree at any grade level, all elementary school teachers, and all teachers who have a certification in science. (Acceptance of this course for recertification, however, is determined by the school division or headmaster, not by Paul D.)

During the intense, three-week course, which meets Monday through Friday, June 22 through July 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants will investigate the interrelationships of man and his environment as exemplified in the Tidewater region of Virginia. They will also incorporate the information learned into their curricula. Areas of study include forest management and wood production; papermaking; solid waste disposal and recycling; water treatment; sewage treatment; coastal, forest, swamp, and marsh ecology and a Project WILD and Project Learning Tree workshop. Numerous field trips, which include one to the Dismal Swamp, are also scheduled to sites supporting these areas of study.

The course also provides information on helpful classroom resources, a view of ecology and environmentalism that can be shared with others– and a general understanding of basic biological and ecological principles and technological terminology to enhance reading and comprehending scientific articles and viewing media presentations that deal with scientific subject matter. A popular feature for participants is the opportunity to work with peers from other schools in preparing classroom activities for their use and for sharing with their colleagues.

Made possible by International Paper’s partnership with the college, the Educators’ Environmental Institute gives our dedicated teachers the opportunity to gain special knowledge to take back to their classrooms and to fulfill recertification requirements close to home in a three-week period with no expense to them.

For information on other programs and options available at PDCCC, call 569-6700, or visit our Web site at Check out the schedule for Fall semester, which begins Aug. 19.