PDCCC blessed with community that gives generously

Published 8:17 am Friday, January 7, 2011

by Patsy Joyner

At Paul D. Camp Community College, we are truly blessed by the many people who give of themselves in support of the college and its mission.

For example, members of our College Board, acting in an advisory capacity, take responsibility for assuring that the college is responsive to existing needs in its service region, while members of the PDCCC Foundation Board work diligently to secure resources that promote the continuing progress of the college.

And members of our many advisory committees assist the faculty and administration in planning, conducting and evaluating each of the college’s occupational-technical programs; they also provide counsel in the development of new programs that reflect the changing needs for trained personnel in the community.

We are additionally blessed by the people in the communities served by the college and the many forms of giving they do to enhance the quality of life and to make a difference for others. It is truly wonderful to count all the ways that people are giving through volunteer work. Their unselfish acts are the truest forms of gift giving.


A broad array of individuals and community organizations (and local foundations) provide scholarships for our students.

The range of scholarship options includes awards given in memory of loved ones, awards directed to certain occupational tracks and awards to honor someone living.

Examples of memorial scholarships include the Susan E. Terry Scholarship, established by the GFWC Franklin Jr. Woman’s Club in 1983 in memory of a dedicated member of their club; the Ryan Kirkland Memorial Nursing Scholarship, established in 2007 by Ryan’s family and friends in celebration of his life; the Dean Nancy Sandberg Scholarship, established by her family and friends in memory of Dr. Sandberg and her positive contributions to education and PDCCC; the Connie Patterson Memorial Nursing Scholarship, established in Patterson’s honor by the Office of Internal Medicine, where she worked as a medical administrator until her death in 2006; and more recently, the Kyle Jones Memorial Scholarship, given by the True Word Christian Church in memory of past member Kyle Jones.

Student Volunteerism

Paul D. Camp students have a strong history of volunteerism in the communities we serve.

They collect food for the needy, sponsor Angel Tree gifts for children, conduct fundraisers for worthy causes and our student nurses provide free blood pressure readings at local events. Community service is an important part of their college experience.

DR. PATSY JOYNER is the vice president for institutional advancement at Paul D. Camp Community College. Her e-mail address is pjoyner@pc.vccs.edu.