Area leaders meet for breakfast, brainstorming

Published 8:52 am Wednesday, April 6, 2011


FRANKLIN—Western Tidewater Tech Prep/Career Pathways Consortium recently sponsored its annual Business, Industry and Government Breakfast at Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center.

This year’s theme was “Empowered by Teamwork and Partnerships.”

Community leaders from Franklin and Suffolk and Southampton and Isle of Wight counties heard from Kelley Conaway, chairwoman of the consortium; Dr. Patsy Joyner, vice president for institutional advancement; Dr. Maxine Singleton, vice president of instruction and student development; and Dr. Joe Edenfield, dean of occupational and technical studies. Participants were provided updates about Tech Prep and PDCCC and asked for ideas regarding collaborations or partnerships in the community.

“The BIG Breakfast is focused on making leaders aware that they are an important component of the success of the program and its students,” said Coordinator Audrey Lawrence.

The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Paul Wm. Conco, president of the college, who presented information about college successes, projects and goals, and stressed the importance of synergy.

The breakfast was followed by a Counselor’s Conference.

Tech Prep/Career Pathways is a nationwide program that helps prepare high school students for college and a career. It is in partnership with Franklin and Suffolk city public schools, Southampton and Isle of Wight county public schools and PDCCC.