Paul D. Camp earns honorable mention for new workforce program

Published 12:36 pm Saturday, December 16, 2017

by Wendy Harrison

A new program of the Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce earned the institution an honorable mention during the Hire Education Conference 2017, held in Hot Springs.

PDCCC showcased the National Center for Construction Education and Research Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation program at the event that was held at the Homestead in Hot Springs. The curriculum is being offered on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.

“It is exciting to get this kind of recognition for a program in its first year,” said Vice President of Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts. “We are proud to be the only community college in Virginia that offers the IM E&I as a non-credit program.”

The very first class of students completed the 40-hour core skills and knowledge training in early October and will complete the 165-hour course for Level Four certification in February 2018. They received certificates for completing core, as well as NCCER and OSHA certifications.

“This training earns workers industry recognized credentials, in addition to aligning with the Virginia Community College System’s FastForward initiative,” said PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne. FastForward refers to the workforce programs that help train Virginians for fulfilling careers in a short amount of time.

As a result of the recognition, PDCCC will receive $500 that will be designated to recruit students for the IM E&I. For more information about the program, call 569-6050, email, or visit

WENDY HARRISON is the public relations specialist for Paul D. Camp Community College. She can be reached at