PDCCC a place for a fresh start

Published 9:47 pm Wednesday, November 20, 2013

By Trina Jones

If you’ve been thinking about a fresh start, this is a great time to begin planning for a new career or to upgrade your job skills. Instead of just dreaming about it, make it a reality.

At Paul D. Camp Community College, we have many degree and certificate programs that will lead you to your destiny. As dean of student services and professional counselor, it is always rewarding to witness an incoming student blossom in his field of study. When I think of the many opportunities available to those in our service region, education stands out as one of the tools that breaks down the barriers between who you are and who you desire to be. It is the difference between wanting and receiving.

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A student recently shared his experience of attending PDCCC. He noted that because of the small class sizes, he receives personalized attention, which adds to his experience.

Another student, a former International Paper employee, also comes to mind. Instead of being stuck in unemployment, he considered his opportunities right in his own backyard at the college. With assistance in determining a field of study and connecting him to needed resources, he was able to complete his degree in industrial technology.

Some students have pursued careers in other fields, such as nursing, teaching, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Your opportunities are plentiful at PDCCC, and we take great pride in our mission. We strive daily to provide diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for our students and the community. I encourage you to stop dreaming and get moving, because your new beginning is right around the corner.

Spring semester registration for new students is underway, and classes begin Jan. 6. Our doors are always open if you’re interested in discussing your educational and career options.

Here are the easy steps to get you started:

4Complete an application online at apply.vccs.edu or pick up an application from the Office of Admissions. Call the Office of Admissions or visit our website at www.pdc.edu/admissions for additional information.

4Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you have questions, contact the financial aid office at 925-6346.

4Make an appointment to take the placement test by calling the Office of Admissions at 925-6312.

4Take the placement test and meet with a PDCCC counselor or academic adviser to discuss your test results and course selections. Your courses will be based upon your program of study.

Remember, planning begins now for the New Year. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Trina Jones is dean of student services and a professional counselor. Email her at tjones@pdc.edu.