Paul D. Camp Community College Gala to Benefit Area High School Students, GED Recipients and Workforce Development

Paul D. Camp Community College Gala to Benefit Area High School Students, GED Recipients and Workforce Development
Community College: The Platform for Change Gala Saturday, April 23, 2016

Community College: The Platform for Change Gala
Saturday, April 23, 2016
5:30 p.m.
PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center 

Paul D. Camp Community College's inaugural Community College: The Platform for Change Gala honors former Virginia Delegate Sam Glasscock and former Virginia Senator Fred Quayle for their continued support of education in the Commonwealth. The proceeds from this Gala are to support the College’s Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) – a progressive program designed to help provide recent GED recipients with a PDCCC education and help prepare these hardworking individuals for well-paying careers so they can champion and help build the new Virginia economy. RVHI also funds high school career coaches, who follow students and encourage them to stay in school and discover what they want to do after graduation, which is already showing measurable results. 

 

The Gala is being catered by Smithfield Station. Dinner will feature succulent oven roasted pork loin donated by Smithfield Foods, as well as Smithfield Station’s award-winning Best of the Bay crab cakes.

At a glance details:
PDCCC’s Community College: The Platform for Change Gala
Saturday, April 23
5:30 p.m. VIP Reception
6:30 Patrons Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and speaker

Ticket Information

·         Patron Tickets - include reserved dinner seating and admission to the Patrons reception with a complimentary drink and cash bar. ($75/ticket; $600/table of 8)

·         Premium Tickets - include Premium VIP reserved seating for dinner and admission to the VIP Reception with open bar. ($125/ticket; $1,000/table of 8)

For more information, contact Nancy Harrison Parker at 757-569-6779 or nparker@pdc.edu. Tickets and sponsorships can also be purchased online at www.pdc.edu/gala.

About PDCCC’s Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative
The Hampton Roads area of Suffolk/Franklin/Isle of Wight County/Southampton County is considered part of Virginia's rural horseshoe -- where high school often marks the end of the educational line and our youth all too often are caught in a vicious cycle of poverty due to lack of education and skills. The rural horseshoe represents 75% of the Commonwealth's geography. Sadly, if this area was an independent state, it would rank #50 in the nation for educational attainment (compared to the rest of Virginia, which would rank #2 in the nation). As you might guess, this area is significantly lacking in funding for education. The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) is a progressive program designed to help bridge the educational gap between the two Virginias and as a result bring these students into a new generation who can work their way into the middle class and beyond.

Automobiles, factories, skilled trades -- all require a solid education beyond what folks receive in high school. Too often, GED recipients or those who struggled with their high school education don’t have the confidence or support to pursue their dreams. Not to mention the sad reality of high school dropout rates nationwide. Lack of education leads to a vicious cycle of poverty and hopelessness.

The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) has 2 parts: 1) High school career coaches who encourage students to stay in school and discover what they want to do after graduation, which is already showing positive results and 2) GED scholarships that provide funds to help recent GED recipients overcome the hurdles of getting a degree or certificate, which could be used toward anything from tuition, transportation or daycare to a laptop or tools. 

An added bonus – many of the dollars raised for PDCCC’s RVHI are matched by the Virginia Community College System; so, your sponsorship and donations go even farther!

To make a donation to RVHI, contact Nancy Harrison Parker at 757-569-6789 or nparker@pdc.edu

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