You can believe what you read in the papers! The Suffolk News-Herald recently gave a nod to the role of Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC)'s newly-launched website in supporting the 35 percent enrollment increase the College has experienced over the last five years.
The op-ed "An Alternative to Universities" published March 22 by the paper called attention to the fact that community colleges are an increasingly attractive option to students because of their costs. To keep up with demand, PDCCC and other community colleges are investing in infrastructure improvements--including more sophisticated websites.
In close collaboration with PDCCC Web Team led by Computing Services Manager Beverly Davenport, The Ivy Group designed and programmed the site for easier navigation and user-friendly delivery of relevant content. Highlights of www.pdc.edu include a slideshow of students, staff and faculty; integration with Facebook and YouTube; and searchable class schedules and employee directory.
"The new site builds on the brand standards we developed for the original site several years ago," said Pam Fitzgerald, Managing Partner of The Ivy Group. "The PDCCC web team wanted the new site to be manageable by means of an open source product. We customized WordPress, a universally available content management system, to make it easy for the College to keep site content fresh and relevant."
The updated website comes at a key time for the community college in southeastern Virginia.
PDCCC expects enrollment figures will continue to be substantial as the school provides a high quality and cost-effective option for working adults in career transition as well as budget-conscious post-secondary students.
"We are focused on the needs of not only our current students, but also prospective students as they work toward their goals," said Paul D. Camp President, Dr. Paul W. Conco. "Our new website and Facebook presence are important ways we can communicate our commitment to helping students achieve their career and learning goals."