Student Success Stories

Meet great friends, passionate teachers, helpful mentors, and students just like you at Thomas Nelson.

No matter what your background is, when you enroll at Thomas Nelson, you'll be learning alongside people just like you—working adults, recent high school graduates, visiting college students, current and former military, parents, and even current high school students.

Thomas Nelson students and graduates are doing amazing things every day. Share your story.

Did you recently finish a big project? Make an impact in your community? Did you land your dream job after graduating? Are you loving school even though you thought you wouldn't have time for it? Share your Thomas Nelson story with us.

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Ashley Ables
Advising has outlined a clear track to my goals.
Sabrina Andaluz
[The College] is allowing me to start my degree and not be far away from home. Plus, it’s great because I’m getting a college education at a much lower cost.
Douglas Arellano
I chose Thomas Nelson because I have a few friends who came here. They told me how easy it was working with the VA section and using my GI Bill here.
Michael Armstrong
Coming in here and seeing all of this, I realized there’s a whole gamut of jobs in electronics.
Tiera Bailey
I decided to come to Thomas Nelson so I could be more interactive with people. I like the fact that students can have our own organizations.
Lydia Boone
I never worked with anything electrical before and the class has given me a leg-up in the shipyard. I wish others could have benefited from the same experience.
Jack Bowden
Thomas Nelson has provided me with a lot of exposure to leadership opportunities and connected me with a lot of experts in [computer science] while allowing me to remain close to home.
Kwasha Bradshaw
The main reason I chose Thomas Nelson is because it’s close to where I live. I considered going to another school but I heard a lot of good things about Thomas Nelson.
Ruth Butts
I’d always heard good things about Thomas Nelson and good things about the disabled services here. I recommend Thomas Nelson to other vision-impaired people.
Maria Meraluna Carlson
I enjoy being an active student. I am trying to be a good example for my peers. It’s exciting when you see your organization’s activities and getting more students involved.
Kimberly Coburn
The instructors’ dedication and care have been vital to helping me become excited about a future career in the dynamic field of multimedia design.
Mark Costantini
Costantini, a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers since 2014, is also pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Averett University.
Brianna Couser
Thomas Nelson has helped me learn how to transition and has shown me how to navigate from one area of my education to the next.
Sean Crewe
The College helped me a great deal by having a straight-forward enrollment process, a flexible class-scheduling system and an appreciation of the arts.
Karalynn Dreschel
Thomas Nelson accommodates all walks of life. I have made friends that are in so many different stages of life.
Vincent Farulli
The biggest credit I can give Thomas Nelson is that it has given me time to explore what I think I’d be good at when I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.
Victoria Frianeza
TRiO assisted me in understanding the courses I needed in order to transfer to Old Dominion University with ease. They even assisted in calling ODU to ensure my plan was appropriate for my future needs.
Hannah Hines
I appreciate the resources that are available at Thomas Nelson. The location and closeness to the community are also reasons why I chose to attend.
Justin Javier
I’m excited to be able to gain exposure to experienced professionals in the field.
Desiree Jones
This was the best choice for me. It’s giving me a chance to really improve.
Erica Jones
No matter what your age, it’s never too late to begin your education as I am living proof.
Amber Krueger
Education has always been a huge part of my life. Being able to have the personal growth I have experienced here and gain confidence is empowering.
Ashley Lyn
Thomas Nelson has wonderful advisors. The professors actually care as well and most of the ones I have had have been wonderful assets in helping me move forward.
Jennifer Major
About a year after I started attending Thomas Nelson, I was fortunate enough to land a work-study position through the Enrollment Management Office.
Amanda McLeod
Incredibly, I was able to complete a two-year degree in 18 months without student debt and, more importantly, all of my credits transferred.
Savannah Montrond
Thomas Nelson always seemed like the right option for me. A wonderful education coupled with small class size and intuitive and insightful teachers, that’s why I chose Thomas Nelson.
Wadieh Nourdeen
I chose Thomas Nelson because it provided me with the most cost-effective way and it is a stepping stone to completing higher education.
Kingdom Oguibe
World travel also entered the picture when Oguibe spent a week in China participating in the 2014 International Youth Organization Forum and Beijing Sister City Youth Camp.
Jasmane Ormond
I could not have done this without all of the amazing and encouraging teachers and mentors from Thomas Nelson.
Jenna Patel
I really like the smaller class sizes and being able to be more interactive with my professors.
Christopher Payne
Why not go to school and challenge myself, broaden and sharpen my mind and make new connections.
D. Steven Pearson
The nursing instructors are knowledgeable, very helpful and have a genuine interest in teaching and growing a new generation of registered nurses.
Janet Peters
There’s just something for everyone – young, middle-aged, old – you fit in here, and it’s been great.
Pascal Shukuru
Thomas Nelson opened my academic doors. I got to learn and adjust to American culture at Thomas Nelson. I’ve also made connections, which I hope will help me wherever I will go in my life.
David Smith
Thomas Nelson gave me the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience I needed to become a great nurse.
Erica Snow
Some of my best experiences are the instructors’ willingness to assist throughout my educational endeavors.
Erick Sola
I want to get a degree in [a science field] and then go into politics so that I may advocate for scientific research and affect other up and coming scientists.
Anthony Sualog
Thomas Nelson has provided an excellent environment for current and past military personnel to pursue their goals during and after the military.
Angelica Torres
She heard about Thomas Nelson Community College, and its Associate of Applied Science degree in Photography immediately caught her attention. That is what sparked her to enroll. Torres completed her degree in May 2015.
Anthony Valentine
The first thing that came to mind when I planted my roots in Williamsburg was to look for the right college. Thomas Nelson was highly recommended.
Jerry Van Harris
Thomas Nelson opened up a new path for the veteran U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal once he immersed himself in campus life.
Victoria Viduya
Thomas Nelson is helping me fulfill my pre-requisites for VCU at a cheaper price. It is a good stepping stone leading up to my future endeavors.
Ben Wardach
I knew that going to Thomas Nelson for the first two years of college was going to be much cheaper than a four-year university.
Keith Williams
The programs the College has like TRiO are very supportive. I am a work-study student [in Enrollment Services] and I get to meet many people in the different departments.