Why Thomas Nelson?


So, what do you want to do with your life? A hard question to answer, but we can help.

You’ve just graduated from high school and know exactly what you want to do. Maybe you’re 25 and undecided about your future. Or it’s been more years than you care to remember since you’ve been in a classroom and now you need an extra edge to get ahead in your career. Don’t worry, TNCC can help pave your road to success.


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We have more than 40 fields of study at TNCC.

The associate degrees and certificates at TNCC are designed to prepare you for the world of work or further study. Not only will you learn technical or business skills, you’ll also learn teamwork, decision-making and other interpersonal skills that employers are seeking in today’s workplace. Discover more…

Credits you’ve earned at other colleges could easily be applied to your degree or certificate at TNCC, and we grant credit for certain examinations and military training experience. Additionally, the credits you earn at TNCC can be transferred to many four-year state and private colleges in Virginia and elsewhere. Ask your counselor for further information and advice to make the transition as smooth as possible. Discover all the courses TNCC offers…

Whether you are a recent high school graduate, college student, or college graduate seeking new job skills, Workforce Development has options for you. You can prepare for a new job, build skills for a home-based business, or earn an industry certification to qualify you for a promotion. Call (757) 825-2937 to choose from more than 300 classes, such as:

  • A+, Network+ and Microsoft IT certifications
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Technician
  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician

Did you know you could find the right career or connect with a full or part-time job? TNCC’s Comprehensive Career Resources Center is located at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, 600 Butler Farm Road. For more information, call (757) 865-5874.

Faculty members at TNCC have been recruited from all over the nation and represent experienced professionals from a wide variety of fields. They are here because they love to teach and are committed to creating an environment that fosters critical thinking and learning. They take pride in helping our students meet high standards in the classroom. Since classes are generally smaller than at a typical four-year college, you’re never just a number. If you plan to transfer to a four-year college, it makes sense to complete your core courses with high quality instruction at a reasonable cost.

The students at TNCC represent amazing diversity. Students are not only multi-cultural, but also multi-generational. Many of our students have already been part of the workforce or have attended college elsewhere. Their opinions and understanding of real life circumstances only add to the learning experience at TNCC. We know that the lifestyles and goals of students vary considerably and we strive to help tailor education to meet student needs.

There’s plenty to do at TNCC when you’re not studying or going to class. The opportunities to get involved in student life at TNCC may surprise you. There are a number of student clubs and extra curricular activities in which to participate. Just to name a few:

  • Special Interest Clubs (for example, Photo Club, Math Club or Future Nurses Club)
  • Organizations (like our Student Ambassadors Program and Students in Free Enterprise)
  • Student Newspaper (Nelsonite)
  • Student Government Association
  • Drama Club (TNCC Players)
  • Honor Society (Phi Theta Kappa)

Sure, TNCC is a non-residential college, but there is still a lot going on at our campuses. The Student Activities Office and the Student Government Association sponsor cultural presentations, musical entertainment, picnics and other events. The Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium brings in a variety of professional music, dance and theater talent throughout the year. There are also a Wellness Center and volleyball, tennis and basketball courts on campus where you can meet friends or just work out.

We want you to succeed, and we know that our students have many other obligations. We make sure our course schedules are flexible enough that you can easily fit classes around your work or home life. Classes at TNCC are scheduled with your busy life in mind. You can be a full-time student or attend part-time. You’ll find day, evening and weekend courses available at our Hampton campus and our Historic Triangle location in Williamsburg.

TNCC also offers a number of distance learning courses, which includes web-based courses and compressed video. This allows geographically separated students to access courses that may not otherwise be available at the time or place they need.

Hampton Campus:

Our campus in Hampton is located on 86.5 acres, and has eight academic buildings housing traditional classrooms, science labs, computer labs, language and graphic arts labs, the “Gators” Cafeteria, the college bookstore, conference rooms, a Wellness Center, The Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium and support offices.

Historic Triangle Location:

The Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg is a three-story, 120,000-square-foot facility that sits on nearly 74 acres of land next to Williamsburg-James City County’s Warhill High School. The facility opened in 2009 and serves the academic and workforce development needs of the community with state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, a full-service bookstore, library, administrative offices and other student and faculty support facilities. TNCC’s Dental Hygiene program occupies 5,000 square feet of the Historic Triangle’s second floor. The program’s dental clinic allows students to experience hands-on instruction by providing patients with routine cleanings, x-rays, and other services.

There’s no fee for admission, and it’s no secret — tuition at TNCC is among the lowest in Hampton Roads. Tuition costs are approximately 1/3 the cost of four-year state universities and colleges. Additionally, there are modest, activity, technology and parking fees. If those costs seem out of reach, you may qualify for help. About 33% of TNCC students receive some type of aid. So we encourage you to visit our financial aid office to see all the options available, including loans, scholarships, work-study programs, tax credits, grants, and veterans benefits. You may qualify for help. Financial aid and scholarships are available based on need and merit.

At TNCC, it’s easy. To apply, all you do is complete an application from the admissions office or our web site and turn it in. We assess new students to determine readiness for college-level courses and to support your academic success. We will review your high school and any previous college work and may recommend a placement test.

We’re here to help you succeed. TNCC classroom standards are high, but if you need help developing new academic skills or need to “brush up” on old skills, developmental courses are available to get you “up to speed”. Come in and to talk to one of our counselors. The counselor will go over your assessment data, review your goals, help you select your academic program and prepare you to register for classes.

For more information or to tour TNCC, call us today at (757) 825-2800.