Career Services

Current students and alumni of Thomas Nelson Community College have access to a full range of career development services through TNCC Career Services.  Workforce Development staff members work one-on-one with individuals to help them realize career goals.

Services include job placement assistance, career counseling, vocational assessment, career planning assistance, career development workshops, interview and employment preparation, resume and cover letter writing assistance and job search assistance.

Also, labor market information is available on local, state and national employment data, as well as a variety of on-line career planning resources. Additional information is available for individuals seeking help with occupational and educational choices, job hunting techniques, internships and the cooperative education program.

Job vacancy information is provided through eRecruiting. This unique database offers employers a pool of qualified job candidates and students access to hundreds of available employment opportunities.

Graduating students and alumni may schedule an appointment for job placement assistance by calling 757-865-5863.

Thomas Nelson Community College students and community members will also find other career resources and services at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center. The goals of these efforts are to promote the career development and employability skills of individuals and to provide information and access to workforce opportunities.

  • Career Planning Resources
  • Career Development Workshops: Please contact the One Stop Career Center at 757-766-4900 for information on these and other offerings.


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For More Information

Contact the Career Center at (757) 865-5878, Fax (757) 865-5886, TDD 825-2853, or e-mail The mailing address is:

Career Services, Cooperative Education/ACT Testing Center
Thomas Nelson Community College
P.O. Box 9407
Hampton, Virginia 23670

The Thomas Nelson Community College One Stop Career Center is a regional career resource center which provides a pathway to quality career services and workforce opportunities for students and employers on the Virginia Peninsula. The center supports school-to-work partnerships aimed at workforce development for a world-class community.

The One Stop Career Center serves as a vital community resource. The well trained staff of the center uses the most current technology available to assure affordable access to reliable and comprehensive sources of information. Innovative and flexible approaches to service delivery are employed to meet the needs of both individual and corporate customers in the most timely and efficient manner possible.

The One Stop Career Center maintains a growing inventory of computer-assisted career guidance, career search, and career placement software programs to assist individuals in the career planning process, in setting achievable goals, and in identifying specific workforce opportunities. These career software systems include:

Career Finder, Choices, Virginia View, DISCOVER for Adult Learners, VONET, ONET, America’s Career Kit, VEC’s Alex, Bridges, CX Online

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is an educational and training partnership between Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), the business community, and TNCC students. Co-op integrates academic classroom learning with on-the-job, practical work experience. Students are able to earn credit and a grade while working full-time or part-time in paid positions related to their career objective and their major field of study.

Participation in Co-op offers the opportunity to expand your learning beyond the classroom and can provide you with a competitive edge in the job market. Through Co-op, you may:

  • Apply new skills & experiences learned in the classroom to a realistic work situation,
  • Gain academic credit,
  • Earn a salary to help defray educational expenses,
  • Enhance your resume, references and work experience, and
  • Make better informed career decisions.

Generally, you are eligible to participate in the Co-op program if:

  • You are enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a curriculum that relates to the work experience sought, and are actively pursuing completion of your degree or program of study.
  • You have an overall 2.0 grade point average (GPA) or better in the semester preceding entrance to the Co-op program and continue to maintain it.
  • You have completed a minimum of 15 semester credit hours at TNCC prior to entering the Co-op program (Note: Not applicable to students in Administrative Support Technology).
  • You have completed a minimum of 6 semester credit hours in your major field of study (Note: Not applicable to students in Administrative Support Technolog).
  • You have the legal right to work in the United States.

Additional requirements may be necessary as indicated by the academic department and/or employer (e.g., a federal agency might require a 2.5 GPA or better).

Applying for the Co-op program requires you to:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements listed above.
  • Complete a Co-op application and a resume.

Most students work part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) and at the same time go to school on a full-time or part-time basis on a parallel schedule. An alternating or modified schedule may be used to meet the needs of the student and the employer. Students who currently hold jobs related to their academic program of study may be eligible for Co-op if the work experience provides specific and measurable growth potential.

Co-op placements are competitive!

  • Currently enrolled students in an identified Co-op curriculum who have completed the Co-op application and resume will be referred to an employer as openings are available. Be prepared! The Co-op office can assist you in preparing your resume and can give you information on interview techniques.
  • Students who are selected for a Co-op work experience will be required to register for and pay tuition for a Co-op class for each semester of Co-op placement. A Co-op work agreement is established between Thomas Nelson Community College, the Co-op student, and the employing organization. A faculty Co-op coordinator for the work experience will be assigned based on your curriculum area. You will be given a grade for your Co-op work experience.

Co-op opportunities are based on employer participation. Current and developing Co-op academic programs/career fields are:

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Support Technology
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design
  • Computer Arts
  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Electrician
  • Electronics Technology
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Management/Marketing
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Medical Laboratory
  • Photography
  • Public Administration/Human Services

To participate in the Cooperative Education Program at Thomas Nelson, or for more information, please visit:

Career Services & Cooperative Education
Room 1014, Peninsula Workforce
Development Center
600 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, Virginia 23666
(757) 865-5882

As a regional career resource center, the One Stop Career Center supports Virginia Peninsula Tech Prep and other school-to-work transition programs aimed at developing a world-class workforce. These partnership efforts reflect a commitment to the career success of both individuals and corporate organizations, and recognize that most job growth on the Virginia Peninsula during the next decade will occur in small- and medium-sized companies.

The Thomas Nelson Community College One Stop Career Center is located in the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, Room 1015, 600 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, Virginia. The building is adjacent to the Thomas Nelson Community College campus.

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