TNCC Names Photographer Keith Cephus as This Year’s Presidential Leadership Award Recipient

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has selected award-winning photographer Keith Cephus to receive its Seventh Annual Presidential Leadership Award.

As part of TNCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance, the award presentation takes place Thursday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. At TNCC’s Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg, a reception takes place at 11 a.m. on the second floor landing.

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TNCC Vice President of Workforce Wins Innovation Award

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Dr. Deborah George Wright, Vice President of Workforce Development at Thomas Nelson  Community College, has been awarded the Virginia Community Colleges System’s Expanding Workforce Opportunity Award for her leadership in public-private workforce development partnerships. The award was presented during the December Hire Education Conference held in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Wright was honored for leading a collaborative that includes Virginia’s largest private employer, Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), Thomas Nelson, Tidewater, Paul D. Camp, Rappahannock and Eastern Shore Community Colleges and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

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TNCC Receives $35,000 Grant for Solar-Powered Gazebo

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has received a $35,000 grant from Dominion Virginia Power and The Dominion Foundation for a student-led project to build a solar-powered gazebo on the Hampton campus. Called GreenZebo, the project aims to educate students about alternative energy by demonstrating the efficiency and reliability of a solar powered application. The Honorable Melanie Rapp Beale, a former Virginia delegate and current External Affairs Manager for Dominion Virginia Power’s Eastern Region, presented a check to the TNCC Educational Foundation on Thursday, September 13.

The company and its charitable arm awarded roughly $1 million in higher educational partnership grants for the 2012-2013 academic year throughout Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and in targeted localities in New England, Maryland and North Carolina. Thomas Nelson is among institutions across Virginia to receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $45,000 to support projects in energy, environment and workforce development.  Patricia Taylor, TNCC’s Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology, expressed appreciation. “We are very grateful for Dominion’s support of the College’s initiatives. This is really great for our students and our efforts to educate them about the importance of being energy conscious,” she said.

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TNCC Honored Local Citizens During 43rd Commencement

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) presented the Thomas Nelson Medallion, Dana B. Hamel Award and Distinguished Alumni Award during its 43rd commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 16 at the Hampton University Convocation Center. The awards honor citizens who champion higher education and public service.

The Thomas Nelson Medallion honors citizens who exemplify the spirit and highest ideals of Thomas Nelson – patriot, soldier-statesman and governor. This year’s recipient is the Honorable Melanie Rapp Beale, a former Virginia delegate and past president of the TNCC Educational Foundation.

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Two TNCC Students to Receive High Honors During May 16 Commencement

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) named Michelle A. Robinson and Benjamin L. Jordan as recipients of the 2011-2012 President’s and Vice President’s Awards, respectively. In acknowledgement of the two summa cum laude graduates’ exceptional academic performance, the awards will be presented during TNCC’s 43rd commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton University Convocation Center.

Robinson and Jordan are among over 700 students who applied to graduate during the 2011-2012 academic year. This figure includes students who completed their curriculum requirements in summer 2011, fall 2011, and those who applied for graduation in spring 2012. Graduating students will receive Associate’s degrees, certificates, career studies certificates, or a combination of these academic credentials. Criteria for the President’s and Vice President’s awards include attaining the highest cumulative grade point average, completing at least 60 semester hours of course work and receiving an Associate’s degree for the current year, among other criteria.

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TNCC Names Broadcast Journalist Barbara Ciara as its Sixth Presidential Leadership Award Recipient

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has selected award-winning broadcast journalist Barbara Ciara to receive its Sixth Annual Presidential Leadership Award. As part of TNCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance, the award presentation takes place Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. At TNCC’s Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg, a reception takes place at 11 a.m. on the second floor landing.

The College established its Presidential Leadership Award to honor Dr. King’s the life and work by recognizing an outstanding community leader and important role model for students.

Also as part of TNCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observances, faculty and staff volunteers  will participate in community service at a Hampton Soup Kitchen,  Warwick Forest Assisted Outreach Center in Newport News and the Grove Christian Outreach Center in Williamsburg.  Contact specialevents@tncc.edu for details about these Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 community service efforts.

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