Thomas Nelson Community College’s Board to Meet Feb. 26

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The Thomas Nelson Community College Board will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 5:45 p.m. at the Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg, in the President’s Conference Room 317G.

Earlier at 5 p.m., the Board’s Financial and Municipal Liaison Committee will convene in Conference Room 316 and the Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Services Committee in Conference Room 320.

The Board will meet in closed sessions in accordance with Section 2.2-3711-10 of the Code of Virginia to discuss the consideration of honorary degrees or special awards and specific college personnel matters.  The general Board meeting is open to the public in accordance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at (757) 825-3500.


Thomas Nelson’s Black History Month Events to Feature Actress Jasmime Guy , Feb. 28

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Thomas Nelson Community College welcomes actress Jasmine Guy of the hit television show, “A Different World” and Showtime’s “Dead Like Me,” to its Hampton campus Friday, Feb. 28 to close a series of Black History Month events. At 5 p.m., Guy will meet and greet the public during a Black History Month Expo in the Wythe Hall Gallery. The event will also feature jazz harmonica player Avon Dews along with author and artist Synthia Saint James. Available online at, tickets are $10.

The Expo will allow attendees to connect with representatives from more than 30 businesses, colleges and civic organizations including Hampton University, Urban League of Hampton Roads, Uplifting and Empowerment Foundation/GYG Mental Health Agency, Norfolk State University, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Gamma Upsilon Omega chapter), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Alpha Alpha chapter), and more.

At 7 p.m., Guy, Dews and James will be guest speakers during a free event called “Scroll It!,” in the Dr. T. Christian Auditorium in Templin Hall. The event will also include performances by several Thomas Nelson students.


Thomas Nelson Celebrates Black History Month with a Slate of Activities

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Thomas Nelson Community College will observe Black History Month with a series of presentations and activities. Themed, “The Art of Storytelling,” the observance will conclude on Friday, Feb. 28 with a Black History Expo at 5 p.m. in Griffin and Wythe halls featuring special guests, actress Jasmine Guy of the hit television series “A Different World” along with author and artist Dr. Synthia Saint James and jazz harmonica player Avon Dews. Later at 7 p.m., the trio will speak at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. The College’s Black History Month schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 5
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Library, Historic Triangle campus
African American Cinema Gallery

Thursday, Feb. 6
4 p.m.
Visual Art Gallery, Templin Hall, Hampton campus
Visual Perspective of Storytelling

Dr. Nashid Madyun, Director of Museum and Archives, Hampton University

Exhibit Opening

Mixed Media Art Exhibit featuring artists Terri Ballinger & Crystal Johnson
Free & open to the public

Monday, Feb. 10
3 p.m.
Library room 229
African-American Read-In
Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National
Council of Teachers of English


Thomas Nelson Selects Former Faculty Member Turner Spencer as Eighth Presidential Leadership Award Recipient

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Thomas Nelson Community College has selected the Honorable Dr. Turner M. Spencer, former Hampton Vice Mayor and Hampton City Councilman, to receive its Eighth Annual Presidential Leadership Award. Part of the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance, the award presentation takes place Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. Part of the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance, the award presentation is takes place Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. The event is free and open to the public. At 10 a.m., a “Gratitude Reception” honoring Dr. King takes place in Wythe Hall Gallery.

The College established its Presidential Leadership Award to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by recognizing an outstanding community leader and important role model for students.

Dr. Spencer is a professor emeritus and former Biology department Chair at Thomas Nelson. After more than 30 years on the faculty, he has maintained connection with the College since 2008 through its Educational Foundation Board of which he is immediate Past President. He also served a stint as Vice President of the Foundation.


Thomas Nelson Workforce Development Partner Awarded 2013 Chancellor’s Award

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Shawn Avery, vice president of the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, was awarded the 2013 Virginia Community Colleges Chancellor’s Award in the Career Paths category on December 12.

The award was presented at the annual Hire Education Workforce Conference Innovator’s Award Show and Banquet. This year’s conference was attended by more than 400 workforce professionals from colleges, workforce boards, industry, and schools.  Virginia’s Community Colleges hosted the event.

Nominated by Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development, Avery had a major impact in the success of the partnership between Thomas Nelson and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, which recently resulted in four career pathway grants totaling more than $5.5 million. 

“Shawn is an exceptional leader of a strategic plan for industry-education career pathways that is already seeing results,” stated Dr. Deborah Wright, vice president of Thomas Nelson Workforce Development. “His understanding of business needs and economic development, K-12 and community college program capacity and possibility, and workforce board priorities has made an invaluable difference in allied health and advanced manufacturing career pathways.”

The Chancellor’s Awards are designed to recognize outstanding contributions made by workforce development professionals in support of the college’s mission in serving Virginia’s workforce and community. 

Through Avery’s efforts, the partnership between Thomas Nelson and the Peninsula Council produced a career pathway training strategy designed to meet the regional needs of 11,000 additional workers in advanced manufacturing, a strategic training plan for the region in Allied Health, and a proposal that awarded the region $5 million in health occupation training funds.

In addition, Avery was fundamental in developing a career pathway electronic library in manufacturing, allied health and numerous Career Cafés in the Peninsula. The Career Cafés provide career pathway advice to more than 5,000 young adults in the region.

Recently, Avery led the effort to help Thomas Nelson receive more than $240,000 in grant funds to support a manufacturing training program, along with Workforce Investment Act, to serve recently separated veterans.

“Business-education partnerships happen on the Peninsula because of strong partners,” stated Avery. “It is a great honor that Thomas Nelson nominated me for this award.”

Avery was awarded the Virginia Community College System’s Expanding Workforce Opportunities Award in 2010.

Thomas Nelson Opens New Workforce Center in Williamsburg

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Thomas Nelson Community College will celebrate the new Thomas Nelson Workforce Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at the new location, 4135 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188.

The new Workforce Center is located in the Williamsburg New Town area, the center provides first-class training and coordinated economic and workforce development services to public and private organizations.

The new center includes two wireless classrooms and an executive conference room.

The Workforce Center offers training programs for the business community, providing entrepreneurs, employees and transitional or dislocated workers with the skills to advance in varying corporate industries.

For more information about the Thomas Nelson Workforce Center or corporate training programs call (757) 345-2855.