Thomas Nelson Hosts Transfer Fairs

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Representatives from four-year colleges/universities will be available at Thomas Nelson Community College Tuesday, Nov. 19 to answer questions about transferring. For more information contact Tonya Burton at

Hampton campus
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
99 Thomas Nelson Drive, Hampton, Va. – Wythe Hall – Library gallery

Historic Triangle campus
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
4601 Opportunity Way, Williamsburg, Va. – 2nd and 3rd floors

Free Exhibit at Thomas Nelson Features Student Art through Dec. 12

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A free exhibit featuring art by Thomas Nelson Community College students and alumni opens Wednesday, Nov. 6 with a 6-7:30 p.m. reception on the Hampton campus in Templin Hall’s Visual Arts Gallery. Students, faculty and staff along with community members are invited. The exhibit titled “Altered Reality” lasts through Thursday, Dec. 12.

The exhibit showcases more than 20 pieces by several graduates and students in ART 283 Computer Graphics I and PHT 135 Electronic Darkroom. The students created composited images for class assignments using Adobe Photoshop to alter reality in some fashion. Their works include everything from a surreal dream landscape to a fantasy environment. “Compositing allows students to create an environment that doesn’t really exist. It requires creative vision and technical expertise,” said Cece Wheeler, Art Professor and Visual Arts Department Head.

Wheeler is excited about presenting this third exhibit since the gallery’s opening last spring. “Exhibiting art and learning skills in presentation are necessary components of an art education. Public openings draw the community to the college and engage them with the students and the art programs,” she said.


Thomas Nelson Announces Four-day Observance for Veterans

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Thomas Nelson Community College will honor Veterans with four days of activities and events including an address from Delegate Gordon C. Helsel, Jr.; a visit from re-enactors and technical assistants from the Academy Award-winning film “Glory;” a career fair for military service members; and showings of military-themed movies for students, faculty and staff. Thomas Nelson will also commission its new Veterans Services Center. Themed “Let Us Serve You,” a special breakfast for those who dedicated their lives to serving the United State starts Thomas Nelson’s observance on Monday, Nov. 11. Events will take place on the Hampton campus and Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg.

November 11

Veterans Day Breakfast
9 a.m., invitation only, RSVP required Espada Room, Moore Hall, Hampton campus
Student Commons, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg

Thomas Nelson will honor its students, faculty and staff who have served in the military with an appreciation breakfast. Delegate Gordon C. Helsel, Jr. will address attendees at the breakfast on the Hampton campus. Helsel, who represents the 91st District, is an Army veteran and Thomas Nelson graduate.

Veterans Day Roll Call
10:30 a.m., free and open to the public
Wythe Hall Gallery, Hampton campus

Honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States as Thomas Nelson students, faculty and staff read the names of Virginia service members who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Veterans Day Minute of Silence
11 a.m., free and open to the public
Wythe Hall Gallery, Hampton campus
Second Floor Landing, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg

Thomas Nelson students, faculty and staff will honor fallen military service members with a minute of silence to recognize their service and acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice they made for the United States.

Veterans Services Center commissioning
11:30 a.m., free and open to the public
Modular 1 near Moore Hall, Hampton campus

Celebrate the opening of Thomas Nelson’s Veterans Services Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Students can visit the center for assistance with the VA education benefits application and more. The area also includes a study space. (more…)

Thomas Nelson Welcomes Re-enactors from Award-winning Film ‘Glory’ for Veterans Day Observance

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Thomas Nelson Community College will welcome the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company “B” to the Hampton campus on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. as part of the College’s four-day Veterans Day observance. Members of the Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization participated as re-enactors and technical assistants in the 1989 Academy Award-winning film “Glory.” They now present the experiences of the Civil War’s first Northern black volunteer company using reenactments, interpretive programs, training seminars and more. The event at Thomas Nelson is free and open to the public.

During the group’s visit, the courtyard of Thomas Nelson’s Hampton campus will be transformed into a makeshift battle camp with tents and other Civil War-era props. Re-enactors will interact with visitors and answer questions. They will also introduce “Glory,” which will be shown at 1 p.m. in Thomas Nelson’s Wythe Hall Gallery. Following the film, the re-enactors will be available for a question and answer session. “I hope people will gain knowledge about the turbulent times and appreciate that these men, the 54th Regiment, were willing to sacrifice their lives,” said Thomas Nelson Veterans Day Committee Chair Kathryn Anderson. (more…)

Thomas Nelson’s Board to Meet Sept. 25

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The Thomas Nelson Community College Board will meet Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 5:45 p.m. in the College Board Room, Moore Hall on the Hampton campus.

The Board’s committee meetings will take place earlier at 5 p.m. in Harrison Hall. The Financial and Municipal Liaison Committee will convene in Room 3 and the Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Services Committee in Conference Room 9.

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) 825-2725.


Virginia Community Colleges’ Mobile Lab to Increase Skilled Technicians in Hampton Roads

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As the need for skilled technicians in prominent trade jobs increases, five area community colleges found a solution to increase the availability of training courses in Hampton Roads. The Hampton Roads Marine Skilled Trades Mobile Lab, within an 18-wheeler semi-trailer, is the latest solution from a historic partnership of Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS).

Thomas Nelson, Tidewater (TCC), Paul D. Camp, Rappahannock and Eastern Shore community colleges, along with Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) and VCCS have worked together to create a mobile unit that provides 80-120 hours of instruction at community colleges throughout Hampton Roads.

“There is power in partnership when multiple community colleges collaborate to respond to the needs of the greater community,” said Dr. John Dever, President of Thomas Nelson Community College. “Fueled by workforce training funds and supported by the resources and trades expertise of Newport News Shipbuilding, the results have been greater than any one of us can achieve on our own.

“Ninety-nine percent completed, 91 percent hired, that is 149 newly skilled workers in jobs earning $32,000 with benefits after just two or three weeks of training— now that’s a return on investment,” said Dever.