New TNCC Workforce Training Responds to Increasing Demand for Cyber Security

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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development (TNCC-WD) is now offering education in one of today’s fastest growing career fields: cyber security. The College recently received grants from Virginia’s Community College System to implement cyber security training across the Peninsula.

The grants give TNCC the resources to collaborate with Internet security firms to train new cyber security professionals. Participants will obtain the expertise necessary to reduce vulnerability in their information infrastructures, as well as to meet new National Security Administration standards.

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Solar Panel Project Will Generate Energy for TNCC Workforce Development Program

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In a few weeks, students at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will mount solar panels on top of storage containers to generate renewable energy that will power lighting and charge batteries for the College’s motorcycle safety program. Once construction is complete, TNCC will hold a small demonstration showcasing this affordable and practical way to collect, store and use solar energy.

This innovative project supports energy conservation while providing students with hands-on experience. Computer-Assisted Drafting and Design (CADD) students will design the structure, and Engineering Technology students will research peak load, calculating battery storage capacity and orientation as well as handle installing and wiring the batteries. “The project prepares students for green careers. When they leave our program, they can say to a prospective employer, ‘I have done the job. I actually built a solar project,’” said Deborah Lichniak, a TNCC engineering professor.

The solar project is funded by the Greenforce Initiative, a two-year project started in 2010 by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) to strengthen the capacity of community colleges to develop, enhance or refine green career pathway programs and to spur innovation.

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TNCC and PCFWD Study Identifies Over 11,000 Upcoming Manufacturing Jobs on the Peninsula

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On Monday, September 17, the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development and Thomas Nelson Community College released Skills to Succeed Inventory, a comprehensive study of careers with 14 top Virginia Peninsula manufacturing companies. The companies report they will need 11,500 skilled trades and precision production workers from 2012 to 2016.

The study, funded by the Ford Foundation and Virginia’s Community Colleges, is part of the Peninsula Career Pathways Collaborative, a community-wide initiative that includes businesses, public school divisions, adult education centers, the community college, and regional economic and workforce agencies that will build career pathways. It includes skill-specific information on the number of upcoming manufacturing job openings, identifying 11 high-demand occupations.

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Thomas Nelson Community College Job Fair: Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Mark your calendar to attend the annual TNCC Job Fair at the at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton, Virginia.

This Fair connects qualified jobseekers with the region’s top employers. Since many employers conduct on-site interviews, participants are strongly encouraged to wear professional dress and to bring extra copies of their resumes.

More information on the 2011 Job Fair

 

Middle College Expands to Williamsburg

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Workforce Development now offers the Middle College program in Williamsburg. The free program prepares young adults ages 18-24 years for in-demand careers as they earn their GED. Classes take place at TNCC’s Historic Triangle campus is Williamsburg. Available training includes Nurse Aide, Welding, HVAC, Medical Coding and Billing, Automotive, and more.

Middle College offers young adults who have not completed high school opportunities and employment training. In less than eight weeks, students can earn their GED and enroll in college via this innovative initiative. Since the program’s inception in 2009, TNCC has graduated several students and put them on the pathway to a rewarding career.

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TNCC Job Fair Helps Jobseekers Find Employment

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Thomas Nelson Community College will host a job fair from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, located at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton. The Fair is free and open to the public.

Representatives from many of the region’s top manufacturing, retail, finance and marketing businesses will attend to discuss current job openings, including full-time, part-time and internship opportunities. Some employers will conduct on-site interviews, so applicants are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.

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