New Degree, Certificate Programs at TNCC Prepare Students for Careers in Assorted Fields


Published: August 14, 2007

Thomas Nelson Community College has expanded its offerings to include an array of new degree and certificate programs.  The added programs give students an opportunity to earn the academic credentials necessary for several career fields ranging from teaching and engineering to fire science and emergency medical technology.

The Associate in Science with a specialization in Math Education prepares students for teaching careers in secondary mathematics.  Qualified students become eligible to apply for the Seamless Teacher Education Program, a dual enrollment opportunity with Old Dominion University.  Another new degree program, the Associate in Applied Science in Electronics with a specialization in Electrical Engineering Technology, prepares students for transfer to a four-year university program in Electrical Engineering Technology.  In addition to coursework in electronics, it includes courses in fiber optics, physics and calculus.

Three additional new Associate of Applied Science degree programs also join the line up of new offerings. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science Technology prepares students for administrative and leadership positions in fire and emergency services. The Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies provides intensive legal training by encompassing a well-balanced curriculum of law, liberal arts, communication and business. This degree program provides students with the level of knowledge and proficiency needed to provide services to clients under the direction and supervision of a lawyer in firms involved in a variety of specializations within the legal field. The Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services trains students to provide certain emergency medical services.

Among new career studies certificates are three in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training which will prepare students for certification at the EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic levels.  EMT-Basic courses are eligible for dual enrollment credit.  These Career Studies Certificates lead to the new degree program in Emergency Medical Services which will be offered by TNCC this fall. Four new career studies certificates in Hospitality are also available. These programs are designed to prepare students to work in hospitality management, food service management, parks and recreation management and lodging management. All will apply to an associate degree program that the College plans to make available in early 2008.

Also among TNCC’s new career studies certificate programs is Substance Abuse Counselor Assistant which prepares students to begin work in substance abuse counseling. Graduates of the program become eligible for state-level certification and all of their coursework in the discipline applies to the College’s Associate of Applied Science in Public Administration/Human Services Degree program.

Designed to broaden students’ career opportunities in government and/or nonprofit organizations, the Public Management Certificate Program provides an introduction to theory, skills and principles underlying public administration in federal, state and local government organizations.

The College is also offering career studies certificates in Construction Supervision. Partnering with the Peninsula Construction Academy to enhance the leadership skills of construction industry employees, the Construction Leadership Career Studies Certificate provides courses in motivation, safety, communication and decision making.  The Construction Supervision Career Studies Certificate continues the course work with courses in planning and scheduling, managing costs, loss control and contract documents.  Both certificates prepare individuals for positions as construction foremen, project supervisors and superintendents.  These career studies certificates are also intended to prepare students for a new associate degree in construction management currently under development.

TNCC is currently registering students for the fall semester which starts on Saturday, August 18.

Release #07-0753



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