This program focuses on increasing the number of high school students enrolling in early college placement programs or earning business/industry certification. Currently, Thomas Nelson Career Coaches provide services to high school students in several peninsula school divisions. The goal of the career coach program is to increase the number of high school graduates prepared for employment, postsecondary education (particularly in career and technical education fields), and enrollment in formal career pathways.
Dual enrollment is a program that allows high school students to earn college and high school credit concurrently. This credit may support a post secondary diploma, certificate, or degree at a Virginia public institution and may also be applied to a high school diploma.
The Middle College program is an educational and career development training program offered at Thomas Nelson free of charge to young adults between the ages of 18-24 who did not complete high school and have a desire to improve the quality of their lives.
SIFE is a global non-profit organization active in more that 47 countries., 1,500+ Colleges and Universities with 38,000+ students. SIFE is funded by financial contribution from corporations, entrepreneurs, foundations, government agencies and individuals. Working in Partnership with business and higher education, SIFE establishes student teams on college campuses. These teams are led by faculty advisors and they are challenged to develop community outreach projects that reach SIFE’s six educational topics.
STEP (Seamless Teacher Education Program) is a unique collaborative initiative in teacher education between Old Dominion University (ODU) and Thomas Nelson Community College. The partnership is jointly staffed and supported by both institutions. STEP addresses the dramatic need for new highly qualified teachers, and responds to Virginia’s critical shortage of 12,000 teachers and, in particular, the 800 per year, in Hampton Roads and the Virginia Peninsula.
TRiO Student Support Services provides free academic support for students experiencing economic, social and/or cultural hardships that makes higher education harder to attain. Eligible students may be from low-income families, a first generation college student or have a documented disability.
This program allows students to earn guaranteed admission to the College of William and Mary while completing an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at Thomas Nelson. Co-enrolled students complete up to five (5) three or four-credit courses at W&M to be applied toward their associates degree programs.