TNCC Alum Credits Success to the College’s Career Studies Certificate Program

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When Jason Pell enrolled at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in 2006, he already had a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary History Education. TNCC’s Career Studies Certificate Program gave the 1999 Appalachian State University graduate an affordable way to learn about computer programming and databases. Before finishing his last class at Thomas Nelson, Pell was hired as a Database Technician for Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools. Earlier this month, he became an Analyst Programmer for the school district.

He credits much of his success to the Career Studies Certificate offerings at TNCC. “The career certificates are a great way for a person to expand their horizons,” Pell said.

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TNCC Graduate Donates Original Painting to Celebrate the College’s Diversity

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Having graduated from Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on May 15, Najoua Benothmane leaves a piece of herself with the College. The Liberal Arts student is donating one of her original paintings, a depiction of a courtyard on the Hampton campus, to be displayed in the College’s library. A tribute to the diversity at TNCC, the acrylic and oil work was created as part of a class assignment in 2005. “I decided to donate this painting to TNCC to show my gratitude for the College and its wonderful faculty and staff [who were] always there when needed,” Benothmane said.

Benothmane is a native of Tunisia and moved to the United States from France in 1991. Her various cultural experiences contributed to her appreciation of TNCC’s diverse student body, faculty and staff. She created the work in a courtyard behind Moore Hall on the Hampton campus and transferred the serene feeling of the area to the canvas with a portrait of a bench surrounded by trees filled with vibrant-colored leaves. “The trees symbolize the many departments on the campus and the leaves [are] the students. The different colors of leaves represent diversity and harmony on campus,” she said.

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TNCC Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations – Deadline Extended

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The deadline to submit nominations for TNCC Distinguished Alumni Awards has been extended to Wednesday, January 14, 2009. The nomination form is available at the following link: Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form (pdf)

The TNCC Distinguished Alumni Awards were established in 2008. The awards recognize TNCC alumni who are making outstanding contributions to society through professional achievements and community service.

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