TNCC interim head hopes to ‘protect’ budget

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The Daily Press

Community colleges play a vital and expanding role in their local communities and Thomas Nelson on the Peninsula is a great example of that, interim President Alvin Schexnider told the Daily Press Editorial Board Thursday.

As the General Assembly scrutinizes the state budget, state community college officials are working to preserve their funding. Schexnider took over at TNCC Oct. 1 after Charles Taylor left for a nine-month sabbatical to work for the Virginia Community College System in Richmond.

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State budget cuts are hitting community colleges hard

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The Daily Press

State budget cuts are hitting Virginia’s community colleges at the worse possible time. Enrollment records are being set, with almost 5 percent more students enrolling in the fall of 2008 than did so a year earlier.

Meanwhile community colleges, including Thomas Nelson in Hampton, had their budgets cut by 5 percent in the fall of 2007, another 5 percent in December and are looking at another 5 percent in July for the next fiscal year.

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Thomas Nelson Campus On Hold

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The Virgina Gazette

By Mary Vause

Thomas Nelson Community College’s plans to build a 120,000-square-foot campus on the Warhill tract are in limbo, waiting on passage of the state budget as well as $3.5 million more that’s unfunded.

The budget stalemate in the General Assembly threatens to push back the campus opening by a year. Fully $5.5 million earmarked for the construction project is stuck in budget negotiations. The project is the biggest local fallout of the state budget deadlock.

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