Update: Office of Secondary School Programs

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The Office of Outreach and Recruitment has been renamed the Office of Secondary School Programs. This change was made to accurately reflect the functions performed therein and show our commitment to creating a smooth transition for high school students into college or the workforce. Located in suite 709 in Hampton III, the office still manages TNCC’s Dual Enrollment, Career Coach and Career Pathways programs. It is staffed by two part time Dual Enrollment Coordinators and five part time Career Coaches. Kris Rarig supervises these programs as well as Enrollment Services. She also chairs the Joint Recruitment Committee and coordinates outreach events. The Office of Secondary School Programs can be reached at 825-2801 or 825-2706.

Career Pathways Workshop to Promote Collaboration between TNCC and High School Counselors

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s Office of Outreach and Recruitment in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Prep Consortium is giving high school counselors the opportunity to earn a professional development certificate through participation in a one-day workshop. The event which is also open to TNCC counselors is set for Thursday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, 600 Butler Farm Road, Hampton.

The workshop is designed to arm counselors with a wealth of information to strengthen their academic and/or career advisement capabilities, according to the College’s Outreach and Recruitment Director Dr. Crystal Taylor. She said the session will enable counselors to offer a wider array of options to their students who seek assistance making post graduation or career plans. Among topics included in the six-hour session are career pathways, associate degree and other programs offered by TNCC, internships and cooperative education opportunities. Also on the day’s agenda are a working lunch and a field trip to Sentara Hospital.


Thomas Nelson Receives Grant to Develop Career Pathway Program in Emergency Medical Services

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The Virginia Peninsula – Dr. Crystal Taylor, director of Tech Prep/Dual Enrollment for Thomas Nelson Community College, has received a $5,600 grant from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to develop a career pathway program in Emergency Medical Services. Taylor was one of three program directors from VCCS institutions who submitted winning proposals to receive the Path to Industry Certification: Curriculum Development Funds. The awards create new secondary to post- secondary pathways or new secondary/post-secondary partnerships in the VCCS Tech Prep consortia.

The Virginia Peninsula Tech Prep Consortium at Thomas Nelson Community College aims to provide career pathways that bring together partners from secondary schools, community colleges, universities, regional businesses, and industries that equip the emerging workforce with skills, knowledge and abilities necessary for success in the 21st. century. Additionally, the Consortium strives to meet the needs of the region’s industry and state.