Upcoming Fall Job Fair at Thomas Nelson Community College Provides Variety of Services

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Virginia’s unemployment rate for July 2008 was 4.4 percent, up from 3.0 percent at the same time last year. Despite what has been and continues to be a steady increase in unemployment over the last year, there are still local employers who need to fill vital positions in their organizations. Forty such employers are expected to participate in Thomas Nelson Community College’s annual Fall Job Fair on Wednesday, October 8th at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center (PWDC), 600 Butler Farm Road, Hampton.

Representatives from two of the Peninsula’s largest employers – Canon Virginia and Northrop Grumman Newport News – will join manufacturing, public service, hospitality, and retail companies at the event, from 10 am to 3 pm. Employers and potential employees will be able to exchange information, complete applications, and even participate in onsite interviews. Jobseekers will also be able to attend career success seminars on writing winning résumés, sharpening interviewing skills and finding federal employment.

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“Time for New Career Choices: Engineering 101” Summer Career Exploration Camps at TNCC to Expose Students to Careers in Engineering

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VIRGINIA PENINSULA — Aspiring engineers from area high school engineers will be off to camp this summer but not just any run of the mill summer camp. Time for New Choices, Engineering 101 is a free week-long summer camp offered by the Office of Outreach and Recruitment at Thomas Nelson Community College. Aimed at students in grades 9 through 10, the camp is designed to expose students to careers in the science and engineering industry. The camp features TNCC faculty and other professionals teaching engineering lessons through hands-on activities, demonstrations, lectures and field trips. Camp participants will also be given individualized career and educational development plans to share with their parents and guidance counselors for support in accomplishing their goals.

The first camp is scheduled for June 23-27 with activities from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Historic Triangle Campus in Williamsburg. The second camp which will begin July 7 will run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through July 11, at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in Hampton. There is no fee to attend these camps. Interested students must register by June 6 by calling 825-3524 or by visiting the Office of Outreach and Recruitment located in the Hampton III Building at 535 Butler Farm Road.

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TNCC Hosts Spring Job Fair Featuring 60+ Employers

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More than 500 jobs will be available at the Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Spring Job Fair, Wednesday, April 2, at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center. The event runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with career success workshops that feature such topics as resume writing and interviewing skills beginning at 2 p.m.

More than 60 representatives will be on hand from Alcoa, Busch Gardens, Canon, city governments, Colonial Williamsburg, Northrop Grumman, Walgreen’s, and UPS, among others. Many employers will be actively conducting interviews on site, while others will collect resumes to schedule appointments with qualified candidates. “Bring a resume and dress to impress” is the guide.

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New Certificate Program in Public Management at TNCC to Broaden Students Opportunities in Government

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Thomas Nelson Community College has added a new certificate program to its offerings. 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.

According to Dr. William Travis, former Dean of Business and Public Services at Thomas Nelson now Historic Triangle campus Provost, the new certificate program is primarily for people currently working in public administration “who are looking for academic credentials in concentrated areas so that they can qualify for promotions and/or advance in their careers.”  The courses in the Public Management Certificate Program are included in the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Public Administration, he added.

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Four New Career Studies Certificate Programs at TNCC Target Hospitality Industry

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To meet the demand for skilled workers in the field of hospitality, Thomas Nelson Community College will be offering four new Career Studies Certificate programs in Hospitality Management, Food Service Hospitality, Recreation and Parks Management and Lodging Management. The career studies certificate programs have been designed for individuals who may be interested in entering the hospitality field or for those who are currently working in the hospitality industry but who are seeking to advance their careers. Classes will be offered at the Hampton and the Historic Triangle campuses.

Employment projections from the U.S. Department of Labor indicate that leisure and hospitality employment will increase 17.7 percent across the United States in the 2004-14 timeframe (http://www.bls.gov/iag/leisurehosp.htm).  According to the Virginia Employment Commission, the growth in Virginia during the same period of time will be 21.5 percent (http://velma.virtuallmi.com).

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New Thomas Nelson/NASA Co-op Grooms Students for Careers in Aerospace

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Thomas Nelson Community College is positioning students for careers in the aerospace industry. Beginning this fall, a new SpaceTEC™ cooperative education program developed by the College and NASA Langley Research Center will provide federal work experience for eligible students committed to simultaneously earning an Associate Degree in either Mechanical Engineering Technology or Electronics with a specialization in Electrical Engineering Technology.

The program will provide formal training and salaried on-the-job training as well as a comprehensive benefits package, according to Patricia Taylor, the College’s Dean of Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies. Fourteen students will be selected for the fall semester with paid tuition and books at Thomas Nelson. Those who complete the three-year co-op and pass the SpaceTEC™ certification exam will be considered for entry in a two-year Apprentice Program at NASA, she added.

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