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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Workforce Development Launches New Information Security Certificate Program

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In this tough economy, workers need quick  training for high-paying jobs. For those looking to enter computer related fields with less than a bachelor’s degree, computer certifications are ideal. With this in mind, Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development recently launched a new Information Security Professional Certificate program to train workers for in-demand computer jobs in just a few months.

This innovative program prepares students and transitioning workers to take industry-recognized skill certification exams that lead to high paying jobs. The certificate is designed for adult students entering the field, those who want to change careers and IT professionals who want to advance their career. Classes include A+ Certified Professional, Network+ Certified Professional, and Security+ Certified Professional.

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Certificate in Fire Science Leadership Added to TNCC Offerings

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has expanded its offerings this fall to include a Career Studies Certificate in Fire Science Leadership. The new program was created in response to needs expressed by local fire departments and educates students about the latest advances in the field of fire science. TNCC also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology.

“This is just the beginning of many opportunities our service area can expect from TNCC,” said Norman Hahn, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The College continues to position itself to provide college degrees and certificates to meet the needs of our business partners and the workforce. We continue to Reach. Teach. Serve. as One College. One Vision,” he said.

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New Interactive Design Certificate Program Launched at TNCC

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Creative students interested in exploring the interactive web design and animation field can enroll in the new Communication Design Interactive Media Career Studies Certificate Program now available at Thomas Nelson Community College. This new certificate program teaches the foundation of solid design along with the use of industry standard multimedia art and design software programs and enables students to create pieces that combine their technical knowledge with a personal creative visual.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects a steady climb in multimedia jobs nationwide going from 87,000 in 2006 to 110,000 available jobs in the field by 2016. “The demand for multimedia artists and animators will increase as consumers continue to demand more realistic video games, movie and television special effects, and 3D animated movies. Additional job openings will arise from an increasing demand for Web site development and for computer graphics adaptation from the growing number of mobile technologies. Animators are also increasingly finding work in alternative areas such as scientific research or design services,” according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Statistics. (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos092.htm).

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New Degree, Certificate Programs at TNCC Prepare Students for Careers in Assorted Fields

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Thomas Nelson Community College has expanded its offerings to include an array of new degree and certificate programs.  The added programs give students an opportunity to earn the academic credentials necessary for several career fields ranging from teaching and engineering to fire science and emergency medical technology.

The Associate in Science with a specialization in Math Education prepares students for teaching careers in secondary mathematics.  Qualified students become eligible to apply for the Seamless Teacher Education Program, a dual enrollment opportunity with Old Dominion University.  Another new degree program, the Associate in Applied Science in Electronics with a specialization in Electrical Engineering Technology, prepares students for transfer to a four-year university program in Electrical Engineering Technology.  In addition to coursework in electronics, it includes courses in fiber optics, physics and calculus.

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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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