Boating Laws Change on July 1, 2010; TNCC Class Helps Personal Watercraft Operators and Boaters Comply

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Boating laws have changed. Effective July 1, 2010, personal watercraft operators under 35 years of age must complete a boating safety course. Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development now offers a boating safety course for boaters 13 years and older. The class meets the new education compliance requirements.

In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law establishing a boating safety education compliance requirement. Personal Watercraft operators 20 years old and younger were required to meet this requirement as of July 1, 2009. Requirements will be phased in over the next several years and by 2016, all operators of PWCs (Personal Watercraft such as jet skis, Sea Doos, Wave Runners) and operators of Motorboats with a 10 hp or greater motor, will be required to have a boating safety education course completion card on board when operating a PWC or Motorboat.

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TNCC drafter drawing exam hopefuls from far and wide

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Instructors for computer-aided drafting, which is technical drawing, have been gravitating from around the state to Thomas Nelson Community College for assistance.

Tom Pringle, computer-aided drafting and design program head at TNCC, recently became the only instructor in Virginia qualified to teach preparation courses for two prestigious certification exams.

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TNCC Instructor Passes Autodesk Exams to Bring Certification Prep Courses to Computer Aided Drafting Students and Instructors

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is the new hot spot for computer aided drafting instructors in Virginia thanks to Computer Aided Drafting and Design Program Head Tom Pringle. In January, Pringle passed the associate and professional Autodesk Certification exams for AutoCAD 2009 and Inventor 2009, two industry-revered drafting, modeling and digital prototyping software applications. Currently, he is the only instructor in Virginia qualified to teach the certification test prep courses for programs. He hopes to use his certification to help other instructors offer the prep course to their students.

TNCC became an official Autodesk Certified testing center in December.  Pringle works in conjunction with TNCC, the U.S. Department of Education and Ron Williams Ltd., a company that provides educational tools and training for secondary and higher education institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region, to proctor the test in Virginia. Establishing “the testing center, to me, was the smallest part. The bigger part was being able to teach the exam prep course,” Pringle said.
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