TNCC among Recipients of Commissioner’s Award from Department of Rehabilitative Services

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has been selected to receive the Department of Rehabilitative Services’ (DRS) Commissioner’s Award. The award will be presented on Monday, March 14 at 1 p.m. by DRS Commissioner James A. Rothrock during the opening session of the Virginia Transition Forum 2011 which takes place at Norfolk’s Waterside Marriott.

The award recognizes groups or individuals who are collaborating to prepare youth with disabilities for employment. TNCC, along with Williamsburg/James City Schools, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Department of Rehabilitative Services, is being honored for piloting a supported education model at the College.

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Va. Secretary of Education to Speak About STEM Education at TNCC

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Experts say America’s economic growth and national security are heavily dependent upon the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM. Acknowledging this, Governor McDonnell and the Virginia Department of Education are focusing on initiatives designed to educate citizens in preparation for emerging technologies. On Tuesday, November 9 Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson will speak about STEM education at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC).

The invitation-only gathering takes place at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in Hampton at 600 Butler Farm Rd. and begins with breakfast at 7:15 a.m. followed at 7:45 a.m. by the Secretary’s presentation. Robinson will focus on Governor McDonnell’s STEM initiatives and the importance of STEM Education in K-12 and Higher Education. The presentation is also a means to garner support for the seamless integration of STEM subjects throughout the curriculum in every Virginia school — not just magnet or specialty schools or private and public academic institutions.

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