TNCC Receives $25,000 Grant from Alcoa Foundation to Upgrade New Precision Welding Center

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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development (TNCC-WD) has received a $25,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation to purchase a Cryogenic Micro-Bulk Gas System. The additional funding will further enhance the College’s state-of-the-art Precision Welding Center, developed in partnership with the region’s major manufacturing firms and a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

“I am very grateful to the Alcoa Foundation for providing this grant, the fourth in five years. A bulk welding gas delivery system will give TNCC -WD greater flexibility in our welding training programs, make training more cost effective and improve the safety of the student,“ said John Calver, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Training.  Micro bulk gas systems store gases used in welding without using large cylinders, enabling trainees to quickly switch gas mixtures safely. (more…)

Coalition Touts Impact of Higher Education on Economy

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Business and community leaders call for sustained funding and 70,000 more degrees by 2020

RICHMOND, Va. – June 22, 2009 – Grow By Degrees (, a campaign initiated by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council (VBHEC) to promote economic growth through high-impact investment and innovation in Virginia’s colleges, universities, and community colleges was formally launched today in a series of press events throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Grow By Degrees advocates a sustained, long-term program of higher education investment and reform, embodied in state law, to ensure affordable access for Virginia students and to generate strong economic activity and growth revenues for the Commonwealth.