TNCC Precision Welding Center Ribbon Cutting Set for Thursday, May 13

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Peninsula businesses and local officials will celebrate the official opening of the new Precision Welding Center at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.  The facility, which can train up to 75 welders per month for entry level skilled welding positions, is located in the Peninsula Workforce Development Center at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton.

TNCC President Alvin J. Schexnider will recognize Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Alcoa Foundation, and Miller Electric for their contributions to the $225,000 center.

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TNCC Opens Precision Welding Center and Announces Subsidized Program for Welders

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In response to the increasing shortage of skilled welders on the Peninsula, Thomas Nelson Community College is launching a new “Precision Welding Center” and kicking it off with a new, 3-month, hands-on subsidized welding training program leading to national credentials. The first course of 20 students is scheduled for May at TNCC’s newly expanded, state-of-art Welding Center in the Peninsula Workforce Development Center.  Though applicants are required to pay a non-refundable $275 registration fee, the remaining training costs are sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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TNCC Workforce Development Now Enrolling for Certified Fitness Trainer Program

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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development, in partnership with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.), will offer a one-day-a-week, fast paced Certified Personal Fitness training program at the new Historic Triangle campus located at 4601 Opportunity Way.

Classes for this affordable, six-week program are offered only on Saturdays, making it ideal for busy adults seeking to start their own business as a private fitness trainer or those seeking a quick entry into a new career field. The program begins March 20.

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Free Microsoft Training and Tech Vouchers Available for VCCS Institutions to Distribute

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RICHMOND — Governor Timothy M. Kaine has announced that Virginia will join forces with Microsoft in an innovative public-private partnership to provide free technology training to displaced workers. Through the Microsoft Elevate America program, the software and technology giant will work with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to distribute 11,250 vouchers for technology training and certification. Elevate America also provides a wide variety of other free resources on its website including basic skills training and career resources to find internships and jobs. (The specially dedicated telephone number set up at Thomas Nelson’s Workforce Development for Elevate America is 865-5874).

“Virginia already has one of the best workforce development systems in the country—this program means we’ll have another exciting tool at our disposal,” said Governor Kaine. “This partnership will provide thousands of Virginians with the technology skills they need to attain and sustain employment as the economy recovers. At the same time, this critical training will ensure Virginia’s workforce emerges from this economic downturn stronger than ever—and ready to compete on a global level.”

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TNCC Fall Job Fair : Wednesday, October 8, 2008

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10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Peninsula Workforce Development Center (PWDC)
600 Butler Farm Road, Hampton VA 23666

Meet your future employer! Discuss employment options with TNCC’s employer population. Potential positions are available for full-time, part-time, internship, and co-op opportunities.

Additionally, there will be Career Success Workshops offered from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Topics include Resume/Interviewing Skills, and How to start your own Business.

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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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