Michael Reynolds discusses TNCC’s engineering programs on The Hampton Roads Show.

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Michael Reynolds, Associate Professor of Engineering Technologies talks about TNCC’s engineering programs, partnerships and Articulation Agreements on The Hampton Roads Show.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Announces Scholarship Opportunity for Students Attending Virginia’s Community Colleges

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Kathryn Anderson, Financial Aid Director for Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), has announced that the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is accepting applications for its 2012-2013 Community College STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Scholarship Program. Applications are due March 16, 2012.

Aiming to increase the number of talented community college students pursuing STEM related careers, the VSGC is especially seeking applications from underrepresented minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.


Dominion Foundation Grants Enhanced New Engineering Course at TNCC

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) students enrolled in “Topics in Energy Technology: Wind Turbine Blade Development and Testing,” completed several groundbreaking studies during the spring semester. Funded by a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation, the new elective course explores wind turbine technology and design. TNCC was one of four Virginia colleges to receive funding from the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources to support programs in skilled craft, engineering, environmental and technical studies, business, and student-led conservation programs.

TNCC received an additional $2,500 from the organization in February to purchase a Skystream 3.7 Marine Cutaway wind turbine demonstrator. “The new equipment provided students with a life-sized replica of a real-world turbine blade system including all of the inner workings of the motor housing and its electrical connections,” said Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Michael Uenking. The replica gave students a basis for developing their own design of a wind turbine and helped reinforce what was taught during the course.


TNCC Student Participates in NASA Scholars Program at Johnson Space Center

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Mechanical Engineering student Trevor Jackson enhanced his classroom studies with hands-on experience during NASA’s National Community College Aerospace Scholars program October 20-22 at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Jackson was among 90 students chosen from community colleges in 23 states to participate in the pilot program. The students were chosen based on their performance in a NASA web-based summer program that explored topics in engineering and technology.

“I’ve always had an interest in performance mechanical engineering, mostly automotive, but really an interest in anything mechanical that is top of the line. … Because of the size and prestige of NASA, engineers are given a huge amount of resources,” Jackson said.


TNCC Adds New Online Continuing Education Courses for Engineers, Architects, Contractors, Surveyors, Landscapers and Building Inspectors

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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development, Office of Continuing Education, in partnership with RedVector, now offers a course library that boasts more than 2,100 essential and interactive offerings.  These online courses cover continuing education requirements and professional development training for Engineering, Architecture, Interior design, Construction, Land Surveying, Building Inspection and Landscape Architecture Industries.

Each online course meets the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations requirements for Engineers, Architects, Contractors, Land Surveyors, Landscape Architects and other industry professionals. (more…)

TNCC’s Electronics Engineering Technologies Head Receives Solar Thermal Certification

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HAMPTON, Va. –- Thomas Nelson Community College’s Deborah Lichniak, Head of Electronics Engineering Technologies, recently completed the Solar Thermal Course – Train the Trainer program during the Southern Mid-Atlantic Provider of Solar Instructor Training at North Carolina State University. The two-week training was open to community college representatives from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina as part of a grant to enhance education about solar products at community colleges.

“TNCC wants to be at the forefront of green technology and being able to help students understand alternative energy concepts and incorporating them here at the school will only enhance both of these avenues further,” Lichniak said.