TNCC Receives $36K Grant to Enhance Engineering Program

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Educational Foundation received a $36,000 contribution from Altria Group, Inc., to enhance the College’s Modeling and Simulation program. Altria Group is the parent company of Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton, Ste Michelle Wine Estates and Philip Morris Capital Corporation.

TNCC introduced a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology with specialization in Modeling and Simulation in fall 2009. “We are glad to provide this contribution to help Thomas Nelson, our local community college, build its capacity in technical education,” said William E. Tucker, who manages a Philip Morris USA facility in Williamsburg. “We appreciate [Thomas Nelson’s] work to keep its programming in sync with workforce needs in the region.”

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UVa Engineering Program Offer is Open to TNCC Students

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Patricia Taylor, TNCC’s Dean of Mathematics Engineering and Technologies, has announced an exciting offer from the University of Virginia (UVa) that TNCC Engineering students can explore. UVa is giving students an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in engineering without traveling to Charlottesville. Taylor asks all TNCC faculty and staff to share this great news.

UVa is now offering one of its undergraduate degree programs fully at a distance. Graduates of an Associate of Science in Engineering degree program (or equivalent) are potentially eligible for the program. For more information, visit the following web site: http://www.seas.virginia.edu/producedinva.

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TNCC’s New Engineering Club Enhances Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Curriculum

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HAMPTON, Va. – Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) students have the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom thanks to a new Engineering Club founded by Jason Colley, a student at TNCC. The organization invites students in Engineering, Mathematics and other Technology-related areas of study to share ideas, collaborate on various projects, and learn the newest technology and more.

Ji Hyon Mun, Associate Professor and Engineering Department Head, serves as the faculty advisor for the club. “They wanted to form a club so that they can do engineering applications outside [of] the classroom because you can know in the classroom they are pretty much confined to what I tell them and what I expect them to do; but out of the classroom they can apply whatever they’re learning from their other classes and have fun with it,” she said.

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TNCC Host Site to GAITE’s Fall Exploratory Saturday for Teens

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Seventy-five students in grades 10 and 11 from throughout the Greater Peninsula are invited to Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in November to participate in Fall Exploratory Saturday, a Governor’s Academy for Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GAITE) event designed to introduce high school students to engineering technology. For the second consecutive year, TNCC will be host site to the event which takes place Nov. 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Hampton campus.

This year marks the first time the event will reach high school students as last year’s Fall Exploratory Saturday activities catered to middle school students.

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Students Look at STEM Career Options

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HAMPTON -— Students had to return to classrooms in mid-summer, but fortunately for them, one physics project required riding roller coasters at Busch Gardens.

It was part of a camp designed to introduce a group of local high schoolers to career possibilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Career coaches from Thomas Nelson Community College’s office of outreach and recruitment, who work with students in their schools, sponsored the event this week.

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Students get first-hand look at STEM career options

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Students had to return to classrooms in mid-summer, but fortunately for them, one physics project required riding roller coasters at Busch Gardens.

It was part of a camp designed to introduce a group of local high schoolers to career possibilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Career coaches from Thomas Nelson Community College’s office of outreach and recruitment, who work with students in their schools, sponsored the event this week.

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