TNCC is the Host Site for First GAITE Exploratory Event

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Thomas Nelson Community College will be the site of the first Governor’s Academy for Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GAITE) exploratory event on Saturday, Nov. 15.  Called, Designing the Future, the event is expected to draw roughly 75 middle school students from six school divisions to the Espada Conference Center in Moore Hall on the College’s Hampton campus.

The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and light refreshments. At 9:00 a.m. participants will engage in fun and interactive activities in topics such as modeling and simulation, smart materials, and Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD). Thomas Nelson faculty members slated to lead the Digital and Rapid Prototyping workshop include Tom Pringle, CADD; Michael Uenking, Mechanical Engineering Technology; and Nina Mun, Engineering.

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“Time for New Career Choices: Engineering 101” Summer Career Exploration Camps at TNCC to Expose Students to Careers in Engineering

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VIRGINIA PENINSULA — Aspiring engineers from area high school engineers will be off to camp this summer but not just any run of the mill summer camp. Time for New Choices, Engineering 101 is a free week-long summer camp offered by the Office of Outreach and Recruitment at Thomas Nelson Community College. Aimed at students in grades 9 through 10, the camp is designed to expose students to careers in the science and engineering industry. The camp features TNCC faculty and other professionals teaching engineering lessons through hands-on activities, demonstrations, lectures and field trips. Camp participants will also be given individualized career and educational development plans to share with their parents and guidance counselors for support in accomplishing their goals.

The first camp is scheduled for June 23-27 with activities from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Historic Triangle Campus in Williamsburg. The second camp which will begin July 7 will run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through July 11, at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in Hampton. There is no fee to attend these camps. Interested students must register by June 6 by calling 825-3524 or by visiting the Office of Outreach and Recruitment located in the Hampton III Building at 535 Butler Farm Road.

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New Degree, Certificate Programs at TNCC Prepare Students for Careers in Assorted Fields

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Thomas Nelson Community College has expanded its offerings to include an array of new degree and certificate programs.  The added programs give students an opportunity to earn the academic credentials necessary for several career fields ranging from teaching and engineering to fire science and emergency medical technology.

The Associate in Science with a specialization in Math Education prepares students for teaching careers in secondary mathematics.  Qualified students become eligible to apply for the Seamless Teacher Education Program, a dual enrollment opportunity with Old Dominion University.  Another new degree program, the Associate in Applied Science in Electronics with a specialization in Electrical Engineering Technology, prepares students for transfer to a four-year university program in Electrical Engineering Technology.  In addition to coursework in electronics, it includes courses in fiber optics, physics and calculus.

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New Thomas Nelson/NASA Co-op Grooms Students for Careers in Aerospace

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Thomas Nelson Community College is positioning students for careers in the aerospace industry. Beginning this fall, a new SpaceTEC™ cooperative education program developed by the College and NASA Langley Research Center will provide federal work experience for eligible students committed to simultaneously earning an Associate Degree in either Mechanical Engineering Technology or Electronics with a specialization in Electrical Engineering Technology.

The program will provide formal training and salaried on-the-job training as well as a comprehensive benefits package, according to Patricia Taylor, the College’s Dean of Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies. Fourteen students will be selected for the fall semester with paid tuition and books at Thomas Nelson. Those who complete the three-year co-op and pass the SpaceTEC™ certification exam will be considered for entry in a two-year Apprentice Program at NASA, she added.

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TNCC – NASA Co-op Program Creates Opportunities for Experienced Technicians

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Thomas Nelson Community College wants to position eligible people in its service area to play an important role in developing technology for space exploration, aeronautics research, and science through NASA. A new SpaceTEC cooperative education program developed by the College and NASA Langley Research Center seeks experienced technicians who are interested in gaining federal work experience and are committed to earning an Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at the same time.

Patricia Taylor, Dean of Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies at Thomas Nelson, said two openings are still available and recruiting is ongoing. Established to serve up to six students, the co-op aims to address a “significant” shortage of qualified machinists in the space and aeronautics industry. Those accepted in the co-op can further their education with paid tuition and books at Thomas Nelson while receiving salaried work experience at NASA, a world leader in space and aeronautics.

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