TNCC Poised to Reach Highest Fall Enrollment to Date

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is on track to reach its highest enrollment in the College’s 40-year history. Fall classes began on August 22 and 9,297 students were enrolled as of September 1, a 6.1 percent increase over the same period last fall.

At TNCC’s Historic Triangle campus, enrollment climbed 42.6 percent going from 1,134 last fall to1,617 this year in early September. The College’s enrollment at its Southeast Higher Education Center located in Newport News-based Achievable Dream Middle and High School grew by 92.8 percent, going from 166 students in early September last year to 320 this year during the same period. These figures do not include dual enrollment classes and only reflect a portion of contract credit courses that are yet to begin for fall semester.

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TNCC Historic Triangle enrollment expected to blossom

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The Daily Press

Thomas Nelson Community College has conducted classes in various spaces around Williamsburg for a long time, but this fall it opens the first building on a permanent satellite campus there.

Tours are available to the public between now and Aug. 20. Classes start Aug. 22.

Future plans for the campus call for additional buildings if and when student enrollment demands it and state funds are available, said TNCC Historic Triangle Provost William Travis.

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TNCC Experiences Highest Enrollment to Date in 2008-09

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) experienced its highest enrollment to date in 2008-2009 at 15,512 students. That figure is an 11.3 percent increase over 2007-2008 putting TNCC in the top three among Virginia Community College System’s 23 institutions in terms of growth by percentage.Of the total enrollment for 2008-2009, TNCC served 9,353 students in spring semester 2009 – a 10.4 percent increase over last spring.

While TNCC officials agree that the economy has had a significant role in enrollment trends, they also credit strategic measures taken across the College. Some initiatives include but are not limited to: extended student advising and registration hours; ongoing efforts by recruiters and career coaches in area high schools and increased availability of online registration. Thomas Nelson officials also include among strategic measures Workforce Development efforts that continually create more opportunities for students to receive training and/or career advancement skills. Expanded partnerships with area businesses and industries enable the College to provide these opportunities.

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Federal Stimulus Funds Help State Board Mitigate Tuition Increase

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Community college tuition & fees increase less than half of comparable increases at public four-year universities

The State Board for Community Colleges, in a unanimous vote, set the 2009-2010 in-state tuition and mandatory fee rate at $92.70 per credit hour. As a result of the $6.55 per credit hour increase, a full-time, in-state student, taking a total of 30 credit hours, will pay an additional $196.50 for the academic year.

Board members say the increase is essential to serving the record-setting number of traditional students and laid-off workers who are turning to Virginia’s Community Colleges for an opportunity in this recession. More than 16,000 new students began attending a Virginia Community College over the last two years. Enrollment during the recently concluded spring semester was unusually high, up more than 7 percent. Indications are mounting that a similar increase will occur during the summer.

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TNCC braces for more new students

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The Daily Press

A busy place is about to get even busier. Thomas Nelson Community College is experiencing record enrollment and expects to see even more students as registration opens for summer and fall classes, said Vice President for Student Affairs Beverly Walker-Griffea.

Amid the current economic downturn, the affordability of community colleges makes them a popular educational option.

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State budget cuts are hitting community colleges hard

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The Daily Press

State budget cuts are hitting Virginia’s community colleges at the worse possible time. Enrollment records are being set, with almost 5 percent more students enrolling in the fall of 2008 than did so a year earlier.

Meanwhile community colleges, including Thomas Nelson in Hampton, had their budgets cut by 5 percent in the fall of 2007, another 5 percent in December and are looking at another 5 percent in July for the next fiscal year.

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