TNCC Receives $35,000 Grant for Solar-Powered Gazebo

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has received a $35,000 grant from Dominion Virginia Power and The Dominion Foundation for a student-led project to build a solar-powered gazebo on the Hampton campus. Called GreenZebo, the project aims to educate students about alternative energy by demonstrating the efficiency and reliability of a solar powered application. The Honorable Melanie Rapp Beale, a former Virginia delegate and current External Affairs Manager for Dominion Virginia Power’s Eastern Region, presented a check to the TNCC Educational Foundation on Thursday, September 13.

The company and its charitable arm awarded roughly $1 million in higher educational partnership grants for the 2012-2013 academic year throughout Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and in targeted localities in New England, Maryland and North Carolina. Thomas Nelson is among institutions across Virginia to receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $45,000 to support projects in energy, environment and workforce development.  Patricia Taylor, TNCC’s Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology, expressed appreciation. “We are very grateful for Dominion’s support of the College’s initiatives. This is really great for our students and our efforts to educate them about the importance of being energy conscious,” she said.

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TNCC Awarded $40,000 Grant for Greenhouse Renovation

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Thomas Nelson Community College has been awarded a $40,000 grant from Dominion Resources to renovate its existing greenhouse on the Hampton campus. Located on the Hastings Hall roof, the greenhouse will benefit students in Biology, Electronics Engineering Technology and Electrical Technology programs. TNCC expects the renovation to be complete by late spring.

“The College is always striving to stay on the forefront of the newest technology in the industry and with the quick rise of the focus on alternative energy, we felt compelled to get involved,” said Tom Pringle, TNCC Instructor and Program Head of Computer-Aided Drafting and Design.

In fall 2011, TNCC students were asked to assess the needs of Biology faculty, gather information from vendors and formulate a design for the project, which includes the installation of six solar panels on the greenhouse’s roof and a new interior lighting system that will allow students to grow and cultivate plants twice during the semester. (more…)

TNCC Awarded $40,000 Grant for Greenhouse Renovation

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has been awarded a $40,000 grant from Dominion Resources to install a green roof on its existing greenhouse on the Hampton campus. TNCC’s Electronics students will gain hands-on experience while installing solar panels in the facility. The College’s Biology students will plan projects that involve use of the space.

Dominion Resources, which comprises Dominion Virginia Power, awarded more than $1 million dollars in grants to community colleges and four-year institutions statewide to support programs in business, skilled craft, engineering, environmental and technical studies. Funding also supports student-led conversation programs. Old Dominion University and Hampton University were also among the recipients in Hampton Roads.

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TNCC Workforce Development Expands Green Jobs Training

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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development (TNCC-WD) has expanded green technology training programs for workers in the field of residential modeling, weatherization and home energy efficiency. The College recently conducted a successful pilot program with Peninsula employees and contractors, and is now opening the training to all interested workers.

Collaborating with local green agencies, TNCC designed the new training programs to provide building contractors and construction trades workers with the knowledge and skills required to upgrade homes to today’s energy standards.

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New TNCC Workforce Training Responds to Increasing Demand for Cyber Security

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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development (TNCC-WD) is now offering education in one of today’s fastest growing career fields: cyber security. The College recently received grants from Virginia’s Community College System to implement cyber security training across the Peninsula.

The grants give TNCC the resources to collaborate with Internet security firms to train new cyber security professionals. Participants will obtain the expertise necessary to reduce vulnerability in their information infrastructures, as well as to meet new National Security Administration standards.

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Solar Panel Project Will Generate Energy for TNCC Workforce Development Program

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In a few weeks, students at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will mount solar panels on top of storage containers to generate renewable energy that will power lighting and charge batteries for the College’s motorcycle safety program. Once construction is complete, TNCC will hold a small demonstration showcasing this affordable and practical way to collect, store and use solar energy.

This innovative project supports energy conservation while providing students with hands-on experience. Computer-Assisted Drafting and Design (CADD) students will design the structure, and Engineering Technology students will research peak load, calculating battery storage capacity and orientation as well as handle installing and wiring the batteries. “The project prepares students for green careers. When they leave our program, they can say to a prospective employer, ‘I have done the job. I actually built a solar project,’” said Deborah Lichniak, a TNCC engineering professor.

The solar project is funded by the Greenforce Initiative, a two-year project started in 2010 by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) to strengthen the capacity of community colleges to develop, enhance or refine green career pathway programs and to spur innovation.

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