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.

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TNCC Receives $25,000 Grant from Alcoa Foundation to Upgrade New Precision Welding Center

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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development (TNCC-WD) has received a $25,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation to purchase a Cryogenic Micro-Bulk Gas System. The additional funding will further enhance the College’s state-of-the-art Precision Welding Center, developed in partnership with the region’s major manufacturing firms and a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

“I am very grateful to the Alcoa Foundation for providing this grant, the fourth in five years. A bulk welding gas delivery system will give TNCC -WD greater flexibility in our welding training programs, make training more cost effective and improve the safety of the student,“ said John Calver, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Training.  Micro bulk gas systems store gases used in welding without using large cylinders, enabling trainees to quickly switch gas mixtures safely. (more…)

TNCC Awarded $10,000 Grant for New Wind Turbine Technology Course

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation to explore wind turbine technology and design. TNCC was one of four Virginia colleges to receive funding from the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources. All grants were awarded to support programs in skilled craft, engineering, environmental and technical studies, business, and student-led conservation programs.

Michael Uenking, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at TNCC, said the grant will fund “Topics in Energy Technology: Wind Turbine Blade Development and Testing,” a new elective course that will incorporate Mechanical Engineering Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design, and Electrical Engineering Technology, all of which directly relate to current Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. Uenking developed the course with TNCC faculty Deborah Lichniak, Assistant Professor and Program Head of Electronics Technology; Tom Pringle, Instructor and Program Head of Computer-Aided Drafting and Design; and Julie Young, Assistant Professor and Program Head of Mechanical Engineering Technology.

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TNCC Awarded Over $1 Million Grant for TRiO Program

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has been awarded a $1,192,480 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its TRiO Student Support Services. The grant will be spread over five years with TNCC receiving $238,496 the first year which began this September.

Virginia Keithley, the College’s  TRiO director, said the grant will support a week long summer orientation for freshmen called Smart Start to TNCC, expansion of TRiO’s mentor component, implementation of an intense first-year experience for entering freshmen and the hiring of two part-time staff members (retention specialist and supplemental instructor). The retention specialist will work with first-year TRiO students on their study skills, learning style and personality congruency with career/major choice. The supplemental instructor will attend a specialized Mathematics class with TRiO students and meet outside of class two to four hours a week augmenting instruction, she explained.

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TNCC Receives $5,000 Towards Business Scholarhips from AAWCC

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) marketing students earned $5,000 after proposing a marketing campaign for the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC). Chosen from among five student entries, TNCC students created a plan to help AAWCC increase its membership. The award will benefit scholarships for business students at TNCC.

Sandra Robertson, Professor of Business and Business Department Program Head, led eight TNCC students as they created a plan to increase awareness, promote growth and help the members of AAWCC distinguish themselves from other female interest groups. The organization strives “to champion women and maximize their potential” with state and national activities that promote leadership “at every level within community colleges.”

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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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