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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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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Announcing the Online Schedule of Classes: Spring 2009

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Thomas Nelson Community College has “GONE GREEN“. In our effort to use resources efficiently, we will no longer publish a printed class schedule. We understand that this will be quite an adjustment; however, the online class schedule will be available at www.tncc.edu at least two weeks prior to the earliest registration date. The Web Schedule containing class information is located under Future Students or Current Students.

Computers will also be available for registration services in the TNCC Library, Academic Computer Lab, MyTNCC Lab located in Gators, and at the kiosks located at the Welcome Center in Griffin/Wythe Hall on the Hampton Campus and in room 161A at the Historic Triangle Campus.

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