Family Caregiver Training Supports Families in Need

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Caregivers need skills and resources to support a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend, while managing family, finances and life. To better equip caregivers on the Peninsula, a Family Caregivers class will be held April 16, 23 and 30 from 1-4 p.m. at the Thomas Nelson Community College Historic Triangle Campus, Allied Health Lab, room 307.

More than 65 million Americans are providing care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year. The three-hour caregiver class provides hands-on practical training. The training will teach participants how to maintain a safe and comfortable home, how to keep track of various medications, training with moving your loved one, resources for additional assistance and much more.

Financial assistance is available. Respite care for loved ones is available through Comfort Keepers and Williamsburg Faith in Action.

The cost for all three classes is $35 and includes the American Red Cross Family Caregiver Manual and DVD, and practice supplies.

To register or for additional information call (757) 825-2767.

This project is a collaboration of Thomas Nelson Workforce Development, Senior Services Coalition, the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging, Sentara Home Care, Comfort Keepers, and Colonial Heritage Community Foundation.

Funding support has been provided by James City County, Greenfield Senior Living and The Pavilion at Williamsburg Place.

October 10 Presentation Spotlights Three Healthcare Careers

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Health Department invites TNCC students interested in healthcare careers to an informative presentation by Riverside School of Health Careers. Set for Wednesday, October 10 at 5 p.m. on the Hampton campus in Moore Hall’s Espada Room, the presentation will highlight three careers — radiology technician, surgical technician and physical therapy.

The two-hour session will include a brief overview of each educational program and professionals in the three featured fields will discuss their career experiences and address students’ questions. The presentation will conclude with an overview of the job shadowing program Riverside School of Health Careers provides. For more information, please contact Dr. Christy Hawkins, TNCC Associate Professor of Health and Department Head, at (757) 825-3691.

TNCC Selects Riverside Health System to Receive 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) selected Riverside Health System for the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy in acknowledgment of Riverside’s exceptional contributions to TNCC. The award was presented Tuesday, April 20 during a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia.

The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the system’s statewide foundation. This marks the fifth year the awards have been given.

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Williamsburg Community Health Foundation Awards Grant to TNCC to Expand Nursing Program

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The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation has awarded a $151,000 grant totheThomas Nelson Community College Educational Foundationto expandTNCC’s Nursing program at theHistoric Triangle campus and begin graduating qualified nurses as soon as possible.

The grant ? combined with funds from TNCC for a project totaling $249,500 ? will make it possible for the nursing program to address a community-identified shortage of qualified nurses within various health care agencies serving the Greater Williamsburg area. Grant funds will cover some personnel costs as well as the equipment necessary for state-of-the-art instruction and practical training in a teaching laboratory setting at the Historic Triangle Campus located in theBusch Corporate Center.

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