Thomas Nelson Community College to Break Ground on New Historic Triangle Campus

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A groundbreaking ceremony will take place Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the upcoming construction of Thomas Nelson Community College’s new Historic Triangle Campus. The new campus site is located in the Lightfoot area of James City County, near the intersection of Route 60 and Centerville Road.

The new campus will be built on 73.46 acres of land on the Warhill site, which was offered by James City County to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of building a campus for the College. Strategically located next to the Williamsburg-James City County (W-JCC) new Warhill high school, the College will work in collaboration with the W-JCC school system to develop programs and other opportunities that will facilitate the transition of high school students to college. The new campus will also play a major role in serving the workforce development needs of the business community and in assisting individual citizens achieve their educational goals.

Based on a projected enrollment of nearly 7,000 students, the master site plans includes state-of-the-art educational facilities that will be housed in five buildings for academic, administrative, student and faculty support and a Physical Plant facility. Surface parking lots and parking decks are also included in the plan. The first phase of construction will be a 120,000 square foot building slated to be completed by December 2008.

The Historic Triangle campus is the only new campus being built in the Virginia Community College System. The master site plan, designed by Moseley Architects of Virginia Beach has been approved by the State Board for Community Colleges.

New Thomas Nelson Community College Historic Triangle Campus

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Explore Excel Succeed at TNCC Open Houses, March 24 and April 21

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Explore Excel Succeed is the theme of the Open House to be held at Thomas Nelson Community College on Saturday, March 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hampton Campus off Butler Farm Road. A similar Open House will take place at the Historic Triangle Campus in Williamsburg on April 21. Parents along with new, prospective and returning students are invited to participate on the College’s Open House to meet with the TNCC faculty and deans of the college’s four academic divisions who take pride in helping students meet high standards in the classroom while creating a supportive learning environment.

Participants attending the Open House will also have an opportunity to meet with TNCC staff to discuss admission, transfer options, financial aid, scholarships and other services available at the College. A student panel has also been scheduled to give current students the opportunity to talk to prospective students and parents about their educational experience at TNCC. The day’s activities will begin with registration and continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Two campus tours will be conducted during the event.


Thomas Nelson Community College to Offer Eight Week Session this Fall Semester

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The Virginia Peninsula – New and returning students at Thomas Nelson Community College still have the opportunity to start or continue their education this fall. A new eight-week accelerated session starts on Saturday, October 14. The weekday classes will begin on Monday, October 16. The new session comprises more than 50 courses offered at the Hampton and the Historic Triangle campuses and includes traditional day and evening classes as well as online classes.  The full class schedule of the eight-week session is posted at:

Through Tuesday, October 3, students can register online at From October 4 – 9, the Virginia Community College System will be upgrading and enhancing the computerized student information system. In preparation for the conversion, online registration services will not be available during this time. Students can register for classes in person anytime during the following times: Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Room 208, Griffin Hall on the Hampton campus and in Building 161 A at the Historic Triangle campus. Tuition payment for the eight-week class session is due at the time of registration. During the system’s shutdown, only credit cards and checks will be accepted for tuition payments.


Robert W. Elsass, Jr. Named Campus Administrator for Thomas Nelson Community College’s Historic Triangle Campus

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The Virginia Peninsula – Robert W. Elsass, Jr. has been named administrator of Thomas Nelson Community College’s Historic Triangle (HT) campus. Elsass assumed his duties Aug. 1 rejoining the College after having retired in June.

Formerly Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Thomas Nelson, Elsass has 12 years of experience in college administration and an extensive background in public relations. A retired U.S. Air Force officer with a military career of more than 20 years, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Radio and Television Production from Ohio State University at Columbus, Ohio and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Denver, Denver, Colo. He also attended the Air War College, Air University at Montgomery, Ala. and did masters program studies at the University of Oklahoma and the Florida Institute of Technology.


Thomas Nelson Campus On Hold

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The Virgina Gazette

By Mary Vause

Thomas Nelson Community College’s plans to build a 120,000-square-foot campus on the Warhill tract are in limbo, waiting on passage of the state budget as well as $3.5 million more that’s unfunded.

The budget stalemate in the General Assembly threatens to push back the campus opening by a year. Fully $5.5 million earmarked for the construction project is stuck in budget negotiations. The project is the biggest local fallout of the state budget deadlock.


Thomas Nelson Launches New Nursing Programs at Historic Triangle Campus

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The Virginia Peninsula – The Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Nursing Department has expanded its offerings to include two new programs at the Historic Triangle (HT) campus. A $151,000 grant from the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation facilitated the addition of an Accelerated Evening/Weekend Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Registered Nurse (RN) Articulation Program and a generic RN Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.

Awarded last year, the grant was combined with funds from TNCC for a $249,500 project enabling the College to address a nursing shortage in greater Williamsburg by training and graduating qualified nurses as soon as possible. The funds also went toward equipping a Historic Triangle Nursing laboratory with state-of-the-art instructional and practical supplies to include computers and an automated mannequin for students to practice hands-on patient care, among other vital equipment.