NASA Langley Official is Keynote Speaker for TNCC’s 43rd Commencement

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will celebrate its 43rd commencement ceremony Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton University Convocation Center. Stephen Jurczyk, Deputy Center Director NASA Langley Research Center, will deliver the keynote address.

Jurczyk has spent most of his 25-year career in aerospace with NASA in various systems engineering, management and senior leadership positions at NASA Headquarters I Washington, D.C., Hampton, Virginia-based Langley Research Center and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He contributed to the development of several space-based remote sensing systems supporting Earth Science research including the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, Landsat 7, and the Clouds and Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Observations mission.

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TNCC and NASA Langley Train Workforce of the Future in High Tech Field Through a Partnership Spanning Decades

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High tech industries demand a well trained workforce.  In an association spanning decades, Thomas Nelson Community College and NASA Langley Research Center have been at the forefront of training students for high tech careers all while staying on the cutting edge of aerospace industry trends.  Students from TNCC have been gaining valuable paid experience interacting with veteran NASA Langley innovators since the early 70s.

Training and/or apprenticeship programs at NASA Langley date back to 1943 and the first class of roughly 15 students from TNCC began technician training in June 1971 – about four years after the College opened. Under this program, these students attended classes at TNCC one full semester and worked at the Center for one full semester, according to NASA/Langley’s Deputy Director for Fabrication Stewart Harris.
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