TNCC Receives Environmental Design Certification for Recent Renovation

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Thomas Nelson Community College received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Renovation Certification for its recent renovation of the Hampton III building. LEED certification indicates that a structure was built with special attention to human and environmental health with concentration in several areas, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. TNCC is the first within Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) to earn the certification, and the College exceeded the rating system’s requirements. . “It shows that we care about saving energy and environmental concerns,” said Mark Kramer, TNCC Director of Facilities, Planning and Capital Outlay.

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College Graduate Turns to Thomas Nelson for New Nursing Career

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When Stephanie Barnes enrolled in the nursing program at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), she was already a college graduate. The University of Mary Washington alum earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 2007, but the economic slump dampened her dreams of a career in creative writing and speech. “I graduated just before the recession really hit, so I saw friends get awesome jobs and then lose them when companies [laid] off their newest hires,” Barnes said.

When it was time to train for a different career, Barnes saw Thomas Nelson as the most logical choice. Her father attended TNCC and her aunt graduated from the nursing program. Her cousin is a current student at TNCC. Barnes enrolled in 2009. “Having completing an [undergrad] degree, I didn’t know what to expect at a community college. I was thrilled to find that studying at TNCC has been such a positive experience… I’ve had incredible teachers who are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that I succeed, and classmates who are passionate about their education,” Barnes said.

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TNCC Nurse Aide Program Enrolling

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s two-month Nurse Aide program in Williamsburg is now registering. This state-approved program prepares you to provide direct patient care under supervision, help long term care residents, and qualifies you to take Virginia’s Nurse Aide Exam.

Classes are held at the Williamsburg campus, 4601 Opportunity  Way, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

TNCC Faculty Named Among Virginia’s 40 Under 40 Future Nursing Leaders

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Nursing Program Coordinator Hannah Anderson has been selected among the Virginia Nurses Foundation’s (VNF) 40 Under 40 future nursing leaders. Honorees will be recognized on Saturday, September 24 during VNF’s Fourth Annual Gala at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

The award recognizes registered nurses throughout Virginia under age 40 for their vision and leadership, innovation and achievement, growth and development and other criteria.

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Middle College Expands to Williamsburg

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Workforce Development now offers the Middle College program in Williamsburg. The free program prepares young adults ages 18-24 years for in-demand careers as they earn their GED. Classes take place at TNCC’s Historic Triangle campus is Williamsburg. Available training includes Nurse Aide, Welding, HVAC, Medical Coding and Billing, Automotive, and more.

Middle College offers young adults who have not completed high school opportunities and employment training. In less than eight weeks, students can earn their GED and enroll in college via this innovative initiative. Since the program’s inception in 2009, TNCC has graduated several students and put them on the pathway to a rewarding career.

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Nursing Scholarship Program Offering Paid Tuition, Fees, Plus Salary and Benefits

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The Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP) aims to help alleviate a critical shortage of registered nurses in the United States. The NSP provides scholarships to nursing students in exchange for a minimum two year full-time service commitment (or part-time equivalent), at an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses. The NSP covers tuition, eligible fees and other related expenses including books and supplies, as well as a monthly stipend for $1, 289 for the 2011-12 school year. Those fulfilling their service commitment will be eligible to receive a competitive salary and benefits package, negotiable with the employing facility. The program is accepting applications through June 1.

For more information and to download an application go to: http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/Nursing/guidance.pdf.