TNCC Announces Speaker for May 14 Commencement Ceremony

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will celebrate its 44th commencement ceremony Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at Hampton Coliseum.

The commencement speaker is John R. Broderick, the eighth president of Old Dominion University (ODU). As president, Broderick guides the University’s six colleges and more than 10 economic development and research centers. He also maintains partnerships with government, military and business organizations and agencies.

In addition, Broderick serves as one of six college presidents on the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment. In 2012, he was appointed to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Council of State Representatives. During the same year, he received the 2012 American College Personnel Association’s Contribution to Higher Education Award for his leadership in student success initiatives.

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Over 20 Future Hampton Teachers to Graduate from TNCC as Part of Unique Initiative by School District

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Nearly 30 aspiring teachers are graduating from Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on May 14 as part of a program called First Steps, a creative “grow your own” initiative by Hampton City Schools (HCS) to address a shortage of elementary and special education teachers. The students, all full-time HCS employees, met requirements to earn Associate degrees in social science with specialization in education and transferred to Old Dominion University (ODU) for the program’s next phase.

Launched in summer 2008 by HCS in partnership with TNCC and ODU, First Steps is training 24 HCS employees, and in return, the future teachers must commit to teaching at least three years in Hampton. The diverse group comprised of administrative assistants, teachers’ assistants and a school bus driver completed their TNCC degrees in a series of tailored eight-week sessions totaling four courses each semester, said Dr. Joan Hecht, Lecturer and Director of Cooperative Teacher Education Programs for TNCC/ODU.

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TNCC, ODU, Hampton City Schools Collaboration Puts Aspiring Teachers on the Path to Their Careers

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Nearly 30 local residents who aspire to teaching careers began the first leg of their journey this fall when Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), Hampton City Schools (HCS) and Old Dominion University (ODU) launched an initiative to address a shortage of elementary and special education teachers. Called First Steps, the program gives full time HCS employees an opportunity to earn the training and academic credentials necessary to become teachers.

The HCS paraprofessionals began evening classes in August at the College’s Hampton campus on the road to associate’s degrees in social science with specialization in education. They were selected for First Steps based on successful completion of a 500-word essay, two letters of recommendation, and meeting TNCC enrollment requirements.  The diverse group of aspiring teachers  –  two administrative assistants, 24 teacher assistants  and one school bus driver  –   will complete their TNCC degrees in a series of tailored eight-week sessions totaling four courses each semester, said  Dr. Joan Hecht, lecturer and director of cooperative teacher education programs for TNCC/ODU.

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TNCC, ODU & Hampton City Schools Collaboration Puts Aspiring Teachers on the Path to Their Careers

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Nearly 30 local residents who aspire to teaching careers began the first leg of their journey this fall when Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), Hampton City Schools (HCS) and Old Dominion University (ODU) launched an initiative to address a shortage of elementary and special education teachers. Called First Steps, the program gives full time HCS employees an opportunity to earn the training and academic credentials necessary to become teachers.

The HCS paraprofessionals began evening classes in August at the College’s Hampton campus on the road to associate’s degrees in social science with specialization in education. They were selected for First Steps based on successful completion of a 500-word essay, two letters of recommendation, and meeting TNCC enrollment requirements. The diverse group of aspiring teachers — two administrative assistants, 24 teacher assistants  and one school bus driver — will complete their TNCC degrees in a series of tailored eight-week sessions totaling four courses each semester, said Dr. Joan Hecht, lecturer and director of cooperative teacher education programs for TNCC/ODU.

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Dr. Roseann Runte to Keynote TNCC Commencement 2008

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dr_ruth_oduThomas Nelson Community College will hold its 39th Annual Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Coliseum. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Roseann Runte, President of Old Dominion University.

About Dr. Runte:
Dr. Runte became president of Old Dominion University on July 1, 2001. She previously served as President of Victoria University, Principal of Glendon College, and President of l’Université Sainte-Anne.

Dr. Runte has remained faithful to her love of students and the classroom, teaching at least one course each year. In addition, she continues to write academic, creative, and editorial pieces.

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Thomas Nelson to Host Information Session for Seamless Teacher Education Program with ODUThomas Nelson to Host Information Session for Seamless Teacher Education Program with ODU

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High school seniors interested in becoming science and math teachers now have the opportunity to learn more about the Seamless Teacher Education Program (STEP), a joint admission program that allows students to start their education at Thomas Nelson Community College and continue at Old Dominion University without interruption. An informational session has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Espada Conference Center on the Hampton campus of Thomas Nelson Community College. The first cohort of students will begin the program in fall 2007. High school seniors from Hampton, Newport News, James City County/Williamsburg, York County, Poquoson and Gloucester school divisions are eligible to participate.

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