Mary Baldwin College Center at TNCC Offers Additional Transfer Opportunities to Students

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A unique educational partnership between Thomas Nelson Community College and the Mary Baldwin College (MBC) Adult Degree Program is giving Peninsula residents the opportunity to pursue their education at the four-year college. The first 10 students to enroll at MBC’s newest regional center at TNCC will start taking classes this fall semester. The deadline to apply for admission is August 15.

Mary Baldwin College opened its sixth center for adult and graduate studies at TNCC last fall.  Dr. Jean Fleming is the Center’s Director and Academic Advisor. She is available full time to help students plan and achieve their higher education goals. Courses are offered through independent study, online, and in group classes locally so that students can complete their degrees without leaving the area.

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New Interactive Design Certificate Program Launched at TNCC

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Creative students interested in exploring the interactive web design and animation field can enroll in the new Communication Design Interactive Media Career Studies Certificate Program now available at Thomas Nelson Community College. This new certificate program teaches the foundation of solid design along with the use of industry standard multimedia art and design software programs and enables students to create pieces that combine their technical knowledge with a personal creative visual.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects a steady climb in multimedia jobs nationwide going from 87,000 in 2006 to 110,000 available jobs in the field by 2016. “The demand for multimedia artists and animators will increase as consumers continue to demand more realistic video games, movie and television special effects, and 3D animated movies. Additional job openings will arise from an increasing demand for Web site development and for computer graphics adaptation from the growing number of mobile technologies. Animators are also increasingly finding work in alternative areas such as scientific research or design services,” according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Statistics. (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos092.htm).

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New Certificate Program in Public Management at TNCC to Broaden Students Opportunities in Government

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Thomas Nelson Community College has added a new certificate program to its offerings. Designed to broaden students’ career opportunities in government and/or nonprofit organizations, the Public Management Certificate Program provides an introduction to theory, skills and principles underlying public administration in federal, state and local government organizations.

According to Dr. William Travis, former Dean of Business and Public Services at Thomas Nelson now Historic Triangle campus Provost, the new certificate program is primarily for people currently working in public administration “who are looking for academic credentials in concentrated areas so that they can qualify for promotions and/or advance in their careers.”  The courses in the Public Management Certificate Program are included in the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Public Administration, he added.

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Four New Career Studies Certificate Programs at TNCC Target Hospitality Industry

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To meet the demand for skilled workers in the field of hospitality, Thomas Nelson Community College will be offering four new Career Studies Certificate programs in Hospitality Management, Food Service Hospitality, Recreation and Parks Management and Lodging Management. The career studies certificate programs have been designed for individuals who may be interested in entering the hospitality field or for those who are currently working in the hospitality industry but who are seeking to advance their careers. Classes will be offered at the Hampton and the Historic Triangle campuses.

Employment projections from the U.S. Department of Labor indicate that leisure and hospitality employment will increase 17.7 percent across the United States in the 2004-14 timeframe (http://www.bls.gov/iag/leisurehosp.htm).  According to the Virginia Employment Commission, the growth in Virginia during the same period of time will be 21.5 percent (http://velma.virtuallmi.com).

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TNCC – NASA Co-op Program Creates Opportunities for Experienced Technicians

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Thomas Nelson Community College wants to position eligible people in its service area to play an important role in developing technology for space exploration, aeronautics research, and science through NASA. A new SpaceTEC cooperative education program developed by the College and NASA Langley Research Center seeks experienced technicians who are interested in gaining federal work experience and are committed to earning an Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at the same time.

Patricia Taylor, Dean of Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies at Thomas Nelson, said two openings are still available and recruiting is ongoing. Established to serve up to six students, the co-op aims to address a “significant” shortage of qualified machinists in the space and aeronautics industry. Those accepted in the co-op can further their education with paid tuition and books at Thomas Nelson while receiving salaried work experience at NASA, a world leader in space and aeronautics.

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New Career Studies Certificate at Thomas Nelson to Prepare Employees to Work in Training Field

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Thomas Nelson Community College expanded offerings in its Business and Public Services Division includes a new Training Specialist Career Studies Certificate Program. The new certificate program, which was proposed by Sandra Robertson, Associate Professor of Business, will be offered in the spring semester. Classes for the spring semester begin January 6, 2007.

The new program will satisfy the need of local businesses for qualified staff to develop training programs for their employees. It targets individuals with backgrounds in human resources and/or those who currently work in the field and are seeking to further their education or those individuals who are in training development within an organization.

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