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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Daily Press: New president’s career goes full-circle

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For seven years, Newport News resident John Dever zipped up and down Interstate 95 to his job at Northern Virginia Community College. This fall, his weekly commute ended as he moved into the president’s office at Thomas Nelson Community College.

His new job is not just closer to home — it’s also a homecoming. Dever, 65, is returning to the place he launched his community college career. He started at TNCC in 1975 as an English instructor.

Student Weathers Daily Predawn Commute on Public Transit Over Two Years to Arrive at Graduation Day

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Practically every day like clockwork Mac Morning would be the first person to arrive at Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Historic Triangle campus at the Busch Corporate Center in Williamsburg. Most days he arrived between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. before the building opened and waited about an hour until the faculty and staff arrived to open for the day.

For the past two years, 22-year-old Morning has made his way from Toano to TNCC via the public bus line to attend classes. This commute short takes nearly two hours on public transit due to the bus system’s schedule. As Friday, May 15, Morning’s days of waking up before dawn to catch the bus headed for class were over when he graduated during TNCC’s fortieth annual commencement.

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TNCC Student Undeterred by Visual Impairment Graduates in Class of 2009

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If Natasha Hubbard’s class started at 10 a.m., she was on campus by 8 a.m. Her philosophy: being early surely beats showing up late. Before class, the Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) student usually found a relaxing place to sit near the shrubbery outside of Templin Hall on the Hampton campus. Nothing disturbed her there – not even the bumbles bees that swarmed around her seat. “I never moved,” Hubbard said with a laugh. “I couldn’t see them anyway.”Hubbard lost sight in her left eye when she was 12 years old. At 16, she lost sight in her right eye, leaving her completely blind. With plenty of determination and assistance from TNCC’s Disabled Student Services team, Hubbard completed the requirements for an Associate of Science in Social Science degree at the end of the fall 2008 semester with a 3.5 grade point average.  She graduated with the class of 2009 during the College’s fortieth annual commencement ceremony. “She’s an inspiration,” said longtime friend Karen Perez.

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Teacher has history with TNCC: George Tyler has been at Thomas Nelson Community College since its doors first opened

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By Jennifer L. Williams

Youthfulness is what led George Tyler to a career teaching math and it’s a quality he exudes to this day. One of two instructors at Thomas Nelson Community College the entire 40 years it’s been open, Tyler swears he weighs just three pounds more than he did in the tenth grade.

You can bet it’s true. His piercing blue eyes and trim white beard belie his approach to 70 next month. Forty years worth of old textbooks, including a college calculus one his father used in the 1920s, fill an office that tells his story.

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U.S. Navy Students to Graduate from Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Thomas Nelson Community College

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Six of the Graduating Students Served as Hospital Corpsmen in Iraq and Afghanistan:
The Virginia Peninsula – On Wednesday, August 9, at 8:30 a.m., 32 U.S. Navy students will be graduating from the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Thomas Nelson Community College. The ceremony will take place at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the Thomas Nelson Hampton campus.

Six of the graduating students served in Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the U.S. Marine Corps as hospital corpsmen prior to convening for school at Thomas Nelson Community College. Hospital corpsmen play a key role in rendering emergency medical treatment to U.S. Marines in a combat environment. Upon graduation, these U.S. Navy students will be sent around the world to serve as Med Lab Technicians in U.S. Navy facilities where medical laboratories are available.

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