New Degree Programs at TNCC Prepare Students for Careers in Information Technology and Human Services

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has added two new degree programs to its offerings this spring. The programs give students academic credentials for careers in fields such as computer science, information systems management, mental healthcare, social work and more.

The Associate in Science in Information Technology program prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities and provides training in all aspects of managing and processing information and related technologies. Majors under the program include Information Technology, Computer Science and Business.

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TNCC’s Nursing Program to Triple in Size at Historic Triangle Campus

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will triple the size of its Nursing program at the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg during the spring 2010 semester. The College will welcome 30 students into the program normally limited to 10 new students. The increased admission is attributed to the larger facilities at the College’s newest campus. Opened in July, the Historic Triangle campus is a 120,000 square-foot facility that sits on more than 74 acres of land next to Warhill High School at 4601 Opportunity Way in Williamsburg.

“The classrooms are state-of-the-art with Smartboards and high-tech sound. The Nursing lab is very spacious with a large nurse’s station, seven complete hospital beds with mannequins and examination equipment, computer stations, and a simulation mannequin,” said Associate Professor of Nursing Pam Biernacki.

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Information Session on Pharmacy Technician Program Relocated

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Due to overwhelming response, Workforce Development at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has moved its information session on the popular Pharmacy Technician program to a larger venue. The Wednesday, December 16 session will take place in the Espada Conference Center, Moore Hall,  from 6-7 p.m. on TNCC’s Hampton Campus. The session will feature college representatives and a local pharmacy providing valuable details about this accelerated program. A discussion on local employment opportunities for those earning a pharmacy technician certification will also be discussed.

TNCC’s Pharmacy Technician program prepares students to work as pharmacy technicians in hospitals, clinics and local pharmacies. Classes provide students with the basic skills needed to pass the state’s certification exam, a requirement for all pharmacy technicians in Virginia.

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Former TNCC Dual Enrollment Student Auditions for New Trivia Show Featuring Gifted Kids

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Former TNCC dual enrollment student Grace Duval is in the running to be a contestant in Mark Burnett’s new trivia show that features gifted children who are experts in a specific subject. Mark Burnett Productions, the company responsible for television shows such as “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” is casting the new program.

As part of the audition process, Grace has completed several telephone interviews that included trivia questions covering English literature and Humanities. The upcoming audition will include a video interview. Filming for the show will start in December and the program is slated to premier early next year.

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NASA Langley – TNCC Co-op Students Involved in Newest U.S. Space Craft

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Nearly 20 Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) students are officially part of United States aerospace history. A product of their work at NASA Langley Research Center soared into the stratosphere on October 28 when NASA’s newest craft – its Constellation Program’s Ares I-X test rocket – roared off Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

With more than 12 times the thrust produced by a Boeing 747 jet aircraft, the Ares I-X lifted off for a six-minute flight test. The launch was the first from Kennedy’s pads of a vehicle other than the space shuttle since the Apollo Program’s Saturn rockets were retired, according to NASA officials. This project is among several initiatives that are part of NASA’s new vision for space exploration to replace U.S. space shuttles that have been in flight since the 1980s.

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TNCC Poised to Reach Highest Fall Enrollment to Date

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is on track to reach its highest enrollment in the College’s 40-year history. Fall classes began on August 22 and 9,297 students were enrolled as of September 1, a 6.1 percent increase over the same period last fall.

At TNCC’s Historic Triangle campus, enrollment climbed 42.6 percent going from 1,134 last fall to1,617 this year in early September. The College’s enrollment at its Southeast Higher Education Center located in Newport News-based Achievable Dream Middle and High School grew by 92.8 percent, going from 166 students in early September last year to 320 this year during the same period. These figures do not include dual enrollment classes and only reflect a portion of contract credit courses that are yet to begin for fall semester.

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