Update: Office of Secondary School Programs

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The Office of Outreach and Recruitment has been renamed the Office of Secondary School Programs. This change was made to accurately reflect the functions performed therein and show our commitment to creating a smooth transition for high school students into college or the workforce. Located in suite 709 in Hampton III, the office still manages TNCC’s Dual Enrollment, Career Coach and Career Pathways programs. It is staffed by two part time Dual Enrollment Coordinators and five part time Career Coaches. Kris Rarig supervises these programs as well as Enrollment Services. She also chairs the Joint Recruitment Committee and coordinates outreach events. The Office of Secondary School Programs can be reached at 825-2801 or 825-2706.

TNCC Summer Camps to Expose Area Teens to Future Careers in Manufacturing, Industry and Technology

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Many local area middle and high school students will be off to camp this summer but not just any ordinary summer camp. Thanks to the Office of Outreach and Recruitment at Thomas Nelson Community College, and the Fabricator and Manufacturing Association (FMA), these campers will be on the fast track to charting their career plans and future professions.

The College’s Office of Outreach and Recruitment is sponsoring two free summer camps for students in grades 7 through 10. The first camp is scheduled for June 25-29 with activities from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg, Virginia. Beginning July 30, the second camp will run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through August 3 at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in Hampton. Each camp can accommodate 10 to 25 students, however space is limited, said Dr. Crystal Taylor, Outreach and Recruitment Director.

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Record Numbers of High School Students Benefit from Dual Enrollment Program with Thomas Nelson Community College

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Registration for Dual Enrollment Courses Start October 1

THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA – The number of high school students taking advantage of the dual enrollment program offered by Thomas Nelson Community College through the public school systems on the Peninsula has grown by 480% since 2003 – 2004. During the 2005-06 year, 1,490 students or 231 FTEs participated in the program. In 2003-04, the college had 310 students or 66 FTEs participating in the dual enrollment program.

Currently, all the school systems in the service area of Thomas Nelson Community College, including Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, York County, Williamsburg-James City County, and New Horizons Regional Technical Center and Governors School are participating in the dual enrollment program with Thomas Nelson, as are Hampton Christian Schools and Denbigh Baptist Christian School. Dual enrollment courses are available in Administration of Justice, Automotive Technology, Business, Computer Animation, Early Childhood Development, History, Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, Machine Tool Technology, Marketing, Physics and Science.

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Thomas Nelson Receives Grant to Develop Career Pathway Program in Emergency Medical Services

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The Virginia Peninsula – Dr. Crystal Taylor, director of Tech Prep/Dual Enrollment for Thomas Nelson Community College, has received a $5,600 grant from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to develop a career pathway program in Emergency Medical Services. Taylor was one of three program directors from VCCS institutions who submitted winning proposals to receive the Path to Industry Certification: Curriculum Development Funds. The awards create new secondary to post- secondary pathways or new secondary/post-secondary partnerships in the VCCS Tech Prep consortia.

The Virginia Peninsula Tech Prep Consortium at Thomas Nelson Community College aims to provide career pathways that bring together partners from secondary schools, community colleges, universities, regional businesses, and industries that equip the emerging workforce with skills, knowledge and abilities necessary for success in the 21st. century. Additionally, the Consortium strives to meet the needs of the region’s industry and state.

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Summer Career Exploration Camps at Thomas Nelson to Expose High School Students to Future Careers & Professions

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THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA — Some local and area high school students will be off to camp this summer but not just your ordinary summer camp. Thanks to the Office of Outreach and Recruitment at Thomas Nelson Community College, these campers will be on the fast track to charting their college plans and future professions.

The College’s Outreach and Recruitment office is sponsoring career camps for high school students in June and July, according to Dr. Crystal Taylor, Outreach and Recruitment Director. The first camp which will focus on the college selection process is scheduled for June 26-29 with activities from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the College’s Historic Triangle campus. Beginning July 24, the second camp will run daily from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. through July 27 at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in Hampton. This camp is designed to expose students to a variety of careers and professions, noted Taylor.

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