TNCC Receives $35,000 Grant for Solar-Powered Gazebo

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has received a $35,000 grant from Dominion Virginia Power and The Dominion Foundation for a student-led project to build a solar-powered gazebo on the Hampton campus. Called GreenZebo, the project aims to educate students about alternative energy by demonstrating the efficiency and reliability of a solar powered application. The Honorable Melanie Rapp Beale, a former Virginia delegate and current External Affairs Manager for Dominion Virginia Power’s Eastern Region, presented a check to the TNCC Educational Foundation on Thursday, September 13.

The company and its charitable arm awarded roughly $1 million in higher educational partnership grants for the 2012-2013 academic year throughout Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and in targeted localities in New England, Maryland and North Carolina. Thomas Nelson is among institutions across Virginia to receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $45,000 to support projects in energy, environment and workforce development.  Patricia Taylor, TNCC’s Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology, expressed appreciation. “We are very grateful for Dominion’s support of the College’s initiatives. This is really great for our students and our efforts to educate them about the importance of being energy conscious,” she said.

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TNCC Awarded $40,000 Grant for Greenhouse Renovation

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Thomas Nelson Community College has been awarded a $40,000 grant from Dominion Resources to renovate its existing greenhouse on the Hampton campus. Located on the Hastings Hall roof, the greenhouse will benefit students in Biology, Electronics Engineering Technology and Electrical Technology programs. TNCC expects the renovation to be complete by late spring.

“The College is always striving to stay on the forefront of the newest technology in the industry and with the quick rise of the focus on alternative energy, we felt compelled to get involved,” said Tom Pringle, TNCC Instructor and Program Head of Computer-Aided Drafting and Design.

In fall 2011, TNCC students were asked to assess the needs of Biology faculty, gather information from vendors and formulate a design for the project, which includes the installation of six solar panels on the greenhouse’s roof and a new interior lighting system that will allow students to grow and cultivate plants twice during the semester. (more…)

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Announces Scholarship Opportunity for Students Attending Virginia’s Community Colleges

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Kathryn Anderson, Financial Aid Director for Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), has announced that the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is accepting applications for its 2012-2013 Community College STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Scholarship Program. Applications are due March 16, 2012.

Aiming to increase the number of talented community college students pursuing STEM related careers, the VSGC is especially seeking applications from underrepresented minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.

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TNCC Dean Honored at National Conference for Technology Education Professionals

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Dean of Science, Engineering and Allied Health Patricia Taylor received an Innovative Program Award during the High Impact Technology Exchange (HI-TEC) Conference held July 27-28 in San Francisco. She received the award along with Stewart Harris Jr., NASA Langley Research Center’s Deputy Director for Technical Services, Engineering Directorate. The pair also conducted a presentation about TNCC’s and NASA’s partnership during the two-day conference.

The award recognizes teams of advanced technology education professionals who have designed and implemented significant innovations that have led to a positive impact on student enrollment, retention and/or advanced technology education, according to HI-TEC. “It is a privilege to represent the team of TNCC faculty and NASA technicians and engineers who mentor students throughout their college experience and prepare them for the SpaceTEC certification exam and careers at NASA Langley,” said Taylor.

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Dominion Foundation Grants Enhanced New Engineering Course at TNCC

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) students enrolled in “Topics in Energy Technology: Wind Turbine Blade Development and Testing,” completed several groundbreaking studies during the spring semester. Funded by a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation, the new elective course explores wind turbine technology and design. TNCC was one of four Virginia colleges to receive funding from the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources to support programs in skilled craft, engineering, environmental and technical studies, business, and student-led conservation programs.

TNCC received an additional $2,500 from the organization in February to purchase a Skystream 3.7 Marine Cutaway wind turbine demonstrator. “The new equipment provided students with a life-sized replica of a real-world turbine blade system including all of the inner workings of the motor housing and its electrical connections,” said Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Michael Uenking. The replica gave students a basis for developing their own design of a wind turbine and helped reinforce what was taught during the course.

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TNCC Offers Wetlands Field Study Course for Community at Large

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HAMPTON, Va. — This summer Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will provide an opportunity for in-depth wetlands study through a two-week course offered by the Biology Department. Called Topics in Wetlands Biology (BIO 295), the three-credit course runs July 25 to August 4 meeting Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on TNCC’s Hampton campus.

Open to TNCC students, those from other colleges/universities who are home for summer break and the public, the course is an ideal resource K-12 teachers. No science prerequisites are required for the class but a tolerance for outdoor conditions is one important necessity, Biology Professor Martin Zahn explained.

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