Community College Tuition Increased for 2011-2012 Academic Year

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Virginia’s State Board of Community Colleges voted to increase tuition rates throughout Virginia’s 23 community colleges. Thomas Nelson Community College’s in-state tuition will be $119 per credit hour and the out-of state tuition be $310.16 per credit hour when the 2011-2012 academic year begins in August.

State Board officials said the increase is needed to meet the Board’s financial plan goals and support community college enrollment growth; expand science, teaching, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs; provide new facility operating costs; fill select vacant positions; and cover the inflationary costs of technology, utilities and general expenses.

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Federal Stimulus Funds Help State Board Mitigate Tuition Increase

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Community college tuition & fees increase less than half of comparable increases at public four-year universities

The State Board for Community Colleges, in a unanimous vote, set the 2009-2010 in-state tuition and mandatory fee rate at $92.70 per credit hour. As a result of the $6.55 per credit hour increase, a full-time, in-state student, taking a total of 30 credit hours, will pay an additional $196.50 for the academic year.

Board members say the increase is essential to serving the record-setting number of traditional students and laid-off workers who are turning to Virginia’s Community Colleges for an opportunity in this recession. More than 16,000 new students began attending a Virginia Community College over the last two years. Enrollment during the recently concluded spring semester was unusually high, up more than 7 percent. Indications are mounting that a similar increase will occur during the summer.

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New State Board Chair Brings Global Perspective and Consensus Building Instincts to Virginia’s Community Colleges

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Robert W. Shinn had more stamps on his passport before he could walk than some people get in a lifetime. “My father was a diplomat. I grew up all over the world,” he says.

Born in London, Shinn went on to live in Russia, Germany, Poland and France. He says having a global perspective has served him well. So has some advice from his father, an arms control negotiator who worked for Henry Kissinger on the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT) in the 1970s.

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TNCC Historic Triangle Campus to Move Forward – State Board for Community Colleges Approve Land Transfer Agreement

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The Virginia Peninsula – Following the recommendation of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) State Board Facilities Committee, the State Board for Community Colleges has unanimously approved the Declaration of Restricted Covenants and Agreements on a 73.46 acres gift of land offered by James City County to the state for the purpose of building a campus for Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in the Greater Williamsburg area. The declaration of restricted covenants and agreements was also approved by the James City County Board of Supervisors.

“The action of the State Board brings to fruition a plan that began over 11 years ago with the recognition of the significant population increases and growing educational needs of the residents of Williamsburg, James City County and Upper York County,” said Dr. Charles A. Taylor, TNCC President. “ My sincere gratitude goes to all who were involved in moving the TNCC Historic Triangle Campus forward; especially James City County for their gift of land and infrastructure improvements, the staff of James City County, Virginia Community College System staff, Chancellor, Dr. Glenn Dubois, and the members of the TNCC Local College Board for their support during the process. I want to also thank our state legislators, especially Sen. Tommy Norment, Del. Melanie Rapp for their time and dedication in support of this project. The James City County initiative to donate this land will allow TNCC to establish a permanent presence in this community to meet the needs of the business community, but most importantly, to expand our program offerings in responding to the educational needs of the students in our service areas.”

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