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.


Michael Reynolds discusses TNCC’s engineering programs on The Hampton Roads Show.

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Michael Reynolds, Associate Professor of Engineering Technologies talks about TNCC’s engineering programs, partnerships and Articulation Agreements on The Hampton Roads Show.

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.


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.


Va. Secretary of Education to Speak About STEM Education at TNCC

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Experts say America’s economic growth and national security are heavily dependent upon the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM. Acknowledging this, Governor McDonnell and the Virginia Department of Education are focusing on initiatives designed to educate citizens in preparation for emerging technologies. On Tuesday, November 9 Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson will speak about STEM education at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC).

The invitation-only gathering takes place at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in Hampton at 600 Butler Farm Rd. and begins with breakfast at 7:15 a.m. followed at 7:45 a.m. by the Secretary’s presentation. Robinson will focus on Governor McDonnell’s STEM initiatives and the importance of STEM Education in K-12 and Higher Education. The presentation is also a means to garner support for the seamless integration of STEM subjects throughout the curriculum in every Virginia school — not just magnet or specialty schools or private and public academic institutions.