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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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.

System Outage: Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Planned Outage

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The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) will be upgrading TNCC’s Student Information System (SIS), the College online application and the Human Resource Management System (HRMS) beginning Friday, March 23 at 7:00 AM through Monday, March 26 at 7:00 AM.

During this period, students will not be able to apply to the College, register or make schedule changes online. Further, the College’s Business Office will not be able to accept payments or respond to account inquiries and the College’s Financial Aid Office will not be able to respond to students regarding their financial aid status, including refunds on Friday, March 23.

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New TNCC Workforce Training Responds to Increasing Demand for Cyber Security

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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development (TNCC-WD) is now offering education in one of today’s fastest growing career fields: cyber security. The College recently received grants from Virginia’s Community College System to implement cyber security training across the Peninsula.

The grants give TNCC the resources to collaborate with Internet security firms to train new cyber security professionals. Participants will obtain the expertise necessary to reduce vulnerability in their information infrastructures, as well as to meet new National Security Administration standards.

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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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