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 Awarded $10,000 Grant for New Wind Turbine Technology Course

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation to explore wind turbine technology and design. TNCC was one of four Virginia colleges to receive funding from the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources. All grants were awarded to support programs in skilled craft, engineering, environmental and technical studies, business, and student-led conservation programs.

Michael Uenking, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at TNCC, said the grant will fund “Topics in Energy Technology: Wind Turbine Blade Development and Testing,” a new elective course that will incorporate Mechanical Engineering Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design, and Electrical Engineering Technology, all of which directly relate to current Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. Uenking developed the course with TNCC faculty Deborah Lichniak, Assistant Professor and Program Head of Electronics Technology; Tom Pringle, Instructor and Program Head of Computer-Aided Drafting and Design; and Julie Young, Assistant Professor and Program Head of Mechanical Engineering Technology.

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TNCC Host Site to GAITE’s Fall Exploratory Saturday for Teens

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Seventy-five students in grades 10 and 11 from throughout the Greater Peninsula are invited to Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in November to participate in Fall Exploratory Saturday, a Governor’s Academy for Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GAITE) event designed to introduce high school students to engineering technology. For the second consecutive year, TNCC will be host site to the event which takes place Nov. 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Hampton campus.

This year marks the first time the event will reach high school students as last year’s Fall Exploratory Saturday activities catered to middle school students.

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Students Look at STEM Career Options

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HAMPTON -— Students had to return to classrooms in mid-summer, but fortunately for them, one physics project required riding roller coasters at Busch Gardens.

It was part of a camp designed to introduce a group of local high schoolers to career possibilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Career coaches from Thomas Nelson Community College’s office of outreach and recruitment, who work with students in their schools, sponsored the event this week.

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Students get first-hand look at STEM career options

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Students had to return to classrooms in mid-summer, but fortunately for them, one physics project required riding roller coasters at Busch Gardens.

It was part of a camp designed to introduce a group of local high schoolers to career possibilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Career coaches from Thomas Nelson Community College’s office of outreach and recruitment, who work with students in their schools, sponsored the event this week.

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Free Microsoft Training and Tech Vouchers Available for VCCS Institutions to Distribute

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RICHMOND — Governor Timothy M. Kaine has announced that Virginia will join forces with Microsoft in an innovative public-private partnership to provide free technology training to displaced workers. Through the Microsoft Elevate America program, the software and technology giant will work with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to distribute 11,250 vouchers for technology training and certification. Elevate America also provides a wide variety of other free resources on its website including basic skills training and career resources to find internships and jobs. (The specially dedicated telephone number set up at Thomas Nelson’s Workforce Development for Elevate America is 865-5874).

“Virginia already has one of the best workforce development systems in the country—this program means we’ll have another exciting tool at our disposal,” said Governor Kaine. “This partnership will provide thousands of Virginians with the technology skills they need to attain and sustain employment as the economy recovers. At the same time, this critical training will ensure Virginia’s workforce emerges from this economic downturn stronger than ever—and ready to compete on a global level.”

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