NSF Grant Helps Community Colleges Train Geospatial Technicians for Employment in High Growth Industry

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A  partnership consisting of Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), three  other Virginia community colleges, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program based in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment has been awarded a $899,870 grant by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education  Program to support community colleges in their effort to prepare geospatial technicians.

Other participating community colleges include Virginia Western Community College,  Southwest Virginia Community College and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

“We are pleased to be included in this grant as it provides additional opportunities for our students and helps meet the continuing demand for geospatial skills in our region. Our location between Richmond and Virginia Beach gives us a great opportunity to serve a broad area of southeastern Virginia,”  said Chérie A. Aukland, GIS Program Head for TNCC.  (more…)

July 2 is the Deadline for Two Va. Foundation for Community College Education Scholarships

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The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is accepting applications for the John T. Casteen III Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship and the Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship through July 2. The two awards are available to students currently enrolled in one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges. Applications and details are available at:

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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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John T. Dever Selected to Become the Next President of Thomas Nelson Community College

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Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) announced today that Dr. John T. Dever will become the president of Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) at the beginning of October.

Dever’s career as a community college educator began in the English department of Thomas Nelson in 1975. He has worked at Blue Ridge Community College and Tidewater Community College. He is currently the Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Services at Northern Virginia Community College.

“John Dever began his career at Thomas Nelson Community College with a lot of energy, excitement and engagement in the college’s campus life,” said DuBois. “Returning to Thomas Nelson, as the college’s new president, completes the circle for this hard-working and deeply respected community college leader. I’m excited for both John and the college.”

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State Board for Community Colleges Certifies four Candidates for TNCC Presidency

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Highlights:

  • Four finalists were certified for position of president at Thomas Nelson Community College.
  • A new president is expected to be appointed by VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois in June.

Four finalists for the position of president at Thomas Nelson Community College have been certified by the State Board for Community Colleges.

Finalists include Dr. John Dever, of Newport News; Dr. Carol W. Eaton, of Frederick, Maryland; Dr. Algie C. Gatewood, of Portland, Oregon; and Dr. Rose Harrell Johnson, of Clyde, North Carolina. The finalists will be invited to interviews with the Thomas Nelson Community College Board. Virginia Community College Chancellor Glenn DuBois hopes to make an appointment in June.

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