Virginia Education Wizard Serves 200,000 Visitors and Counting

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RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Education Wizard has now served more than 200,000 unique visitors since its introduction last spring. Virginia’s Community Colleges launched the Wizard in March as a one-stop resource to help students and parents explore career paths, identify college programs to reach those goals and find ways to pay for continued education.

“I’m delighted that the Wizard has reached this milestone so quickly but I’m not surprised,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “The worst economy since World War II is pushing people to really think about how to begin or even re-start their career. The Wizard puts a wealth of information right and their hands and makes it so easy to use.”

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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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TNCC Experiences Highest Enrollment to Date in 2008-09

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) experienced its highest enrollment to date in 2008-2009 at 15,512 students. That figure is an 11.3 percent increase over 2007-2008 putting TNCC in the top three among Virginia Community College System’s 23 institutions in terms of growth by percentage.Of the total enrollment for 2008-2009, TNCC served 9,353 students in spring semester 2009 – a 10.4 percent increase over last spring.

While TNCC officials agree that the economy has had a significant role in enrollment trends, they also credit strategic measures taken across the College. Some initiatives include but are not limited to: extended student advising and registration hours; ongoing efforts by recruiters and career coaches in area high schools and increased availability of online registration. Thomas Nelson officials also include among strategic measures Workforce Development efforts that continually create more opportunities for students to receive training and/or career advancement skills. Expanded partnerships with area businesses and industries enable the College to provide these opportunities.

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Grant to help TNCC boost student success in math

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A sticking point in its math curriculum could soon be solved by a new effort at Thomas Nelson Community College.

The Virginia Community College System awarded a $65,000 grant for TNCC faculty to create a new way of teaching developmental math. A study showed that approximately 2,000 students were enrolled in those classes in the fall of 2006. However, about 50 percent dropped out before finishing.

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Virginia’s Community Colleges Served Over a Third of Bachelor’s Degree Earners Last Year

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  • More than one-third of college graduates in Virginia had attended a Virginia Community College
  • 27 percent completed an associate’s degree before going on to obtain their bachelor’s degree.
  • Nearly 60 percent of students co-enroll or go back and forth between two- and four-year institutions.

More than one third of those who graduated with a four-year degree in 2008 in Virginia got their start at- or supplemented their college experience with courses from- Virginia’s Community Colleges.

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TNCC Faculty Receives Prestigious VCCS Award

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Martin D. Zahn, associate professor of Biology has received the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

He was presented with the award by VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois during the State Board Annual meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008 in Richmond, Va. The prestigious award is given annually to one faculty member in the VCCS “who distinctly represents the teaching excellence found at VCCS colleges.” The VCCS accepted only one nomination per campus for the award. As this year’s honoree, Mr. Zahn received a VCCS stole and $5,000.

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