Thomas Nelson Students Named to All-Virginia Academic Team

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Thomas Nelson Community College students Eduardo Davila-Reyes, Ashley Wiggins and Kelli Cutler have been named to the 2008 All-Virginia Academic Team. Selection is based on the nominations submitted by two-year colleges for the All-USA Academic Team, an international competition co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society, USA TODAY and the American Association of Community Colleges. Davila-Reyes and Wiggins will be graduating from TNCC on May 13 at the College’s thirty-ninth Annual Commencement Ceremony to take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Hampton Coliseum.

Davila-Reyes has attended TNCC since fall 2006 pursuing an Associate of Science and an Associate of Social Science degree. This fall, he will transfer to the College of William & Mary to pursue a degree in Biology or Neuroscience with a minor in Biochemistry. He aspires to become a pharmacist.

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Virginia’s Community Colleges Experience Record Enrollment

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More students are starting their college education at a Virginia community college than ever before. Enrollment increased by 5,670 students across the state in fall 2006, to a total of 159,202, an increase of 3.7 percent in students taking credit courses at a community college over fall 2005. That’s a 10 percent increase – representing more than 14,500 students – since fall of 2001, and an all-time high. Among students beginning their higher education at a public institution last fall, nearly one out of every two, 47 percent, chose to do so at a Virginia community college.

“More and more, Virginia families are taking advantage of the high quality and affordability of our community colleges,” says Chancellor Glenn DuBois. “Our student population is getting bigger. They are getting younger. And with the transfer agreements we’ve made with so many four-year colleges, more students are choosing to begin their quest for a four-year degree at a community college. We are proud to be their on-ramp to opportunity and will continue to seek innovative ways to help our students continue their education beyond their community college experience.”

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TNCC Students to Visit Legislators in Richmond

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A delegation of students, faculty, staff and administrators from Thomas Nelson Community College will be visiting their legislators in Richmond on Thursday, January 25 and Monday, February 5 to thank legislators for their support to higher education and to keep legislators abreast of the needs of community colleges. Student Government Association President, Tia McCoy and Vice-President Clair Langford will be part of the delegation. “It’s important for me to let my legislators know that Thomas Nelson students are actively involved in addressing issues that affect our College and our communities. We are stepping up and taking a leadership role in changing Virginia for the better,” said Tia McCoy, president of the Student Government Association.

“We also want our legislators to know that we are very appreciative of the faculty and staff for all their support. We want to make sure our legislators understand that Thomas Nelson Community College helps shape and change the lives of many in our communities. The success of Thomas Nelson students is largely due to the dedication and commitment of the faculty for their students.” Clair Langford, a former military member and currently the vice-president of the Student Government Association said, “Because my experience at Thomas Nelson Community College was life-changing, I find it important to pass tell our legislators about the College’s positive impact in our community. As a student involved in the co-enrollment program between Thomas Nelson Community College and the College of William & Mary, the transfer grant initiative is of special meaning.”

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Thomas Nelson Community College Launches Pilot of First Statewide Campaign to Prevent Dating Violence on College Campuses

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The Virginia Peninsula – On October 9, Thomas Nelson Community College will participate in launching the pilot of Virginia’s first statewide public awareness effort aimed at stopping dating violence on college campuses. The pilot project called, The Red Flag Campaign, helps students identify “red flags” for dating violence in their friends’ relationships and encourages them to intervene.

The campaign is a result of the combined work of students, faculty, and victim advocates from nearly 20 colleges and universities across Virginia. Thomas Nelson Community College was chosen to be one of only 10 colleges and universities statewide to participate in the pilot because of its integral role in developing the campaign.

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