Solar Panel Project Will Generate Energy for TNCC Workforce Development Program

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In a few weeks, students at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will mount solar panels on top of storage containers to generate renewable energy that will power lighting and charge batteries for the College’s motorcycle safety program. Once construction is complete, TNCC will hold a small demonstration showcasing this affordable and practical way to collect, store and use solar energy.

This innovative project supports energy conservation while providing students with hands-on experience. Computer-Assisted Drafting and Design (CADD) students will design the structure, and Engineering Technology students will research peak load, calculating battery storage capacity and orientation as well as handle installing and wiring the batteries. “The project prepares students for green careers. When they leave our program, they can say to a prospective employer, ‘I have done the job. I actually built a solar project,’” said Deborah Lichniak, a TNCC engineering professor.

The solar project is funded by the Greenforce Initiative, a two-year project started in 2010 by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) to strengthen the capacity of community colleges to develop, enhance or refine green career pathway programs and to spur innovation.


TNCC and PCFWD Study Identifies Over 11,000 Upcoming Manufacturing Jobs on the Peninsula

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On Monday, September 17, the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development and Thomas Nelson Community College released Skills to Succeed Inventory, a comprehensive study of careers with 14 top Virginia Peninsula manufacturing companies. The companies report they will need 11,500 skilled trades and precision production workers from 2012 to 2016.

The study, funded by the Ford Foundation and Virginia’s Community Colleges, is part of the Peninsula Career Pathways Collaborative, a community-wide initiative that includes businesses, public school divisions, adult education centers, the community college, and regional economic and workforce agencies that will build career pathways. It includes skill-specific information on the number of upcoming manufacturing job openings, identifying 11 high-demand occupations.


TNCC Job Fair Helps Jobseekers Find Employment

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Thomas Nelson Community College will host a job fair from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, located at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton. The Fair is free and open to the public.

Representatives from many of the region’s top manufacturing, retail, finance and marketing businesses will attend to discuss current job openings, including full-time, part-time and internship opportunities. Some employers will conduct on-site interviews, so applicants are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.


Newport News Notebook: have a conversation about poverty

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9:54 PM EDT, July 14, 2009

If you can spare a minute or two and have a thought, an idea or opinion on how to fight poverty in your community, join in a conversation this weekend.

Act on Poverty is a poverty summit and a simultaneous conversation Saturday. The Peninsula location and time is from 10 a.m. to noon at Thomas Nelson Community College’s Peninsula Workforce Development Center. The sessions will be held in Rooms 1301 to 1303 at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton.


TNCC Launches New Clinical Medical Assistant Program in Williamsburg

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Williamsburg, VA – Williamsburg residents now have convenient training close to home. For the first time, Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in partnership with Boston Reed College will offer a one-day-a-week, fast paced Certified Clinical Medical Assistant training program at the new Discovery Center for Economic and Workforce Development in Williamsburg. Classes for this affordable, six-month program are offered only on Saturdays, making it ideal for busy adults seeking a quick entry into the health care industry. The program begins July 25, 2009 and ends on Saturday, January 23, 2010.

“We want to provide accelerated short-term training opportunities for people living in the Historic Triangle area,” said Dr. Denise Seigfeldt, TNCC Director of Continuing and Professional Education. “With the current economic downturn and layoffs, people are looking for fast career training that will lead to good-paying jobs. This program meets their needs,” adds Siegfeldt. The program offers a hands-on externship for all participants, and education loans are available.


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.”