TNCC among Recipients of Commissioner’s Award from Department of Rehabilitative Services

Published: March 11, 2011

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has been selected to receive the Department of Rehabilitative Services’ (DRS) Commissioner’s Award. The award will be presented on Monday, March 14 at 1 p.m. by DRS Commissioner James A. Rothrock during the opening session of the Virginia Transition Forum 2011 which takes place at Norfolk’s Waterside Marriott.

The award recognizes groups or individuals who are collaborating to prepare youth with disabilities for employment. TNCC, along with Williamsburg/James City Schools, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Department of Rehabilitative Services, is being honored for piloting a supported education model at the College.

Funded through the Virginia Department of Education, the supported education pilot at TNCC began last fall to give intellectually disabled students an inclusive academic experience that leads to competitive employment based on students’ career goals. Participating students received individualized services such as an education coach and assistive technology while also being afforded the same services that are open to all TNCC students. A multi-agency team of college, high school, DRS and other community agencies was a critical component of the pilot.

TNCC is committed to creating an accessible environment for students with disabilities. For more information, call the Office of Disabled Student Services at 825-2867 or visit the website at

For details about the Virginia Transition Forum 2011, visit


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