TNCC expansion nears completion, classes set for fall


Published: January 6, 2009

The Daily Press

Thomas Nelson Community College’s new Historic Triangle campus is now expected to open in the fall.

The first building will be completed this spring, according to Historic Triangle campus Provost William Travis. It is located next to Warhill High School in James City County, and is a three-story, 120,000-square-foot facility.

“We plan to start to deliver classes in the new building next fall,” Travis said. “We expect to get occupancy late spring or early summer, with the college still having quite a bit to do to set up information technology systems and set up furniture. So we’re not going to try to move classes in the middle of a semester.

“I think we can see more problems with that than we can see benefit.”

The college’s dental hygiene program, projected to start in August 2010, will be housed there.

An October timeline for the new offering had it moving into the renovated Hampton III building on the Hampton campus.

But TNCC interim President Alvin Schexnider announced at the December board meeting that the program will be located at the Williamsburg-area campus.

Dental hygiene will take over 5,000 square feet on the second floor that was originally planned for work force development training.

The first Historic Triangle building was paid for with $17.6 million in higher education bond funding approved by voters in 2002. The General Assembly approved another $8.5 million toward it in 2006.

The college received $2.4 million in bond funding from the state legislature in April 2008, for the dental hygiene program.

Although the hope is for four or five buildings at the site in the future, the second building is in the long-range conceptual stage and nowhere close to architectural planning, according to Travis.

TNCC already conducts classes in the Williamsburg-James City County area, but will now have its own facility. The college is advertising to raise awareness of its new presence in preparation for its opening.

“We hope that everybody knows,” Travis said. “We plan to move in this summer and be in our new facilities in the fall. It’s a really pretty facility. It’s just a real beautiful operation.”

TNCC evening classes are the most overcrowded in that area now and are expected to be in the future, Travis said.

If there is more demand than the facility allows, classes may be held at satellite sites as well.

“We have been able to use other facilities for evening classes now, and are relatively comfortable that we can continue doing that or pick up doing it again,” Travis said. “We’re going to have to open and see what happens.”



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