TNCC gets $1.99M to expand industrial training


Published: January 26, 2009

The Daily Press

Thomas Nelson Community College received a $1.99 million Community-Based Job Training Grant this month from the U.S. Labor Department to expand its pipeline of employees to the manufacturing industry.

This is the Hampton college’s second big national grant in the past five years. It received a $1.95 million President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative grant four years ago to create an employment pipeline in advanced manufacturing.

According to TNCC officials, the college’s Workforce Development program has since placed 4,100 workers in advanced manufacturing jobs. The placements have been made through a partnership with the region’s community colleges, work force boards, one-stop centers and more than 60 regional manufacturers called SEVAMP — Southeast Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline.

The new grant should allow TNCC to get 335 workers certified to industry standards in advanced manufacturing over three years. There’s a regional need for more technicians in welding, computer numerical control machining and precision production technology, according to college officials.

The college also has an outreach program geared toward students in kindergarten through 12th grade and ages 18 to 21 through a partnership with New Horizons Regional Education Centers.

“Another key part of this grant is the development of an aerospace and nuclear welding certification,” said John Calver, director of the TNCC-based advanced manufacturing pipeline.

The instruction offered through use of the grant money will include classroom, lab and work-based experiences, Calver said. Manufacturing industry experts from Advex, Alcoa-Howmet, Canon, Lowes Precision Machine, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and Precision Weld Technology will guide the program’s content.

The Virginia Manufacturers Association and the Fabricators and Manufacturing Association International are collaborative partners in the grant. They will provide industry insight and expanded job opportunities for those who complete the program.

TNCC’s grants for advanced manufacturing training

  • April 2005: $1.95 million President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
  • January 2009: $1.99 million Community-Based Job Training grant from the U.S. Labor Department.
  • It’s expected to enable TNCC to certify 335 workers to manufacturing industry standards over three years.



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