TNCC is the Host Site for First GAITE Exploratory Event

Published: November 12, 2008

Thomas Nelson Community College will be the site of the first Governor’s Academy for Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GAITE) exploratory event on Saturday, Nov. 15.  Called, Designing the Future, the event is expected to draw roughly 75 middle school students from six school divisions to the Espada Conference Center in Moore Hall on the College’s Hampton campus.

The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and light refreshments. At 9:00 a.m. participants will engage in fun and interactive activities in topics such as modeling and simulation, smart materials, and Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD). Thomas Nelson faculty members slated to lead the Digital and Rapid Prototyping workshop include Tom Pringle, CADD; Michael Uenking, Mechanical Engineering Technology; and Nina Mun, Engineering.

In addition to informational and educational workshops, participants will be treated to lunch with the day’s activities ending at 1:30 p.m.   The event — including refreshments and workshop materials – is funded courtesy of MatEd, the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education Center for Materials Technology Education, and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

The Department of Education selected the Greater Peninsula among its initial six Virginia sites to implement GAITE in 2008.  The initiative is designed to provide programs focused on advanced academic and technical skills in school districts of Hampton City, Newport News City, Poquoson City, Williamsburg-James City County, York County and Gloucester County.

Coordinated by New Horizons Regional Education Centers, GAITE involves partners from education, business, postsecondary education, and non-profit organizations.  Graduates of the Academy receive industry credentials and/or transferable college credits to TNCC, Old Dominion University and Northrop Grumman Apprentice School.  Graduates will also receive employment consideration with NASA, Northrop Grumman, Canon, Alcoa Howmet and other local businesses upon completion of college training.

For more information about the event, please contact Chris Carter, Assistant Director of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium at 757-766-5210,

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