TNCC Partners with An Achievable Dream Academy to Bring Education Opportunities to Newport News

Published: July 17, 2007

As the College continues to grow and expand its programs and services to meet the higher education and training needs on the Peninsula, Thomas Nelson Community College is proud to partner with An Achievable Dream Academy (AAD) to establish the Southeast Higher Education Center in Newport News. In alignment with the College’s vision to “anticipate and shape the future by providing individualized, flexible, technologically advanced education in a supportive environment that meets the diverse and evolving needs of our students …,” TNCC joins a cadre of community leaders such as Newport News Public Schools, Riverside Medical Group, Northrop Grumman and Ferguson Enterprises in a concerted effort to make a difference and provide educational opportunities to Southeastern Newport News citizens.

An Open House is set for Thursday, July 26 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the 5720 Marshall Ave. center giving the public at large an opportunity to see the facility firsthand while also hearing from TNCC representatives about the College’s vision for the center, its planned class offerings and other essential information.

“This collaboration between Thomas Nelson Community College and An Achievable Dream is a worthy and winning partnership. We are confident that the benefits will be exponential for those who take advantage of our programs at the Southeast Higher Education Center,” said TNCC President Dr. Charles A. Taylor. “We also firmly believe that as part of the community, TNCC must remain committed to increasing our citizens’ knowledge, improving their skills and boosting their earning power. All of these components go toward ensuring the economic vitality and future of the Peninsula. I am very excited about this endeavor.”

This new venture provides an opportunity for the College to offer evening and weekend courses beginning fall semester 2007 to adult learners in the Southeast Newport News community. Additionally, the College’s connection with An Achievable Dream is highly advantageous. Through this partnership, TNCC will be uniquely positioned in the minds of Achievable Dream students and their families, inspiring them to enroll at TNCC, remain in the community and join the Peninsula’s trained workforce.

Through its intensive reading programs, accelerated math courses, etiquette classes and other offerings, An Achievable Dream places its students on a direct path for “social, academic and moral” success despite the socio-economic conditions from which they may originate and/or the risk factors for failure they may face.  AAD aims to turn the tide on inner city underperformance as evidenced by its students’ recent test performance. On the 2005 Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests, 80 percent of Achievable Dream students passed (96 percent are African American) closing the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged youths and their more affluent counterparts by 5 percent, according to AAD statistics.  Academy students, or “dreamers” as they are called by the program, attend classes 210 days per year adhering to and meeting high expectations.  Like TNCC, the administration, faculty, staff and community partners of AAD are committed to bolstering and ensuring student success.

“The children learn a strong sense of identity, a greater acceptance of themselves and others, and an understanding that discipline and hard work are necessary to achieve personal goals,” stated AAD Chairman and Founder Walter S. Segaloff on the program’s website.

Much like TNCC, AAD has small class sizes, proportionate student-to-teacher ratios, and emphasizes lifelong learning. This new partnership directly corresponds with TNCC’s goal to continually recruit, retain, and graduate high caliber students; thereby enabling them to “Explore. Excel. Succeed.”  The new Southeast Higher Education Center in Newport News provides yet another opportunity for TNCC to change the future of the students and communities it serves on the Peninsula.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 825-3811.

Release #07-0749

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