TNCC Poised to Reach Highest Fall Enrollment to Date

Published: September 10, 2009

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is on track to reach its highest enrollment in the College’s 40-year history. Fall classes began on August 22 and 9,297 students were enrolled as of September 1, a 6.1 percent increase over the same period last fall.

At TNCC’s Historic Triangle campus, enrollment climbed 42.6 percent going from 1,134 last fall to1,617 this year in early September. The College’s enrollment at its Southeast Higher Education Center located in Newport News-based Achievable Dream Middle and High School grew by 92.8 percent, going from 166 students in early September last year to 320 this year during the same period. These figures do not include dual enrollment classes and only reflect a portion of contract credit courses that are yet to begin for fall semester.

While TNCC officials agree that the economy has significantly influenced enrollment trends, they also credit strategic measures taken across the College. Some initiatives include, but are not limited to: one-stop sessions during which first-year students receive customized academic advisement and counseling; extended student advising and registration hours; ongoing efforts by recruiters and career coaches in area high schools; increased availability of online registration and expanded programs aimed at helping students succeed and keeping them engaged such as Communities of Learning, study abroad programs and the TRiO program which provides a gamut of services to first-generation college students, among other programs.

Thomas Nelson officials also include among strategies to bolster enrollment Workforce Development efforts that have created more opportunities for students to obtain practical hands-on training and instruction geared towards career advancement. This training and instruction is made possible through TNCC’s expanded partnerships with local/area businesses and industries.

TNCC President Alvin J. Schexnider said he expects this fall’s enrollment to exceed that of fall 2008. “With the economic downturn, students are looking for alternatives and Thomas Nelson Community College is prepared to respond to meet their needs,” he said.

As of September 1, the College’s enrollment from fall 2008 to fall 2009 also indicates:

  • The number of full-time equivalents (FTEs) increased from 5,250 to 5,825, an 11 percent increase. An FTE is one or more student whose combined enrollment equals 15 credit hours in a semester.
  • The number of daytime students increased from 7,909 to 8,520, a 7.7 percent increase.
  • The number of full-time students increased from 3,283 to 3,864, a 17.7 percent increase.
  • Enrollment in curricular programs grew from 7,437 to 8,047, an 8.2 percent increase.

As the fourth largest community college in the Commonwealth, Thomas Nelson Community College offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in transfer or occupational programs. The College also provides extensive workforce training opportunities and prospects for life-long learning.

For more information about registration for the second eight-week session of fall classes which begin in October, please visit the Thomas Nelson website,, or call 825-2800.


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Comment from Alicia - February 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Hi there,

I have been on the TNCC website trying to find a listing of certificate programs but have had no luck. Can you direct me to the right place?

Thank you.