TNCC Receives $36K Grant to Enhance Engineering Program

Published: April 1, 2010

Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Educational Foundation received a $36,000 contribution from Altria Group, Inc., to enhance the College’s Modeling and Simulation program. Altria Group is the parent company of Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton, Ste Michelle Wine Estates and Philip Morris Capital Corporation.

TNCC introduced a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology with specialization in Modeling and Simulation in fall 2009. “We are glad to provide this contribution to help Thomas Nelson, our local community college, build its capacity in technical education,” said William E. Tucker, who manages a Philip Morris USA facility in Williamsburg. “We appreciate [Thomas Nelson’s] work to keep its programming in sync with workforce needs in the region.”

Modeling and simulation represent new skills that are increasingly valued by employers, particularly those using engineering systems with multiple processes. Jobs in shipbuilding, aerospace, advanced manufacturing apply interactive and immersive models, simulating processes and systems in engineering and engineering technology. Applicable fields include but are not limited to: transportation, homeland security, nursing and gaming.

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