TNCC Students to Visit Legislators in Richmond

Published: January 27, 2006

The Virginia Peninsula – A delegation of students, faculty, staff and administrators from Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will be visiting the State Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday, January 31 and Tuesday, February 21 to thank legislators for their support to higher education and to keep legislators abreast of the needs of community colleges.

“It’s important for me to tell my legislators what TNCC means to me and to our community,” said Nashon Shutty, president of the Student Government Association. “TNCC continuously shapes and changes the lives of the students who attend this institution. This is the result of the dedication and commitment of the TNCC faculty members for their students. They support us and do their very best to engage us in a positive learning experience. In my three years at TNCC, I have yet to find one faculty member who is not all about helping their students succeed.” Shutty will graduate in May from TNCC with her fourth associate degree. She is currently attending TNCC and Old Dominion University where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her long-term goal is to become an elementary school teacher.

Erin Greene, a student who started attending classes in the TNCC Historic Triangle campus said she wants to tell legislators how beneficial it was for her to have a campus in the upper Peninsula. “I couldn’t have started my education without this campus. I didn’t have a driver’s license and my parents couldn’t drive me all the way to the Hampton campus. I want to see the TNCC Historic Triangle campus grow and become a full service campus with additional space, programs, and course offerings,” Greene said.

This year, the Virginia Community College System is supporting the following legislative initiatives: increase of the full-time to part-time faculty ratio; salary raises for teaching faculty to allow the VCCS to attract and retain qualified faculty; keeping community colleges accessible and affordable for students; additional funding for maintenance of facilities and for capital projects in various community college campuses to meet the enrollment growth as projected by the State Council of Higher Education. This projection indicates that between the fall of 2004 and the fall of 2012, as many as 40,000 new students could be headed toward the community colleges. The capital projects were approved as part of the General Obligation Bond for Higher Education approved by citizens of Virginia in November, 2002. Because of the rising construction costs, the projects have been put on hold until additional funding becomes available. The VCCS capital projects include the construction of a permanent campus for TNCC in the Historic Triangle.

The Virginia Community College System serves all citizens of the Commonwealth. In the 2004 – 2005 the VCCS served 231,565 individual students. The Full Time Equivalent enrollment was 92,698. Headcount enrollment is the number of students who take at least one credit course at a community college. Full Time Equivalent enrollment is the number of students there would be if each was taking a full load of 15 credits per semester. At TNCC, the headcount enrollment for 2004-2005 was 12,334. The full-time equivalent enrollment was 5,259, the highest headcount and FTE enrollment in the College’s history. In 2004-05, 73.7% of TNCC students were enrolled on a part-time basis.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Relations at 825-2725.

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