Military, Veterans, & Families | Thomas Nelson Community College

Military, Veterans, & Families

Your experience counts. At Thomas Nelson, we believe that military experience, education and training should translate, whenever possible, into academic credit that can help you achieve your educational goals.


You Commute to Work.  You Shouldn’t Have to Commute to Class

Enroll in our convenient, flexible courses at Fort Eustis.  Knock out requirements in English, Psychology, IT, Biology and other fields—many available in accelerated, eight-week terms.  Check out our on-base schedule for Fall Terms.

Please see note above regarding fall class changes.

Spring 2020 Classes @ Ft Eustis
16 Week 1 Session: January 13 – May 9
BIO 141 Anatomy & Physiology I* TU 6:00-8:30 pm
8 Week 2 Session, January 13 – March 7
ITE 120 Principles of Information Systems+ MO 5:00-7:30 pm
ITN 109 Internet & Network Fundamentals+ WE 5:00-7:30 pm
8 Week 2 Session, March 16 – May 9
ITN 260 Network Security Basics+ TU 5:00-7:30 pm

*Lecture portion taught at Ft Eustis; students must enroll in concurrent lab at Hampton or Historic Triangle Campus
+ Classes taught via hybrid format; one night a week in classroom; all other instruction on-line

Completion of ITE 120, ITN 109 and ITN 260 results in award of Career Studies Certificate in Cyber-Security for Local Area Networks (LAN)


Acquire an In-Demand Skill Before You Leave the Military

Leaving the military this year?  Need to add a new skill before your separation or retirement date?  Then our CSP/Skillbridge Welding Program may be your answer.  Complete an entry-level welding class in only six weeks, with the opportunity to earn a nationally-recognized credential and screen for employment at Newport News Shipbuilding. Read More

Earn a Cyber-Security Credential in Less Than a Year

Impossible, right?  Think again.

Thomas Nelson is the only area college or university to offer a cyber-security certificate on base, and you can finish it in less than a year.  Our Career Studies in Cyber-Security for Local Area Networks will be offered at Fort Eustis again this fall.  Gain the knowledge you need for your Network + and Security + certifications, foundational credentials for anyone interested in a cyber career.  You will also earn nine semester hours of credit, which can be applied to our IT degrees at Thomas Nelson.  Learn more by contacting our Fort Eustis office at (757) 878-5344 or

Army Credentialing (CA) Assistance Program

A new chapter in voluntary education for soldiers begins next week, with the arrival of the Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program at Fort Eustis. If you're currently a TA-eligible soldier, know someone who is, or have a soldier who's a member of your family, this program is a game-changer, in terms of training and educational opportunities. 

What is CA?

  • It's an Army effort to help troops obtain an occupational license or certification from organizations that assess and confirm that a credential seeker is competent and qualified to work in that field.  
  • CA provides funding for voluntary off-duty courses and/or exams leading to an industry-recognized academic or vocational credential listed in the Army Credentialing Opportunities On-line (COOL) portal:
  • Program offers three credentialing options for soldiers:

- Credential related to a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), as long as it is not an MOS requirement
- Credential related to an academic degree or certificate
- Credential aligned to a civilian career field

What Do Soldiers Receive?

  • They can utilize Tuition Assistance (TA) and Credentialing Assistance (CA); however, the combined total cannot exceed $4000 per fiscal year

- Example: a soldier enrolls in a Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), which leads to a nationally-recognized credential from the American Welding Society; the cost for the program at Thomas Nelson is $2715.  After completing the welding class, the soldier would still have $1825 to use for college classes, or another vocational course during that year

  • CA pays for classroom, on-line/blended and hands-on learning/training, plus associated exams, materials and all required fees (i.e., manuals, books, supplies, study guides and re-certification of credentials)

Do You Qualify?

  • Must meet basic tuition assistance eligibility

- Begin work on first Credentialing Occupational Pathway upon achievement of MOS Qualification and completion of Advanced Individual Training (AIT); Warrant Officer Basic Course or Basic Officer Leader Course
- Eligibility for second Credentialing Occupational Pathway upon achievement of MOS qualification, successful completion of Advanced Leaders Course; Warrant Office Advance Course, Captain Career Course or equivalent
- Courses/exam must be completed before date of separation.

Ready to Get Started?

Before enrolling, you must attend the Credentialing Assistance 101 Briefing. Presentation is held every Wednesday morning at Fort Eustis, starting at 11:30 am (appointments required).  To schedule, call (757) 878-2083, Monday-Friday from 0800-1630 local.  

What's Available?

Thomas Nelson offers more than 75 nationally industry-recognized credentials and certifications, in such fields as IT, manufacturing, healthcare, automotive technology, and the skilled trades. Our spring schedule has been posted, with class dates, times and pricing information. For more information, contact our military team at (757) 825-2938/878-5344 or Workforce Development, at (757) 825-4070. 



Keep Your Education on Track—Despite Major Changes for Navy TA Program

As you’ve probably heard, the Navy has made some dramatic changes in its Tuition Assistance program for active-duty sailors and members of the Naval Reserve. 

Earlier this year, the Navy TA program ran out of money, due to greater-than-expected demand, leaving thousands of sailors temporarily unable to continue their off-duty education.  At the time, the service announced the program will resume with the start of the new fiscal year in October, but with new rules governing eligibility and use.

Beginning 1 October 2019, the following changes will become effective for enlisted sailors using TA, or taking courses at sea under the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE):

Read more



Army Spouses: Get Reimbursed for Professional Re-Licensing Expenses Caused by PCS


Army spouses can now apply for reimbursement of up to $2,500 in professional relicensing expenses through Army Emergency Relief when they move to another state.

Last month, top Army officials announced a $500 limit on relicensing costs for military spouses for permanent change-of-station moves. However, if additional funds are needed for relicensing, AER will help offset those costs for eligible spouses.

The new category of AER assistance went into effect June 5.

"We at AER are constantly looking to expand our categories of assistance to even better support the Army team," said retired Lt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, AER director. "One key is the challenge of PCS moves and the demands that it places on Army Families; this is especially true for working spouses whose jobs require certification/licensing for every new state they live in.

"This is the right thing to do for our Families who give so much to their Soldier and our nation," he added Wednesday during the Association of the U.S. Army "Hot Topic" symposium on installation management.

The first step for spouses is knowing the certification requirements in their new state. If assistance is necessary, spouses who are eligible for the reimbursement will need their Soldier --- whether active-duty, National Guard or Reserve -- to apply for the reimbursement at their command.

They will need a completed SF 1034 form, known as a Public Voucher for Purchases and Services Other Than Personal form; a copy of their PCS orders; and copies of the old state license or certification, the new license or certification, marriage certificate, and proof of fees paid.

Soldiers and their spouses will be able to apply for this assistance within 180 days of arrival to their new location by presenting the license or certification from the previous state along with their application, which they can find on

Applicants can also learn more by contacting Army Emergency Relief at Fort Eustis at (757) 878-2137.



Need to add to your skills, or train for a new career?   


Thomas Nelson Workforce Development has a wide range of classes that can enhance your existing skill set, or prepare you for a new job.  Check out their offerings in healthcare, IT, manufacturing & trades, business and entrepreneurship and transportation.  These courses are affordable and our on-line registration system is fast and easy.  Many of these classes lead to nationally-recognized credentials and may complement training your gained in the military.  Classes for the summer and fall are now forming; see the complete list of offerings here.


We're excited to announce Credits2Careers, Virginia's Community Colleges' academic and career portal for evaluating and awarding credit for military experience.

Locations: On Campus

On Campus

Locations in Hampton, Newport News, and Williamsburg are located in close proximity to the many bases on the peninsula.

Locations: On Base

On Base

We provide quality academic instruction and resources to our military at Fort Eustis and the Coast Guard Training Center at Yorktown.

Locations: Online


Learn on your own time. With quality classes available online, we provide what you need, when you need it.

Serving those who serve

For nearly 50 years, Thomas Nelson has proudly served military students, their families, and our country's veterans. Learn more about classes and programs available on base, on campus, and online created to serve those who serve.

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Resources our active duty military need to further their education and career.



Resources for our veterans to support their goals and aspirations.



Top tier support for our military families that ensure a smooth course to success.

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