Thomas Nelson and ODU Create Agreement to Advance Technical Workforce | Thomas Nelson Community College

Thomas Nelson and ODU Create Agreement to Advance Technical Workforce

July 11, 2019
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Old Dominion University (ODU) Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Austin Agho joined Thomas Nelson Community College President John Dever at the College’s Hampton campus on Wednesday, July 10 to sign an articulation agreement that will give Thomas Nelson students an opportunity to earn an associate degree that transfers to a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from ODU. The agreement, which meets industry needs to advance its workforce, will save students time and money.

In 2018, Thomas Nelson initiated a degree program that would address the needs of industry partners in Hampton Roads looking for a credential that would complement the significant occupational experience of its workforce. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Supervision marries prospective students’ technical knowledge and experience with an academic foundation required to advance to an entry-or mid-level management position.  

Thomas Nelson students will have an opportunity to earn up to 23 academic credits by building a portfolio based on their occupational experience; allowing students to complete the Thomas Nelson associate degree in as few as three semesters.

Thomas Nelson and ODU collaborated to design the articulation agreement to align the College's Technical Supervision associate degree program with ODU’s Industrial Technology program. Because students will be able to complete their associate and bachelor degrees in 120 credit hours, they will save money and time, starting in the workforce around 18 months earlier. 

“Thomas Nelson has partnered exceptionally well with Old Dominion to provide pathways for our associate degree graduates, including those in career and technical programs, to pursue further education and advanced degrees at the university level,” said Dever during the signing ceremony in Moore Hall’s Espada Room. “This joint effort will greatly benefit Hampton Roads as we work together to support the needs of business and industry for well-prepared managers and supervisors.”

Students will primarily be drawn from registered apprenticeship completers, active duty and transitioning military personnel, and incumbent employees completing highly structured and robust company training programs. 

Industries, agencies, and businesses such as Virginia Natural Gas and other apprenticeship partners provided input for the agreement. Faculty from ODU and Thomas Nelson will establish minimum qualifications for program entry and acceptable forms of documentation. 

“The proposed degree would allow both Thomas Nelson and ODU to better serve this population seeking opportunities for continuing education while also meeting the needs of its business and industry partners,” said Dr. Petros Katsioloudis, Professor and Chair of the Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies at ODU’s Darden College of Education and Professional Studies.

The ceremony also featured remarks by Agho, Katsioloudis. Other speakers were Thomas Nelson’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development Dr. Susan English and Dr. Tammi Dice, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education for ODU’s Darden College of Education and Professional Studies.

For more information about the Thomas Nelson and ODU articulation agreement contact Naima Ford at fordn@tncc.edu