Thomas Nelson, CNU Forge Captains Connection to Boost Tech and Engineering Programs | Thomas Nelson Community College

Thomas Nelson, CNU Forge Captains Connection to Boost Tech and Engineering Programs

May 31, 2019
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Christopher Newport University (CNU) and Thomas Nelson Community College have launched the Captains Connection, an innovative program to increase the number of job-ready graduates in high-demandtechnology and engineering fields.

During a ceremony in Christopher Newport University’s Hall rotunda, CNU President Paul Trible and Thomas Nelson President John Dever signed an agreement formalizing the partnership.

Thomas Nelson students will have earlier access to CNU courses, reducing the time it takes a student to earn a degree in computer engineering, computer science and information science/cybersecurity.

“This program will save students time and money, and it promotes access and opportunity for hardworking, qualified Peninsula students,” Trible said at the announcement ceremony. “We are excited about strengthening our relationship with Thomas Nelson and preparing more students with skills critical to Virginia’s economy.”

Dever was equally pleased with the agreement.

“Thomas Nelson is delighted to be entering into this special partnership with Christopher Newport that will strongly promote and support students in pursuing these high-demand careers that are vital for the prosperity of the Virginia Peninsula and Commonwealth,” he said.

Under the terms of the agreement: 

  • Students will be able to enroll in Christopher Newport courses while also enrolled at Thomas Nelson and vice versa.
  • Credits earned by Thomas Nelson students at Christopher Newport may count toward their community college associate degree.
  • Thomas Nelson students participating in the program will be offered Christopher Newport support services, including academic, career, and financial aid advising, academic coaching and access to campus athletic events.
  • Renewable $5,000 scholarships will be available for qualifying Thomas Nelson students to defray the cost of their Christopher Newport coursework. 

To qualify for those benefits, Thomas Nelson students must complete a Letter of Intent. The Captains Connection will be available to Thomas Nelson students beginning this fall.  

Check out local news coverage of the signing ceremony in the Daily Press by CLICKING HERE.