Thomas Nelson Receives G3 Grant to Expand Career Pathways and Meet Employer Demand | Thomas Nelson Community College

Thomas Nelson Receives G3 Grant to Expand Career Pathways and Meet Employer Demand

February 28, 2019
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Thomas Nelson Community College was awarded a $339,457 planning grant from the Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back Initiative (G3). The statewide G3 initiative provides an opportunity for any Virginian to earn a college credential, at multiple levels, that meets critical employer demands.

On the Peninsula, the G3 grant will support Thomas Nelson’s efforts to expand current programs and create career pathways at three  levels in 10 disciplines.  “Stackable” credentials are certificates that build on the credential earned before, culminating in an Associate of Applied Science degree. Each credential will meet employer demands for jobs requiring basic, advanced, or career skills.

“As we anticipate changes to education and career training in Virginia, we are working hard to ensure the Peninsula is well-equipped to meet the needs of employers in our region. It is our privilege to train and develop the next generation of highly skilled workers on the Peninsula. We are so grateful for the opportunity this initiative is providing as we look to use every resource available to us and our students to exceed the needs of our region,” stated Dr. Susan English, Thomas Nelson Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development.

The selected disciplines are Machining, HVAC, Mechatronics, Welding, Unmanned Systems, Administration of Justice, Early Childhood Education, IT-Cybersecurity, Dental Assisting-Expanded Functions and Nursing.

Career pathways will include Level 1 Career Studies Certificate (CSC), and a Level 2 CSC that leads to Level 3, an Associate of Applied Science degree. The G3 planning grant provides Thomas Nelson with resources to plan, develop, and implement curricular changes within the identified pathways.

This initiative is 100 percent supported by a federal U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) award made to Thomas Nelson by the pass-through entity, Virginia Community College System.

For more information on the G3 Initiative at Thomas Nelson, visit tncc.edu/G3 or email akhavis@tncc.edu.