When he was a Thomas Nelson Community College faculty member, John T. Dever (Virgina Buisness Magazine photo) would drive from its campus in Hampton to teach evening classes at Newport News Shipbuilding’s apprenticeship program.
Sometimes colleagues would question why he wanted to make the drive “when you can just walk down the hall” to teach another class, recalls Dever, who has been TNCC’s president since 2011.
His response then as now underscores the importance he sees in the connection between community colleges and the local economy.
“I had these students who’ve worked eight hard hours, and they’ve got me for three more,” he would tell his colleagues. “And they’re always there; they’re always prepared; and they always participate.”