Virginia Peninsula Community College’s new name became official July 1, but the school publicly celebrated the change July 12 at its Hampton campus.
A ceremony, which lasted about 30 minutes, took place at the Hampton campus near the tower beside Interstate 64. More than 100 students, faculty, staff, board members, community and local industry leaders were on hand to hear from College President Dr. Towuanna Porter Brannon, Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck, and others. They had a common theme: While the name has changed, the College’s commitment to its students has not.
“For more than 50 years, our college has been a force in higher education, providing world-class academic and workforce development programs,” Brannon said. “We empower our students by letting them chart their own path at a pace that suits their lives. We make it possible for students to transfer to four-years schools, advance in their careers and become employed in high-demand fields. That is what Virginia Peninsula Community College is about.”
The College, which was founded in 1967, was briefly referred to as Peninsula Community College before being named Thomas Nelson Community College.
“We are proud to be a bridge to a brighter future for all Peninsula residents who desire to learn,” Brannon said.
Festivities at the two-hour event included demonstrations by the College’s ballroom dance team and its cheerleaders. There also were games, giveaways, music, food and more. Those present also had the opportunity to meet with College representatives to learn about the academic and workforce development program offerings.
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The conclusion of the event didn’t put an end to the changes at the College. It’s an ongoing process, with new signs, banners and more being unveiled almost daily. The majority of the College’s website and social media pages have been updated.
The College is one of five institutions in Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) that has been renamed in the past year. Dabney S. Lancaster became Mountain Gateway Community College, John Tyler changed to Brightpoint Community College, Lord Fairfax now is Laurel Ridge Community College, and Patrick Henry added an ampersand and now is Patrick & Henry Community College.