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    1970s

    April
    ‚Äč1970
    TNCC CONVERTS TRAILERS INTO STUDENT LOUNGES
    Two of the three trailer TNCC are leasing to temporarily solve its inner space problems were being fastened together today to form a new student lounges. Times Herald 4/20/1970
    May
    1970
    WOOLWORTH, TNCC OFFER JOB PROGRAM
    F.W. Woolworth Co. will provide on-the-job experience for Thomas Nelson Community College business management students. Times Herald 5/22/197
    June 1970 THOMAS NELSON PUBLISHES FIRST YEARBOOK NAMED “IMPACT” After two years of operation TNCC is publishing a yearbook. 
    Daily Press 6/2010/1970
    June 1970
    FIRST TNCC GRADS: 60 EARN ASSOCIATE DEGREES
    Sixty Thomas Nelson Community College seniors will receive associate degrees in the two-year-old school’s first commencement exercises, to be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow out-of-doors on the campus. 
    Times Herald 5/2012/1970
    October
    1970
    ENROLLMENT RISES AT LOCAL COLLEGE
    Thomas Nelson Community College is bulging at the seams with a total enrollment of 2,174 students using the classrooms from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. five days a week – plus Saturday mornings. Times Herald 10/2/1970
    October
    1970
    FIREMEN STUDYING AT NELSON – 97 % of Hampton’s Fire Department enrolled in Thomas Nelson to further their education. 56 of Hampton’s 59 firemen enrolled in a training program which leads to an Associates Degree in Applied Science. Times Herald 10/7/1970
    November
    1970
    OPERATIONS OF LIBRARY COMPUTERIZED – TNCC is the first Peninsula library to computerize its operations. The coordinator of library services explained that computerizing the library’s acquisition and inventory involves developing a list of the present collection which numbers over 14,000 books. Daily Press 11/8/1970
    November
    1970
    TNCC ADDS FINE ART PROGRAM – TNCC is planning to expand its art department to include fine art in addition to its commercial art curriculum. Daily Press 11/23/1970
    December
    1970
    TNCC FULLY ACCREDITED – Thomas Nelson Community College gained full accreditation today from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Thomas Nelson has passed with flying colors the preliminary steps of reports and an inspection visit by the SACS team last spring. Times Herald 12/2/1970
    December
    1970
    $3,384 SIGN TO SPELL OUT TNCC Travelers on interstate 64 will soon be informed the cluster of modern brown brick buildings they’re passing is Thomas Nelson Community College. -- Times Herald 12/11/1970
    March
    1971
    NASA, COMMUNITY COLLEGE SIGN WORK-STUDY AGREEMENT – Technical futures for two score high school graduates was assured Tuesday through Thomas Nelson Community College and Langley Research Center.
    Langley director, Edgar M. Cortright projected “a high probability of permanent employment” to graduates of the 13 quarter shop classroom program. The program combines shop training needed to train skilled craftsmen with classroom work in TNCC’s associate of arts degree program. Times Herald 3/17/1971
    June
    1971
    FIRST WOMAN MEMBER NAMED TO TNCC BOARD – Mrs. Jane Blaine Blayton has been named by the James City County board of supervisors to a new four-year term starting July 1, marking the first time a woman has served on the TNCC board. Times Herald 6/25/1971
    August
    1971
    CANNON NEW TNCC HEAD – The new president of Thomas Nelson Community College is Dr. Gerald O. Cannon, former dean of instruction and interim acting president of the college. 
    Daily Press 8/27/1971
    November
    1971
    TNCC EXPANSION OKAYED – Expansion plans for Thomas Nelson Community College, calling for construction of 12 new buildings at a cost of $14.9 million, were partially approved Saturday by the State Board if Community Colleges.
    New buildings, in the order of proposed construction include the library and learning resource center, a student center, building for business science, engineering science classrooms, paramedical facilities, physical education, facilities, a fine arts center and an auditorium. Daily Press/7/1971
    February
    1972
    TNCC STUDENT CENTER OPENS - Times Herald 2/2010/1972
    March
    1972
    TNCC BOARD APPROVES CO-OP PLAN WITH CNC - Under a plan coming out of articulation sessions at the 2 schools, TNCC and CNC, a student at one college may enroll in a class at the other institution if it is not offered at the time on the student’s home campus. There will also be a reciprocal exchange of faculty members however there will be no changes in the payroll. Official approval for CNC will have to come from the College of William and Mary, CNC’s parent institution. TNCC Board has already approved the co-op plan. 
    Times Herald 3/3/1972
    July
    1972
    POLICE ACADEMY TO START AT THOMAS NELSON AUG.7 – The Academy will be able to handle all recruits and in-service training for Peninsula police and sheriff departments.  Daily Press 7/21/1972
    November
    1972
    TNCC SCHEDULES GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW LIBRARY – Groundbreaking ceremonies for Thomas Nelson Community College’s new library, student lounge and occupational technical building will be at 4 p.m., Nov. 16. 
    Daily Press 11/7/1972
    May
    1974
    TNCC’S BIG DAY – TNCC’s new $2 million library, student lounge and occupational-technical building will open Thursday for use by the counseling center. The rest of the facility should be finished by June 3rd. 
    Times Herald 5/2015/1974
    May
    1974
    TNCC GIVEN COAT OF ARMS – A surprise presentation of the Thomas Nelson coat of arms to the namesake community college was a highlight of a banquet for Genealogical Society of the Peninsula.
    Times Herald 5/18/1974
    June
    1974
    TNCC GRADUATES BIGGEST CLASS – The largest class in the history of Thomas Nelson Community College shared 341 diplomas Saturday to mark completion of their two years of college programs. 
    Daily Press 6/2016/1974
    November 1974 Wythe and Griffin Halls are dedicated on November 10, 1974.  Dedication Program
    December
    1974
    TNCC OPENS COUNSELING CENTER ON FRIDAY   
    Times Herald 12/2/1974
    October
    1975
    TNCC GETS NEW ADDRESS – the new address is 99 Thomas Nelson Drive instead of 200 Butler Farm Road. 
    10/1975
    January
    1976
    STUDENTS INCREASE AT TNCC –Enrollment at TNCC is up 10 percent this quarter, compared to winter quarter 1975. A total of 4,383 students are enrolled, up from 3,991 a year ago. 
    Daily Press 1/23/1976
    May
    1976
    BARRETT TO ACT AS TNCC HEAD – Dr. Thomas C. Barrett has been designated acting president at Thomas Nelson Community College. Formerly dean of student services, Barrett will substitute for ailing President Gerald O. Cannon until he returns. Cannon, 68, is recovering at home following surgery for cancer. 
    August
    1976
    TNCC EARNS “A” ON GRADUATE ACHIEVEMENTS - Approximately 70 percent of TNCC’s 383 responding graduates in a three- year follow-up study are regularly employed. The remaining 30 per cent are enrolled in advanced educational programs training, such as nursing. 
    Daily Press 8/1/1976
    October
    1976
    TNCC PLAN FORESEES DOUBLING IN 10 YEARS – Thomas Nelson Community College officials are predicting the college will double in size within 10 years. First draft of a revised 10-year master plan calls for 8,744 students on the Hampton campus by 1986 and six new buildings to accommodate them. Times Herald 10/22/1976
    November
    1976
    TNCC TO BURY TIME CAPSULE – Donated by NASA, the time capsule, a stainless steel cube, measures three cubic feet and will be sealed by NASA after the committee fills it. The cube will be placed in the ground for 100 years. 
    Daily Press 11/26/1976
    September
    1977
    THOMAS NELSON TO GET BUS SERVICE - Thomas Nelson Community College students will get a special Pentran bus route starting Sept. 26th. Times Herald 9/2015/1977
    May
    1978
    TNCC BREAKS GROUND – Ground was broken Friday afternoon for a $4 million engineering and natural science building at Thomas Nelson Community College. 
    Times Herald 5/20/1978
    1978 Ground broken for Jameson Hall, later renamed as Hastings Hall.  This photo of the groundbreaking features VCCS Chancellor Dr. Dana Hamel, TNCC President G.O. Cannon, and college board members Yarborough B. Williams and Robert B. Smith.
    August
    1978
    COMPUTER SPEEDS REGISTRATION AT TNCC – Long registration lines have plagued colleges for years, but the pattern has been broken at Thomas Nelson Community College with the aid of a computer and a cathode ray tube. TNCC President Dr. Gerald Cannon said “We are really pleased that the new procedure is working so well.” 
    Daily Press 8/25/1978
    September
    1978
    TNCC BOARD TO STUDY EXPANSION - Thomas Nelson Community College board members will discuss the possibility of expanding to the Space Radiation Effects Laboratory in Newport News. 
    Daily Press 9/27/1978
    October
    1978
    TNCC MARKS ANNIVERSARY (SCULPTURE UNVEILED) – TNCC’s Fall Festival was significant from several viewpoints.
    It marked the 10th anniversary and it was an opportunity to unveil an outdoor sculpture. To permanently symbolize the ten-year growth of TNCC, a 15-foot-high steel sculpture was created by Dr. Charles Bush, professor of architecture. Bush’s design was brought to life through a welding class in 1978. This was a class instructional project: the metal was acquired through a program in which surplus equipment and supplies are made available for instructional and educational purposes. The base which the sculpture rests was donated by a local concrete company. The sculpture is named “TN for TEN” – Thomas Nelson for ten years. Daily Press 10/9/1978
    December
    1978
    KUBALA TO SUCCEED CANNON AS PRESIDENT OF TNCC – A 40-year-old Maryland man, Thomas Stephen Kubala, as been selected to replace Gerald O. Cannon as president of Thomas Nelson Community College.
    Daily Press 12/2015/1978
    October
    1979
    NEW ROAD TO THOMAS NELSON OPENS TODAY – A second entrance to Thomas Nelson Community College, connecting Magruder Blvd to the campus, was officially opened today in an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony. 
    Times Herald 10/4/1979
    December
    1979
    OPENING OF BUILDING BRINGS CHANGES TO TNCC – Thomas Nelson Community College prepares to occupy the new $4 million Hastings science and technologies building next spring. TNCC faculty and staff will begin moving into the second floor of the new building within a few weeks. 
    Times Herald 12/7/1979