Governor Northam Announces Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance to Build Wind Energy Workforce in Virginia

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced the formation of Virginia’s first offshore and onshore wind workforce training collaborative, the Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance. The program will offer industry required certifications that are critical to the operations and long-term maintenance of wind projects. The Governor made the announcement addressing the 2020 Offshore WINDPOWER Virtual Summit hosted by the American Wind Energy Association.

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All Martinsville Kindergarten Students to Receive a Free Book From New College Institute’s Reading for Life Program

Martinsville, VA – New College Institute will provide a book for every kindergarten student in Martinsville City, Henry County, and Patrick County Schools through their Reading for Life program. While in-person reading sessions are not possible this year due to COVID, community leaders will be recording reading activities that will be shared virtually with local schools.

“Reading for Life puts books in the hands of all kindergarten students and provides community role models to promote reading for educational success,” said Steve Keyser, NCI’s Coordinator of Educational & Community Engagement.

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Helen Howell and Martinsville and Henry County NSBE Jr. Chapter Receive Golden Torch Awards from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Helen Howell and Martinsville and Henry County NSBE Jr. Chapter Receive Golden Torch Awards from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

New College Institute Congratulates Howell and Martinsville Chapter for this Honor

Martinsville – The National Society of Black Engineers awarded one of their annual Golden Torch Awards to Helen Howell and the Martinsville/Henry County National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Jr. Chapter. NSBE’s Golden Torch Awards recognize excellence among technical professionals, corporate, government and academic leaders, and university and pre-college students.

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New College Institute Partners with Domain-U to Deliver New, Real-Life, Virtual Trainings

Martinsville, VA – The New College Institute (NCI) announced a new partnership with Domain-U, a leading education technology company, to deliver online trainings that create real-life scenarios.

“With millions of Americans losing their jobs due to COVID-19, we are eager to create new innovative ways to train people to find employment opportunities,” said Karen Jackson, interim executive director, NCI. “Working with Domain-U will allow NCI to bring relevant, real-time training and education to the public.” Read more

Former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling Joins NCI as Senior Lecturer

Martinsville, VA

New College Institute (NCI) is pleased to announce that The Honorable Bill Bolling, former Lieutenant Governor (2006-2014) and State Senator (1996-2005), will be joining NCI as the Institute’s first Senior Lecturer. He will teach a non-credited course on Virginia Government and Politics at NCI this fall. 

“NCI’s mission of expanding access to higher education for rural Virginians hits close to home. I am a first-generation college graduate, born and raised in the coalfields of southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia,” said former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. “I am honored by this opportunity to teach at NCI and reach students across Virginia.”

Bolling’s fall course will include a discussion of Virginia’s unique political history and the people and circumstances that have had a significant impact on Virginia over time. The course will also include a review of the structure and operation of state and local government in Virginia, as well as consideration of some of the important issues currently facing Virginia’s state government. Read more

Students Participating in NCI-Hosted Cyber Security Camp Succeed in National Competition

Martinsville, VA  – New College Institute (NCI) hosted its first annual CyberPatriot CyberCamp for middle and high school students this July with students earning top honors. Students from across the country engaged in interactive, fun sessions where they learned about the importance of cybersecurity and how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats. The week concluded with a national championship amongst CyberCamps where NCI’s student campers ranked in the top 10 percent, and one student placed 10th out of 558 students.

“I really enjoyed doing the cybercamp,” said Katherine Johnson, participant in the NCI CyberPatriot CyberCamp. “It was empowering for me to be able to better understand the security measures that many companies have in place, and I felt better prepared for not just a career in cybersecurity, but any career.” Read more

New College Institute to Offer Amazon Web Services Training in Southern Virginia

Martinsville, Va. – New College Institute (NCI) is pleased to announce a collaborative effort with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide cloud computing skills development and job training through the AWS re/Start program. The first AWS re/Start cohort at NCI is scheduled to begin in Fall 2020 (Download Flyer). NCI and AWS will host informational AWS re/Start webinars on August 5 to provide details on employer, partnership, and participant opportunities.

“This is an amazing opportunity for job seekers in Southern and Southwestern Virginia,” said Karen Jackson, interim executive director of NCI. “We are proud to be working with AWS to provide training that will empower more people in Virginia’s rural communities to learn new, in-demand skills, and find employment in a high-growth industry. ”

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NCI’s Karen Jackson Elected Board Chair of Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia

Martinsville, Va. – New College Institute (NCI) Interim Executive Director Karen Jackson has been elected as Board Chair of the Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia. The Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia (USAV) is a non-profit coalition focused on promoting a legal and regulatory framework that supports innovation, collaboration and growth in the unmanned systems industry in the Commonwealth. Read more

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Public Notice of New College Institute’s Board Meeting

The Board of Directors of the New College will hold a virtual board meeting on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 2:30pm via Zoom.

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Bluefield College, NCI Announce New Partnership to Offer Master of Arts in Counselor Education Degree Program

Martinsville –New College Institute (NCI) and Bluefield College announced a partnership today to offer a Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education beginning with the fall 2020 semester.

This partnership aims to provide access to graduate-level training in Counselor Education with tracks in both clinical mental health and school counseling in Southern Virginia.  Students seeking admission to the MA program can expect flexible programming options (full and part-time), online and hybrid delivery with intensives held on-campus in Bluefield and at NCI, and adherence to CACREP standards and outcomes.

“The collaboration springs from a shared commitment to expand high-quality and impactful educational opportunities throughout rural Virginia,” said Karen Jackson, Interim Executive Director at NCI.  “NCI is pleased to partner with Bluefield College to bring the MA in Counselor Education degree to Southern Virginia.”

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