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New College Institute Partners with Vytal Studios to Create Impactful Extended Reality Experiences

RICHMOND — Vytal Studios has partnered with New College Institute (NCI) to create several

virtual and augmented reality experiences to serve its students, Southern Virginia, and the

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NCI Welcome Eight New Staff Members

Martinsville, VA – (September 30, 2021) – The New College Institute (NCI) is proud to announce staff additions.  Over the past few months Christina Easley, Clifford House, Evan Kissel, Erica McDaniel, Maggie Omwenga, Kim Phillips, Karol Quezada, and Dr. Ken Russell have joined the NCI team, each bringing unique skills and expertise to NCI. Read more

FAA Selects NCI to Administer the Recreational Drone Pilot Safety Test

Martinsville, VA – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected the New College Institute as a test administrator for The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST).

TRUST provides recreational drone flyers with aeronautical safety knowledge and an overview of the rules for operating drones. Drone operators can take the free online test and immediately receive their completion certificate, which they are required to present if requested by FAA or law enforcement. Read more

New College Institute L.I.F.E Series: Uptown Architecture

Martinsville Henry County Historical Society’s President, Virginia King, will give a presentation on the architecture and history of Uptown Martinsville.

RSVP to Erica McDaniel by calling 276-403-5605 or email emcdaniel@newcollegeinstitute.org

FAA Launches Campaign to Encourage Air Traffic Controller Applications from Women, Minorities

Application window open July 30–Aug. 2


WASHINGTON – Ahead of an upcoming open application window to become an air traffic control specialist, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has launched a week-long campaign to encourage more applications from women, minorities, and individuals from underrepresented communities. The campaign will feature current air traffic controllers and FAA leaders sharing their stories in media interviews, on social media, during Instagram Live conversations, and on other platforms. The FAA will also engage with diverse organizations to get the word out and has created a digital toolkit for groups to use.  Read more

NCI Awarded Grant from Claude Moore Charitable Foundation

(Martinsville, VA) The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation has awarded New College Foundation a $60,000 grant to support New College Institute in program development that will build and strengthen the healthcare workforce in southern Virginia and across the Commonwealth.

“The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation is excited by the opportunity to support NCI as they work to develop programs that educate and train individuals to fill in-demand positions in the health workforce. These jobs are in the region, provide good wages, and access to personal growth if desired.” said Dr. Bill Hazel, Senior Deputy Executive Director at Claude Moore.

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GWO Training

New College Institute Builds Innovation Center for Wind Turbine Technicians

NCI offers the combination of GWO certified Basic Safety (BST) and Basic Technical Training (BTT)

New College Institute, located in Martinsville, Virginia, is focused on getting to the future faster, which is great for those looking for careers in growth areas.

Achieving GWO certification in both safety and technical training for wind turbine technicians, New College Institute’s work is a part of its creation of an innovation center, according to Brian Pace, who also is Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing for the college.

The wind industry is expected to add as many as 900 jobs through the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, with the first turbines installed in U.S. federal waters in June 2020. What’s more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics rates a wind turbine technician career as one of the hottest growth areas through 2029.

Here’s what The innovation center does in the wind turbine sector:

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New College Institute’s STAGS Robotics Team Awarded $32,000

March 25, 2021 ­– New College Institute’s FIRST Robotics Team known as the STAGS (Students Technologically Advancing for Greater Success) was awarded $32,000 through grants and contributions to the New College Foundation (NCF).

“These awards were made possible through the generosity of CITGO Petroleum (on behalf of Hutchens Eden-Rentz), Truist Foundation and Mid-Atlantic Broadband Corp contributing $4,000, $10,000 and $18,000, respectively,” shared Kevin DeKoninck, NCF Executive Director.

“NCI is grateful for the generosity and support of our STAGS Robotics Team,” said Karen Jackson, Interim Executive Director at NCI. “Inspiring students across diverse, rural communities to become science and technology leaders and innovators is the heart of this program, and generous investments like these will better equip the STAGS Team to realize success.”

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New Radford University Master’s Degree Coming to NCI

Starting Fall 2021, Radford University is bringing its Master of Science in Strategic Communication degree to New College Institute.

The graduate degree allows students to prepare for careers across various areas of expertise and industries, such as government, financial institutions, public relations firms, higher education, and health education. Students in the program will explore courses in public relations, organizational communication, political communication, interactive media and analytics, and more.

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