Rajah Caruth new paint scheme

NCI’s Logo to Feature Prominently on Rajah Caruth’s New Paint Scheme at Richmond Raceway

Martinsville, VA – The excitement continues to build after New College Institute (NCI) proudly announced its latest partnership with the Wendell Scott Foundation, marking a new chapter in their shared commitment to empowering the next generation of leaders. This dynamic collaboration is set to take center stage at Richmond Raceway on July 29th, where GMS Racing’s NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series driver, Rajah Caruth, will unveil a striking new paint scheme featuring NCI’s logo. The initiative comes as a result of the newly formed alliance between NCI and the Wendell Scott Foundation, aimed at driving impactful change through education and community enrichment. Read more

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New College Institute’s Dr. Susheela Shanta Honored with Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association Presidential Citation Award

The Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA) has recognized Dr. Susheela Shanta, the Coordinator of Academic Programs focusing on STEM education at New College Institute (NCI) in Martinsville, Virginia, with the prestigious Presidential Citation Award. This distinguished accolade was presented to Dr. Shanta by Amy Sabarre, President of VTEEA, during the Annual Conference held in Hampton, Virginia, on July 17-20, 2023. Read more

Summer Camp Showcase activity

New College Institute’s Summer Camp Showcase Expo: A Resounding Success

July 5, 2023 – New College Institute (NCI) proudly presented its highly anticipated Summer Camp Showcase Expo on June 29, 2023. The event, held at the NCI campus, brought together young minds, parents, and the community to celebrate the culmination of an enriching summer camp program. Read more

Wendell Scott Foundation

NCI Announces Partnership With The Wendell Scott Foundation

Today, the New College Institute (NCI) and the Wendell Scott Foundation announced an exciting partnership for K-12 engagement with students throughout the Southside Virginia Region.  At a meeting of the Board of Directors of NCI, Executive Director Joe Sumner and Wendell Scott’s grandson and CEO of the foundation executed a memorandum of understanding whereby they will partner in developing comprehensive educational opportunities for young men and women who attend public schools in the region, with NCI hosting the foundations STEM programs, youth mentorships, and summer camps throughout the year.    Both NCI and The Wendell Scott Foundation will work collaboratively to expand their abilities and resources to the greatest advantage in service to the educational needs of the citizens of Virginia.  The Foundation will operate out of NCI’s Baldwin Building, and will hold their summer camps, Legacy Leaders, Steer Into STEM and Camp Cultivation programs at the NCI main campus, beginning in the summer of 2023.

The New College Institute is a state-funded educational entity that provides access to degree programs (bachelor, master, and doctorate) through our partnerships with VA colleges and universities.  NCI strives to be accessible and convenient for students of all ages.  Our staff, faculty, and board members are all committed to making NCI a premier educational facility for students, businesses, and the community at large.  In addition to college-level degree and certification programs, NCI offers experiential learning opportunities such as the NCI Internship Program and regional cybersecurity and engineering competitions. Additional programs such as NCI’s summer camps, LIFE (Learning Is ForEver), and financial aid resource events encourage and promote continued education throughout the Martinsville-Henry County region.

The Wendell Scott Foundation is a national, not for profit 501c3 established to commemorate the memory of the first African-American race car driver to win the Grand National, NASCAR’s highest level, Wendell Scott. The Foundation regularly addresses the need to expose youth to STEM-based educational opportunities and cultural enrichment activities that historically have not been assessed in under-served communities. The Wendell Scott Foundation has provided mentoring, job skill training, educational opportunities as well as supportive services, that rely on applications of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (“STEM”) to at-risk, under-served youths between the ages of 8 – 18 years of age.  The Foundation also serves as the primary sponsor for the #24 race car of Rajah Caruth, an African-American race car driver who drives full time in the NASCAR® Craftsman Truck Series for GMS Racing.

Virginia state Senator Bill Stanley, Chairman of the NCI Board of Directors made the following statement on today’s announcement: “The Board of Directors and I are thrilled about this new partnership with the Wendell Scott Foundation.  Our mission to provide new and innovative educational and job training opportunities to the citizens of our region meshes perfectly with the efforts of the Foundation. This partnership will focus on an aggressive K-12 public school outreach and engagement program that will offer new opportunities for our local youth to get the job training and education that they need to be successful in the 21st Century economy in Southside, Virginia.  Wendell Scott is an American hero, and we are proud to associate his name and greatness to the mission here at New College.”

Joe Sumner, Executive Director of The New College Institute, said: “ NCI is proud to partner with the Wendell Scott Foundation to honor and continue a legacy of innovation, hard work, and commitment, as we work together towards our shared goals of providing support, resources, and opportunities for our local K-12  students. I am excited to have Warrick and his team here with us in Martinsville, and we are eager to explore the many possibilities and opportunities that such an incredible partnership brings to our community.”

Warrick Scott, CEO of The Wendell Scott Foundation made the following statement: “We are excited to partner with NCI for this new opportunity. The Wendell Scott Foundation remains steadfast in its dedication to providing students with transformational STEM education and cultural enrichment opportunities. In addition, a chance to work in a wonderful community like Martinsville and Henry County is one-of-a-kind opportunity. We are grateful for the position of sharing the diverse heroism of Wendell Scott’s legacy to enhance further the K-12 educational landscape for the students we serve.”


For more information about the Wendell Scott Foundation, please visit their website: www.wendellscott.org .

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Longwood Graduates

Longwood at New College Institute Celebrates Graduation of 2023 Partner Program Graduates and Completers

Martinsville, VA – Longwood University and New College Institute recently recognized those students who participated in the May 20, 2023 graduation ceremonies at Longwood University. The celebration took place at NCI’s Baldwin Building and recognized the hard work and dedication of students who are pursuing degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Liberal Studies with a minor in Early Childhood. Read more

Summer Camps

STEM Education Takes Center Stage in Summer 2023 with an Array of Innovative Programs at New College Institute

Martinsville, VA – New College Institute (NCI) is proud to announce its upcoming summer programs for K-12 students and educators. From teacher professional development to a range of summer camps, students and educators alike can choose from an array of programs designed to enhance their STEM skills and knowledge. Read more


Incident Response is a Team Sport: A Cybersecurity Event to be Hosted by VSTE, VDOE K-12 IT Advisory and NCI

Martinsville, VA – New College Institute (NCI), in partnership with Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE), and Virginia Department of Education’s K-12 IT Advisory, is pleased to announce its upcoming cybersecurity experiential planning event titled “Incident Response is a Team Sport”. The event is set to take place on March 30, 2023 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, and will be held at NCI in Martinsville, VA. Read more

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STAGS Robotics Team 1262 Competes in First Tournament of the Season

New College Institute Board Responds to Foundation Reorganization

MARTINSVILLE, VA — Richard Hall, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New College Institute, a state higher education agency located in the Baldwin Building in the City of Martinsville Virginia, released the following statement regarding the decision of the now defunct New College Foundation’s (NCF) decision to form a new charitable foundation now known as the Martinsville Henry County Academic Foundation (MHCAF):

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Joe Sumner


Martinsville, VA –In October of 2022, the Board of Directors of The New College Institute (NCI), a state governmental agency of higher learning located in Martinsville, Virginia, announced the beginning of an Executive Director search to identify the next leader of the Institute. After an extensive search process led by members of the NCI Board, New College is now pleased to announce that Joe E. Sumner, current Associate Vice-President for Economic Development of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, in Valdosta Georgia, has been selected as the new NCI Executive Director, beginning February 28, 2023. Read more