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

New College Foundation

NCI to Celebrate Distinguished Teachers, Graduates, Partner Program Completers

NCI to Celebrate Distinguished Teachers, Graduates, Partner Program Completers

Martinsville, VA – New College Institute and the New College Foundation will host an evening of celebration to recognize recent program completers as well as Distinguished Teacher Award recipients. The event will take place on Monday, April 25 beginning at 5pm at the New College Institute Baldwin Building Lecture Hall.

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NCI Board Appoints Former State Technology Leader as Interim Executive Director

Senator Bill Stanley (R-20), the Chairman of the New College Institute Board of Directors, announced today that the Board has unanimously approved the appointment of Karen R. Jackson, former Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia under Governor Terry McAuliffe, as the interim Executive Director of the New College Institute, replacing outgoing Executive Director Dr. Leanna Blevins, who resigned from the position last month.

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College & Career Day Inspires Students

During College and Career Day at New College Institute (NCI), fifth grade students from Patrick Henry Elementary School (PHES) met with ten local professionals to learn about their educational backgrounds and careers. These professionals represented a wide range of experience including the fields of engineering, education, law enforcement, military, and healthcare. Students rotated in small groups, where they were encouraged to ask questions about the professionals’ pathways to their chosen careers.

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Applying for Financial Aid? NCI Can Help.

Many families worry that they don’t have enough money to make a college education affordable. However, financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, and low-interest student loans can make college possible for anyone. But where to start?

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VCU gives presentation to local nurses at NCI

VCU Offers CEUs for Local Nurses at NCI

New College Institute partnered with the VCU Massey Cancer Center and other regional healthcare organizations to host Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. for a fascinating lecture entitled “Food for Thought.” This lecture focused on the effect of sugar on body functions and overall health.

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Five Strategic Advantages of NCI’s Model

NCI’s model builds upon partnerships, technology, and efficiency to deliver an educational model that is relevant to the needs of employers and prospective students. Here are five advantages to our model in meeting those needs:

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Middle-School Teacher Professional Development

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Attention all teachers! Enhance your STEM education instruction with new ready-to-use modules for hands-on learning. You will leave the conference with a comprehensive curriculum, including engaging lesson plans and hands-on activities for your students. As a bonus, you will receive a STEM certification to validate your knowledge and skills in STEM education.

The teaching modules are designed to be easily integrated into your Technology-education or Agri-science courses (e.g. Intro to Technology, Inventions and Innovations, Agriscience Explorations, and Agriscience & Technology) You will have access to our student portal through Google Classroom, allowing you to share the learning experience with your students.

Our experienced NCI staff instructors are available to provide technical support and assist with any modifications you may need. Best of all, you and your students will have access to the STEMbot at NCI to bring your lessons to life.

Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your STEM education and inspire your students to pursue their passions in STEM. Register now for the STEMbot Teacher Professional Development Conference

  • Hands-on learning on the STEMbot during the week
  • Instructional modules that can be directly incorporated into your units of instruction in your tech-ed or science classroom
  • Gain access for your students to use the NCI STEMbot for hands-on learning during the semester.
  • You will be awarded a certificate of completion and re-certification points from Virginia Tech
  • Access to our student portal through Google Classroom for student learning/assessment materials
  • Low to no cost for the week ($50 – Schools may be able to provide teachers with scholarships – please ask your Directors of Instruction)
  • NCI staff instructors will be available for tech support and help during the semester
  • Access to other NCI resources for your classroom support





OFFICE: 276-403-5623

Learn about the Va Tech STEMbot HERE

VSTE Event

Incident Response Is a Team Sport – VSTE/NCI Event

Incident Response is a Team Sport, is an event that will provide participants with an experience demonstrating how a cybersecurity incident can unfold and how to respond to one using an Incident Response Plan (IRP).

K-12 division-level leadership including superintendents, assistant superintendents, technology directors, network admins,  and other critical staff who would be involved in making high-level cybersecurity incident decisions should attend. The objective for the day is for schools to leave with a draft of an IRP if they do not already have one, or to augment or enhance the one they already have as a result of interacting with cybersecurity and legal experts during the day.  Division-level teams are preferred.

The morning sessions will feature experts in the field of cybersecurity presenting topics and current themes relevant to the K-12 school communities regarding the real threats and critical responses to those situations. The afternoon sessions will provide smaller group breakout sessions geared toward technical simulations of a cyber incident, and the legal and operational issues schools need to manage in a cybersecurity incident.

Lunch will be provided.

Contact Info
Dr Susheela Shanta
Office: 276-403-5623

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Incidence Response Is a Team Sport