Founded in 1967, Thomas Nelson is the Peninsula’s Community College, serving the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg and the counties of James City and York. Thomas Nelson is the fifth largest of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
We change lives and transform our community through diverse, inclusive, and equitable education and workforce training, excellent support and services, and innovative partnerships
To provide broad and equitable access to higher education and workforce training that empowers our community to thrive and grow
We are passionate about our students’ success and their futures and are committed to providing outstanding education and training opportunities in a supportive collegiate environment that will equip students to compete in the global workforce.
We value high standards for learning and appreciate our dedicated faculty and staff who create learning environments that stimulate intellectual growth and academic achievement, encourage life-long learning, and help students realize their dreams.
We affirm our commitment to meeting the education and workforce training needs of our community and to building strong innovative partnerships that support the economic vitality of the region.
We expect everyone to take responsibility for their actions, to engage in ethical behavior, and to impart honesty, trust, and transparency in all interactions.
We are committed to exploring and understanding our similarities and differences and fostering inclusive working and learning environments that promote respect and appreciation for our diverse cultures, beliefs, lifestyles and perspectives.
Mutual Respect & Shared Governance
We value the contributions of everyone, encourage the sharing of ideas, and commit to equitable treatment in all that we do. We acknowledge a shared responsibility for institutional success and improvement and commit to shared decision making characterized by broad participation, openness, and teamwork.