Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is a two-year institution offering higher education to the residents of the cities of Hampton, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and Newport News, and the counties of York and James City. The history of Thomas Nelson Community College dates back to 1966 when Virginia’s General Assembly established a statewide system of community colleges. A local committee performed a feasibility analysis for the setting up of a community college in the heart of the population center of Peninsula area and got an approval for the same from the State Board of Community Colleges. The site for the college was purchased by the city of Hampton and the construction work of the college was over in 1968. Classes began with a total enrollment of 1,232 students. The first batch of students graduated with associate’s degrees in 1970.
Thomas Nelson Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for awarding associate degrees.