About Tidewater Community College

TCC is the second largest of 23 colleges within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), which is governed by the State Board for Community Colleges.

TCC at-a-glance

Tidewater Community College has served South Hampton Roads — both students and employers — for nearly 50 years. It has grown from 1 campus into a regional educational and economic force.

4 campuses and 5 regional centers, including the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus

About one-third of TCC's enrollment is made up of military-related students, who are served by knowledgeable staff at the Center for Military and Veterans Education

TCC has the largest African American undergraduate enrollment in Virginia, and nationally is ranked 5th in the number of degrees granted to African American students

TCC has 362 full-time teaching faculty and hundreds of part-time faculty serving nearly 40,000 students a year

Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, Tidewater Community College (TCC) serves South Hampton Roads with 4 campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach and 6 regional centers:

The college also boasts 2 important cultural institutions, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the heart of downtown Norfolk.

TCC is the largest provider of higher education and workforce services in Hampton Roads, enrolling almost 40,000 students annually — the second largest undergraduate student body in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

It is the 11th largest public 2-year community college in the entire nation.

During the 2012-13 academic year, 51 percent of South Hampton Roads residents who enrolled in higher education did so at TCC. Ninety-eight percent of graduates would recommend TCC to those continuing their education. 

TCC has 12 nationally accredited programs.

Among two-year institutions in the U.S., it is the 17th largest associate degree producer.

More than half of TCC graduates receive associate degrees allowing them to transfer to four-year institutions; of those, two-thirds continue their education at four-year schools. In the workplace, employers consistently express high levels of satisfaction with employees who are TCC graduates.

College Vision Statement

Tidewater Community College is vital to the regional economy and is the most affordable, convenient, and innovative provider of high-quality higher education and career training.

College Mission Statement

Tidewater Community College provides collegiate education and training to adults of all ages and backgrounds, helping them achieve their individual goals and contribute as citizens and workers to the vitality of an increasingly global community.

Open access to high-quality, affordable education to prepare students for transfer to a four-year baccalaureate institution, as well as for entry or advancement in the workforce.

Cultural diversity as a critically important strength for students to meet the changing needs of a pluralistic, democratic society.

Lifelong learning to heighten the awareness of students to multiple paths for achievement while helping them pursue the choices most conducive to their individual needs.

Partnerships and proactive responsiveness to develop cutting-edge programs that meet the changing needs of students and industry, while contributing to the economic, civic, and cultural vitality of the region, the Commonwealth, the nation, and the international community.

A comprehensive range of programs and services recognized for excellence by leaders of business, industry, and government, and by educators in K-12 education and four-year colleges and universities. 
Approved by TCC  College Board
March 12, 2002


Tidewater Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tidewater Community College.

A quick history

The entry to TCC's Frederick Campus in the 1970s1966: The Virginia General Assembly establishes the Virginia Community College System to provide comprehensive institutions that address unmet needs in higher education and workforce training

1968: The Beazley Foundation donates the Frederick College site on the banks of the James River to the Commonwealth of Virginia to establish a community college. It eventually becomes the Frederick W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus.

1973: The Virginia Beach Campus opens, dedicated by Gov. Mills E. Godwin Jr., the “father” of Virginia community colleges. The Chesapeake Campus also opens.

1984: The Chesapeake Campus opens the region’s first robotics lab, and the Frederick Campus initiates a $126,000 computer-aided drafting program.

1995: The Visual Arts Center opens in the former Famous department store building in Olde Towne Portsmouth.

1997: TCC’s campus in downtown Norfolk opens, helping to revitalize the area.

2000: The 1926 Loews Theater, renamed the Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center, becomes the fourth building in the ongoing development of the Norfolk Campus.

2007: The State Board for Community Colleges approves the TCC Business Plan for student centers on each of the four campuses.

2010: The new Fred W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus replaces the founding campus in northern Suffolk.

2011: The first of four student centers opens on the Norfolk Campus. The others follow in 2013 and 2014.

2013: TCC and the City of Virginia Beach launch the 120,000-square-foot Joint-Use Library on the Virginia Beach Campus. The college's 2013-2018 strategic plan, "One College, One Voice, One Future," is created under President Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani. TCC holds the first regional jobs summit, "Let's Grow." TCC becomes the first regionally accredited institution to offer a full degree program using open-educational resources, freeing students from the cost of textbooks.

2014: The Chesapeake Campus grows with the addition of the Chesapeake Academic Building, which includes the Black Box Theatre.

2015: TCC creates dual-enrollment programs with Chesapeake and Virginia Beach public schools focusing on advanced manufacturing.

Virginia's Community Colleges 50th anniversary logo2016: The Virginia Community College System marks its 50th anniversary.

For a more detailed history, visit the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.