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30,000-square-foot, high-tech facility has all the bells and whistles 

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Aug. 25, 2008) – Tidewater Community College has opened its heralded 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Regional Automotive Center – Hampton Roads’ only high-tech educational facility for today’s automotive industry.

In partnership with the city of Chesapeake, TCC located the facility, complete with an automotive “showroom” area, at 600 Innovation Drive, off Clearview Drive, in Oakbrooke Business & Technology Center, one of the city’s newest business developments.

“The new TCC Regional Automotive Center embodies the college’s commitment to developing smart partnerships and strategic alliances that help our region’s economy grow and prosper,” says President Deborah M. DiCroce.


Funded primarily by the 2002 Higher Education General Obligation Bond, overwhelmingly supported by the voters of Hampton Roads, and with additional funding from the city of Chesapeake, the new facility is state-of-the-art

in every way. 

TCC offers a comprehensive automotive technology program,

as well as specialized manufacturer programs, such as Chrysler CAP (College Automotive Program), Toyota T-TEN (Toyota Technical Education Network), and Honda PACT (Professional Automotive Career Training). 

The Center boasts nine classrooms and 15 instructional garage bays – including one that will accommodate a tractor-trailer rig.

It offers students and employers affordable and convenient training at the forefront of industry trends and standards, while providing automotive sector businesses across Hampton Roads with a never-ending stream of well-trained, technology-savvy employees.

For more information about TCC’s Automotive Technology program, call the Information Center at 822-1122 or visit TCC’s web site,



Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit