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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (May 22, 2012) – Tidewater Community College’s advisory committee Electromechanical Control Technology – Mechatronics is the recipient of an honor presented annually by the Virginia Community College System and the Virginia Department of Education.

The 2012 Creating Excellence CTE Community College Advisory Committee Award recognizes exemplary programs and partnerships that promote excellence in career and technical education. The TCC Electromechanical Control Technology committee, comprised of local business, industrial and higher education leaders, makes recommendations pursuant to the Electromechanical Technology Controls program offered by the college.

“They review curriculum and equipment and recommend changes the program needs to implement to stay current,” said Thomas Stout, associate professor of Electromechanical Controls. “The time and the effort they have put in has paid off for our program.”

Stout said the advisory committee’s recommendations resulted in the adding of additional certificate programs in Marine Electrical, Renewable Energy Technologies and Fiber and Data Cabling Installation. Curriculum has also been updated, and equipment improved.

The luncheon honoring the winners will be held at noon on June 14 at the DoubleTree Hotel Richmond Airport.

Questions about TCC’s Electromechanical Controls Technology program should be directed to Stout at (757) 822-5230 or


Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was 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, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit