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CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA - (July 16, 2003) - Tidewater Community College will host Transitions, a free one-day conference for women on Friday, August 1, 2003, at the Chesapeake campus, 1428 Cedar Road. The conference is designed for women who are considering returning to school to obtain a degree or change careers.

Registration begins at 8:30 am. The program includes a variety of motivational speakers, a career workshop and representatives from enrollment, financial aid, placement testing and academic counseling for questions and answers. The conference also includes a free luncheon and ends with a campus tour at 2:15 pm.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns about balancing family, work and school and find out more about financial aid, testing and career opportunities. Transitions is co-sponsored by the Women's Center and the Student Activities Office on the Chesapeake campus.

Speakers include others who have successfully returned to school as well as college personnel. A mini career workshop will also be offered.

Space is limited and reservations are required. The registration deadline is July 24 and reservations can be made by calling the Women's Center at 822-5133.

"Women who return to school make an important decision based either on economics or personal enrichment. Many have their economic back against the wall and need further education to obtain a better paying job," states Janet Marvel, counselor at the Women's Center. "We offer a variety of services to help women achieve their goals."

In the past 25 years, the definition of college student has changed. Rather than making a one-time choice about college at age 17, people make educational decisions throughout their lives. Returning students-those over age 30-now represent the fastest-growing age group in postsecondary education.

Tidewater Community College (TCC) is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. It is the 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community college network and among the 50 fastest growing large community colleges. 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, a regional Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne, Portsmouth, the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.

Kate Behnke
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