TCC HOSTS TRANSITIONS, A FREE
CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN CONSIDERING EDUCATION AND CAREER CHANGES
NORFOLK, Va. – (Oct. 14, 2003) – Tidewater
Community College will host Transitions, a free one-day conference
women on Friday, November 14, 2003, at the Norfolk campus, Martin
Building, 300 Granby Street, 5th floor. 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.
The keynote speaker
is Barbara Bazemore who will
share her experiences about returning to school while raising
children and managing
a household. Bazemore is a TCC graduate and is currently enrolled
in Norfolk State University to complete a four-year degree.
A mini-career workshop will also be offered.
Participants will have
the opportunity to discuss their concerns about balancing family,
work and school and find
out more about
financial aid and testing. Transitions is co-sponsored by the
Women’s Center and the Student Activities Office on the
Space is limited and reservations are required.
The registration deadline is November 10, and reservations
can be made by calling
“Women are motivated to return to school after the loss
of a job, divorce, death of a spouse or because of career limitations
due to a lack of education,” says Ivory Warren, counselor
at TCC’s Women’s Center in Norfolk. “The decision
to return to school is often a life-changing event. Family responsibilities
in addition to career or job demands create stress and are major
obstacles for returning women. A support network like the Women’s
Center helps women achieve their educational and personal goals.
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.
Community College (TCC) is the second largest of the 23 community
colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia,
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