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Counselors see careers in action;
aids in tech-career awareness for students

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - (July 19, 2004) - Tidewater Tech Prep Consortium, which includes Tidewater Community College and secondary schools in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, hosts its annual Tech Trek Tour on July 21. The tour takes 40 school system counselors to local businesses that represent business, information technology, health sciences, engineering and industrial technology. Participating businesses include Chesapeake General Hospital, E.V. Williams Inc., Dam Neck Naval Base and Hall Honda.

The Tidewater Tech Prep Consortium - the second largest of the 23 consortiums in the state - coordinates communication and collaboration among the 31 middle and high schools in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, the four TCC campuses and the business community. The goal is to assure students have access to avenues of academic and technical education for career preparation.

The tour exposes counselors to local businesses to learn about different types of jobs available in the region. Each business provides insight into target career categories such as health, construction, information technology and automotive. The program provides counselors with insight into career information including educational and skill requirements. "By providing an awareness of the local industries and a clear path to advancement, we will significantly improve upon the overall Workforce Solutions of the Hampton Roads region,"says Jinxey Poniatowski, tech prep coordinator.

For more information, call 757-822-7028.
TCC Tech Prep website


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nationís 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks 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 as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the regionís residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.