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Beazley Foundation’s $1.4 million gift is the largest in TCC’s history

NORFOLK, VA – (Aug. 8, 2005) – The largest gift ever made to Tidewater Community College will help establish the Beazley School of Nursing on the new Portsmouth Campus, TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce and Beazley Foundation President Judge Richard S. Bray announced today. A $1.4 million gift was awarded to the TCC Educational Foundation by the Beazley Foundation at its July 25 Board of Trustees meeting.

“The Beazley Foundation's tremendous gift to TCC - the people's college of South Hampton Roads - will effectively extend our mutual goals of public service a thousand fold,” says President DiCroce. “The foundation's generosity continues its deeply rooted support of TCC's critical mission, while strategically meeting the pressing needs of healthcare in our region.”

TCC was created in 1968 after the Beazley Foundation, based in Portsmouth , donated the 520 acres where the Portsmouth campus is now located and made a supporting $1 million gift to the Virginia Community College System to launch a community college in the Tidewater area.

TCC has announced plans to build a new Portsmouth campus in the city's redeveloping Victory Crossing area. Slated to open in the 2008-09 school year, the $50 million campus will now include The Beazley School of Nursing, which will be housed in state-of-the-art facilities.

The Beazley Foundation's $1.4 million gift will enable TCC to evolve its nursing program into a national benchmark program by:

•  Increasing the number of graduates over the next five years from 48 CNAs to 80, from 30 LPNs to 60, and from 77 RNs to 150, addressing a critical shortage projected to worsen in the coming years.

•  Developing a career ladder that allows students to advance from certified nursing assistant (CNA) to licensed practical nurse (LPN) to RN with an associate degree in nursing and beyond.

•  Integrating the LPN program at Portsmouth Public Schools, currently conducted at the Cradock Career & Technology Center , into the TCC nursing curriculum, while preserving the opportunity for Portsmouth students to continue in the program.

•  Bringing more state-of-the-art technology, such as human patient simulators and “smart” classrooms, into the nursing curriculum;

•  Adding full-time faculty members to the program.

•  Forging partnerships with Eastern Virginia Medical School and other Hampton Roads healthcare providers.

The Beazley Foundation was established in 1948 with funds provided by Fred W. Beazley and his family, of Portsmouth . “Education and human services generally constitute the mission of the Foundation,” said Judge Bray. “Quality healthcare is essential to our community and competent, well-trained nursing professionals are indispensable to satisfy this need. The Foundation's gift will strengthen and enhance the TCC nursing programs, substantially benefiting the entire region.”

The total budget for the nursing school is $6.1 million. TCC's operating funds will contribute $4.3 million over the next five years, with the remaining funds provided by other donations.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 36,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 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-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit