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NORFOLK, Va. – (Feb. 4, 2005) – Tidewater Community College’s efforts with job preparation in the community just got a boost with a near quarter-million dollar grant.

Through the Employment Advancement for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant, the Virginia Department of Social Services has awarded TCC’s Job Skills Training program more than $223,000 to help qualified people prepare for and get jobs. The grant will contribute to assessments, job-specific training, internships, workforce readiness training, counseling, employment development and follow-up services for up to 100 TANF recipients, through May 2006.

TCC will work in partnership with the Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Portsmouth local departments of social services and several Hampton Roads employers. Participants can train in certified nursing aide work - offered by JSTP in partnership with Sentara Life Care - or customer service or hospitality. Based on current JSTP alumni statistics, about 84 percent of the graduates will be placed in unsubsidized, guaranteed, full-time jobs with benefit packages and opportunities for advancement.

JSTP has a proven track record in empowering students towards self-sufficiency, improving their job retention and upward wage mobility. Since 1997 this program has served more than 700 students with one of the highest success rates in the nation for job placement and retention. (

TCC’s Workforce Solutions division houses JSTP as an important part of its programs to advance economic development and career preparation in the region.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 35,000 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