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TCC TO FUND INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY
$1M gift from Frank Batten Sr. to create program

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Feb. 1, 2006) – Tidewater Community College marks a new era in technology innovation and leadership, made possible through a gift from Frank Batten Sr., founder of Landmark Communications. The gift of $1 million, revealed at the college's Feb. 1 public announcement of The Campaign for TCC, will launch the Batten Program for Technological Innovation and Leadership.

Comprised of two components – faculty professional development centers and a faculty fellowship for technological innovation and leadership – the program will provide a state-of-the-art facility on each campus where faculty will train with new instructional technology, and an endowment to perpetually fund faculty grants for technological innovation.

“Technology fuels how we work, and certainly how we learn in today’s world,” says TCC President Deborah DiCroce. “Frank Batten Sr. understands the critical role of technology in our mission to provide quality higher education for the citizens of Hampton Roads. His vision and generosity will advance TCC’s evolution to a national model of a strategic community college.”

“Indeed, Mr. Batten’s appreciation of technology encourages TCC’s strategic path, seeking technology that will infuse the educational process with dynamics that match and anticipate workplace standards of today and the future,” adds DiCroce.

The gift will serve to launch the following:

Batten Faculty Professional Development Centers
TCC will create four dedicated professional development facilities at the Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach campuses for faculty access to state-of-the-art instructional technology, software and resource materials.


Batten Fellowship for Technological Innovation and Leadership

•  An endowment will establish and support the Batten Fellowship for Technological Innovation and Leadership at TCC. Annual endowment proceeds will fund development and implementation of innovative projects that enhance the college's position as a leader in technology.

•  Batten Fellows will be selected through a competitive process for full-time faculty. Their proposals to fund innovative ideas in areas such as technology hardware, computer software programs, process development projects, projects with customized programming of existing operating systems, curriculum development and professional development.

“The purpose of this gift – to help TCC develop a top-notch technology infrastructure and culture – will advance TCC’s ability to meet the needs of Hampton Roads’ employers and students,” believes Frank Batten Sr. “The college’s reputation for growth, partnership and innovation are part of what makes it such a significant contributor to our economic development. We need a workforce prepared to think on its feet, innovate and lead in business and industry that are key to our region’s success.”

 

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Laurie White
Media Relations
757-822-1085

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 www.tcc.edu

 
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