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“COX COLLEGE” VIA TCC WINS CREATING EXCELLENCE AWARD
Virginia Dept. of Education sponsors annual competition

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – July 14, 2005 – A partnership to provide an accessible associate-degree program to its leadership team has brought reward and recognition manyfold - from its employees to the state of Virginia - to Cox Communications.

Nominated by its education partner, Tidewater Community College, Cox has won the Business and Industry Partnership/Community College category of the 2005 Creating Excellence Awards, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education.

To help its leadership team meet a new company requirement to have a college degree, Cox tapped TCC for customized delivery of courses related to leadership and supervision that would prepare students for an associate degree.

“With the growth we experienced in the past few years, we really needed our team’s technical expertise almost 24/7,” says Frank Bowers, vice president and region manager, Cox Communications Hampton Roads. “And they rose to the occasion with flying colors - we’re pleased to be able to offer them Cox College, not only to meet the company’s new policy, but to give them new career potential as leaders.”

Quinn Leoni, manager, Cox Training and Organizational Development, who led the education initiative at Cox, adds, “It’s so rewarding to work with TCC in this effort. Our employees are clearly benefiting and making the most of this - proof that it’s working all around.”

To date, TCC has offered four full semesters with the fifth underway this summer and average class enrollment of 22. Results show employees reporting higher confidence from the program, with some opting to take a faster track on their own at TCC. Others have noted the value in being able to pursue education while maintaining work-life balance. Because leaders participating in Cox College come from all areas of the company, cross-functional relationships have developed and strengthened, opening new dialogue for problem solving and improvement.


About Cox Communications (www.cox.com)
Cox Communications Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is a multi-service broadband communications company with approximately 6.7 million total customers, including approximately 6.3 million basic cable subscribers. The nation's third-largest cable television provider, Cox offers analog cable television under the Cox Cable brand as well as digital video service under the Cox Digital Cable brand, featuring advanced services including digital video recording, high-definition TVand video-on-demand. Cox provides an array of other communications services including local and long-distance telephone under the Cox Digital Telephone brand, high-speed Internet service under the Cox High Speed Internet brand, and home networking. Commercial voice and data services are offered via Cox Business Services. Local cable advertising, promotional opportunities and production services are sold under the Cox Media brand. Cox is an investor in programming services including Discovery Communications Inc. Cox Communications is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc.

 

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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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