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REGION’S CHILDCARE STUDENTS TO HAVE FIRST-EVER 3+1 OPPORTUNITY

TCC and NSU announce unique transfer agreement

            

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Feb. 28, 2006) – In collaboration with the South Hampton Roads Early Childhood Coalition (SHRECC), Tidewater Community College and Norfolk State University have announced a unique “3+1” agreement to increase accessibility and affordability of educational opportunities for childcare providers in South Hampton Roads.

Under this agreement, graduates of TCC’s associate of applied science degree program in early childhood development can complete a third year of study at TCC and transfer up to 90 credits into NSU’s baccalaureate degree program in early childhood development-childcare.

Believed to be the only “3+1” program for childcare in the Commonwealth, the agreement:

  • provides a career path for an advanced level of professional development in childcare

  • provides an affordable and accessible degree completion path for early childhood education students by allowing them to complete three years of coursework at community college tuition rates

  • makes it possible for TCC students to transfer coursework seamlessly into a four-year program

  • contributes to improving the quality of childcare services in South Hampton Roads by building competencies of childcare providers

“Early childhood education has become a critical need in Virginia and this country,” says TCC President Deborah DiCroce. “Recognizing directives from No Child Left Behind to state initiatives to increase our children’s success in school, our colleges must work together in new and different ways to encourage and support more professionals in this key workforce.” 

“The 3 + 1 articulation agreement is a natural progression of the 2 + 2 agreement previously established,” says Arletha McSwain, chair, Department of Early Childhood Elementary Education, NSU. “What is heartwarming is that we are validating the needs of preschoolers and their families by offering an affordable four-year degree to students who have the desire to teach this population, but lack the resources. TCC and NSU have a long history of providing exemplary competency-based childcare curricula, and I can not think of a better collaboration.  The bottom line is, these children and their families deserve nothing less than what we are requiring of our teacher candidates wishing to teach pre-k through 12th grade.”    

Funds for this project were provided by the Virginia Department of Social Services Investing in Virginia’s Children grant awarded to Child and Family Services of Eastern Virginia. Matching funds were provided by the Batten Educational Achievement Fund of The Norfolk Foundation to convene the subcommittee on articulation that facilitated development of the agreement.

TCC is also involved in a pilot program funded by this grant to assess and improve early childcare, education environments, and provider competency through formal training and mentoring. The college will use rating scales to establish baseline data, measure progress, identify gaps in competencies, and target areas for developing quality improvement plans for selected early-care programs.

For more information, call TCC’s Information Center at 757-822-1122 or NSU’s Department of Early Childhood Elementary Education at 757-823-2700.

 

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Media contacts: 

Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer, Tidewater Community College – 757-822-1085, lwhite@tcc.edu

Misti Goodson, Assistant News Director, Norfolk State University – 757-823-2119, mgoodson@nsu.edu

 

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.

Norfolk State University first began operation in 1935 as the Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University. In 1942, the college became the independent Norfolk Polytechnic College, and in 1944 it became part of Virginia State College as a result of an act of the Virginia General Assembly. By 1969, the institution separated from Virginia State and began its status as an independent college. Designated as a University in 1979, Norfolk State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is one of the nation’s largest historically black institutions, as well as the largest in Virginia. Located in Norfolk, the heart of Hampton Roads, NSU is just 15 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by cultural attractions.


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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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