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TCC PARTNERS WITH TITAN VIRGINIA READY-MIX
May 1 launch of a new truck-driving opportunity

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (April 19, 2006) – Tidewater Community College’s Truck Driving Training program announces a new student opportunity in an inaugural partnership with local concrete producer Titan Virginia Ready-Mix, a subsidiary of Titan America.

This spring, Titan contacted TCC - one of only two community colleges in the state that offers truck-driving licensure through its program - to discuss training opportunities. With TCC’s program, the Department of Motor Vehicles comes to campus and tests the students for licensure upon successful completion of the 7-week course.

In its partnership with TCC - launching with the May 1 class - Titan will interview interested students halfway through the course and offer employment to selected students. They will earn more than $12 an hour while still in class and for time each day also working at Titan.

Titan will donate a ready-mix truck to TCC that will give students hands-on experience for Class B certification.

“We’re very excited to partner with TCC in this new venture,” says Kenya Manning, human resource manager, Titan Virginia Ready-Mix. “The market dictates that we use different resources to combat the ongoing driver shortage, and we believe this new avenue for certification and licensing is a win/win for Titan and for those seeking high-paying jobs in the Tidewater area.”

TCC’s truck-driving training will add Class B licensure to its established Class A program to further prepare drivers for Titan and other firms. TCC this year expanded training to include an 8-week evening session, helping address a dire shortage of drivers. Enrollment grew 114 percent from fall 2004 to fall 2005. Tuition for the program is $1,215.

“We’re pleased to be able to work with Titan in this unique effort,” says Ann Ambrose, dean of business, public services and technologies, TCC’s Portsmouth Campus.

For information on TCC’s truck-driving program, call TCC’s Information Center at 822-1122.


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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 37,000 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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