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Honored for career and technical education in partnership with TCC


Bill Clifford, president (far right), and Joe Williams, vice president (center), BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, received the Creating Excellence Award for a successful, progressive partnership with TCC. Barbara Murray, TCC’s Maritime and Transportation Center coordinator, headed the college’s training program effort.


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (June 26, 2007) In a partnership with Tidewater Community College, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair has won a 2007 Creating Excellence, Regional Business and Industry Partnership Community College Award, given by the Virginia Department of Education - Office of Career and Technical Education.


The annual award honors a business for “exceptional and exemplary contributions to career and technical education in the commonwealth of Virginia.” The department of education honored winners in five Creating Excellence categories at a June 18 lunch in Richmond that featured comments by Secretary of Education Thomas R. Morris.


TCC’s Workforce Solutions office nominated BAE Systems for the award, citing their collaborative work to identify 10 occupations for journeyman craft trades in ship repair and creation of a successful four-year apprenticeship program. Outstanding results included a rise from 50 percent to 87 percent course-completion rate, expansion to 71 students in the program, and the launch of two new classes – Introduction to Ship Systems and Introduction to Computer Applications.


“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Commonwealth and TCC for our efforts to build a pipeline of the next generation of shipyard workers,” said Bill Clifford, president, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. “It’s one of the most critical challenges we face in our industry. At BAE Systems, we’re making a concerted effort to invest in those who are committed to making ship repair a career – it’s the right thing to do.”


“TCC’s partnership with BAE Systems – which is part of a critical industry for our region’s economy – provides a model of how collaborative education can serve workforce needs,” says Theresa Bryant, TCC vice president for Workforce Solutions.  




Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. 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-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit