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Offerings range from Green Design to Personal Trainer to Marine Technologies

 HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (June 11, 2008) – Addressing workforce needs and reflecting the nimbleness of the community college mission, Tidewater Community College launches six new certificate programs this fall. Ranging from green design to personal training to maritime technologies, the new offerings serve growing areas in business and industry, adding to numerous certificates that are already among TCC’s 150 academic programs.

“These career-study certificates are in direct response to business and student needs,” notes Mike Summers, TCC vice president for academic and student affairs. “They offer a way to formalize credit hours that many students are already taking.”

TCC’s Interior Design program adds two certificates: Green Design for Interiors and Kitchen and Bath Design. As environmental awareness grows in Hampton Roads, the Green Design certificate prepares students to take the LEED® Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). With global warming becoming a greater concern locally, nationally and globally, the desire for decreased emissions and reaching a ‘zero-carbon footprint’ has increased the demand for ‘green’ buildings and environmentally-savvy interior designers.

Kitchen and bath remodeling continues to be the most frequent type of home improvement, with more companies seeking the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) certification. To help meet the demand for employees, TCC’s Interior Design Advisory Committee recommended adding NKBA requirements to course offerings. This new certificate will prepare students to take the examination for an Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) certification.

TCC’s Regional Automotive Advisory Committee has long sought marine-diesel training for Hampton Roads. As the maritime industry grows, the need for qualified marine-diesel mechanics also increases. When working towards this certificate, Marine Diesel Technician, future marine mechanics study marine science and prepare to complete the American Yacht and Boat Council certification.  

Registered apprentice students with local shipyards will soon be able to earn a certificate in Maritime Technologies. Supporting this program is the Maritime Taskforce, a collaboration of over 30 maritime industry partners, who identified local workforce needs. This certificate aims to meet the core course requirements in maritime-related, registered apprenticeship programs. It also responds to a recommendation from the National Shipbuilding and Repair Research organization to provide a standardized curriculum that meets industry standards and quality.

Helping to keep Hampton Roads fit, TCC introduces a certificate in Personal Training and Fitness. As baby boomers age and area schools consolidate physical education programs, there is an even greater need for the personal trainer and fitness expert. Students who earn this certificate prepare to work with clients of all ages designing exercises programs, nutrition plans and goal setting to improve overall health.

Providing an interim goal for students, TCC adds a certificate in General Studies, pending approval by the State Board for Community Colleges. “For some students, the two-year degree can seem out of reach,” explains Summers. By adding this certificate, we give students the opportunity to meet goals and see success sooner.” This certificate formally recognizes general education coursework completed by students and provides an incentive for transfer to a baccalaureate institution. The General Studies certificate is designed with courses that can be transferred to other community colleges and universities.



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