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Awards for Individual Educator, Advisory Committee, Business Partnership

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Aug. 6, 2009) – Tidewater Community College and its partners swept the community college categories of the Governor’s CTE Exemplary Standards Awards, announced in a recognition event held Aug. 4 by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.

According to a news release from Gov. Kaine’s office, the awards recognize business and industry representatives for their work promoting career and technical education (CTE) and highlight the efforts of educators in providing exceptional instruction and positive outcomes for students.

Chosen from entries submitted among the state’s 23 community colleges, TCC won for:

  • Virginia Community College System Individual Educator - State award — Thomas Stout, head of the electromechanical program at TCC
  • Virginia Community College System Advisory Council/Committee - State award — Automotive Program Advisory Committee at TCC
  • Virginia Community College System Business and Industry Partnership - State award — Canon ITS for partnering with TCC

“The educators, business partners, and programs honored with these awards are setting a standard of excellence for career and technical education in the Commonwealth,” Gov. Kaine said, according to the Aug. 5 news release. “They are helping young people reach their goals while developing the crucial skills needed for success in the 21st-century workplace.”


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation and the 35th largest community college, 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 Norfolk’s theater district, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, 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