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March 3, 2008




“Women Can!”


WHAT:  “Women Can!” – A FREE conference for women looking for a different kind of career.  Presented by TCC's Women's Center, this career conference features Virginia Beach Deputy Fire Chief Donna Brehm - the first paid female fire fighter in the city - as keynote speaker.



~ A panel of women in such careers as Construction Project Management, Welding, Auto Tech, Law Enforcement, Computer Networking


~ Break-out sessions to explore how to learn skills for these types of jobs - featuring TCC faculty and students



~ These careers offer stability, a career ladder, job satisfaction and fair wages - and can be started with a certificate or an Associate in Applied Science degree.


~  Whereas “traditional female” jobs, from preschool teacher to home-health aid to fast-food cook to hairdresser to retail sales, earn on average from $14,900 to $22,420, careers such as civil engineering tech, welder, tractor-trailer trucker, network and computer systems administrator, and police officer earn from $32,780 to $58,430 (U.S. Dept. of Labor 2006).


WHEN:  Friday, April 11, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


WHERE:  Advanced Technology Center on TCC’s Virginia Beach Campus (Type “Campus Maps” on TCC’s web site search box for directions,


WHO:  Designed for women considering career choices, but anyone is welcome


COST:  FREE; registration encouraged due to limited seats


CONTACT:  Call conference coordinator Sally Daniel at 822-7554 to register; for more information visit the Women’s Center page,



To explore these career fields, go to the website for IWITTS (Institute for Women in Trades and Technology and Science),



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