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TCC LAUNCHES STUDENT SHUTTLE SERVICE TO CAMPUSES  
Students asked for transportation help; TCC responded to the need
TCC STUDENTS, LEADERS CELEBRATE INAUGURAL TRIP
[Event Video; Photo Essay]

President Deborah DiCroce announced the new shuttle service on Aug. 23 before taking an inaugural trip with students.

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Aug. 23, 2010) – Responding to student requests for transportation options among its four campuses in as many cities, Tidewater Community College has launched an innovative student shuttle service this fall.

Beginning during the first full week of classes for TCC’s fall semester, the college is providing affordable shuttle service – called the TCC Campus Connector – among its four campuses, starting Thursday, Aug. 26.

TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce announced the shuttle service on Aug. 23, joining students and TCC leaders on an inaugural campus-to-campus trip from the Norfolk Campus to the Virginia Beach Campus.

“Our students told us that transportation among the campuses was a problem for some, and asked if we could find a way to help them meet that challenge,” says DiCroce. “We’re delighted to respond with this new shuttle service and to kick it off with a free two-week start-up, beginning this Thursday.

“It’s critical to expand student services and access to class and campus resources wherever possible,” adds DiCroce.

After the free start-up, Aug. 26-Sept. 9, the shuttle will cost $3 per ride, $6 per round trip and operate weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and evenings, 5 to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Handicapped-accessible, the rides require a TCC ID Card and payment with debit/credit cards; drivers cannot take cash.

With the shuttle hub located at the Virginia Beach Campus, the routes will loop continuously during weekday hours from the hub to the Norfolk Campus; from the hub to the Chesapeake Campus; and from the hub to the Portsmouth Campus, including a stop at the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth. TCC will add routes and consider route modifications based on student feedback which will be solicited on the web.

“This is a wonderful service for students at TCC, to be able to get to classes on any campus, especially for me,” says TCC student Al Faison (shown right), a 45-year-old former Franklin paper mill employee re-tooling for a new career.

“The shuttle from Portsmouth to Virginia Beach campuses will ease my drive by dozens of miles a week when I start the Radiology program,” he adds. “TCC really goes above and beyond for its students.”

This latest student service adds to a new book-rental option offered by TCC this fall as a cost-saving opportunity for students. These new services continue TCC’s focus on meeting the needs of today’s college student. To that end, in support of student success, new student centers will open soon on each of TCC’s four campuses, offering child-minding services, space for student clubs, gathering and meeting areas and food services. The first center, located on TCC’s downtown Norfolk Campus, is slated to open in January 2011; all four are expected to be completed by late 2012.

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Laurie White
Communications
757-822-1085

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was 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 Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the 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 www.tcc.edu.

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