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NEW TCC STAFF TO PROVIDE JOB PLACEMENT SUPPORT FOR SELECT STUDENTS
Department of Labor grant focuses on health sciences, other technical programs

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Oct. 10, 2012) – As the lead institution in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) for an initiative funded by the United States Department of Labor, Tidewater Community College has added two career coaches and two experimental learning job placement coordinators to provide support services on each of its four campuses.

The initiative is a result of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant. The purpose of the grant is to assist trade-impacted workers, dislocated workers and adults seeking education, training and employment in the health sciences and other occupational and technical training programs. The grant aims to improve achievement and retention rates for these students. TCC leads the effort for the consortium of the 23 colleges in the VCCS.

“These new support services enhance TCC’s ability to assist students who have lost their jobs or are threatened with job loss,” said Theresa Bryant, vice president for Workforce Solutions. “We are now in a better position to provide career assessments and job search strategies to those who want to acquire the skills, degrees and credentials necessary for employment.”

The career coaches will work to develop individual career and education plans, assist with college admission and financial aid and help students connect with local resources to increase their opportunity for success. They will divide their time among the TCC campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach and One Stop Career Centers, which are Department of Labor funded centers that offer job placement services and career counseling.

Stacy Davidson and Terrence Bowers are the career coaches. Davidson serves the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach campuses and can be reached at sdavidson@tcc.edu. Bowers serves the Norfolk and Portsmouth campuses and can be reached at tbowers@tcc.edu

The experimental learning/job placement coordinators will assist students with job preparation and placement, resume writing, interviews and employability skills. They will also work with employers to assist job seekers in connecting with appropriate jobs.

Heather Kitsis and Pamela Cornell are the experimental learning/job placement coordinators. Kitsis serves the Norfolk and Portsmouth campuses and can be reached at hkitsis@tcc.edu. Cornell serves the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach campuses and can be reached at pcornell@tcc.edu.

For more information, call (757) 822-5227.

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Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and 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 Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five 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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