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Beno Rubin takes the helm

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Dec. 13, 2011) – Beno Rubin has been named director of Tidewater Community College’s Regional Automotive Center (RAC). Rubin is charged with leading the center’s faculty and staff in providing high-quality graduates who are ready to enter the automotive and diesel workforce.

Rubin replaces Walter "Bud" Brueggeman, retired, who was the main architect of the Automotive Technology program and a key player in bringing the RAC to fruition.

An ASE Master Automotive Technician with seven other automotive industry certificates, Rubin joined TCC’s Automotive Technology program faculty in 1996 teaching general and manufacturer courses using real-life work situations. He served as lead instructor for the Chrysler College Automotive Program and for the Toyota Technical Education Network (T-TEN) program. He also prepared students for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.

For the past four years Rubin has been an evaluation team leader for the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), working with secondary and post-secondary automotive programs to ensure they meet required standards. He was responsible for maintaining the NATEF accreditation for three programs at TCC.

Rubin developed and delivered skill-based Workforce Solutions courses for automotive and diesel fleet technicians. He also worked closely with manufacturers and local businesses to address training needs.

Rubin holds a master's degree in management and administration of educational programs from NOVA Southeastern University, a bachelor's in computing and management from Lehman College and an applied associate of science degree from Westchester Community College, with an emphasis on T-TEN. His automotive industry certifications include: ASE Advanced Level Engine Performance Certification; ASE Refrigerant Recovery License; Honda Professional Automotive Career Training certified instructor; SkillsUSA faculty advisor; T-TEN certified instructor; and Virginia State inspector.

Opened in 2008, TCC’s Regional Automotive Center boasts a 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with nine classrooms and 15 instructional garage bays. The RAC continues to be Hampton Road’s only high-tech educational facility for today’s automotive industry.


Laurie White

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