Open Door Project

Eligible students receive free tutoring, study skill workshops and academic, career and cultural counseling

Open Door students come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and are often first-generation college students. 

Offered on the Norfolk and Portsmouth campuses, this federally-funded program helps students with academic performance while providing support services to keep them in school.

Services available through the program include:

  • Academic counseling
  • Career counseling and assessments
  • Cultural enrichment through trips, lectures and sporting events
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Individual tutoring
  • Laptop loan program 
  • Study skill workshops
  • Transfer counseling

How do I qualify?

To be eligible for the Open Door Project you must:

  • attend TCC's Norfolk or Portsmouth campus
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • demonstrate academic need
  • meet income eligibility criteria
  • be a first-generation college student and/or a student with a documented disability

Open Door Project staff

Kay Williams

Linda Davis
Counselor, Norfolk Campus

Willette Hackney-Davis
Counselor, Norfolk & Portsmouth campuses
Norfolk: 757-822-2211
Portsmouth: 757-822-1221

Laverne Freeman
Peer Advisor, Norfolk Campus

Zebeth Newton
Peer Advisor, Portsmouth Campus

Contact Open Door

Norfolk Campus

Norfolk Student Center, Room 5309 (third floor)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday  8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Portsmouth Campus

Building A, Room 156

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Student success

Howard-bound student Ansari Smith grateful TCC got him back on track


Kay Williams, director of the Open Door Project, says she is filled with joy and excitement every time she watches her students graduate and transfer to four-year schools


Alumnus says TCC was his second chance

Student Services Offices

Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Interim Dean of Students
Kevin McCarthy

Pass Building, Room 153
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 757-822-5115


Interim Dean Kia Hardy

Andrews Building, Room 1112
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1585


Dean Dana M. Hathorn

Building A, Room 150B
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-2180

Virginia Beach

Dean Marilyn Hodge

Bayside Building, Room B-112
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 757-822-7244

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