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Every award and project at Tidewater Community College is special and each contributes to the mission of the college. The projects featured below have been selected to demonstrate the wide variety of programs and areas of faculty interest.  This report attempts to demonstrate the strengths and wealth of resources within Tidewater Community College and to highlight the many agencies and organizations, which so generously support our endeavors.

New Awards
College Wide Programs
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
TCC: Ramp Up to the HI-Tech Highway

AWARD: $16,017,608 (over two years)


Funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the purpose of the Health Information Technology project is to create or expand medical health informatics education programs to ensure the rapid and effective utilization and development of health information technologies. Serving as the lead institution in Region E, TCC and 22 community colleges in twelve (12) states and Washington DC will design and implement trainings to students in six specific HIT workforce roles critical to providers that will transition into using electronic health records.

U.S. Department of Education Perkins Act, VCCS
Perkins Postsecondary Local Plan

AWARD: $5,602,656


The purpose of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 is to develop more fully the academic, vocational, and technical skills of postsecondary students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs.  At TCC these funds support the culinary, automotive, and ship repair programs; provide mentors for women students enrolling in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math; provide support services to increase retention in the nursing programs; provide supplemental instructors to increase student success; and support the technology and healthcare programs through equipment and training.


U.S. Department of Education
Open Door Project

AWARD: $4,601,339


Students involved in the Open Door Project participate in program services that promote their educational, social, personal, and academic growth, in and outside the classroom.  The program empowers students to excel academically and assists each student in reaching his/her educational goals. It is a goal of the project that the participating students will successfully complete their associate degrees and transfer from TCC into four-year colleges and universities. To date, 1350 students have been served by this project with an 80% retention rate.


U.S. Department of Education through the VCCS
Tech Prep

AWARD: $1,497,222


The purpose of the TCC Tech Prep Program is to develop, improve, and promote career pathways for the emerging workforce that lead to high wage, high skills, and high demand careers. The Tidewater Tech Prep consortium coordinated on-going collaboration among Chesapeake Public Schools, Norfolk Public Schools, Portsmouth Public Schools, Virginia Public Schools, Tidewater Community College and the business community to ensure student access to avenues of academic and technical education in preparation for a successful career.


Perkins, ARRA, VCCS
Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology Career Coaches

AWARD: $65,000


The MET Career Coaches serve as academic and career advisors for students in secondary and postsecondary transition programs in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake public schools. The purpose of the MET-Coach program is to provide coaches to interact with students to develop career and college plans and to assist them in progressing towards attainment of career and educational goals in manufacturing, engineering and technology.


National Science Foundation through Old Dominion University
Teaching Cross-Platform Educational Game Development & Its Use in Multidisciplinary STEM Education

AWARD: $65,000


This proposal aims to enhance the course Introduction to Game Development by designing more educational games as programming assignments and using the developed educational games to supplement teaching of seven other STEM courses, such as Digital Logic Circuit, Digital Signal Processing, Numerical Methods, etc.  The project will include creating learning materials and strategies, developing faculty expertise, and conducting research in undergraduate STEM education.


Workforce Development Programs
National Science Foundation
Southeast Maritime & Transportation (SMART) Center

AWARD: $2,843,350


The SMART Center, an NSF-designated Advanced Technological Education Center, serves as a regional education resource and an economic model for preparing a sustainable, globally-prepared maritime transportation workforce for the 21st century.  Critically, the Center addresses the need for an educational “pipeline,” creates pathways that validate technical careers with academic credentials and serve companies with multiple locations throughout the southeast.  The Center will create partnerships with community colleges (Florida State College at Jacksonville and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College), with maritime companies with a national presence (Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, BAE Systems Ship Repair), and with local maritime and transportation entities throughout the southeastern United States.  Four primary deliverables will come from the Center:  career pathways models in the maritime and transportation industry; academic credentials including certificates and associate degrees; curriculum to support the academic credentials; and a national repository to house these materials, as well as provide information about jobs in the industry and resources such as subject matter experts and consultants.


National Science Foundation
On Ramp Grant

AWARD: $407,040


The TCC On-Ramp program provides opportunities for career pathways planning and expanded financial assistance for unemployed and underemployed individuals. A Career Pathways Advisor will provide services for those dislocated workers or underemployed individuals seeking to upgrade their skills through higher education or workforce training.  Funds are being used to support student enrollment in credit and noncredit programs and cover tuition, fees, books and necessary supplies.

TCC is working with regional employers to develop training programs that meet industry needs.  In the first year, 15 students received scholarships ($51,663) in credit programs and 27 students received scholarships ($129,678) in noncredit programs.


Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Social Services
Job Skills Training Program

AWARD: $2,354,670


The Job Skills Training Program (JSTP) is one of the most successful workforce development programs in the nation. TCC’s program received the VCCS Workforce Development Award for Program Excellence and the Program of Distinction Award by the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges.  Since 1997, with the assistance of businesses, industry leaders, and community service agencies, the JSTP has provided services for over 1,000 participants with a completion rate of 93%.  Programs have included healthcare, banking & call centers, manufacturing, construction, and culinary art industries.


Virginia Community College System
Advanced Manufacturing Skills Grant

AWARD: $30,000


The Community College Advanced Manufacturing Skills Project is designed to increase and certify the number of individuals with skills needed in today’s advanced manufacturing workforce. The project grew out of a need identified by the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA). It is designed to enhance local efforts in high-need areas for training and competency-based certifications related to advance manufacturing. Through December 2010, 73 students have participated in pre-certification training programs and 124 students have taken certification exams.


Chesapeake Campus Programs
US Department of Education
Upward Bound Chesapeake

AWARD: $3,299,844


The purpose of the Upward Bound Program is to interest disadvantaged high school students from low income and first generation families in post secondary education and provide them with the skills necessary to succeed in college. Participating students receive additional instruction in core high school course, career and college guidance, and assistance in financial literacy. Approximately 500 students have been served since the onset of the project in 2001.


Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads
Professional Development & Early Childhood Scholarship Initiative

AWARD: $499,298


Tidewater Community College (TCC) and Smart Beginnings of South Hampton Roads (SBSHR) has collaborated to create a system that defines standards for early childhood education, creates a framework for accountability, establishes a network of support and outreach for programs and practitioners, and provides incentives linked to achieving and maintaining quality standards. In the Early Childhood Scholarship Project, TCC are provided a coherent and systematic program of learning experiences grounded in theory and research for participants in the QRIS initiative. Curriculum for approximately 13 courses are  aligned with the dimensions measured by the rating instruments that are used to measure quality in STAR Quality Initiative programs (CLASS, ITERS, ECERS-R) and Virginia’s early learning guidelines: The Milestones of Development and Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals, (documents developed by the Virginia Alignment Project). To date, participating students have earned 1,186 credit hours, and 335 courses have been successfully completed. Additionally, professional development workshops are provided for TCC faculty on these skills and guidelines.


Virginia Department of Education
ASL Interpreter Professional Development

AWARD: $223,432


This project provides training to increase and enhance practitioner skills for educational interpreters to enable them to achieve the required state or national credential. The purpose of this project is to 1) increase the number of graduates who receive a VQAS level 2 or 3 qualification and are ready to enter into entry-level educational interpreting for school divisions in the Hampton Roads area; 2) provide continuing education to current school division interpreters; and 3) double the number of TCC interpreting degree program graduates.


City of Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission
Shakespeare in the Grove

AWARD: $34,500


Tidewater Community College in conjunction with the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission produces an annual outdoor Shakespeare in the Grove drama which consists of seven free performances of a Shakespeare play.  The play is presented at the Outdoor Theatre in Chesapeake and at The TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk. Auditions are held in March, and the production opens during the last week of June. The majority of the cast and technical crew consist of TCC students, Chesapeake City high school students, and residents of the City of Chesapeake.


Portsmouth Campus Programs
US Department of Education
Upward Bound Portsmouth

AWARD: $1,000,800


This program serves approximately fifty (50) students attending the three public high schools in the City of Portsmouth. The goal of the program is to give participants intensive academic support to include:  tutoring, counseling, study skills workshops, college preparatory assistance, computer skills, and social/cultural enrichment opportunities to increase their success in post-secondary education.  The program will provide a six week summer program and weekend activities during the academic year.


Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority/HUD
TCC Services at Foundation Stone

AWARD: $481,649


The Women’s Center in partnership with Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority provides on-site services to participants transitioning from welfare to work.  Designed to meet the needs of these transitioning citizens, the project offers a variety of supportive programs, including the innovative Fresh Start orientation program. The project offers assistance with financial aid, educational support and crisis management counseling. In the past year, the TCC Services staff started a new “Advanced Fresh Start” program to address workplace literacy challenges.

The program has served 386 public housing residents, and 263 (68%) continue to receive services. Approximately 23 students enroll at TCC every semester, with ten (10) percent of the enrolled students graduating and continuing on to a four year college and/or finding employment within their career field.


Virginia Beach Campus Programs
National Science Foundation & the Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Geospatial Technology Education through Virginia's Community Colleges

AWARD: $160,764


The purpose of this project is to establish at three VCCS community colleges, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Western Community College, and John Tyler Community College, sustainable pathways to geospatial technology careers to provide employers in Virginia with a larger pool of skilled geospatial technicians.  The project will include development of educational materials, curriculum adaptation, implementation of courses, and professional development and mentoring of faculty and precollege teachers.


American Association of University Women
Improving Spatial Cognition in Engineering Students at TCC

AWARD: $4,200


The purpose of this project is to utilize a more structured and collaborative intervention program for students with initial spatial deficiencies. The project will assess the spatial cognition skills of all engineering students taking Engineering Graphics, and female student volunteers with declared majors in engineering fields. Students with low scores will be offered workbook and web-based practice sessions to improve spatial cognition skills. The project aims to 1) validate the effectiveness of the intervention; 2) implement a spatial skills assessment of all students entering introductory engineering courses 3) require remediation of students with low scores as a course/program co-requisite.


Past Awards
US Department of Education

Globalizing the Community College Experience: Local Connections for the Global Economy

AWARD: $146,173


The purpose of this project is to refocus TCC’s business curriculum to reflect the realities of globalization by building the professional capacity of our faculty to infuse global perspectives into TCC’s business curriculum.  As part of this project, students and faculty traveled to Brazil in year one and to China in year two.  These delegations to Brazil and China shared insights on globalization, business adaptation to global competition, and best practices on teaching about globalization.  As a result, sustained faculty and/or student exchange programs are being developed with several institutions. In addition, 25 faculty produced and peer reviewed internationally focused educational modules have been developed.  These modules can be seen at  Continued educational module development has been undertaken by TCC's Global Learning Committee.


US Department of Health & Human Services

LPN-RN Academic Bridge Program Expansion to Virginia’s Eastern Shore

AWARD: $ 702,005 (over four years)


This project will increase access to accelerated registered nurse education for qualified licensed practical nurses on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. In partnership with Eastern Shore Community College and Shore Memorial Hospital, TCC will enroll fifty-five LPNs in this specially designed one-year articulation program. The National Bureau of Health Professions identifies the Eastern Shore of Virginia to be both a Medically Underserved Area and a Health Professional Shortage Area.