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Monica "Mo" Jones at her candle shop in Virginia Beach.
TCC alumna turns candle making hobby into a new business

Monica “Mo” Jones never planned on starting a business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today she is glad she did as everything is coming up smelling like roses. And a lot of other amazing scents. Jones, 38, launched Divine Scentervention, a hand-poured candle company online in 2021. This month she also opened a shop and chandlery […]

TCC STEM Promise scholar gets the surprise of a lifetime

It was just a month ago when Jaidan Williams welcomed President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden during their stop at Tidewater Community College’s Portsmouth Campus. “I still – even now – can’t put into words what it was like to represent TCC in that way,” she said. “At first I thought I was being […]

Dasha Chaney
TCC grad has cyber security career within her reach

Dasha Chaney is well on her way to a career in cyber security. And this May, she is achieving a major milestone by graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security. Chaney will be a student speaker during Tidewater Community College’s Virtual Commencement to be held on May 10, celebrating her graduation and […]

Emmanuel Abuah at TCC's Norfolk Campus.
TCC grad hopes to one day explore space

Emmanuel Abuah emigrated from Nigeria to the United States to join his parents about a year before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. He set his sights on studying engineering at Virginia Tech, but quickly realized that he needed to stay closer to home and start at a more affordable school. He applied and was […]

TCC student Kristen McCombs
From home care worker to federal lobbyist and now college grad

Athena Jones will share a message of hope and encouragement as a student speaker during Tidewater Community College’s Virtual Commencement to be held on May 10. “You don’t have to be defined by who you were before TCC. It’s really that simple,” Jones said. Jones had to leave a four-year college to care for a […]

TCC graduate Debbie Gilbert on Norfolk Campus
TCC grad achieves lifetime goal of a college education

Debbi Gilbert always thought about going to college and knew that one day she would. It was just a matter of time. Gilbert has worked as a bookkeeper for 25 years and she came to Tidewater Community College to prepare for a new career. This Monday, May 10, Gilbert will graduate from TCC with an […]

From TCC to head chef at Aldo’s in Virginia Beach

Steven Dunbar remembers a time when he was playing a pick-up game of basketball near Old Dominion University. Between shots, the guys he was with were talking about their college classes. “That day is still so clear because I always wanted to go to college and there I was being reminded again,” Dunbar said. Soon […]

Marguerite Bates-Frier and Nadia Frier
Mother and daughter both got their start at TCC

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit a year ago, Tidewater Community College alumna Marguerite Bates-Frier was working to keep goods moving from the Port of Virginia to retailers nationwide. As regional vice president of intermodal drayage for XPO Logistics, Inc., Bates-Frier and her regional fleet of more than 500 owner/operator truck drivers work to move cargo […]

TCC alumna Kathryn Hart at work
TCC alumna building a life she loves

Kathryn Hart spends her days building communities as a construction superintendent for a Washington, D.C. contractor. At night, she’s building an online community to support, connect and inspire women in the construction industry. The Tidewater Community College alumna founded “Space to Build” with the mission of removing the feeling of isolation women can sometimes feel […]

From TCC to working around the world

A day at the office is never the same for Austin Burrow. He travels around the world working for the State Department. The Navy veteran is an electrical project coordinator for State’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. He maintains the electrical systems in U.S. Embassies and keeps the staff and diplomats safe.  “This is really […]