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Elijah Kelly – From Studying on the East Coast to Teaching in East Asia

Portsmouth native Elijah Kelly always knew he wanted to work in Japan someday, and he began studying the Japanese language on his own during his freshman year at Tidewater Community College.  One day on campus, Elijah met a TCC student government representative who told him she was a former participant of the Japan Exchange and […]

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LaTonya Carraway-Snow: Paying Forward Her G3 Grant with a Life of Service to Others

As a Tidewater Community College student juggling the responsibilities of academics, entrepreneurship, and motherhood, LaTonya Carraway-Snow says it has been immensely challenging for her to make ends meet. The Hampton Roads resident first enrolled in the culinary arts program at TCC in 2014 but halted her studies to devote herself full-time to her own cleaning […]

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Mike Paris – Full Circle Community Impact and Inspiration

Before Mike Paris became the bureau manager for the city of Norfolk’s Economic Development Department, he was earning his associate in general studies from Tidewater Community College. Originally from Massachusetts, Paris was unsure what his future career would entail but was advised the degree would transfer well to any four-year program he pursued in the […]

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Deborah Barnes – Associate of Science, General Studies (Dec. 2023)

Deborah Barnes’ graduation from Tidewater Community College has been 14 years in the making. Barnes started taking classes at TCC back in 2009 as a single mom of two kids. While Barnes was studying social sciences and general studies, she sought out academic counseling and tutoring help from the Open Door Project, where she met […]

Ben White, TCC Human Services student.
Internship leads to full-time work for TCC student

Ben White began losing his sight when he was 27. He is now totally blind and pursuing an associate degree in Human Services at Tidewater Community College. He found a passion to serve others with disabilities when he was struggling to find work during the pandemic. “Once I realized that many jobs were not accessible […]

TCC student, Zach Grinvalsky, at Virginia Beach campus.
Boy Scout leader finds a home at TCC

Zach Grinvalsky just completed his first year at Tidewater Community College and is confident he made the right choice by attending community college. Zach chose TCC because of the flexibility it gave him to work and help support his family while receiving a college education. When starting college last year, he was unsure of what […]

Damien Algernon is a top scholar for Virginia.
TCC student awarded top state scholarship

Damien Algernon, a Tidewater Community College student, is this year’s New Century Transfer Pathways Scholarship awardee for the state of Virginia. Selected out of two hundred applicants, Algernon will receive a $2,250 scholarship. Algernon was recognized on April 3 at the American Association of Community Colleges conference, held in Denver, Colo., during the President’s Breakfast […]

Paige Russell in the interior design sample room.
“I’m very grateful to be earning my degree debt free.” – Paige Russell

Paige Russell discovered her passion for interior design while a student at Tidewater Community College. She originally planned to study social sciences for a career in mental health counseling. But one semester in and she knew the field wasn’t a good fit for her. “TCC gave me the chance to explore programs and I didn’t […]

Jaden Fowlkes earns business award.
TCC biz whiz captures second place in global competition

Tidewater Community College Funeral Services student Jaden Fowlkes took second place in an entrepreneur competition held at the Virginia Beach Campus on Jan. 21. He was one of six Virginia student entrepreneurs who presented their businesses in a shark-tank style competition for the ultimate prize of up to $50,000. All six students started a business […]

Brian Marshall on Norfolk Campus.
TCC helps student build a new life

Brian Marshall is one of those people who make you smile when you meet him. He’s affable, relatable and full of joy. And that was on the worst days of his life. Brian came to Tidewater Community College after losing his business and his home. He was living in his car, hoping to build a […]