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New TCC program helps youth 16-24 earn a GED and a workforce credential

If you didn’t graduate from high school and have yet to earn a GED, Tidewater Community College can help with the transition into college.

The college’s BRIDGE-Plus Program serves those between the ages of 16 and 24 who are considered Out of School Youth in accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. High school dropouts, the unemployed, foster children, runaways, homeless children, individuals with disabilities and children of currently incarcerated parents or legal guardians are among those who may meet eligibility requirements.

Wonder if you qualify? An information session will be held at TCC’s Portsmouth Campus in Building A on Jan. 10, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Participants co-enroll in a GED/Adult Education Program and TCC’s Portsmouth Campus, earning college credit and certifications related to industries, including trucking, certified nursing aide, pharmacy tech, CompTIA A+ certification and medical billing and coding.

The program provides GED prep, a college success skills course, classroom occupational skills training, internships or on-the-job training and a workforce credential to prepare participants for certification and job attainment.

The BRIDGE-Plus Program will begin accepting applications on Jan. 8, 2018. The actual program, with courses and the GED prep, will start Jan. 29, 2018.

For information, contact Okema Bowers at or 757-822-2219.