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Spanish for the Workplace

New classes offered at TCC, designed for communication at work

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – (Dec. 18, 2003) – Tidewater Community College has initiated workplace Spanish-speaking courses this year, with new offerings in the spring semester, starting Jan. 12 at the Chesapeake campus.

Brand new to the Spanish-at-work courses – Spanish for Health Professionals – is a 15-week, three-credit class geared to medical careers. Along with another new course, Spanish for Business – a 12-week, two-credit class – it joins a set of TCC classes that address workplace needs for conversational Spanish.

These include:

~ Spanish for the Green Industry (horticulture), which began last year; offered in two parts, with part 2 offered in spring; each 12-week, two credits

~ Spanish for Everyday Life , begun this fall; 8-week, one credit

TCC also launched Conversational Japanese , new this fall, as a two-part, two-credit class. Part 2 is offered in spring semester.

These TCC language classes are for practical, conversational use in the workplace; they are not accredited for college transfer.

“We identified a need for people in the workplace to acquire skills in Spanish or Japanese,” explains Kathy O’Connor, assistant professor. The courses offer a vocabulary suited to the professions described in the title of each course.

Spring classes start Jan. 12. For program information, call the Language Office, 822-5150. To enroll, go to online enrollment at and click on SIS (student information system) and follow the guide to online enrollment.



Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1958 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.

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Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer