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(Media opportunity – pick a class or 2 and sit-in for a chill-out story)

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (May 23, 2005) – Cool heads prevail in decisions for cool classes in summer at Tidewater Community College. The four-campus college makes the most of summertime - for classes that fit schedules, career needs and seasonal applications.

Summers offer, for many folks, a bit more time to pursue interests for personal and career betterment. With that in mind, TCC designs and specially offers classes that range from souping up your compact car to designing an arbor garden to learning dance production or French for the Tourist. Not to mention Feng Shui for life, healthcare for athletic injuries (coaches, rejoice!) or stress management.

Most of the cool summer classes are for credit, some are electives in degree programs, some fulfill physical education requirements. Jazz and yoga, anyone?

Take the classes, Decorative Painting & Faux Finishes or Antiques - part of TCC’s Interior Design program, for example. Take the class, Oceanography, with Chesapeake Bay field trips on research vessel The Matthew F. Maury - part of science degree programs; this often fulfills teacher certification for earth science and marine science.

Then, folks who already have a passing knowledge of engines can get under the hood and transform that cute, low gas-mileage car into a turbo-boosted street machine. That’s only offered in summer.

Or, for more hands-on summer heat - “throw” some pots, actually vessels in the Raku style, in a hot July short course. Or, hike up to the roof of the Visual Arts Center in downtown Portsmouth to learn glass blowing - go for the real heat and shape melted hunks of glass into art for office or home décor.

Teachers can get serious, again at TCC, and take advantage of the summer class, Reading and Writing for Teacher Entrance Exams.

In the good old summertime - check out TCC’s cool classes for the citizens of Hampton Roads.

(For summer class listings, call TCC’s Information Center at 822-1122.)


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 35,000 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 1968 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, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit