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RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA AFTERMATH
College to offer enrollment assistance to displaced students
– (Sept. 12, 2005) – Responding to the devastation wrought by
Hurricane Katrina, Tidewater Community College has opened its
doors to any displaced students from the Gulf Coast region whose
enrollment at an institution of higher education has been interrupted
as a result of the storm's aftermath.
colleges have long served as the figurative homeport for the most
needful of our brothers and sisters in American Society,” says
TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce. “Indeed, our business is precisely
about creating promise from despair as we promote community development
and prosperity one individual at a time. Now, we must translate
that distinctive mission into action on behalf of millions of
people who know firsthand the suffering that comes of unprecedented
Using locally available,
non-state funds, TCC is making up to $100,000 in scholarship
aid available for hurricane-displaced students who were
enrolled at another college to help cover the cost of tuition,
fees and books.
TCC offers a number
of classes that start at various times during the current
semester, including a full complement of eight-week classes
that begin Oct. 13. Many of the college's classes are available
online as well. Additionally, faculty will work with displaced
students to place them in classes that have already begun,
TCC has designated
a single point of contact to assist hurricane-displaced students.
Fritz Zeisberg, dean of student services at the Virginia Beach
Campus and a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, will
coordinate the college's outreach to hurricane-displaced students.
Interested students may contact Dean Zeisberg through TCC's Information
Center at 1-800-371-0898 (locally, 822-1122) or by e-mail at Katrina-Help@tcc.edu
. TCC's homepage, http://www.tcc.edu,
has a link to that e-mail address.
TCC also will
help with enrollment issues for anyone registered in classes at
the college who is mobilized through their job or military duty
to assist in the hurricane recovery effort.
TCC has launched a fundraising effort within its employee community
to benefit the relief effort through the Commonwealth of Virginia
Campaign. The CVC will direct the funds to the American Red Cross
and the Salvation Army.
Tidewater Community College
is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth
of Virginia, enrolling more than 36,000 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,