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TCC AUTO PROGRAM TO OFFER HONDA TRAINING
Will bring TCC’s educational fleet to 40+ vehicles

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (July 20, 2006) – American Honda’s Industry Education group has selected Tidewater Community College as the newest school in the manufacturer’s PACT (Professional Automotive Career Training) system. TCC becomes only the 16th college in the nation chosen for Honda’s program.

PACT - a college automotive program with Honda manufacturer-specific training - will be embedded in TCC’s automotive associate in applied science (AAS) degree program.TCC instructors will complete Honda training certification prior to the 2007 program launch, timed with the opening of TCC’s Regional Automotive Technology Center.

The college expects to break ground for the 30,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in the city of Chesapeake’s new Oakbrooke Business and Technology Center this fall.

According to Brian Moore, industry education coordinator for American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Honda chose TCC for key reasons: longstanding involvement with Honda and Acura dealers in the region; TCC’s clear commitment to providing the best in automotive technology training for its students; and well-placed location to provide Honda training at the post-secondary level for the entire Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

“From the instructors all the way up to the president of the college, the school has demonstrated that they hold Honda to be a valuable addition to their program of offerings,” says Moore.

When students complete the program, they not only graduate from TCC, they also receive manufacturer technician-training credit from American Honda Motor Co. which significantly advances their careers as Honda technicians, explains Walter (Bud) Brueggeman, director of TCC’s automotive technology program.

PACT will add to TCC’s present manufacturer programs with Daimler-Chrysler and Toyota. In addition, Honda will donate 12 to 14 cars for training, bringing TCC’s fleet to more than 40 vehicles.



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Laurie White
Media Relations
757-822-1085

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 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 www.tcc.edu

 
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