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Groundbreaking held on Virginia Beach Campus


From right to left: TCC Educational Foundation member Doyle Hull, Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf, TCC President Deborah DiCroce, College Board Chair Adm. Jack Kavanaugh and board member LaVonne Ellis turn the crank to start an electro-mechanical process to "break ground."

NORFOLK, Va. – (June 9, 2006) – From test tubes to telescopes, from biology to astronomy - science studies and careers will soon see a new boost at Tidewater Community College.

With speeches and exciting electromechanical demonstrations performed on June 9 at the Virginia Beach Campus, the college revealed plans and celebrated groundbreaking for its latest new facility - a 70,000 square-foot science building embodying the latest in technology and scientific instructional tools.

The facility will feature a 90-seat community planetarium, a rain garden, an outside “living laboratory,” an oceanography lab with a 30-foot wave tank, anatomy and physiology labs with cadaver and pro-section storage, a greenhouse and an observatory. The building will house 20 labs and ten 35-to-50-seat classrooms.

Serving thousands of students each year, TCC’s science programs include biology, chemistry, geophysical sciences, physics and astronomy. Students can apply their science classes to transfer programs as well as earn an associate in science degree.


Laurie White
Media Relations

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