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Military members to be served through TCC hook-up to Freedom Calls   


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Oct. 17, 2007) – Families in Hampton Roads separated by war across the ocean can now “videocall” loved ones in Iraq – at no cost right from a local community college.

Tidewater Community College has linked with Freedom Calls Foundation to provide videoconference service to Camp Taji, Camp Fallujah, Al Asad Air Base, Camp Victory (Baghdad) and Camp Taqaddum (often called “TQ”) in Iraq.

Family members can go to to fill in a short form about their videocall request or call TCC’s Information Center at 822-1122 for assistance. Scheduling is contingent on connectivity to Iraq and facility availability.

With Iraq eight hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time, many, if not most, of the calls are scheduled during the nighttime hours in Iraq. “Members of the military sometimes look tired, but I have never heard a complaint,” says Dick Bartlett of Freedom Calls, who organizes the links around the country.

TCC arranged its first Iraq videocall at a nursing student’s pinning ceremony this May. The student’s husband, serving in Iraq, requested the videoconference through Freedom Calls, which then asked TCC to supply the electronic wizardry. The TCC and Freedom Calls team pulled it off as a surprise – lowering a huge screen onstage, revealing the Marine’s face to his wife and a packed theatre.

Pleased to share TCC’s technology for the overseas connections, Richard Andersen, TCC vice president for information systems, looks forward to helping more families. “TCC President Deborah DiCroce embraces outreach to the community as part of the college’s mission,” he says, adding, “This sort of project is a joy to implement.”




Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. 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-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit