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Shifting Gears will provide gathering place, education/training counseling

First gatherings set for July 10 and 12  


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (July 2, 2007) Continuing its efforts to assist displaced workers from Ford and businesses affected by Ford’s Norfolk plant closure, Tidewater Community College announces a new program, aptly named Shifting Gears.


The program will offer a supportive environment for the region’s dislocated workers to help them meet their goals for productive employment as they move forward, explains Mary Landon, associate vice president for Workforce Solutions and coordinator of TCC support for dislocated workers.


Shifting Gears will hold its first event – an Eat & Greet – from 6 to 7 p.m. on July 10 at Norfolk and Virginia Beach campuses, and July 12 at Chesapeake and Portsmouth campuses, with conversation, refreshments and information sharing.


Areas the program aims to address include:

  • A Fresh Start
  • Career Counseling and Transitioning
  • Networking
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • Providing Information and Resources
  • Revitalizing Dreams


Among services Shifting Gears will offer are: self-assessment from TCC’s career center, a how-to on applying/registering at TCC, WorkKeys assessments information, and names and numbers of contacts on each TCC campus. The program will hold events in August and throughout the year.


TCC rose to assist workers when Ford first announced the closure last year. The college held information sessions on each campus, connected with workers at the plant and supplier companies, and established a e-mail account for workers to write for assistance. Since the closure announcement, TCC has worked continuously with those affected.

For more information, call TCC’s Information Center at 822-1122 or Workforce Solutions at 822-1234.



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