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U.S. Dept. of Education selects TCC among 23 in the nation

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - (June 23, 2008) – To help build world awareness among students and infuse a global perspective in its business curriculum, Tidewater Community College has received a $143,739 national grant – one of only 23 recipients in the nation – for a two-year project called Globalizing the Community College Experience: Local Connections to the Global Economy.

Funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Post Secondary Education Programs, the project aims to develop globally-focused TCC business administration graduates, as well as foster global appreciation in graduates of TCC’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Pioneer Project and other transfer-degree programs.

“Cultivating our students’ understanding of the world market and other cultures builds connections for life-long career and personal success,” says Jeanne Natali, TCC’s coordinator of international programs. The project’s leadership team includes Natali; project director Sean Lacroix, economics professor; James Roberts, economics professor; and Peter Mark Shaw, professor of business and economics.

Primary activities will include:

  • Specialized faculty training for globalizing curriculum
  • Working with colleges in Brazil and China, with faculty exchange and study abroad
  • Researching and revealing trends in international business activity in the region


More than 20 faculty members from TCC’s business, economics, STEM and related disciplines will receive specialized training to integrate global perspectives into instruction and curriculum content. “TCC always strives to be at the forefront of market needs,” says Shaw. “We’re pleased to be a part of this dynamic program that merges business instruction with the world economy.”

A dozen TCC faculty members and as many students will connect with institutes of higher learning in China and Brazil including study abroad programs with Beijing Normal University in China and Joinville University in Brazil.

In addition, the team will benefit the region by developing a research arm to measure trends related to international business activity affecting Hampton Roads. TCC will use that knowledge to enrich its business curriculum and coursework in other transfer-degree program areas.


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