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Club gives away 300+ home computers
News Clips:
WVEC TV-13,The Virginian-Pilot

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (March 25, 2011) – In today’s techno-savvy world, students without home computers may miss out on educational opportunities. That spurred Tidewater Community College’s Computer Club to launch the Computers for Student Success program – now celebrating more than 300 PC giveaways to needy students.

“We saw the need and we decided to meet it,” says Gary Noah, the club’s faculty advisor and professor of information systems technology at the college. “The program also gives our members the opportunity to hone technical skills, while giving something back.”

Dena Jordan received a newly refurbished computer.

Since its start in December 2009, the Computer Club has refurbished over 300 home computers, all donated to the group for this purpose. More than 30 club members work diligently to clean and repair systems, and teach recipients how to use and care for them. The 200th computer recipient, Dena Jordan, says, “This computer is a blessing to my entire household and it has allowed me to stay connected to classmates and complete assignments. I can also check on my children’s grades and help them with homework.”

Gary Noah (right) shows a student the ins and outs of his computer.

Sentara Healthcare has been a big contributor to this success, donating 300 personal computers and 150 monitors to the program.  “Helping students in the Computer Club increase skills, while providing a large number of students with computers is a win-win for everyone involved,” notes Deb Rhodes, the Sentara employee who linked her company with this TCC program.

“There are so many benefits to donating computers,” adds Fred Fowler, IT technical manager with Sentara. “It’s better for the environment to keep these items out of landfills, and it saves disposal fees and serves as a tax deduction.”

For more information on donating or receiving a computer, contact Gary Noah at


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was 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 Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit