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Focused on student success, TCC noted for outstanding digital resources

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Oct. 28, 2010) – For the third year in a row, Tidewater Community College has been named a leading community college in the nation for exceptional technology support for students and educators. TCC’s focus on student success – from innovative online freshman orientation to pioneering medical simulations – has earned top recognition from the Center for Digital Education.

The Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine’s 6th Annual Digital Community Colleges Survey placed TCC in the top 20 with foremost use of technology to enhance the student experience and increase educator effectiveness. The survey also looked at the technological tools schools have in place to increase convenience and provide alternative learning options. Specifically, the survey noted schools’ use of online registration, distance learning, tutoring and advisory services. Technology training for students and faculty and Web 2.0 social and collaborative capabilities were also key indicators of success.

TCC’s outstanding array of digital resources includes the FOCUS (Freshman Orientation Centered Upon Success) online orientation program, designed to help students navigate the first-year college experience; distance learning and online registration; professional development labs for faculty on each of its four campuses – thanks to a $1 million gift from Frank Batten Sr.; hands-on clinical training with human patient simulators in health profession programs; and an in-depth modeling and simulation program. In addition, the college’s first Batten Fellow, professor Gary Cross, has created pioneering simulations in respiratory therapy to enhance education and training for students and medical professionals.

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. The Center is a division of e.Republic Inc., a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.


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-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit