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TCC RANKS HIGH AMONG TOP 100 IN U.S. FOR ASSOCIATE-DEGREE PRODUCERS  
~ For African-American students, TCC comes in 7th in nation
~ Top programs: 4th in Business Technologies, 6 thin Human Sciences

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Sept. 22, 2010) – In its annual report on the top 100 associate-degree producers in the nation,  Community College Week has ranked Tidewater Community College among the top 20 in a number of categories.

According to the national weekly magazine’s new report, TCC ranks among the top 100 associate degree producers for two-year institutions in the following categories:

  • TCC ranks 16th among all two-year associate degree producers across the nation.
  • TCC ranks 7th in two-year associate degree producers across the nation for African-American students.
  • TCC ranks 4th in the nation for two-year associate degree producers in Business Technologies and 6th for Human Sciences.
  • The college is also in the top 20 associate degree producers for Engineering Technologies and Interdisciplinary Studies.

“At this critical time in a challenging recession, it’s increasingly important for our nation’s community colleges to address workforce needs and prepare students on a path to baccalaureate degrees,” states TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce. “We’re pleased to see our efforts validated once again by this national measurement,” she says, noting TCC also has earned high rankings for its consistent service to military students.

This spring, TCC ranked No. 1 among community colleges in the country for the number of veterans enrolled using the Post-9/11 GI Bill and in the top five among all higher education institutions, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Also this year, Military Times Edge magazine ranked TCC among the top 20 most popular colleges and universities where active-duty troops use tuition assistance, and GI Jobs magazine recognized TCC as a Military Friendly School.

The annual Community College Week report on top degree producers is based on data reported by 2,775 associate-degree granting institutions to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for the 2008-09 academic year. According to the magazine, a 32 percent increase has occurred in associate degrees conferred between 1998-99 and 2008-09. TCC has increased the number of associate degrees awarded in the same time period by 70 percent and awarded a record-breaking number – 2,435 – of degrees in 2009-10.

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Laurie White
Communications
757-822-1085

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and workforce development 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 www.tcc.edu.

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