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Third T-TEN win for TCC’s auto program

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Dec. 19, 2008) – Tidewater Community College’s Automotive Technology program has garnered a third recognition from a top automotive manufacturer.

Toyota has named TCC’s T-TEN (Toyota Technical Education Network) program one of only four in the country to receive the 2008 T-TEN School Recognition Award. The award recognizes the highest performing T-TEN schools across the United States.

T-TEN at TCC – a joint effort of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., Central Atlantic Toyota Distributors Inc., Toyota dealers and TCC – leads to an associate degree or certification in the automotive technology field.

This fall, TCC opened its new comprehensive educational venue for the automotive program, including its T-TEN and other manufacturer-based programs. The 30,000-square-foot Regional Automotive Technology Center, located in Oakbrooke Business & Technology Center in Chesapeake, features eight 20-foot-high bays – with one designed for an 18-wheeler – and the latest in high-tech instructional equipment. A ceremony and open house is being planned for spring 2009.

A well-established model for industry partnerships, TCC’s Automotive Technology program boasts an award-winning advisory board comprised of 32 members from all areas of the industry, including regional dealerships.

For more details on the T-TEN program, click here.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, 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 Norfolk’s theater district, 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