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From health professions to business to maritime apprenticeships

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (July 14, 2009) – As President Barack Obama rolls out his proposal for increased community college funding, Tidewater Community College is helping battle the recession with evolving and expanding programs in high-demand fields, from nursing to network security.

 “With demand for our programs at an all-time high, it is critical that community colleges have the resources to continue rising to today’s challenges,” says TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce. “In service to our region, TCC prides itself on rapid response to workforce needs through career and technical programs, while at the same time serving increasing numbers of traditional-age students seeking college access and affordability in baccalaureate-bound programs.” 

In the last five years, the number of TCC career and technical degrees and certificates awarded has increased by 73 percent. At the same time, TCC has seen a 56 percent rise in enrollment of recent high school graduates, with 20 percent of all local, public high school graduates now attending TCC. The college enrolled over 40,000 students last year. 

With its twofold mission to educate and prepare citizens for the world of work and to advance into baccalaureate programs, TCC ranks 15th in the nation among all two-year associate-degree producers. The college quickly adapts to the needs of employers, career-changers and displaced workers. Through its Workforce Solutions Division, TCC served 1,300 organizations and 35,000 people last year alone. Among these, 10,000 received customized training and more than 750 were students in maritime apprenticeship programs from firms such as Northrop Grumman, Earl Industries, BAE Systems and Norfolk Naval Shipyard. 

Helping fuel the region’s economy, TCC’s in-demand career programs include:

  • 13 Health Profession disciplines – from Nursing to Emergency Medical Services;
  • Automotive Technology degree and certificates;
  • Business degree and certificates;
  • Culinary Arts certificates and degree;
  • Early Childhood Development certificates and degree;
  • Modeling and Simulation degree and new certificate;
  • Network Security and Database Specialist programs;
  • New certificates in Class-B Truck Driving, Customer Service, ‘Green’ Design, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

In addition, of the more than 900 courses TCC offered last year, 31 percent had an online option.

Below is more information about TCC's service to the region.


TCC Meeting Demand in Workforce and Baccalaureate Preparation 

Growing by Degrees 

  • TCC ranks 15th in the nation among all two-year associate degree producers.
  • In the last 10 years the number of associate degrees conferred nationally has increased 35%; TCC has increased the number of associate degrees awarded in this same time period by 82%.
  • TCC ranks in the top 20 nationally for associate degrees awarded in the Business/Management and Engineering and Related Technologies areas.

 Response to Workforce Needs 

  • In 2008-09, TCC served 1,303 employers to meet their workforce training needs.
  • TCC had over 10,000 enrollments in customized workforce training.
  • In the last five years, the number of career/technical degrees and certificates awarded has increased 73%.
  • Of 14 high-demand job fields that require more than a high school diploma but less than a baccalaureate degree, TCC offers over 100 career and technical programs in related areas.
  • In 2008-09, TCC enrolled approximately 15,000 students in career and technology programs, including the following high-demand employment fields:
    • Health Professions – 6,144 students
    • Information technologies – 1,307 students
    • Early Childhood Development – 1,013 students
    • CADD/Engineering Technologies – 635 students
    • Maritime Industries – 755 students
    • Truck Driving – 119 students
    • Vehicle Repair Technicians – 291 students

Affordability and Transfer

  • There is a growing number of students wishing to complete baccalaureate study via the more cost-effective two-year institution. TCC's in-state tuition is one-third the cost of the average, public, four-year tuition in Virginia.
  • Over the last five years, the number of college-transfer associate degrees awarded has increased 41%.
  • In the last five years, TCC has had a 56% increase in enrollment of recent high school graduates.
  • While TCC offers affordability and transfer opportunities, it has the largest number of students receiving financial aid in the Virginia Community College System (39% of the student body) and a total financial aid portfolio of $52 million.


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 over 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 15th highest associate-degree producer 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 Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, 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