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Crystal-clear vision spanning a decade brings high-tech campus to fruition
Enrollment skyrockets; transfer and technical programs soar
Videos: Remarks by President DiCroce, Gov. McDonnell, Dedication; Full Event Video
~ Event News Notes ~ Photo Essay ~

Photo by Nikko A. Knapp-Castillo
Photo by Nikko A. Knapp-Castillo

President DiCroce welcomed Gov. McDonnell, later presenting him with a TCC polo shirt before they unveiled a portrait of Fred W. Beazley (below) which now hangs in the commons area of Building A.

Photo by Nikko A. Knapp-Castillo Photo by Cynthia Daniels
The dedication concluded with the ringing of a ship’s bell, a rousing drum roll and “cannons” shooting streamers, as TCC leaders and dignitaries pulled 20-foot ribbons tied to the tip of a symbolic ship’s bow.
Photo by Cynthia Daniels

PORTSMOUTH, VA (July 13, 2010) – In an historic event for the region, Tidewater Community College dedicated its new state-of-the-art campus in Portsmouth on July 13 with news of record-breaking growth and service to Hampton Roads.

Amid “cannon fire” and rousing drum rolls, TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce, Gov. Bob McDonnell and area dignitaries dedicated the Fred W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus to the applause of hundreds of faculty, staff, students and guests. In a style befitting the launch of a ship, the assembled group of government, industry and education officials jointly pulled 20-foot ribbons tied to the tip of a symbolic ship’s bow.

“The Fred W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus exemplifies the best in successful partnering, to include three governors’ administrations, legislators, the City of Portsmouth, its school system, the Beazley Foundation and key business leaders,” says TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce. “While we couldn’t have predicted a decade ago this “perfect storm” of enrollment surge and economic need, we envisioned a campus where strategic planning and long-range vision would benefit tens of thousands of citizens and hundreds of employers across the region.”

“The realization of Tidewater Community College’s long-anticipated Fred W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus couldn’t be more timely. This marvel of advanced technology, innovative design, and student focus, geared to fuel the economic engine of Portsmouth and the whole of Hampton Roads comes at a time of great need for its services,” says Gov. McDonnell. “I commend Tidewater Community College and President DiCroce for her far-seeing vision and hard work, and I applaud the many partnerships fashioned along the way – all in the name of producing our best prepared workers, innovators and leaders for today’s knowledge-based economy.”

The new Portsmouth Campus replaces and reinvents TCC’s founding campus, opened in 1968 when the Beazley Foundation donated the former Frederick College – approximately 750 acres of property – and $1 million to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

TCC’s most technologically advanced campus yet, the $65 million Fred W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus offers critical foundation and benchmark programs in the sciences, nursing, HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditioning), welding and CADD (computer-aided drafting and design) – which have seen resounding growth at the new campus.    

With a modern, learning-centered design, the campus features the Beazley School of Nursing, developed through the support of a $1.4 million gift from the Beazley Foundation. Boasting its own simulated hospital clinical setting and the state’s first four human-patient simulator labs for evaluating student performance, the school comes as a timely answer to the region’s critical shortage of nursing professionals.

In response to workforce demands of the area’s shipbuilding, construction, manufacturing and transportation industries, the campus expands TCC’s in-demand programs in HVAC, welding and CADD, outfitted with today’s high-tech equipment.

Across the new campus, education meets innovation with 25 modern classrooms, 11 computer laboratories and 20 instructional laboratories, each filled with the latest instructional technologies to educate students in an inspiring, collaborative atmosphere. Features such as wireless video cameras, simulated work environments and a high-tech library with more than 100 computers help students learn in vivid, interactive environments.

TCC faculty members enjoy technological advances of their own thanks to the Batten Faculty Development Center, where faculty can integrate the most recent technology into their classes and online presentations.

The new campus also provides a dedicated space for the First College Program, a successful, innovative partnership with the city’s public schools. “The New Portsmouth Campus offers excellent opportunities for our students to continue their education,” said David Stuckwisch, superintendent of Portsmouth Public Schools.

“To have an institution like this available in Hampton Roads is really wonderful for students and employers alike,” said David Tynch, Portsmouth Partnership. “This clearly took an incredible amount of vision and forward thinking on the part of TCC, and the economy of the entire region stands to benefit.”

Manifesting its continuing strategic growth, over the past 18 months, TCC dedicated its Joseph N. Green, Jr. District Administration Building in Norfolk and its Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and broke ground in Norfolk for the first of four student centers – one at each campus – and for the Regional Health Professions Center at the Virginia Beach Campus. Construction will begin on a Joint-Use Library in cooperation with the City of Virginia Beach in the fall and on a new academic building at the Chesapeake Campus this winter.

TCC’s prior innovative capital projects include the Advanced Technology Center and a state-of-the-art science building with an observatory and planetarium – both at the Virginia Beach Campus, the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk and the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth.

The largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads and the 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC served more than 45,000 students last year. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.

Portsmouth Campus Academic Programs

New Portsmouth Campus Student Profile

TCC Quick Facts 2010

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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