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Short-Term Programs


Whether you’re a new high school graduate finding your way or a seasoned professional hoping to advance your career, Tidewater Community College’s short-term programs are a smart alternative to long-term degrees and pricey for-profit schools.

You don’t have to commit to 4 – or even 2 – years of college to find a good job, get a promotion or earn more money. TCC’s flexible, career-focused, short-term programs are designed to land you in a good job, with a good paycheck to match as quickly as possible.

Along the way, TCC will help you identify cooperative education and internship opportunities that will put you squarely on the career pathway you’re looking for.


Check out our short-term certificate programs below, and find one that makes sense for you.

Earn your commercial driver’s license in just a few weeks and start your career in the trucking industry.

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Gain a foundation in criminal justice and prepare for an entry-level career in the law enforcement system.

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Build a career in the maintenance, testing, troubleshooting and repair of fiber, data and video network systems.

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Train for a fast-paced career in advanced manufacturing.

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Learn the essentials of electrical wiring needed to be a successful electrician.

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Gain the basic skills and knowledge necessary for an entry-level position as a CAD operator or drafter.

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Develop expertise in the diagnosis and repair of diesel engines through hands-on training.

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Put the standards of American Council on Exercise (ACE) to work with clients from school-age children to senior citizens.

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Lay the foundation for an in-demand career in land surveying.

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Enter the field as a bookkeeper, accounting technician, payroll administrator, payroll clerk or tax preparer.

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Find employment in general practice law firms or as a legal assistant with a trial-work concentration.

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Get started as a residential or commercial technician!

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Launch or advance a career in web development.

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While all of these short-term programs can quickly kick off or advance your career, they can also get you closer to qualifying for sought-after certifications or even count as credits towards an associate degree from Tidewater Community College. With TCC’s convenient night, weekend and online classes, you can continue to work, while continuing to work on your degree.

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Maybe you know what you want to do with your life. Many students come to college with little understanding of how their interests will lead to a career. For those who don’t, guided pathways help you identify potential majors and career paths early.

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TCC’s Center for Workforce Solutions can take a person with zero skills and turn them into a valuable skilled worker in a matter of weeks. Whether you need a credential for a promotion or a new beginning, we have a program or course that meets your needs.

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