The Counseling and Advising Offices offer a variety of services for students seeking to develop education plans, achieve academic goals, continue their education at a four-year college or university, prepare for immediate entry into the job market, or to develop skills for career advancement or personal growth.
Counseling and advising staff assist students in exploring their interests and identifying career and life goals. They can help students address and explore personal and academic issues related to career indecision, academic difficulty, test-taking, time management, and other obstacles that may hinder the academic and personal success of students.
Military Related Students
Academic advisors are available on area installations.
Transfer planning is encouraged beginning with your first semester through graduation. Counselors and advisors are available on each campus to assist students who plan to transfer to another college. Counselors and advisors provide students with transfer information about Virginia’s 4-year and out-of-state institutions, that include applications, transfer guides, and catalogs. The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) has created a webpage showing all system-wide Guaranteed Admission Agreements.
First Year Success (FYS)
The First Year Success program is designed to improve learning for new students during their first year of college in efforts to assist them in achieving academic and personal success. Recognizing that most students need additional assistance as they transition to college, the comprehensive orientation system includes:
- Family & Friends Information Sessions
- Student Development (SDV) Courses
International student services
The Office of International Student Services provides comprehensive support services to help facilitate the academic success of all international and non-immigrant students at TCC. ISS staff assists with the admission of these students and serves as the primary source of information regarding their immigration rights and responsibilities. ISS strives to foster an environment of international awareness and an appreciation of all cultures by promoting interactions between American and international students through exchange programs, study abroad, and various intercultural programs and events.
Intercultural Learning Center
The Intercultural Learning Center (ILC) cultivates and sustains a learning environment that provides TCC students, faculty, and staff with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be aware, understand, and appreciate the interconnectedness of the social and cultural dimensions within and across local, regional, state, national, and global communities. The ILC provides a comprehensive calendar of co-curricular cultural and intercultural programs, study abroad and exchange programs, and encompasses the services of the Women’s Center and International Student Services.
Center for Military and Veteran Education (CMVE)
The TCC Center for Military and Veteran Education (CMVE) was established in 2011 to broaden TCC’s already extensive service to military-related students, including active duty, reserves, National Guard, Coast Guard, veterans, military family members and Department of Defense employees. Based in the Kempsville Building at the Virginia Beach Campus, the CMVE is a college-wide function providing student support services, and military contract education and training, to military-related TCC students, no matter where they are located.
Under the CMVE, TCC provides Veterans Affairs advisors at all four of the college’s campuses to assist you with applying for and using your education benefits at TCC. The CMVE has academic and student support services at each of the major military installations in South Hampton Roads, including Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Oceana/Dam Neck, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and Joint Expeditionary Base—Little Creek-Fort Story. Base contact information can be found here.
TCC complies with the Principles of Excellence as established by Executive Order 13607 of April 27, 2012.
For students using GI Bill® Chapter 30, 31, or 33, who reside in Virginia, but may not qualify as being domiciled in Virginia for the purposes of in-state tuition, see an admission/enrollment office on any campus for a Domicile Exception Application. The Department of Veterans Affairs will not pay out of state tuition rates.
Active Duty students, who are stationed in Virginia, and do not have Virginia listed on your Leave and Earnings Statement, see an admissions/enrollment office on any campus or a TCC rep on base for a Domicile Exception Application to receive the in-state tuition rates.
The Virginia State Approving Agency (SAA), is the approving authority of education and training programs for Virginia. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vet Success On Campus
Vet Success On Campus (VSOC) are employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Located on all four campuses, they can help you with career counseling, academic advising, applying for disability compensation, assistance understanding your federal benefits, and make referrals to resources.
For further information and campus contacts, visit the CMVE’s website.
The Career Services Center offers a comprehensive program to help students develop, evaluate, and implement a career plan. This approach helps students become aware of their interests, skills, values, and lifestyle preferences and relate them to a career decision. Career assessment testing is available to help students explore personal interests and talents, clarify career values, and explore and gather occupational information.
Resources are available to direct students to accurate, up-to-date information about future job outlooks and salaries. Each campus offers individual career counseling and seminars, workshops, and short courses on career-related topics.
The Office of Career and Employment Services offers the Career Success Network, a website designed to assist students and graduates in finding employment. Job listings are received from various employers (local companies, federal government, state and city agencies and many more), and posted online. The college also provides additional services such as on campus recruitment by local employers and assistance with résumé writing and interviewing skills.
Enrollment services staff are available to assist students with course registration, course withdrawal, transcript requests, student records, and updating admissions applications. Enrollment Services staff also process grade changes, student verifications and certifications, cross registration grades, and student data changes.
Changes in name, address or other Information
A student must notify the college immediately when his/her name, address, telephone number, or other personal information changes by completing a Student Data Change Form and submitting it to any campus Enrollment Services Office. In some instances, students may make changes by logging into myTCC.
Office of the College Registrar
The Office of the College Registrar performs transfer evaluations, processes approved course substitutions and waiver requests, reviews applications for graduations, and processes official transcript requests.
ID cards (StormCard)
Students who register for one or more credits must obtain a TCC student ID card. The first card is issued free of charge: students must pay a $10 replacement fee for any lost or stolen cards.
Student ID cards may be obtained within 24 to 48 hours of a student’s registration at a campus ID Card Office.
Students can go to any ID Card Office to have their picture taken and their card printed. All students must show a photo ID to receive a TCC student ID card. An ID card cannot be issued without proof of identity.
All students must display their TCC student ID card on their person (e.g. by suspending it from a lanyard worn around the neck) at all times while on college property or attending a college-sponsored event.
To this end, the college shall provide an appropriate lanyard with clear plastic cardholder free of charge to each ID card recipient.
In the event that a student does not have their TCC student ID card displayed (or with them), the college representative making the inquiry will report the matter to Security and the individual will be escorted to the Dean of Students or the Provost.
Read Policy 1302 – College Identification Cards for more information.
Students may use their ID cards as a form of payment at various locations throughout the college, including: Barnes & Noble at TCC, The Campus Cup, The Campus Cafe, vending, and printing. Visit the StormCard page for details on how to make deposits.
Open Door Project
The Open Door Project is a federally funded Student Support Services/TRIO program that provides academic support and personal services to eligible students at the Norfolk and Portsmouth campuses. The goal of the project is to help participants improve their academic performance, stay in college, graduate from TCC and transfer to a four-year college or university.
The Open Door Project Office can be reached at 757-822-1218.
The Women’s Center
The Women’s Center offers comprehensive specialized services to educate, empower, and engage women so they can define, pursue, and achieve their academic and personal goals. The Women’s Center is a leader and resource on women’s unique interests and is committed to advocating for equality and social justice. The Women’s Centers provide a safe environment and create a campus culture for women and men to exchange ideas, network, and advocate for these goals.
Student Development Courses
Student Development (SDV) courses assist students in their transition to college. SDV courses provide essential information about TCC’s resources and programs, as well as strategies for the development of academic and personal success. Instructors encourage engagement and integration into college life promoting student persistence.
All curricular students, except those in career studies certificate programs, are required to enroll in SDV 100, 101, or 108 within the first 15 credit hours of enrollment. Students placed in at least one developmental education course should take the SDV course in their first semester of enrollment. The requirement may be waived for students who hold an Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution. Other requests for a waiver may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students who do not enroll in an SDV course within the first 15 credits hours will have a hold placed on their record preventing them from enrolling in other courses until they meet with a counselor/advisor.