First-generation college students

If you're the first in your family to attend college — whether you're a recent high school graduate or an adult learner who's been out of the classroom for decades — TCC has support systems in place to help you succeed.

Being the first to do anything can be an exciting experience. It can make you feel courageous and proud, excited and powerful. And you may have moments of overwhelming responsibility, worry, doubt and confusion.

First-generation college students face many challenges, and you should know you are not alone.

Whether you’re a recent high-school graduate or an adult learner who has been out of the classroom for decades, Tidewater Community College has support systems to help you succeed.

Here are some of the resources to help you fulfill your dream of a college education:

First Year Success – The First Year Success system is designed to improve learning for new students during their first year of college.

Family and friends information sessions – These sessions provide an opportunity for those individuals who are important in the lives of our students to learn more about how to support their student in transitioning to TCC.

Open Door ProjectOffered on the Norfolk and Portsmouth campuses, this federally-funded program helps participants improve their academic performance, stay in college and graduate.

Summer Bridge Programs–Designed to bridge the gap between high school and college, the summer bridge program at the Portsmouth campus provide high school students who plan to attend TCC with an orientation to the campus environment and college life. Contacts:

Marcus Baker became a first-generation college graduate in May 2014. As the student speaker at Commencement, he shared his journey from the projects in Portsmouth to Norfolk State University as a Links scholar.

First-generation students find success

TCC has been a great place for me because I’ve grown as a leader and thrived as a student.

Hezroy Hamill
Class of 2014

My TCC courses definitely helped me expand my skill sets and prepared me for advancement in my field.

Sean Sweeney

TCC instilled in me a love of learning, and helped lay the ground work for my Ph.D.

Johnny Moye
Chesapeake Public Schools

Student Services Offices

Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Interim Dean of Students
Kevin McCarthy

Pass Building, Room 153
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 757-822-5115


Interim Dean Kia Hardy

Andrews Building, Room 1112
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1585


Dean Dana M. Hathorn

Building A, Room 150B
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-2180

Virginia Beach

Dean Marilyn Hodge

Bayside Building, Room B-112
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 757-822-7244

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