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TCC will be closed Wednesday, June 19, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.

Yes, fall classes started but you can still register through Aug. 31

Yikes! Fall classes started at Tidewater Community College, and you forgot to register.

Relax. There’s still time to enroll in 16-week classes that started on Aug. 24, but get moving! The deadline is Monday, Aug. 31.

Here’s how to get started. Apply to TCC. There is no application fee; just make sure you have an email address to verify your application. You can also visit this page to learn how to get started at the college. 

Next, fill out the FAFSA for financial aid. If you haven’t done this yet, you’ll likely need an alternate form of payment upfront. If you qualify for financial aid, you will still be able to apply those funds to fall classes. But because of the time crunch, you might have to pay and wait for reimbursement. In that case, consider signing up for TCC’s payment plan.

Next, determine course readiness. As a new student, you can register for the English and math courses most appropriate to your program of study. Complete the appropriate questionnaire to determine placement.

After completing the questionnaire, you will be able to meet with an academic advisor who will help you select the appropriate courses.

All that will be left is for you to sign up for classes with the help of one of our advisors and you’re on your way! You can get virtual support registering for classes. Remember, if you start class late, you will still be responsible for all course material for the days you missed. It’s best to talk with your professor about any concerns.

We’re available to help at if you’re a new student or if you’re a current student. Reach out with questions or call 757-822-1111.

If you still can’t make it work, don’t despair. TCC offers 12-week and eight-week class sessions and you’ve got time to sign up for those. Twelve-week classes begin on Sept. 21.

TCC’s second session of eight-week classes begins on Oct. 21.

Whether it’s 16-, 12- or eight-week classes, you still receive the same number of credits. The shorter sessions are just more condensed options.

 See you in class this fall!

“I hope I can encourage more women to enter the STEM fields.”

“Why pay so much more for your general education when TCC is right in your own backyard?”

That was the question high achiever Brooke Marcia asked herself.

That led her to choose Tidewater Community College.

A 2020 graduate from the international baccalaureate program at Princess Anne High, Marcia was accepted into the engineering program at Old Dominion University. Instead, she will begin her journey at TCC.

 “One of my goals in going to college is to graduate debt free, and TCC seemed like a cost-effective option,” Marcia said. “It was also close to home, and I could still see my family and friends and go to church.”

Marcia received a scholarship from TCC and will serve as a student ambassador on the Virginia Beach Campus. She is hoping the experience will help polish her public speaking and leadership skills.

“I’m excited to promote community college, especially during COVID-19, and to those who don’t see themselves going to college at all,” she said.

 “Some of my friends have joked me about starting at community college, but I think it’s time to break that stigma.”

 Marcia will transfer to Old Dominion after earning her Associate of Science in Engineering. She plans a career as an electrical engineer and has set her sights on NASA, where she recently completed the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars program.

The  interactive online science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience is highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center.

Marcia with astronaut Roger Crouch.
Marcia with astronaut Roger Crouch who flew two NASA Space Shuttle missions.

“Engineering has been my passion since I was little and is the only thing I can see myself doing,” she said. “I hope I can encourage more women to enter the STEM fields.”

TCC is a family affair for the Marcias. Brooke’s father, Art, started at TCC and later earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from Old Dominion. Her mother, Kathleen, earned her associate degree at TCC and a bachelor’s in education from Regent University.

“My parents, uncle and family friends all started at TCC and now have successful careers,” Marcia said. “It feels good to be following in their footsteps.”

TCC’s fall classes begin Aug. 24. For information on how you can get started at TCC, email or call 757-822-1122.

TCC will offer remote and hybrid classes this fall

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (July 30, 2020) — Most of Tidewater Community College’s class schedule will be online this fall, with some classes being taught with a combination of online and in-person instruction.

Fall classes begin Aug. 24.

Career and technical courses, as well as some academic courses, that require hands-on instruction, will be taught online and supplemented with on-campus sessions.

More than 400 sections of classes including automotive, health professions, welding, veterinary technology, culinary arts, music, visual arts, electronics technology and other programs, will have on-campus components. Browse classes here.

The college is complying with health and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health. Its Fall 2020 Reopening Plan was recently certified by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia.

Faculty, staff, students and visitors must wear face coverings, use hand-sanitizer and complete a health self-assessment when they enter all college buildings. Signs will remind all to practice physical distancing and healthy hygiene.

“We have put a lot of thought into the safe reopening of our campuses to minimize the spread of COVID-19,” said Michelle Woodhouse, interim vice president for academic affairs. “Students should be confident that they can finish what they start this fall, whether they are studying remotely or coming to campus.”

The plan is subject to change based on the state’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current and new students and their families can use TCC’s virtual student support services to prepare for the coming fall semester. Assistance is available with admissions, academic advising, financial aid, tuition payments and more.

For those without access to technology, TCC will open Virtual Student Support Rooms beginning Monday, Aug. 3.  These rooms are equipped with computers and internet access and will link directly to TCC’s virtual resources. Students will also be able to obtain I.D. cards, drop off documentation, and access computer labs.

“The digital divide is real, and we realize that not all of our students have access to the technology needed to use our virtual services,” said Karen Campbell, interim vice president for student affairs. “This gives us the opportunity to serve everyone.”

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For a complete list of open buildings and drop box locations, visit here.

For further assistance, call 757-822-1111 or email

TCC will resume full schedule of fall classes

Tidewater Community College will resume a full schedule of classes this fall with some face-to-face instruction in compliance with state and federal health guidelines. 

The Fall 2020 Semester will begin Aug. 24 and conclude Dec. 18. A revised fall class schedule offering online, hybrid and face-to-face classes will be available by July 13. Priority for face-to-face instruction will be given to performance-based classes and labs that cannot be delivered online. 

“The experts do not know what path this virus will take moving forward,” President Marcia Conston said. “Therefore, the college will remain ready to modify its plan as needed. While no one can guarantee safety, our priority remains the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are taking all of the precautions we can to make TCC as safe as possible.” 

Face-to-face instruction will comply with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for physical distancing, hygiene and safety.  Face coverings will be strongly recommended, especially in common areas. Enhanced protocols are in place for cleaning and sanitizing all buildings and facilities. 

All courses will be active in CANVAS, and instruction and support for successful online learning will be provided. Virtual student support services will continue to be available. Libraries and selected computer labs will also be open for students enrolled in fall classes. Students will be able to continue accessing wifi in designated parking spaces on all campuses. 

TCC will provide regular updates that include any modifications necessary related to guidance received from Gov. Ralph Northam’s office, the CDC and the Virginia Health Department. 

Students with questions can find support by emailing