Tidewater Community College stands out in its service to active-duty military, veterans and their families, who make up about a third of the college’s enrollment.
Getting started is easy at TCC, where support services on every campus facilitate the transition to college life. The Center for Military and Veterans Education (CMVE) – a comprehensive clearinghouse for academic and student support services – opened during the summer of 2011 on the Virginia Beach Campus.
“The CMVE is an exemplary model for student success among colleges and universities across the nation,” Bruce Brunson, executive director, said. “We strive to be a one-stop shop for military, veterans and
The CMVE has Veterans Administration offices on each of the four campuses. Staff provides mentoring and assistance with academic advising, career planning and other questions specific to military-related students.
Active-duty personnel, veterans and families can take classes on any campus or on various bases, including Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Oceana, Fleet Combat Training Center, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and the Integrated Support Command Coast Guard Base Portsmouth.
Day, evening, weekend and online courses are offered, and military-related students can choose between traditional 16-week semesters and accelerated eight-week offerings on the military installations. Distance learning is another option.
TCC is also part of the Servicemembers Opportunity College, which allows students to continue their studies and graduate from TCC after they relocate outside of Hampton Roads. In addition, as a member of the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership, TCC offers five key degrees completely online that are available to sailors worldwide.
“Guaranteeing economic security for our veterans and their families is among the primary goals at the CMVE,” Brunson said.
Students also have specialized benefit options, like the Post-9/11 GI Bill and scholarships earmarked for the military. CMVE staff can explain these benefits to those who qualify and will walk students through the application process.
Active-duty military personnel who are Virginia residents are eligible for in-state tuition. Non-Virginia residents who are active duty are eligible for military contract rates, keeping TCC affordable.
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