Student life at TCC

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Think community college is uneventful? Think again!

Attending Tidewater Community College is about more than going to class and walking back to your car. Extracurriculars are as integral as homework in producing well-rounded, successful students, says the National Center for Education Statistics. According to recent findings, students who participate in outside activities have better attendance, achieve better grades and tend to continue their education further than those who don’t.

TCC offers something for everyone, from clubs to service organizations to athletics to theater. Each campus has an Office of Student Engagement, which promotes activities year-round, including socials every fall and spring. All of TCC’s campuses boast student centers with fitness and dining areas, along with gaming and study rooms. These centers are designed with student success in mind, so stop by between classes to grab a bite to eat, meet friends, find a quiet place to study or simply take a break.

Need child care? Licensed child development centers, operated by the YWCA South Hampton Roads, are opening in fall 2014 on the Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach campuses; a Portsmouth center opened in January 2014. Visit for information.

Men’s and women’s basketball teams compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association. The move to the NJCAA brings increased exposure and publicity to TCC athletics and ensures athletes have the opportunity to compete for regional and national championships. TCC’s mascot is Storm, and its colors are blue and white.

Get involved!

Students at TCC can participate in more than 50 clubs, organizations and athletic programs, many offering scholarship and career opportunities. Holding office in an organization, actively being part of a club or volunteering for a service project enhance your application to a four-year institution while boosting your resume.

From anime to Bible study, if you have an interest, TCC has a club or organization to match. A sampling:

Are you a computer geek? TCC’s nationally acclaimed Computers for Student Success program under the TCC Computer Club allows members to learn valuable hands-on skills refurbishing computers that are then given to students in need (to date, more than 5,000 laptops and desktops have been given away). Like engineering? The TCC Engineering Club, a student chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers, organizes field trips and competitions, including CANstruction and ASEE battery-powered car races. The American Society of Interior Designers, student chapter, provides hands-on portfolio-building activities including the Pallet Challenge, offering students the chance to transform a discarded shipping pallet into a work of art.

Music lovers might consider TCC Chorus or TCC Jazz, and budding actors can audition for TCC Theatre, which offers an outdoor Shakespeare production every summer that has become a staple in the Hampton Roads community. The Student African American Brotherhood assists its members in thriving academically, culturally and professionally. The Military and Veterans Students Association enriches the college experience of military-affiliated students, and if you want your voice to be heard, consider the TCC Student Government Association.

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year institutions offering associate degrees, has active chapters on each campus. PTK provides leadership and service activities, as well as scholarship opportunities.

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