During busy periods just before the start of the semester, Tidewater Community College staffers – myself included – help answer phones in our Information Center. Here are two things I’ve learned from this experience.
First, students wait until the last minute to apply and enroll in classes. Second, a two-year associate degree isn’t necessarily what they need.
What they need are credentials. True, a credential can be a two-year degree or one-year career studies certificate. But it also can be an industry-recognized credential that you can earn in a semester or less.
For example, just by taking one or two IT courses, you could earn industry certifications from companies like Microsoft. Our trucking students take their commercial driver’s license exams after only eight weeks of instruction.
If the thought of spending years in college and fear of student debt are keeping you from continuing your education, see what TCC can do for you. Visit a campus. Come to an open house. Give us a call at 757-822-1122.
Who knows? I might be the one who answers!
Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani, Ph.D.