Monthly Archive:: July 2014

How to avoid massive student loan debt AND get a great college education? TCC helps you answer that question!

Everyone has heard the new figures on student loan debt, and they are mind-boggling. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, student loan debt in the United States has now surpassed $1 trillion – that’s more than

Hello from President Kolovani

As I begin my third year as president of Tidewater Community College, I continue to be moved by the stories students tell me about how TCC has changed their lives. Our graduates say that TCC gave them

Raenell King

Age: 20 High School: Grassfield High, Chesapeake Degree/certificate: Social Science Why TCC: Rae King knew she wasn’t ready for loud, busy dorm living and decided to stay close to home for the first years of college. She

The right amount of higher education

In choosing a career, it’s important to know your personal interests and talents, the job outlook for occupations matching your interests and talents, the education required, and the earnings you can expect—annually and over a lifetime. Several

What’s one of the coolest jobs around? HVAC/R!

TCC’s new associate degree in Heating Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology (HVAC/R) gives students the chance to work toward a career in a growing field where the demand for jobs is high. The gamut of professional possibilities

All kinds of students, all kinds of support

Not a typical student? Don’t worry. Tidewater Community College knows how to help. Maybe you know you’re ready for college. Perhaps you know exactly what you plan to study. Then again, maybe you don’t. The Academic Advising

Serving our military is a TCC priority

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

Peter Sylvester

Age: 34 Military Background: F-14/18 aviation technician in the Navy. TCC degree: Associate of science in engineering At TCC: When Peter was assigned to Hampton Roads, he put a previous unsuccessful college experience behind him and tried

Jennifer McQueen

Age: 31 Military background: Sergeant with eight years’ experience in the Army. At TCC: Jennifer is working toward associate degrees in Administrative Support Technology and Medical Administrative Support Technology with plans to become an office manager. She

There’s more financial help for college, if you know where to look

“Financial aid” doesn’t necessarily mean taking out a student loan. Many TCC students receive Pell Grants from the federal government, which aren’t repaid. Virginia’s Community Colleges offer transfer grants to graduates who transfer to four-year schools. In

With dual enrollment… Earn college credit while still in high school

Tidewater Community College’s Dual Enrollment programs provide high school students a unique opportunity to jump-start their college careers. According to the U.S. Department of Education, college credits earned prior to high school graduation reduce the average time-to-degree and

Jason Dyer: TCC dual-enrollment student is getting a head start at William & Mary

Age: 18 High School: Woodrow Wilson, Portsmouth At TCC: Enrolled in dual enrollment at TCC in fall 2013 and First College in Portsmouth in spring 2014. Jason earned 27 colleges credits through the program. Future plans: Jason

Something our region has a lot of: water. Something else it has: jobs on the water

Right now, communities up and down the Eastern Seaboard are spending billions to create what we already have. Deep harbors and technologically advanced seaports are ready to accommodate the flow of huge ships expected to sail through

Ashley Wilber

Age: 30 Degree: Ashley was an apprentice program participant with BAE Systems Norfolk Shipyard Repair. She earned her Career Studies Certificate in Maritime Technologies in 2010. Employer: Ashley is an apprentice instructor and craft supervisor at BAE

Student life at TCC

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

I love my student center!

TCC is one of the few community colleges in the U.S. to offer full-service student centers. Here’s what students have to say. Andrew McIntyre, Norfolk Campus “I enjoy getting to know new people, new cultures and sharing

College at any age

Changing careers or looking to advance? TCC has what you need Community colleges have served adult learners for decades. We understand the challenges faced by older students, who often have family and job responsibilities. With its affordable

Sonja Barisic

Age: 46 Current job: Director of Marketing Communications at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children At TCC: Sonja completed five classes at the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, which offers professional development at the Center for Workforce Solutions: