Success Stories Archive

Student success at TCC comes from every direction

Meet a few Tidewater Community College graduates who defined their career pathways at TCC. Some knew where they wanted to go. Others explored their interests and found new opportunities. One of them may surprise you: Comedian Jay

Student Success Story: Jay Pharoah

Jay Pharoah: “TCC was a great experience. I’m glad I did it.” Long before “Saturday Night Live,” comedian Jay Pharoah was Jared Antonio Farrow, an unsure 17-year-old graduate of Indian River High School. Without a clear direction,

Student Success Story: Elissa Sanford

Elissa Sanford: TCC education is paving her way to medical school Elissa Sanford’s 4.5 high school GPA and ridiculously high test scores made her a candidate for just about any college in the nation. Instead the Hickory High

Student Success Story: Eli Stacy

Eli Stacy: TCC gives you “the building blocks to go wherever you want to go.” Eli Stacy never thought he’d graduate from college, let alone the University of Virginia. But on May 21, 2016, he is walking

Student Success Story: Kerry Tebow

Kerry Tebow: In mechatronics, “I knew I had found my niche.” Kerry Tebow of Chesapeake was at Western Branch High School when she began working in food service. “By the time I was in my 20s, I

TCC student Jessica Dunlap

“Once you’re an apprentice, the opportunities are endless.” Holding a bachelor’s degree in physics but saddled with student debt, Jessica Dunlap became frustrated with her fruitless job search. Fortunately, she was accepted in 2012 into Newport News

“Leap-frogging” into a great job: TCC student Tim DeBusk

Tim DeBusk, 24, came to Tidewater Community College with no experience in information technology. Less than two years later, the Salem High School graduate holds a position as a systems analyst with a local firm. “Most people

“What I really enjoyed were my clinicals”

Rachris Bautista graduates from TCC in May 2015 with an associate degree in respiratory therapy. This is his story, in his own words. When I was a kid, I loved the idea of going into the medical

Learning and doing

Victoria Latham, who plans to graduate from TCC in May 2016, works at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. This is her story, in her own words. I’m that person who takes things apart, just so I can

“Professors with real-world experience”

Fred Konzelmann, 33, of Virginia Beach holds TCC associate degrees in industrial manufacturing and electronics technology and a certificate in general education. He is a manufacturing design engineer at STIHL Inc., the top U.S. manufacturer of outdoor

“I’m doing exactly what I want to do in life”

Loubna Richid is a 2012 TCC honors graduate who now attends Old Dominion University. This is her story, in her own words. I love learning and couldn’t wait to get started on my education when I moved

Dad & son are two of a kind at RAC

Pinero Antonio Dingle II and his dad, Pinero Antonio Dingle Sr., enjoy working with their hands on do-it-yourself projects, including basic car repairs. “My dad likes being in charge, but I know more than him right now.

Go Anywhere:Wilburt Kiger at STIHL Inc

Current job: Production planner team leader at STIHL Inc. TCC degree or course of study: Associate of applied science in industrial management and studies in business administration Why TCC:  “First, tuition was less than the traditional four-year

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

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

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

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:

Elysse Greenwood

Age: 29 Degree/certificate: Associate of science degree in social science. Graduated: December 2012 Why TCC: I chose TCC because I didn’t think I was university material. I didn’t feel like I was smart enough to attend a