University description (as per official university website)
- Chesapeake Campus
- Portsmouth Campus
- Norfolk Campus
- Virginia Beach Campus
About Tidewater Community College
Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, Tidewater Community College (TCC) serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach, a regional Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne, Portsmouth, the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the downtown Norfolk theater district, and a regional Advanced Technology Center on its Virginia Beach Campus. Forty-five percent of the region's residents who attended a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.
TCC is the largest provider of higher education and workforce development services in Hampton Roads, enrolling over 39,000 students annually—the second largest undergraduate student body in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The thirty-fifth largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the twenty fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. The college’s economic impact on the South Hampton Roads region is $300 million annually; it generates some 3100 jobs in the local economy. For each $1 in public support provided to it, TCC generates $3.54 in revenue for the region.
The college is committed to meeting the region's education and training needs as it advances the quality of life of the region through an educated, globally aware, and technologically engaged citizenry. It has been nationally recognized for its work in incorporating the best of technological advances into the teaching and learning process, and was recently cited by the American Council on Education as one of eight “Promising Practices” colleges and universities in the country for its work in international education. TCC students do as well as the native university students when they transfer to four-year schools, and area employers consistently register high levels of satisfaction with the performance of their employees who are TCC graduates.
Tidewater Community College is a comprehensive institution of higher education offering programs of instruction generally extending no longer than two years beyond the high school level.
Career and technical education programs prepare you for employment. They are designed to meet the increasing demand for technicians, paraprofessionals, skilled craft workers, and specialized clerical workers for employment in industry, business, government, and the professions. These programs, which normally require two years or less of training beyond high school, include preparation for agricultural, business, engineering, health and medical, industrial, service, and other technical and occupational fields. The curricula are offered primarily to meet regional needs.
The college transfer programs include first and second year courses in arts and sciences and pre-professional programs designed to meet standards acceptable for transfer to baccalaureate (four-year) degree programs. TCC transfer courses closely parallel those offered at four-year institutions.