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, a regional Advanced Technology Center on its Virginia Beach Campus and the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake. 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 nearly 46,000 students annually—the second largest undergraduate student body in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 50 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. The college’s economic impact on the South Hampton Roads region approaches half a billion dollars 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.
Of the nation's largest community colleges, TCC is ranked among the top 5 in technology delivery, and it has been nationally recognized for its work in incorporating the best of technological advances into the teaching and learning process. It also has been 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.
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