Tidewater Community College

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Tidewater Community College
Tidewater Community College logo.png
Motto From here, go anywhere
Type Public University, Community College
Established 1968
Endowment $3.8 million[1]
President Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani
Undergraduates 44,393
Location Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Campus Urban, Suburban
Colors Blue, White          [2]
Athletics NJCAA
3 varsity teams
Nickname TCC
Mascot Storm
Website TCC.edu

Tidewater Community College, also known as "TCC," is a two-year higher education institution in South Hampton Roads with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree; among two-year institutions in the U.S., it is the 19th largest associate degree producer.

TCC is the largest provider of higher education and workforce development services in southeastern Virginia, enrolling nearly 47,000 students annually—the second largest undergraduate student body in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The 11th largest public two-year community college in the entire nation, TCC is among the 50 fastest-growing large two-year institutions. During the 2011-12 academic year, 51 percent of South Hampton Roads residents who enrolled in higher education did so at TCC. The school offers a variety of vocational and transfer-oriented degrees and certificates for prospective students, including a nursing school and culinary arts degrees. The school also offers several career programs in marine trades and logistics.[3] It is the second-largest community college in the Virginia Community College System and the 37th largest in the United States.


The school was founded in 1968, when a local philanthropist, Fred W. Beazley, closed the existing Frederick College and deeded the land to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the creation of Tidewater Community College. With the support of Hampton Roads' municipalities, TCC quickly expanded to Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, and in the 1990s, it helped revitalize downtown Norfolk by establishing a campus in former department store buildings. In 2010, the Portsmouth campus relocated to a new site within the city.

Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani took office as the college's fifth president in July 2012.[4] She succeeded Deborah M. DiCroce, who had served for 14 years.

Tidewater Community College's mascot is Storm,[5] and the school colors are royal blue and white.


Tidewater Community College has four campuses:

  • Fred W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus, which opened in 2010 and has four buildings
    • A Building
    • B Building
    • C Building
    • Student Center
  • Norfolk Campus, which opened in 1997 and has five buildings
    • Andrews
    • Martin
    • Walker
    • Roper
    • Student Center
  • Chesapeake Campus, which opened in 1973
    • George B. Pass Building
    • Marian P. Whitehurst Technology Center
    • Academic Building
    • Student Center (opened Spring 2014)
  • Virginia Beach Campus, which opened in 1973 and has 11 buildings including
    • The Advanced Technology Center in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach and Virginia Beach City Public Schools
    • Joint-Use Library in partnership with City of Virginia Beach [6]
    • Student Center
    • Bayside Building

Tidewater Community College also has several centers:

  • Regional Workforce Development Center, on the site of the original Frederick campus in North Suffolk
  • The Jeanne & George Roper Performing Arts Center, located in downtown Norfolk
  • The Center for Military & Veterans Education, including a Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) office, located on the Virginia Beach campus
  • Regional Health Professions Center, located on the Virginia Beach campus
  • Visual Arts Center, located in downtown Portsmouth
  • Regional Automotive Center, located in Chesapeake

In addition, the Joseph N. Green Jr. District Administration Building houses TCC's administrative offices in downtown Norfolk. Classes are also offered at the Old Dominion University Tri-Cities Center.

Literary Festival and Journal[edit]

Tidewater Community College publishes an annual literary journal called the Channel Marker. Submissions are accepted in the fall semester and the publication is released in the spring (usually April) in conjunction with TCC's Annual Literary Festival.[7]

Let's Grow: The 2013 Jobs Summit[edit]

Tidewater Community College hosted its first jobs summit on August 6, 2013. One of the signature events during TCC’s 45th anniversary, the event brought together local CEOs, industry leaders and the major candidates for governor of Virginia for discussion on two questions: Where will jobs come from in the next five years, and how should the workforce be prepared? Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, used the opportunity to outline their jobs platforms for the Commonwealth.[8]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Usage Guidelines". TCC Visual Identity Standards. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  3. ^ Marine Career Programs
  4. ^ "New president named at TCC". WAVY News 10. April 16, 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Artwork Standards". TCC Visual Identity Standards. Tidewater Community College. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "TCC Libraries". Joint-Use Library. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Channel Marker homepage
  8. ^ Council, Jared (July 5, 2013). "Business leaders, governor hopefuls to discuss jobs at TCC summit". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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