Career Advisors

Talk to a TCC representative in your high school

Tidewater Community College's career advisors are based in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach public high schools. They are ready to help high school students explore career and post-high school educational opportunities.

Our high school career advisors provide the following services to high schools students, free of charge:

  • one-on-one college advice
  • help completing your TCC application
  • answers to your questions about TCC’s admissions process
Chesapeake Schools - Carter Youmans

Career Coach Carter Youmans

Deep Creek, Grassfield, Great Bridge, Hickory, Indian River, Oscar Smith, and Western Branch high schools

Make an appointment with Carter

Carter has experience as a public high school teacher and has worked in student activities and workforce solutions within the community college system. Most recently, he was a High School Career Coach for the Chesapeake school system. In this capacity, Carter has been able to assist hundreds of students with their transition from high school to TCC.

Carter received his associate degree from Tidewater Community College. He received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Wesleyan College and his master’s degree from Old Dominion University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University.

Carter can be contacted at 757-822-1433 or

Norfolk Schools - Kita Graham

Career Coach Kita Graham

Booker T Washington, Granby, Lake Taylor, Maury, and Norview high schools, and Norfolk Technical Center

Make an appointment with Kita

Kita is committed to helping others achieve their short and long term goals, and her experience with traditional and non-traditional students at community colleges and universities is invaluable to her work as a TCC career advisor.

In her role, Kita helps students identify their greatest interests and abilities; provides access to a variety of resources; and works to develop career goals. She also teaches Student Development courses at TCC and is a member of the Recruitment Advisory Team.

Kita is a member of SACSA-Sothern Association for College Student Affairs and NACE-National Association of Colleges and Employers. She has also served as a career services director, academic advisor, and Bridges out of Poverty certified trainer. She has presented career development and student support sessions at the Virginia Community College Association’s annual conferences.

Kita holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership with a student affairs emphasis from Regent University.

Kita can be contacted at 757-822-1433 or

Portsmouth & Virginia Beach Schools - Cheryl Johnson

Career Coach Cheryl Johnson

Portsmouth: Churchland, I.C. Norcom, and Woodrow Wilson high schools. Virginia Beach: Bayside and Ocean Lakes high schools

Make an appointment for Portsmouth Schools

Make an appointment for Bayside and Ocean Lakes High Schools

Cheryl’s passion for helping students reach their goals started early in her career. She began working with at-risk youth shortly after earning a bachelor’s in psychology and economics from the University of Virginia. Cheryl recognized that many students lacked knowledge about career opportunities and planning, so she returned to Regent University, where she earned a master’s degree in community and school counseling. After graduation she began working as a career advisor for TCC.

“I became a career advisor because I wanted to help students who may not know what their options are after high school,” Cheryl says. “I can help students realize the vast number of careers available, understand the training required to pursue them, and help them map out a plan to work toward achieving their goals.”

Cheryl can be contacted at 757-822-1433 or

Virginia Beach Schools - Ashley Vaughn

TCC career coach Ashley Vaughn

Cox, First Colonial, Kempsville and Tallwood high schools

Make an appointment with Ashley

Ashley has several years of experience in high school and elementary counseling and has always been dedicated to assisting students finding their passion in life.

She has worked with at-risk children and teens and has always wanted to show them that there was light at the end of the tunnel. Ashley is committed to helping lead students to find their goals, work towards them, and work through all adversities to achieve them.

 “Educating students on their level, seeing that gleam of hope, and allowing them to choose their own career path to success is very rewarding experience that I do not take for granted," she says.

Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Delaware State University and a master’s degree of arts in school counseling from Norfolk State University.

She can be reached at or 757-822-7135.

Virginia Beach Schools - Kelsey Warren

Career Coach Kelsey Warren

Kellam, Green Run, Landstown, Princess Anne and Salem high schools, and Virginia Beach Career and Technical Education Center

Make an appointment with KelseyKelsey has more than seven years of experience helping students achieve their goals. She has served as a substitute teacher in the Virginia Beach public school system, counseled at-risk youth and mentored teens. Kelsey enjoys building relationships with students and being an on going resource students can utilize throughout their education.

Kelsey holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in community counseling from Regent University. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Board Certified Coach (BCC).

Kelsey can be contacted at 757-822-7138 or

Admission Offices

Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Pass Building, Room 175
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 757-822-5021


Andrews Building
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1204


Building A, Room A130
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-2193

Virginia Beach

Building B (Bayside), Room B119
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 757-822-7172

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