CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA - (July 16, 2003) - Tidewater Community College
will host Transitions, a free one-day conference for women on Friday,
August 1, 2003, at the Chesapeake campus, 1428 Cedar Road. The
conference is designed for women who are considering returning to school
to obtain a degree or change careers.
Registration begins at 8:30 am. The program includes a variety of
motivational speakers, a career workshop and representatives from
enrollment, financial aid, placement testing and academic counseling for
questions and answers. The conference also includes a free luncheon and
ends with a campus tour at 2:15 pm.
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns about
balancing family, work and school and find out more about financial aid,
testing and career opportunities. Transitions is co-sponsored by the
Women's Center and the Student Activities Office on the Chesapeake
Speakers include others who have successfully returned to school as well
as college personnel. A mini career workshop will also be offered.
Space is limited and reservations are required. The registration
deadline is July 24 and reservations can be made by calling the Women's
Center at 822-5133.
"Women who return to school make an important decision based either on
economics or personal enrichment. Many have their economic back against
the wall and need further education to obtain a better paying job,"
states Janet Marvel, counselor at the Women's Center. "We offer a
variety of services to help women achieve their goals."
In the past 25 years, the definition of college student has changed.
Rather than making a one-time choice about college at age 17, people
make educational decisions throughout their lives. Returning
students-those over age 30-now represent the fastest-growing age group
in postsecondary education.
Tidewater Community College (TCC) is the second largest of the 23
community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than
34,000 students annually. It is the 37th largest in the nation's 1,600
community college network and among the 50 fastest growing large
community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community
College System, the college 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 theater district in
downtown Norfolk, and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia
Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending a college
or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.