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CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA - (July 21, 2003) - The U. S. Department of Education notified Tidewater Community College that it has been awarded a grant that will amount to more than $1.1 million over the next four years to continue the college's Upward Bound project through August 2007. The project is a collaboration between TCC and the Chesapeake Public School System to provide extensive college preparatory services to promising yet economically challenged students in each of Chesapeake's six public high schools.

"The project is a continuation of the current program that has been in operation at TCC's Chesapeake Campus since 1995,"says Tracy Dyson Williams, program director. "We are investing in the future of Chesapeake by providing additional academic instruction and tutorial
support to high school students to enhance their opportunity to get into college and to succeed once there."

"Our Upward Bound program is a sterling example of partnership working in the interest of the community and the people we serve. Thus, we are especially pleased to receive continued funding in light of the growing competition for these grants," says Deborah M. DiCroce, president of Tidewater Community College.

Tidewater Community College is one of 17 Virginia colleges and universities to be awarded Upward Bound funding by the U.S. Department of Education in Fiscal Year 2003.

During the academic year, Upward Bound students participate in 20 Saturday sessions at TCC for supplemental instruction, counseling, tutorials, mentoring, college and career preparation activities, internships, other support services, and a range of cultural events.
Participants also have the opportunity to participate in a six-week residential summer program at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, and graduates attend summer classes at TCC. In addition, TCC provides college tours to help students choose a postsecondary school.

Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree, and low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from
institutions of 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.

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