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TCC HOSTS TRANSITIONS, A FREE CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN CONSIDERING EDUCATION AND CAREER CHANGES

NORFOLK, Va. – (Oct. 14, 2003) – Tidewater Community College will host Transitions, a free one-day conference for women on Friday, November 14, 2003, at the Norfolk campus, Martin Building, 300 Granby Street, 5th floor. 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.

The keynote speaker is Barbara Bazemore who will share her experiences about returning to school while raising children and managing a household. Bazemore is a TCC graduate and is currently enrolled in Norfolk State University to complete a four-year degree. A mini-career workshop will also be offered.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns about balancing family, work and school and find out more about financial aid and testing. Transitions is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Student Activities Office on the Norfolk campus.

Space is limited and reservations are required. The registration deadline is November 10, and reservations can be made by calling 822-1140.

“Women are motivated to return to school after the loss of a job, divorce, death of a spouse or because of career limitations due to a lack of education,” says Ivory Warren, counselor at TCC’s Women’s Center in Norfolk. “The decision to return to school is often a life-changing event. Family responsibilities in addition to career or job demands create stress and are major obstacles for returning women. A support network like the Women’s Center helps women achieve their educational and personal 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.

CONTACT:
Kate Behnke
Marketing/Creative Services
PHONE: 757-822-1076
E-MAIL: KBehnke@tcc.edu
 
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