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TCC Helps Power Manufacturing Sector with New Technology Degree
Application deadline Nov. 25

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - (Oct. 29, 2003) - As news of Hampton Roads' healthy manufacturing sector spreads, Tidewater Community College's role expands.

TCC has developed a specialized Manufacturing Engineering Technology degree program (MET) in technical studies, in cooperation with Stihl Inc.; applications needed by Nov. 25. The program matches industry needs for a workforce that can use the latest technology and can problem-solve on-the-job.

Following the successful cooperative education model (co-op), the program blends academic courses with hands-on, paid work experience. It partners with area manufacturing firms; the companies will interview applicants for co-op positions as part of the application process.

Each semester, students will attend college full time for eight weeks, then work as cooperative education students for eight more weeks. Students graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree: Technical Studies.

Available to all students, MET may particularly interest military retirees, recent high school graduates and current manufacturing employees.

MET class topics include engineering drawing, computer-aided drafting/design, technical report writing, project management, beginning German, statistical quality control, materials for industry, and automated manufacturing systems.

NOTE: Application deadline is November 25; please call 757.822.1183 for information.

Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer