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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Jan. 9, 2006) – Tidewater Community College’s Regional Automotive Technology Center moves closer to groundbreaking with recent approval of building plans for its 30,000-square-foot facility to be built in Oakbrooke Business & Technology Center, the city of Chesapeake’s newest business park.

At the same time, recognition ratchets up again with a national manufacturer award. Toyota has named TCC’s T-Ten (Toyota Technical Education Network) program one of six in the United States to receive the inaugural T-Ten School Recognition Award. The award program recognizes the highest performing T-Ten schools across the country.

T-Ten , a joint effort of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., Central Atlantic Toyota Distributors Inc., Toyota dealers and TCC, leads to an associate degree or certification in the automotive technology field.

Incorporating T-Ten and other manufacturer-based programs, TCC’s plans for the new Regional Automotive Technology Center feature eight 20-foot-high bays - with one designed for an 18-wheeler - and the latest in high-tech instructional equipment including ceiling-mounted video cameras to project hands-on demonstrations to everyone in the class.

A well-established model for industry partnerships, TCC’s automotive technology program boasts an award-wining advisory board comprised of 32 members from all areas of the industry, including regional dealerships.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 36,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks 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 as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit