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JUNE 2-3: NATIONAL
SPOTLIGHT ON ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Housed at TCC, unique center partners public high schools,
college and corporations
BEACH, Va. – (May 19, 2005) – High school teens and
college students of all ages walk these halls at different times,
daily. They share resources from NASA and they use technology
in top-of-the-line labs supported by well-known companies. Right
here in Virginia Beach.
And, people want to know about it. Especially peers around the
country. On June 2 and 3 they get their chance.
Members of the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers
will gather for an annual workshop held this year at the ATC on
Tidewater Community College’s Virginia Beach Campus. Part
of their mission: to see and explore the only college-based ATC
in the country to incorporate secondary education with corporate
and government partnerships on the premises.
The workshop theme, Progress through Partnership, fits the Virginia
Beach ATC - the centerpiece of the academic village in Princess
Anne Commons and a working partnership among TCC, Virginia Beach
Public Schools, the city of Virginia Beach and local industry.
“This event brings national recognition to our work of forging
new paths in education and industry,” says Lyle Bagley,
associate vice president of workforce development at TCC and co-chair
of the planning team for the workshop. “The partnership
is demonstrated in the planning team, comprised of members from
Virginia Beach Public Schools, the college and the city.”
The workshop features presenters from the college, Virginia Beach
schools, the Virginia Community College System, NASA and others.
The varied sessions range from NASA nanotechnology to virtual
instrumentation to GPS and CADD to high-performance manufacturing
to the operational advantages of partnering within an ATC.
Richard Hinckley, executive director of NCATC, says the organization
looks forward to visiting the Advanced Technology Center to get
a first-hand look at the partnership among the diverse entities.“Many
NCATC members are very interested in how such partnerships can
work in their own communities as shared resources, and can add
greatly to their effectiveness and outreach into their service
The 137,000 square-foot, award-winning high-tech ATC includes
state-of-the-art equipment and classrooms with cutting edge presentation
systems, as well as a technology theatre that enables businesses
to teleconference and satellite broadcast to anywhere in the world.
ATC program offerings include engineering, information technology,
electronics, CADD, civil and industrial engineering technologies,
computer integrated manufacturing, and accounting. In 2004-5,
TCC’s 4,269 students enrolled in ATC classes represented
21 percent of all Virginia Beach Campus students. And the ATC
hosts an average of 450 high school students in a year.
“Kids need to learn hands-on technology at a young age and
bring that knowledge with them into the college setting,”
adds Bagley. “We know that 80 percent of the jobs for the
new millennium will require less than a four year degree and more
than a high school diploma. Through the ATC, students find the
preparation they need for college degrees, as well as career training.”
NOTE to the MEDIA: To attend workshop sessions
and/or speak with presenters and participants, contact Laurie
White at 757-822-1085. Interesting visuals will be in the GPS,
NASA and virtual experimentation sessions. E-mail or call for
a brochure in pdf form that lists all the sessions. For information
on TCC’s Advanced Technology Center, please visit http://www.tcc.edu/welcome/locations/vabeach/atc/index.htm.
Tidewater Community College
is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth
of Virginia, enrolling more than 35,000 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,