TCC JOB-SKILLS TRAINING GETS NEAR QUARTER-MILLION
NORFOLK, Va. – (Feb. 4, 2005) – Tidewater Community
College’s efforts with job preparation in the community
just got a boost with a near quarter-million dollar grant.
Through the Employment Advancement for Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families (TANF) grant, the Virginia Department of Social
Services has awarded TCC’s Job Skills Training program more
than $223,000 to help qualified people prepare for and get jobs.
The grant will contribute to assessments, job-specific training,
internships, workforce readiness training, counseling, employment
development and follow-up services for up to 100 TANF recipients,
through May 2006.
TCC will work in partnership with the Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia
Beach and Portsmouth local departments of social services and
several Hampton Roads employers. Participants can train in certified
nursing aide work - offered by JSTP in partnership with Sentara
Life Care - or customer service or hospitality. Based on current
JSTP alumni statistics, about 84 percent of the graduates will
be placed in unsubsidized, guaranteed, full-time jobs with benefit
packages and opportunities for advancement.
JSTP has a proven track record in empowering students towards
self-sufficiency, improving their job retention and upward wage
mobility. Since 1997 this program has served more than 700 students
with one of the highest success rates in the nation for job placement
and retention. (http://www.tcc.edu/wd/wtw/index.htm)
TCC’s Workforce Development division houses JSTP as an important
part of its programs to advance economic development and career
preparation in the region.
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,