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Funds will support 5 key areas across the college's campuses and centers

During the public launch of the Campaign for TCC, donors and parents Laura and Jerry Miller, right, watched a high-tech human simulator run by John Morea and Gary Cross. President Deborah DiCroce spoke to TV reporters, citing fundraising needed to "make access and excellence possible through technology" at TCC.

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - (Feb. 1, 2006) - Tidewater Community College has announced the public phase of the largest fundraising campaign in its 38-year history - The Campaign for TCC.

At a Feb. 1 event with local dignitaries, community, business, industry and TCC leaders, the college revealed its $10 million goal to support five funding priorities that reach across its centers and campuses in Chesapeake , Norfolk , Portsmouth and Virginia Beach :
  •   Information Technology
  •   High-Demand Technical and Industrial
  •   Classroom and Laboratory
  •   Health Professions
  •   Unrestricted Endowment

" In the world of higher education, the difference between a good institution and a great institution is becoming increasingly dependent on the institution's ability to diversify its funding base - specifically, to raise private funds," says TCC President Deborah DiCroce. "Hampton Roads values TCC and our contribution to the local economy and educational landscape. The community has responded in a very affirming way - evident in the $5.8 million raised thus far - to this new opportunity to support our mission of quality, accessible education in the 21st century. "


TCC's large-scale campaign effort represents a new trend for public community colleges that historically have relied mainly on government funding. TCC, leading the trend, has the highest targeted goal to date in a single community-college campaign in Virginia , notes Wendy McGrady, TCC director of development. The college, which has run two smaller campus-based campaigns in the past, will raise funds in Hampton Roads and will re-invest in Hampton Roads through the education of its citizens.

In this crucial effort, the Campaign's silent phase has reached over half the goal, with nearly $6 million raised or pledged to date. Key initial donors include Frank Batten Sr., Beazley Foundation, Earl Industries Inc., The Norfolk Foundation, Optima Health, Patricia and Douglas Perry Foundation, The Virginian-Pilot, and The Wachovia Foundation.



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