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23 community colleges expected to send 400 students

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Oct. 17, 2005) – Tidewater Community College will host the 2005 Virginia Community College System (VCCS) student leadership conference Nov. 4-6 at the Sheraton Oceanfront hotel in Virginia Beach.

Approximately 400 students from TCC and its 22 peer colleges in Virginia will attend the weekend of workshops, speakers, hands-on activities and entertainment. The conference, this year called Catch the Wave to Leadership, will feature the VCCS “American Idol” Competition at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Sheraton. The contest will be judged by three local DJs: Barry McKay, program director and DJ, WPTE; Kristie Michael, BOB FM; and Brandon Thoms, WROX.

The VCCS student leadership conference will offer 18 workshops that include a trip on TCC’s research vessel, the Matthew F. Maury. Workshop topics feature how to be a successful leader, strategies for personal success, tips on beating stress, money and time management, ethics, risk management, women leaders, and teamwork.

In addition, students will hear from motivational speaker Jackie Nink Pflug, a terrorist hijacking survivor and author of Miles to Go Before I Sleep, and from VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois, whose career began with a community college education.

NOTE: The conference and its events are for VCCS students and are not open to the public.



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