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First students in Fiber Optics Career Pathway program achieve certification

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Sept.8, 2006) – In a unique meeting of employer and student needs, Tidewater Community College has completed a pilot project to assist survivors of domestic violence with training to become certified fiber optics installers - an in-demand job path in the region and beyond.

The college will graduate its first group of Fiber Optics Career Pathway participants on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. in the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center; the fiber optics program is part of TCC’s Job Skills Training Program (JSTP). The keynote speaker will be Leonard Sledge, director, Institutes of Excellence, Virginia Community College System - Workforce Solutions Services.

This past spring and summer, TCC, Verizon and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) partnered to match select students with a new career path while meeting the cable-telecommunication industry’s high demand for a state-of-the-art technical workforce. The Verizon Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education for the pilot project.

JSTP worked with the local departments of social services and the One-Stop Workforce Center to identify survivors of domestic abuse in need of job skills training. The target geographic region was the Hampton Roads statistical area.

The TCC students will graduate as certified Professional Fiber Optics Installers through the Association of Communications and Electronics Schools, International Inc. The qualifying students will also receive a career-readiness certificate from Gov. Timothy Kaine.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 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