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College establishes TCC Ford Information Team, sets open information sessions

NORFOLK, Va. - (May 23, 2006) - Tidewater Community College will assist employees of Ford's Norfolk Assembly Plant and its suppliers through a plan announced today by TCC President Deborah DiCroce.

"The planned closure of the Ford plant will have far-reaching effects across our community," says President DiCroce. "In response to the challenging times ahead, TCC is enacting a plan to help retrain and retain the very talented, highly skilled workforce in the region."

TCC will provide academic advising, career counseling and educational resource information to Ford employees, their families and those of Ford's suppliers to help determine and meet personal, educational and career needs. To that end, the college has established its TCC Ford Information Team, with Mary Landon, associate vice president for Workforce Solutions, serving as information coordinator for Ford and supplier employees. She can be reached at 822-1504 or by e-mail, . To reach the TCC Ford Information Team, send e-mail to

TCC will hold a series of free information sessions for Ford employees, their families and those of Ford's suppliers. TCC's first set of information sessions will take place:

  • Norfolk Campus - May 31, 9-11 a.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m., Room 2505, Martin Building
  • Virginia Beach Campus - June 1, 9-11 a.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m., Room A104, Princess Anne Building
  • Portsmouth Campus - June 5, 9-11 a.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m., Room 520, Beazley Building
  • Chesapeake Campus - June 6, 9-11 a.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m., Room 2057, Whitehurst Building

Light refreshments will be served at all sessions. For TCC information, go to . For directions to each campus, click on "Welcome" and "Locations."

"This kind of activity - re-tooling workers for other opportunities while enhancing the region's workforce - is fundamental to TCC's mission," adds DiCroce. "TCC has been responding to individual Ford employees, and now we're launching a focused response to meet the needs of all the employees and families affected by the planned closure. TCC will be there for them - to assist them to prepare for new opportunities in this region's vibrant economy."


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