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Virginia Beach, Chesapeake economic development depts. join TCC to enhance government contracting field in Hampton Roads

NORFOLK, Va. – (Jan. 18, 2007) – Support for a vital business arena in Hampton Roads gets a jump this winter, thanks to city and education partners.

Tidewater Community College’s Division of Workforce Solutions, the Defense and Homeland Security Consortium and the economic development departments of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake announce the return of a nine-week training seminar for professionals working within government contracting.

The $300 seminar starts Feb. 20 and runs through April 17. Seminar sessions are on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at TCC’s Advanced Technology Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.

Each seminar session will cover a specific business component important to the government contracting field, including strategic planning, budgeting, contract administration, accounting and working with prime contractors. Taught by seasoned executives, seminar attendees will learn about what it takes to succeed across all functional disciplines of a company in this field, especially in the emerging homeland security and defense industries.

“The seminar is geared toward senior managers or prospective managers of companies in the government-contracting market and those transitioning out of the military or starting a small business,” explains Jack Greenhalgh, assistant to the general manager for Hampton Roads, Science Applications International Corp., Defense and Homeland Security Consortium member and seminar presenter.

A student of last year’s seminar, Eric M. Sundin, president of Internal Computer Services in Richmond, says, “For any small business owner who wants to get into this very specific business sector, this seminar is the most worthwhile program anywhere. We were in awe by how much we learned from leaders and marketers who started and grew profitable companies.”

Interested participants can find seminar and registration information online at For more information, contact Rebecca Yingling, director of continuing education for TCC’s Workforce Solutions Division, at (757) 822-1234 or



MEDIA NOTE: Past Transitions participants are available for interviews; call Laurie White at 822-1085.

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