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JOB SKILLS PROGRAM GLEANS NATIONAL KUDO
TCC workforce program customizes classes for in-demand jobs
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Feb. 11, 2008) – Tidewater Community College brings home a national award this month for customized training that matches students and employers. TCC’s Job Skills Training Program (JSTP) has been named Program of Distinction by the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges (NACTC).
Selected for its innovative approach to job-readiness training and employment for low-income and welfare participants, JSTP is one of six featured programs in the NACTC winter conference Feb. 21-23 in Savannah.
JSTP provides guaranteed full-time jobs with benefits and upward mobility for those who successfully complete the program. Employer partners like Bank of America, Advanced Services Inc., GEICO, Portfolio Recovery and Sentara Life Care provide full-time positions to program graduates and contribute financial support for the program.
In addition, community agencies including the Virginia Department of Social Services, One-Stop Workforce Center and domestic violence and homeless shelters aid in the success of students in training.
Conducted within a work-simulated environment, each three-month program runs daily during the work week. JSTP training includes computer skills, workplace values and attitudes, conflict resolution, team building and communication skills, as well as specific employer-driven job-skills training.
Since its start, JSTP has helped nearly 900 people with significant barriers to employment get jobs and become self-sufficient.
Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and workforce development services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. 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-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information,