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Focused on student success, TCC noted for outstanding digital resources

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Dec. 14, 2009) – Tidewater Community College has been named a leading community college in the nation for exceptional technology support for students and educators. TCC’s focus on student success – from innovative online freshman orientation to pioneering medical simulations – has earned top recognition from the Center for Digital Education.

The Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine’s 5th Annual Digital Community Colleges Survey placed TCC third in foremost use of digital technology among large community colleges.Colleges were judged on multiple areas in digital technology, including online registration; distance learning; tutoring and advisory services; technology training for students and faculty; and Web 2.0 social and collaborative capabilities.  TCC’s outstanding array of digital resources include the FOCUS (Freshman Orientation Centered Upon Success) online orientation program, which is designed to help students find their way through the first-year college experience; distance learning and online registration; professional development labs for faculty on each of its four campuses – thanks to a $1 million gift from Frank Batten Sr.; and an in-depth program for modeling and simulation. In addition, the college’s first Batten Fellow, professor Gary Cross, has created pioneering simulations in respiratory therapy to enhance education and training for students and medical professionals.

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute providing education and industry leaders with decision support, research and educational services to help them incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. The Center is a division of e.Republic Inc., a national publishing, event and research company focused on information technology in the public sector.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - will serve a projected 47,000 students in 2009-10. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was 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 Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the 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, visit