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Bill Harlow chosen for Award of Excellence in Staff Development

HAMPTON ROADS, VA – Sept. 12, 2011 – William Harlow, instructional technologist at Tidewater Community College, has won a prestigious Blackboard Catalyst Award. The worldwide Blackboard awards recognize stellar contributions to the educational community by e-Learning professionals, systems administrators and institutional staff.

TCC’s Bill Harlow receives his Blackboard Catalyst Award from Ray Henderson, president of Blackboard Learn.

Harlow was chosen for the 2011 Blackboard Catalyst Award of Excellence in Staff Development. The Staff Development Award recognizes those who stand out in their use of Blackboard solutions to support and enhance faculty and staff development skills, enriching the organization-wide learning experience.

Harlow attributes the success to his hands-on approach with faculty which includes a broad range of training options, handouts and surveying faculty about current and future needs.

For over a decade, Blackboard Catalyst awards have celebrated innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community. This year, about 50 individuals and organizations were recognized for innovative thinking and best practices in education.

Currently residing with his family in Murfreesboro, N.C., Harlow has lived in Hampton Roads cities since 1997.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and 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 Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit