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On Ramp Program helps workers with short-term training

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (June 16, 2010) – Tidewater Community College has launched an On Ramp Program to assist dislocated workers seeking training to re-enter the workforce. The program will help with tuition, books and fees, with preference given to students seeking short-term certificate programs.

Aimed at people who need education – from certificates to career studies – to get back to work quickly, the On Ramp Program matches career-focused education with worker needs, skills and interests. TCC’s dozens of career programs include a range of computer software certifications, modeling & simulation, automotive and diesel technology, health professions, network security and information technology, maritime, fire safety, truck driving, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning.

Potential applicants include owners of failed small businesses and unemployed workers due to plant closings or lay-offs. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and eligible to work in the United States.

The On Ramp Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act Title I.

For more information call TCC’s Workforce Solutions Office, 822-1234, or program coordinator Gale Harold, 822-1152.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 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