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High-end technology support can help power-up local economy

Microsoft's Across America Technology Truck will visit TCC Campuses


NORFOLK, Va. – (July 12, 2006) – Tidewater Community College ramps up the region’s high-end technology options with a series of information technology seminars to assist small businesses in Hampton Roads. TCC, working with area partners, announces the first free sessions, focused on the Microsoft® Windows Small Business Server 2003 product.

The July 25-28 seminars - to be held on each of TCC’s four campuses - are the result of a partnership with the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (SBDC), HyperLearning Technologies Inc. and KIS Computers Inc. The seminars include Microsoft’s Across America Technology Truck, a state-of-the-art mobile classroom with products and technology demos.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer information sessions on today’s in-demand IT solutions,” says Theresa Bryant, TCC vice president for Workforce Solutions. “Fueling the region’s economic engine and serving our small business community are vital aspects of our mission.”

The training seminars, using a non-technical approach, will focus on the needs of small business owners and managers in all industries. The July sessions will cover the small business server 2003 software product which includes employee intranet for easy project collaboration; organized central storage; printer, phone and fax sharing; web site and e-mail hosting; and built-in firewall protection.

TCC’s Chesapeake Campus will host the first seminar on July 25. Morning and afternoon seminars are scheduled on July 26 and 27 at the Norfolk and Portsmouth campuses, respectively. A final seminar will run Friday, July 28, at the Virginia Beach Campus. In addition, a technical-based seminar covering small business hardware will run at the office of KIS Computers and HyperLearning Technologies in Virginia Beach Friday afternoon. The Microsoft Across America Truck will be available for viewing at each campus before and after scheduled seminars.

Advance registration is not required but recommended. To register, visit and follow the clicks to enter the event code that corresponds with your selected seminar. Advance registrants will be entered in a drawing to win one of four small business 2003 software packages - a $600 value. Participants must be present to win. [A full listing of seminar dates, times, addresses and event codes is included on the attached Business Seminar Flyer PDF.]

For more information, visit or call (757) 822-1234. For TCC campus locations and maps, visit

Background on TCC’s partners in the seminars

Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (SBDC) was established in 1990 as a non-profit organization. By assisting small business owners in establishing or maintaining their success in the marketplace, SBDC works to improve the economic condition of the Hampton Roads region by supporting its most important economic engine, small business.

HyperLearning Technologies Inc. is a Virginia-based technology and certification training company providing technology-related services to the Hampton Roads area.

KIS Computers Inc. provides quality IT products and services including computer products, installation, maintenance, seat management, network design, training, and service level support throughout the infrastructure level.


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