Tidewater Community College (TCC) is comprised of four campus locations: Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth/Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. Founded in 1968, TCC is part of the Virginia Community College System, and serves the South Hampton Roads area. TCC is the 35th largest community college in the United States, offering excellent career and technical education, as well as transfer programs. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, TCC offers over 100 associate degree and certificate programs.
As one of the nation’s rapidly growing two-year college, TCC—Norfolk campus offers several associate degree programs, as well as certificate programs within two major divisions of study: Business, Social Science, & Public Service division; and, Languages, Math & Science division. Within the Business, Social Science & Public Service division students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in management, culinary arts, or information systems technology; and, an Associate of Science in Business Administration. Other departments which fall under this division include administrative support technology, psychology, early childhood education, philosophy, religion, history, and sociology. The Languages, Math, & Science division consists of the following departments: speech and drama, dance and physical education, English, foreign languages, sciences, and mathematics. Most of these courses are transferrable to four-year institutions.
Other academic programs offered at TCC include Business, Public Service, & Technologies at the Chesapeake campus; Visual Arts Center at the Portsmouth campus; as well as the following programs offered at the Virginia Beach campus: Information Technology & Business, Engineering & Industrial Technologies, Health Professions, Languages & Speech, Social Sciences & Public Services, and Mathematics & Science.
In addition, TCC offers continuing education for students of all ages interested in lifelong learning, as well as distance learning. The distance learning program is available in three formats: online, enhanced, and hybrid. The online courses are conducted using Blackboard via the Internet. There are no or few on-campus meetings. The enhanced courses are classes conducted on-campus with the use of some web-related tools and other Internet resources to supplement the lectures. Hybrid courses are a combination of both web-based activities and assignments and classroom lectures with some campus activities. TCC also provides comprehensive training, and assessment for area business through its customized services.