Tidewater Community College

Tidewater Community College (TCC) is a public community college in South Hampton Roads, Virginia, with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. It is part of the Virginia Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree.

Tidewater Community College
Tidewater Community College.svg
MottoFrom here, go anywhere
TypePublic community college
EstablishedFebruary 4, 1968; 55 years ago (1968-02-04)
PresidentMarcia Conston
Academic staff
294 (full-time faculty)
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban, Suburban
ColorsBlue, White    [1]


The school was founded in 1968, when a local philanthropist, Fred W. Beazley, closed the existing Frederick College and deeded the land to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the creation of Tidewater Community College. With the support of Hampton Roads' municipalities, TCC quickly expanded to Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, and in the 1990s, it helped revitalize downtown Norfolk by establishing a campus in former department store buildings. In 2010, the Portsmouth campus relocated to a new site within the city.

In 2003 TCC signed an agreement with Norfolk State University that allows students to transfer from one to another.[2]

In 2017, Tidewater Community College (Virginia Beach and Norfolk campuses) entered into an agreement with Virginia Wesleyan University on the "Tidewater Promise," a parallel concurrent enrollment program that permits students to take advantage of most services and resources on the VWU campus while enrolled as associate degree students at TCC. The program enables students to guarantee tuition costs for four years and to complete a four-year bachelor's degree less expensively than attending a state university.[3]

Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani took office as the college's fifth president in July 2012.[4] She succeeded Deborah M. DiCroce, who had served for 14 years. In early 2018, the college's faculty voted "no confidence" in Baehre-Kolovani as enrollments declined and the college announced another round of layoffs (following layoffs in 2017).[5]

Tidewater Community College's mascot is Storm[6] and the school colors are royal blue and white.


Tidewater Community College has four campuses:

  • Fred W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus, which opened in 2010 and has four buildings
    • A Building
    • B Building
    • C Building
    • Student Center
  • Norfolk Campus, which opened in 1997 and has five buildings
    • Andrews Building
    • Martin Building
    • Walker Building
    • Roper Performing Arts Center
    • Student Center
  • Chesapeake Campus, which opened in 1973
    • George B. Pass Building
    • Marian P. Whitehurst Technology Center
    • Academic Building
    • Student Center (opened Spring 2014)
  • Virginia Beach Campus, which opened in 1973 and has 11 buildings including
    • The Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach and Virginia Beach City Public Schools
    • Joint-Use Library in partnership with City of Virginia Beach [7]
    • Student Center
    • Bayside Building

Tidewater Community College also has several centers:

  • Center for Workforce Solutions, on the site of the original Frederick campus in North Suffolk
  • The Jeanne & George Roper Performing Arts Center, located in downtown Norfolk
  • The Center for Military & Veterans Education, including a Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) office, located on the Virginia Beach campus
  • Regional Health Professions Center, located on the Virginia Beach campus
  • Visual Arts Center, located in downtown Portsmouth
  • Regional Automotive Center, located in Chesapeake

In addition, the Joseph N. Green Jr. District Administration Building houses TCC's administrative offices in downtown Norfolk. Classes are also offered at the Old Dominion University Tri-Cities Center.

Literary festival and journalEdit

Tidewater Community College publishes an annual literary journal called the Channel Marker. Submissions are accepted in the fall semester and the publication is released in the spring (usually April) in conjunction with TCC's Annual Literary Festival.[8]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Usage Guidelines". TCC Visual Identity Standards. Retrieved 2013-01-09.
  2. ^ Walzer, Philip (2003-05-09). "TCC sign college-transfer agreement". The Virginian-Pilot. Archived from the original on 2003-08-21. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
  3. ^ "Tidewater Promise". www.vwu.edu. Retrieved 2022-05-31.
  4. ^ "New president named at TCC". WAVY News 10. April 16, 2012. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  5. ^ Grace Bird (March 5, 2018). "Layoffs at Tidewater Community College". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "Artwork Standards". TCC Visual Identity Standards. Tidewater Community College. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  7. ^ "TCC Libraries". Joint-Use Library. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  8. ^ Channel Marker homepage Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 36°51′00″N 76°17′29″W / 36.850109°N 76.291333°W / 36.850109; -76.291333