Tidewater Community College was founded in 1968 on the site of a former military post overlooking the James River in Suffolk. TCC has become the second largest community college in the Virginia Community College System and the largest provider of higher education and workforce development services in Hampton Roads. Forty-six percent of Hampton Roads residents attending a college or university in Virginia are enrolled at TCC, which is the 16th highest associate-degree producer among community colleges in the nation.
The college serves the region with campuses in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake 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, the Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center, both on the Virginia Beach Campus and the Regional Workforce Development Center in Suffolk.
TCC offers more than 150 programs, including business administration, culinary arts, engineering, general studies, modeling and simulation, network security, nursing and automotive technology.
The college’s economic impact on South Hampton Roads approaches half a billion dollars annually; it generates some 3,100 jobs in the local economy. The college has a history of serving its military neighbors, placing among the top five colleges or universities in the nation for Post-9/11 GI Bill enrollment