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 Tidewater Community College 

Name: Tidewater Community College
President: Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani, Ph.D.
City: Norfolk
Type: Public
Year Established: 1968

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Tidewater Community College

Student Characteristics

Student population:
Total: 27,646
Part Time: 62%
Full Time 38%

Male: 41%
Female: 59%

White: 48%
Black or African American: 34%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Two or more races: 5%
Asian: 4%
American Indian: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other: 1%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%


Tidewater Community College President

Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani, Ph.D.

Tidewater Community College Board Chair

John D. Padgett
Board Chair

Quote from the President

"Tidewater Community College is woven into the fabric of Virginia’s South Hampton Roads region – it’s hard to find anyone in Hampton Roads who doesn’t have a “TCC story.” In addition to providing students with a quality education and meeting the workforce needs of local employers, TCC is known for its innovation and energy. We have the first textbook-free associate degree in the U.S.; full-service student centers on all four campuses; licensed child care for students’ children on all campuses; and one of the few jointly-operated city/college libraries in the country."

Interesting Facts

  • Three of every five TCC graduates have no student debt.

  • TCC has a one-stop resource for military-related students, the Center for Military and Veterans Education. Fully 1/3 of TCC’s students are active duty, veteran, spouse, or dependent, and the college is consistently rated “best for vets” and “military friendly.”

  • TCC has nationally accredited programs in automotive technology, culinary arts, funeral service, occupational therapy, health information management, physical therapy, diagnostic medical sonography, radiology, respiratory therapy, nursing and emergency medical services.

  • TCC operates the Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center, a former silent-movie palace dating from the 1920s, in downtown Norfolk, Va. Its Visual Arts Center in downtown Portsmouth, Va., keeps a full schedule of exhibitions, and its Chesapeake Campus is home to the annual “Shakespeare in the Grove” summer production.

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