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Mike Paris – Full Circle Community Impact and Inspiration

Before Mike Paris became the bureau manager for the city of Norfolk’s Economic Development Department, he was earning his associate in general studies...

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Deborah Barnes – Associate of Science, General Studies (Dec. 2023)

Deborah Barnes’ graduation from Tidewater Community College has been 14 years in the making. Barnes started taking classes at TCC back in 2009 as...

Chef Heather Tripple at work in Virginia Beach.

TCC alum lands top chef spot at local eatery

Heather Tripple is a proud Tidewater Community College alumna. She got her start in the TCC kitchens under the tutelage of Chef Deanna “Dee” Freridge....

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From TCC to the mission field in Romania

Hannah Căldăraru found her “anywhere” at Tidewater Community College. She got her start on TCC’s Chesapeake Campus in 2014 and earned a social...

Kyle Epperly at TCC's Norfolk Campus.

TCC alum lands dream job at NASA

Kyle came to TCC once again looking for a new career that was less physically demanding, more challenging and on the cutting-edge of technology. He...

TCC alumnus Tony Lankford at Tony's Unisex Salon.

TCC alums pay it forward

Tony credits TCC with playing a large part in his success by introducing him to like-minded and hardworking people. He employs two barbers who are also...

Delaney Theilman and Nina Vahadi on TCC's Norfolk Campus.

TCC grads make strides in careers

Meet Nina Vahadi and Delaney Theilman. They are both Tidewater Community College graduates who earned Engineering degrees in May.
During summers...

Jacob Ramirez at TCC's Norfolk Campus.

“I definitely got my money’s worth at TCC.” – Student Speaker Jacob Ramirez

Jacob Ramirez found his career path in computer engineering at Tidewater Community College. A 2021 graduate of Salem High School, Jacob wanted to stay...

Katerina Diatlova on TCC's Norfolk Campus.

From Russia to a good life in America

Katerina Diatlova came to the United States from Russia with a passport, suitcase and $80 in her pocket.
She was part of the International Exchange...

Rachel Kay Fitzgerald on Virginia Beach Campus.

TCC grad earns degree one year after diploma

Rachael Kay Fitzgerald will earn an Associate of Science in Social Science in June 2023, just one year after earning a high school diploma.
“I’ve...