Tidewater Community College students who want to transfer to Virginia Wesleyan College have many more program options, under new program agreements signed by college representatives on Aug. 28.

“Today, we are formally executing agreements that will further align our missions and create more transfer opportunities for TCC students,” said TCC President Edna Baehre-Kolovani. “Now, of all of our transfer partners, Virginia Wesleyan is among the top for program options.”

The new series of agreements between TCC and Virginia Wesleyan offer students a streamlined transfer process and competitive scholarships that allow them to complete a four-year-degree at a private liberal arts college for an affordable price. Programs include business, biology, studio arts, criminal justice and education.

Jarrell Hargraves, a 2013 TCC graduate with plans to study medicine, is already at work on a biology degree at Virginia Wesleyan. “I’m very excited about being here, and moving forward with my education,” he said. Looking ahead, Hargraves hopes to attend Eastern Virginia Medical School. “I’m proud of the start I got at TCC’s Norfolk Campus,” he added.

Students can enroll in one of 12 programs included in the agreement upon their acceptance to TCC. Following successful completion of a two-year associate degree at TCC, students are able to transfer directly to VWC, where course-by-course equivalencies for each degree program allow for a seamless academic transition.

“We are proud of the 12 articulation agreements we have developed, as they serve to strengthen an already productive relationship with TCC and ultimately benefit our students, and that’s what it’s all about,” said William T. Greer Jr., president of Virginia Wesleyan College.

Virginia Wesleyan offers competitive scholarships for students enrolled in the TCC-to-VWC programs who successfully complete an associate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. These scholarships, combined with the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant for Virginia residents, reduce out-of-pocket tuition costs between 45 percent and 67 percent. Students may be considered for additional financial aid and/or loans by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).