Tidewater Community College, Opportunity Inc. team up to award college credit for on-the-job training

Inside Business, March 14, 2017
By: Kimberly Pierceall

Up until now, only military training could translate to class credits for Tidewater Community. But a new grant will expand the program to nonacademic on-the-job training.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced March 9 that the community college and workforce board Opportunity Inc. were among four institutions nationwide to win a grant from the National Prior Learning Assessment Project to create an expanded program for one year.

The two are splitting a $25,000 grant. Tidewater Community College spokeswoman Marian Anderfuren said the grant will go toward paying faculty for the additional work of evaluating credits. She said Opportunity Inc. is already working with individuals to convert their work in welding, fiber optics, personal fitness and information technology to college credits.