As part of WHRO’s American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative, this week Educationally Speaking features TCC faculty members Thomas Stout and Eric Beaver along with Dr. Shellie Porter, Chesapeake Public Schools Director of High School Curriculum and Instruction. Tidewater Community College and The Chesapeake City Schools have joined forces to create a dual enrollment program where students can simultaneously earn both high school and college credits as well as industry certifications that allow students to exit high school and enter directly into a career field. Students often go to work for companies that further fund educational initiatives thus allowing students to complete degrees with no or minimal school debt. TCC provides a career placement service for students and several companies who have helped craft the dual enrollment initiative remain active in the recruitment of qualified students who complete the program. Students leaving high school have thus earned a certification as well as a career placement service. Join us as our guests from TCC and Chesapeake Public Schools discuss the program.

Educationally Speaking airs weekdays at 11: 04 a.m. on 89.5 WHRV FM. Listen to past episodes