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Tidewater Tech Graduate Spotlight – Wayne Sainio

Tidewater Tech Graduate Spotlight – Wayne Sainio Wayne Sainio was born and raised in Maine. Out of high school, Wayne initially had an interest in being an architect and civil engineering. He joined the Coast Guard at the age of 28, serving for 31 years, and retired in August of 2013. “Well, forced retirement that is,” Wayne joked when talking

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Tidewater Tech Student Spotlight: From Foster Care to Graduate

by Damika Howard-Wayne It’s no big secret that the life of a foster child can be filled with both physical and emotional struggle. About two-thirds never go to college and very few graduate. In a society where many young men and women live with their parents well into their 20s, foster children learn quickly that they are their own responsibility.

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Train “Hands-on,” Volunteer “Hands-on”: Serving Our Community During National Volunteer Week

The school groups of Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Centura Colleges and Tidewater Tech have reached out to their community and volunteered their time for a number of organizations.  The staff at these institutions have chosen to serve their communities by volunteering their time, talent and support to causes that are meaningful to their communities. Here are just a few examples

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Teach the Teacher: ‘At the Cross Roads’ Community Education Conference Recap

Written by Drew Schnaath, Jul DeGeus and Esperanza Poquiz Faculty and staff from The Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Centura College, and Tidewater Tech met with colleagues and industry specialists to enrich themselves, their campuses, and become better community leaders and more effective educators. On March 14th, leadership and instructors converged in Falls Church, VA to attend the annual Education Conference.

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Welding Fumes: Tips on Staying Safe

By Esperanza Poquiz It is essential for welders to follow the proper safety precautions when it comes to handling dangerous welding fumes and gases. Here are a few tips on how to stay safe when you are fusion or pressure welding: OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard requires your employer to provide information and proper training on the hazardous materials that are

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Student Services: Helping You Through Your College Journey

By Esperanza Poquiz Student assistance and services are an important resource to know about when attending college. The staff is there to help make sure all aspects of schooling are managed. There are different branches to address specific needs, and below you can find information on the departments that help maintain order on campus: Librarian/ Learning Resource Center Assistant –

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Get into Gear: Career Opportunities for Automotive Technicians

By: Esperanza Poquiz Choosing to work in the automotive technician field will provide you with ample opportunities when it comes to getting your career started. After all, vehicles -whether it’s your own, a friend’s or public transportation- are an essential in getting you from point A to point B. And if you own a vehicle the maintenance and repair of

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HVAC: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

By Jul DeGeus It’s summertime; a blistering 101 degrees outside, with humidity so stifling you can barely catch your breath. However, you are cool as a cucumber- sprawled out on the couch, watching Stranger Things in preparation of the season two release date, all thanks to your hardworking air conditioning unit. Midway through your viewing, you decide to change into

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