NVCC 1997-1998 Catalog
    General Information


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    Northern Virginia Community College is a comprehensive institution of higher education, offering programs of instruction generally extending not more than two years beyond the high school level.

Occupational Technical Education
    The occupational and technical education programs are designed to meet the increasing demand for technicians, clerical workers, para-professionals, and skilled craftsmen for employment in industry, business, the professions, and government. These programs, which normally require two years or less of training beyond high school, may include preparation for agricultural, business, engineering, health and medical, industrial, service, and other technical and occupational fields. The curricula are planned primarily to meet the needs for workers in the region being served by the College, but the State Board for Community Colleges may designate certain community colleges as centers to serve larger areas of the state in offering expensive and highly specialized occupational and technical education programs.

College Transfer Education
    The College transfer program includes freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences and preprofessional programs meeting standards acceptable for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in four-year colleges and universities. NVCC transfer courses closely parallel courses at four-year institutions. Since requirements vary among four-year schools, if you are planning to transfer, you should check the requirements of the receiving institution before you plan your course of study at NVCC. See "Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing--Transferring to Other Colleges" in the Administrative Section.

General Education
    The courses in general education encompass the common knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for personal effectiveness, as well as for effectiveness as an employee, a consumer, and a citizen. These include the basic courses required of all students in the occupational and technical education program and in the College transfer program.

Developmental Studies
    Developmental or preparatory courses are offered to prepare you for admission to the College transfer and occupational technical programs. These developmental courses are designed to develop the basic skills and understandings for success in other courses and curricula.

Continuing Education
    Continuing Education programs are offered to enable you to continue your learning experiences. This may include credit and non-credit work offered during the day and evening hours.

Community Education
    The College provides specialized services to help meet the cultural and educational needs of the citizens of the Northern Virginia area. These services include non-classroom and non-credit cultural events, workshops, meetings, lectures, conferences, seminars, short courses, and special community projects which are designed to provide needed cultural and educational opportunities for the citizens of the region. The College works cooperatively with other local and state agencies and with businesses interested in developing such services. The College facilities also are available insofar as possible to four-year colleges and universities desiring to offer extension programs at the level of the third and fourth year of college and of graduate education in the region, subject to the prior approval of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Special Training Program
    Special training may be provided where specific job opportunities are available. This special training is coordinated with Virginia's economic expansion efforts and with the needs of prospective or established employers. Instruction is designed to assist Virginia residents in gaining skills necessary for entering employment and/or to retrain persons displaced from other jobs so that they may obtain gainful employment. Such special training programs shall be terminated at that point where the learning of skills ends and the development of speed in these skills begins. These programs, which are usually of a short-term nature, are tailored to fit the exact needs of a company and shall terminate when known new employment needs are met and when the primary objective stated above has been met. The training sites for these programs may be any suitable space within the Commonwealth of Virginia approved by the Virginia Community College System.

Virginia Works
    Northern Virginia Community College is a participant in the Virginia Community College System's Virginia Works program, a community alliance that aims to provide a highly skilled workforce now and in the future, and to strengthen the quality and availability of workforce services to business and industry. As a partner in this alliance, Northern Virginia Community College stands ready to join with others to make sure that Virginia Works! For more information, call the director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development on any NVCC campus.

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