The Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation will host its 21st Annual Dinner on Wed., Sept. 13, beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. and the dinner and program beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Hilton McLean Tyson’s Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Road, McLean, Va. The Foundation will also recognize its incoming Foundation Board leadership, President John Renner and Vice President Tony Burchard, as well as the work of departing Foundation President Don Strehle.
General Barry R. McCaffrey, USA (Retired) will deliver keynote remarks, “The Challenges of U.S. National Security,” a timely and relevant topic. McCaffrey served with distinction in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years. He received three Purple Heart medals for injuries sustained during his service in Vietnam, two Silver Stars for valor and two Distinguished Service Crosses, the second-highest U.S. Army award for valor. He also served as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, also known as the “Drug Czar,” during the Clinton Administration from 1996 through 2001. McCaffrey is committed to educating future generations, and has served as adjunct professor at the U.S. Military Academy and as Bradley Professor of International Security Studies from 2001 to 2008.
In addition to McCaffrey’s remarks, Dallas Lockley, a military veteran and NOVA student will share briefly his inspiring story. Raised by a disabled single mother in an extremely underserved section of Atlanta, Lockley worked full time throughout his high school years to support his mother and younger sisters. After joining the military, he determined the only way he could fully realize his potential was through achieving a college education. Lockley has an associate degree from NOVA and is working on a second, with plans to transfer to George Mason University to study cybersecurity.
Fifteen percent of NOVA’s student population is active duty military, veteran or military dependent. NOVA has worked to create a smooth pathway from service to student to civilian, and in the past year alone, the Foundation contributed $100,000 to support Uncommon Coders, a pilot program designed to certify veterans seeking crucial cybersecurity skills. The program takes them through the course and into the workforce in just 12 weeks. This is just one Foundation initiative that helps students realize their dream of a college education and a better life for their family.
NOVA’s Educational Foundation, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, hopes to raise $100,000 at this year’s Annual Dinner. It disburses more than a half million dollars in need-based scholarships each year, as well as funding for relevant faculty activities and programs.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.