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Year Up and NOVA Woodbridge to sign MOU, Bridging the Opportunity Divide

Partnership to strengthen educational, economic and workforce opportunities for 18-24 year olds in Northern Virginia region

The Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College and Year Up, a national training initiative for 18-24 year olds, will participate in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m., in the Black Box Theatre at NOVA-Woodbridge, 15200 Neabsco Mills Road, Woodbridge, Va. NOVA President Bob Templin and Year Up President Garrett Moran will officially launch the partnership at the event.

Year Up and NOVA Woodbridge are partnering to launch an Associate Degree Program beginning in the fall of 2015. This partnership will prepare students by providing training in the professional, interpersonal and technical skills they need to begin successful careers upon graduation. Internships with corporate partners will allow students to gain invaluable experience and local businesses to add competent, skilled professionals to their workforce.

Year Up is a national organization that offers an intensive training program that provides young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, corporate internships, and support. Year Up envisions a future in which every urban young adult will have access to the education, experiences, and guidance required to realize his or her true potential and meaningful employment.

This partnership with NOVA Woodbridge and Year Up is the fourth of its kind nationally. To learn more,watch this 60 Minutes segment about how Year Up and Community Colleges are bridging the opportunity divide. Watch this compelling success story by a Year Up graduate.

Event Contact: Charlene Wilkins  |  703-878-5626  |  cwilkins@nvcc.edu

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson  |  703-764-0896  |  kthompson@nvcc.edu


About Year Up, Inc.

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 2,000 students a year at sites in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco Bay Area, the National Capital Region, and Puget Sound (Seattle). To learn more, visit www.yearup.org or www.youtube.com/yearupinc.

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.