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NOVA Partners With Arlington Schools to Establish Governor's Career and Technical Academy

June 20, 2008

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is proud to present a new partnership with Arlington County Public Schools that will offer a half-day program at NOVA’s Arlington Center to eleventh and twelfth graders, providing them access to higher education across a broad variety of career and technical disciplines. The Governor’s Career and Technical Academy will allow students to enjoy a college experience while still in high school. The Academy will take the current dual enrollment program offered by NOVA – where students can attend college courses while completing their high school educations – to the next level, offering increased opportunities for student achievement and to help meet the area’s demand for highly-skilled and educated workers.

The Academy will begin serving 50 students this fall, allowing the College and Arlington Public Schools to work as one seamless system for participants, so that by the time they graduate, Career and Technical students will have both their high school diploma and some type of postsecondary credential with little to no added expense. Academy students will also participate in internships, job-shadowing and employment opportunities relevant to their course of study. At full implementation, the Academy is expected to serve as many as 600 students. 
Five pathways will be offered: Engineering and Technology, Audio and Video Technology and Film, (Health Science) Support Services, Information Support and Services, and Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance. These pathways correspond with the STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) which is an interdisciplinary area of study that bridges these four fields and encourages students toward “investigating and questioning the interrelated facets of the world” as described by the Virginia Department of Education. As the Academy continues to develop, the various strands of STEM will be further tied together which will bring additional relevance to the academic programs and credentials available to students. 

NOVA President Robert G. Templin, Jr. expects the Governor’s Career and Technical Academy will serve as a model for the Commonwealth and for the nation. Students will graduate from high school in four years, having simultaneously earned a post-secondary credential of some kind. High school graduates will be encouraged to complete a fifth year in the Academy and earn an Associate Degree. 

The proposal was presented to and approved by the State Board of Education earlier this month. For more information on the Governor’s Career and Technical Academy, contact Milan Hayward at 703-323-2263 or

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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 60,000 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,