Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has been selected to serve as a mentor college in the Job Ready, Willing and Able initiative led by the American Association of Community Colleges.
The College is one of 17 community colleges nationwide participating in the initiative, and one of four selected as a mentor college. Mentor colleges were selected from AACC’s 2008-2010 Workforce Economic Opportunity Initiative. All the participating colleges were chosen through a highly competitive process.
“I am proud that NOVA continues to be a leader in the community college sector,” said NOVA President Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr. “The College is prepared to work with other institutions to ensure that its students are able to receive a solid education that leads to sustainable employment.”
The project, funded through a $4.19 million three-year grant from the Walmart Foundation, will provide middle-skill training, industry-recognized credentials, and access to employment across varying industry sectors in each of the 17 communities.
The colleges will work closely with local businesses, economic development leaders and area workforce systems to jointly address the needs of the unemployed. The goal of the initiative is to provide more than 5,000 unemployed adults with new skills, credentials and jobs.
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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.