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NOVA President Scott Ralls to provide testimony on Capitol Hill during joint hearing for higher education and cybersecurity

Dr. Scott Ralls, president of Northern Virginia Community College, will provide testimony at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 on Capitol Hill. Ralls will speak during a joint hearing for the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the Committee on Homeland Security and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development of the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Cybersecurity jobs in the greater Washington area have grown 74 percent since 2014. Four years ago, NOVA grew a cybersecurity certificate program into a separate, applied associates degree, and has expanded the program from an initial 50 students to nearly 1,500 today.

During his testimony, Ralls will discuss NOVA’s efforts to provide its students with the education and skill sets needed to fill a growing demand for cybersecurity and information technology positions in the region. Ralls will also speak about how NOVA has connected with underserved communities, area high schools and untapped populations in Northern Virginia to promote NOVA’s cybersecurity and IT offerings, which provide students with the opportunity to excel and pave a way to family-supporting careers in the technology industry.

“We are taking a multi-faceted approach to address the cybersecurity workforce challenge in our region,” Ralls says. “We do so not only because it meets employer needs, but most importantly, it provides such great career opportunities for our students.”

The hearing will take place in the House Capitol Visitor Center in Room 210. For additional information, visit the website for the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

 

Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu

 

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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.

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