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NOVA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Workforce Development offerings are supported entirely through the fees paid by participants.

NOVA Mission

The mission of Northern Virginia Community College is to respond to the educational needs of its dynamic and diverse constituencies. This is done through an array of comprehensive programs and services that facilitate learning and workforce development in an environment of open access, and through lifelong educational opportunities.

What is a CEU?

CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. CEUs are earned for participation in non-credit continuing education experiences. At the Annandale Campus, non-credit courses are offered by the Workforce Development Office. (Please do not confuse "non-credit" with "audit" of courses in NOVA's regular academic credit program.)

The Continuing Education Unit was designed as a uniform unit of measurement to facilitate the accumulation and exchange of standardized information about individual participation in non-credit continuing education. Students establish a permanent record of non-credit experiences that may be used to enhance their opportunities for personal and professional development.

One Continuing Education Unit is defined as:

  • Ten Contact Hours of Participation...
  • In an Organized Continuing Education Experience...
  • Under Responsible Sponsorship...
  • Capable Direction...
  • And Qualified Instruction

You earn CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for many Workforce Development courses. Registered WD students must attend 90% of all scheduled class hours, in addition to completing any other requirements set by the instructor, in order to be awarded CEUs and a Certificate of Completion.

Use NOVA for Your Professional Training Needs!

NOVA's Workforce Development Division offers customized corporate training programs in computer applications, management, supervision, employee development and much more! Our experienced instructors will train your employees at your site or on campus. The cost for courses and programs varies depending on course content, length of training and materials used. For further information, contact 703-323-3281.

Career Switcher Program

Do you have a four-year degree and a minimum of five years of work experience? If so, the Virginia Community College System invites you to "bring your passion to the future" and become a licensed Virginia Public School teacher by enrolling in its 18-week "Career Switcher Program". Six Saturday sessions and a mandatory 40-hour field placement, and five online courses are included in the 18 weeks.  A one-year, provisional teaching license is granted at the end of the 18 weeks, and will be converted to a full five-year, renewable license after one year of successful teaching. The VCCS’s Career Switcher Alternative Route to Licensure Program is designed to train participants to teach in critical shortage areas such as mathematics, English, foreign languages, sciences, and English for Students of Other Languages (ESOL).

  • First - Please go to the program website at: to access all pertinent information.
  • Next - After reviewing the website information, you may direct program questions to the Northern Regional Advisors:
    • Jim Gaines (last names beginning A - R) at or phone 804-317-9007 (Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).
    • Dr. John Wells (last names beginning S - Z) at or phone 703-626-2157.

Six Ways to Get Your Company to Send You to a Course

  • Ask! A verbal request is often all it takes. An e-mail is even better.
  • Show the catalog. Get them to read it. Attach it to your e-mail.
  • Stress the benefits. Seminars can help you stay fired up and ready for new challenges.
  • Emphasize the convenience. Why go out of town when quality training is available right here, including online courses?
  • Compare the price! Your supervisor will be pleased to know that he/she is paying less and getting a lot.
  • Give them our website address:

Off-site Location for NOVA - Annandale Classes

Many of NOVA's classes are held at our off-site location, 7630 Little River Turnpike, in Annandale, on the 5th and 6th floors. This facility is located one and a half miles from the NOVA Annandale Campus. IT training classes are held in our state-of-the-art computer labs located on the 6th floor. ESL and other topics are taught in our 5th floor classrooms. Should your organization need to rent a computer lab or classroom, please call 703-323-3102.

Campus Parking Information

Parking on all NOVA campuses is free on weekends and weekdays after 4pm in B lots only. All other times you must have a parking permit. Students may park in the garage for $2 per hour. Students may also purchase a semester parking permit for $80 online at or directly from the Parking Services Office for $90 on any campus. No parking permits are needed at off-campus locations.

Interested in Developing and Teaching a New Course?

The Workforce Development Division is continually expanding its course offerings. If you would like to propose a new class, please e-mail the following program developers:

Would You Like to Suggest an Idea for a Course?

Do you want to learn about something that is not listed in our present class offerings? Call us at 703-323-3168.  If your idea fits our adult education philosophy, we will try to find a qualified instructor and arrange for the course to be offered.

Campus Bookstore Info

All textbooks listed under course descriptions are available in the Annandale Campus Bookstore.
 Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: CA Building, 2nd Floor.
Telephone: 703-323-3185.
Purchase your textbooks online using:

Lifetime Learning Tax Credit

Taxpayers may be eligible to claim a non-refundable Lifetime Learning Tax Credit to help them pay for post-secondary education for themselves and/or their dependent children. These tax credits can reduce the amount of federal income tax on returns filed in 1999 or later. This credit applies to tuition and fees for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education course work taken part time to improve or upgrade job skills. For more information, call 1.800.829.1040 or visit the IRS website at: Information is also available on NOVA’s website at   (IRS Publication 970) 

Can't Find the Course You Want?

Then you may want to contact the Workforce Development Programs on the other five campuses of Northern Virginia Community College.

Alexandria Campus: 703-845-6280
Loudoun Campus: 703-450-2551
Manassas Campus: 703-257-6630
Woodbridge Campus: 703-878-5755
Medical Education Campus: 703-822-6523

Check out their current offerings at Click on the name of the campus.

Looking to Enter Information Technology (IT)? Consider NOVA's "TRiP" Program (VA Approved!)

"TRiP", Technology Retraining internship Program, is an intensive part-time, technology training program for people interested in transitioning to an IT career. Classes are conveniently held in the evenings and on Saturdays, with an emphasis on both classroom and hands-on training.

"TRiP" is the only program in Northern Virginia that offers an optional internship program. This experience enables you to add actual IT experience to your resume. In addition, some companies sponsoring internships offer full-time employment at the completion of the internship.
For more information on the “TRiP” program, please go to

Individuals interested in "TRiP" should:

Attend a "TRiP" Orientation Open House.
The next orientation sessions will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
Session A - 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session B - 5:30 – 6:30 p.m .

Both sessions will be held at:
Northern Virginia Community College
Pitney Bowes Building
7630 Little River Turnpike, 6th floor
Annandale, Virginia 22003

The next TRiP session begins Saturday, May 30, 2015 with the "Networking Essentials" course.

For more information about "TRiP" or to register in advance for either orientation session, please contact David Campbell at 703-323-3859, email: or Kofi Mitchual at 703-323-3829, email: or click here.

Workforce Development Office Hours

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:30am - 7:00pm

Additional Questions?

Please call 703-323-3168.