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Welcome to the Woodbridge Campus Open Computer Lab! Staffed by knowledgeable, friendly and helpful full-time staff and student workers, we are here to assist you with your computing needs.

The Open Computer Lab (OCL) contains iPads, Windows (7 and 8.1) and Mac PCs for working on out-of-class assignments and projects. Linux operating system is available upon request.

The lab also contains scanners and high-speed network printers (color and black and white) for academic use. Special hours may be posted for holidays, semester breaks and summer session. Please check hours for change in hours and lab closings. To contact the Open Computer Lab, call 703.878.5713 / x5714.

Open Computer Lab Services


OCL offers free workshops on different technology related software and topics. The workshops are one-on-one and can be scheduled by contacting WoodbridgeOCL@nvcc.edu

Click here to view the workshop topics.


Students may seek help from the lab assistants in registering for their classes.


Prospective students can receive help with their admissions application at the computer lab.


Lab assistants are always here to assist students with printing, scanning, using the lab software or any other questions related to lab services. Please note that lab assistants cannot help students with their class assignments/projects.

Login Issues

Students may ask for assistance from the OCL staff if they are experiencing difficulties in logging in to the computers, signing in to their NOVA Connect/Blackboard account, or connecting their devices to the NOVA Wi-Fi network.


Open Computer Lab has two HP Scanners available for student use. Students may ask the lab personnel for assistance in operating the scanners.


Headphones are available with your NOVA ID.


OCL has a variety of software installed on its computers for student use. Please contact the OCL office for information about the available software.

Other Services

  • All computers are connected to laser printers, operating on a pay-per-page system.
  • One workstation is available for disabled individuals. Jaws and Zoom Text programs are installed.
  • Students may bring their devices to the OCL to seek assistance on connecting to the NOVA Wi-Fi network.
  • A plasma TV is setup for special announcements.


Requested By Faculty

OCL in-class training sessions are requested by faculty, students may request a training session by clicking the Student Workshops tab.

Are you requiring your students to use specific software to complete their assignments, but they are not familiar with the program? Are you a business instructor requiring your students to learn how to create business cards and brochures for their projects? OR Are you an English professor tired of getting papers with wrong MLA/APA formatting? 

Woodbridge Open Computer Lab offers in-class workshops/training sessions for your students on various technology software and topics. You can schedule a training session by emailing WoodbridgeOCL@nvcc.edu with the date/time and topic of interest. The OCL staff will work with your class schedule to set up a time convenient for you.

Click here to view the OCL catalog of training sessions. This catalog includes information on the workshops currently offered by the OCL (further topics maybe requested and adjustments can be made to the session duration and objectives to cover the materials that you would like to focus on).

Requested By Students

Do you want to learn how to create a website? Are you struggling with getting the right format for your research paper? Or are you just looking to improve your technical skills?

Woodbridge Open Computer Lab offers free workshops for all NOVA students on various IT topics. You can schedule a workshop by emailing WoodbridgeOCL@nvcc.edu with the date/time and your topic of interest. The OCL staff will work with your schedule to set up a time convenient for you. These workshops are conducted both in person and remotely for those who are not able to physically attend the Woodbridge Campus.

Click here to view the OCL catalog of workshops. This catalog includes information on the workshops currently offered by the OCL (further topics maybe requested by contacting WoodbridgeOCL@nvcc.edu).

Policies & Procedures

  • Current/Prospective students can use the lab computers for admissions, class registrations and school assignments.
  • All students are required to sign in before using the lab services.
  • Children, food and drinks are not permitted to the lab.
  • Cell phones must be on silent mode.
  • Students should avoid loud conversations or talking on the phone while in the lab.
  • Lab personnel can help students with technical problems related to equipment or programs, but not with school assignments.
  • Students are advised to bring their own storage media (ex. flash drives, CDs, etc.) to save their files. Any files saved on computers will be deleted on a regular bases.
  • All computer work must be completed 15 minutes prior to closing time.
  • Students should log off and check their work area before leaving. OCL staff are not responsible for lost, stolen or misplaced items.