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About the TRiP Program

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NOVA's Technology Retraining Internship Program (TRIP) was launched in January 1998 as an innovative response to the acute demand for qualified employees in Northern Virginia's information technology (IT) sector. TRiP is intended for professionals from other fields who want to transition into IT. The program produces entry-level IT professionals with diverse functional knowledge.

What is TRiP?

The Premise

TRiP is based on the premise that individuals with an aptitude for technology can quickly learn computer skills. Equipped with these skills, individuals can leverage past work experience and academic training toward their new IT careers. The program:

  • Offers an intensive part-time curriculum that teaches broad-based computer skills and develops advanced technical expertise.
  • Combines classroom instruction with practical work experience through optional, hands-on internship in the IT departments of local businesses.

From the Program Manager

The TRiP program is a pay-as-you-go IT training program. You schedule your own classes. 168 class hours are required to complete "TRiP," of which 66 are required (CORE courses) and are given on Saturdays. The remainder of the 102 hours are electives and are offered at night (Mon-Thurs). The electives allow you to do some specialization (programming; web design; network administrator, etc). This arrangement allows you to take the TRiP program while you are still working.

We recommend new students start with "Network Essentials," a 101 type class that introduces and updates you on the essentials of IT. It is also a class that will help you decide if TRiP is the right program for you.

We begin the "Networking Essentials" at the beginning of each semester.

When students are about 3/4 of the way through the program, we work with them on internship placements (resume preparation; interviewing skills - including your "2-minute elevator talk;" and assistance with internship placements). While internships are not guaranteed, the placement success rate is high. Most internships are unpaid.

When completed, the TRiP student is eligible to enter the IT field at the entry level as a Help Desk Network Administrator.

Realistically, the program will take you one year to complete and will cost $4,000.

To learn more about "TRiP," you are invited to a FREE Open House at our facility at 7630 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Here you can review the curriculum, talk with TRiP instructors, and chat with TRiP graduates.

We are located 1.5 miles from the Annandale campus at 7630 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, in a 9-story office building (the Pitney Bowes building). Many thanks for your interest in the program.


The TRiP curriculum was developed, and is periodically revised, in consultation with corporate sponsors.

The Corporate Sponsors

Corporate participants include a full representation of the Northern Virginia/Metro Washington, DC region's finest employers, ranging from technology companies, to hospitals and law firms, to large corporations offering diverse services and products. Among the companies which have sponsored TRiP internships in the past are: America Online, Dynamic Technology Systems, Inc, Computer Sciences Corporation, Washington Gas, Blue Ridge Networks, As-One Inc., Keyware Solutions, Fairfax County Public Library, National Society of Black Engineers, INOVA Hospitals, Fairfax County Water Authority, Human Genome, the Town of Vienna, Integic, the Humane Society, and Northern Virginia Community College. The cross section of employers varies with each class.


Many TRiP interns are hired by sponsoring companies upon completion of the training. Additionally, the graduates' established work ethic and leadership skills from real-world experience, combined with their newly acquired technical skills, make them productive and cost-effective IT employees.