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About Adult Career Pathways

ACP Career Counselors Help Participants

  • Identify career goals and pathways to achieve them.
  • Learn about programs and opportunities available through NOVA.
  • Develop an individual plan of education, training or other program(s).
  • Navigate the procedures necessary to attend NOVA classes and apply for financial assistance.
  • Assess their skills and experience.

What Is Unique About This Program?

  • ACP gives adult students who could otherwise find adult studies difficult to pursue access to NOVA.
  • Students receive personalized assistance from a NOVA Career Counselor to help them achieve their career goals.
  • Counselors continue to assist students pursuing their career plan for up to three years.
  • Participants can access their counselor via phone, email, in-person at community locations, and on NOVA campuses.

Program Achievements

For updated information about the ACP program's performance in helping participants achieve their career education goals and ACP projects, you can view the ACP program dashboard report.

Hear From Current ACP Students

Hear directly from two Adult Career Pathways students about their personal experience with the program:

Erica is a student with unbelievable perseverance. She has made it on her own since she was teen, but knew she wanted to continue her education. When faced without the support of her family in the US and while balancing her academic and career goals, she took on the challenge of beginning college coursework. Though she faced challenges she thought she'd never make it through when applying for financial aid, the Adult Career Pathways program has helped her to succeed. She has been very successful at NOVA and is looking forward to transferring to George Mason University next year. She sees Adult Career Pathways as her beacon of hope and looks forward to giving back to others in her future career. [Watch Video]

Carolina is a single mom who needed to further her education in order to advance her career with Fairfax County Public School’s Head Start program. She faced adversity with financial aid and academic divisions due to challenging life circumstances when she previously attended NOVA. With help from her ACP counselor, Carolina was given a second chance to receive financial aid funds and renew her academic record. She is now a wonderful role model for her children, several colleagues who have also become ACP students, and countless others who hear her story of success. Carolina has completed her Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy and is close to completing her AA in Liberal Arts at NOVA. She plans to transfer to GMU after completing her degree so she can pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She wants to inspire and assist others in pursuing their career and education goals. [Watch Video]

ACP Program Contact Information

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ACP gratefully acknowledges our investors: NOVA President’s Office, Innovation Fund, The Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, Bank of America, PNC Foundation, NOVA Educational Foundation, The Virginia Community College System’s Rapid Response Assistance Program for Veterans’ Employment and The U.S. Department of Labor.