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NOVA Clubs and Organizations

NOVA Clubs and Organizations at NOVA offer students the opportunity to join together in governmental, cultural, political and/or special interest issues settings and to assume various leadership roles in carrying out the mission of the group.

NOVA Chapter of the IT Organizations

The Information Systems Security Association Northern Virginia Chapter (ISSA-NOVA) is an association of cybersecurity professionals. Our members live and work in one of the fastest-growing technology corridors in the nation. Chartered in August 2002, we are a member-focused organization. ISSA-NOVA hosts monthly chapter meetings at which we invite notable cybersecurity experts to share the latest information on Infosec and related cyber topics. We also offer study groups on CISSP and various venues for collaboration and discourse. Come check out one of our meetings!


AFCEA is a member-based, non-profit association for professionals that provides highly sought after thought leadership, engagement and networking opportunities. We focus on cyber, command, control, communications, computers and intelligence to address national and international security challenges.

AFCEA Faculty Advisor
Walter Pehrsson

Networking Groups

Data Center

The NOVA Data Center Operations group is for current students, faculty/staff, and alumni. Through this group we hope that students, alumni, and faculty/staff will stay connected to the NOVA community and the Data Center Operations Program.


The NOVA Information Technology group is for student, alumni, and faculty/staff to facilitate professional networking, information sharing, and keeping in touch with NOVA IT activities and developments.


The NOVA Mechatronics group is for student, alumni, and faculty/staff to establish professional networking, information sharing, and keeping in touch with NOVA Mechatronics activities and developments. 


SkillsUSA is a NOVA Club for students taking Career and Technical Education courses, a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excel, providing opportunities for students to practice their skills, compete, and prepare to enter the workforce. SkillsUSA focuses on 2 main components:

  1. Competitions - Students showcase their skills by applying classroom knowledge to real life scenarios. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.
  2. Leadership and Employability Skills Development - Students learn skills to help them succeed in their future careers - applying technical job skills as well as professionalism. They make connections with peers, the community, and future employers to expand their networks. 

Why should NOVA students become members?

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future workforce through the development of SkillsUSA framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. The SkillsUSA vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success. 

Membership deadline for NOVA students is February 19, 2023

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Chapter Activities 

NOVA will be holding chapter activities to reinforce the SkillsUSA Framework and developing in demand skills. We are currently in the planning process for SkillsUSA activities. Please complete this brief survey to tell us what activities you are looking for at NOVA.


To be eligible to compete with SkillsUSA at any level, students must be registered as a SkillsUSA member.

Competitions offered by SkillsUSA Virginia. This list is organized by cluster area. 

National Competition Descriptions

District Competition Schedule is not yet released.  

To qualify for the state conference, you must earn a spot at the district level. 

Find Virginia District Event Dates as they are released here.

To qualify for the state conference, you must earn a spot at the district level. 

The 2023 Virginia State Leadership Conference will be held on April 20-23 in Virginia Beach, VA.

More information about the VA Leadership Conference

List of State Competition offerings

To qualify for the national conference, you must earn a spot at the state level. 

The 2023 National Leadership and Skills Conference will be held on June 19-23, 2023 in Atlanta, GA.

More information about the National Conference

Leadership Training Opportunities

Connect is the first SkillsUSA career conference designed specifically for high school seniors and college/postsecondary students. The conference will create an authentic career-focused experience between students and industry partners that fosters meaningful and lasting connections relevant to the student’s future career.  

Participants will:

  • Connect with potential employers.
  • Gain meaningful feedback on resume and interview skills.

Held Virtually on Thursday, May 4, 2022 | 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

Questions about SkillsUSA?

Contact Niki Gordon at nkgordon@nvcc.edu

Additional Resources

SkillsUSA Virginia Website

National SkillsUSA Website