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Grants and Sponsored Projects

NOVA SySTEMic has implemented a strategy to develop and submit grant proposals to stabilize, grow, and sustain resources required to support our mission and innovation. Our strategy is aligned with NOVA’s Strategic Plan: Pathway to the American Dream.

Grant proposals are centered on developing and funding activities to provide wraparound services for existing STEM programs or increase awareness and access for emerging STEM fields. Proposals focus on providing summer enrichment programs, design thinking and digital fabrication programming, career preparation and internships, teacher professional development and a community of practice (with an emphasis on in-demand careers) and the development of employability and technical skills. Grants are targeted toward specific populations, primarily under-served and under-represented populations in STEM and military-connected students.

We utilize peer-reviewed literature, NOVA data, and economic data to guide proposal development and strategies and submit grant proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense (DOD), Go Virginia (GoVA), and the Department of Education (DOE).



Perkins V Grant

Perkins V: Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century

The Federal Perkins grant provides a backbone of support for CTE in the Commonwealth, and is appropriated to NOVA through the VDOE and VCCS. The goal of the Carl D. Perkins grant is to improve, implement, expand, modernize, and evaluate career and technical education (CTE) programs of study with emphasis on reaching special populations, and has three performance measures: The improvement of Retention, Completion, and Non-Traditional Program Representation. NOVA SySTEMic manages the programs and grant funds to ensure effective use, with a focus on increasing state determined performance measures and supporting NOVA faculty and staff in delivering high quality CTE programming to its student population.

More information about NOVA CTE Programs Supported by Perkins V:

Click here for Engineering Technology
Click here for Data Center Operations
Click here for Cybersecurity

Perkins V funding includes supporting NOVA’s Nursing Program on the Medical Education Campus by providing medication dispensing carts, providing modern automotive equipment and professional development for hybrid and electric vehicles for the Automotive Technology Program, and the production of NOVA CTE promo videos for Engineering Technology, Data Center Operations, and Cybersecurity at NOVA.

In 2018 the President reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act of 2006 by signing the Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act. The federal act provides support for CTE programs with a focus on modernizing and improving the academic and technical achievement of secondary and postsecondary students. Perkins funding at NOVA is distributed to the College through the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Community College System.

Perkins V has focal points to improve accountability, strengthen connections between secondary and postsecondary education, expand professional development for staff and faculty, improve CTE pathways for special populations, and provide career exploration and preparation. NOVA’s is focused on identifying and implementing strategies to improve outcomes for all students in CTE programs; especially in supporting the development of in-demand skills identi ed by industry through programs at the NOVA Fab Lab and through the Career and Leadership Readiness Institute (CLRI).

Through the Fab Lab and the CTE Coordinator, NOVA will implement collaborative programs and activities to support career exploration, employability, and technical skill attainment. Students will utilize NOVA’s makerspace, engineering design challenge, fabrication camps and SkillsUSA chapter to collaborate in the design and fabrication of solutions to challenges.

NOVA is providing students with career exploration and career development activities through an organized, systematic framework designed to aid students, including the middle grades, before enrolling and while participating in a career and technical education program, in making informed decisions about future education and career opportunities and programs of study. This includes:

Analyzing relevant labor market information to develop career-based programs and activities that provide a pathway that links secondary and postsecondary education to in-demand careers.

Providing NOVA information nights focused on career exploration and career awareness, including nontraditional  elds for secondary and postsecondary students.

Producing the CLRI to assist students in making informed decisions about future education and employment while providing workshops and activities to build skills that will support employability.

Cloud NSF Grant

Building an Industry-aligned Pathway to Careers in Cloud Computing

The Cloud Grant represents a partnership with community colleges, industry, regional high schools, and universities to establish an industry-aligned pathway in cloud computing.

NOVA developed 'Reach for the Cloud' as an NSF ATE project to lead the development of a pathway in Cloud Computing (in partnership with Columbus State Community College). Through this award NOVA has established a pathway to develop cloud talent, and continues to work with industry partners and faculty to improve outcomes for students. The final deliverable currently underway is aligning courses in the cloud degree with military occupational specialty (MOS) codes to support veterans transitioning from service to education.

Click Here for more information about NOVA’s Cloud Computing Program 

New, collaboratively-developed and industry-led curriculum in cloud computing including foundational courses leading to the Cloud Fundamentals Certification, a Cloud Literacy Initiative to facilitate the education pipeline from high school to community college, a Professional Development Community of practice for high school and community college faculty to share best practices for cloud credential mapping and educator training, and a Veteran Outreach Plan to attract active and former military into the cloud technology program as their  eld of study.

Building an Industry-aligned Pathway to Careers in Cloud Computing
Award Abstract #1800988

This project represents a partnership with community colleges, industry, regional high schools, and universities to establish an industry-aligned pathway in cloud computing. Technology sectors have shown signi cant demand for cloud-certied information technology professionals. Collaboratively-developed and industry-led curriculum in cloud computing will lead to a Cloud Fundamentals Certi cation, stackable toward an Associate of Applied Science with Cloud Specialization. This project leverages existing collaborations among the institutions to create labs and share curriculum development best practices. The target audience for the project will be two-year college students, including veterans and incumbent workers. This project addresses the national call to increase the supply of qualied technicians proficient in cloud technology.

In a survey of Tech Chief Financial Officers, cloud computing was selected by 74% of those surveyed as the technology that had the most impact on their business in 2017. The goal of the project is to establish an industry-aligned pathway in cloud computing to increase the supply of quali ed technicians with pro ciency in cloud technology. Project goals will be achieved by working with industry partners who will provide expertise and guidance in curriculum design. The project will develop products that will be disseminated to other institutions including: a new industry-led curriculum in cloud computing, a cloud literacy initiative, a professional development community of practice, and an outreach plan for military veterans. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

DCO Tech NSF Grant

Expanding Regional Capacity for Training in Engineering Technology and Data Center Operations

DCO Tech is designed to increase regional capacity for training in Engineering Technology and Data Center Operations through expanded recruitment, employment training, and increased collaboration between industry, K-12 educators, and faculty. Northern Virginia is the largest data center market in the United States, and is forecast to continue growing. Additionally, Micron Technology has committed to a $3B expansion of their regional manufacturing capacity. DCO Tech is partnering with employers to meet the demand for engineering technicians.

More information about NOVA Programs Supported by the DCO Tech Grant:

Click here for Engineering Technology
Click here for Data Center Operations

A 2-week non-residential Bridge Program for potential engineering technology students Internship Prep Boot Camp and Educator & Industry Externship Programs to build awareness and collaboration between education and industry. NOVA's Engineering Technology program offers 2-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and 1-year Career Study Certificates (CSC), as well as a Data Center Operations specialization.

DCO Tech: Expanding Regional Capacity for Training in Engineering Technology and Data Center Operations Award Abstract #2055717

Common software systems, such as those based on artificial intelligence, often require a cloud-based computing infrastructure. As cloud-based computing has expanded, so has the need for the data center infrastructure needed to support it. Data centers require signi cant capital investment, as well as ongoing operational maintenance. Because of tax incentives enacted by the state legislature, data centers are expanding rapidly in Virginia. As data center capacity expands, a trained engineering technology workforce is required to run these data centers. To address this urgent need, this project will expand the engineering technology program at Northern Virginia Community College by improving the recruitment and education of qualified technicians. By fostering a community of practice between industry, secondary educators, and college faculty, the project team plans to improve the workforce pipeline for engineering technology in the northern Virginia region and ensure that students have the skills required to be successfully employed in the data center industry.

This project intends to advance understanding about the ef cacy of bridge programs to promote recruitment of underrepresented minorities into higher education. It will also examine the ef cacy of bridge programs and internship preparation for improving student career attitudes and readiness. It expects to increase the regional supply of engineering technology technicians through the following activities: (1) a two-week summer bridge program focused on career exploration and hands-on learning; (2) an internship preparatory program designed to support students in developing career readiness; (3) an externship for high school educators and industry professionals to develop  rst-hand knowledge of regional career pathways for engineering technology; and, (5) a veterans outreach program to inform military-connected students about the College’s engineering technology programs. This project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education program that focuses on the education of technicians for the advanced-technology fields that drive the nation's economy.

Makers By Design NSF Grant

Supporting Instructors to Embed Design Thinking in Digital Fabrication Courses

Makers By Design (MBD) will strengthen the engineering technology pathways by providing professional learning for K-12 teachers, running digital fabrication summer camps, and hosting design challenges. The project is aligned with NSF Includes to broaden participation in STEM through community outreach and engagement. Makers By Design seeks to create a community of practice among engineering educators involved in community-based makerspaces at public libraries, private organizations, public school systems, colleges and universities.

Each Year, the MBD grant provides 5 days of professional learning focused on Design Thinking for 12 educators, digital fabrication summer camps for 96 middle and high school students, bi-annual design challenges for secondary and post-secondary students, and a digital lesson plan repository focused on design thinking and digital fabrication.

Supporting Instructors to Embed Design Thinking in Digital Fabrication Courses Award Abstract #2055324

Manufacturing and engineering industries face a looming gap in skilled workers, with an estimated 2.4M positions projected to go un lled by 2025. This project aims to help  ll this gap by improving the preparation of the needed technical workforce. To do so, it will establish a Professional Learning program in design thinking pedagogy for secondary and postsecondary educators. The curriculum will focus on design thinking projects that involve digital fabrication techniques, including 3D printing, laser engraving, and Computer Numerical Control milling. The Professional Learning program is expected to improve the educator' teaching practices and enable them to update existing curricula and lesson plans to better align with industry relevant skills and techniques. The project also intends to create a community of practice around design thinking in digital fabrication that will build a bene cial network among secondary teachers, community college faculty, makerspace educators, and regional employers. It is expected that the project will support 36 secondary and postsecondary educators who will teach more than 3,000 K-12 and undergraduate students in the northern Virginia region. These students will have greater interest in and be better prepared for technical careers in manufacturing and engineering.

The overarching goal of the project is to use Professional Learning to move digital fabrication instruction beyond the reproduction of simple objects. Instead, the project will train educators to use pedagogy and cognitive strategies to embed design thinking into their digital fabrication lessons and courses. As a result, students will learn to use design thinking to build complex, useful objects. The project’s speci c aims include to: (1) create a professional learning institute; (2) host digital fabrication summer camps at NOVA and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington; (3) host a semiannual design and digital fabrication challenge; and (4) establish an online resource library of projects and lesson plans created and re ned by educators in the community of practice. The project is expected to advance: understanding of the pedagogies that help to develop student interest in manufacturing and engineering; the capacity for Professional Learning to facilitate integration of design thinking into classrooms and makerspaces; and the extent to which a capstone design challenge may foster sustainable change in instructional practices. This project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education program that focuses on the education of technicians for the advanced-technology fields that drive the nation's economy.

Super PL NSF Grant

NSF Logo Building a Supervisor Professional Learning Model to Improve Internships in Information and Communication Technology

SuperPL, an Advancing Innovation and Impact in Undergraduate STEM Education at Two-year Institutions of Higher Education proposal, addresses the need to prepare students for ICT careers by developing a Career and Leadership Readiness Institutie (CLRI) program, an internship program for CLRI completers, and a professional learning (PL) program targeted at internship supervisors for students in Northern Virginia Community College's (NOVA) Information and Engineering Technologies programs, approximately half of whom are from historically marginalized groups. The goals of Super PL are to increase access and improve internship outcomes and develop a PL program to support intern supervision. Across 4 years, SuperPL will provide career and leadership preparation for 150 students through the CLRI program, enroll 75 of the CLRI completers in an IT internship program, and provide PL for 50 supervisors.

Click here for the SuperPL NSF Grant page

More Information on NOVA Programs Supported by the SuperPL NSF Grant:

Click here for IET Programs
Click here for the Career and Leadership Readiness Institute (CLRI)

This award is funded in whole or in part under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Public Law 117-2). This project aims to serve the national interest by preparing students for careers in information and communication technology (ICT). The COVID-19 pandemic has increased reliance on computing infrastructure, amplified the need for skilled workiers to support this infrastructure, and has disproportionately negatively impacted college students, especially those from historically marginalized groups. This project addresses the need to prepare students for ICT careers by developing (1) a Career and Leadership Readiness Institute (CLRI) program, (2) an internship program for CLRI completers, and (3) a professional learning (PL) program targeted at internship supervisors for students in Northern Virginia Community College's (NOVA) Information and Engineering Technologies programs. The goals of the project are to (1) increase access and improve internship outcomes and (2) develop a PL program to support intern supervision. Over the four-year duration of this project, 150 students will be provided with career and leadership preparation through the CLRI program, 75 of the CLRI completers will enroll in an IT internship program, and PL will be provided for 50 supervisors.

Using a quasi-experimental mixed methods research design, this project will advance our understanding of how projects such as this one (a) improve outcomes (i.e., professional socialization, attitudes toward ICT disciplines, degree completion, persistence in ICT careers) for CLRI completers placed in internships compared to CLRI completers who are not placed in internships; and (b) improve supervisors' coaching of interns (i.e., confidence for supervising, effective coaching skills). The longitudinal and cross-sectional components of the research design allow for comparison of outcomes and documentation of the relative impacts of the CLRI, internship, and PL for students and supervisors, which is absent in the existing research literature. Since supervision quality and characteristics are critically important in determining student learning experiences and outcomes in diverse fileds, the model is expected to be valuable across disciplines and for all workplace learning opportunities. The NSF program description on Advancing Innovation and Impact in Undergraduate STEM Education at two-year Institutions of Higher Education supports projects that advance STEM education initiatives at two-year colleges. The program description promotes innovative and evidence-based practices in undergraduate STEM education at two-year colleges.

GoVA DEEP IET Grant

Increasing the Skilled Information and Engineering Technology Pipeline for In-Demand Jobs

NOVA has been awarded the GO VA DEEP IET Grant which takes a holistic approach to strengthening the STEM talent pipeline from secondary school to career. The goal is to improve outcomes for students at Northern Virginia Community College and meet the needs of the current skilled shortage of Information and Engineering Technology (IET) professionals in northern Virginia.

More information on NOVA Programs Supported by the GoVA DEEP IET Grant:

Click here for Cybersecurity
Click here for Data Center Operations
Click here for Cloud Computing
Click here for the Career and Leadership Readiness Institute (CLRI)
Click Here for IET Bridge Programs

Major grant activities include conducting 2-week summer Bridge Programs in Information and Engineering Technology for high school students, developing a 1-year Block Schedule with integrated wraparound services for 1st year students pursuing CSC or AAS in cybersecurity, data center operations, or cloud computing, hosting the Career and Leadership Readiness Institute (CLRI) to improve student preparation for a career, implementing an Internship Program to assist students in connecting with industry, and expanding Dual Enrollment through a credentialing program for high school teachers to grow regional capacity.

Increasing the Skilled Information and Engineering Technology Pipeline for In-Demand Jobs Award Abstract #

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Tech Talent Investment Program (TTIP)

The Tech Talent Investment Program (TTIP) is a state-wide initiative intended to increase the supply of computer science (CS) graduates produced by Virginia’s Colleges and Universities. NOVA is focused on increasing the number of students graduating with an A.S. in Computer Science and transferring to 4-year universities to complete a B.S. in Computer Science.

Click Here for more information about NOVA’s Computer Science A.S. degree
Click Here for more information about the CS Bridge Program

Components of TTIP are NOVA’s Computer Science Bridge Program, which was launched to raise awareness and increase student success in CS (with credit for SDV 101), On-Demand Student Tutoring to improve CS student retention/performance, and consistent, timely IET advising.

Chris Russell: crussell@nvcc.edu (CS Bridge Program)
Emilia Butu, CS Faculty: ebutu@nvcc.edu (CS Bridge Program)
Alison McElfresh: akmcelfresh@nvvcc.edu (IET Advising)
Sarah Ali: sali@nvvcc.edu (IET Advising)

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