Programs & Services
Adult Career Pathways
The Adult Career Pathways (ACP) program is an academic advising service free to NOVA students. ACP provides adult students with a structured support system specifically designed to assist with navigating the unique challenges that adults face while attending college. Participants receive support and guidance through each step of their college experience. The key to ACP’s success is it's student-centered model, which builds an ongoing relationship between students and their counselors, faculty members and peers. ACP creates a pathway for adult students to earn a certificate, degree or other credential that may help them secure a better job with a path toward advancement and greater economic security.
The first step in applying for the Adult Career Pathways (ACP) program is attending one of our College Access Workshops. During the workshops students are:
- given an overview of the ACP program,
- assisted with enrolling at NOVA and applying for financial aid,
- provided with placement testing information,
- and given the opportunity to apply for ACP.
Does your organization serve or employ individuals who may be interested in participating in our program? Adult Career Pathways staff members will gladly come to your site and hold an Informational Session for your staff or clientele.
Interested in sponsoring an internship for an ACP student at no cost to your organization? ACP seeks to match students with internships in their STEM field of study. Provide a student with valuable workplace experience, something to add to their resume, and a step in the right direction.
Without financial aid, the dream of post-secondary education would not be possible for a majority of ACP students. If your organization is interested in providing funding for scholarships and making a difference in a student’s life, please contact us.
If you are interested in talking with us further about any of the options above, call 703.425.5245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACP program provides students interested in STEM programs with assistance in:
- enrolling at NOVA,
- applying for financial aid,
- preparing for college placement tests,
- identifying career goals and pathways to achieve them,
- developing an individual plan of education or training,
- registering for classes,
- troubleshooting academic issues,
- information on NOVA opportunities and more.
Note: Each student in the ACP program is assigned their own Success Advisor or Counselor who they have access to via email, phone, or in person.
SkillSource Group, Inc.
The SkillSource Group offers multiple FREE services to businesses seeking to hire and retain good workers while also providing opportunities for job seekers to prepare and find jobs that can support themselves and their families. If you, or someone you know needs help earning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) credentials, help finding a job, or finding a better job, check out the SkillSource Career Services Center at NOVA's Manassas Campus.
Northern Virginia’s job market is easy to enter if you know where to start. Whether you are looking for a more rewarding career, you recently graduated or you are actively looking for a new job after being laid off, we can help! Using our FREE employment services, you are sure to find a rewarding career and gain the skills you need to help you succeed in the workplace.
Employment services can be found at the SkillSource Career Services Center, conveniently located on NOVA's Manassas Campus. There, you can take advantage of job placement and S.T.E.M. related career training through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). This program offers a comprehensive range of services consisting of workforce development activities benefiting job seekers — adults, dislocated workers, youth, incumbent workers, new entrants to the workforce, veterans, individuals with disabilities and employers. WIA seeks to meet employer needs by providing the workforce talent they need.
FREE services at the center include:
- application, resume and interview assistance,
- career and skills training assessments,
- personal career counseling,
- career training,
- job search and placement assistance,
- ongoing job seeker support,
- phones, fax machines, copiers, high-speed Internet and helpful professional staff
Services offered to help employers include:
- opportunities to conduct on-site interviewing and recruiting of potential employees,
- individualized screening and assessment of job applicants,
- ongoing follow-up to guarantee employer's satisfaction,
- and assistance with small business development.
To learn if WIA is right for you, please visit our website. Other services offered at the SkillSource Career Services Center include: personalized counseling, resume and interview assistance and skills assessment. You will also have free access to the Internet, a copier, and a fax machine for sending your resume to employers.
If you are interested in talking with us further, please contact SkillSource Career Services Center Manager Karla Quiroz at email@example.com .
Training Futures (Northern Virginia Family Services)
Training Futures is a nationally-recognized workforce development solution with proven results, providing a critical pathway to jobs for high-potential, low-income individuals. Through a 6-month training curriculum and a co-enrollment partnership with NOVA, trainees earn a 21-credit Business Information Technology certificate and complete a six-week internship in a professional environment. Upon graduation, eighty-four percent of program graduates find professional administrative jobs in healthcare and other environments, with the opportunity for advancement. Additionally, graduates experience on average a 35 percent wage gain over previous earnings.
Are you looking to grow your skills, increase your earning potential and transform your future? At Training Futures, you will earn 21 college-credit career studies certificate in Business Information Technology, complete a six-week internship and master technical, administrative and computer skills. Training takes place in a simulated office environment where trainees learn the necessary professional habits to prepare for success in the business world.
The program is FREE, but requires a $400 book fee. Training is five days a week, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Applicants must be at least 20-years of age, be low-income residents of Virginia, and have one year of work experience in the U.S.
Training Futures graduates provide the business community with a diverse pipeline of entry-level talent with a proven ability to adapt to new environments and learn quickly. Graduates show a mastery of basic office, administrative skills, and professional "soft-skills" necessary to thrive in a business environment. Additionally, Training Futures graduates save employers money. On average, graduates remain in their first, entry-level position for four years.
Don't delay, get involved today! Host an intern for six weeks, hire directly from our 1,650+ alumni network, or schedule an appointment to visit the training site. See the trainees in action and meet with Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development Julie Mullen to plan how you can best utilize graduates in your business.
Training Futures Graduates:
- Earn 35% more than they did upon entry into the program
- Master technical, administrative and computer skills, and critical professional "soft" skills
- Complete a six-week internship in a professional environment
- Are competitive job candidates in a range of professional and healthcare environments
- Earn 21-college credits and a Career Studies Certificate from NOVA
If you are interested in applying to Training Futures or learning more about it, please call or email Program Assistant Hannah Cook for more information at 571.748.2617 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you represent a business and would like more information regarding the program, becoming an internship partner or a hiring partner, please call or email Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development Julie Mullen at 571.748.2628 or email@example.com.
eIntern is leading the way in providing valuable job-ready skills and much desired work experience to students while enrolled in school. Its award-winning eInternship platform allows students to complete an internship for credit without sacrificing time and space. eInternships are unpaid, but students can use their experience as work experience and will own their work.
eInternships are managed, monitored and mentored to ensure students receive the same support and feedback as a conventional internship. Merging the touch and resilience of human intelligence with the power of machine intelligence, students will experience a learning environment that maximizes their ability to grasp complex, advanced technologies.
Each eInternship will present tasks and challenges that mirror the life of a professional software engineer. Students will be trained on technologies and tools to accomplish the tasks, overcome challenges, and truly test a student’s ability to develop enterprise-level IT projects. In completing the eInternship, students will be assigned a mentor who will provide guidance and support. In mastering the new technologies and tools, students will gain valuable work experience highly sought after in the industry and an online portfolio with their work to showcase their accomplishments.
With eIntern’s comprehensive algorithms, students will be able to visually identify strengths and weaknesses, drilled down to individual technologies and tools. Students can contribute to their online portfolio with additional experience, class projects, certifications, and work history to replace the conventional resume and offer interested employers a more detailed look at what each applicant can offer.
- Managed, monitored and mentored internships for credit.
IT Workforce Development
IT Workforce Development classes are designed to help students enter the workforce quickly. Our programs can help you build relevant skills for various IT-related disciplines and prepare you for industry recognized tests and certifications. For a full listing of our classes and programs, please visit our website and contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.