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Career & Leadership Readiness Institute

NOVA's Career & Leadership Readiness Institute (CLRI) was established for NOVA students and alumni, thanks to an InNOVAtion Grant sponsored by the NOVA Foundation.

CLRI CrestIt is a certificate program that provides NOVA students with an opportunity to enhance their career and leadership readiness knowledge and skills to become more competitive job candidates. Session topics include, Resume and Interview Preparation, Networking, Conflict & Communication, Mock Interviews, Diversity & Inclusion In The Workplace, and more!

CLRI sessions will begin January 2022. 

CLRI Main Goals

  • To provide opportunities for students to engage in career and leadership readiness training and networking activities with the NOVA community and employers to increase career connections.
  • To prepare NOVA students with the knowledge, skills, and awareness to navigate a diverse workplace. 
Registration inforrmation will be provided in fall 2022. 

CLRI Workshop Registration

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CLRI Certification Tracks

CLRI is open to all NOVA Students to grow their job readiness and leadership skills while networking with industry professionals. (NOVA IET majors may be eligible for a $500 stipend)

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Certification Completion Requirements

  • Submit your S.M.A.R.T Goals about what you want to accomplish with CLRI
  • Engage in 5 Workshops
    • 4 Required Workshops: Building a Standout Resume, Interviewing for Success, Communication, and Networking
    • 1 Additional Workshop of Your Choice, options include: Job/Internship Search, Diversity in the Workplace, Leadership, SkillsUSA, and more.
  • Participate in a Resume Review & Mock Interview. Create final reflection journal or project.
  • Complete a program evaluation.

You may attend additional workshops outside of the requirements to expand your professional development.

Students in this track who participate in a research study may be eligible for a $500 Stipend.

Majors included:

  • Engineering Technology, A.A.S.
  • Engineering Technology: Computer Aided Drafting and Design, C.S.C.
  • Engineering Technology: Data Center Operations Specialization, A.A.S.
  • Engineering Technology: Data Center Operations, C.S.C.
  • Engineering Technology: Engineering Technology Technician, C.S.C.

Certification Completion Requirements

  • Submit your S.M.A.R.T Goals about what you want to accomplish with CLRI
  • Engage in 7 Workshops: Building A Standout Resume, Communication, Networking, Interviewing for Success, Job/Internship Search Strategies, Diversity in the Workplace, and Obtaining Industry Certifications & Security Clearance.
  • Participate in a Resume Review & Mock Interview.
  • Take part in an on-site industry tour.
  • Create final reflection journal or project.
  • Complete a program evaluation.

You may attend additional workshops outside of the requirements to expand your professional development.

Students in this track who participate in a research study may be eligible for a $500 Stipend.

Majors included:

  • Information Systems Technology, A.A.S.
  • Information Systems Technology: Application Programming, C.S.C.
  • Information Systems Technology: Cloud Computing Specialization, A.A.S.
  • Information Systems Technology: Cloud Computing, C.S.C.
  • Information Systems Technology: Database Specialist, C.S.C.
  • Information Systems Technology: IT Technical Support, C.S.C.
  • Information Systems Technology: Mobile Application Development, C.S.C.
  • Information Systems Technology: Network Administration, C.S.C.
  • Information Systems Technology: Network Engineering (Specialist), C.S.C.
  • Information Systems Technology: Web Design and Development, C.S.C.
  • Information Technology, A.S.

Certification Completion Requirements

  • Submit your S.M.A.R.T Goals about what you want to accomplish with CLRI
  • Engage in 6 Workshops: Building A Standout Resume, Communication, Networking, Interviewing for Success, Job/Internship Search Strategies, and Obtaining Industry Certifications & Security Clearance.
  • Participate in a Resume Review & Mock Interview.
  • Create final reflection journal or project.
  • Complete a program evaluation.

You may attend additional workshops outside of the requirements to expand your professional development.

CLRI Workshops

CLRI Workshops are open to all NOVA Students. You do not have to be a CLRI Participant to register for sessions.

Technical Resume Writing
Tuesday, February 8 | 1pm-2pm

Join us for the Building A Standout Technical Resume session! The goals of this session are to:

  • Provide information and best practices to build a clean, concise technical resume.
  • Transform your resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews.
  • Make the most of how to document your work experience.
  • Encourage participant engagement through questions, discussions, sharing of resume best practices and helpful tips for building a standout resume.

Presented by Katia Dean, Katia's Cylife

Building a Standout Resume
Wednesday, February 9 | 11am-12pm

Join us for the Building A Standout Resume session! The goals of the session are to:

  • Provide information and best practices to build a clean, concise resume.
  • Transform your resume or cover letter into a powerful tool that will get you interviews.
  • Make the most of how to document your work experience.
  • Encourage participant engagement through questions, discussions, sharing of resume best practices and helpful tips for building a standout resume and cover letter.

Presented By: Northern Virginia Community College, Academic Success Center.

Change or Choke: Communication, Teamwork, Ethics and Change in the Workplace
Thursday, February 10 | 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m.

Join us for the Communication, Teamwork, Ethics and Change in the Workplace Interactive Session with Australian Change Agent, Jennifer Trethewey! Australian author Jennifer Trethewey is a global trailblazer in the business world. Harnessing the power of teams, managing change and conflict to deliver strong internal culture and alignment is her unique strength. With over 30 years corporate experience in senior roles, she has built credibility as an international Change Agent - in Australia and United States. Her book ‘Change or Choke’ sends a powerful message to all leaders to face their fear, embrace change in their company or they ‘choke’! Jennifer has worked with San Francisco Giants, Mediatec Asia Pacific, Service Systems Associates in Denver, and is past International President of ILEA based in USA.

The goals of this session are to:

  • Provide information and best practices related to facing fear and embracing change.
  • Share information about how to identify what you and your team need to do, to make change.
  • Encourage participant engagement through questions, discussions and participant sharing.

Presented By: JTG Global, Jennifer Trethewey, CSEP, CEO

Communication, Problem Solving, Customer Service, and Designing Solutions
Thursday, February 17 | 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Join us for the Communication, Problem solving, Customer Service, and Designing Solutions session. The goals of this session are to:

  • Provide information and best practices related to communicating with customers in the workplace
  • Share information on Design thinking and approaches to designing solutions to solve customer problems
  • Encourage participant engagement through questions, discussions, and participant sharing

Presented By: AWS Solutions

Networking Workshop
Wednesday, February 2 | 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m.

Join us for the Networking Session (including LinkedIn, Elevator pitches, etc.) session. The goals of this session are to:

  • Provide information and best practices related to preparing your 30 second pitch!
  • Share information and best practices related to utilizing LinkedIn and other virtual platforms for networking.
  • Provide information about the value and importance of Networking.
  • Encourage participant engagement through questions, discussions and participant sharing.

Presented by: Nicole Livas, Digital Realty, Hotwire Global, & INOVA

Virtual Networking Session
Tuesday, February 15 | 10:30a.m. - 1:00p.m.

This interactive virtual session has limited capacity! In this session participants will learn how to incorporate virtual networking into their career and leadership development training. The goals of this session are to:

  • Show participants how to use LinkedIn and other resources to put their best virtual foot forward online during the job search process and in seeking out leadership opportunities.
  • Discuss strategies on presenting yourself professionally online.
  • Participants will learn about careers utilizing event technology.
  • Participants will learn about and incorporate best practices related to social media and virtual networking.
  • Participants will learn about efficiency and effectiveness of using technology in various business and career pathways.
  • Encourage participant engagement through questions, discussions and participant sharing.

Presented By: MC Event Consulting, Northern Virginia Community College, Hotwire Global

Interviewing for Success
Wednesday, February 23 | 5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m., Presented By: Hotwire Global Thursday,
February 24 | 1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m., Presented By: AWS/AWS Solutions

Join us for the Interviewing Best Practices session! The goals of this session are to:

  • Provide information and best practices related to preparing for interviews in person and/or in a virtual setting.
  • Share information about the value and importance of understanding how to incorporate academic experience into a job interview.
  • Share examples of how to dress for success for interviewing.
  • Provide examples about various interviewing techniques.
  • Encourage participant engagement through questions, discussions and participant sharing.

Diversity in Tech
Wednesday, February 16 | 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Join us for an engaging session to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion in the IT field. In this session our presenter Kendall Holbrook of Dev Technology will share her journey to becoming the Chief Executive Officer at Dev Technology and the importance of learning about and advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech field. The goals of this session are to: </p.

  • Provide information and best practices related to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the workplace.
  • Discuss the importance of diversity in the workplaces
  • Discuss changes in the IT industry in terms of DEI and what the future could look like
  • Encourage participant engagement through questions, discussions and participant sharing.

Technology Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in the Workplace
Wednesday, March 2 | 1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m.

Join us for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace panel discussion! In recent years, much attention has been given to the importance and benefits of developing a culture of inclusive excellence in the workplace, both for team/staff members and the organization. In this session, participants will learn key concepts such as diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusive excellence, as well as leadership approaches for creating work cultures that allow all team members to thrive. The goals of this session are to:

  • Allow participants to learn key concepts, including diversity, inclusion, accessibility, inclusive excellence, and equity in the workplace.
  • Provide opportunities for participants to explore and understand some major benefits of inclusive excellence on organizational outcomes.
  • Provide information and best practices related to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion in the workplace.
  • Encourage participant engagement through questions, discussions and participant sharing.

Presented by NVCC, Diversity Training Group, Dev Technology, and Fairfax County Government

Job & Internship Search Strategies
Tuesday, March 1 | 2pm-3pm, Presented by NOVA Career Services
Thursday, March 3 | 4pm-5pm, Presented by Amazon & NASA Glenn Research Center

Join us for the Job and Internship Search Strategies session! The goals of the session are to:

  • Provide information and best practices for jobs and internship searches.
  • How to engage in personal projects to build skills and be a more competitive job applicant.
  • Share tools for building a portfolio of work samples.
  • How to track and manage your job search process.
  • Encourage participant engagement through questions, discussions, sharing of best practices and helpful tips for job and internship searches.

Obtaining Industry Certifications & Security Clearances
Tuesday, February 1 | 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m., Presented By: Lockheed Martin & Squadron Defense Group
Tuesday, February 22 | 1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m., Presented By: Prism Inc.

Join us for the Obtaining Industry Certifications and Clearances session! The goals of this session are to:

  • Provide general information about various industry certifications and clearances.
  • Assist participants in understanding how the process for preparing for and taking industry certification exams and clearances works.
  • Encourage participant engagement through questions, discussions and sharing of helpful tips for understanding the industry certification and clearance processes.

Leadership & SkillsUSA
Wednesday, January 26 | 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

SkillsUSA is a NVCC Club for students taking Career and Technical Education courses. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student excel. The goals of this club are to:

  • Provide opportunities for students to practice their skills.
  • Apply classroom learning, making it relevant for students through competitions at the District, State and National levels.
  • Teaches leadership and professional skills through Workplace, Technical and Personal Skill development.
  • Prepare students to enter the skilled workforce.

Leadership Panel
Thursday, February 3 | 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Join us for the Careers and Leadership Panel! The goals of this session are to:

  • Provide information and best practices related to leadership development.
  • Share information about the value and importance of understanding how to be an effective leader.
  • Encourage participant engagement through questions, discussions and participant sharing.

Presented by: NVCC and Tanium

Mock Interviews
Tuesday, March 8 | 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Wednesday, March 9 | 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Upon registration we will send you your specific interview time and point of contact in a separate email in the future. Your interview will consist of a time with an interviewer for up to 30 minutes.

*Please log into the Zoom link 10 minutes before your interview.
*Remember to review the virtual meeting best practices related to attire, Zoom backgrounds and your surroundings.
*You will need to have access to video and audio in Zoom.

Questions about CLRI?

Contact the coordinator at clri@nvcc.edu.

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