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What is Elevating Parents in College (EPIC)?

NOVA’s Elevating Parents in College (EPIC) is a joint effort between all of NOVA's College. 

EPIC is designed to create a college-going mindset within families and at partner sites. EPIC focuses on lower-income families and engages two or more generations simultaneously through college awareness, readiness and success activities. The initiative works with children as young as four years old to seniors preparing for a second career.

EPIC aims to break the generational cycle of poverty through educational pathways that lead to living-wage careers.

Partner Testimonial

Caroline Griswold Short
Director of Programming
Generation Hope

Generation Hope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization reducing poverty one family at a time by providing tuition assistance, one-on-one mentoring, and crisis support to teen parents who are attending college in the Washington, D.C., area. Scholars in the program are also provided with case management training throughout the year on topics such as life balance and academic planning, free tutoring, career preparation, and an annual Hope Conference, which provides life and career skills from experts in the community. To find out more go to Generation Hope’s website at www.generationhope.org.

Student Testimonial

Thuria Zaki
Pathway to the Baccalaureate

Thuria joined NOVA’s Pathway to the Baccalaureate program in 2013 and has a successful academic record. She is currently applying for four-year universities in the area and hopes to attend George Town University or the University of the District of Columbia with a major in communications and a minor in Arabic. Thuria is considering various career paths, including television news anchor, foreign policy and becoming a diplomat.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a Pathway student that is a parent and would like to find out how to get involved? Contact 703.323.2181 for questions not addressed on our Web pages.

Are there any charges for students, families or partners to participate in EPIC activities or services? No.

My child is in high school, what types of supports are available for them? Our Pathway Connection and Pathway to the Baccalaureate programs serve various high schools throughout Northern Virginia. View their website for further information.

Can any nonprofit, government, or school system program request outreach activities for youth? We partner with programs serving lower-income youth facing barriers to college access and success.

Can any nonprofit, government, or school system program request ongoing services for their teens/young adults? We focus exclusively on programs that serve student-parents up to 24 years old.

I am the parent of a Pathway to the Baccalaureate student, how can I learn about educational opportunities at NOVA for myself? Look for special orientations just for students 25 and older as a starting point.