In partnership with area organizations, we offer informative workshops on a variety of topics such as immigration; the Dream Act; how to register and pay for classes at NOVA; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives; pre-employment information and more.
In Prince William County, between 2010 and 2013, the Hispanic population grew by 244.3%, Asian/Pacific Islanders grew by 211.9%; African-Americans increased by 76.2% and Whites increased by 47.9%. The percentage of foreign born immigrants has doubled since 2000. In view of these changing demographics, and in accordance with the Manassas Campus’ diversity plan and mission statement, “to provide access to high quality and affordable educational opportunities that positively impact the diverse community and workforce in and beyond our region”, the NOVA-Manassas Campus established what has become an award-winning innovative practice.
Engagement with the community is a core value of the college’s diversity plan. The NOVA-Manassas Global Learning Center Advisory Board was established to provide ongoing input from community partners, including the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Action (HOLA), Prince William County Faith Community, Catholic Charities HOGAR Immigrant Services, the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC), business and industry representatives and the Presidents of the Virginia Hispanic, Asian, and Black Chambers of Commerce. Hence, with the support of these resources, the Global Learning Center is fully engaged in initiating a variety of innovative programs and activities designed to address immediate needs while providing ongoing access and support for every culturally and linguistically diverse Prince William County resident.
Activities range from conducting workshops at the Manassas Mall focused on job search, developing a winning resume and effective interviewing skills, to exploring curriculum models (ex. PLUGGED-IN-VIRGINIA) that develop digital literacy skills, 21st century skills, and professional soft skills to prepare Hispanic Day Laborers for employment in the construction industry as they complete their GED® credential, Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), and industry-recognized certificate; to coordinating with NOVA’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Specialist, NOVA’s International Student Advisors, the local Workforce Investment Board (SkillSource Career Services Center located on the NOVA-Manassas Campus), and community based ESL providers to address the challenges experienced by the increasing number of immigrants with degrees from abroad; including addressing questions such as:
- What are all the strategies immigrants with degrees/credentials can pursue to obtain credit for prior learning abroad?
- What English Language training programs are available to this population?
- How can immigrants with degrees/credentials obtain employment in their area of expertise?
- What funding exist to help immigrants with a need to pay for their transcripts to be evaluated and/or credit for prior learning experiences obtained abroad?
English as a Second Language
- NOVA ESL
- Program Information
- ACLI ESL (Workforce Development)
- Prince William County Public Schools: Adult Education
- BEACON for Adult Literacy
- HOGAR Immigrant Services
- League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
- Prince William Chamber of Commerce: Hispanic Council
Ramunda Young, NOVA-Manassas Campus and Community Relations
Allisha Abraham, Prince William County Economic Development
Sindy Benavides, League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) – National Office
Maria Burgos-Singleton, PWC Public Schools, Global Learning and Culturally Responsive Instruction
Dr. D. R. Butler, President, Black Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia)
Carlos Castro, Sr., CEO, TODOS
Dr. Ia Gomez, Assistant Dean of Science, NOVA Manassas
Brooke Hammond Perez, Catholic Charities Hogar Immigrant Services
Ileana LaTorre-Krum, Pastor, One Mind Presbyterian Church, Hispanic Ministry
Keila Louzada, NOVA-Workforce Development Division, ACLI/ESL
Sara Mendoza de Granja, NOVA-Manassas Adjunct Faculty, Science
Donna Mostek, Prince William County Public Schools Adult Education
Diana Paguaga, Community Representative – PWC Chamber, Hispanic Council
Karla Quiroz, SkillSource Career Services Center on the NOVA-Manassas Campus
Marianne Racca, Beacon for Adult Literacy
Gilbert Sanchez, Virginia Employment Commission – Prince William County
Jason Sanchez, NOVA-Manassas Student
Dr. Keith Savage, Pastor, 1st Baptist Church of Manassas
Cindy Shao, President, Asian American Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia)
Dr. William Woodard, Associate Professor and Program Head of ESL, NOVA-Manassas
Michel Zajur, President and Founder, The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce