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First Veteran Technical Apprenticeship Cohort on East Coast Graduates

This November the First Veteran Technical Apprenticeship cohort graduated, marking the completion of the apprentices’ on-the-job paid training! Each apprentice moved into full-time Associate Cloud Consultant roles at Amazon Web Services. Governor Ralph Northam, Amazon, Federal, state, and local officials attended the ceremony in support of the graduates.


Retired NOVA Math Professor Is One in a Million

Dr. Richard Semmler, a recently retired NOVA professor, was honored on November 14 at a special scholarship luncheon and dessert reception to celebrate his incredible $1 million donation to NOVA. Friends, students, and former colleagues came out to congratulate Dr. Semmler on his generosity and to recognize the personal sacrifices he made to provide funds for student scholarships at NOVA.

Dr. Semmler

Women in Technology Recognized at NOVA’s 22nd Annual Foundation Dinner

The NOVA Educational Foundation’s signature fundraising event focused on Women in Technology with guest speaker Col. Eileen Collins, NASA’s first female shuttle commander, and a power trio of honorees Teresa Carlson, Amazon Web Services, Bobbie Kilberg, Northern Virginia Technology Council, and Zuzana Steen, Micron Technologies.

Listed from left to right are Dr. Scott Ralls, NOVA President; Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO, Northern Virginia Technology Council; Zuzana Steen, Academic and Community Relations Manager, Micron Technology Inc. ; Teresa Carlson, Vice President Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services; and John J. Renner II, NOVA Foundation Board Chair

NOVA Alumni Liaisons Help Fellow Transfer Students

Many significant changes took place the past two years to benefit NOVA students’ ability to transfer all of their credits as required courses rather than electives. NOVA signed guaranteed transfer agreements (GTAs) with Radford, ODU, Marymount, and the University of Mary Washington, in addition to the ADVANCE program with GMU.

Dr. Ralls with Alumni Liaisons

NOVA and Virginia Hospital Center host Camp Med for young aspiring healthcare professionals

“Incredible,” “awesome” and “amazing” were words repeated among school-aged students as they interacted with medical professionals through engaging, real-life scenarios at Camp Med 2018. For the 15th consecutive year, NOVA and the Virginia Hospital Center have partnered to offer Camp Med, a widely popular week-long summer program for local students interested in healthcare.

Camp Med students

NOVA alum selected to participate in summer NASA program in California

Northern Virginia Community College graduate Joseph Cunningham has been selected to travel to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calf. this summer to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) onsite experience. Cunningham was selected out of 280 community college students from across the nation.


NOVA sends well wishes to 2018 graduates

Among a high-energy and filled amphitheater that seats 10,000, Northern Virginia Community College celebrated its 52nd graduation on Saturday, May 12.

The Honorable Elizabeth Guzman

Married couple to graduate from NOVA as one

Husband and wife dynamic duo Elizabeth and James Williams are excited to walk down the aisle again, but this time the song selection will be to Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.”


NOVA filmmakers and students from China debut co-productions at NOVA Film Festival

Students, faculty, staff and community members packed the lecture hall at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus during the 2018 NOVA Student Film Festival (NSFF) on April 26. The festival – in its fifth year – highlights short films created by students and allows them to use the skills they’ve learned about making and exhibiting films to inspire the public.

Organizer and Cinema Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher welcomes all in attendance

NOVA Idol gives students their moment in the spotlight

For the 15th year of successfully showcasing phenomenal student talent, NOVA Idol 2018 hosted the annual production’s finale of strong vocalists at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus.

Idol winners

Former community college graduate becomes NOVA professor

As a community college graduate, History professor at NOVA’s Loudoun Camps David Porter understands the challenges students experience while trying to maintain a work-life balance. Finding the time to attend classes, while simultaneously working a full-time job was the only way he could afford college.

David Porter

NOVA-Woodbridge hosts nationwide Hackathon event for over 350 attendees

Approximately 356 students from various colleges, universities and high schools across the country gathered on the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College to participate in the third annual Innovation Hackathon event, held at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) on April 13-15.


NOVA adjunct faculty has prepared students for careers in IT for over 50 years

Since 1967, Floyd Schwartz has served as adjunct information technology professor at NOVA’s Alexandria and Annandale Campuses. While managing a dual career as an educator and full-time data center manager, Schwartz has achieved the 50-year mark, having taught over 250 courses to more than 6,000 students enrolled in NOVA’s IT program.