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Northern Virginia Community College Partners with FlexProfessionals, for the 'R2: Retool and Return Program' to Support STEM Professionals Returning to the Workforce

Annandale, Virginia - Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and FlexProfessionals have partnered to offer a new, first-of-its-kind program in the northern Virginia region to get critically needed skilled workers to return to the workforce.

The partnership will focus on supporting individuals who want to re-enter the workforce in the fields of data analytics and cloud computing. The R2: Retool & Return Program combines NOVA’s tech training in cloud computing and data analytics with FlexProfessionals’ job-search readiness training and support. Students are able to enroll in NOVA courses while accessing professional readiness workshops, one-on-one resume reviews, and mock interview support from FlexProfessionals, free of charge.

The fields of data analytics and cloud computing are rapidly growing, especially in the northern Virginia region. According to the data analyst firm, Burning Glass, data analysis skills were requested in 19,000 job advertisements in northern Virginia alone in 2019. The demand for data analysis skills is projected to grow 21.5% over the next 10 years. Additionally, cloud computing skills are in high-demand and projected to grow 14.7% over the next 10 years.

“At NOVA, we consistently look for ways to prepare our students for the workforce of today – and tomorrow. Often, this means thinking about partnerships in new, creative ways. We are proud to join FlexProfessionals in providing these valuable career readiness resources to students and our business community,” said Melanie Stover, Director of Corporate & Workforce Engagement, NOVA.

FlexProfessionals has been recognized as a top-tier staffing firm in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The women-led company works with professionals seeking to re-enter the workforce, including STEM professionals. “With an increasingly tight labor market for tech talent, combined with changing skill demands, this program will provide an accelerated and unique opportunity for industry to connect with an untapped talent pool right here in northern Virginia,” said Gwenn Rosener, Partner/Co-founder of FlexProfessionals, LLC.

For more information on the FlexProfessionals and NOVA partnership, or to learn how to enroll in these courses, please contact Sheila Murphy at For media inquiries, please contact Hoang Nguyen, Public Information Officer for NOVA at


FlexProfessionals, LLC is a niche staffing firm connecting companies in search of top talent with professionals seeking meaningful part-time, full-time flex, and project-based opportunities. With offices in the DC and Boston metro areas, FlexProfessionals has been featured on The Today Show, named three times to INC Magazine’s fastest growing companies list, and recognized by Forbes as a top staffing firm for part-time work. For more information: visit

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the largest public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls nearly 80,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield (Medical Education Campus) and Woodbridge, through NOVA Online and high school dual enrollment. We offer more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs to help our students reach their academic and professional goals through university transfers and access to the most in-demand careers. At NOVA, we strive to ensure that every student succeeds, every program achieves and every community prospers. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, visit our website, www.nvcc.eduor call 703.323.3000.