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NOVA Names Dr. Nathan Carter as Its First Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Northern Virginia Community College announced Thursday that Dr. Nathan Carter has been appointed as the College’s first ever Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. The CDEIO takes a leadership role in developing plans and educational/professional development programs that help to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion in NOVA’s practice, programs, policies and culture.

Dr. Nathan Carter, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.

NOVA Grad Wins $15,000 Scholarship from the Washington D.C. chapter of NEWH, Inc.

Congratulations to Yashoda Gurung, a NOVA graduate and current student at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore’s hospitality-tourism management student at The Universities at Shady Grove. She recently won a $15,000 scholarship from the Washington DC chapter of NEWH, Inc., (the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality).

NOVA Grad Wins $15,000 Scholarship from the Washington D.C. chapter of NEWH, Inc.

NOVA, Part of 23-College System, Supports VCCS Chancellor’s Statement on Floyd Tragedy

“George Floyd’s indefensible death, and the demonstrations it has inspired, demand more than thoughts and prayers. They demand action. We owe it to our African American students, faculty, staff, supporters, and friends to say that we see you, and that we see your pain. And we need to share what Virginia’s Community Colleges can do to contribute solutions moving forward.

Professor Kwabena Konadu Highlighted as Inaugural VCCS’ ‘Take Five’ Series on Outstanding Faculty Members

Chair of NOVA’s Cybersecurity program, Professor Kwabena Konadu, affectionately known as Professor KK, was highlighted by the Virginia Community College System yesterday as the first VCCS faculty member in their ‘Take Five’ series. The objective for the series is to shine a light on those who are innovating while educating and, in the process, taking classroom instruction and student engagement to a whole new level through answering five questions.

Professor Kwabena Konadu Highlighted as Inaugural VCCS’ ‘Take Five’ Series on Outstanding Faculty Members

English Professor Nicole Tong Named Inaugural Fairfax Poet Laureate

NOVA is excited to announce that Nicole Tong, an English professor who has been with the college thirteen years has been selected as ARTSFAIRFAX’s first ‘Fairfax Poet Laureate’. Tong, who is well known for managing NOVA’s ‘Power Up Your Pedagogy’ (PUP) Conference for convocation over the last two years also serves as the college coordinator for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

English Professor Nicole Tong Named Inaugural Fairfax Poet Laureate

NOVA Continues Partnership with AWS with Cloud Ambassadors

NOVA’S Provost for Information and Engineering Technology, Dr. Chad Knights, has been named to the Amazon Web Services’ Educate Cloud Ambassador Council. Also, NOVA board member and student, Todd Rowley, was selected as Student Representative to Amazon Web Services Cloud Ambassadors.

NOVA Continues Partnership with AWS with Cloud Ambassadors

NOVA Nurses Honored by WUSA CBS9 During Nursing Week

For National Nursing Week, NOVA celebrates another class of nursing graduates. In the next couple weeks, these students, tucked away in their new jobs, will look very different than they could have imagined as they enter the workforce during a global health crisis. The pandemic is not only affecting current health care professionals, but also aspiring nurses ready to join medical teams on the front lines.

NOVA Nurses Honored by WUSA CBS9 During Nursing Week

NOVA Nurse prepares for worst, hopes for best and takes care of her patients

This is National Nurse’s Week, and NOVA has a lot to be proud of in its nursing and healthcare graduates. Lisa McKean graduated from NOVA’s Nursing program in May 2019, passed the NCLEX (the Nursing licensure exam) in June 2019 and started working on a hospital Medical-Surgical unit in July 2019. As a student, she was 2018-19 Nursing Student Association President and a 2019 SEAL Award recipient. The SEAL Award is a NOVA student award that recognizes exceptional service, engagement, academics and leadership.

NOVA Nurse prepares for worst, hopes for best and takes care of her patients

Award-winning Singer Becomes Life-saving Nurse

Banawa became a registered nurse after graduating summa cum laude with her nursing degree from NOVA’s Medical Education Campus. She says she started at NOVA because it had the most flexible schedule for her family. Her husband is also active duty military, so it was important for her to find a program that would accommodate her family’s schedule.

Award-winning Singer Becomes Life-saving Nurse

NOVA Foundation Celebrates Its Students at 40th Anniversary Recognition Dinner

Governor Ralph Northam Presents Chairman Sharon Bulova With ‘Distinguished Alumna Award’

The Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Educational Foundation hosted its 40th Annual Dinner at the Marriott Fairview Park on November 13, 2019. The event highlighted a range of impactful work from students and faculty with the theme, ‘Strong Roots, Bright Future.’ More than 460 attendees from government, business, education, and the local community joined NOVA faculty and staff in support of the NOVA Educational Foundation.

NOVA Foundation Celebrates Its Students at 40th Anniversary Recognition Dinner

NOVA and GMU Awarded for ADVANCE Partnership

NOVA and George Mason University (GMU) received the 2019 John N. Gardner Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award for their cutting-edge ADVANCE partnership.


NOVA Chooses Dr. Anne Kress as Their Next President

NOVA selected Dr. Anne M. Kress as the College’s next president. Dr. Kress has 30 years of community college experience, spanning from her time at Florida’s Santa Fe Community College to her most recent position as president of Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.

Dr. Anne M. Kress

Gabriel’s Revolt An American Uprising

“Gabriel’s Revolt,” a film about an African-led insurrection against slavery in 1800 produced by NOVA students, faculty and staff is set to make its television premiere.

Gabriel’s Revolt An American Uprising

The United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) Comes to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) to Share Insight and Data on Mass Attacks in Public Spaces

Dr. Lina Alathari, Chief of the Secret Service, National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC), shared her research and findings for the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center Mass Attacks in Public Spaces 2018 Conference, which opened with Dr. Annette Haggray, Provost of NOVA’s Alexandria Campus welcoming all and thanking everyone from the public, private, and government sectors for helping to keep our communities safe.

Dr. Lina Alathari and Provost Dr. Haggray

NOVA Hosts NASA Astronaut Andrew Feustel

NOVA hosted NASA Astronaut Andrew Feustel for a presentation at the Alexandria Campus Center for Design, Media and the Arts, where he discussed his impressive career and experiences as an astronaut.

NASA Astronaut Andrew Feustel

ADVANCE expected to launch 100+ New Transfer Pathways in Fall 2019

Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University plan to strengthen their ADVANCE partnership with plans to offer more than 75 degree pathways in Fall 2019, almost four times as many as currently offered in the inaugural year of the program.


NOVA Celebrates Student Success at Annual SEAL Awards

NOVA celebrated nearly 90 students at the 47th Annual Student Recognition and SEAL Award reception.

The NOVA SEAL Awards honor the many talents and contributions of the College’s diverse community of scholars. Students are recognized who best exemplify the qualities of service, engagement, academics, and leadership. This includes community service involvement, campus club or organizational participation, outstanding academic achievement, and campus or community leadership.

NOVA Students

NOVA Hosts Human Library Project

While libraries contain physical books that are repositories of human knowledge, human beings themselves represent a living library of experience. Each individual’s story contributes a chapter to our collective understanding of the issues that unite and, increasingly, divide every member of our global community.

Human Library

NOVA Honors Black History Month

NOVA is proudly commemorating Black History Month with a series of special events and presentations. Celebrations began with a diversity conference at the Manassas Campus and conclude with a soul food dinner paying tribute to area police officers.

Family Celebrates Graduate

NOVA Names New VP of Student Services

NOVA has recently announced Frances Villagran-Glover as the College’s new vice president of student services. She will be responsible for the overall planning, coordination and evaluation of all student services and programs. Villagran-Glover has more than 25 years of experience working with diverse student populations in K-16 settings and has a proven track record of creating strategies to improve student success, as well as expertise in management and implementation of organizational integrations.

Frances Villagran-Glover

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.


NOVA faculty inspires students by sharing his early struggles in education

As a child growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, Michael Turner was not a huge fan of attending school. He was placed in special education classes from the time he first began school up until the ninth grade. Despite several odds against him, he is now able to share with students his story of adoption, overcoming obstacles and the importance of education as the Dean of Students at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus.


Annandale Veteran of the Month: Dylan Hoffstatter

After serving almost eight years in the Marine Corps, veteran and first-year NOVA student Dylan Hoffstatter is working toward another one of his childhood dreams. Growing up in Wisconsin, he wanted to do two things: join the Marine Corps and study medicine.


NOVA cybersecurity student prepares to enter Marymount’s graduate program

When Ibrahim Bah started attending classes at Northern Virginia Community College, he already had a bachelor’s degree in computer science from a university in his home country of Sierra Leone under his belt. His original plan was to earn a degree in information technology at NOVA. But after taking his first cybersecurity class, Ibrahim found a new passion.


NOVA-Alexandria Announces Winner of Inaugural Film Pitch Competition

The committee for NOVA-Alexandria’s very first Film Pitch Competition recently announced this year’s winner. Led by film professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, the committee decided to use the story idea written by Northern Virginia Community College student Joann Bonanno to create this year’s project for Film Without Walls.

Joann Bonanno

NOVA Workforce Development Hosts Cybersecurity Employer Roundtable

Workforce Development at Northern Virginia Community College hosted its very first Cybersecurity Employee Roundtable on Nov. 13. The College welcomed representatives from the U.S. Senate, Raytheon, Triple Point Security and Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Technical Solutions Division for a discussion and to speak directly with 15 NOVA students who are currently in the cybersecurity program.

group shot of cybersecurity roundtable

NOVA’s Medical Education Campus prepares students for careers in healthcare with modern simulators and equipment

As the first specialized community college campus in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Medical Education Campus (MEC) at Northern Virginia Community College continues to offer exceptional quality education through realistic classroom instruction. The MEC is well-equipped with the most modern and technically-advanced equipment to ensure its graduates emerge and are prepared for their desired medical profession.


NOVA inducts new cohort of students in women’s empowerment campus organization, WISE

Thirty-two Northern Virginia Community College female students were inducted into Women in Search of Excellence (WISE), a mentoring program which supports the educational success and leadership abilities of students. Young women from two of NOVA’s campuses, Woodbridge and Manassas, joined the organization’s mission toward professional and academic enrichment during an annual induction ceremony held at each respective campus.


Presidents of Regional Colleges and Universities Discuss U.S. Dreamers

University and college presidents joined together in support of protecting U.S. Dreamers by participating in the panel discussion “Dreamers Making a Difference on Campuses and in Communities” on Monday, Oct. 16. Faculty, staff, students and supporters quickly filled the Copley Formal Lounge at Georgetown University for the event. The discussion was moderated by the university’s president John J. DeGioia.


NOVA students publish creative works on diversity and feminism

Within the walls of their ENG 273: Women in Literature classroom, a total of 22 students at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus composed essays, poems and short stories to celebrate diversity and feminist ideology. What started off as a final project, has now developed into a testimonial compilation, “Stolen Tongues: A Women in Literature Class Anthology.”

Aida Campos and Reuben Chavez

International Student Nurtures Love of Computers and Soccer at NOVA

We can confidently say that luck runs in the family of second-year Northern Virginia Community College student Oscar Ikundi. A few years ago, his sister won the lottery in their homeland of Cameroon. A year later, his father also won the lottery. With the means to travel, Ikundi and his father moved to the U.S. for more opportunities.


MAN UP expands across NOVA Campuses with new members inducted at annual ceremony

Northern Virginia Community College’s MAN UP program has strengthened in membership and popularity for male students. A total of 39 new inductees from three of NOVA’s campuses pledged an oath to academic excellence and personal growth on Oct. 5th at MAN UP’s annual Induction Ceremony. The event was held at the NOVA-Woodbridge Lakeside Theatre.


A beautiful story behind NOVA-LO sculpture

There is a beautiful sculpture set outside the Reynolds Building at NOVA’s Loudoun campus by Vietnamese artisan Vinh Do. It is silver and delicate and gives the impression of a bird taking flight. There is an equally beautiful story behind the work.

Dr. Bev Blois, Dr. Sung Nguyen, NOVA Loudoun students An Huyen and Thu Nguyen

NVTC and NOVA - A Partnership that Matters

Northern Virginia’s technology companies have an urgent need for talented employees. I heard that loud and clear the other day when one of our region’s leading CEOs called me to discuss strategies for the challenges he and other tech employers are facing. The challenges are clearly reflected in the data, validating the angst that our technology employers are feeling and the urgency for our region to be laser focused on workforce development


NOVA-Annandale Celebrates 50 Years with Heritage Celebration

Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus celebrated 50 years with a Heritage Celebration on Friday, Sept. 22. NOVA faculty, staff, students, community members and a number of elected officials attended the event to recognize the anniversary as NOVA President Scott Ralls dedicated an interpretive sign at the historic site on campus where the original farmhouse once stood.


NOVA Cross Country Looks Toward NJCAA Championship

NOVA’s cross country team started off the 2017 season with some fresh new talent and the goal of winning the National Junior College Athletic Association national championships.


Veteran NOVA student pursues second associate degree from alma mater

While enlisted in the United States Army, Dallas Lockley took his first college-credit course. He always knew he wanted to attend college, but lacked self-confidence and motivation to further pursue his education. With a little push from his comrades in the Army, in 2014 he decided to attend NOVA. After graduating in May with a degree in general studies, the NOVA alum has now returned to the Woodbridge Campus to earn a second associate degree, this time in social science.


NOVA, Prince William police departments discuss positive interactions with citizens

In an effort to further develop positive relationships among citizens and local law enforcement, Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Police Department and the Prince William County Police Department partnered to host a free community-relations training session, “Safe Passage Home: Simulations and Discussion of Citizen-Police Interactions.” The event was held on Sept. 9 at the NOVA-Woodbridge Campus Lakeside Theatre.

Sgt. Ben Grantham

NOVA Volleyball Team Starts 2017 Season with a Win Over Allegany

The women of the Northern Virginia Community College volleyball team are starting their 2017 season off right. With a 3-0 win over Allegany College of Maryland, the Lady Nighthawks are even more determined and encouraged to have an amazing season on and off the court.


NOVA offers free financial literacy resources for students

When it comes to financial literacy, students at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) are at a distinct advantage. However, NOVA’s Financial Literacy Program provides a plethora of educational resources for students to increase their awareness of personal financial management.


NOVA Annandale Opens Digital Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory

The Annandale Campus hosted a ribbon cutting and celebration ceremony for the official opening of its Digital Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory in the CS Building. Anatomy and Physiology Assistant Dean Cindy Miller explained that the Math, Science and Engineering Division – with the help of MSE Acting Dean Mary Vander Maten and MSE Dean Abe Eftekhari who’s on sabbatical – the faculty was able to dedicate space for the lab and new equipment.

Anatomage Table

International Student Finds Easy Transition Through NOVA

Before Pirouz Ebadi Rab moved to Virginia, he considered moving to other states in the United States because he had family in different regions. His sister – a NOVA graduate – encouraged him to move to Northern Virginia and attend NOVA to help with his transition. What Pirouz found, he said, was the opportunity to attend college and learn from different cultures.

Pirouz Ebadi Rab

Virginia native attends NOVA to change career path

Northern Virginia Community College student Wayne Yee is not your traditional student. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Old Dominion University, and he works full time in the computer science field as a government contractor.

Wayne Yee

NOVA Student Life hosts first NOVASGA Advisory Board meeting

NOVA’s Student Life Office called together student government leaders from all six campuses to form a college-wide SGA Advisory Board. This group will help to eliminate lines drawn between individual campuses and to achieve one voice and common objectives across all campuses.


NOVA Alumni Studying Mining Engineering at Penn State with Hopes to Make a Difference in His Home Country

Kevin Toe always wanted to be an engineer. He has known that since graduating high school, but he wasn’t always sure what type of engineering he wanted to pursue. With the resources and opportunities at NOVA, Kevin was able to figure out exactly what he wanted to do in the engineering field and map out his next steps, which include Pennsylvania State University and possibly returning to his home country Burkina Faso, West Africa to help improve mining extraction laws.

Kevin Toe

NOVA Student Studies Abroad in Ireland

Shenley Ross, a student at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus, spent some of her summer studying abroad in Ireland for three weeks after receiving the 2017 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Shenley Ross

Two NOVA OTA students to receive $1,000 in VOTA scholarships

Based on their commitment and dedication to the profession of occupational therapy, Heather Nielsen and Laurie Seril, occupational therapy assistant (OTA) students at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus, will receive scholarships provided by the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA). Both NOVA students will be awarded the scholarships at the VOTA Annual Conference on October 14 at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel in Portsmouth, Va.

VOTA Scholarship recipients

NOVA-Woodbridge offers new Career Transfer Exploration Center for students

The Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is offering a newly-designed Career Transfer Exploration Center (CTEC) to accommodate each student’s career goals and academic needs. The career center will be used as a resource for career assessments, occupational information, goal planning and employment resources. An official opening and information session was held on June 27 for NOVA students, faculty and staff.


NOVA-Alexandria GM ASEP hosts luncheon for 2017 graduates

The General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GM ASEP) at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College recognized and celebrated its 11 graduates from the class of 2017 at an on-campus luncheon.

NOVA students

NOVA announced as first NVTC Academic Partner

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) announced today that Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has signed on as its first ever NVTC Academic Partner. This new partnership reflects NVTC and NOVA’s joint commitment to ensuring the Northern Virginia region has a robust pipeline of highly skilled information technology workers.

NVTC logo

NOVA faculty honored for excellence in teaching and learning

Thirteen faculty from Northern Virginia Community College were honored on May 27 at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) International Excellence Award dinner in Austin, Texas as part of their annual conference.


GM Strengthens Partnership with NOVA Automotive Program

The partnership between Northern Virginia Community College and General Motors (GM) goes all the way back to 1982 when NOVA first offered the GM Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) for students. Since then, the program at NOVA-Alexandria alone has graduated more than 700 students who quickly received job offers and jump started their careers in the automotive industry.

NOVA Alexandria Provost Annette Haggray

Former NOVA Students Graduate from Catholic University

Five former Northern Virginia Community College students who completed the architecture program graduated from Catholic University (CU) in May 2017 with degrees in architecture after getting a head start at NOVA. Allan Pernot and Ciara Young completed their coursework at the Alexandria Campus, and James Freeze, Austin Neal and Romina Zevallos completed the program at the Annandale Campus.

CUA grads

Mother and son graduate from NOVA together

Diana Trejo was both a proud graduate and a proud mother when she and her son, Samuel, participated in the Commencement ceremony for Northern Virginia Community College on May 14, 2017.

Diana and Samuel

Chilean Educators Visit NOVA Alexandria Campus

Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus welcomed the Embassy of Chile and representatives from various professional institutions and technical colleges in Chile on May 24. The group of educators met with Alexandria Provost Annette Haggray and the campus deans to discuss online education, graduation, retention and employer/employee relationships.

NOVA Alexandria faculty and staff

U.S. Army Reserve and NOVA alum help to train EMS students

Through a joint effort with the Army National Guard, students pursuing a degree in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) are learning how to provide critical care for trauma patients through aero-medical emergency training.

EMS students

NOVA-Medical Education Campus honors Nursing grads at pinning ceremony

A total of 161 spring graduates at the Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College were honored for successfully completing the Nursing program at NOVA. The Nursing pinning ceremony was held in the Spratley Auditorium at Falls Church High School on May 13.

MEC grad

NOVA congratulates 2017 graduating class

Northern Virginia Community College celebrated its 51st graduation on Sunday, May 14. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine delivered the commencement address to about 1,500 graduating students at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. The 2017 Commencement theme was Believe, Aspire, Achieve.

Scott Ralls

Ralls participates on panel on how America perceives higher ed.

On Thursday, May 11, NOVA President Scott Ralls participated in a panel discussion at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. The event featured experts in higher education to discuss findings of a new report, Varying Degrees: How America Perceives Higher Education. The report, done in partnership with the Gates Foundation, gauged American’s perception of the value of a college education. In addition, a three-student panel featured two outstanding NOVA students and a student from Southern New Hampshire University. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, education reporter for the Washington Post moderated the student panel.

Scott Ralls

May 2017 graduate India Mazzaro receives prestigious awards

India Mazzaro recently received two impressive awards. She was named a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar, an award given to just 50 community college students across the nation that includes a $1,500 scholarship. In addition, she is one of the top 10 students on the Phi Theta Kappa All-Virginia Academic Team.

India Mazzaro

NOVA graduate thrives academically despite challenges

In May 2017, NOVA student Martha Gizaw will be taking the first step toward achieving her goal to become the first African-American female to earn a doctorate in computational neuroscience. With an impressive 3.92 GPA, she’ll receive two associate’s degrees in science and computer science. Prior to enrolling at the Woodbridge Campus in Fall 2015, Gizaw was not a fan of public speaking. Now, as the recipient of the 2017 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, she believes NOVA has changed her life.

Martha Gizaw

Alexandria Recognizes Faculty and Staff at Netherton Awards

On April 27, the Alexandria Campus celebrated and recognized college, campus and adjunct faculty and staff for their achievements during the 2016-17 academic year. The recipients received their awards during the annual Jean C. Netherton Awards Ceremony.

Alexandria Provost Annette Haggray

NOVA nursing grad attributes academic success to MEC faculty

Since enrolling in the nursing program at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC), Fabiola Astorga has anticipated receiving her associate degree in May 2017 to enhance her career in healthcare. With help from NOVA instructors and staff, she feels confident to enter the workforce as a highly-trained maternity nurse.

Fabiola Astorga

Community Enjoys 2017 NOVA Student Film Festival

Students, faculty, staff and community members packed the lecture hall at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus during the 2017 NOVA Student Film Festival (NSFF) on April 27. The festival – in its fourth year – highlights short films created by students and allows students to use the skills they’ve learned about making and exhibiting films for the public.

Alexandria Provost Annette Haggray

NOVA Student Endures After Two False Starts

NOVA student Samantha Blain is all smiles when talking about her experience at Northern Virginia Community College. Her motivation – even when she’s just a little discouraged by the “what ifs” – is knowing that everything will fall in place in time. Samantha’s education journey is a testament to this; after two false starts, the single mom is preparing to graduate with an associate degree in business administration in May 2017.

Samantha Blain

MAN UP honors academic achievement at recognition ceremony

On April 27, MAN UP held its third annual recognition ceremony at the Woodbridge Campus. As a minority male mentoring and leadership development program, students were honored for their personal development, leadership skills and academic performance.

Man Up

International student finds success, friendship at NOVA

When Denise Foz graduated from high school in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. with her mother, she had plans to attend a four-year university – and she will. But her first stop was Northern Virginia Community College where, in May 2017, she’ll receive a associate of arts degree in liberal arts with a specialization in psychology.

Denise Foz

NOVA-Annandale hosts Annual Green Festival

More than 300 students and community members registered to participate in the 2017 Green Festival on April 26 at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus. The festival included panel discussions, an information fair, a screening of the film A Plastic Ocean, giveaways, a raffle for a kayak and a keynote address from National Geographic’s Sandra Postel.

Sandra Postel

NOVA-Annandale Hosts 3rd Annual STEM Fair

More than 220 students submitted 96 projects in three different categories of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for NOVA-Annandale’s 3rd Annual STEM Fair on April 18 in the forum of the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center. This year’s theme was “Turn On Your Inner STEM.” The students engaged with judges, faculty, staff and their peers who attended the event, explaining their research, results and their interests in various topics.

STEM fair

Annandale Campus Acknowledges Student Accomplishments

During its 2017 Student Achievement Awards Ceremony, Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus acknowledged 50 students for their accomplishments and for receiving prestigious scholarships to continue on their educational journeys. The ceremony was hosted at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus.

Student award winners

NOVA Forensics Team Takes Home Gold at Nationals

In April, the Northern Virginia Community College Forensics Team competed at the 2017 Phi Rho Pi National Tournament where they performed excellently during a week-long competition in debate, public speaking and literature in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

Forensics team

Students Present Academic Work For Dr. Joseph Windham Student Voices Conference

Thirty-five NOVA students presented projects, research and academic studies during the annual Dr. Joseph Windham Student Voices Conference on April 20 at the Alexandria Campus. More than 40 people attended the event to engage in a learning experience on some of the students’ major achievements during spring 2017.

NOVA Forensics Team members

Two NOVA graduates named 2017 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

Northern Virginia Community College is pleased to announce that two of its 2017 graduates, Martha Gizaw and Amanullah Waheed have been awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $40,000 per year for tuition, books, living expenses and required fees for the final two to three years necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.


NOVA student contributes to American Journal of Physiology research

NOVA Professor Dr. David Fernandez and student Jetta Walker are on the cusp of being published in the American Journal of Physiology following their recent contributions to a research project led by Dr. Pamela Tuma and her graduate students at Catholic University.

Dr. David Fernandez encouraged NOVA student Jetta Walker

Academic Success Center Helps Student Excel in Math

When NOVA student Dani Erbe returned to the classroom after a 12-year break, she was determined to complete her degree. Working full-time for Fairfax Water, Dani often has long week days – completing work at her job then attending classes and tutoring sessions at NOVA part time.

Student and tutor

NOVA Idol gives NOVA students their moment in the spotlight

They say every minute a star is born and for the past 14 years, NOVA Idol has been showcasing local stars with its annual production. This year was no exception as the aspiring stars stepped into the spotlight Friday, March 31 to take the stage at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus. The event featured three variety acts and nine singers.


Alexandria Professors Discuss Trips to Cuba

On March 28, four Alexandria Campus professors discussed their recent trips to Cuba as part of the Liberal Arts Division’s week of seminars entitled Cuba: Culture and Concept. Professors Araceli Bachner, Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, Peter Ruffner and Gloria Ward spoke to an audience of 20 students, faculty and staff about their recent travel experiences.

NOVA Professors

Brazilian educators complete professional development training program at NOVA

In partnership with Northern Virginia Community College, the TESOL Training for English Faculty from the Federal Network of Professional and Technological Education Institutes of Brazil provided a total of 74 Brazilian educators with the opportunity to build a mutual understanding of the English language through a non-degree program of academic and cultural studies.

Dr. Hill and educators

Alexandria Campus Welcomes Exchange Students from Scotland

Through a partnership with higher education institutions in Dundee, Scotland, the NOVA Alexandria Campus welcomed six students from Dundee & Angus College for the spring 2017 semester. Liberal Arts Division Dean Jimmie McClellan emphasizes that the City of Alexandria and Dundee are culturally and economically linked, and it gives the two cities the opportunity to collaborate and create partnerships.

Dundee Students

NOVA-Alexandria Faculty Visit Abertay University in Scotland

Some of NOVA-Alexandria’s faculty spent some of their spring break lecturing at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland. Professor Meredith Aquila and Dr. Lynette Garrett met with Abertay staff and students – strengthening the partnership between the university and NOVA’s Alexandria Campus.

NOVA Professors Lynette Garrett and Meredith Aquila visited Abertay University, Dundee & Angus College and local schools in Dundee, Scotland, the sister city to the City of Alexandria.

More than 700 patients receive free dental care at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus through Mission of Mercy

For the 14th consecutive year, the Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has partnered with the Northern Virginia Dental Society to provide free dental services for low-income residents of Northern Virginia. Mission of Mercy, also known as "M.O.M.," offered high-quality dental care to approximately 700 to 1,000 local patients on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 at the campus in Springfield.

Scott Ralls

NOVA Foundation Board Member awarded Prince William Chamber Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award

Carlos Castro, owner of Todos Supermarkets, a NOVA Foundation Board member and a highly regarded community leader, received the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Castro is an author and also the subject of articles in USA Today, Washington Post and Huffington Post chronicling his tremendous success following immigrating to the United States from El Salvador as a young man and working multiple jobs in his early days in America. Castro was nominated for the Colgan award, named in honor of the late state Senator, by several chamber members who cited his extraordinary vision, leadership and motivation.

Business Awards

Alexandria Women’s Center Hosts Elect Her Training for Female Students

For the third year, NOVA-Alexandria’s Women’s Center partnered with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start to host “Elect Her” on February 24. More than 50 female students from all six campuses participated in conversations about their interest in running for Student Government Association (SGA) office and getting involved in politics on a local, state and national level.

 Elect Her training program

Annandale SGA Vice President Finds Career Path at NOVA

As a student at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Andrea Luna wanted to attend a four-year university and was hesitant about community college. But Andrea came to the realization that she didn’t feel strongly about one particular higher education institution over another and wasn’t sure what she wanted to study.

Photo of Andrea Luna

NOVA faculty honored for helping cardiac arrest victim at metro station

Debra Anderson, a biology and health science adjunct instructor at Northern Virginia Community College, was one of two individuals honored on Feb. 7 by Alexandria Fire Chief Robert C. Dubé, Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld and Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik for saving the life of a cardiac arrest victim at the Braddock Road Metro Station in Alexandria.

Metro and Alexandria Fire Departments

NOVA-MEC honors local seniors for American Heart Month

In recognition of February’s designation as American Heart Month, Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted a heart health luncheon to promote healthy living habits for local seniors on Feb. 2.

MEC faculty and students offered high blood pressure screenings to seniors.

NOVA student snaps photo of historic home in Arlington

When NOVA photography student Joe Gossman found out that a Lustron home in Arlington may be torn down, he set out to capture a photo of it in all of its historic glory. Gossman’s goal for this project was to get an iconic photo of the home in an effort to, in a way, preserve it. To do this, he decided to step back in time and use old school photo processing techniques

NOVA student Joe Gossman

Jim Klock: From NOVA to Hollywood

After almost 20 years, former NOVA student Jim Klock still attributes his success to when he received a little nudge in the right direction from a drama class professor at NOVA-Alexandria. Klock, who enjoyed acting in high school before becoming a law enforcement officer, said he never would have become the actor, director or producer he is today if he hadn’t heard some words of encouragement from Professor Brenda Lewis-Holmes.

Jim Klock and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw

NOVA students tour National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center

More than 10 students from Northern Virginia Community College who are interested and enrolled in the cybersecurity degree program recently visited the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and National Infrastructure Coordinating Center in Arlington.

NOVA students

NOVA History Professor teaches classes at detention center

Professor Michael Oblinger taught in public schools for 31 years and is an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus. Even with decades of experience, Oblinger said his students at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in Alexandria always keep him on his toes.

Professor Michael Oblinger teaching history

NOVA-MEC professor uses Fulbright scholarship to develop midwife degree program in Africa

After setting a personal goal to travel abroad to help the underprivileged, Dr. Fonya Atabong, an assistant professor of Nursing at the Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, championed the development of a three-year midwife degree program at the University of Buea (UB) in Cameroon, Africa – her country of origin.

Dr. Atabong

NOVA Continues ‘Model Partnership’ with The Posse Foundation

Representatives of The Posse Foundation recently visited the Annandale Campus for information sessions with veteran students. Along with Posse Trainer Joe Prive, Posse Associate Vice President Lamont Gordon spoke with students about the organization and opportunities. They also met and spoke with President Scott Ralls and Provost Pam Hilbert.

Posse Foundation

Woodbridge inducts first class of students in women’s empowerment campus organization, WISE

Twenty-six female students were inducted into Women in Search of Excellence (WISE), a mentoring program which supports the educational success and leadership abilities of students. The first annual induction ceremony was held on Oct. 20th at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The guest speaker for the event was Dr. Kimberly M. Holmes, director of retention and student success at George Mason University.

Newly inducted mentees of WISE

Alexandria Liberal Arts Diversity Committee Hosts Panel Discussion

On October 20, the Liberal Arts Diversity Committee at the Alexandria Campus hosted its annual Dr. Joseph Windham Series on Race Relations panel discussion for students, faculty, staff and the community. More than 50 people attended the event to discuss this year’s topic, “Different Narratives and Perspectives in Mass Media.”


American University Professor Speaks on Political Elections at Annandale

American University Professor Dr. Allan Lichtman recently spoke to students, faculty, staff and community members for Constitution Day at the Annandale Campus. More than 100 people showed up to hear Lichtman speak about predicting political elections and to ask questions about the 2016 presidential elections.

American University’s Dr. Allan Lichtman

Alexandria Liberal Arts Hosts Guest Lecturer from Scotland

The Alexandria Campus’ Liberal Arts Division recently welcomed Dr. Adrienne McLaughlin of Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland to give a guest lecture to NOVA students on the recent Brexit vote affecting countries in the European Union.

Dr. Adrienne McLaughlin

Television host and entrepreneur Paul C. Brunson speaks at MAN UP event

Northern Virginia Community College has honored its fourth president, Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr., by naming a building at its Loudoun Campus after the man whose passion is to advance education in the region and nation. Dr. Julie Leidig, provost of NOVA’s Loudoun Campus, hosted the ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 8.


NOVA names newest building on Loudoun Campus after former president

Northern Virginia Community College has honored its fourth president, Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr., by naming a building at its Loudoun Campus after the man whose passion is to advance education in the region and nation. Dr. Julie Leidig, provost of NOVA’s Loudoun Campus, hosted the ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Dr. Templin

Giles-Brown appointed as Medical Education Campus DMS Program Director

Leigh Giles-Brown, has been appointed as the new diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program director for Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC). Giles-Brown has several years of experience working as an ultrasound educator and professional sonographer. Prior to joining the MEC, she was an assistant professor for the DMS program at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md.

Leigh Giles-Brown

NOVA’s Vet Tech expert appointed to Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Tregel Cockburn, assistant dean and associate professor of the Veterinary Technology program at Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus has joined the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine, an organization that regulates the licensure and practice of veterinary medicine in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Dr. Tregel Cockburn

Local high school students solve murder mystery at NOVA’s NCSI Academy STEM Camp

Seventy-five high school students from across Northern Virginia explored a forensics mystery during the week-long summer NCSI Academy STEM camp at Northern Virginia Community College. The students learned cutting-edge laboratory techniques during the camps held at NOVA campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Manassas and Woodbridge.

NCSI students

NOVA students explore Mars through NASA Community College Scholars program

Northern Virginia Community College students Bridget Velasquez and Logan Eggers share a common interest in aerospace and physics. Eggers did well in high school, graduating with a 3.66 GPA. Velasquez says she excelled in English but her STEM grades were a “smattering of C’s and D’s.” Neither thought they would end up participating in the prestigious 2016 NASA Community College Scholars (NCAS) program.

NASA scholars

NOVA-Annandale plays Pokemon Go to interact with students

The Mark R. Warner Student Services Building (CA) has always been a hub of activity on Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus. The building houses the Barnes and Noble Bookstore and Starbucks, counseling and testing centers, business services, admissions office and other services – making it a one-stop shop for students.

NOVA student Larry Nguyen shows his character

Chair of local Workforce Board to lead NOVA College Board

The Northern Virginia Community College Board, on May 26, elected Todd Rowley as its incoming Board Chair to replace Dr. Michael Wooten whose term ends this spring. Rowley is senior vice president and commercial market executive at Cardinal Bank, headquartered in Tyson’s.

Todd Rowley

Former ESL student  earns Nursing degree at NOVA

Amina Amisi is a spring 2016 graduate from NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC). With plans to pursue a career in nursing, Amisi graduated summa cum laude, with two associate degrees—one in nursing and the other in general studies.

Photo of Amina Amisi

NOVA graduate thrives despite health challenges

In May, approximately 7,600 students will graduate from Northern Virginia Community College and each has a story about his or her educational journey. One of these students is Nana Adwoa Ofori at NOVA’s Manassas Campus.

Photo of Nana Ofori

NOVA students named to PTK Top Ten and All-Virginia Academic Team

Northern Virginia Community College student Abigail Allen was selected as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Top Ten All-Virginia Academic Team. She received the award at a ceremony and luncheon held April 20 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Richmond.

PTK All-Virginia Academic Team honorees

NOVA-Woodbridge students organize nationwide inNOVAtion hackathon

Students from various colleges and universities across the county gathered on the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College to participate in a hackathon event organized by five NOVA cybersecurity and information technology students. The event was held at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) on April 8-10.

NOVA-Woodbridge students organize nationwide inNOVAtion hackathon

Automotive Industry Requires Tech Savvy Employees

NOVA provides students with the technical skills and knowledge necessary to enter this demanding – and rewarding – profession. Many of the program’s instructors are NOVA graduates with advanced training and years of real-world experience in the automotive field.

NOVA students repairing a truck in the Collision Repair certificate.

MEC Supplements Education with Virtual Anatomy Table

With the new Anatomage Table, instead of standing in front of a table with an actual human cadaver, students can trade the smell of formaldehyde for a digital anatomy library full of over 120 pathological examples.

NOVA Nursing and Allied Health students examining a human cadaver with the new Anatomage Table.

High-Tech Music Recording Studio with First-Rate Instruction

The Higher Education Center at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus includes a state-of-the-art recording studio for NOVA’s Music Recording Technology program. The new studio contains the industry standard SSL console that records in high definition to software-based recorders.

NOVA student at work at NOVA Loudoun recording studio.

NOVA’s Medical Campus: Bridging Current and Emerging Technologies

The Medical Education Campus at Northern Virginia Community College is the only specialized community college campus in the Commonwealth of Virginia. NOVA’s state-of-the-art Medical Education Campus was built in the summer of 2003 and is home to all of the college’s Nursing and Allied Health Programs—ten in all.

Students in the Patient Simulators Lab.

NOVA Year Up Student Shifts Career Focus from FBI Profiling to Cybersecurity

Second-year NOVA student Christian Galvan said he hadn’t considered a career in cybersecurity. Having moved with his family from El Salvador to the U.S. when he was 8 years old, Galvan said he had dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. His aspirations eventually evolved to wanting to study psychology so he could be a profiler for the FBI.

Photo of Christian Galvan