NOVA student, Taima Al-Iriani, is one of 61 recipients of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This highly competitive national scholarship will provide Al-Iriani with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete her bachelor’s degree.
NOVA Associate Professor Jill Mitchell has been selected for the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Only one Virginia Community College System faculty member receives the award annually.
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.
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.
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.
NOVA professor Dr. Grace Hwang and the Taiwanese Chamber Orchestra-DC (TCOD), a chamber orchestra group she belongs to, performed at the White House.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Scott Ralls spoke to iHeart Radio about NOVA’s cybersecurity program, one of the fastest-growing in the United States.
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.
Forty criminology and criminal justice students from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) visited the Diplomatic Security Interim Training Facility (DS ITF) for a day of hands-on learning on October 26, 2018.
On Sept. 19, NOVA celebrated mathematics professor Dr. David Conroy’s 50 years of continuous dedicated service to the college and his students - past and present.
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.
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.
Leeza Fernand (CS), associate director in NOVA’s Office of International Education and Sponsored Programs traveled to Japan this summer as part of the prestigious and highly-selective International Education Administrator’s Program, a Fulbright program run by the U.S. Department of State.
“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.
Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) continues to assist the greater metropolitan area’s growing need to have highly-skilled employees in the cybersecurity, business and information technology fields.
While growing up in Honduras, NOVA-Annandale Student Life Office Manager Rommel Aguilar always knew he wanted to pursue a college education.
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.
For over four decades, NOVA emeritus professor Reva Savkar has shared her wealth of knowledge and expertise in the areas of computer science and chemistry with students both locally and aboard.
The Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College hosted its annual Allied Health and Nursing pinning and recognition ceremonies this month.
Among a high-energy and filled amphitheater that seats 10,000, Northern Virginia Community College celebrated its 52nd graduation on Saturday, May 12.
Briana Jamison already had a bachelor’s degree in communications when she enrolled at NOVA in the fall of 2015.
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.”
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.
In remembrance of her significant contributions to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), a ceremony was held to dedicate the Bisdorf Building Room AA-196 at NOVA’s Alexandria’s Campus as the Dr. Barbara A. Wyles Auditorium, in honor of the Campus’ former provost.
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.
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.
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.
Workforce Development at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA Workforce) and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation celebrated an innovative approach to engage local students at the secondary level. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Mount Vernon High School (MVHS) in Alexandria on April 11th to dedicate a new Career Counseling Center.
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.
The Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College's Office of Student Integrity and Conduct's Sexual Assault Peer Education Program partnered with the City of Alexandria and local dentist Dr. John Kling to officially proclaim March 4-10 as "NO MORE" Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault Week for the City of Alexandria.
On Feb. 27, seven university administrators and educators from Belarus visited Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria Campus to expand their knowledge of distance learning and instructional technology curriculum practices used at the colligate level.
Santwana Das, assistant professor of information technology and cybersecurity at NOVA's Manassas Campus, enjoys fostering students interest in STEM-related fields. As a highly-trained IT professional, both in the public and private sector, she uses her personal journey of self-discovery to encourage her students to always be receptive to change.
For the fourth year, NOVA-Alexandria's Jean Braden Center for Women, Gender and Social Equity partnered with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start to host "Elect Her" on February 23.
Dr. Fonya Atabong, a nursing assistant professor at the Medical Education Campus, is no stranger to hard-work and determination. As the oldest of seven siblings, growing up in Limbe, Cameroon wasn’t easy for a young woman with a desire to pursue an education.
In a continuous effort to educate children on proper hygiene techniques, the Northern Virginia Dental Society (NVDS) and the Medical Education Campus (MEC) of Northern Virginia Community College partnered to host the 2018 Give Kids A Smile event (GKAS) on Fri., Feb. 2.
Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) continues to make strides toward the greater Washington area’s growing need to have educated and highly-skilled employees in the cybersecurity and IT fields.
For the ninth consecutive year, Northern Virginia Community College faculty, staff, students and community members dedicated their vacation day to helping those in need acquire food and other necessities.
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.
In effort to assist seniors with computer literacy skills, Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Woodbridge Campus has partnered with local non-profit organization Agape Love in Action, to host Wisdom Meets Technology (WMT), a free comprehensive computer training course open to all senior citizens.
Dr. Erin Devine, associate professor of art history and humanities at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus has been selected among 75 artists from 28 countries to participate in the Venice International Performance Art Week, held at the European Cultural Center - Palazzo Mora in Venezia, Italy.
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.
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.
When hurricanes repeatedly hit her home country of Puerto Rico in 2017, Northern Virginia Community College student Hedda Babilonia was determined to help those attempting to put their lives and their homes back together.
Northern Virginia Community College student Sumana Dawadi has been volunteering and helping those in need since she was a small child growing up in a remote town in Nepal – far from the capital city and without a television or phone.
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.
With over three decades of nursing experience, Candace S. Cane, nursing professor at Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC), was selected to be featured in this year’s notable medical reference guide, Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
Ryan Bhojwani is a strapping student who finished his associate degree in Science from Northern Virginia Community College in August 2017—with straight A’s at that. No small feat.
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.
Dr. Scott Ralls, president of Northern Virginia Community College, recently provided testimony on Capitol Hill during a joint hearing on “Public-Private Solutions to Educating a Cyber Workforce.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Northern Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development recently hosted a lively presentation and discussion with representatives from various organizations in Australia that focus on technical training and apprenticeships.
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
The Northern Virginia Community College Subchapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) offers a plethora of professional development opportunities for NOVA students and alumni with a career interest in cybersecurity and information technology (IT).
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’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.
Northern Virginia Community College students and members of the community with a shared interest in cybersecurity and information technology (IT), are gaining more than just technical skills to become highly-trained professionals in the workforce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To kick off the fall semester, the anatomy lab at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) welcomed a new addition to assist students interested in health-related programs - a synthetic human cadaver, also referred to as a SynDaver, named after the company who produces the most realistic synthetic representation of human anatomy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Middle school-aged students interested in careers in healthcare had the opportunity to interact with medical professionals through engaging, real-life scenarios at Camp Med 2017, a partnership between Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and Virginia Hospital Center.
A total of 30 rising 11th and 12th grade students from Fairfax County and Arlington County public schools attended the fifth annual Pathway Connection Summer Institute on June 27 and 28 at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale and Medical Education Campuses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Northern Virginia Community College’s STEM Outreach Program, SySTEMic Solutions, was awarded the 2017 Virginia Career and Technical Education Creating Excellence Award from the Virginia Department of Education, having been nominated by Fairfax County Public Schools. The recognition event took place in Richmond on Thursday, June 8.
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.
On May 22, the Manassas City Council honored sculpture students in the Communications and Humanities Department at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College for their artwork displayed throughout the city’s historic downtown area.
In an effort to inform the local community on the advantages of pursuing an associate degree, the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College hosted an information session and campus tour for 34 parents from Prince William County Public Schools preschool program.
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.
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.
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.
During its annual spring council meeting and election, the Geological Society of America (GSA) bestowed an honor on the best of the geological profession with a Society Fellowship.
With a desire to pursue a career in politics, NOVA student Idris Jibowu is already gaining legislative experience as an intern for United States Senator Tim Kaine.
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.
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.
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.
On May 10, the Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College hosted its annual Allied Health pinning and recognition ceremony to honor spring graduates who successfully completed any of the ten health-related programs at NOVA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In response to the immediate workforce needs of many regional computer programming employers, Northern Virginia Community College has graduated its first cohort of Uncommon Coders. The event was held on Friday, April 28 at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training on NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus.
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.
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.
The Alpha Beta Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at NOVA’s Annandale Campus was recently recognized as one of the top chapter officer teams at the PTK Catalyst 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee, April 6-8.
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.
For the first time, a NOVA student’s evidence-based research has been accepted for online publication in the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Evidence Exchange.
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.
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.
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.
Approximately 308 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 second annual Innovation Hackathon event, held at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) on April 21-23.
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.
More than 20 students, faculty and community members gathered in the Forum Gallery of the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus on April 19 for a discussion and demonstration led by local artist John M. Adams.
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.
Northern Virginia Community College hosted the kick off of the national Phi Rho Pi Forensics Tournament on Monday evening, April 11, in the Fairfax Ballroom of the Sheraton Tysons Corner. Six-hundred energized students from 59 community colleges across the nation will compete in the week-long tournament.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Northern Virginia Community College students Maxime Djabang Lakouji and Patrick Smith have many things in common. As students enrolled in the Nursing program at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC), both aspiring young men are employed as emergency medical technicians and are the 2017 recipients of the Harriet H. Fatzinger Nursing Scholarship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In remembrance of his significant contributions to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), a dedication and memorial service was held in honor of Dr. Howard L. Kelley, former associate instructor, chief dentist and director of the Medical Education Campus (MEC) Restorative Dental Clinic, on Tuesday, March 7 at the campus in Springfield.
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.
Comedor Infantil Getsemani Nicaragua, translated Children’s Dining Room of Gethsemane Nicaragua, provides meals to over 250 children twice a week, making it one of the most productive feeding centers in Managua.
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.
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.
The Geological Society of Washington (GSW) recently named Geology Assistant Professor Callan Bentley president of its organization. Bentley has been a member of GSW for almost 15 years and will serve as president of the organization for 2017.
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.
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.
A total of 24 students pursuing degrees in nursing and dental hygiene from Sahmyook Health University College in Seoul, South Korea toured the Northern Virginia Community College Medical Education Campus on Dec. 19 to explore the cultural similarities and variations among Korean and American healthcare academic programs.
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
Students at Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) participated in a full-day of promoting a campus environment of inclusivity, respect and cultural acceptance on Dec. 8 through, NOVA United: One Love. My NOVA. One NOVA.
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.
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.
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.
Congressman Robert Wittman, U.S. Representative for Virginia's First Congressional District hosted a student Town Hall Meeting to discuss education and workforce issues on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
NOVA graduate Todd E. Lupton has been selected to serve as the new Deputy Chief of Fire and Rescue for the City of Manassas effective Oct. 3.
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 Day is annually celebrated as an opportunity for new and returning students to familiarize themselves with one another and campus organizations.
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.
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.
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.
Sixty preschoolers enrolled at Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) Child Development Center visited Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) on Aug. 10 for a full day of interactive learning about nutrition, healthy eating habits and healthcare careers.
For the 12th consecutive year, Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) and Virginia Hospital Center have partnered to offer middle school-aged students a hands-on opportunity to explore healthcare professions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Robert (Bob) Wade, has been appointed as the interim dean of nursing for Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) effective May 25.
Carolina Fuenzalida, a Chilean-born Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) student, recently participated in two significant events at NOVA – the largest community college in Northern Virginia and the second largest in the United States.
Nooshin Bashiri has received Georgetown University’s Community College Preferred Consideration Program as one of only three NOVA students recommended by President Scott Ralls. She also received the prestigious 2016 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
Northern Virginia Community College graduate Kevin Baisden was raised in Maryland and graduated high school at the age of 16. He attempted college twice before coming to NOVA where he has excelled in his studies.
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.
Zachary Wood, studying information technology at Northern Virginia Community College, received a full scholarship to attend George Washington University through its CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service Program.
Leonardo O’Gilvie began his college career at Northern Virginia Community College quite by accident. O’Gilvie found his niche at NOVA’s Manassas Campus through participation in several organizations.
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.
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.
Northern Virginia Community College’s Society of Physics Students is a prime example of NOVA students applying what they learn in the classroom to future careers. The SPS, advised by Dr. Walerian Majewski, recently received the 2015-16 SPS Chapter Research Award.
Todd Rowley is in his 50’s, with a long and successful career behind him. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a graduate degree in Banking Finance and an MBA.
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.
Local homeschoolers are utilizing state-of-the-art lab facilities at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus to meet high school chemistry curriculum requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.