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.
Prince William County Schools (PWCS) preschool programs, which includes three divisions, Head Start, Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus (VPI+), serves an estimated 680 families within the region. Widad Abdallah, PWCS preschool programs parent involvement specialist said the idea to visit the Woodbridge Campus was requested by interested parents from her program.
Once a year, the parent involvement division of PWCS preschool programs provides local excursions for parents to visit sites such as the zoo, parks and museums throughout Northern Virginia and D.C. This marks the first time the program has opted to visit and tour a college campus. Three parents also shared the NOVA collegiate experience with their children, ranging in grade levels from elementary, middle and high school.
“In our program, we believe that in order for our preschoolers to be ready for kindergarten, we must invest in the well-being of their parents,” Abdallah said. “Not only do we take care of the needs of the child, we also take care of their families. It is very important for our parents to understand that we are their allies when it comes to their children and education. Sometimes our parents want to improve the lives for their children, so what better way to show them what NOVA has to offer to help them grow academically and professionally.”
NOVA-Woodbridge Provost Dr. Sam Hill, Dean of Students Michael Turner, Financial Aid Manager Tykesha R. Myrick, Special Assistant to the Provost Dr. Mark D'Antonio and Campus Registrar Samrawit Washington provided insight on the academic programs the Campus offers to create an efficacious and diverse student population. NOVA faculty and staff also presented information on the Campus’s distinctive programs, including cybersecurity, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC), massage therapy, film and photography, web development and English as a Second Language (ESL). They also provided an overview on FAFSA assistance, registration and guaranteed admissions procedures.
“Just by being here today, you are setting a great example for your children,” said Hill. “Pursuing a college degree is something wonderful that you will be doing for yourself and your entire family. We have over 90 different nationalities represented on the Woodbridge Campus, so when you decided to enroll as a NOVA student, you will feel right at home.”
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