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Northern Virginia Community College is recognized as finalist for 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award

Northern Virginia Community College has been recognized as a finalist for the prestigious 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award and will be receiving a $20,000 grant.

The MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award honors the important roles community colleges play in addressing educational, social and economic needs and opportunities. NOVA was recognized in the innovation category for “The NOVA Way:  Transforming Education through Co-Enrollment Training Partnerships,” a joint service partnership with nonprofit job training providers.

“The NOVA Way” model leverages financial aid in a new way to benefit low-income trainees and nonprofits, and uses new business processes through which NOVA and nonprofits deliver seamless, integrated services to co-enrolled trainees to help them achieve career advancement and college attainment goals.

NOVA’s original co-enrollment partnership with Northern Virginia Family Services’ Training Futures office administrative job training program offers promising indicators of successful outcomes of joint NOVA-nonprofit training programs. Through this co-enrollment model, moderate-income trainees can earn up to 17 credits at NOVA upon successful completion of the program and more than 80 percent of program graduates secure new jobs afterward that increase their annual earnings by several thousand dollars. 

The program helps bolster the financial sustainability of participating nonprofits by leveraging federal financial aid resources within an innovative fiscal structure that provides a major new revenue stream for nonprofit job training partners. No other college is known to have implemented this model or attempted to re-align an entire region’s workforce education and training system in this way. 

“NOVA’s nonprofit co-enrollment model integrates what nonprofit job training providers and community colleges each do best, so that low-income breadwinners get better jobs and rapidly advance toward a college credential, which is America’s surest ticket to long-term career success,” said President Robert G. Templin Jr. “By shining a national spotlight on NOVA’s model, this MetLife Community College Excellence Award can help guide other colleges and nonprofits to join together to create permanent pathways out of poverty for thousands of neighbors in American communities nationwide.”

Finalists in the award competition, which was administered by Jobs for the Future and sponsored by MetLife Foundation, were selected after a careful review process, involving a National Advisory Review Panel of experts and Jobs for the Future staff. Two hundred fifteen applications were received and then narrowed down in stages to nine finalists, who then received site visits, and to three award winners.

“Innovations on community college campuses are instrumental in retraining and reenergizing the U.S. workforce,” said Marlene Seltzer, president and CEO of Jobs for the Future. “This college is a sterling example of how community colleges can provide creative solutions that specifically address the challenges of a community, while at the same time expanding opportunities for the students and workers of the future.”

“The nine finalists are exceptional examples of what community colleges do well,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “All community colleges can recognize something of themselves in these finalists and gain new perspectives from their examples.”

For fuller descriptions of the award winners and finalists, visit http://bit.ly/3Bay5K to download a copy of the award brochure. For additional information on the work of Jobs for the Future, visit www.jff.org; for MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.

To learn more about “The NOVA Way” program, contact Bill Browning at 703-323-3284 or wbrowning@nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.