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New careers, brighter futures through Northern Virginia Community College

Dr. Robert G. Templin Jr., president of Northern Virginia Community College, recently spoke to the current participants in the Training Futures program, a joint venture between Northern Virginia Family Services and NOVA. The six-month training program helps low-income adults launch new medical or general office administrative careers.

“You are living proof that the American dream can work, not just for you, but for your children and others in your family and community. They are watching you because if you can do it so can they,” Templin told the students.

One of the Training Futures participants described her feelings about the program. “I am an immigrant, here for 10 years with two teenage sons, living impoverished in Northern Virginia,” said Lydia Baidoe, a permanent resident from Ghana. “I’ve been doing for myself all this time and I would get so fatigued, mentally, physically and emotionally. After my first day at Training Futures, I said to myself, ‘Finally, there’s help. I have resources and people who care. Before I was stuck, but now the horizon is my limit.”

To help other people learn how they can improve their futures, NOVA is holding a free Career Training Open House on Sept. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Manassas Campus. Attendees will learn about more than 50 affordable training programs in health care, business, information technology, trades and more. Workshops will cover financial aid and scholarship resources.

Participating nonprofit programs include Northern Virginia Family Services’ Training Futures, Year Up’s information technology program, Computer CORE’s basic computer training program, EDG’s entrepreneurial studies program, Goodwill’s job readiness training program, and Community Association Management training with The Community Associations Institute.

Public agencies that provide resources for career training, such as SkillSource and Virginia Employment Commission, will supply information and answer questions. In addition, NOVA representatives will discuss both credit and continuing education training programs.

The Manassas Campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road. To learn more, contact Bill Browning at 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.