Amy Harris recently joined Northern Virginia Community College as the director for SySTEMic Solutions. In this new position, Harris will lead the implementation of a regional education and training program known as “SySTEMic Solutions: Inspiring Minds for Advanced Technology.”
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program will provide a pathway to employment or higher education with a degree in a STEM-related field. The program will work with the three local school divisions – Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park – to encourage more high school age students to consider higher education as a goal.
“I am very excited to be leading the SySTEMic Solutions initiative throughout the region for Northern Virginia Community College,” Harris said. “From my prior experience within the education field as well as industry, I believe it is imperative for education institutions to partner with corporations in order to inspire students and begin to fulfill the needs of our technical workforce in the region.”
Harris has 15 years of experience as an educator and school administrator in Virginia public schools. Her experience in public education carried her into the corporate arena where she implemented regional educational training programs.
Prior to NOVA, Harris was the university and academic relations manager at Micron Technology, Inc. At Micron, Harris was responsible for programmatic support at the K-12 and community college levels, as well as initiating opportunities for research at universities. Harris also supervised Micron’s K-12 program to ensure Micron employees volunteering in the local schools provided instruction that was SOL driven and enhanced the classroom lessons. In addition, she collaborated with various organizations to help Micron be a strong corporate partner in the community.
Manassas Provost Hortense Hinton welcomed Harris to NOVA. “We’ve worked with Amy before through our community partnerships and are thrilled she accepted this position,” Hinton said. “Amy brings the kind of high energy and enthusiasm we were seeking. Her strong background in education and established connections with the local school systems and various community organizations will allow Amy to jump right into this initiative and start building it.”
Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master of education in special education. She has also completed coursework for a doctorate in education leadership and instructional technology and is beginning research for her dissertation.
She lives in Nokesville with her husband, Jay, and their 10-year-old son, Kyle. To learn more, contact Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.