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NOVA and Goodwill of Greater Washington Host National Site Visit

On April 7, NOVA and Goodwill of Greater Washington hosted 10 workforce development professionals from community colleges and Goodwill organizations from around the country. The visit was part of the national Community College Career Collaboration (called the "C4" initiative), which aims to create high-performing community college-Goodwill partnerships in at least 20 communities this year. The C4 initiative is led nationally by Goodwill International, together with The American Association of Community Colleges. Both organizations were represented at the site visit.

NOVA's nonprofit co-enrollment model, led by Provost Peter Maphumulo and the Alexandria Campus, is one of three top-performing partnership models that are being studied for replication nationwide. President Robert G. Templin, Jr., who chairs the C4 national advisory committee, delivered the closing session at the site visit. In his presentation about the C4 national initiative, he described a compelling vision by asking "Can you imagine the impact of the nation's two largest delivery systems for low-income adults [community colleges and Goodwill] coming together across America?"

During the discussion, Goodwill of Greater Washington CEO Catherine Meloy described the impact of a college partnership with NOVA on their trainees. "Many of our clients can't afford to even think about their dream of college yet. We can help walk them through the process and attain what they never thought possible." 

This summer, NOVA and Goodwill of Greater Washington plan to launch a new joint training program focused on careers in security and protective services.

In addition to sessions at Goodwill of Greater Washington, the site visit also included a session at Northern Virginia Family Services Training Futures, the original partnership among NOVA's six nonprofit co-enrollment partners. At Training Futures, NOVA's Dawn Boykins led a discussion about this nationally recognized partnership.

For more information about the national C4 initiative, contact Bill Browning at wbrowning@nvcc.edu. For more information about NOVA's local alliance with Goodwill of Greater Washington, contact Jenny Graves at vhgraves@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.