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NOVA students invited to Cable Mavericks Master Forum event in NYC

Six students from the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) have been asked to serve as student ambassadors for the Cable Mavericks Master Forum on Oct. 27 and 28 in New York City.

The Cable Mavericks Masters Forum: One Day Degree in Cable is a one-day program that will include multiple panel discussions from top cable and media industry executives, and will culminate with career resource sessions where students can speak to local hiring managers and participate in mock interviews.

NOVA students Itzel Almazan (Falls Church), Lamia Alnashif (Alexandria), Bereni Dede (Arlington), Jackie Jones (Arlington), Yasmina Ramirez (Falls Church) and Caitlin Uze (Arlington) will be representing the College at the forum. The students provided a resume and a 300-word essay on why they feel this is a great opportunity for them.

“This is a very unique opportunity for us to meet very influential executives in one place which is not something that many young people have access to,” said Uze. “We’re honored to have been invited and are working hard with the help and support of our professors in developing our resumes and making a good impression.”

The opportunity stemmed from a visit made by C-SPAN co-founder and CEO Brian Lamb to the Alexandria Campus in January 2010 for the Cable Mavericks program. Out of more than 40 colleges and universities visited, NOVA was ranked as one of the top experiences.

In a letter to NOVA, Dolly Wolf, director of academic and industry outreach for the program, expressed her impression of the visit. “I have been managing the program since October 2005. We’ve been to UCLA, Harvard, Dartmouth, Purdue, UT Austin, and 38 other colleges and universities across the country. Our visit to NOVA was exceptional! I’d go as far as saying that it was one of the top three experiences to date.”

As student ambassadors at the event, the students will meet and greet students and special guests, direct and manage VIP guests, monitor supplies and help attendees to their seats. They will have the opportunity to watch the panels and participate in the career resource session.

For more information, contact Lucy Holsonbake, professor of Communication Studies and coordinator for this event at 703-845-6096 or lholsonbake@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.