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NOVA Partners With South African Colleges

NOVA has begun work with 12 Further Education Training Colleges (FETCs). Twenty-eight South African Education Managers spent a week at the Alexandria Campus to learn and gain insight on strategies for student support, retention and success. NOVA representatives from various areas of the College shared best practices and approaches to student success beginning from the intake process, financial aid, orientation, academic support services and curriculum strategies focused on retention, persistence and completion. During the course of the week, the education managers worked on developing plans based on the specific measurable outcomes and goals for their colleges. NOVA plans to continue this partnership through individualized technical support around the core institutional infrastructure in student intake and academic support.

The American Council of Education (ACE) funded the visit of the FETC managers under a grant from USAID. Alexandria Provost Peter Maphumulo is pleased to announce a sub-grant from ACE to support technical assistance teams traveling to South Africa before March of 2012 to continue the training and to structure a formal arrangement with Witwatersrand University for strengthening FETC developmental math and English programs. The visit marked the first activity under this far reaching program.  

For more information, contact Maphulmulo at pmaphumulo@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.