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NOVA links students to four-year schools and in-demand careers

Looking to the region’s workforce needs through 2020, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) offers students an affordable gateway to four-year degrees that are in demand by area employers.

A workforce trends report prepared by George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis ranks professional, scientific, technical and health care fields as the key sources of new net job growth in Northern Virginia from 2010 to 2020.

Potential NOVA students who want to attend highly-competitive, four-year colleges and earn a degree in one of these fields can use Guaranteed Admission agreements to their advantage. These agreements ensure that NOVA students who earn an associate degree are guaranteed admission into a four-year school. 

Examples of Guaranteed Admission transfer plans include:

  • Computer Science: Earn an associate degree in science (A.S.) at NOVA then transfer to James Madison University’s College of Integrated Science and Technology
  • Engineering: Earn an A.S. degree in engineering at NOVA then transfer to Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering or to University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • Nursing: Earn an associate degree in applied science (A.A.S.) at NOVA then transfer to nursing programs at George Washington University or Lynchburg College.
  • General Studies: A popular choice for NOVA students, a student can earn an (A.S.) or associate of arts (A.A.) degree at NOVA then transfer to George Mason University.

With more than 40 colleges and universities maintaining Guaranteed Admission agreements with NOVA, these plans are only a sample of paths students can take; participating four-year schools may offer general admission or admission to specific programs.

Potential and current NOVA students are encouraged to read Guaranteed Admission agreements and qualifying criteria carefully. Students have to meet certain academic requirements, such as earning a minimum grade point average, in order to be accepted into their four-year college of choice.

Generally speaking, an individual’s earning potential increases when he or she pursues higher education. According to the 2009 U.S. Census, individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree earn about $25,000 more annually compared to high school graduates.

“A student’s investment in higher education yields personal, professional and economic results,” President Robert G. Templin Jr. said. “At NOVA, Guaranteed Admission agreements are tools for students to earn a bachelor’s degree. By using transfer agreements, they can fulfill their dream of living the life they aspire to.”

NOVA’s Guaranteed Admissions program helps today’s students achieve personal goals, meet workforce demands in Northern Virginia and ease financial stress. Attending NOVA before a four-year institution is an option that saves students thousands of dollars in tuition costs.

Annandale, Va. resident Chessy Dintruff used Guaranteed Admissions at NOVA to pursue a career in health care. After earning an associate degree in science at NOVA, Dintruff transferred into George Mason University and now studies community health and biology.

“Out of all the schools I applied to I got into all of them,” Dintruff said. “The ones I really wanted I got---that was a huge benefit to the Guaranteed Admissions.” Dintruff, 22, said attending NOVA for two years was a better choice for her economically; she plans on becoming a physician assistant.

“It was definitely the right choice for me,” Dintruff said about attending NOVA prior to GMU. “I don’t regret it one bit.”

George Mason University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech are the top schools NOVA graduates transfer into. Randolph University and Regent University are the newest four-year schools that have signed Guaranteed Admissions agreements with NOVA.

As of 2009, more than 75 percent of NOVA graduates earning an associate of arts or science degree in a transfer program continued on to a four-year college.

More information on Guaranteed Admission agreements is available on NOVA’s website.

Media Contact: Corey Byers | 703.425.5847 | CByers@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.