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A decade of excellence: NOVA's Medical Education Campus continues to offer cutting-edge, healthcare education

Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) in Springfield, which serves students and professionals in the healthcare fields, celebrates its 10-year anniversary in July.

The MEC, located within minutes of Interstate 95, educates more than 3,500 students each year; programs focus on nursing, allied health, workforce development and continuing education. The state-of-the-art facility is home to a 32-chair dental clinic, a cadaver laboratory and a human patient simulators laboratory.

During a recent anniversary event, MEC Provost Brian Foley said that faculty and staff have consistently been “community-focused and student-centered” since the campus opened in 2003. 

“Our credentials are our students,” Foley stressed.

NOVA President Robert G. Templin Jr. noted during the event that more local, allied health professionals, first responders and nurses have trained on the MEC campus than anywhere else in the greater Washington area.

Templin thanked state and local officials for their contributions in building out the campus and supporting MEC programs. 

“Today it’s 10 years later, we’re still building, we’re still expanding, because the need is still there,” Templin said.

In addition to the support of numerous elected officials, the campus has received $14 million in federal, state and local grants since 2003.

“We did have a vision,” said Charlene Connolly, the founding MEC provost. “It was a unique vision, certainly at the community college level…it came together in a beautiful way.”

State Sen. George Barker, whose district includes Springfield, called the MEC an affordable place to be trained in a wide variety of health professions. He said the tremendous diversity in the MEC’s student population reflects Northern Virginia’s population.

Barker added that he is using MEC as a model program at the state level for the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority.

Sharon Bulova, chairwoman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, fondly recalled her time at NOVA, where she was once a college student. She called the MEC “a great model where a community college stepped up to the plate” to meet workforce needs. 

The MEC offers associate degrees in fields such as nursing (RN), dental hygiene (RDH), health information management (RHIT),  emergency medical services (EMT-P) and diagnostic medical sonography (RDMS). Certificate programs include studies in radiation oncology, clinical coding, phlebotomy and emergency medical technology.

Visit the Medical Education Campus homepage for more information on specific programs, workforce development, continuing education and the application process. 

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 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.