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NOVA-Manassas Minority Mentoring Program off to a great start

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College celebrated the start of its Minority Mentoring Program with a dinner and networking event on Oct. 30.

A new Minority Mentoring Program at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College aims to partner female and minority students with community leaders.

The program links students with mentors, closely related to their field of interest, with the hope that they will foster a relationship that extends beyond academia into the student’s personal growth and career.

On Oct. 30, the Manassas Campus hosted a kickoff dinner for the program with special guest speaker Shelley Prince, MentorWorks specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools. During the ceremony, Dean Charlene Phillips spoke about the importance of a mentoring relationship.

The first group of participants includes 23 students from a variety of majors. The mentors represent a wide range of industries, from cybersecurity and information technology executives to business leaders and education professionals. Mentees and mentors make a commitment to meet at least five times during the academic year.

To learn more or volunteer to serve as a mentor, contact English Professor Chalet Jean-Baptiste at cjbaptiste@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.