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SkillSource Career Services Center set to open at NOVA-Manassas

The new SkillSource Career Services Center at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will be launched during a ceremony on Nov. 13. Speakers will include Sen. Charles J. Colgan, Manassas Mayor Harry J. Parrish II, Prince William Supervisor John D. Jenkins and NOVA President Robert G. Templin Jr.

The SkillSource Career Services Center is part of NOVA’s “Credentials to Careers” initiative to prepare unemployed and underemployed adults for employment. SkillSource helps job seekers with a variety of resources such as resume and interview workshops, personalized counseling, skills assessment, and related activities. The NOVA-Manassas SkillSource Career Services Center will serve the community as well as NOVA students. 

Todd W. Rowley, chairman of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board and a senior vice president at Capital One Bank, believes the new center will greatly benefit local residents. “Joining with NOVA to offer job search services and career training fits our mission to strengthen the workforce and employment base. We expect many jobseekers in Prince William County will use this convenient new location on the Manassas Campus to take advantage of our free workforce services,” said Rowley, who also serves on NOVA’s Board. 

NOVA-Manassas Provost Roger Ramsammy welcomes the addition to the campus. “NOVA is pleased to partner with SkillSource on this initiative that has the potential to transform lives by helping people find great careers with promising futures,” Ramsammy said. 

NOVA-Manassas is providing the facilities and such other services as counseling to students who decide to pursue degrees or certificates. In addition, the center is supported by NOVA’s Adult Career Pathways program which provides structured assistance to unemployed and underemployed adults trying to navigate the challenges of attending college. 

Derrick Washington has been hired to manage the new SkillSource Career Services Center. Washington will assess job seeker qualifications, enroll clients into appropriate training programs, assist with job search activities, and help place clients into careers. He will also network with regional employers to identify workforce needs and to determine how SkillSource can help fill critical employee shortages. 

To learn more about services available at the NOVA-Manassas SkillSource Career Services Center, contact Washington at derrick.washington@myskillsource.org.
The SkillSource Career Services Center was made possible by a $12 million U.S. Department of Labor grant. NOVA received the grant to manage a national consortium created to develop new, employer-driven career pathways in the four STEM occupations. Through the program called Credentials to Careers, community colleges across the nation are working with nonprofit workforce development partners and local STEM employers to quickly deliver STEM education and career training programs. 

The grant is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative which provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve the ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the TAA for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing the TAACCCT program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education. 

In Northern Virginia, Credentials to Careers is focused on moving unemployed and low-income workers into high-demand information technology careers through training, support services, internships and job placement. In addition to SkillSource, organizations working with NOVA include Northern Virginia Family Service which recently expanded its successful Training Futures program into Prince William County through the grant and Multivision Inc., a recognized authority in innovative workforce development training. 

For more information about Credentials to Careers, contact National Consortium Director Milan Hayward at mhayward@nvcc.edu or Local Project Director Judith James at jjames@nvcc.edu

Media Contact: Carlene Mackereth | 703.257.6658  | cmackereth@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.