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NOVA-Manassas initiative aims to put people in good jobs fast

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College has developed a new initiative to help unemployed and underemployed adults quickly gain the training necessary to obtain well-paying jobs in the information technology (IT) field.

Called the IT Gateway Learning Community, the initiative offers several pathways to IT credentials. Short-term training can help people get into entry level jobs fast while longer degree programs teach the skills and knowledge employees need to advance their careers.

Interested adults can take an aptitude test to determine if the IT field would be a good match, and advisors will provide assistance every step of the way, from helping students select a program of study through applying for graduation. Several support services are included such as tutoring, resume writing, interview practice, job leads and more. Financial aid from scholarships and other funding might be available.

Registration is taking place now for classes that begin May 19. To get started, call 703-530-3048 or email itgatewayc2c@nvcc.edu.

The IT Gateway Learning Community is part of NOVA’s Credentials to Careers, funded by a Department of Labor grant. NOVA received the grant to manage a national consortium of community colleges working together to develop new, employer-driven career pathways in STEM occupations. Locally, NOVA is partnering with nonprofit workforce development organizations and IT employers to provide education and training programs leading to IT credentials and careers. NOVA’s partners include the SkillSource Group Inc., Multivision Inc. and Northern Virginia Family Service’s Training Futures.

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.