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NOVA appoints workforce development expert as vice president

Northern Virginia Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Partridge as its new vice president of workforce development.

"Steve comes to NOVA with a deep and wide-ranging expertise in the area of organizational relations and workforce development,” said NOVA President Scott Ralls. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the NOVA community this spring and to get underway taking our Workforce Development efforts to the next level to benefit the region."

For the past six years, Partridge has been president and CEO of Charlotte Works in North Carolina. There, he successfully transformed Charlotte’s Workforce Development Board into a demand-driven agency assisting more than 1,300 businesses and hosting more than 125,000 job-seeker visits. In this role he became adept at understanding employer needs and economy-driving, public- and private-sector demands, making Charlotte Works a national benchmark for workforce reform. He also created intense educational partnerships from elementary through college institutions and formed a volunteer corps that saved employers more than $100,000 a year.

He previously served as managing director of the Charlotte Regional Economic Workforce Recovery Initiative, and in senior leadership roles for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Department of Commerce. In short, Partridge holds extensive workforce development expertise dating back to the beginning of his professional career. He will be able to directly apply this expertise to both the benefit of the Northern Virginia economy and NOVA.

Partridge holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona; and a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State. He will begin at NOVA in February 2016.

NOVA’s Workforce Development programs offer a wide array of non-credit certificate programs that allow attendees to gain entry-level skills to get into the workforce, to switch careers or to advance their careers. NOVA offers certificates in high-demand healthcare fields, information technology and cybersecurity, and many other areas that will be critical to the regional economy.

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson | 703.764.0896 | kthompson@nvcc.edu


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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.