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NOVA partners with George Washington University, Germanna for technology symposium

There continues to be a gap in the number of personnel to the number of jobs in the cyber and technology workforce, and companies across the globe find it increasingly difficult to fill these critical positions with skilled talent. Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), a leading non-profit information security advocacy group, predicts there will be a global shortage of two million cybersecurity professionals by 2019.

With this growing need, it is a critically important time to educate young people for future roles in technology, cybersecurity and the data science industry. In order to educate students in the D.C. metro region, George Washington University (GW) is partnering with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and Germanna Community College (GCC) to offer a series of symposiums centered on Academic Pathways to Cybersecurity and Technology Careers. The collaborative effort will provide an opportunity for high school, community college, university students and career switchers interested in technology and cyber careers. The symposium will feature a series of panelists that will highlight the following important areas:

  • Professors from GW, NOVA and GCC will provide insight into the academic pathways from middle school to advanced degrees. The discussion will focus on how students can prepare for the rigorous college course load as early as middle school
  • GW and NOVA alumni and current students will discuss a student’s perspective on the successes and challenges of the cyber, data science and technology programs
  • Industry leaders will present on the critical needs of the workforce, and what they are searching for in a successful candidate
  • Leading recruiters will participate to discuss building a C.V., informational interviewing, networking strategies, as well as soft and hard skills employers are looking for in a candidate  
  • NOVA’s SySTEMic Solutions will engage students ranging from elementary school through college in hands-on educational programs and robotics displays as well as provide information on their STEM camps, expos, industry site visits, job shadowing, internships and professional development offerings.

The symposiums will be held on the following days:

NOVA’s Annandale Campus

Saturday, October 14

8:00am – 2:00pm

Register at: https://academic_pathways.eventbrite.com

NOVA’s Alexandria Campus

Thursday, February 1

6:00pm – 9:00pm

*Registration not open

NOVA’s Loudoun Campus

Saturday, February 10

8:00am – 2:00pm

*Registration not open

GW Symposium Director: Dr. Olivia M. Blackmon | 571.205.9467 | oblackmon@gwu.edu

Media Contact NOVA: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu

Media Contact NOVA: Kathy Thompson | 703.764.0896 | kathompson@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 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.