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NOVA launches college-wide program to inspire young women to explore tech careers

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) believes recruiting female students into the field of information technology and cybersecurity is vital to the future of technological innovations and global competitiveness. To help advance women in technology, NOVA has launched a college-wide project, Assisting Females in Technology (aFIT), a series of free two-day interactive workshops and panel sessions. The purpose of aFIT is to encourage local middle and high school female students to explore the possibilities of choosing a tech career.

NOVA’s Woodbridge and the Annandale Campuses will begin NOVA’s aFIT initiative at their respective campus locations. Specific event details are provided below.

NOVA-Woodbridge Spring Break Tech Expo

Date: March 26-27

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (both days) 

Location: Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (WRC) - Room 160A

2675 College Drive, Woodbridge 

Details: Experts in IT, computer science, cybersecurity, gaming and programming will provide tech talks, lead workshops and discuss the benefits of studying technology in college to senior high schoolers at Prince William County Public Schools. Dr. Treca Stark, manager of technology training and multimedia development at Prince George’s Community College will be the keynote speaker.

Lunch and snacks for participants will be provided. A parking pass will be given once arrival for check-in. Participants are required to provide their own transportation to and from the event. To register, visit springbreaktechexpo.eventbrite.com. For additional information, contact Beverly Hunter at bhunter@nvcc.edu.


NOVA-Annandale Why Study Tech? Forum 2018

Date: March 27 – March 28

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (both days)

Location: Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale

Details: Why Study Tech? Form 2018 will offer inspirational and empowering talks from women who are veterans of the IT industry. There will also be interactive Q&A panel sessions on topics such as diversity in technology careers. To further engage students, hands-on workshops in computer networking, cybersecurity, web design and computer programming will be held throughout the two-day event.

Keynote speakers will include, Sasha Ariel Alston, teen author and Pace University student; Khuloud Odeh, vice president for information technology and chief information officer for The Urban Institute; Julie Kantor, founder & CEO of Twomentor, LLC and Emily Ryan, lead information architect for Deloitte Digital.

On March 29th, attendees will tour local data center, RagingWire Data Center in Ashburn. Participants must provide their own transportation. The first tour will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the second at 11:30 a.m. For additional information on Why Study Tech? Forum 2018, visit their website. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-tech-forum-2018-tickets-42429872892.

Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@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.