The northern Virginia region boasts an incredibly high demand for jobs in information technology, cybersecurity and healthcare. For the third consecutive year, the Capital One Foundation awarded Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) a $135,000 grant to address workforce needs in the northern Virginia region.
In 2017, a total of 123,500 job postings were available in the fields of technology, cybersecurity and healthcare, which accounted for 37 percent of all jobs advertised. To address the growing demand for skilled talent in this field, NOVA is working to increase the opportunity and skill-development of K-12 students in these high-growth fields. Specifically, the $135,000 award will be used to grow NOVA’s labor market research capacity. With this new capacity, there will be increased outreach to local K-12 school systems, enhanced engagement with NOVA students on economic opportunities in the northern Virginia region, and the development of a data-driven website for career exploration in the booming technology sector.
“Capital One Foundation is committed to helping the communities we serve to grow and thrive. That is why we’ve partnered with community colleges, like NOVA, to explore opportunities in community-based organization partnerships, pathway programs that lead to high paying jobs, and labor market data systems,” said Capital One Foundation President Catherine Foca. “Together, we will identify promising practices that can be disseminated to the larger community college community.”
The grant is part of a multi-year cohort partnership of 14 community college workforce development programs in D.C., Maryland, Texas, Louisiana and New York - focused on strengthening student outcomes through career pathways, labor market research and community partnerships.
“Receiving the Capital One Foundation grant allows NOVA to quickly expand northern Virginia’s new Tech Talent Pipeline initiative and move closer to our goal of doubling the number of local technology graduates over the next five years,” said Steve Partridge, NOVA’s vice-president of Workforce and Economic Development.
By implementing these initiatives, the region will have the opportunity to foster students’ interest in information technology and prepare them for careers in high-demand fields. The initiatives will also promote business and economic growth by providing the talent that regional employers are seeking.
About Capital One Foundation
Capital One Foundation’s philanthropy program provides grants to national and local organizations that support education, financial literacy, and community development initiatives. In addition, they build partnerships with nonprofit organizations with missions that complement these focus areas. By combining philanthropic dollars with strong, enduring partnerships, they are able to maximize the number of residents reached and the overall impact within a community.
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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 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.