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Northern Virginia Community College Hosts a ‘Student Needs Symposium’ to Discuss the Modern Trends for Addressing Wraparound Services for Success

As the cost of education continuously rises, community colleges are looked to as the best in class to serve the community.  In spearheading the launch of #RealNOVA a ‘Student Needs Symposium’, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will be working towards facilitating a collective conversation on the needs of students in relation to barriers that they face.  The ‘Symposium’ will be held on Wednesday, November 20th at Regional Center for Workforce Education & Training (WRC) at 2675 College Drive, Woodbridge, VA, 22191 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

NOVA will be hosting Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Founder of The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, and a Professor at Temple University to talk about her nationally renowned research on obstacles to higher education, famously known as #RealCollege.  As a Carnegie Fellow, she was ranked 6th as a national education policy scholar, and she is one of the leading 35 women in higher education.  As she frequently continues the dialogue for student success, it has led her to being featured in high-profile speaking engagements such as The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, SXSW and PBS NewsHour about her work. NOVA is excited to have her present on key concepts that can be applicable to the region(s) that the institution serves.

"Having grown up in Falls Church, I know the important role that Northern Virginia Community College plays in the health and wellbeing of its community.  I’m happy to be supporting NOVA’s efforts to address its students’ basic needs, so that they can thrive and graduate, " says, Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab.

This is also call for the college and the community to take action on the real needs facing today’s college students.  As NOVA serves a very diverse population of students, there is recognition that many face different challenges. The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice’s research this year stated that about 70% of two-year college students face housing or food insecurity.  Further challenges can include; accessibility to resources, child care, transportation, and mental health.  Presenters from across the college community will have the opportunity to share their resources and best practices to elevate and resolve these barriers to student success. NOVA students from across the College will be in attendance to share their stories and advocate for their peers.

A recent Harvard Business Review article in September stated that, “building an equity mindset helps address inequities, and requires asking questions about unequal student outcomes — recognizing patterns of inequity, incorporating teaching pedagogies that actively engage students.”  Addressing some of these concerns can have community colleges lead the discussion.  “The strong history of community colleges as sites of innovation and nimbleness provides hope for a future in which these institutions will make an impact on communities and, most important, help change the lives of students and their families.”

“As NOVA continues to be an educational leader in one of the most diverse communities in the nation, we must make it a point to lead with equity for the dignity and success of our students,” says, Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover, Vice President of Student Services at NOVA.  The continuous support of wrapround services and enhanced partnerships with our community will help us achieve better outcomes for students.

For more information in relation to the programming of the ‘Student Needs Symposium,’ please contact Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover, Vice President of Student Services at NOVA at studentservices@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.

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