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NOVA to Offer ‘JumpStart’ Tuition-Free Summer Online Courses for Region’s High School Students

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is using institutional dollars from the Federal stimulus to launch a new summer schedule of tuition-free online classes for approximately 70,000 qualified Northern Virginia high school students. This is an opportunity for rising seniors through graduating seniors to JumpStart their summers and earn college credit by attending up to two online courses that will run from June 1 to July 15.

“At a time when many members of our community are struggling with the COVID-19 fallout, NOVA has an obligation to ensure our future workforce is prepared for success,” said Dr. Anne Kress, NOVA’s president. “The current downturn in our economy does not solve our region’s critical skills gap in information technology, healthcare and skilled trades. When our economy bounces back, our students must be ready” said Kress.

The online courses have been selected because they fulfill not only NOVA degree requirements but also transfer to most colleges and universities. Also, in partnership with Amazon Web Services, the JumpStart offerings will include an online course in Cloud Computing, providing students with their first step onto an in-demand local tech pathway.

NOVA JumpStart Online Course Options

ITN 257                 Cloud Computing: Infrastructure and Services

MTH 154               Quantitative Reasoning

ART 101                 History and Appreciation of Art

CST 110                 Introduction to Communication

ENG 111                College Composition I

HIS 112                  World Civilization II

Upon completion of the JumpStart application process, which includes applying to NOVA, completing their JumpStart application and uploading eligibility requirements, local high school students can start earning college credits. For students under 18, a parent or legal guardian’s permission will be needed to register. 

Offer is for students enrolled in public schools in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church City, Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County and multiple private high schools with existing dual enrollment agreements with NOVA.

For more information about the program, please contact JumpStart@nvcc.edu. For media inquiries, please contact Hoang Nguyen, Public Information Officer at hdnguyen@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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