Do you or somebody in your family need healthcare?

Maybe you used to be covered, but now you’re not sure what you’re eligible for in your current situation. Maybe you’ve never had insurance and you have no idea where to start. Trying to navigate the complex world of health coverage and insurance can be complicated and overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to work it all out on your own!

That’s why Fairfax County is holding a special Health Information and Enrollment Fair this Saturday, November 21. From 9:00am to 4:00pm, come along to theSouth County Government Center at 8350 Richmond Hwy in Alexandria for a helping hand in making sense of your healthcare coverage options.

At the Fair, you can get qualified assistance with finding information about healthcare coverage relevant to you. You can also get application assistance to apply for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, FAMIS and/or the Governor’s Access plan on the day!

To be able to enroll in an Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) health insurance plan at the fair, you will need to bring with you the following information:

–       Social security numbers for all members of your household

–       Immigration numbers for all members of your household

–       Employment and income information for all members of your household

–       Information about any other insurance that is available to you, even if you aren’t currently enrolled it

That’s it! The helpful and knowledgeable staff will help you out with all the rest. For more information on Saturday’s event, you can call 703-704-6700. You can also for more information on health care options and enrollment assistance if you can’t make it to the Fair.

Health Information and Enrollment Fair

Saturday, November 21

9:00am – 4:00pm

South County Government Center

8350 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria

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Annandale Food Pantry

With the holidays quickly approaching, this time of year is especially hard for the individuals and families in our community who are struggling to keep food on the table. Often, these families are struggling in silence, invisible all around us, even within our own NOVA community.

This is why our Annandale Campus has started a brand-new Food Pantry! This is a great opportunity for all of us to pitch in and help feed those in need around us. Big or small, every single contribution is needed and welcomed gratefully.

The Food Pantry will accept all non-perishable food items. For example: cereal, canned goods, coffee, packaged snacks, juice boxes, peanut butter, sugar, salt and other seasonings, and bottled water. Kitchen accessories like Ziploc bags, plastic utensils, plates and cups, napkins or disposable food containers are also needed.

There are collection boxes located across Annandale Campus, at CN214, CM342, CC220 and CF232.

Let’s all pull together and take the challenge to fill up the pantry before the holidays! If we all add just one extra item to our regular grocery shopping trip, we can make a huge difference in the lives of families in need all around us.

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College Access Workshops: November – December 2015


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Manners 102 Workshop

We all know that networking is extremely important – both when you are looking for a job and when you are developing your career. It’s very likely that at some point you will find yourself sharing a meal with a current or potential employer, manager or partner. But professional etiquette can be confusing, especially so at around the dinner table!

Manners 102 is the final workshop in this semester’s professional development series. It is the sequel to Manners 101 and will be a hands-on, interactive workshop. You will learn about American dining styles, place settings and the professional etiquette regarding dining.

This workshop promises to be invaluable in teaching you how to dine like it’s your job (because sometimes it is!)

If you are interested, come along on Tuesday, November 17th to room CM363 from 2:00 – 3:30pm.

Bon appetit!


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ACP Welcomes Veterans

The ACP program, in collaboration with the SkillSource Group, offers special services to currently unemployed, honorably discharged service members, including job placement assistance after credential completion, additional funding options, and assistance with prior learning assessment of military training for college. This initiative is funded by the Virginia Community College System’s Rapid Response Assistance Program for Veterans’ Employment.

ACP’s Success Advisor, Trasi Watson, is assigned to this initiative. Prior to coming to NOVA, Trasi worked as an academic advisor and program manager for the TRiO program at Guam Community College where she helped first generation college students and low-income families gain access to higher education opportunities. While overseas, she volunteered and worked as an academic counselor in the Navy College office. In addition, Trasi worked two years in the Yokosuka Fleet and Family Support Center providing life skills training. Trasi is dedicated to her work helping students, and she consistently goes above and beyond to give students the best start possible.

Interesting in learning more about Adult Career Pathways? Contact us by e-mail at We hope to hear from you soon!

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ACP Student Stories: Carolina

Carolina is a single mom who needed to further her education in order to advance her career with Fairfax County Public School’s Head Start program. She faced adversity with financial aid and academic divisions due to challenging life circumstances when she previously attended NOVA. With help from her ACP counselor, Carolina was given a second chance to receive financial aid funds and renew her academic record. She is now a wonderful role model for her children, several colleagues who have also become ACP students and others who hear her story of success. Carolina has completed her Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy and is close to completing her A.A. in Liberal Arts at NOVA. She plans to transfer to GMU after completing her degree so she can pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She wants to inspire and assist others in pursuing their career and education goals.

Watch our YouTube video to learn more about Carolina:

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ACP Student Stories: Erica

Erica is a student with unbelievable perseverance. She has made it on her own since she was teen, but knew she wanted to continue her education. When faced without the support of her family in the U.S. and while balancing her academic and career goals, she took on the challenge of beginning college coursework. Though she faced challenges she thought she’d never make it through when applying for financial aid, the Adult Career Pathways program has helped her to succeed. She has been very successful at NOVA and is looking forward to transferring to George Mason University next year. She sees Adult Career Pathways as her beacon of hope and looks forward to giving back to others in her future career.

Learn more about Erica in the video below:

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Medical Education Campus Open House Event


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Women Driving The Economy Conference

NOVA students are invited to join Congressman Don Beyer on Saturday, October 10th from 8am-12noon for his free “Women Driving the Economy” conference at George Mason University – Arlington Campus. The keynote speaker will be Small Business Administration (SBA) administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. The plenary panel will be moderated by Megan Beyer with Judith Warner from the Center for American Progress, local business owner El Brown, and Rebecca Shambaugh, a leadership trainer for women in the workforce. Breakout sessions will include workshops on resume building, interview skills, and salary negotiation.
Childcare will be provided. George Mason’s Arlington Campus is easily accessible from the Virginia Square stop on the Orange Line Metro, and garage parking is available for a flat rate of $7.
We hope to see many students at this wonderful event!
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It’s That Time Again…Mid-Semester Progress Reports!

Tell us how you’re doing in college by submitting your Mid-Semester Progress Report this month.

All Pathway students are required to complete the form, which is a chance to let us know how your classes are going and help you create a plan of action if you want to improve your results!

To access the report, simply log onto your Pathway Blackboard account then:

  • click on the Student Connect tab
    • click on the link for Pathway to the Baccalaureate Student Union in My Organisations
    • On the left hand side, click on the tab for ‘forms’
  • click on ‘Mid Semester Progress Report’ and print!

After you’ve got the document printed, read page 2 entitled “10 Things Students Need to Know about the MSPR!” then fill out your portion including the list of all your courses.

Make an appointment with each of your instructors for them to fill out their section, then return the completed form to your campus Pathway office, where you will meet with a counselor.

If you are taking an SDV 100 this semester, your instructor will set a deadline for your class to hand in their progress reports; if not, then please turn in the form by October 14.

You cannot get your Spring 2016 registration HOLD off without submitting the report, which means that you won’t be able to register for Spring classes.

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