Have you heard? Twenty $100 grants towards educational costs at NOVA will be raffled off throughout the 2015-2016 academic year to randomly selected students who successfully completeCashCourse coursework modules. What is CashCourse you say? Well, CashCourse is a web-based financial literacy platform created by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) to help college students learn real-life personal financial management skills. It’s completely 100% free, it’s easy to use, it has no commercial ties, and it’s now available to the entire NOVA community On the CashCourse website you will find a variety of great resources such as short articles, videos, worksheets, calculators and message boards on various financial management topics that are relevant to college students.

Personal finances are often cited as one of the top concerns and challenges for college students, but that doesn’t have to become your story! You may join students at over 800 colleges nationwide who are already using CashCourse to enhance their financial management knowledge and their ability to make better financial decisions. By using CashCourse to get your finances under control you can potentially reduce your stress, improve your academic performance, and save money! Plus, you can be entered to win one of the twenty $100 grants!

Official CashCourse Contest rules are provided below.

In order to be eligible to potentially win one of the twenty $100 grants you must do the following:

  • Register for CashCourse at as a student, provide your NOVA student email address during the registration process, and select Northern Virginia Community College as your school when you register.
  • Sign into CashCourse as a student at using the username and password you created in the first step above. Click on “Financial Tools” on the left side of the CashCourse homepage and select “Coursework”.
  • Complete the Coursework topics listed below by their respective due dates and receive a post-test score of at least 80% to be entered into the drawing for that Coursework module.

–  The “Budgeting Basics” module must be completed before   11:59pm on October 20, 2015.

–  The “Be Credit Savvy” module must be completed before 11:59pm on December 20, 2015.

–  The “Getting Started with Saving and Investing” module must be completed before 11:59pm on March 6, 2016.

–  The “Paying Back Student Loans” module must be completed before 11:59pm on May 8, 2016.

–  The “Making the Most of Employee Benefits” module must be completed before 11:59pm on June 10, 2016.

  • You must be enrolled in at least three credits at NOVA during Fall 2015 to be entered in the “Budgeting Basics” and/or the “Be Credit Savvy” drawing. You must be enrolled in at least three credits at NOVA during Spring 2016 to be entered in the “Getting Started with Saving and Investing” and/or the “Paying Back Student Loans” drawing. You must be enrolled in at least three credits at NOVA during Summer 2016 to be entered in the “Making the Most of Employee Benefits” drawing.

There will be four $100 grant drawings for each of the five coursework modules shortly after the due date for each module to randomly select students who meet the requirements outlined above. Students who are selected to receive a $100 grant will be notified via their NOVA student email account within 30 days after the due date for the module and the $100 grant will be applied toward their NOVA student account. If students have a $0 balance at the time the grant is applied toward their account then it will create a credit balance that is refunded in accordance with the College’s refund policies. Students may set up their refund preferences  Over-awards created by the additional grant, though unlikely, would be
resolved in the best interest of the student.

Please note that students are permitted to retake the CashCourse coursework modules if necessary to improve their post-test score to at least 80% to be entered into the drawings. However, students will not receive multiple drawing entries for successfully completing a particular coursework module more than once. If a student successfully completes all five coursework modules the student will be entered into the drawings for each module and could potentially win up to five $100 grants. Each module should take approximately 30 minutes or less to complete. This contest is open to all NOVA students who meet the requirements outlined above.  However, please note that NOVA faculty and staff who happen to be taking classes at NOVA are not eligible for the $100 grant drawings.  Odds of winning a $100 grant will depend on how many students successfully complete each coursework module. If you have any questions about CashCourse or the drawings, please contact the Financial Aid Support Center at 1-855-323-3199.

The following is an update to the contest rules outline above:

 Attention ELI Students!  If an individual is participating in this contest as an ELI student (enrolled in at least three online course credits),meets the requirements outlined above and is selected through the random drawing, they will receive the $100 prize as a gift card that can be used at one of NOVA’s Bookstores instead of a $100 grant applied toward their student account.  There will still be four $100 grant drawings for each of the five coursework modules, but these grants can only be awarded to students who are enrolled in less than three ELI credits.  There will be four separate drawings for $100 bookstore gift cards for each of the five coursework modules that can only be awarded to students who are taking three or more ELI credits.  In total there will be twenty $100 grants offered to non-ELI students and twenty $100 bookstore gift cards offered to ELI students who successfully complete the CashCourse modules in accordance with the contest rules.  If not enough students complete the modules to qualify for the drawings then the unused funds will be returned to the donor.

Your Future Matters


A hashtag in today’s world can be a powerful thing. It can bring a nation to its knees or lift a forgotten cause to the forefront of our minds. To us you are more than a hashtag. You are a complex individual with hopes and dreams. You want a good job and a comfortable life. You also care about other people and see yourself as not only a caretaker for your family, but to others in need.

Your future matters to us. At NOVA we have made it our mission to act as the vehicle for your success. NOVA has been there for you and your family for fifty years. Whether it be at the Medical Education Campus pursuing one of our Allied Health or Nursing degrees, or studying electrical engineering at Annandale NOVA has given you the tools to succeed

NOVA has not stood still. As the economy has evolved so have our programs and campuses. At the MEC we have added Occupational Therapy Assistant and Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs to our offerings.

Our MEC graduates are armed with degrees with starting salaries in the $50,000* range. On average an associate at NOVA cost around $15,000** with books and tuition. This means that the bulk of your cost is covered by the average financial aid package and scholarships. When compared to similar four year bachelor’s programs, it is easy to recognize that a degree from NOVA has a much higher rate of return. Especially considering the large loans that are often required to complete a bachelor’s degree that may have the same earning potential as an Allied Health or Nursing Degree.


NOVA and GMU Cost Compare

We simply ask that you take a moment and review the information session for any of the programs you may be interested in. Send us an email at, or visit our office to discuss your options and the necessary steps to apply.


We will be hosting an Open House at the MEC Campus on October 17. Join us to explore the programs that the MEC campus has to offer. Register by October 2nd and get entered to win an iPad Mini. 
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#YourFutureMatters to us.


*BLS: May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

** This is assuming a 72 credit hour associate charged at the prevailing instate rate $171.25 per credit hour and accounting for the average cost of text books and other materials. Some programs will be less than $15,000 while others may coast more.

*** Savings Calculator

MEC Open House

Have you ever wondered what the MEC is like, and what to expect in your courses here? Come and find out. Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus will be hosting an Open House, featuring interactive demonstrations by every department and campus tours. Those that register by October 2nd are eligible to win an iPad Mini! Register Now at:



Employee Spotlight

Life Matters have attended our past job fair. They have made many connections with NOVA Students.  We will be chatting with them online today. Stay tuned for the video chat! Please visit their website for more information:

Founded in 2004, Lifematters has grown into the largest employee-based home care agency in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.  We employ more than 1,000 people that provide care for more than 600 clients each month. As a still growing company we are always looking for dedicated, compassionate, trustworthy and experienced CNA’s, LPN’s and RN’s to join our organization.

We offer benefits and flexible schedules (day, night, weekend, and live-in shifts).  Staff always have the ability to choose whether or not to accept a case and we strive to always match a staff member whose skills and experiences are best suited to provide each client with the highest quality care possible.  Our staff includes a variety of working professionals who work full-time, part-time, or PRN schedules.  All of our clients receive one on one care, allowing maximum client interaction and providing a comfortable environment in which to work.

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Resume Workshop

Graduation will sneak up before you know it. Do you need help creating or updating your resume? We will be holding a workshop on September 15th from 2:30-3:30 at the Medical Education campus in room 256. You will learn basic resume writing for the healthcare professions. Be prepared early. Once you have been to a workshop, you may make an appointment with us to review your resume. Please email  with any questions. Register for the event with Eventbrite.

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Free Shuttle Service To and From the Franconia Springfield Metro

Getting to and from campus can be a chore. Especially when you have test to prep for. Grab a shuttle to campus from the Franconia Springfield Metro. Study and relax on the short ride from the metro. Need to grab lunch at the Mall? No worries the shuttle runs all day and has mid day stops at the Mall Food Court.


For a full list of Shuttle Schedules Visit


Route E: Medical Education / Franconia-Springfield Metro / Springfield Mall

NOVA Shuttle Schedule for Route E

Franconia Springfield Metro Springfield Town Center
Food Court
Medical Education Campus
Morning Service
7:30 7:40
7:50 8:00
8:10 8:20
8:30 8:40
8:50 9:00
9:10 9:20
9:30 9:40
9:50 End
11:10 11:20
11:30 11:40 11:50
Afternoon Service
12:00 12:10 12:20
12:30 12:40 12:50
1:00 1:10 1:20
1:30 1:40 1:50
2:00 2:10
2:20 2:30
2:40 2:50
3:00 3:10
3:20 3:30
3:40 3:50
4:00 4:10
4:20 4:30
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5:00 5:10
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5:40 5:50

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Networking Event

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Health eWorkforce(HeW) Service Update

  Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Invites NOVA-MEC students and faculty to attend a

Business Networking Mixer

Meet. Share. Network.

FREE if you RSVP Monique Shelton, HEW Employment Specialist, @ or (571) 419-8743

Thursday, July 16, 2015

5:00 — 7:00 PM

Location:  7411 Alban Station Court—Suite A102, Springfield VA 22150

More info at:

  • Business Casual Attire.  Stop in for a short visit or stay the entire time!

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Promo Funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Grant #TC-23745-12-60-A-53

Resume Buzzwords to Be Wary Of

Guest post by: Erika Coddington

edited by: Germaine Andino-Rexach

A well crafted resume is the first step towards successfully selling yourself to potential employers.  While you don’t need to be a master wordsmith, you should avoid a few common pitfalls. Those include overusing common buzzwords or phrases.  The meaning you intend to convey may end up being different from that received by the employer.

Instead of utilizing worn out buzzwords that sound good, be specific. Showcase and elaborate on your accomplishments in your specific job.  Below are some commonly used buzzwords to steer away from when updating your resume:

Self Starter

Employers are going to assume that you are a self starter if you are applying for the position and it is a given that they will want that in a prospective candidate so there is no need to reiterate this on your resume.


Again, employers are going to assume that you are motivated if you are eager enough to apply and enter the applicant pool; illustrate, through your previous work accomplishments that you had motivation, rather than simply list it as a characteristic on your resume.

Responsible for

Rather than list the specific tasks that you did at each job, include the innovative action steps you took to make things happen.

Problem solver

Employers are looking to hire individuals who possess this quality so there is no need to include it on your resume. An employer will surmise that you have this qality when you apply for the job.


You can illustrate in your objective and your Skills section, your passion for the industry by drawing attention to the diverse array of patients or customers that you did and your ability to go above and beyond the call of duty to accomplish the tasks that were expected of you.


Rather than use “extensive experience”, show through the diverse positions that you had what you accomplished and be specific


This word is one of the most overused buzzwords; it is recommended that you use another word or phrase to describe how you collaborated with others in a team environment or task.

For additional guidance on resume development, contact Bridget Page at  or Erika Coddington at

For more information on this topic, visit the following link.


Featured Employer: Let Mommy Sleep

Let Mommy Sleep is a regular at our MEC Job fair and has made many connections with NOVA Graduates! We are happy to highlight this potential employer for our students.  Please visit their website for more information:

Let Mommy Sleep is the only team of elite Baby Nurses serving Northern VA, DC and Maryland, currently expanding nationwide. Our team of Registered Nurses, Newborn Care Providers (NCP) and Lactation Consultants take a team approach to care for our families transitioning from hospital to home with their newborns. We provide nurturing care to newborns and evidence based education to parents allowing new families to be confident and healthy.