HackEd! Cyber Security Intensive

Are you interested in a job in cyber security? Check out this opportunity to grow your knowledge with HackEd!
HackEd is the country’s only 7 week immersive, hands-on-keyboard cyber security training program, and it is free. There is no tuition. Our goal is to provide you with rigorous technical training and help you find a job in cybersecurity. We invite companies to recruit from our program and to get to know you during your stay with us.  
Cybersecurity is a very hot field right now. Companies are being hacked left and right, and there are simply not enough experts in the market.  According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, over 209,000 cybersecurity jobs went unfilled in 2015 alone, and the need for talent is projected to increase by 53% through 2018.  
If you are beginning to think about next steps, you have a few technical skills, and you’re curious about cybersecurity, take a look at our program. You’ll learn valuable skills, build your professional network, and begin to launch your career in this exciting space.   
Dates and Location: Our first seven-week session will take place January 9th-February 24th 2017, in Washington, DC.
Deadline to apply:  Our application will be open until November 14th.  Visit our web site to apply or click here.
Eligibility Requirements: Please visit our website to learn what kinds of candidates we are looking for.  
To learn more about our program and our curriculum, please visit our web site at: www.hackeducate.com/ 
ACP  students, if you have any questions about this program or other opportunities from this group, please contact them directly by e-mail at info@hackeducation.com

Nonprofit Workers Can Get Help With Tuition from TD Bank

Attention ACP students! Do you work for a nonprofit organization? You may be able to receive tuition assistance from TD Bank! Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded by the TD Charitable Foundation to eligible community-based organizations for employees to attend approved classes/courses that will enhance their job performance.


Not sure when to apply? No worries! Applications (complete with all required attachments) are accepted on a rolling basis, and the TD Charitable Foundation reviews requests monthly. Notification and payout of awards are usually made in the fourth week of each month. Applicants will be notified of donation status between two to six weeks from their donation application submission.

Organizations shall be eligible to receive no more than $1,000 per calendar year. Donation amounts are to cover tuition only.

Eligible organizations:

  • Must be tax-exempt under IRS Code 501(c)(3), a public school or other qualified state or local governmental entity and not be classified as a private foundation
  • Must have a mission/focus that promotes one of the following:
    • Affordable housing for low- to moderate-income individuals
    • Increased economic (small business) development
    • Financial literacy for low- and moderate-income youth, individuals or families
    • After-school or extracurricular programming for low- and moderate-income children
  • Must be located within a TD Bank, N.A. market area
  • Must comply with the TD Charitable Foundation’s anti-discrimination policy

Eligible use of funds:

  • Classes and courses must be pertinent to the job the employee performs
  • Classes and courses may be one-day classes or part of a certification program
  • Attendance at a conference is not eligible under the program
  • Classes and courses should not have been already completed at the time of the application
  • Classes and courses should be planned to be attended at least 30 days from the donation application submission

For more information and to start your application, visit TD Bank on the web HERE.

Partner Grants for Education

Attention ACP partners! We have recently come across several education grants that could be of tremendous help to teachers and schools in our area. We’ve rounded up a list of grants below to help you get started:
Grant: Teacher Grant
Purpose: To fund projects that make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities
Funder: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Eligibility: PreK-12 certified teachers teaching in the subject of the project at public, private, charter, or parochial schools within the U.S.
Deadline: September 30
Amount: $100 – $500
Grant: Best Lesson Plans on Energy and Sustainability
Purpose: To award grants for classroom materials/activities related to energy and/or sustainability. All lessons must encompass energy and/or sustainability knowledge; be appropriate for students in kindergarten through eighth grade; include goals and plans for measuring students’ understanding; include a fully detailed description of the lesson plan, handouts, etc., with a list of all materials needed; be created by one teacher without the use of existing prepared educational materials outside of those available on SaveOnEnergy.com; and encourage student development through participation opportunities.
Funder: Save on Energy
Eligibility: Teachers
Deadline: October 21
Amount: Six grants of $500 in the form of Visa Reward Cards  
Grant: School Gardens
Purpose: To support the building, amendment, or revitalization of gardens on school campuses, with preference given to rain, pollinator, native habitat, and other natural infrastructure projects; food gardens will also be funded
Funder: Nature Conservancy
Eligibility: A school must be public or charter; can be an elementary, middle, or high school.
Deadline: October 31
Amount: 55 grants of $2,000
Grant: School Garden Grant Program
Purpose: To support school garden projects designed to help students learn about topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness. Garden projects may be at any stage of development (planning, construction, or operation). Priority will be given to both limited-resource communities and to projects that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders as well as the ability to financially sustain the garden.
Funder: Whole Kids Foundation
Eligibility: An applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private, or charter) and/or a 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds as a way to interest children in fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, the applicant must have the support of a specific partner organization from the community (a nonprofit, farm, local business, Whole Foods store, or garden club) that brings added support and sustainability to the initiative. The applicant, if a nonprofit, may be the community partner for the grant.
Deadline: October 31
Amount: $2,000
Grant: Grants to Engage 6-8 Grade Students in Mathematics
Purpose: To incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences aimed at deepening and connecting their content knowledge. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate media.
Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Eligibility: Applicants must have current NCTM PreK-8 school membership and teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the school day.
Deadline: November 4
Amount: Grants of up to $3,000
Grant: Materials-Based Research
Purpose: To support the expanding definition of craft-based research and promote collaboration between the fields of craft, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Grants will be awarded to interdisciplinary teams of researchers to encourage mutually beneficial innovation in craft and STEM fields, with a focus on materials and process-based research.
Funder: Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
Eligibility: Teams should include one maker and one professional working in a STEM-based field (e.g., material science, manufacturing, environmental studies, medicine, structural engineering, etc.), including academics, researchers, scientists, full-time makers, or other skilled specialists.
Deadline: November 16
Amount: Grants of up to $15,000 over eighteen months
With grant funds totaling thousands of dollars, you won’t want to miss out on these opportunities! If you have any questions about an individual grant, please contact the organization directly. If you would like to learn more about Adult Career Pathways, our Dual Generational Pathways Initiative, or learn how your organization can become an ACP partner, please contact Jolene Virgo by e-mail at jvirgo@nvcc.edu.

Fall Asleep Faster and Wake Feeling Rested

Doctors say we should get 7-9 hours a sleep every night, but how often does that actually happen? It’s very important for college students to get enough rest. A good night’s sleep will help you retain information better and feel great during your classes. If you’re having trouble getting a good night’s rest, give some of these ideas a try:

Avoid stimulants like coffee and sodas. Research suggests that even a cup of coffee early in the afternoon can keep your body wired all night. Instead, try eating a snack rich in protein like almonds or cheese. You can also get a jolt of energy from fruit, like an apple or a banana.

Limit exposure to lights and electronics before bed. Electric lights and the glow of our phone and computer screens can confuse our bodies and make it harder to fall asleep. Try to avoid these lights for an hour before you go to bed. If you look at social media to unwind, try reading a chapter out of a paper book before bed.


Exercise daily. Even 10 minutes of aerobic exercise (like walking, riding a bike, or swimming) can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It’s hard for busy students to find time to go to the gym. Instead, try taking a walk around campus between classes or try to take the stairs more often.

Stretch out your muscles before bed. Doing a few simple stretches before you lay down can help your body relax so you can fall asleep faster. Bend over to touch your toes, stretch out your arms, and roll your shoulders to loosen up.

Try guided imagery or listen to relaxing music. Worries throughout the day can really pile up by bedtime. When your brain just won’t relax, try guided imagery or going to a “happy place” in your mind. Think of a favorite location, a dream vacation, or other relaxing spot you’d like to be. Let the image fill your mind. Thinking of a relaxing place can help you fall asleep.

Make the Most of Autumn on Campus

Labor Day is only a few days away, which means Autumn is just around the corner! As the weather starts to cool and days get shorter, it can be hard to say goodbye to Summer and settle in for the season ahead. But the truth is that Fall can be a truly magical time. Here are some ideas on how you can embrace and enjoy all that Fall has to offer:

Take your study session outside. In the heat of summer, the library is the logical place to hunker down with your books. But Autumn weather is perfect for outdoor study sessions. A change of scenery and crisp, fresh air can definitely help reinvigorate your study. Grab your books or computer, a comfy sweater and scarf, and a study buddy, and venture out on campus before the winter chill hits!

Take advantage of campus events. Each NOVA campus offers a wide range of activities and events over the fall semester. For all you movie buffs, the Manassas campus offers a Movie Night every Thursday at 8pm in the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater. It’s free for students and staff, and only $3 for any friends or family you bring along.

fall-autumn-red-season (1)Hit the hiking trails. Enjoy the ever-changing colors of Fall! Get together a group of friends or your family and make a trip to one of VA’s many hiking trails. There’s a huge variety of trails to suit every fitness and activity level. You can find a selection of trails here. Don’t forget to bring along a camera to capture the stunning colors!

Visit an apple orchard. A day out at a pick-your-own apple orchard is a great family activity! Bundle up and enjoy some hot apple cider or cider donuts while you’re there and savor the tastes of Fall. Find an orchard near you here.

Enjoy a Fall Festival. If you love pumpkin spice everything, then a local Fall Festival is just the place for you! Celebrating all things unique to the season, festivals are great fun for both kids and adults. Enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of Fall at a festival near you. Check out upcoming festivals here.

And finally, it’s good to take time to relax and unwind after a long day of class or work with a cup of hot tea or apple cider and a warm blanket. Allow yourself to sit back and watch a fire crackle or leaves fall and take a break. You’ve earned it!

Should You Change Your Study Routine?

Having a solid study routine is a great contributor to academic success! The right routine will not only help you effectively manage your time, but also will help you retain more information and improve concentration! However, routines can be too comfortable after a while, and can prevent you from reaching your full potential. Mixing things up has some surprising benefits to your overall productivity!

Becoming too used to your study routine can contribute to an inability to focus. An easy way to combat this is to change something! Consider rearranging your study schedule; if you normally work on your writing courses first, think about tackling your math first next time. Changing the order in which you study certain subjects might help you retain information better.

If you like your schedule and don’t want to change that, maybe you can think about changing up your learning style! For example, if you are a verbal learner, maybe you can try studying in an analytical style.

Even if you like your schedule and your learning style, and you consistently get good grades on your work, you can change your routine just once. If you are having a hard time writing a paper, maybe you can take some time away and go for a walk. Interrupting your routine, even for 30 minutes, to do something different can boost your creativity.

Changing your routine may not be something you want to do, but if you’ve noticed a drop in your grades or a plateau, it might be something to consider! If your routine no longer seems to be effective, you should give it a try! You may be surprised by the results!

How Talking Out Loud Helps You Study

One word that you might associate with studying is “quiet.” If you’re studying somewhere like the campus library or another common area, you—as well as the people around you—are probably not making a lot of noise. You don’t want to be disruptive to the people around you!

But maybe you’ve found that talking out loud is helpful when you’re studying. There’s a reason for that! Talking to yourself might look funny to others, but studies show that it improves your memory and information retention! By actually stating information out loud, it creates what experts call the production effect. Participants read a list of words, half silently and half out loud. When it came time to recite the lists of words later on, they were more likely to remember the words they had said out loud.

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Part of this is because saying something out loud helps to make it distinctive. In addition to having knowledge of seeing information in a book or in your notes, or hearing it in lecture, you also have a memory of yourself producing that information verbally.

Based on this, you might want to consider identifying the most important information in your course materials. Then when you are reviewing it later on, you can recite it out loud. Taking this extra step might help you on the road to academic success!

Meet ACP’s Dual Generational Pathways Program

At Adult Career Pathways, we have various initiatives and programs designed to provide additional assistance to our students. From programs designed to help veterans to those designed to help families, there’s help for every student who wants to make college a reality in their life!

One such program, Dual Generational Pathways, is designed to create a college-going mindset within families, and at partner sites. DGP focuses on lower-income families, and engages two or more generations simultaneously through college awareness, readiness, and success activities. The initiative works with children as young as four years old to seniors preparing for a second career.


Dual Generational Pathways aims to break the generational cycle of poverty through educational pathways that lead to living-wage careers. You can read more about Dual Generational Pathways on the ACP website or on Dual Gen’s blog HERE.

If you know someone who could benefit from Dual Generational Pathways or Adult Career Pathways, be sure to share this post with them! You can also direct them to our Facebook at facebook.com/acp and facebook.com/dualgen.