Parent Tips and Tricks for College Readiness

With a few simple steps, your child can be college bound! Help set your child up for a bright future in college with these tips and tricks:

 Meet with your son’s or daughter’s school counselor at least once a year.

 Keep track of your child’s grades. Every class counts!

 Make sure they’re taking the right college entrance tests.

 Fill out forms they need to get scholarships and grants.

 For more information about how to help your child plan for college and beyond:

This site gives you information and instruction for filling out the free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Use the “forecaster” to get an early estimate of your child’s eligibility for federal student aid.

Virginia Wizard ( 
The Wizard can help students understand their skills and interests, choose a career, and find a college that offers the program they need to pursue their career goals.

This site provides a listing of public and private 2-and 4- year colleges and universities in Virginia, financial aid resources, and more.

Questions about other ways you can help  your child prepare for a bright future at college? Contact your Adult Career Pathways advisor/counselor to get more information.

Why Parents Should Make College A Goal For Their Children

As summer draws to a close, many small children are about to trek off to preschool or kindergarten for the first time. You’ve probably heard the phrase “Education is the key to your future.” Maybe you have even said it yourself! There are untold benefits from continuing your education after high school, including more career options, higher career satisfaction, and higher pay. Even though preschool and kindergarten students are very young, it’s always a good idea to start talking about education goals early!


A 2013 study done by the College Board reports that in addition to higher pay, college graduates are more likely to have health coverage by their employer and pension benefits. According to the study, in 2011, employers provided health insurance to 69% of full time workers with bachelor’s degrees compared to the 55% of full time workers who only had a high school diploma.

The College Board also reports that 51% of workers (age 30-45) with a bachelor’s degree or higher report being very satisfied with their jobs. Compare that to the 42% who have no high school diploma and the 47% who have a high school diploma!

The same study claims that the median lifetime earnings of those with an associate degree and those with some college education but no degree (such as certificate holders) are 27% and 13% higher than the median earnings of high school graduates. The same study also states that college graduates are less likely to smoke, and families of college-educated parents are less likely to be obese.

With benefits like these, it makes sense that you would want to encourage your children to go to college! Sharing the opportunities that a college education can bring is a great way to introduce the idea of college to a child!

Read more about how to introduce the idea of going to college to your child in this blog post HERE.

Fall 2016 NOVA Shuttle Schedule

Attention Dual Gen students! Are you looking for transit options to get to and from campus this semester? Consider taking the NOVA Shuttle! The shuttle is FREE for students, faculty, and staff when you show your NOVA ID card. This convenient shuttle makes commuting to and from campus easier than ever. Take a look at the schedule below for ride times and more information:
The following schedule will be in effect starting Fall 2016:
Route A – Annandale Campus / 7630 Little River Turnpike / Dunn Loring Metro
  • In service Monday through Thursday until 5 PM
Route B – Alexandria Campus / Ballston Metro
  • In service Monday through Thursday until 5:40 PM
  • No longer a stop at Arlington Center
Route C – Alexandria Campus / Braddock Metro
  • In service Monday through Thursday until 7:30 PM
  • Route will not run between 10:15 AM – 12 PM
  • Route will not run between 1 PM – 2 PM
Route D – Annandale Campus / Seven Corners Transit Center / Alexandria Campus
  • In service Monday through Thursday until 5:30 PM
  • Route will not run between 12:45 PM – 2 PM
  • Manassas Route has been discontinued (MIP closed)
    • PRTC’s OmniLink Bus offers weekday service between the Manassas Campus and Manassas Mall
    • Route Info: OmniLink Manassas to NOVA
Route E – MEC Campus
Route F – Loudoun Campus / Whiele Metro / Reston Center / Signal Hill
  • In service Monday through Thursday until 5 PM
All NOVA students, staff or faculty can ride FREE by showing their NOVA Card! Shuttle tracking and updates are available real-time through the RideSystems app or online at
You can now Text “NOVA Shuttles” to 1-800-546-6141 to receive emergency alerts about the shuttles via text message.
Questions? Please contact Parking & Transportation Customer Support at 703-323-3123 or

VIDEO: Hear From A Local Partner

How does partnership with Dual Generational Pathways, Adult Career Pathways, and NOVA impact an organization and the people it serves? Watch our video below to hear from our local partner at Hopkins House preschool:

If your organization is interested in partnering with Dual Generational Pathways or Adult Career Pathways, please contact Jolene Virgo by e-mail at