Category Archives: NOVA RESOURCES

Career Readiness: The Importance of Internships!

According to a survey conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, “four in five employers believe that completion of a supervised and evaluated internship… would be very or fairly effective in ensuring that recent college graduates possess the skills and knowledge needed for success at their company”.

In 2015, 63% of college students had participated in an internship, putting students without that experience upon graduation at a disadvantage when job seeking.

Why are internships in college so important?

  • Acquiring experience
  • Learning company expectations
  • Building your resume
  • Accessing reference letters
  • Gaining confidence
  • Networking
  • Meeting mentors
  • Getting hired

NOVA supports students looking for internships through the College Central Network (CCN). CCN is a database that allows employers to post internships and jobs and NOVA students and alumni to search and apply for those positions.

To learn all about CCN and how to use it, view this video:

Having difficulties logging into CCN, contact or 703-503-6305.

Interested in an internship for college credit?  Contact Pat Gordon at or 703-933-1851 for more information.

Having difficulty finding just the right internship in CCN, check these websites out:                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Sources                                                                                                                                     Colorado State University                                                                                                                                                                                    Eastern Nazarene College                                                 

Stressed About Your Finances? Financial Supports/Services at NOVA

If you are a  college student and worried about your finances, you’re not alone! A national study conducted by Ohio State University found that 70% of college students were stressed about their finances.

NOVA and the Pathways programs are working to find ways to support students through financial difficulties, so they can stay in school and be successful.

Highlighted services and resources:

Tax Preparation Assistance: Haven’t filled your taxes yet? It’s  not too late to get help! NOVA is offering free tax preparation workshops through April 10th. Learn more here –

Free Financial Coaching: Financial coaching can cost $50-$250 dollars per hour. NOVA offers its students access to an Accredited Financial Counselor who holds an M.S. in Personal Financial Planning for free!  You can contact our coach, Diana Yacob, at 703-228-7488 or

Campus Food Pantries: Did you know there was a food pantry on each of NOVA’s six campuses? The pantries provide food and basic necessities to NOVA students at no cost.


Supplemental Financial Aid: Federal Financial Aid alone may not be enough to sustain some students while they pursue their college credential. If that is the case, students can  look into whether they are eligible for other financial support programs like Child Care Assistance and Supplementary Nutrition Assistance. NOVA has two specially trained staff members to assist students one-on-one with filling out Virginia’s CommonHelp application.

Pathway Students Only:                                                                                 Jeannette Bilgera or 703-933-8062                        All NOVA Students:                                                                                              Rachelle Thompson or 703-503-6240

Student Emergency Grant: NOVA’s Working Students Success Network offers an emergency grant for NOVA students facing financial emergencies that endanger their ability to stay enrolled. To learn more go to

Referenced                                                                                                                          The Ohio State University. (2015). 70 percent of college students stressed about finances. Retrieved from


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