NOVA was a big winner in the 2011 Prince William Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. SySTEMic Solutions won for Innovative Practice/Partnership (Public Sector) and the Woodbridge Campus won for Community Outreach.
SySTEMic Solutions, a collaborative arrangement among school divisions, higher education institutions and employers to create a sustainable workforce pipeline in the Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County region, was nominated by Dr. Bruce McDade, superintendent of Manassas Park City Schools.
“SySTEMic Solutions is the epitome of an innovative private/public partnership that truly inspires students to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities from elementary school through higher education with successful programs at each level,” McDade said. “Overall, just this school year, we have been able to reach hundreds of students who would not have had these opportunities if it we were not partnering with SySTEMic Solutions. This is a very successful partnership because there are no boundaries among the three school divisions – we are all included in the same activities through SySTEMic Solutions. The business partners that the program has been able to bring to the table have embraced these programs not only through monetary support but also through employees volunteering their time to introduce real world applications directly to the students.”
Bryanna K. Altman of The Computer Doctor nominated the Woodbridge Campus by saying, “NVCC’s contribution to our community and Chamber knows no boundaries.”
The Woodbridge Campus was honored for its work with such community organizations as Prince William County Schools Adult Education, Literacy Volunteers of America – Prince William, Inc., Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, and National Congress of Black Women, Inc. The Campus was also recognized for hosting or participating in numerous community activities such as Military Appreciation Day, American Red Cross blood drives and the annual Dale City Independence Day Parade, and for providing cultural opportunities in the form of theater productions, literary readings, seminars, art exhibitions and other events. In addition, the award cited the heavy involvement of the Woodbridge Campus faculty and staff with the Chamber of Commerce, which includes sponsoring numerous events and serving on several committees.
During the awards luncheon on May 17, Vice President William Gary introduced several Workforce Development staff members and discussed how the newly reorganized Workforce Development Office would benefit the business community.
Twelve winners were selected from more than 65 nominees based on a combination of factors including industry achievements, community involvement and their ability to meet eligibility requirements.