NOVA Partnership with GW Provides Students Opportunities in STEM Fields

NOVA President Robert G. Templin, Jr., signs the agreement as GW's President Steven Knapp (left) and Provost Steven Lerman (right) watch. Photo by William Atkins

NOVA recently announced a new partnership with George Washington University (GW) that will provide NOVA students the opportunity to advance their educations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The joint venture provides a pathway for qualified NOVA students with associate degrees in STEM disciplines to transfer to GW to earn a bachelor’s degree in the Integrated Information Science and Technology program at GW’s College of Professional Studies. The agreement also provides the possibility of continuing on to graduate studies in molecular biotechnology and information systems technology at GW.

“It’s critical to prepare students to enter the workforce in STEM fields which are increasingly a major source of employment,” said GW President Steven Knapp. “This partnership gives students a critical and affordable opportunity to achieve their educational goals and will strengthen their chances for employment upon graduation.”

The transfer agreement was officially signed on September 14 at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus, where President Robert G. Templin, Jr., Knapp, and GW Provost Steven Lerman discussed the importance of the agreement.

“It’s imperative that NOVA provide multiple pathways to baccalaureate and graduate education,” said Templin.“Being able to do that offers not only the opportunity for our students to achieve well-paid jobs, but it also meets a particular need the economy has for a high-skilled workforce, particularly in the scientific and technical areas that underpin our economy.”

To read the agreement, click here.