White House Recognizes NOVA and President Templin as “Champions of Change”

Champions of Change roundtable

President Robert G. Templin, Jr. and NOVA were recently recognized by the White House as “Champions of Change” which highlights leaders who are making an impact in their communities and helping America rise to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

As part of the recognition, Templin and other community college leaders visited the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion about the positive impact community colleges make across the nation.

In particular, NOVA was recognized for its leadership in Achieving the Dream and the Pathway to the Baccalaureate programs which are helping more community college students succeed.

During the roundtable discussion, Templin said it is critical that community colleges reach into populations that historically have not participated in postsecondary education in order to meet President Obama’s goal of increasing America’s college graduates by 2020.

“NOVA has spent a lot of time working with our schools and admitting students in the 11th grade [to the Pathway program],” said Templin. “These students who are profiled at risk are guaranteed admission to a baccalaureate program upon successful completion. We now have 45 high schools and 6,500 students involved and they have a success rate of 90 percent.”

According to a statement from the White House, America’s community colleges are essential in educating workers and strengthening the economy. Nearly eight in 10 new jobs will require higher education and workforce training. To meet this need, the Obama Administration is working to support community colleges in graduating an additional five million students by the end of this decade. Watch the roundtable discussion.