Annandale Campus Hosts Open House for Area Counselors

Financial Aid Counselor Raphael Soberano, Testing Center representative Jason DeFreitas, Transfer Counselor Jennifer Nelson, Director of Student Success Mark Mannheimer and Director of Counseling Ellen Fancher-Ruiz (AN) answer questions from the Open House attendees.

On November 10, the Ernst Cultural Center Forum at the Annandale Campus was full of Fairfax County Public School guidance counselors and Student Services representatives eager to learn more about what NOVA has to offer their students. Forty representatives from approximately 16 schools and organizations attended the Open House.

The day began with a welcome from High School Outreach Specialist Wes Hillyard, Provost Barbara Saperstone and Dean of Students Athos Brewer. The attendees were briefed on NOVA’s general admissions guidelines before receiving more specific information from Student Services representatives. Raphael Soberano discussed financial aid opportunities for students, Dr. Ellen Fancher-Ruiz explained dual-enrollment policies, Jennifer Nelson spoke about transfer agreements and Calvin Haney promoted student activities.

The attendees toured the CA facilities and were able to see NOVA’s Annandale Campus Student Services offices in action. They were provided a wonderful lunch and ended the day with a question and answer session.

The Open House was very helpful, informative and a huge success largely due to the organizers’ work, especially Hillyard. This will hopefully become an annual event for not just the Annandale Campus but all six campuses.