The Office of Pregnant and Parenting Student Support (OPPSS) is open to support pregnant women, expectant fathers, newly parenting students with children up to the age of five, and any student experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking, in an effort to increase student success and retention.
The Virginia Department of Health was awarded “The Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens and Women Grant” in September 2010 which focuses on (1) improving services for pregnant and parenting students at institutions of higher education; (2) improving services for pregnant and parenting students, and any student experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and (3) strengthening the awareness of these challenges through increased knowledge and awareness on college campuses.
After receiving the contract for NOVA, the Office of Pregnant and Parenting Student Support was established to meet the needs of these students. OPPSS operates on a 12-month basis, from the home office at the Medical Education Campus in Springfield, and at each NOVA campus through the use of the Medical Education Van. The staff will visit each campus up to twice a month, weather and holidays permitting.
The OPPSS link on NOVA’s website is www.nvcc.edu/oppss and has the calendar/schedule for all campuses as well as URL links for available resources in Northern Virginia.
Another part of this grant is the training of paid peer mentors on each campus to help support the OPPSS. Each peer mentor will attend training on how to help and support NOVA students in need of our services. Peer mentors will help market the program to students at their campus, meet one-on-one with students to help them with any academic challenges they face and refer them on to the director and the licensed clinical social worker for medical and emotional issues that come with pregnancy, parenting, domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking. If you are interested in becoming a paid peer mentor and able to give two to 10 hours a week, please contact Barbara Cotton, email@example.com.
OPPSS Email: OPPSS@nvcc.edu
Main Number: 703-822-2010
Director – Harriet Zimmerman, RN, BSN, MEd
Project Manager – Andrea Bilson
Social Worker – Barbara Cotton, LCSW
This program is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health, Grant # 6 SP1AH000011-02-01.