On May 28, a delegation from the Philippines with representatives from the business, academia and government sectors visited the Medical Education Campus (MEC).
The arrangements were made by Peter Joyce and Sarah Phillips from RTI International, Robert Henderson from NOVA’s Office of Grant Development and Maria Nieto-Shahsavarian, MEC high school and community outreach liaison.
The purpose of the delegation’s visit was to learn about the American community college system, workforce development and health education. The visit included an overview on partnerships among community colleges, community-based organizations and industry.
Provost Brian Foley welcomed the delegation and gave a presentation on American community colleges and how the MEC meets regional workforce needs through its specialized programs. He also highlighted the NOVAHealthFORCE coalition that includes representatives from education, government, private business and healthcare with an aim to help shape educational offerings and address the training needs of area workers.
After the official campus tour, briefings on the Department of Labor Health eWorkforce Consortium and the AACC-Walmart Foundation projects were presented as examples of working partnership models that spur economic growth and human development.
These and other topics were addressed in an open discussion format that included a student panel. Sharon LeGrande represented NVFS-Training Futures. NOVA faculty and staff representatives included Foley, Gerry Hofler, Henderson, Katherine Jennings, Bill Kosanovich, Mandy Millot, Andrew Cornell, Beatrice Veney and Nieto-Shahsavarian. The student panel included Erica Fleming and Cynthia Bonilla (first-year dental hygiene), Marianna Butler (first-year respiratory therapy), Catherine David (recent nursing graduate) and Camille Santos (recent health information management graduate).
The delegation was delighted to have an opportunity to speak to the highly educated and eloquent students, especially since two of them are from the Philippines.