Adult Career Pathways Celebrates Graduates with Student Social

Adult Career Pathways Celebrates Graduates With Student Social

Adult Career Pathways Celebrates Graduates with Student Social
2016 NOVA graduate Carolina Cadena talks about her experience with the Adult Career Pathways program during the department’s spring student social May 19 at the Ernst Center.

After a successful academic year, NOVA’s Adult Career Pathways (ACP) celebrated their recent graduates during a student social May 19 at the Annandale Campus’ Ernst Center. ACP invited graduates and those who completed their programs in spring 2016 to bring their families for food, music and various kid-friendly activities. ACP also took the time to recognize their 2016 graduates and students in ACP who had recently completed NOVA certification programs.

The student social gave ACP the opportunity to recognize and celebrate their graduates and encourage them in their next endeavors. It also gave ACP the opportunity to provide a fun time for ACP students and their families. Food sponsors for the event were Chick-fil-A and Flippin’ Pizza.

“We have two social events each year – one in the spring and another in the fall. This gives us the chance to congratulate our students and celebrate their success because they all work really hard during the semester,” said ACP Grants Project Manager Jennifer Pocai. “These events are also an opportunity to build community, share information about ACP and have some fun.”

Adult Career Pathways Celebrates Graduates with Student Social
Staff members of the Adult Career Pathways program celebrate the department’s fifth birthday during their spring student social May 19 at the Ernst Center.

Recent graduates and those who completed NOVA certification programs attended the event with their families and friends where ACP staff members organized a number of “adventure” rooms for the students’ children and younger family members. Kid activities were provided by volunteers from Archaeology in the Community and Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

The student social also allowed for student testimonials where students shared their experiences at NOVA and how ACP staff members helped them every step of the way to achieve their goals.

“I have to thank God, my family and friends and ACP. Without them, I wouldn’t be here. As an adult with children and working, I know people feel like they don’t have the time. I felt that way, but ACP helped me and little by little I took all the classes I needed,” said Carolina Cadena, a 2016 graduate.

“As an adult learner, we have unique challenges that younger students don’t have. But ACP has always been there for me for these past three years,” said Michelle Plaisted who recently completed NOVA’s Nursing Program.

Vice President of Workforce Development Steven Partridge and ACP Director Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon were also in attendance in support of the students’ achievements. Representatives of George Mason University’s Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS), where many ACP students attend after graduating NOVA, also stopped by the student social.

During the event, ACP also recognized its fifth year at NOVA. “We’re very excited about this and the success of all of our students,” said ACP Program and Data Manager Jolene Virgo.

The ACP program is designed to serve adult students with demonstrated barriers to college access and success, including veterans, single parents, lower-wage workers, work-eligible immigrants and unemployed and underemployed individuals. Throughout the program, participants receive ongoing support and guidance through every step of their college experience. For more information about ACP, go online.

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