VCCS Launches New Online Tool to Help Service Members Earn More Credit

VCCS Launches New Online Tool to Help Service Members Earn More Credit

Veterans and military students now have an easier time earning credit for prior learning thanks to a new online tool launched by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) the day before Veterans Day. The Credits2Careers Veterans Portal allows students to upload their joint services transcript to see instantly how many academic credits their work experience could translate into more than 1,700 community college programs. Woodbridge Provost Sam … Continue reading VCCS Launches New Online Tool to Help Service Members Earn More Credit

Alexandria Announces Winner of Inaugural Film Pitch Competition

Alexandria Announces Winner of Film Competition

After much deliberation, the committee for the Alexandria Campus’ very first Film Pitch Competition announced this year’s winner. Led by film professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, the committee decided to use the story idea written by NOVA student Joann Bonanno to create this year’s project for Film Without Walls. As part of the Film Without Walls film series, Film Collaborative International (FCI) at NOVA will develop and produce a short narrative … Continue reading Alexandria Announces Winner of Film Competition

NOVA Portrait Project Highlights Diversity

NOVA Portrait Project Highlights Diversity

Achieving the Dream, Student Life and the Liberal Arts Division at the Alexandria Campus helped to support the NOVA Portrait Project. The primary purpose of the NOVA Portrait Project is to showcase diversity at NOVA. The project this year focused on English as a Second Language (ESL) students at the Alexandria Campus. John Kinney, ESL professor, made 25 photographic portraits of students from countries such … Continue reading NOVA Portrait Project Highlights Diversity

Manassas and Woodridge Visit Summit Point Training Facility

Manassas and Woodridge Visit Summit Point

Dr. Victoria Hill-Megginson, Manassas Campus administration of justice faculty, orchestrated a field trip for students in the criminal justice program at NOVA. The trip was to Summit Point Training Facility on October 27. About 25 students attended from both the Manassas and Woodbridge campuses with the collaborative efforts of Woodridge Assistant Dean and Professor Lisa Baker. Four professors attended – Hill-Megginson, Baker, Professor Kim Crawford and Professor Dennis … Continue reading Manassas and Woodridge Visit Summit Point

Green Club Audits Trash and Highlights Importance of Recycling

Green Club Audit Shows Importance of Recycling

Did you know that November 15 was America Recycles Day? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “in 2013, Americans generated about 254 million tons (U.S. short tons…) of trash and recycled & composted over 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34 percent recycling rate…. On average, Americans recycled and composted 1.5 pounds out of our individual waste generation rate of 4.4 … Continue reading Green Club Audit Shows Importance of Recycling

PASS Alexandria Program Presentation at VCCS Peer Conference

PASS Alexandria Program Presentation at VCCS Peer Conference

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Peer Conference for Developmental Education, Student Services, Learning Assistance Professionals and Early Childhood Development occurred November 16 and 17 at the Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center in Glen Allen, Virginia. The Alexandria Counseling Department represented by Dr. Sherri Anna Brown (Associate Dean of Students), Keith Wynn (Academic Success Counselor) and Ty Lane (Academic Success Advisor) presented on the … Continue reading PASS Alexandria Program Presentation at VCCS Peer Conference

NOVA Ceramics Students Donate to Empty Bowls Alexandria

NOVA Ceramics Students Donate to Empty Bowls Alexandria

For the third year in a row, students in the ceramics program at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus partnered with ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) to donate handcrafted, one-of-a-kind bowls for the organization’s Empty Bowls Alexandria charity event. Empty Bowls Alexandria was on November 18 at the Durant Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria. Attendees and donors enjoyed a simple meal prepared by local restaurants and bakeries and … Continue reading NOVA Ceramics Students Donate to Empty Bowls Alexandria

NOVA Supports the Spirit of the Holidays

On November 20, NOVA faculty and staff, on behalf of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and Student Life, transported a scrumptious Thanksgiving feast for the Consumer Wellness Center which serves homeless residents including those suffering from mental disabilities. Dr. JoAnn Credle, specialized degree liaison and advisor for PTK; Information Technology Professor Nancy Severe; Administration of Justice Professor George McMillan; and Dr. Rima Gulshan, English professor, went to … Continue reading NOVA Supports the Spirit of the Holidays

DEA Special Agent Joseph Piersante Speaks at Manassas

On November 14, the Sigma Chi Nu, Manassas Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, had a presentation from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Joseph Piersante. This was in conjunction with the class Administration of Justice (ADJ) 228. Piersante shared his experience as a Detroit police officer, member of the Special Response Team and graduate of the DEA Training Academy. He described his transfer … Continue reading DEA Special Agent Joseph Piersante Speaks at Manassas

Loudoun Campus Hosts Cyber Night

Loudoun Campus Presents Cyber Night

Aside from being Election Day in Virginia, November 7 marked the inaugural “Cyber Night” at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus. The first of regular cyber and IT-related organizational events for the Campus, Cyber Night featured panelists Anup Ghosh, Warren Holston and Dave White – founders focused on intelligence and behavior while working in defense communities to include military special operations, DARPA and CIA, among others. Host organization … Continue reading Loudoun Campus Presents Cyber Night

The Manassas Campus Hosts Local Middle School Students

Manassas Campus Hosts Middle School Students

The Manassas Campus hosted students from Manassas Park Middle School for their Road to College tour October 19. A fun-filled tour started with the students listening to Lisa Branson from Financial Aid talk about ways to fund their college career. Next, the group listened to Marcie Schreibman in Student Life talk about the Campus and student organizations. Some of NOVA’s student ambassadors spoke about their … Continue reading Manassas Campus Hosts Middle School Students

STEM Takes Flight Workshop

STEM Takes Flight Workshop

Earlier this year, professors Tim Eichers (LO) and Matthew Westerhoff (MA) participated in a professional development workshop at NASA Wallops Flight Facility along with 18 other faculty members from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). This three-day, residential workshop focused on the integration of STEM in the NASA workplace with the purpose of assisting faculty in educating students on the importance of teamwork, technical skills … Continue reading STEM Takes Flight Workshop

EDGE Experience Challenges New WISE Inductees

EDGE Experience Challenges New WISE Inductees

On October 20, some of the new Women in Search of Excellence (WISE) inductees traveled to George Mason University’s Prince William Campus to experience The EDGE with Professor Chalet Jean-Baptiste and Student Life Coordinator Marcie Schreibman. According to their website, “The EDGE challenges the members of the global community to better understand themselves, those around them and their world by using innovative approaches that educate, inspire … Continue reading EDGE Experience Challenges New WISE Inductees

Woodbridge Hosts Military Appreciation Day

Woodbridge Hosts Military Appreciation Day

In honor of those who have and are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces, the Woodbridge Campus hosted a Military Appreciation Day on November 8. NOVA’s Office of Military and Veterans Services (OMVS) has continuously assisted active duty service members, veterans and family members to achieve their education and career goals. “NOVA is one of the largest veteran colleges in the country,” said … Continue reading Woodbridge Hosts Military Appreciation Day

Medical Education Honors Veterans at Annual Luncheon

Medical Education Honors Veterans at Annual Luncheon

On November 9, the Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted a Veterans Day Luncheon in honor of veterans, dependents and active duty members who served in the United States Armed Forces. Several students, faculty and staff participated in the program sponsored by the MEC’s Office of Military and Veterans Services. Lt. Col. Robert Hunt was the guest speaker for the event. With 24 years of military … Continue reading Medical Education Honors Veterans at Annual Luncheon

Annandale Hosts Luncheon to Celebrate Veteran Students

Annandale Celebrates Veteran Students

During the week of November 6, the Annandale Campus recognized students who have served in the military by conducting daily giveaways throughout the week. Each day, the Veteran’s Affairs Office recognized a different branch of the military with a cake and on Thursday, November 9, the Campus showed their appreciation for veterans’ service by hosting a luncheon. Veterans and Military Program Advisor LaChante Thomas and … Continue reading Annandale Celebrates Veteran Students

Loudoun Hosts 5th Annual High School Counseling Open House

Loudoun Holds 5th Annual High School Counseling Open House

NOVA’s Loudoun Campus hosted high school guidance counselors from Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) at the Fifth Annual High School Counseling Open House on November 3. Counselors came to campus from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on what was otherwise an LCPS work day. The group mingled and ate lunch together and then heard student success stories directly from students (some of whom recognized their … Continue reading Loudoun Holds 5th Annual High School Counseling Open House

NOVA Signs Guaranteed Transfer Partnership Agreement with ODU

NOVA Signs Guaranteed Transfer Partnership Agreement With ODU

NOVA President Scott Ralls and Old Dominion University (ODU) Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Augustine “Austin” Agho signed a guaranteed transfer partnership agreement November 9 that will strengthen the ongoing partnership between the two institutions. In addition, a cybersecurity pathway program was finalized that will help address workforce shortages in the high-demand field. This agreement lays the foundation for a partnership designed to … Continue reading NOVA Signs Guaranteed Transfer Partnership Agreement With ODU

NOVA Announces Amazon Apprenticeship Program

NOVA Announces Amazon Apprenticeship Program

NOVA and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new innovative apprenticeship program designed to train veterans in Northern Virginia. The announcement marks the launch of the first-ever apprenticeship programs for AWS on the East Coast. The apprenticeship program is designed to fill a growing need for tech talent in the Northern Virginia region. In October 2017, there were 23,000 job postings for employment opportunities in … Continue reading NOVA Announces Amazon Apprenticeship Program

WISE Induction Ceremony at Manassas

WISE Induction Ceremony at Manassas

On October 17, 13 students were formally inducted into Women in Search of Excellence (WISE) Mentoring Program at the Manassas Campus. Twenty were accepted into the program (those not in attendance had prior commitments). Led by English Professor Chalet Jean-Baptiste, Student Life Coordinator Marcie Schreibman and Campus and Community Relations Specialist Ramunda Young, WISE officially kicked off its year at the Manassas Campus. The guest … Continue reading WISE Induction Ceremony at Manassas

Gulshan's Classes Celebrate National Writing Day

Gulshan’s English Classes Celebrated National Writing Day

Dr. Rima Gulshan’s classes (ENG 112 and ENG 111) celebrated National Writing Day on October 19. The event is geared toward student success and reinforces the importance of writing in the world today in the face of technological advances where writing is often undermined. Students enjoyed participating in this event and were happy to carry the message of the importance of writing to their peers. … Continue reading Gulshan’s English Classes Celebrated National Writing Day

Brain Health Talk With Common Health

Brain Health Talk With Common Health

Common Health representative Amy Moore spoke to Manassas Campus employees about “Brain Health” on October 31. They had healthy brain foods that consisted of nuts, blueberries, dark chocolate, veggies and water. Moore discussed ways to keep the brain healthy in five easy steps. First, learning new activities to stimulate growth in our brain. Second, staying active by moving our body for at least 30 minutes … Continue reading Brain Health Talk With Common Health

Professional Development and Division Swap a Success at Manassas

Professional Development and Division Swap a Success at Manassas

On October 10, NOVA faculty and staff were invited to participate in a hands-on professional development experience where they swapped divisions to learn what each academic division does and how they operate in an effort to build relationships from a behind-the-scenes perspective. The day began with the Sciences and Applied Technologies (S&AT) Division visiting Communications Technologies and Social Science (CT&SS) where they rotated through three, 15-minute … Continue reading Professional Development and Division Swap a Success at Manassas

Professor and Students Explore Culture and Identity at Local Play

Associate Professor Chalet Jean-Baptiste took her English Literature students to see a play, “Native Gardens” at the Arena Stage Theater in Washington, D.C., on October 27. From the outrageous mind of playwright Karen Zacarías, who also wrote “Destiny of Desire,” comes this hot new comedy about the clash of class and culture that pushes well-meaning neighbors over the edge. Tania, a very pregnant Ph.D. candidate, … Continue reading Professor and Students Explore Culture and Identity at Local Play

President Scott Ralls

President Scott Ralls Talks Cybersecurity Education on Capitol Hill

NOVA President Scott Ralls recently provided testimony on Capitol Hill during a joint hearing on “Public-Private Solutions to Educating a Cyber Workforce.” The hearing was held by the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development of the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection of the Committee on Homeland Security. During his testimony, Ralls discussed the greater Washington … Continue reading President Scott Ralls Talks Cybersecurity Education on Capitol Hill