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

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

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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

President’s Sabbatical Award

The Personnel Services Committee (PSC) invites full-time faculty to apply for the President’s Sabbatical Award. The award is designed to foster creative energy by providing faculty with a one-semester sabbatical leave with full pay. Each academic year, a maximum of three faculty members, one of whom can be on a 12-month contract, can receive the award. Award proposals should be no more than 1,000 words and specify … Continue reading President’s Sabbatical Award

President’s Sabbatical Award

The Personnel Services Committee (PSC) invites full-time faculty to apply for the President’s Sabbatical Award. The award is designed to foster creative energy by providing faculty with a one-semester sabbatical leave with full pay. Each academic year, a maximum of three faculty members, one of whom can be on a 12-month contract, can receive the award. Award proposals should be no more than 1,000 words and specify … Continue reading President’s Sabbatical Award

Alexandria Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Fine Arts Building

Alexandria Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Fine Arts Building

NOVA’s Alexandria Campus celebrated the innovative addition to the Campus and to the College community during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Center for Design, Media and the Arts building on October 6. The Center for Design, Media and the Arts is a state-of-the-art, 80,420 sq. ft. facility. Moseley Architects and contractors Branch Daffan were involved in completing the building. The building currently houses programs … Continue reading Alexandria Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Fine Arts Building

Legacy Lecture Features Two Long-Serving Faculty

Legacy Lecture Features Two Long-Serving Faculty

During the Annandale Campus 50th anniversary Heritage Celebration on September 22, President Scott Ralls led the dedication of interpretative signage on the historic site on campus where the original Pruitt family farmhouse stood when the property was purchased by the Commonwealth in 1966. The Heritage Celebration concluded with a special Legacy Lecture that featured two of NOVA’s longest serving faculty members, Floyd Schwartz, Annandale information … Continue reading Legacy Lecture Features Two Long-Serving Faculty

Annandale Celebrates 50 Years With Heritage Celebration

Annandale Celebrates 50 Years With Heritage Celebration

NOVA’s Annandale Campus celebrated 50 years with a Heritage Celebration on September 22. NOVA faculty, staff, students, community members and a number of elected officials attended the event to recognize the anniversary as NOVA President Scott Ralls dedicated an interpretive sign at the historic site on campus where the original farmhouse once stood. “Today is an important celebration of a unique accomplishment for education in … Continue reading Annandale Celebrates 50 Years With Heritage Celebration

McAuliffe Visits NOVA for VCCS Cybersecurity Discussion

McAuliffe Visits NOVA for VCCS Cybersecurity Discussion

On September 13, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) hosted its inaugural meeting for its Cybersecurity Advisory Board at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus. Governor Terry McAuliffe and NOVA President Scott Ralls also participated in the discussion. The purpose of the newly-formed advisory board is to ensure that the Commonwealth’s two-year cyber curriculum imparts the real-world skills … Continue reading McAuliffe Visits NOVA for VCCS Cybersecurity Discussion

NVCC Educational Foundation Hosts 21st Annual Dinner

NVCC Educational Foundation Hosts 21st Annual Dinner

The NVCC Educational Foundation hosted its 21st Annual Recognition Dinner on September 13 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Proceeds from the fundraising event support student scholarships, faculty and staff development and college programs. Retired Army General Barry R. McCaffrey, former drug czar under President Bill Clinton and current NBC News consultant, delivered the keynote address. The Foundation hosts this annual event to thank those … Continue reading NVCC Educational Foundation Hosts 21st Annual Dinner

NOVA Welcomes Faculty at 2017 Fall Convocation

NOVA Welcomes Faculty at 2017 Fall Convocation

NOVA is now in full swing. The first day of fall classes was August 21. However, just before classes, NOVA hosted its annual Fall Convocation on August 16 at the Annandale Campus. The event began with a welcome from College Senate Chair Maggie Emblom-Callahan and a safety briefing from NOVA’s Office of Public Safety. A trio of NOVA history professors – Charlie Errico (WO), Ray … Continue reading NOVA Welcomes Faculty at 2017 Fall Convocation

NOVA and Radford Sign Guaranteed Transfer Partnership Agreement

NOVA and Radford Sign Guaranteed Transfer Partnership Agreement

In an effort to strengthen its existing collaborative relationship, NOVA President Scott Ralls and Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill signed a guaranteed transfer partnership agreement during a ceremony at NOVA’s Annandale Campus on August 28. The agreement outlines the foundation of the partnership designed to facilitate the seamless transfer of NOVA graduates to Radford University. “This is a historic, monumental day for NOVA,” Ralls … Continue reading NOVA and Radford Sign Guaranteed Transfer Partnership Agreement

NOVA Congratulates 2017 Graduating Class

NOVA Congratulates 2017 Graduating Class

NOVA celebrated its 51st graduation on Sunday, May 14. U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered the commencement address to about 1,500 graduating students at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. The 2017 commencement theme was “Believe, Aspire, Achieve.” Kaine said that he always tries to say yes when asked by one of his staffers to officiate at their wedding, and when asked by a college or … Continue reading NOVA Congratulates 2017 Graduating Class

Faculty Celebrate First Year Experience

Faculty Celebrate First-Year Experience

Twenty faculty members from across the College reflected on their first year of full-time teaching during a celebratory event on April 26. Faculty shared their teaching and learning reflections around three questions. What surprised me? What inspired me? What touched my heart? Student stories were shared emphasizing the tenacity and commitment of students to overcome challenges. President Scott Ralls addressed the faculty and congratulated them on … Continue reading Faculty Celebrate First-Year Experience

Woodbridge Honors First WISE Cohort

Woodbridge Honors First WISE Cohort

On April 20, Women in Search of Excellence (WISE) held an end-of-year recognition ceremony for its first cohort of members at the Woodbridge Campus. WISE is a mentoring program that supports the educational success and leadership abilities of students. Several WISE members and NOVA faculty and staff were honored for their commitment and academic achievements. The accomplishments of WISE members have made a significant impact … Continue reading Woodbridge Honors First WISE Cohort

Annandale Campus Acknowledges Student Accomplishments

Annandale Campus Acknowledges Student Accomplishments

During its 2017 Student Achievement Awards Ceremony, NOVA’s Annandale Campus acknowledged 50 students for their accomplishments and for receiving prestigious scholarships to continue on their educational journeys. The ceremony was hosted at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus. Annandale Campus Provost Pam Hilbert opened the ceremony by congratulating the students and thanking everyone who supports them including family, friends, faculty … Continue reading Annandale Campus Acknowledges Student Accomplishments

NOVA Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

NOVA Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Thirteen NOVA faculty will be honored at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) International Excellence Award dinner event in Austin, Texas, on May 27 as part of their annual conference. NISOD recognizes faculty from community colleges across the country for their excellence in teaching and learning. NOVA faculty were nominated by their campus provosts and approved by NOVA President Scott Ralls. Established … Continue reading NOVA Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

NOVA and Mason Announce Program to Strengthen Transfer Process

NOVA and Mason Announce Program to Strengthen Transfer Process

Governor Terry McAuliffe, George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera and NOVA President Scott Ralls joined together on April 4 to announce a strengthened partnership to benefit students desiring to transfer from a two-year program to achieve a four-year undergraduate degree. ADVANCE: A NOVA Mason Partnership will increase graduation rates and smooth the path to a degree while saving students time and money in the process. … Continue reading NOVA and Mason Announce Program to Strengthen Transfer Process

NOVA Service Award Luncheon Honors Faculty and Staff

NOVA Service Award Luncheon Honors Faculty and Staff

The NOVA Service Awards Luncheon honoring faculty, adjunct faculty and staff completing 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service with the College and the Commonwealth of Virginia was held on March 24 at the Westfields Marriott. It was a wonderful event and 306 people attended, enjoyed a buffet lunch and great music provided by George Mason University musicians, and reconnected … Continue reading NOVA Service Award Luncheon Honors Faculty and Staff

President Ralls’ Discusses College Strategic Plan on NOVA-TV

President Ralls’ Discusses College Strategic Plan on NOVA-TV

President Scott Ralls recently visited the NOVA-TV studio to tape a half-hour presentation that reviews the College’s progress on developing a strategic plan where “every student succeeds, every program achieves and every community prospers.” He discussed how Informed Pathways will provide NOVA students with a clearer direction toward achieving their goals. NOVA’s strategic plan will improve enrollment, retention and the full transfer of credits and advising. … Continue reading President Ralls’ Discusses College Strategic Plan on NOVA-TV

President Ralls Participates in 2nd “Ask the Prez” Facebook Live Session

President Ralls Participates in 2nd “Ask the Prez” Facebook Live Session

NOVA President Scott Ralls hosted an “Ask the Prez” Facebook Live session on February 24 with students Hannah Williams (AN), Samantha Slusher (WO) and Abdulla Qureshi (AL). The sessions provide an opportunity for the NOVA community to learn what is important to NOVA’s president. The students asked questions like “Why is parking not included in registration?” and “What piece of advice changed your future?” In … Continue reading President Ralls Participates in 2nd “Ask the Prez” Facebook Live Session

NOVA Honors Spring Pinning Ceremony Highlights Academic Success

NOVA Honors Spring Pinning Ceremony Highlights Academic Success

On February 9, the NOVA Honors Program held its Spring Pinning Ceremony at the Annandale Campus where new Honors Program students and their friends and families came together with NOVA administrators and faculty to enjoy light refreshments and fellowship. After being welcomed by President Scott Ralls, who highlighted the leadership and innovation NOVA Honors provides other two-year institutions nationwide, guests listened to a brief history of the NOVA … Continue reading NOVA Honors Spring Pinning Ceremony Highlights Academic Success

NOVA Workforce Releases Innovative Quarterly Regional Economic Report

NOVA Workforce has published an innovative labor market dashboard to support the development of a strategic approach to meet the current workforce needs of regional employers. This new report will benefit economic development agencies, job seekers and local employers by providing a snapshot of the regional labor market, ultimately putting the region on a path to remain economically competitive. The inaugural report shows there were … Continue reading NOVA Workforce Releases Innovative Quarterly Regional Economic Report

President Ralls Visits Richmond

President Ralls Visits Richmond

On January 31, President Scott Ralls and other board members of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) visited with state leaders in Richmond. NVTC is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. The largest technology council in the nation, NVTC serves approximately 1,000 companies and represents about 300,000 employees in the region. NOVA has developed a valuable and strategically close working … Continue reading President Ralls Visits Richmond