An Upsurge in Virginia Workforce Development Initiatives

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia rose from fourth to second in the Atlantic region in an analysis of state workforce development activities. Virginia’s improved ranking is due to commitment for workforce development initiatives, particularly in terms of addressing the skills gap for priority industry sectors through increased training and credentialing. This includes a 25 percent increase in student attainment of STEM-H Workforce Credentials … Continue reading An Upsurge in Virginia Workforce Development Initiatives

NOVA Board Approves 2017 Professor Emeriti

The NOVA Board, through the Academic Curriculum and Workforce Development committees, approve the following 10 individuals to be awarded the 2017 distinction of professor emeritus. Robert Loser, ELI Deborah Mottsman Rosen, CS Dr. Walerian Majewski, AN Alice Hedley, AL Maryam Zamani, LO Cathy Simpson, CS Mary Hanrahan, AL Dr. Charles Scarborough, AN Gillie Campbell, AL Dr. Rodwell Catoe, AN Each year, prospective awardees are nominated … Continue reading NOVA Board Approves 2017 Professor Emeriti

NOVA Hosts Prince William County Adult Education Teachers

NOVA’s Workforce Development Career Pathways team hosted 42 Prince William County adult education teachers at the Woodbridge Campus Workforce Development Regional Center on January 5. This event was the first of its kind. Adult education teachers were trained on the basics of advising students on workforce classes geared towards in-demand credential attainment. The purpose of the training was to provide educators with in-depth labor market … Continue reading NOVA Hosts Prince William County Adult Education Teachers

Alexandria Partners to Host Resource Fair for Skilled Immigrants

Alexandria Partners to Host Resource Fair for Skilled Immigrants

On August 5, NOVA’s Alexandria Campus partnered with the City of Alexandria to host a resource fair for skilled immigrants called “Rebuild Your Professional Career in the U.S.” at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. The purpose of the event was to provide a forum for conversation and the opportunity for community members and professionals to share their experience and learn about … Continue reading Alexandria Partners to Host Resource Fair for Skilled Immigrants

Workforce Development Now Offers Career Switcher Program

EducateVA is the only hybrid, blended-learning, statewide program, designed specifically for career-working professionals. A mix of online courses, live Saturday classes, plus a field placement in a local school division, meets the needs of career switchers. It is offered through Workforce Development program at NOVA. The program is affordable, convenient, accessible and a quicker path to a teaching license compared to pursuing a master’s degree in … Continue reading Workforce Development Now Offers Career Switcher Program

Workforce Development Attends Three Engaging Conferences

Workforce Development Attends Three Engaging Conferences

Workforce Development Division (WDD) staff attended three conferences in early December. American Culture and Language Institute Program Manager Silvana Barretto (LO), who is also the “Workforce Link” catalog lead/designer, attended the Augusoft Lumens User Summit in New Orleans. The summit allowed colleges to explore new strategies and industry best practices and gain additional insight on upcoming features. Barretto and the “MyWorkforce” team successfully implemented Augusoft’s … Continue reading Workforce Development Attends Three Engaging Conferences

IBM and CASY Launch Veterans Employment Initiative at NOVA

IBM and CASY Launch Veterans Employment Initiative at NOVA

NOVA has partnered with IBM and Corporate America Supports You (CASY) to offer important training for veterans to help them transition their military experience into highly skilled tech jobs. The new veterans program provides returning service members with hands-on training, certification and job placement assistance in the fast-growing tech sector. More than 100 veterans around the nation will participate in the program this year. The … Continue reading IBM and CASY Launch Veterans Employment Initiative at NOVA

WES: MyWorkforce Is Here

NOVA’s new Workforce Student Registration System launched on September 3. Anyone enrolling in Workforce/Continuing Education classes at NOVA will be using this new registration system, called MyWorkforce. It is also referred to as “WES,” which stands for Workforce Enterprise System. WES is a user-friendly, web-based registration and payment system that integrates the capabilities of PeopleSoft and Lumens. Through WES/MyWorkforce, new and returning students/clients will be able to … Continue reading WES: MyWorkforce Is Here

WDD Attends Governor’s Latino Summit

WDD Attends Governor’s Latino Summit

Cinthia Molinari, Tammy Raabe and Michael Sales represented the Workforce Development Division (WDD) at Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Latino Summit on August 5. Over 300 people, including key education, state and local leaders, attended the event that was held at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus. The summit focused on the role the fast-growing Hispanic population plays in building a new Virginia economy. Breakout sessions featured topics … Continue reading WDD Attends Governor’s Latino Summit

Loudoun Co-hosts Virginia Young Professionals Summit

Loudoun Co-Hosts Virginia Young Professionals Summit

The Loudoun Campus recently partnered with U.S. Senator Mark Warner’s Office and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce to present the 5th annual Virginia Young Professionals Summit. The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, was the site of the two-day event. The event, a leadership development opportunity for young professionals from across Virginia, served as a platform for the next generation of leaders to connect, build relationships … Continue reading Loudoun Co-Hosts Virginia Young Professionals Summit

Workforce Development Division Hosts STEM Career Fair

Workforce Development Division Hosts STEM Career Fair

On October 29, the Workforce Development Division hosted its inaugural Workforce Industry Career Fair. The theme for the event, which was launched by the Business Development Group, focused on STEM recruiting. The career fair attracted 14 well-known corporations including Verizon, Apple Inc., Discovery Communications, NOVEC, Enterprise Management Systems, eIntern, ASM Research, Hanover Research, HCA Healthcare, Telos Corporation, Finnegan, CGH Technologies and Pro Sol Associates as … Continue reading Workforce Development Division Hosts STEM Career Fair

Woodbridge Celebrates Military Service Members

Woodbridge Celebrates Military Service Members

On November 5, more than 200 people gathered at the Woodbridge Campus to honor veterans and active duty military personnel during the annual Military Appreciation Day. Vendors, organizations and employers shared useful information and offered thanks and assistance to the attendees. The keynote speaker was retired Lt. Col. Victor W. Burnette, JROTC instructor at Woodbridge Senior High School. Special guests included Prince William County Supervisor … Continue reading Woodbridge Celebrates Military Service Members

LPN Program Has Third Pinning Ceremony

LPN Program Has Third Pinning Ceremony

Health care is one of the fastest growing career fields in Northern Virginia and NOVA’s Workforce Development Division (WDD) is doing its part in training workers to meet this growing demand. On August 15, the WDD hosted its third Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony. This intense yearlong program graduated 16 new nurses who are eager to start making a difference in the lives of patients. NOVA’s Practical Nursing Program … Continue reading LPN Program Has Third Pinning Ceremony

New Training Collaboration Leads to First Graduation

NOVA’s Workforce Development Division is pleased to announce a training collaboration with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services. This collaboration has given NOVA the opportunity to offer an Administrative Assistant Training Program at the new Fairfax Job Center in the Fairfax County Department of Family Services. The new Fairfax Job Center opened its doors during the first week of September, and WDD is honored to support … Continue reading New Training Collaboration Leads to First Graduation

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Workforce Development and SBA Form Unique Partnership

NOVA’s Workforce Development Division (WDD) and the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) signed a collaboration agreement to deliver small business training services. The agreement was signed by SBA District Director Antonio Doss and Vice President of Workforce Development William Gary, Sr. after SBA’s annual Small Business Awards Celebration on August 21. “Our SBA-NOVA staffs synergized very quickly to … Continue reading Workforce Development and SBA Form Unique Partnership

Workforce Development Learning Series

Third Installment of Workforce Development Learning Series

On May 17, the Workforce Development Division hosted the third installment of the Workforce Industry Building Learning Series. The purpose of the series is to build the Workforce Development Division business services brand within the Northern Virginia business community. The theme for the latest event was healthcare reform. Executives representing a cross-section of the Northern Virginia business community attended the lunch discussion titled “Moving Forward … Continue reading Third Installment of Workforce Development Learning Series

Workforce Development Launches Nationwide Training Program

Following months of hard work the Workforce Development Division officially launched the Aspiring Leaders Program for the USDA Food and Nutritional Service Division in early January 2013. The initial training deployment will cover up to 175 employees in GS grades 5-11. The program design consists of eight instructional modules that focus on a range of leadership competencies specified by FNS. While the program has quickly … Continue reading Workforce Development Launches Nationwide Training Program

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Workforce Development and Woodbridge Campus Partner to Teach Marines

During the month of December, the Workforce Development Division and the Woodbridge Campus’ Division of Business and Social Sciences partnered to launch a pilot program to teach an informational technology course to active duty Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. This pilot was initiated through the efforts of Adjunct Professor of Information Technology George Hinckley, Workforce Development Division Vice President William Gary and Woodbridge … Continue reading Workforce Development and Woodbridge Campus Partner to Teach Marines

New Hospitality Readiness Certificate Program Offered by Workforce Development

Hospitality faculty DeQuan Smith developed a new Hospitality Readiness Program through the Workforce Development Division. This new program is designed to aide individuals who are investigating the dynamic hospitality industry by developing their skills and exploring their areas of interest. Field trips and networking opportunities will be available to students enrolled in this program. The hospitality industry is growing rapidly. The restaurant industry alone employs … Continue reading New Hospitality Readiness Certificate Program Offered by Workforce Development

Vice President Workforce Development Division William Gary

Workforce Development Division Hosts Workforce Industry Building Learning Series

The Workforce Development Division hosted the first-ever Workforce Industry Building Learning Series on September 24. The purpose of the series is to build the Workforce Development Division business services brand with the Northern Virginia business community. More than 90 executives representing the Northern Virginia business community came to Annandale’s Ernst Center for this informative cyber security event. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ronald Ross, who … Continue reading Workforce Development Division Hosts Workforce Industry Building Learning Series

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Winners Announced for “Name the WDD Catalog” Contest

The “Name the WDD Catalog” contest was launched to all NOVA staff by the Workforce Development Division on September 25. The contest had a fantastic response, with more than 140 names and slogans submitted by NOVA staff. Almost 400 NOVA staff members voted on the submissions. The winning name/slogan combination was preferred by more than 60 percent of the voters. The winning entry and winners of the … Continue reading Winners Announced for “Name the WDD Catalog” Contest

MA Campus Co-Sponsors Area Latino Festival

On September 16, the Manassas Campus joined other area community partners to sponsor the 11th annual Latino Festival held at the Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas. More than 1,000 attendees from the local area participated in the festivities where food, games, prizes and musicians celebrated the rich and inspiring Hispanic heritage. In addition to sharing academic opportunities available at NOVA, several faculty and staff … Continue reading MA Campus Co-Sponsors Area Latino Festival

LPN Program Holds First Pinning Ceremony

Health care is one of the fastest growing career fields in Northern Virginia and NOVA’s Workforce Development Division is doing its part in training workers to meet this growing demand. On August 17, the Workforce Development Division hosted its first Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony.  This intense one-year program graduated 15 new nurses who are eager to start making a difference in the lives of their … Continue reading LPN Program Holds First Pinning Ceremony

Chinese Teachers Visit Manassas Campus

On Thursday, August 23, 25 vocational and technical teachers from Beijing visited the Manassas Campus for an impromptu tour and information session led by Director of the American Culture and Language Institute (ACLI) Heidi Adamson. The teachers visited the recently opened Parrish Hall and various computer and biotech laboratories. During the tour, they were pleasantly surprised and honored to meet Associate Vice President of Global … Continue reading Chinese Teachers Visit Manassas Campus