Needs

To survive and thrive we all need:

Food

Shelter

Hope

The pressure to succeed and move on with their life is a very real thing for our Health Science and Nursing students at the Medical Education Campus (MEC and across Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).  For some, their time at NOVA is the bridge between a difficult life and a comfortable one. For others, NOVA is a low-risk environment to explore an interest or a jumpstart their bachelor’s degree. Whatever the need, NOVA stands ready to help students along their path.

Each student’s personal narrative is different and the path unique. Staff and Faculty at the MEC realize this and have taken strides to alleviate some of the non-academic pressures a student may face. Nationally 1 in 3 undergraduate students faces food insecurity issues[1]. At NOVA our students also face these issues on their pathway to success. Our Student Life Office (HE116) under the direction of Patricia Martin-Mattocks and her excellent staff, maintain a food pantry to assist students. Their office is a central hub of student engagement on campus, promoting cross-discipline activities and leadership opportunities for our students. Any student facing food insecurity should reach out to her without hesitation.

NOVA also operates a Financial Stability Program[2] that can help students with:

      • Child Care Services

      • Energy Assistance (Fuel, Crisis, or Cooling)

      • Food Assistance (SNAP)

      • Health Care Coverage

      • Temporary Cash Assistance

      • Legal Assistance

      • Immigration Assistance

      • Emergency Cash Assistance

      • Employment Assistance

      • Clothing Assistance

      • AND MUCH MORE.

Students should log into nvcc.singlestoptechnologies.com to see their eligibility for financial assistance[3].

In addition to our food pantry, NOVA is committed to the success and well-being of her students. The office of NOVACARES[4] has reporting tools that allow individuals to inform the college if they or someone they know is having difficulties or has been a victim of sexual assault. Reports are confidential and handled by trained staff who will decide on the appropriate response.

Please know that we are here as guides and mentors along your path. Students are our greatest credential and source of pride.

Sincerely,

MEC Counselor

[1] https://blogs.nvcc.edu/spotlight/2018/02/15/food-insecurity-vol-01-iss-01/
[2] https://blogs.nvcc.edu/wssn/resources-services/virginia-commonhelp/
[3] https://blogs.nvcc.edu/wssn/resources-services/virginia-commonhelp/
[4] https://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/