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MEC Garage Changes! Coming September 9th, 2019

Our colleagues at NOVA Parking have announced some exciting changes to how you pay for hourly parking.


Coming September 9th, 2019

MEC GARAGE CHANGES!

WHAT’S NEW?

The MEC garage will be moving to a new Pay Station System for Hourly Parking

HOW IS THIS SYSTEM DIFFERENT?

Hourly Customers will now Pay Upon Arrival to the MEC Garage

    • No More pulling tickets or waiting for gates!

ONCE I ARRIVE WHAT DO I DO?

    Permit holders simply enter and park on their respective levels
    Hourly Customers enter and find a numbered space on either Level 1 or 5
    Take note of the space number where you parked
    Pay for the amount of time you wish at one of the Pay Stations
    The Pay Stations are located inside the Main Entrance on the 1st floor
    No need to display anything on your dash. Just Pay and Go!

*You will need your receipt to add additional time*

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND HOW DO I PAY?

The pricing has not changed:
$2.00 Per Hour – $10.00 Daily Max
You may pay with your phone using our Passport App – PassportParking.com

Or at the Pay Stations which accept the following payment types:
Coins- $1, .25¢, .10¢, .05¢
Credit Cards– Visa, Mastercard, AMEX

*Please Note the Pay Stations DO NOT accept Bills & There are NO  refunds*

As always Parking is still:
FREE after 3:45pm on Levels 1,2,3 & 5!

 

ANY QUESTIONS?

Contact MEC Parking Services at 703-822-6688
or mecparking@nvcc.edu

Limited staff Friday 8/2/2019

Expect longer wait times for advising at the MEC due to limited staffing Friday, August 2nd, 2019. We thank you for your patience. Advising questions can also be sent to MECCOUNSELOR@NVCC.EDU . We recommend that you use your NOVA student email address and include your NOVA ID number. This will allow our advisors to review your records.

 

 

 

Not Sure you meet the Spring 2020 Nursing entry requirements? Click to learn more

The Nursing application window opens July 20 this Sunday and will close September 20, 2019. Use our tool to see if you qualify to apply. This tool is for informational purposes only, please follow up with MECCounselor@nvcc.edu if you have any questions. You will need to log into the form via your NOVA student email. Make sure to either log out of your other Gmail accounts or open the link in the incognito mode in chrome or InPrivate mode for IE.

2020 Spring Nursing Eligibility Checker

 

 

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/

 

High School Transcripts Required for MEC Admission Applications: Request Them Early!

As we begin the next semester, it is an ideal time to reflect upon your educational goals and to think about how you will go about achieving them to make this your most successful academic year yet. For those of you interested in applying to one of our Medical Education programs, one of the success strategies you may wish to employ is early preparation of your Health Science or Nursing application package, which for some means gathering a few extra required documents.

If you were not already aware, a couple of the programs offered at the Medical Education Campus require that students submit additional documentation along with their admission application. In particular, Dental Assisting and the Nursing program require submission of your high school transcript showing the date of graduation and, for Nursing, specific coursework with final grades. To answer a common question we advisors frequently hear: Yes, submission of a high school transcript for these programs is required regardless of whether or not a student has previous college credit or has already earned a college degree.

Because there could be a delay in obtaining your high school transcript for any number of reasons, you will want to begin this process early so that you will have a complete admission package when it comes time to apply to your program of interest. Those of you who have graduated from a high school within the United States will want to begin by contacting your high school and inquiring about the steps you need to take to have an official transcript mailed to you or how you may be able to pick one up. If you earned a GED and need to request the certificate, you will want to contact the Department of Education in your home state and request an official copy be mailed to you.

For international students, you will also want to begin by contacting your high school and inquiring about the steps required to request and obtain an official transcript; however, prior to submitting them to NOVA, you will need to have them translated and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the agencies listed in our FAQ.

*NOVA will only accept international high school transcripts that have been translated and evaluated.

We understand that in some situations it may be difficult to obtain your international transcripts and to have them evaluated for U.S. equivalence. Under these circumstances, a student will need to take the General Education Development (GED) test and, if you are applying for admission to any of the Nursing tracks, complete the following courses either by taking classes at NVCC or through Nursing ABC: BIO 101, CHM 101, and MTH 154 or higher.

Further information about studying for and taking the GED is available at http://www.vaged.vcu.edu/

To explore the opportunity to complete courses through Nursing ABC, please visit: www.nursingabc.com.

Some of these high school level course requirements can be met by taking the College Board CLEP Exam. Free preparation courses for the College Board CLEP exam are located at www.modernstates.org

So, remember: plan ahead, prepare early, and make this your most successful academic year yet! Best of luck in all of your academic endeavors!

 

ALERT: Student Services has completed processing Nursing Applications

Student Services has completed processing Nursing Applications. Please pay close attention to your student @email.vccs.edu email account as you may be contacted for further information.  Admissions decisions for nursing will be made the first week of May at the earliest.

The program will start ranking students than send out their admissions decisions. Every applicant marked eligible will be reviewed and ranked by the program. Those not marked eligible will not be ranked by the department or considered for admission.

Application related questions should be sent directly to applymec@nvcc.edu or they should be CC’d for the quickest resolution.

Spring 2020 application details can be located at www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply

Getting Into your Program of Choice

Over the coming weeks, programs will begin ranking students and making their final admissions decisions.  Given the competitive nature of each of our programs, some will fall short of their goal.  We understand the pressures and demands that face many of our students.  Admission into a program can often be life-changing for a person seeking a better life for themselves and their family.

RANKING

Students are ranked based on a spectrum of indicators. Not surprisingly your performance on your prerequisite courses, specifically your science grades are the most critical factor for most programs at the Medical Education Campus. Other factors include your results on the ATI TEAS test.  Our post, “Am I a competitive applicant” delves into the competitive criteria for programs at the MEC.


Meeting Minimums

Having the minimum requirements for any program places a student on the margin. Meaning that if the applicant pool is competitive, they will be the first to be passed over.  Because our programs do not have wait-list, an applicant competes every year they apply.  If that student does not improve a grade, or a TEAS result or acquire more hours or complete co-requisite courses, they will not move themselves up on the rankings.

Applying without meeting the minimum requirements

Students who apply and do not satisfy the minimum entry requirements will be rejected automatically.  You may have an impressive GPA or TEAS results, but if you are missing a requirement or attachment, an application will be denied.

Visit our post on what might get your application rejected to learn more.

IMPROVE

If you were not accepted and are planning on applying again, ask yourself where was I weakest?

The categories that different programs look at can be distilled into the following list.

  • Grades
  • Test Scores
  • Co-requisite course completion
  • Clinical observation hours

Improving on one or all the above will increase your applications chance of acceptance in the next cycle.