Summer 2017 Class Registration Now Open!

Whether you are looking to gain additional credentials to boost your current career success or learn a new skill to make a career change, NOVA Workforce has the classes and programs you need to succeed. Our programs provide you with the skills and training you need in high-growth industries. Classes are affordable and available both online and in person at one of our six local campuses. Classes begin in May, so register online today!

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New NOVA Program: Certified Ethical Hacker!

Did you know that the D.C. metro area had the highest number of job postings preferring the Certified Ethical Hacker?

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is now an EC Council Accredited Training Center (ATC). As a part of this competitive accreditation, NOVA is now able to offer the official Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) course. The CEH v9 completely maps to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework and has met the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Personnel Certification Accreditation standard.

The program uses EC Council Official Curriculum and is taught by an EC Council Certified Instructor. The course will be taught at our new Regional Workforce Center in Woodbridge:

  • Course cost is $2985 to include the textbook, virtual lab access to practice in a secure environment, and a test voucher for the official exam.
  • If someone is domiciled in Virginia, they may be eligible for Workforce Credential Grant Funds, meaning that the participant would only pay $995 for the course/textbook, virtual lab and test voucher.
  • Course is 40 hours and meets on Friday evenings.

At the conclusion of the course, the participant will be able to schedule their certification exam in the Professional Test Center in the Regional Workforce Center.

26% of all national job postings requesting the CEH are located in the D.C. metro area, so we hope you will consider registering for the CEH program today! Classes begin this month.



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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 over 73,000 job opportunities posted in the northern Virginia region last quarter. Of these jobs, 10,000 were tied to healthcare and cybersecurity, two of the region’s most in-demand career fields. This report also highlights information related to the top hiring industries and sectors, the top hiring employers and a featured industry spotlight.

“NOVA is committed to producing graduates that can seamlessly plug into local jobs that benefit the regional economy,” said NOVA President Scott Ralls. “This report will give the regional community frequent access to rich data on the most sought-after positions in the region. It will be a one-stop shop for data on the number of positions available in various counties within the region, in various career fields, jobs advertised by specific local employers and also regional unemployment data.”

There are many reports provided by government agencies that describe job outlook, median pay and local career forecast. However, this report is specific to the northern Virginia region and provides a very detailed overview of the most relevant and urgent workforce needs in this area. The data will inform strategic planning efforts to build a talent pipeline to ensure businesses may continue to thrive in the regional economy.

“The data paints a clear picture. We need more skilled workers to fill these jobs. But the only way that will happen is if we start working together much more closely as an entire region”, says Todd Rowley, Northern Virginia Community College and Northern Virginia Workforce Board Chair.

“This report shows us that we are in a desperate state,” says Steve Partridge, Vice President, NOVA Workforce. “Based on the number of job openings coupled with the low unemployment rate, we need to immediately examine the skills required by these open jobs and identify a comprehensive approach to close the talent gap.”

The report is a combined effort of NOVA Workforce, the SkillSource Group, and the Alexandria-Arlington Regional Workforce Council.

The data is compiled using two market intelligence tools—JobsEQ by Chmura Economics and Burning Glass Technologies. This report is available on the NOVA Workforce website, in addition to other labor market information:

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NOVA Workforce Receives $100,000 From Capital One to Develop Cybersecurity Pathway

Northern Virginia Community College has received a $100,000 grant from Capital One Foundation to help develop the Cybersecurity Career Pathways Project that will inform and support middle and high school students in the Northern Virginia Region who wish to explore and hopefully pursue a career in cybersecurity. The project will whet the appetite of a future generation of cyber workers and eventually fill a regional and national skills gap that will only continue to widen in the coming years.

NOVA will be working as part of a cohort of 14 community colleges in D.C., Maryland, New York and Texas to develop some thematic areas of focus in relation to labor-market data and career pathways to create a pilot program with two Prince William County public high schools—Forest Park and Potomac—both chosen due to their high level of diversity and for the large number of students from underserved populations.

The program will offer training to teachers and counselors within the schools to teach them the importance of these fields and to relay the needs expressed by local employers. Students will attend activities and have the chance to learn about the growing field of cybersecurity. They will participate in internships and “job-shadow” opportunities and will achieve a cybersecurity credential while still in high school. They will then move through NOVA and hopefully a four-year institution and emerge prepared to succeed in this very in-demand and high-paying field. Ultimately, as a result of this pilot, students will have a greater understanding of the importance of the cybersecurity field and the value that achieving a credential can bring them in terms of launching a career with a bright future.

NOVA’s Cybersecurity program provides a curriculum that is mapped to DHS and NSA cybersecurity education standards and is designated by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Administration as a Center of Academic Excellence for two-year institutions (CAE2Y). Our AAS Cybersecurity degree is transferable to many four-year institutions and offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of exciting competitions and extra-curricular activities. NOVA is a founding member of the National CyberWatch Center, a national consortium of colleges and universities focused on cybersecurity education.

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Workforce Development Division Offers Photography Training



Do you like taking pictures? We can now help you become a better photographer.  The Workforce Development Division now offers the course Photography 1.  In this course students will learn fundamental techniques of digital camera operation and will explore creative and technical aspects of picture taking.  Students will also be introduced to the Adobe Lightroom editing software for photographers. This is one class you will want to take.

For more information and to Register for the course please visit our website below

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Skill Immigrant Resource Fair

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Register for Free today at our event website



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Workforce Development Division Offers CompTIA Security+ Training



CompTIA® Security+ is a vendor-neutral certification that validates the competency of security professionals working in the IT industry. The Security+ certification confirms a technician’s critical knowledge of communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, operational security, and general security concepts. This longer, boot camp style course is for anyone interested in pursuing a career in IT security.

For more information and to Register for the course please visit our website below



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Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) Exam Prep Workshop

The CSCP designation is ideal for logisticians, maintainers, ERP systems analysts, consultants engaged by DOD, large retailers, distributors, manufacturers, and those engaged in international trade or financing, ERP or BPR projects. Classes are highly interactive with a rich variety of study tools, peer discussions, team exercises, videos, web clips and case studies. Participants will receive extensive instruction in each of the three modules: Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management; Supply Chain Strategy, Design and Compliance; Implementation and Operations. Tuition includes all materials.

For More Information and to Register visit our website at the link below:


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RFP Development & Practical Interpretation Seminar

Northern Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development Division will host a one day seminar on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 8:30am–4:30pm titled: A Winning Perspective for Government PMs and Contractors RFP Development & Practical Interpretation

The world of federal contracts can be complex and confusing for Project Managers on both the government side and for the contractors.
  • Government PM’s are often left wondering how to I translate my requirements for goods and services to the best acquisition strategy and how much should I expect to spend?
  • For the contractor trying to decipher the RFP you are left to figure out if you should respond to government’s RFPs if you are awarded can it be performed with a profit for your company?
These considerations and many more will be the focus of this one day, pragmatic seminar on RFP “development” and “practical interpretation,” taught by a Certified Federal Contracts Manager and former Program Manager.
Participants will explore the full range of factors that drive business success in government related ventures. Information includes legal, program management and competitive marketing issues. At the completion of the program, participants will have a deeper ability to view bidding opportunities and risks from the perspective of general contractor and the government, from incumbent as well as new entrant to the process. Through lecture, discussion, and case study exploration, material covers:
Contract Structures, Methods, Strategy, and Cost/Pricing (both for the proposal and for the Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE) as well as developing trends and regulations that can make or break the success of your efforts.
Through lecture, discussion, and case study exploration, material covers:
  • Fundamentals of Estimating Cost and Price– PMBOK 7.1 and 7.2
  • Procurement Planning– PMBOK 12.1 and 12.1
  • Common Pitfalls that lead to failure
  • Risk Management in Procurement- PMBOK 11.
For more information call:703-450-2551 or email Veronica Ortiz
You can also Register at our website
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Resume and Job Search Workshops in Arlington

Job search and resume writing have changed dramatically in the last few years. If you want to succeed, you’ll need the most up-to-date information on Today’s Job Search Realities:

—  Online Job Boards

—  Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

—  Social Media

—  Recruiters

—  Referrals 

This workshop will walk you through a 6-step resume writing process designed to get your résumé noticed by both online systems and recruiters/hiring managers. You will leave with invaluable information that will significantly improve your résumé quality and overall job search success.

Location: Arlington Employment Center:  2100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204


Wednesday, May 4, 10 am – 1 pm

Wednesday, June 1, 10 am – 1 pm

Free Registration required.  E-mail Edythe Richards ( to sign up.


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