CompTIA Names NOVA Workforce an “Outstanding Partner”

At a recent summit event, CompTIA recognized 13 partners in the U.S. as leading the training, education, and certification of IT workers.

NOVA Workforce is a Bright Beginner honoree and was recognized as one of the 13 CompTIA partners making a significant contribution in developing IT talent.

The article states:

“We continue to face a significant deficit of skilled tech workers,” said John McGlinchey,  CompTIA’s executive vice president for global business development. “In Q2 2018, U.S. employers had more than 768,000 job openings for core IT positions, an increase of 32 percent from the prior year.

“Together with our partners we’re creating new and innovative approaches to address the shortage of tech workers, through experiential and project-based learning, live labs and simulations, live instructor led remote training, and other learning options,” McGlinchey continued. “We’re pleased to honor the partners who are at the forefront of this effort.”

Read the full article here.



Student Spotlight: Francesca Roaelison

What is your occupation? What are some of your responsibilities?

As a psychology major at NOVA, my role as a math tutor is similar to helping patients face their problems, but instead of real life problems, I help them solve mathematical ones. I guide them through a process so that they end up finding the solution themselves. Helping people with my
best abilities has forged my character. When midterms and finals approach, students become frustrated and angry to the point of being aggressive, and at first it was a challenge for me to help them calm down. Further, explaining a new concept to students is difficult; it requires patience and devotion. However, I didn’t give up. At each step of the process, I was compassionate, encouraging, and comforting. I am now more able to adjust my approach and can better anticipate their needs because I understand them better.

Also, for the past two years, my job as a Sexual Assault Peer Educator at the college has allowed me to participate in an educational effort impacting more than one thousand students. Through classroom visits, workshops and interactive experiences, I educated students on sexual assault and
consent, alcohol and substance abuse, healthy relationships, and domestic violence. They are now more comfortable in detecting red flags in relationships, reporting incidents, and reaching out to community resources.

What inspired you to choose this field?
My field of study was determined by several factors, including my childhood experiences and my naturally curious, observant, and empathetic nature. What first introduced me to the science of psychology was the book What is Happening In Me by Isabelle Filliozat. I became fascinated with
learning about emotions and strategies to help people feel better about themselves and others. Reading about human psychology and physiology became my passion. By the time I was enrolled in college, I found myself applying information from my readings toward understanding and
supporting my peers.

Do you hold any certifications? 
I have a Therapeutic Options Training Certification from Gateway Homes Inc and a Fairfax County Tier One Training Program Certification from the Domestic Violence Network (DV Network) Fairfax County. I think that being an active and curious person in your field or in any other one that you are passionate about, is always an advantage for your own personal and professional experiences.

How have your credentials helped you in your career?
While pursuing my degree, I also became engaged in leadership activities; leadership is a subfield of psychology. The first leadership event I attended was the “Elect Her” training program, co-sponsored by AAUW and Running Start. A 19-year-old college student shared her story about overcoming her fears to become the youngest elected official in the history of Washington, D.C. Her story was empowering. I was selected to participate in the AAUW National Conference of Women Student Leaders and also attended the “Young Women Run” Conference, receiving scholarships to cover the conference fees. I was trained to be a leader for the next generation.

Sitting among like-minded college student leaders and listening to speakers such as Nancy and Christine Pelosi and Rosie Rios ignited a fire in me. Previously, I had been afraid to share my own story. Now, I feel empowered to participate in creating movements to change the world. I am actually part of the CGIU (Clinton Global Initiative University) which is a growing community of young leaders who not only discuss global challenges but also take concrete steps toward solving them. I had the opportunity to present my project to the Clinton Foundation last October, called “Ending Domestic Violence in Antananarivo, Madagascar,” (directly linked with my major as well as my current position on campus) with the goal of addressing the challenge of domestic violence in my local community.

What academic pathway did you take to get to your current position?
Prior to my arrival in the U.S, my choice of major was based on my need to understand myself as a developing human being. As I furthered my studies in psychology and gained leadership experience, I also gained a deeper confidence in my own strengths, an understanding of my motivations, and a realization of my purpose in life. I want to be a servant leader and be a part of something greater than me. Empowering people by making them feel confident about their skills makes me stronger. I feel driven to help people reach their potential in terms of well being and personal development. I feel like my passion drove me to my current position.

What advice do you have for those interested in entering your field?
I’m not only passionate about psychology because it helps me understand my relationships, their impact, and my reactions in order to cope with it all, but psychology is such a broad field. As long as it involves people, psychology is going to back it up. Choose your major based on what
you are passionate about in life. The things that excite you are not random. They are connected to your purpose. Follow them!

Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten?
In five years, I can envision my dream to start my own organization, back in my country Madagascar, committed to ending domestic violence. I want to apply the knowledge in psychology and experience that I have gained both as a victim of abuse and as an educator. I want to educate others on the different forms of domestic violence. I will stand up against violence and will not tolerate the rights of others to be violated or jeopardized.

Student Spotlight: Eloisa Bambosa


What is your occupation? What are some of your responsibilities?
I’m a tech at the Sentara Hospital. My responsibilities include taking vital signs, performing ECG,
collecting species, drawing blood and documenting in EMR. I also communicate with patients,
families and team members on a constant basis.

What is your occupation? What are some of your responsibilities?
I’m a tech at the Sentara Hospital. My responsibilities include taking vital signs, performing ECG,
collecting species, drawing blood and documenting in EMR. I also communicate with patients,
families and team members on a constant basis.

How has/have your credential(s) helped you in your career?
Improving my credentials definitely helped me to get this job. Aside from the clinical training, I
learned how to prepare for an interview in this field. This was a huge advantage because I not
only received the skills to do the job, I had the tools I needed to excel in an interview.

What advice do you have for those interested in entering your field?
I would say that, earning a credential in your field is very important and an excellent way to
enhance your career. I would advise them to choose Northern Virginia Community College as
one of the best places to go.

Where do you see yourself in your career in five years? Ten?
My goal is to continue studying and get my RN license in 5 years. I then plan to get my
bachelors in Nursing and in 10 years or less become a nurse educator.


Employers Are Looking For These Four Soft Skills

One of NOVA’s Student Success Counselors, Michael Frasnelli, was quoted in a recent article on Virginia’s Community College’s website. Read an excerpt below:

“Ethical hacking, certified nurse aide, arc metal welder. These careers all have technical skills that are attainable through FastForward training. Employers will look at a person’s ability to measure blood pressure or weld cylindrical, tack-welded pieces – but they’re also looking for certain “soft skills” that aren’t necessarily written on your resume.

Soft skills are everyday skills that can be applied to any career. We talked to our FastForward Career Coaches, who connect FastForward trainees and employers across Virginia, and these are the top soft skills Virginia employers look for when making hiring decisions.


An overwhelming majority of our coaches said good communication skills are very important to prospective employers. Michael Frasnelli from Northern Virginia Community College says that good communication begins before your first day on the job. “The very process of setting up an interview and scheduling can be very telling,” he says. “Employers need to feel confident that the person they are hiring can communicate needs in a succinct and meaningful manner.'”


To read the full article, visit the FastForward blog here.

Student Spotlight: Joshua Bowman

What is your occupation? What are some of your responsibilities?
I am an adjunct instructor at American Culture and Language Institute on the Alexandria campus
of the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). I develop and implement lessons to
implement the assigned curriculum. But in a more informal sense, I am a coach, a cheerleader,
and a teammate to those who are trying to learn English.

Do you hold any certifications? How important do you think they are in
your field?
I earned a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate from NOVA.
The certificate is pretty much essential to qualify for jobs in this field. But more than that, the
skills I learned are indispensable to doing my job well.

The TESOL course gave me the theoretical knowledge of the process of learning and teaching a
second language. Moreover, it gave me practical means of putting this theory to use, the
experience of seeing it practiced and in practicing it myself. Lastly, it gave me access to skilled,
experienced professionals who have studied TESOL and worked in the field themselves.

What advice do you have for those interested in entering your field?
I have two simple pieces of advice. Practice, and learn from your mistakes.
It is the same advice I have for my students. You must learn the theory. But you can never really
learn it unless you use it. For my students, this means learning grammar. But then they have to
use it in their speaking and writing. For other teachers, it means listen and learn in class. But
then you have to teach. If you must, volunteer at first. But teaching anything helps you learn it

As for the second part, accept that you will make mistakes and don’t let that hold you back. If you
aren’t making mistakes, then you aren’t trying. But give those mistakes value and learn from
them. Don’t just accept advice and constructive criticism. Seek it out. Seek it out from your
colleagues but mostly from your students. They will give you the best feedback and respect you
for your efforts to improve.

Where do you see yourself in your career in five years? Ten?
I want to continue to improve myself and prepare myself for opportunities to further empower
others, but I am happy now, and I have learned that can be a rare thing to find. So, I am going to
savor what I have now.