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Free workshop: Resume and Job Search Basics

Resume & Job Search Basics
Monday, Nov. 16, 10 am — 1 pm
Arlington Employment Center
2100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204

FREE and open to the public!

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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 Social Media, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), and Online Job Boards. 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.

Registration required:
E-mail Edythe Richards at erichards@nvcc.edu to sign up.

Please note:
admittance 15 minutes after the start of the workshop is not permitted.

Edythe Richards, MA, MBTI®MP, GCDF
Counselor/Instructor
NorthernVirginia Community College/
Arlington Employment Center
Direct: show contact info
http://www.nvcc.edu/home/erichards

ACLI Faculty Appreciation Day: new ideas and strategies for ESL learning

On October 13, ACLI faculty from all of NOVA’s campuses gathered at NOVA’s Pender location to develop new ideas and strategies to apply in their classrooms. About 70 faculty members attended the event, which was kicked off by a demonstration of MyEnglishLab, an online program for ESL instructors presented by Pearson Education representative Lynn Napolitano.

“I am honored to be a part of helping and appreciating your faculty and you! It was a fabulous learning occasion for all, as well as good venue for faculty to socialize with colleagues.” (Lynn Napolitano, Pearson ELT Representative)

clockwise from top left: ACLI instructors share teaching insight; Serife Turkol (ACLI-Manassas) greets the arriving faculty; Lynn Napolitano presents My English Lab software.
clockwise from top left: ACLI instructors share teaching insight; Serife Turkol (ACLI-Manassas) greets the arriving faculty; Lynn Napolitano presents My English Lab software.

Learning sessions for ACLI faculty

Three concurrent learning sessions provided attendees with new strategies to help ACLI faculty approach learning and language challenges that are a part of every ESL student’s experience.

“I just want to take a moment to say thank you for the fabulous day you made for us yesterday.  The presentations were very motivating and provided many ideas for improvements in my own classes. Also, the luncheon was exquisite!!  …Thank you very very much for making our day so special!” (ACLI Faculty, NOVA)

Meeting the Unique Challenges of Saudi Learners in American IEPs
Betsy Wong [blwong@nvcc.edu], an ACLI instructor at NOVA’s Alexandria campus, presented an overview of the differing educational and cultural expectations to which Saudi learners must adjust when attending higher education institutions in the United States. She offered strategies to help instructors tap into these learners’ strengths in order to navigate a whole new way of learning.

Separating Difference from Disability in an ESL Classroom
Antonina Rodgers, ACLI Coordinator at NOVA’s Annandale campus, led a workshop that explored ways to identify different issues impeding student academic progress.  She discussed different cognitive learning styles and acculturation stress, which may present symptoms very similar to those of disabilities.

Engaging ELLs and Building Student Confidence in Oral and Written Communication: Effective Uses of Web 2.0 Tools
Krisztina Domjan, an ACLI/ESL instructor at NOVA’s Annandale campus, offered participants a foundation for creating stimulating, challenging and engaging activities relevant to English language learners.  ACLI instructors had a hands-on opportunity to learn how to enhance learning through the application of Web 2.0 tools to strengthen oral and written communication skills in their students.

ACLI Instructors led concurrent learning sessions on innovative learning solutions for NOVA's ACLI-ESL programs.
ACLI Instructors led concurrent learning sessions on innovative learning solutions for NOVA’s ACLI-ESL programs.

 

The morning also found many ACLI faculty sharing techniques and experiences in their classrooms. NOVA is proud to feature instructors and staff who are dedicated to their students, providing a well-rounded learning experience in the classroom and beyond.
The morning also found many ACLI faculty sharing techniques and experiences in their classrooms. NOVA is proud to feature instructors and staff who are dedicated to their students, providing a well-rounded learning experience in the classroom and beyond.

 

Engaging Your Students:
Genres that Work in the Writing Classroom

After a delicious lunch, the ACLI faculty enjoyed a lively presentation by Nigel Caplan, an ESL instructor and materials writer. (his bio is below.) Nigel began his presentation with the question, “What have you written lately?” and waited patiently while his audience responded with the usual: emails, texts, greeting cards, lesson plans, and other daily writing tasks.

“No one in this room, I’ve noticed, has recently written a five-paragraph essay.”

Nigel’s presentation taught the faculty that using different writing genres, rather than rhetorical modes, increases student motivation, adds authenticity to tasks, and promotes writing and language development. He presented three flexible classroom-tested assignments that teach comparative and descriptive writing as well as task-essential grammar in meaningful contexts: an email, a restaurant review, and a real estate listing.

Nigel Caplan shares language-learning insight with ACLI faculty in an entertaining and thought-provoking presentation on writing in the ESL classroom.
Nigel Caplan shares language-learning insight with ACLI faculty in an entertaining and thought-provoking presentation on writing in the ESL classroom.

 

Inspired faculty is innovative faculty.

This day was a perfect opportunity to celebrate all that NOVA’s faculty contribute to the ACLI program and their daily efforts both in and out of the classroom to help our ESL students succeed. Teachers enjoyed chatting about classes and non-ESL related matters, and ACLI was happy to host ESL faculty from NOVA’s College ESL program, as well as Virginia Tech LCI faculty.  ACLI hopes to continue its collaboration with area ESL programs in providing professional opportunities for its faculty.

“When I attend something like yesterday’s Teacher Appreciation Day, I typically fear that I will be spending several rather dull hours. However, the event yesterday was excellent. I found Betsy Wong’s talk on Saudi learners in American IEPs to be very interesting and I could have listened to Nigel Caplan talk for at least another hour.  More importantly, both talks provided a wealth of ideas for the classroom. I’m looking forward to the next event.” (John Bennett, ACLI instructor)

Clockwise from top left: Dr. Lorinzo Foxworth, Associate VP of NOVA's Workforce Development Division, thanks ACLI Faculty for their dedication to NOVA's ESL programs; A fantastic catered lunch and an enthusiastic crowd; Darlene Branges, ACLI-Annandale, introduces Nigel Caplan.
Clockwise from top left: Dr. Lorinzo Foxworth, Associate VP of NOVA’s Workforce Development Division, thanks ACLI Faculty for their dedication to NOVA’s ESL programs; A fantastic catered lunch and an enthusiastic crowd; Darlene Branges, ACLI-Annandale, introduces Nigel Caplan.

“The entire day was an enormous success!  Tonia’s ‘Difference vs. Disability’ talk and handouts made me look at the question I often ask myself about a student from a totally different perspective.  Nigel’s presentation was outstanding, thought provoking, informative, educational and…..entertaining.  An accomplished speaker and a thoughtful man.”   (Kathy Ferguson, ACLI instructor)

Tonia Rodgers (ACLI-Annandale), Nigel Caplan, and Darlene Branges (ACLI-Annandale), after a successful and exciting day.
Tonia Rodgers (ACLI-Annandale), Nigel Caplan, and Darlene Branges (ACLI-Annandale), after a successful and exciting day.

 

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Nigel Caplan is an assistant professor of English as Second Language (ESL) at the University of Delaware English Language Institute, and he has also taught at Michigan State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia University, and the Wust Summer School in Germany.

Nigel is also an ESL materials writer. His publications include Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers (Michigan, 2012), Inside Writing 2 and 4 (Oxford, 2014), and the advanced reading/writing book in Oxford University Press’s Q: Skills for Success series (2011, 2015). He has also published professional chapters and articles, mainly on the topic of teaching academic writing to graduate and undergraduate ESL students, and he regularly presents at conferences and professional development workshops. Nigel’s blog: nigelteacher.wordpress.com.

NOVA’s American Culture and Language Institute (ACLI) teaches ESL to students from all over the world. Part of NOVA’s Workforce Development Division, ACLI offers classes at most NOVA campuses and centers and at some workplaces in Northern Virginia.

ACLI offers several language programs for beginning to advanced-level learners. Many of the Intensive English Program (IEP) students have F-1 student visas. Core Skills ESL offers part-time ESL classes for immigrants or students who are in the U.S. temporarily. ACLI Specialty ESL Courses such as ESL for Employment, TOEFL Preparation, and Culture and Conversation are popular with local residents, workers, and students. ACLI also provides customized ESL classes for the workplace through Contract Training programs.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Secrets to Resilience

Resilience is the ability to adapt to and overcome adversity. Individuals and communities are able to rebuild after devastating tragedies. Violence and environmental disasters in recent years have touched all of us in some way. Whether directly or indirectly, we have all felt loss. In our daily lives we feel stress, and we learn to cope with changes. We have all learned lessons from mistakes in both our private and professional lives.

Some, however, appear to be more resilient than others.  How do people seem to “roll with the punches” in the face of chaos? How does a coworker bounce back after a poor review?

5 Secrets to Resilience

“Resilience is the ability to adapt well in response to stressful events. In our lives we may experience tragedy, adversity, or real or perceived sources of stress. These events can occur in our family or significant relationships, workplace, health, or financial situations.” [©2014 Amplified Life Media. Reprint, “Bouncing Back,” liveandworkwell.com]

You can probably guess that resilience is essential for anyone who works with people. Whether you are a leader or an entry-level worker, your ability to be resilient will affect how you perform your job. Whether you are a corporate trainer or a cybersecurity expert, you must remain focused on goals regardless of sudden changes and surprises.

Resilience is an essential skill.

Why do some people struggle and fail, while others succeed and thrive? It’s not necessarily upbringing, education, or experience. In order to help people cope with adversity and thrive with uncertainty and change, resilience is an essential skill. The good news is that all of us can learn to be more resilient!

5 Secrets to Resilience - Edison quote

In June, Doug Hensch, Executive Coach and president of DRH Group,  presented a mini-workshop at PMI Washington DC’s Loudoun Community Lunch and Learn, entitled 5 Secrets to Resilience. Tailored for anyone interested in finding new ways to improve their own levels of resilience, the workshop teaches skills to effectively fight stress and anxiety. This workshop is popular with most who have attended, including an Agile Program Director who enjoyed Doug’s teaching style:

“… the entire class is engaged, it includes great videos with a great sense of humor. Anyone can teach a bunch of principles to a group and see what sticks, only a few individuals like Doug can show us how to apply these principles in our everyday lives.” (Linkedin recommendation, September 17, 2015)

Leaders who want to be more interactive and bring out the best in their team will benefit from Doug’s class as well. Many of us will easily recognize the natural-born leaders among us; they are the ones who can bounce back from defeat and inspire others. They are also the ones who are naturally able to cope with risk and change. They are resilient.

PMI Seminars at NOVA

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Through NOVA’s education alliance with the PMI Washington DC Chapter, the Workforce Development Division offers customized seminars on a variety of topics of interest to PMI members. NOVA is a category B provider. Seminars are being held through December in Reston, Woodbridge, and Arlington.

The first seminar being offered is 5 Secrets to Resilience, Doug Hensch’s day-long workshop. This workshop is focused on helping employees, managers, and leaders improve their ability to cope with adversity, uncertainty, and change. The content of the course is backed by over 30 years of research and delivered in an engaging, entertaining format that gives participants the tools they need to thrive in difficult times.

5 Secrets to Resilience

Additional PMI courses are available, and registration is open now:

October 24, NOVA Woodbridge
Successful Federal Contracts Administration
[register online now]

December 11, Arlington Center
Breakthrough Project Portfolio Performance
[register online now]


Doug Hensch is an executive coach, group facilitator and consultant with over 20 years of experience. He brings a wealth of experience and passion to the work through a simple philosophy: Set meaningful goals. Identify your strengths. Work in them regularly.

For more information on PMI Washington DC events, visit their website and make sure to check out the monthly PMIWDC Loudoun Community Lunch and Learn opportunities. The October 12 lunch will discuss Difficult Conversations for Project Managers, with Professional & Personal Development Coach Francis Roman, REI Systems Inc.

Summer 2015: Saturday Management Series

July 11, 18, and August 15  |  NOVA Loudoun  |  Management Series
July 11, 18, and August 15 | NOVA Loudoun | Management Series

 

Hone your management skills with three essential courses this summer at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus. Addressing employee management, project and time management, and successful teamwork, any one of these core-skills courses will prove helpful to business colleagues and managers at your company:

July 11  9am–3:30pm  |  BUSC 1406
Essential Management Skills for Human Resource Management

Employees are an organizations most valuable resource. Supervisors are responsible for effectively addressing various issues affecting their employees. This course will address the essential skills supervisors need to address employee performance and personnel actions.

July 18  9am–12:30pm  |  BUSC 1758
Successful Time Management: How To Stay in Control

Are you stressed or find yourself overwhelmed by projects, performance issues and deadlines? Do you feel like work keeps piling up and you can’t seem to see the forest for all the trees? Learning to manage your time can actually minimize stress and improve your quality of work and life. We’ll address various suggestions for effectively managing your time and alleviating stress.

August 15  9am–12:30pm  |  BUSC 1787
Teamwork in Today’s Work Environment

In today’s virtual work environment, the definition of team has taken on a whole new meaning. Employees are now required to work with colleagues across the globe. Face-to-face meetings are now conducted via video conferencing. So, how can employees overcome some of the challenges of trying to work together? What are some of the barriers that prevent team members from being a cohesive group? Discover the seven components of a well-rounded and successful team and how those components can be used to create effective synergy among team members at every location.

Check out the course listings at the Loudoun Campus to see all the Business and Management courses available this summer. Of course, all six of our campus locations feature courses that will enrich your skills for both business and self-improvement. Or if you need a more customized training approach, our Corporate Performance Solutions Team can develop and deliver a training program for your organization.

 

Risk and Change Management: July 2015 at NOVA

Space is still available:
Risk and Change Management (July 2015)

Register online or call 703-257-6630 for more information.

Risk and Change Management, Summer 2015 at NOVA Manassas Innovation Park
Risk & Change Management ( BUSC 1522-01M) | July 16 & 17, 2015, 9am–5pm | Manassas

Change must be expected in today’s business environment. Unmanaged change results in chaos. Understanding how to handle changes and risks, and how they are related, is both an art and a science. A good project manager needs the tools necessary to identify, quantify, measure and report on all aspects of a project, including these unknowns. This course embraces not only the technical aspects of risk and change, but also the human aspect. Technical topics include risk identification and assessment , risk response development and control, configuration management, and change control. Human factor topics include acknowledging change, strategies to reduce stress induced by change, and perception as a factor in evaluating risk.

Thursday and Friday, July 16 & 17, 9 AM to 5 PM
Manassas Innovation Park, 9485 Innovation Drive, Manassas
Instructor: Michael Van Dyke, PMP
For more information, call 703-257-6630