Category Archives: Jobs and Careers

Helpful articles and tips for job seekers and career switchers.

Education and Career Support at Cornerstones

NOVA workforce career counselor, Jennifer Merrill, is leading an information session at Cornerstones to provide customized career insight and support.

Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization that assists clients in gaining self-sufficiency. Cornerstones provides resources including food, shelter, housing, childcare, and other services. Continue reading Education and Career Support at Cornerstones

NOVA Workforce Partners with Fairfax County Schools to Provide Career Awareness Resources for Teachers

Choosing a career path at any age is a difficult task. But selecting a career path as a high school student—without a full understanding of the career pathways available—can be an even more daunting task.

Fairfax County high schools are implementing training to provide teachers with resources to help students make more informed career decisions. By developing a greater awareness of potential career paths, students have the opportunity to pursue an educational and career pathway that will aid their success. Continue reading NOVA Workforce Partners with Fairfax County Schools to Provide Career Awareness Resources for Teachers

Northern Virginia Community College Announces Amazon Apprenticeship Program

This will be the first Amazon apprenticeship program to be launched on the East Coast.

November 2, 2017 (Herndon, VA) – Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new innovative apprenticeship program designed to train veterans in northern Virginia. The announcement marks the launch of the first-ever apprenticeship programs for AWS on the East Coast.

The apprenticeship program is designed to fill a growing need for tech talent in the northern Virginia region. In October 2017, there were 23,000 job postings for employment opportunities in the tech sector in northern Virginia. The apprenticeship program will train individuals for Associate Cloud Consultant (ACC) positions. This all-veteran cohort entered training at NOVA for 16 weeks and will continue with on-the-job training at the AWS Herndon headquarters. Throughout the course of their program, apprentices will earn a series of highly-technical industry certifications that are in-demand by the technology sector, including: CompTIA Network+, Linux+, and the AWS Solutions Architect.

“The Amazon Apprenticeship program takes veterans who are a great fit for Amazon culture and helps them build the technical skills that they need to be cloud support associates — a high-demand technical role,” said Ardine Williams, Vice President of Human Resources for Worldwide Operations at Amazon and Army veteran. “Thanks to our strong and experienced partner the Northern Virginia Community College we have a great curriculum for our veteran cohort in Northern Virginia and are excited to launch our program here. Together, we’re looking forward to learning and growing with our apprentices so that we can refine and scale the program to help meet America’s growing demand for tech talent.”

The northern Virginia region has three times the average number of IT workers when compared to the rest of the United States. This apprenticeship program is an example of how business and education can creatively and successfully collaborate to address unique workforce challenges. NOVA’s large student veteran population and diverse offering of technology training programs help businesses find the highly-skilled tech talent they need to succeed, ensuring that the region remains economically competitive.

“NOVA is honored to partner with AWS to address the increasing demand for highly-skilled tech workers,” said Dr. Scott Ralls, President, NOVA. “Advanced training programs like the AWS apprenticeship are core to NOVA’s mission to meet the needs of regional employers and provide career pathways for students in high-growth industries.”

For additional information about apprenticeship programs at Northern Virginia Community College, please contact Steven Partridge, Vice President of Workforce Development at spartridge@nvcc.edu.

IT Pursuit Boot Camps Have Arrived

Northern Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development Division will host a series of Boot Camps/Information Sessions for individuals interested in pursuing CompTIA® Security+ and CompTIA® Network+ certification.  Tuition may be waived for those that have work or academic experience for these accelerated boot camps. This grant initiative is open to all, however, first consideration will be provided to women, minorities, and veterans that have attended NOVA. Make every effort to attend the information session for greatest consideration of the program.

Upcoming Boot Camps/Information Sessions 

Annandale Campus “Network +” Info session: Friday, March 18th  1pm     

Boot Camp- (4) Wednesdays 9:00am – 4:00pm, Mar 30th -April 20th

Location: Off-Campus, old Pitney Bowes Bldg. NOVA Workforce on 6th floor,

7630 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

 

Woodbridge Campus “Security +” Info session: Saturday, March 19th 11:00am

Boot Camp- (3) Wednesdays 6pm-9pm Mar 30th – April 13th

(3) Saturdays 9am-1pm Apr 2nd – Apr 16th

Location: 2645 College Dr., Woodbridge, VA 22191, Arts and Science Building Room 223

 

Manassas Campus “Network +” Info session: Thursday, March 24th 7:00pm

Boot Camp- (4) Tuesday and Thursdays 7pm- 10pm Apr 5-28th

Location: Off-Campus- Manassas Innovation Park, Room 134

9485 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA 20110

 

Loudoun Campus “Security +”  Info session: Thursday, April 7th 7:00pm

Boot Camp – (3) Monday and Wednesdays 6pm- 10pm Apr 25- May 11th

Location: Off-Campus- Loudoun Signal Hill, Room 314

21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Loudoun, VA 20164

 

Alexandria Campus “Security +” Info session: Thursday, April 28th, 7:00pm

Boot Camp- Friday, 8am – 4pm May13th

Sat & Sun, 9am- 5pm, May 14th & 15th

Location: 5000 Dawes Ave., Alexandria, VA 22311- Room 416

RSVP by email rcwet@nvcc.edu or call (703) 878-5707

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