yearning to breathe free

I am speechless about one of the core principles of our nation so flippantly forgotten. The Statue of Liberty Monument is the New Colossus, and her name is Mother of Exiles. The full text of the poem stands as a reminder that so many of us who are "born and bred Americans" arrived here generations before. We…Read more yearning to breathe free

On Creativity and Art |

on creativity and art

A good friend of mine, Christopher Gronlund, is a writer, hominidae podcast genius, and juggler (which fits, given his penchant for "balls in the air" quick wit and thinking). A recent post on his Facebook profile led to an interesting conversation, which led to an insightful article by Christopher on his own blog. Fairly recently,…Read more on creativity and art

What is a graphic designer? Flow chart from blog

Job search strategies for creatives: 2016

I quit my job. I enjoyed the variety and challenges that populated my daily workload, but a part-time gig with limited advancement or professional development didn't provide the permanence and teamwork that I need from a job. So, I'm off to my bright future. Or, my What I Want to Be When I Grow Up that never really came to…Read more Job search strategies for creatives: 2016

Human Resources Management: New Trends for 2016

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), trends for HR professionals in 2016 will include the "employee experience" and a resurgence in social media. Social media, these days, is almost a no-brainer, but its importance cannot be emphasized enough. As for employee experience... organizations are very focused on identifying and hiring the right talent…Read more Human Resources Management: New Trends for 2016

Happy Holidays from NOVA Workforce Development Division!

As we get ready to close our offices for the year and enjoy time off with our families, we'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our students, our partners, and our communities for helping us create programs that benefit individuals and companies. We look forward to the new year, and we wish you…Read more Happy Holidays from NOVA Workforce Development Division!

Stakeholder Partnerships: from conflict to collaboration

Dealing with stakeholders, especially difficult ones, can be among a project manager’s more frustrating responsibilities. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) 2013 PMBOK, a project stakeholder is "an individual, group, or organization, who may affect, be affected by, or perceive itself to be affected by a decision, activity, or outcome of a project." Most project managers depend on the old…Read more Stakeholder Partnerships: from conflict to collaboration

Veteran's Day 2015 - honoring those who have served

Veteran’s Day: honoring those who have honored us

The Office of Veteran’s Affairs provides a history of Veteran’s Day, which began in 1919, when President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for…Read more Veteran’s Day: honoring those who have honored us

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.…Read more ACLI Faculty Appreciation Day: new ideas and strategies for ESL learning

Terry McAuliffe: "We've got 900,000 Virginians retiring in the next 10 years, which will create 400,000 to 500,000 new jobs -- 60% of these jobs will require less than a 4-year degree."

Techtober and STEM initiatives

In September, NVTC and NOVA co-hosted a Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) roundtable discussion on Northern Virginia's economic future at NOVA's Annandale Campus. More than 80 business, education and elected leaders worked to develop a collaborative vision for moving our region forward. George Mason University and Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce also co-hosted the event. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, speaking on many points from his "New…Read more Techtober and STEM initiatives

5 Secrets to Resilience: Discover the Science Behind Coping with Adversity and Change

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…Read more 5 Secrets to Resilience

Governor McAuliffe’s Latino Summit and Executive Order 20

On Wednesday, August 5, staff from NOVA's Workforce Development Division attended Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Latino Summit, held at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus. Over 300 people attended overall, including key business, education, state, and local leaders. The summit focused on the role the fast-growing Hispanic population plays in building a new Virginia economy. Breakout sessions featured topics…Read more Governor McAuliffe’s Latino Summit and Executive Order 20

Fixing the Glitch: the face of cyber security

Fixing the Glitch: the face of cyber security

From cyberattacks to technology malfunctions, our private information is at risk every day. We have developed vast networks, security protocols, and automated processes to handle many of our daily tasks, and every industry--from military to finance to entertainment--has  critical vulnerabilities revealed by attacks on data and functionality. We are facing serious gaps in both technology and the manpower to fix it.…Read more Fixing the Glitch: the face of cyber security

Fixing the Glitch: cyber security and broken systems

Remember the AP Twitter hack-and-hoax of 2013, where the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) gained access to the Associated Press' Twitter account and posted a fake tweet reporting explosions at the White House and the injury of the President? Within seconds, financial markets dropped by 1%. Within minutes, Twitter became a hornets' nest of refutations and announcements.…Read more Fixing the Glitch: cyber security and broken systems

Beyond college: corporate training and career development

Do you, as an employer, view a degree as the only measure of skills and capabilities for your workforce? The answer is "it depends." Different industries have different requirements. But we need to step back and look at how the definition of higher learning—traditionally via a four-year degree program—has evolved, for both individuals and employers. Degree alternatives For…Read more Beyond college: corporate training and career development

Training focus: leadership

Leadership: Truths, Trends, and Training

Leaders can be iconic, causing a shift in how people approach leadership.  Unfortunately, a leader who really changes things—a company, a product, or an industry—often causes a “guaranteed success!” rallying cry that is doomed to fail for many. After all, leadership, at its very core, is unique to each company and each individual. Some people can respond to…Read more Leadership: Truths, Trends, and Training

Cybersecurity certificate programs at NOVA

Cybersecurity: closing the Workforce gap

A flurry of recent articles have revealed a growing problem that is particularly troublesome in light of recent cyberattacks on Government entities, including the White House, U.S. Postal Service, and National Weather Service. Cybersecurity is a buzzword in IT circles, but students aren’t flocking to government-based job openings. Why? Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp cites low pay compared…Read more Cybersecurity: closing the Workforce gap


“It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.” --Nelson Mandela, South Africa, July 14,…Read more words

new year

rather than the weighty resolutions, i'd like to resolve to break a record for cat-snorgling, write something pithy and nonsensical at least once per week, or perhaps calculate the ooze-momentum of various brands of caramel. (that last one was inspired by Cadbury's Dairy Milk caramels, which seem to hold their shape until you have the…Read more new year


On Wednesdays weekday woes can lurk, And witty writings will not work. I've got an acute need for perk, Thus: emergency Chihuahua. Scooby here was rescued through Underdog and its foster crew Of volunteers who rescue slews Of pit bulls and chihuahuas. But not just those two breeds, of course; From tiny pups to big-as-horse,…Read more scooby

don’t fear the weird.

My culinary upbringing was fairly normal for someone raised by an English cook: meat in gravy, canned vegetables, potatoes, and bread. Nothing terribly exotic nor complex save for holiday dinners, where the number of side dishes doubled. The most adventurous things I ate were cockles and whelks—pickled, messy, and served in paper boats on the…Read more don’t fear the weird.