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

STEM of consciousness for career changers

STEM of Consciousness for Career Changers


We hear a lot about the high demand for workers to fill STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers. What’s less clear is what actual jobs are available, and how you, as a career changer, can leverage your experience to enter these fields. Interested in a STEM education? Consider the realities of today’s job market: STEM Advantages…Read more STEM of Consciousness for Career Changers

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