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LLI: What's New at NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College)?

Presented ByLifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
When/WhereWednesday, Apr 03, 2019 10:00amHylton Performing Arts Center, Rehearsal Room, Science and Technology

Speakers: Dr. Scott Ralls, Dr Chad Knights and Dr. Molly Lynch

10:00 a.m. refreshments
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. speaker

Northern Virginia Community College is continually working to create programs to meet the needs of students and the workforce. This forum will highlight some of NOVA's new programs and initiatives.

President Scott Ralls will discuss ADVANCE, a new partnership between NOVA and George Mason, and some of the exciting new programs in workforce development. Dr. Ralls holds a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Maryland and was named honorary fellow of Warwickshire College in Leamington, England. He currently serves as co-chair for the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success, a national effort sponsored by Jobs for the Future, to advance state policy improvements that promote completion for community college students.

Dr. Chad Knights will report on some of NOVA's new programs including a cloud computing program developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services and the revised engineering technology program that includes a data center operations specialization. Dr. Knights obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University at Buffalo through studies completed at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY and has conducted translational cancer research at both GWU and Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Center. Dr. Knight joined NOVA in 2007 and was most recently appointed NOVA’s first provost of information and engineering technologies. Dr. Knights serves on the executive boards of SPARK, the Education Foundation for PWCS, and on the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium helping to promote and support STEM education throughout Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth.

Dr. Molly Lynch will provide a snapshot of NOVA students and an update on the Manassas campus. Dr. Lynch received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Ohio State University. Prior to joining NOVA, she was a research associate at Vanderbilt Institute of Public Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lynch joined the NOVA teaching faculty in 2003 and quickly became involved in campus, college and statewide initiatives. She has been actively involved in the Achieving the Dream initiative at NOVA which combines her love of data and interest in student success. Dr. Lynch currently serves as the provost at the Manassas campus.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org

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