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1 Early Opportunities with Cynthia Delacruz Pathway Connection Outreach Counselor Northern Virginia Community College Tom Grane Dual Enrollment Coordinator Northern Virginia Community College

2 Introduction to

3 NOVA s Multiple Locations 6 campuses and 3 centers Alexandria Arlington Center Annandale Loudoun Reston Center Manassas Innovation Park Medical Education Center Woodbridge Extended Learning Institute

4 Academic Programs Over 160 Associate Degrees, Certificates and Specializations Credit Programs Career Studies Certificate CSC (15-29 Credits) Purpose: Work after graduation Certificate (30-59 Credits) Purpose: Work after graduation Applied Associate Degree = AAS & AAA (at least 60 Credits) Purpose: Work after graduation Associate Degree = AA and AS (at least 60 Credits) Purpose: Transfer to 4 year school

5 Life at NOVA Inside the Classroom Small class sizes Flexible schedules Outside of the Classrooms Student Organizations and clubs Sports Intramurals

6 Student Support Services & Programs The Honors Program Disability Services Testing Center Tutoring Programs Career Services Academic Advising GPS for Success program Financial Aid

7 GPS for Success Personal attention from a professional advisor during your 1 st semester Specific faculty advisor assigned after 1 st year Personalized assistance with: Developing and completing your academic goal NOVA resources Course and program selection

8 Financial Aid and Tuition Financial Aid Grants Federal Loans Work-Study Scholarships General and Program Specific Tuition In-State = $163/credit Out-of-State = $359/credit Credits 1 Credit= 1 Hour of class per week Most classes are 3 credits Full-time student= 12 credits

9 Transferring from NOVA Guaranteed Admissions Agreements Graduate from NOVA with an Associates Degree Meet a minimum GPA set by the 4 year school Transfer to more than 40 Colleges and Universities Including: Virginia Tech University of Virginia George Mason University Marymount University Virginia Commonwealth University Independent Transfer Options Students can also transfer to schools without GAAs Most colleges around the country accept NOVA transfer credits.

10 College Pathway Initiatives Cynthia Delacruz Outreach Counselor, Pathway Connection Northern Virginia Community College

11 General College Process 1. College application 2. Entrance exam 3. Financial aid application 4. Advising 5. Register for courses 6. Pay for classes 7. Attend classes 8. Study hard to get good grades

12 College Readiness Pilot Program (Population: 10 th & 11 th grade) Solution-focused program that provides seamless transitions from high school, through Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), to George Mason University or another university. (Population: 12 th grade) Program designed to serve adult students with demonstrated barriers to college access and success, including veterans, single parents, lower-wage workers, work-eligible immigrants, and unemployed and underemployed individuals. (Population: Age 24+) Helps young adults, affiliated with the Virginia Foster Care System, transition to college. (Population: Youth in Care ages 18-24)

13 College Readiness Serves 10 th & 11 th graders College Transition, Retention & Completion Serves 12 th graders NOVA GMU or any other college/ university

14 Application period: SEPT to JAN of Sophomore Year Criteria: No minimum GPA Have strong desire for academic success Interest in achieving post secondary education Desire for increased college readiness skills and early college access Strong interest in obtaining tools for college success Application period: NOV of Senior Year Criteria: No minimum GPA Have strong desire for academic success Plan to earn a Bachelor s Degree Graduate HS no later than August

15 Participating FCPS Schools Annandale* Centerville Chantilly Edison* Fairfax Falls Church* Hayfield* Herndon JEB Stuart* Robert E. Lee* Marshall Mount Vernon* South County South Lakes* West Potomac Westfield * = Has both PC and PTB programs

16 Workshop Topics Goal Setting & Time Management Study Skills: Reading, Memory, Note-taking, Critical Thinking Strengths Building & Learning Styles Understanding Your GPA & Transcript College 101 & Financing College Resume Writing Individual Meetings: Discuss challenges and ways to improve

17 Workshop Topics Applying to College College Placement Test Financial Aid/Planning College/Career Counseling Advising & Registration Transition to College

18 Program Benefits College Visits to NOVA & Other Universities Pathway Program Annual Kickoff Summer Enrichment & Programming Parent Programming Dedicated Scholarship Opportunities Volunteer/Community Service & Leadership Opportunities Career & Transfer Programming

19 Going to college and pursing a degree can sometimes feel like this

20 This is the Pathway Experience Pathway Counselor Pathway Student

21 Dual Enrollment Opportunities Tom Grane Dual Enrollment Coordinator Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria & Medical Education Campuses 21

22 What is Dual Enrollment? An enrichment program that allows eligible high school students the opportunity to take courses in high school and college at the same time NOVA college courses may fulfill Virginia high school graduation requirements and begin a college transcript towards a degree or certificate program 22

23 Benefits of Dual Enrollment Allows students to gain confidence and see college as obtainable. Provides rigorous college-level work to student before graduation. Provides students with a wider range of courses to take. Allows students to receive high school and college credit. Can allow students to avoid the duplication of courses taken in high school and college. Permits students to accumulate credits prior to entering college. Facilitate a seamless transition for high school to college. Lower the cost of post-secondary education ($ per credit for on-campus and online courses, courses within the high schools are significantly reduced). Allows students to use campus resources and participate in college events and activities. 23

24 Delivery Options On-campus Taught by NOVA faculty on campus with curricular and Dual Enrollment students. Online through NOVA s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) Taught entirely online by NOVA faculty through Blackboard with curricular and Dual Enrollment students. Contract courses within certain high schools and academies Taught by high school faculty who are credentialed NOVA adjunct faculty. Taught entirely within the school day at the high school. Class only contains high school students. 24

25 Benefits of Site Selection High School Taught by high school teacher who is also NOVA adjunct Ability to mesh college and high school curriculum requirements Take class with other high school students Tuition is only $10 per credit APS and ACPS pay for Dual Enrollment courses taken within the high school NOVA Campus/Online Experience college course in college setting with college teacher Able to mix with other NOVA students Student pays normal oncampus tuition Currently $

26 Where are contract DE courses offered? Fairfax County Public Schools Annandale HS Chantilly Academy Edison Academy Fairfax HS Fairfax Art Academy Falls Church Academy/HS Herndon HS JEB Stuart HS Oakton HS Marshall Academy/HS Mount Vernon HS South County HS South Lakes HS West Potomac Academy/HS 26

27 NOVA Courses Currently Offered within FCPS? General Elective Credits ENG 111/112- College Composition I/II Chantilly Falls Church Jeb Stuart Marshall Mount Vernon South Lakes West Potomac History 111/112 History of World Civilization I/II South Lakes Career and Technical Programs Administration of Justice Chantilly Academy, Edison Academy, West Potomac Academy Automotive Chantilly Academy, Edison Academy Business/Entrepreneurship Chantilly Academy, Falls Church Academy, Herndon, Oakton, Marshall Academy, West Potomac Culinary Arts Edison Academy Engineering Technology Fairfax, South County, West Potomac Health and Medical Chantilly Academy, Falls Church Academy, West Potomac Academy Information Technology Chantilly Academy

28 How is Dual Enrollment in the high schools different than the other options for college credit? Advanced Placement/ International Baccalaureate High school courses with the opportunity to receive college credit through a cumulative exam. Students receive college credit based on the score and their college s policies. Dual Enrollment College course taught within the high school Students receive college credit based on their grade in the class. Transferability to other colleges depend on their college s policies. Grades of C or higher generally transfer 28

29 Transferability to Other Colleges and Universities DE general education credits transfer to most Virginia colleges and universities and to many other four-year institutions All colleges have specific policies regarding acceptance of transfer credits Students should contact the college or university being considered, to discuss the transferability of dual enrollment courses; most colleges have transfer policies on web site 29

30 Who can take Dual Enrollment classes? High school Juniors and Seniors who meet the English and Math prerequisites Exceptional Sophomores on a case-by-case basis 30

31 Placement Testing and Exemptions for Most Classes English Earn a satisfactory score on NOVA s English placement test Score 500 or higher on both the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT Score 50 or higher on both the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the PSAT* Provide evidence of a combined score of 21 or more on the Writing section of the ACT, taken within the last two years Receive a 3 or better on the final test for AP English Literature or Language and Composition course taken in high school. Mathematics Earn a satisfactory score on NOVA s math placement test Score 520 or more on the Math portion of the SAT (Students wishing to take DE Math courses must meet the college/course pre-requisites. Score 52 or more on the Math portion of the PSAT* Score a minimum of 22 on the Math portion of the ACT, taken within the last two years Score a passing score on the Algebra I SOL* 31 *Students taking a math course must meet the specific requirements or prerequisites.

32 House Bill 1184 Brings New Opportunities Requires local school divisions and community colleges to develop agreements allowing high school students to complete an Associate s Degree or a one year Uniform Certificate of General Studies from a community college concurrent with a high school diploma. 32

33 General Studies Certificate Course # Credits English 111 / 112 College Composition I & II 6 Mathematics, MTH 151 or higher 3-5 Physical or Life Science 1 & 2 Elective w lab 8 Social / Behavioral Sciences elective 1, 2 and 3 9 Humanities / Fine Arts Elective 1 & 2 (includes foreign language option) SDV 100 College Success Skills total 33

34 Tuition Rates Per Credit Average Public 4-Year Institution (In-State) On-Campus Dual Enrollment (In-State) Contract Dual Enrollment within the High School** Per Credit Per Semester (15 Credits) Per Year (30 Credits) $330.63* $4, $9, $ $2, $4, $10** $150 $300 *Averaged per-credit tuition rate of $ was calculated from **ACPS and APS students taking Dual Enrollment courses in the high school have their tuition paid for by the school district. 34

35 DE Student Process On-Campus 1. Meet with your high school counselor 2. Apply on-line to NOVA 3. Take the placement tests 4. Complete the DE Recommendation Form 5. See a counselor on campus 6. Register for class 7. Pay for your class 8. Buy books/parking pass Within APS High Schools 1. Meet with your high school counselor 2. Apply on-line to NOVA 3. Complete the DE Intent Form with your counselor 4. Take the placement tests 5. NOVA will enroll you in the class 35

36 What can I do now? Work on basic skills Math, English, Reading Time Management Organization Discuss how to pay for college Seek guidance from HS counselor and career center specialist Use Family Connection Research scholarships and colleges Utilize career assessment Visit different colleges Attend financial aid workshops Ask lots of questions Plan ahead

37 Questions? 37

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