On January 25, 2018, four NOVA student leaders met in Richmond with members of the Virginia General Assembly to share their stories of being community college students, their successes at NOVA, and issues that students are facing. The group included Brenda Medrano Frias, the Student Representative to the NOVA College Board. The students shared the challenges facing DACA students and the need to expand the Workforce Credentials Grant Program. NOVA serves almost half of all DACA students residing in Virginia; the NOVA students shared what it means to be a DACA student attending college. The Workforce Credentials Grant Program is an increasingly popular program at NOVA and the Virginia Community College System is looking to secure funding to expand the program so more students can participate. Currently, Workforce credential programs are not included in state or federal financial aid packages and any aid a student might receive would have to come from scholarships meant specifically for the Workforce Program.
Students met with members of the House of Delegates who represent Northern Virginia. Throughout the day, the students interacted with Delegate Jennifer Boysco, Delegate Marcus Simon, Delegate David Reid, and Delegate Elizabeth Guzman.
As part of their trip, the students attended a session of the House of Delegates and were formally recognized by Delegate Guzman. Delegate Guzman is a NOVA alumnus and was newly elected to represent Virginia’s 31st House of Delegates district, which covers Prince William County and Fauquier County. Delegate Guzman will deliver the address for the 52nd Commencement Ceremony on May 12, at 2 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live.