Workforce Development at NOVA and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation celebrated an innovative approach to engage local students at the secondary level. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Mount Vernon High School (MVHS) in Alexandria on April 11 to dedicate a new Career Counseling Center.
Sponsored by a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation in conjunction with NOVA Workforce, the state-of-the-art center will be used to assist MVHS students with college and career planning.
“We are celebrating a new beginning, a renewed experience that equips Mount Vernon High School students to explore and further reach higher to achieve their post-secondary goals and their dreams,” said Jarren Jeffery, MVHS director of student services.
“This is proof positive of what can happen when businesses and schools of higher and public education come together,” stated MVHS Principal Dr. Anthony Terrell. “Bank of America, Northern Virginia Community College and Fairfax County Public Schools have all pulled together to make this space possible for all our students. We talk a lot about career and college readiness, but we very rarely talk about career and college exploration. And that is what this space is dedicated to.”
The career center features desktop computer stations where MVHS students can participate in college and career exploration and learn about apprenticeships and military service options, and video conferencing capabilities to help students connect with professionals in a variety of fields.
However, the highlight of the center is the College and Career Planning Station, where students receive one-on-one counseling as they begin to shape their goals and college aspirations in a relaxed and comfortable environment. As part of the implementation of the new career center, NOVA Workforce will provide career awareness training for Mount Vernon High School counselors, teachers and administrators along with creating a high-tech environment, adding computers and television displays to provide pertinent career information.
“At Bank of America, we know that employment is one of the most powerful levers to connecting communities, individuals and success for economic mobility,” said Bank of America Vice President/Community Relations Manager Tamara E. Gifford. “We’re proud to be a part of the Career and Counseling Center where MVHS students will be able to make realistic career decisions and establish career goals that will lead them on a long-term path of employment and career success. On behalf of Bank of America, we thank NOVA and MVHS for creating this center that we’re so happy to be a part of.”
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation supports programs designed to advance pathways to economic mobility in order to build thriving communities. Special emphasis is directed toward workforce development and education, community development, and basic needs. Support is given primarily in areas of company operations. For additional information, visit their website.