NOVA celebrated an innovative addition to its academic institution and to the College community by officially hosting a grand opening ceremony for the new Reston Center on April 25.
This state-of-the-art facility offers day, evening and weekend classes for coursework varying from general education to cybersecurity and information technology. The Center boasts information technology and cybersecurity labs, 11 classrooms, a library, a café and a multi-purpose room used for seminars and training programs. Northern Virginia’s Reston Corridor is the fourth-largest business district in the country. The new Reston Center is located among the highest concentration of information technology, software, cybersecurity and telecommunication businesses within the region.
During the ceremony, NOVA President Scott Ralls emphasized that NOVA continuously provides much-needed resources and technology for students to be trained and educated for today’s ever-changing workforce.
“The new Reston Center reflects the growth of what’s happening in our community and within the workforce,” said Ralls. “NOVA wants to help the region grow and stay true to our roots from 53 years ago when the Governor of Virginia referred to the College as the academy of opportunity. There is so much opportunity in this region, and if NOVA can help the people of this community achieve these opportunities we are doing our job. We are ranked as one of the best colleges in the country when it comes to moving students from the lowest economic quartiles to the highest within ten years of graduation. This is why the Reston Center is so unique in helping us to accomplish this goal for so many individuals.”
NOVA College Board Chairman and NOVA student Todd Rowley, who attends IT classes at the new Reston Center, said the College’s dedicated faculty and staff prepare students to be leaders. He also emphasized NOVA’s ability to create a balance between meeting community needs and preparing students to be the region’s future skilled professionals in information technology and cybersecurity fields.
A number of local and regional leaders who attended included The Honorable Ken Plum with the Virginia House of Delegates, The Honorable Catherine Hudgins with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Alex Roberts representing Congressman Gerry Connolly. NOVA’s leadership included College Board members, administrators and leadership staff.
NOVA’s Reston Center is located at 1821 Michael Faraday Drive, Reston, Va. For additional information, visit their website.