Despite an earthquake drill interruption, NOVA’s Office of International Education & Sponsored Programs hosted a productive meeting with 13 visiting higher education administrators from India. The 2019 Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators visited NOVA’s Annandale Campus after expressing interest in hearing from NOVA administrators within the Office of International Education (Stacey Bustillos and Kathy Thompson), Workforce Development (Melanie Stover), IT/STEM programs (Dr. Paula Ford), and NOVA’s Financial Stability Program, part of Adult Career Pathways (Derrick Doctor), the college-wide program that provides emergency assistance to students in need to help them clear unexpected life hurdles that could derail their college dreams.
The group asked many questions to gather as much information as possible. In addition, they met Beena Thomas, a NOVA student majoring in Business Administration with her sights set on transferring to George Mason University to complete her bachelor’s degree and possibly continue for her master’s. Ultimately, she wants to work for the International Monetary Fund.
NOVA is a highly sought-after destination for education administrators from around the world. The college appeals to those who wish to learn all they can about the community college model and are considering how the structure may fit into their countries’ higher education. The goal is to help members of society who want to attend college or those who want to receive the credentials they need to strengthen their place in the workforce.