Northern Virginia Community College Expands SySTEMic Solutions at Regional Launch Event

At an event on Wednesday, May 22, leaders from Northern Virginia’s technology, business, nonprofit and academic communities gathered at Micron in Manassas to celebrate the regional expansion of Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) SySTEMic Solutions program, a public-private partnership to build a long term sustainable pipeline of STEM-skilled students to meet our region’s workforce needs. NVTC signed a resolution of support and cooperation with SySTEMic Solutions in December 2012 in order to further advance our region’s knowledge-based economy.

Dr. Robert Templin, president of NOVA.
Dr. Robert Templin, president of Northern Virginia Community College, addresses the audience at the regional launch of SySTEMic Solutions at Micron in Manasas.

During the event, NVTC Board member Raj Narasimhan of Micron described his company’s involvement in SySTEMic Solutions since its inception and highlighted the program’s role as a bridge between schools and businesses. He also announced the Micron Foundation’s latest donation of $120,000 to the program. Representing NVTC at the launch, NVTC Board member John Mendonca described how NVTC member companies are concerned with filling open positions with trained technology workers. He also expressed NVTC’s goal of supporting SySTEMic Solutions’ efforts by developing a regional pipeline of work-based learning opportunities at our member companies and by encouraging members to volunteer in targeted STEM-related activities.

NVTC Board member John Mendonca.
NVTC Board member John Mendonca speaks to the audience at the regional launch of SySTEMic Solutions.

NOVA President and NVTC Board member Dr. Robert Templin, along with other leaders from NOVA and SySTEMic Solutions, highlighted the program, its partnership model and its future impact in the community. Dr. Templin also described how the business community can get involved through volunteer opportunities, providing internships to students and making financial contributions. The SySTEMic Solutions program is seeking $5 million in corporate and foundation donations to sustain and grow the program. NVTC was instrumental in securing state-level funding of $1 million over two years for this program during the 2012 General Assembly session.

The event also included remarks from Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash, Troy Cromwell of member company Verizon, and Jim Corcoran of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. Click here to learn more about SySTEMic Solutions.