Governor McAuliffe Honors NOVA’s SySTEMic Solutions with Governor’s Award for Science Innovation

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the recipients of the Governor’s Award for Science Innovation and Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists of 2014 during a reception at the Science Museum of Virginia Jan. 16. Northern Virginia Community College’s SySTEMic Solutions was honored with the Governor’s Award for Science Innovation. NVTC has a resolution of support and cooperation with SySTEMic Solutions.

SySTEMic Solutions’ mission is to develop a sustainable science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce pipeline in Northern Virginia. Through collaborations with school divisions, businesses, higher education institutions and community organizations, the program engages students in elementary school to inspire them to pursue STEM education in high school, college and into the workforce. After its start in Prince William County, the program is currently expanding across Northern Virginia and aims to have 40,000 students preparing for STEM careers by 2016. SySTEMic Solutions Director Amy Harris accepted the award on behalf of NOVA.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Amy Harris.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe presented the Governor’s Award for Science Innovation to Amy Harris, who accepted on behalf of Northern Virginia Community College’s SySTEMic Solutions.

NOVA President and NVTC Board member Robert Templin congratulated SySTEMic Solutions for receiving the Governor’s Award.

“I am extremely pleased that SySTEMic Solutions has received this prestigious recognition. This innovative program that increases the number of students pursuing STEM education plays a crucial role in the economic competitiveness of our region. We must continue to graduate more skilled workers, and honors like the Governor’s Award encourage everyone to continue these vital efforts,” Templin said.

Physicist Bradley Cox from NVTC member the University of Virginia and molecular biologist Paul B. Fisher from NVTC member Virginia Commonwealth University were named Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists of 2014. To learn more about SySTEMic Solutions click here or contact Harris at 703-257-6689 or aharris@nvcc.edu.