Volume 40 | October 2022

Welcome to The Interface - the NOVA IET monthly newsletter.

Stories about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) that cover Information and Engineering Technology programs as well as STEM Outreach through NOVA SySTEMic. #WeDoSTEM #InDemandTech

Meeting the Region's IT Needs by 'Degrees'

NOVA VP’s Dr. Chad Knights and Steve Partridge talk about helping students prepare for in-demand tech jobs 

(along with Virginia Tech VP Lance Collins)

Whether it’s for a technical certification, a doctorate in a given field or a degree somewhere in between, Northern Virginia boasts a wealth of opportunities for residents to become educated about the digital world. Area institutions, including Virginia Tech and Northern Virginia Community College, offer a host of classes and educational programs to help students prepare to land one of the region’s myriad technology jobs...


NOVA IET at the ATE PI Conference

Our DCO Tech, Makers By Design, and Product Design Incubator NSF Grants take center stage

In Washington D.C. from Oct 26-28, five NOVA Principal Investigators leading three National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education projects attended the 2022 NSF ATE PI Conference to network with community college PIs and program officers at the annual conference. The NOVA PIs highlighted their project successes and collaborated with colleagues from around the country to advance the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive the nation's economy...


NOVA Graduate Spotlight - Hispanic Heritage

Alec Vaca is a NOVA graduate who received an A.A.S. in Automotive from NOVA and later pursued a degree in HVAC before switching to an A.A.S. in Engineering Technology. He interned for Micron and worked there for 3 years. Afterward he interned for Digital Realty and is now employed full-time as an IT Manager. We caught up with him at the end of Hispanic Heritage month to ask about his experiences getting to where he is now and how NOVA helped him achieve his goals...


IET Flyers Now Available in Spanish

¡Orgullosos de presentar nuestros volantes del programa IET en español para el Mes de la Herencia Hispana y más allá! (Proud to present our IET program flyers in Spanish for Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond!)

For educators, students and parents – this is a great resource to help Spanish speaking families connect with our IET programs.

Click below to access and download flyers:

Information Technology

Engineering Technology

Data Center Operations

Information Systems Technology

Cloud Computing 


For more information about IET programs visit www.nvcc.edu/iet

CLRI Launches, More Sessions Coming In Spring 

Great group, great goals! The Career and Leadership Readiness Institute (CLRI) kicked-off at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training at NOVA Woodbridge on October 13th. Fall CLRI sessions are underway throughout October and November to equip NOVA students with career readiness and priority consideration for paid internships with industry partners. 

CLRI students are trained how to interview, create a resume that stands out, network effectively, manage interpersonal skills in a diverse workplace and more! For NOVA IET students, the CLRI is a vital component in learning soft skills to complement technical skills. 

New CLRI Spring sessions will be available to sign up for in Jan 2023.

Fill out our Interest Form and we will alert you when registration is available.

More about CLRI at www.nvcc.edu/career-services/clri.html

Fall 2022 Fab Lab Design Challenge Announced!

Fabricate a Replica of Your Favorite Sci-Fi Movie Prop

For our latest Design Challenge, The Fab Lab is celebrating STEM by hosting a replica prop making competition. As scientists, artists, engineers, and inventors the Fab Lab staff believe the foundation of prop making, especially in science fiction, requires a seamless blend of innovation, problem solving, creativity, and craft. Your challenge is to fabricate a replica of an original science fiction prop used in a movie or a TV show. The more convincing your replica is, the greater your chance of winning...

Learn More

Apply For Paid Design-Centered Programs

Educator Opportunity

Design Thinking Fellowship

We’re recruiting for our second cohort of Design Thinking Fellows. This National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored program is open to middle and high school teachers, informal STEM learning professionals, and college faculty...

Learn More and Apply...

NOVA Student Opportunity

Product Design Incubator (PDI)

The NOVA Fab Lab is hosting our first Product Design Incubator, thanks to a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant. Participants will learn design thinking, develop entrepreneurial skills, and prototype and build a product at the NOVA Fab Lab...

Learn More and Apply...

Friday Night Robotics Is Back!

It's that time of year - Fall is in the air and robotics is in the Fab Lab!

VRC teams will start meeting on November 11 and VEX IQ on November 18. Moving forward the first and third Fridays of the month will be for VEX IQ teams and the second and fourth Fridays will be for VRC teams.

There is a one time fee of $10, which will give you access to attend all future scheduled Friday Nights for the platform you are using. Friday Night Robotics is for established teams to scrimmage, build, and program their robots (it is not intended as an introduction to robotics).

Register Here

Certification and Interview Opportunities

NOVA Makers Machine Certifications

NOVA Makers is open to High School students, as well as NOVA students, faculty, and staff. When you become a Maker you can become machine certified on the

3D printer, laser cutter, large printer, UV printer, and vacuum former. Once certified you are free to use those machines during our open lab hours for personal projects!

Become a member today!

Siemens seeks Students in HVAC, Data Center, and ENE

Siemens wants to meet students who are majoring in HVAC, Data Center Operations, or ENE. Hear about opportunities at Siemens, have your resume reviewed, and sign up for a guaranteed interview while enjoying some free pizza! Join in-person on Weds Nov 2 (6-8pm)

at the Lakeside Theater (WS, Woodbridge Campus) or by Zoom.

Sign-up now

Who We Are
Northern Virginia Community College's Information and Engineering Technologies Division. We equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the high-demand fields of Information Technology, Engineering Technology, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, and Data Center Operations. #InDemandTech
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