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Northern Virginia Community College is using money from the federal government's stimulus package to launch a summer schedule of tuition-free online classes for about 70,000 qualified Northern Virginia high school students.

The classes give rising seniors and graduating seniors an opportunity to "JumpStart" their summers and earn college credit by attending up to two online courses that will run from June 1 to July 15.

“At a time when many members of our community are struggling with the COVID-19 fallout, NOVA has an obligation to ensure our future workforce is prepared for success,” said Dr. Anne Kress, NOVA’s president. “The current downturn in our economy does not solve our region’s critical skills gap in information technology, healthcare and skilled trades. When our economy bounces back, our students must be ready."

The online courses selected because not only fulfill NOVA degree requirements but also transfer to most colleges and universities. In partnership with Amazon Web Services, the JumpStart offerings will include an online course in cloud computing, providing students with their first step onto an in-demand local tech pathway.

NOVA JumpStart Online Course Options

ITN 257                 Cloud Computing: Infrastructure and Services

MTH 154               Quantitative Reasoning

ART 101                History and Appreciation of Art

CST 110                 Introduction to Communication

ENG 111                College Composition I

HIS 112                  World Civilization II

Upon completion of the JumpStart application process, which includes applying to NOVA, completing their JumpStart application and uploading eligibility requirements, local high school students can start earning college credits. For students under 18, a parent or legal guardian’s permission will be needed to register. 

Offer is for students enrolled in public schools in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church City, Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County and multiple private high schools with existing dual enrollment agreements with NOVA.

For more information about the program, please contact

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