Greater Washington Innovation Awards
Names NOVA 2020 Education Innovator of the Year


Northern VA Community College

NVCC Annandale Campus, Annandale, VANOVA, the Northern Virginia Community College, was named “2020 Education Innovator of the Year” at the inaugural Greater Washington Innovations Awards on October 8, 2020.

Created to showcase innovations in business, the Innovation Awards highlight ingenuity and creativity in five categories: biotech, hospitality, health tech, social impact, and higher education. Applicants submitted one-minute videos describing their innovations, a panel of 17 judges reviewed the videos, and named 11 finalists. Their videos were shown during the virtual awards show.

NOVA submitted a video based on the success of its JumpStart program, a unique program that allows recent high school graduates to take select NOVA classes that will transfer to most four-year institutions. The classes were offered at no charge over the 2020 Summer Semester.

The JumpStart innovation video can be found at

A total of 2,996 JumpStart students enrolled in art, computer science, English, history, information technology, and mathematics courses at NOVA. While NOVA had an average class pass rate of 73%, JumpStart had an 83% pass rate, and 37% of students who participated in the JumpStart program continued their education and enrolled at NOVA in the fall.

“JumpStart allowed NOVA to give back to our community in a new and innovative way,” said Steve Partridge, vice president strategic partnerships and workforce innovation. “People often don’t realize that our mission is not only to provide affordable world-class education but also to help ensure our region has a globally-competitive workforce. To be recognized by our region’s business community is a huge honor and testament to our focus on producing work-ready students.”

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