Internship Fair connects NOVA-Loudoun students with local government contractors

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2019
Tony Howard, Loudoun Chamber of Commerce
Dana Fallon, NOVA
Internship Fair connects NOVA-Loudoun students with local government contractors
NOVA students met with 16 local firms to discuss internships and learn the value of security clearances
Sterling, VA – More than 100 Northern Virginia Community College students attended the first Fall GovCon Jobs and Internship Fair, which featured 16 local government contractors and governmental agencies, held on October 23rd at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus.
The Fall GovCon Jobs and Internship Fair was produced in partnership by Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun’s Department of Economic Development, the Loudoun Chamber GovCon Committee and the firms Strongbridge and Triple Point Security.   
NOVA students were able to meet directly with employers to discuss their job and internship opportunities.  The students were well prepared and able to directly hand their resumes to decision makers and recruiters. 
“These opportunities to collaborate with community partners and employers is extremely important and allows NOVA to directly connect its talented students with the employers that are driving our regional economy,” said Dana Fallon, Career Services Manager, Corporate & Workforce Engagement for NOVA.
In conjunction with the fair, nearly 40 students attended a Security Clearance Information Session hosted by Squadron Defense Group.  Richard Ray, Senior Security Manager, presented a detailed program where he discussed the types of security clearances needed by government contractors and agencies as well as how to plan and prepare to successfully negotiate the application process.   
“Like many other areas, Loudoun County is experiencing a skills gap between the job skills employers need and the learning and experiences that our workforce possesses. Thanks to our great partners, the Loudoun Chamber was proud to help bridge that skills gap by providing NOVA’s many hard working students the opportunity to connect with employers to gain the experiences they need to accelerate their careers and keep our local economy growing,” said Loudoun Chamber President Tony Howard.
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