NOVA partners with Virginia Tech in NIH grant

Northern Virginia Community College and Virginia Tech are partnering on a Bridges to Baccalaureate program, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The grant promotes partnerships between community colleges and universities to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral sciences, NOVA said in a statement.

Ia Gomez, assistant dean for sciences at NOVA’s Manassas campus, is the program’s director. “Bridges to the Baccalaureate is intended to generate interest in biomedical and behavioral sciences among underrepresented Virginia students through engaging research experiences combined with academic support and mentoring to promote persistence, achievement and timely progress through the bachelor’s degree,” she said.

The five-year grant is also intended to help NOVA science students transfer to a four-year university, such as Virginia Tech.

For information, call 703-530-8255 or e-mail

Wittman wants to hear from Woodbridge constituents

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) recently announced that his staff will host monthly office hours beginning Monday at the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge.

“I encourage folks in and around the Woodbridge area to visit with my staff in person,” Wittman, who represents the 1st District, said in a statement.

Office hours will run from 9 a.m. to noon second Mondays.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane