A dozen eager NOVA students greeted each other as they gathered in a cozy conference room at the Loudoun Campus to share their personal experiences and talk about NOVA’s community with Delegate Karrie Delaney, a first-term delegate representing Virginia’s 67th House district. The visit, specifically to meet with students, was Delegate Delaney’s second to the campus. Her Legislative Assistant Denver Supinger and Loudoun Campus Provost Dr. Julie Leidig also attended the event.
The Delegate engaged students and expressed how much she anticipated the gathering, especially given her years of counseling experience with the foster population, transitioning young adults with real-life skills, and crisis aid and rehabilitation efforts for those who have experienced abuse, exploitation, or trafficking. NOVA students, a mix of men and women, current students and alumni, discussed their transfer desires and championed the strength of NOVA’s technology opportunities, particularly for women.
One alum, a UVA McIntire School graduate and technology business owner, credits NOVA for where he is today. He said that without NOVA, he is not sure he would have pursued a college degree. As an alum and local employer, he praised the College’s focus on IT and cybersecurity studies, adding support for expanding apprenticeships and NOVA’s close relationships with employers large and small.
Several students expressed interest in data science studies. The discussion flowed, continuing over lunch, and included a conversation about accessibility, community engagement, and an increasing number of elected officeholders from a wide array of professions outside of traditional government or politics. The delegate urged students to be participant citizens, to reach out to leaders and share ideas for legislative consideration. Delegate Karrie Delaney’s district includes part of Fairfax and Loudoun counties. She also serves constituents through her district office in Centreville and an office in Richmond. The delegate serves constituents statewide on two committees in the General Assembly; Health, Welfare and Institutions, and Transportation.