NOVA is one of 23 colleges within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), which is governed by the State Board for Community Colleges.
Originally established as Northern Virginia Technical College, NOVA was founded in 1964 and renamed in 1966.
With commitment to the values of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence, the mission of Northern Virginia Community College is to deliver world-class in-person and online post-secondary teaching, learning, and workforce development to ensure our region and the Commonwealth of Virginia have an educated population and globally competitive workforce.
The vision of NOVA is to be a learning-centered organization that promotes student success. NOVA's Strategic Vision 2015 is detailed in the Gateway to the American Dream Document.