College Steps/NOVA Annandale & Loudoun Information Night

Dear Friends and Families,

On behalf of College Steps and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), we’re delighted to inform you that we will be holding an information night for the College Steps program on Thursday, February 9th 2017 at 5:30 pm at NOVA Annandale's Campus in the Brault Building Room 321. College Steps is a non-profit organization that partners with NOVA to provide college support for individuals living with social or learning challenges (e.g., learning disabilities, autism, developmental, or intellectual disabilities).

Come learn about the exciting new opportunities that College Steps and NOVA will be offering at the NOVA Loudoun and Annandale campuses in the coming months. We recognize that for many students, the transition between high school and college is challenging and can often feel intimidating. Therefore, College Steps offers both (1) a transition to college program for high school seniors as well as (2) an individualized support program for college students at NOVA Loudoun and NOVA Annandale.

What: College Steps / NOVA Annandale & Loudoun Information Night

When: Thursday, February 9th 2017 at 5:30 pm - 7pm

Where: NOVA Annandale's Campus in the Brault Building Room 321

Parking: Parking is free for this event in the Brault Building's Parking lot (visitor parking passes will be provided at check-in)

The info night is a free event; however, we encourage everyone to register for the event by the COB on Friday, February 3rd. If you are unable to attend, please help us spread the word by sharing this invitation with a friend or colleague. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Lauren Merritt at or 802-363-2785.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

College Steps

OPEN HOUSE: NOVA Loudoun and NOVA Annandale 12/7/2016

We are excited to announce the continued partnership between College Steps and Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA’s) Annandale and Loudoun campuses for fall 2017. 


December 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm

@ NOVA Loudoun's Campus in the LC Building in Room 311


If you missed our December 7th Open House, we will be holding a second Open House in February 2017. College Steps also welcomes the opportunity to provide you with a private tour of our partnerships at the NOVA Loudoun and Annandale campuses. 

Coursework and Employment Experiences Come Together

Graduating College Steps at SVC student, Stephanie, has spent two years taking classes and working toward an employment goal to work in the field of early care and education. This semester, she engaged in a "Chemistry of Cooking" course, as it connected so well her academic and employment interests. Here is her summary for a final project for the semester:

  • Your major: College Steps- this will apply to my work experience.
  • Describe how you plan to apply this course to your work experience: I could use the skills I learned in this class to have the children at the daycare cook/make cookies, brownies, or the ice cream. (As long as my boss is there.)

  • What the project would be: I would make the ice cream with them because it was the easiest one to make out of the recipes.

  • What would be done: If I were to do this project with the kids I would have them make the pizza or the ice cream. I would begin by asking them what they think the salt and sugar does to the ice cream. After they answer, I would then show them videos (like the ones we watched) to see if their answers changed. I would finally explain to them the how salt and sugar affect the ice cream.

Commencement Remarks at SVC

The following remarks were recently shared by provost Jay White at the 89th Commencement of Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT.

"For the second year in a row, we are pleased to award certificates of higher education to graduates of our College Steps program, which started here at SVC in 2013. The students receiving certificates today had to meet a number of criteria set by the regional College Steps organization within a two-year time frame.

These criteria include completing specific academic, vocational independent living and campus life requirements, including four semesters of coursework (which may be transferred to further their college studies), and completion of an internship. These students have participated in many campus activities including the Sarnoff Speech Contest, Choral Ensemble, Vermont Reads events, Mountaineer Events Board, The Looking Glass, Anime Club, Homecoming, fundraisers to benefit our local food pantries, bake sales to benefit local child care centers … and more.

I would like to echo the sentiment from the students who mentor the College Steps students and say that this is a wonderful experience for both parties: as one student mentor said, “Not only do I feel I am helping the College Steps students grow, they are helping me grow.”"