No matter what industry you work in, technology is constantly changing. Companies are searching for candidates with new skillsets and experience with emerging technologies.
At Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center, adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro station, an administrative team manages more than 600 online graduate students looking to develop new skills and fill gaps on their resume.
Virginia Tech developed its #4 nationally-ranked Master of Information Technology program (VT-MIT) in 1999 in response to a request by the Commonwealth of Virginia to help meet the growing demand for employees in the information technology field.
Since then, the 100% online program has kept pace with changes in technology, in both course delivery and course options.
Working professionals from across the country are taking the online courses at their own pace and designing a degree that works for their individual goals, whether they are a seasoned IT professional or looking to shift into a tech career.
VT-MIT currently offers 11 areas of specialization, including analytics and business intelligence, big data, cybersecurity, health information technology and software development.
The program also offers six graduate certificate options for professionals that are not looking to pursue a full degree.
VT-MIT plans to continue adding new courses and graduate certificates that keep up with current trends in tech, particularly as the wider university takes on a central role in the cybersecurity ecosystem.
The university’s forthcoming Innovation Campus is expected to triple Virginia Tech’s footprint in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and become a magnet for leading tech talent, research and education.
Meet Carly, a brown and white Pit Bull mix available for adoption locally.
Here is what her friends at Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation have to say about her:
Carly is a mini pittie with a zest for life! If you’re looking for a companion who will help keep you on your exercise plan, Carly is more than happy to ensure you stay motivated!
Carly loves to run around in playgroups with her doggie friends to help burn off her energy. She is already mastering the leash and is happy to go for miles and miles! But she is also happy to stop for petting breaks! Carly is very smart and knows “sit” with clear potential for learning more skills.
Carly is a sweet girl who just wants to make the most of life in every possible second. Seize the day with Carly and make her the latest adorable addition to your life today!
Are you and Carly a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.
Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?
Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.
Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of eight Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.
The Herndon Police Department announced an arrest in a 2019 sexual assault case yesterday (Tuesday).
Police arrested a 15-year-old boy for sexual assault on Saturday, Jan 18. The incident happened on Oct. 17 on the 600 block of Dulles Park Court, according to authorities.
The suspect is believed to have had sexual contact with a minor that he knew.
Due to privacy restrictions for minors, no other information about the incident was made public.
Two businesses were robbed over the long weekend, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
On Monday, Jan. 20, a man threatened a clerk at CVS Pharmacy (2525 Centreville Road) with a knife and stole cash from multiple registers. Police described the suspect as a black man who is likely in his early 20s or late teens. The incident happened around 8 a.m.
Streetshares (1900 Campus Commons Drive) was also robbed on Sunday, Jan. 19. Police believe someone entered the business at around 5:55 p.m. that day and stole cash.
On Saturday, Jan. 18, two victims were assaulted by two other men as they walked on the 13200 block of Poener Place shortly after 1 p.m. Police believe the men stole phones from the victims.
“The first suspect is described as a 20-30-year-old heavy set Hispanic man with a full beard. The second suspect is described as an 18-21-year-old Hispanic man,” police said.
‘The Game’s Afoot’ Gets Thumbs Up — The Maryland Theatre Guide gave Ken Ludwig’s production by Reston Community Players high praises, noting that the director’s “affection for his subject matter is palpable in this nearly farcical murder mystery.” [Maryland Theatre Guide]
Juice Bar Coming Soon to Junction Square — Vb Juice Bar plans to open up soon in Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood. The business has been posting frequent updates on Facebook, including a recent video of a store tour. Still, there’s no official word on the opening date. [Vb Juice Bar/Facebook]
Stateside: Senate Moves to Scrap Lee-Jackson Holiday — “The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation to scrap the state’s Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals. The Democratic-led Senate voted largely along party lines Tuesday to pass legislation that would make Election Day a state holiday instead of Lee-Jackson Day.” [NBC4]
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A small fire broke out at the Signature apartments in Reston Town Center this afternoon.
Local fire and rescue crews put out the fire, which started on a stovetop around 4 p.m. today (Tuesday).
No injuries were reported.
Units on scene of building fire in the 11800 block of Freedom Drive in the Reston area. Small fire on stove top. Fire sprinkler has extinguished the fire. Crews checking for extension. #FCFRD #FairfaxCounty pic.twitter.com/iYj9gZP2hY
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) January 21, 2020
New Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn has plans to tackle a range of issues now that he’s joined the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Alcorn recently met with journalists and spokespeople to share his priorities for his first four-year term.
Among his major talking points at the Friday (Jan. 17) morning meeting, Alcorn said he wants to rethink the Reston Comprehensive Plan, increase affordable housing, evaluate the use of private open space, improve pedestrian safety and boost efforts to become carbon-neutral.
Of that list, he said affordable housing is at the top of his agenda. “My predecessor, Cathy Hudgins, was a leader on the board for affordable housing,” Alcorn said, adding that he plans to continue her legacy.
During his term, Alcorn said he will work together with other supervisors such as Dalia Palchik to increase the number of adorable housing units. He said he hopes to raise the number of units from 10-12% to around 25-30.%
“I’m thinking thousands of units,” he said.
For placement of new housing units, Alcorn suggested the transformation of old office parks and old commercial strip centers, which are no longer in use — a concept previously echoed by Palchik.
After the recent death of a person on Richmond Hwy, Alcorn said he will look into ways to assist with walkability and pedestrian safety in the region.
“The vast majority of our county was built around automobile mobility,” Alcorn said, adding that he thinks there are measures that can cut down on fatal traffic incidents — like evaluating historically problematic areas and installing safety measures such as suitable crosswalks.
He said a challenge will be working with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and other officials.
“Road designs are pretty much the call of VDOT,” Alcorn said. “I think there is a lot more we can do when it comes to engaging and coordinating with the public on pedestrian safety.”
Alcorn also brought forth the topic of privately owned public spaces, such as Reston Town Center.
“That’s a double-edged sword,” he said, adding that he generally supports privately owned land for public enjoyment since maintenance isn’t a burden on the governmental budget. However, he said he is worried about the strings attached to the use.
He brought up concerns about use for voter registration and licensing to take photos for occasions like weddings and various events, that might be at the discretion of the private entity which owned the land.
He said there is a lack of publically-owned space around Reston and the Hunter Mill District.
When it comes to the idea of carbon neutrality within the community, Alcorn said he wants to encourage homeowners’ use of solar panels and remove barriers for homeowners and private entities alike. Currently, he said there are some zoning ordinances that set homeowners back.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to see more ways that the county can help facilitate financing of residential renewable energy,” Alcorn said.
Around Reston, Alcorn said he already met with representatives from the Reston Association and hopes to form an alliance with the group.
“I would like to see Reston have an updated Comprehensive Plan to tie up some loose ends that have become apparent in the last few years,” Alcorn said.
Going forward, Alcorn said he wants to be an approachable representative for the Hunter Mill District and to help people get the most up-to-date information about their community.
A Loudoun County couple plans to debut a new food truck that offers a selection of Afghan Tex-Mex in Herndon and Reston later this month.
Zainab Shoja and her husband Yousef plan to serve puffy tacos — a concept created in San Antonio — at the Sprint Campus (12525 Sunrise Valley Drive) on Jan. 27 and at Century Link (2900 Towerview Road) on Jan. 30. The food truck, called “Zainy’s Flyin’ Grill” will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Inspired by their Afghan heritage, Shoja says the food truck will also serve “kabobco” — a cross between a taco and kabob roll — bowls — and quesadillas. Meat options include chicken kabob, steak kabob, and gyro.
The food truck, which is registered to run in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, will first debut in Lansdowne at the Camden Apartments from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 25).
Shoja says she hopes the business adds a unique product to the local food scene.
“We grew up eating kabobs. We both love Mexican food,” Shoja said. “We wanted to stand out.”
Customers can track the food truck’s schedule online.
Photo via Zainab Shoja
The Herndon Town Council will consider increasing fees for indoor tennis programs and cremation at Chestnut Grove Cemetery later this year.
The council will consider a motion to increase fees for cremation at the park cremation garden and ground areas due to an increase in demand for cremation sites.
“While the site fees for the park area were reduced in 2017 due to underperformance, that adjustment achieved the desired result and salves have increased,” wrote Cindy Roeder, the town’s Director of Parks & Recreation. “It is now appropriate to make a modest upward adjustment to those rates to continue to maintain sufficient balance between costs, desirability, and long-term upkeep of the cemetery itself.”
If approved, fees would increase from $2,195 to $2,700 on July 1. The proposed fee schedule is available online.
The council will also consider a $2 increase for all hourly fees for residents and non-residents.
In a memo to the council, Roeder wrote that the increase would help the department “continue to offset all operating and personnel costs.” Fee increases for tennis programs are expected to go into effect in September.
The council meet’s tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. in the Herndon Council Chambers building.
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