Everest College Offers Programs and Support for Students

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By Helena Tavares Kennedy

Everest College in Woodbridge provides a starting point for people looking to make a career change or continue their education. With 36 employees on staff, Everest College is a nonprofit school that offers a personalized education and dedicated support for its students.

“We work hard to help our students access the high-quality education necessary to enter into prosperous and fulfilling careers,” said Alton McCullough, Everest College-Woodbridge community relations representative.

Programs Many of Everest College’s programs can be completed in a year or less. The Woodbridge campus focuses on awarding diplomas to those pursuing careers as dental assistants, medical assistants, or medical administrative assistants. These programs include hands-on training by industry professionals in small classes, allowing for an intimate experience with personal attention.

Several different scholarships are available to qualifying students to help make education more affordable. Everest College also works with the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and other businesses in the community to help students achieve their educational goals.

Growth and Inspiration “We want to be the best career school in the region,” said McCullough. “We seek to train, empower and build students’ confidence to help them find fulfilling jobs and make a difference in our community.”

When asked what else has helped improve Everest College in recent years, McCullough credits Campus Director Mary Perriloux for her quality leadership, which has helped the school grow.

“She has led by example and allowed every person to bring his or her ideas to the table to help differentiate us from other schools in the area,” said McCullough. “She has truly made a difference at our school, and the students have responded to her excellent direction.”

A Variety of Resources for Students Everest College offers an Igniter Ambassador Program, which partners current students with new ones to help them navigate their college experience. Career services professionals hold regular workshops to help students understand what is needed to get jobs in today’s employment environment. The college even has a care program to support students when personal or family issues stand in the way of their education, and hosts fun activities like dinners to get students and their families together in a social and supportive setting.

Everest College’s library is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a. m. to 8:00 p. m., with computers available for student use. Tutoring is also available from instructors by appointment, and some students create and join study groups to help one another prepare for exams and review materials.

Convenient Location Located at 14555 Potomac Mills Road in Woodbridge, the campus is conveniently located a few blocks from I-95 and one mile from Prince William Parkway. There is also an OmniLink bus stop directly in front of the campus, making it easier for students without cars to get to and from the college.

For students with children, there are several daycare facilities within a 5-10-minute drive. There are also several restaurants within walking distance of the campus.

You can find more details, including office hours, how to arrange an office tour and contact information, on the college’s webpage at everest.edu/campus/woodbridge.

Helena Tavares Kennedy (hkennedy@princewilliamliving.com), a longtime Prince William County is a freelance writer and communications consultant at htkmarketingservices.com and livinggreendaybyday.com.


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