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The second annual Greater Dulles Area Student Job Fair will take place Wednesday, April 20, from 2:45-6:30 p.m., at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. Nearly 500 students seeking summer, part-time, full-time work or internships are expected to participate this year. Some schools plan on transporting students to this event. This entry-level job fair is organized by the Education Committee of the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by FGM Inc. and Northern Virginia Tech Prep. Center/NVCC. Among the members of the committee are career center specialists from several high schools in Fairfax County as well as Northern Virginia Community College.

To register as an employer exhibitor, download an application form from www.HerndonDullesChamber.org (Events page) and fax the completed form to the chamber as soon as possible to ensure your space. The fee is $35 for HD Chamber members and $55 for nonmembers. For questions, call 571-323-5307 or e-mail communications@HerndonDullesChamber.org. The Herndon Dulles Chamber has long partnered with Centreville High School, Chantilly Academy, Chantilly High School, Herndon High School, Northern Virginia Community College, Mountain View Alternative High School and Westfield High School on a variety of projects each year that are aimed at elevating the career options as well as ethical decision-making and financial management abilities of youths transitioning to adulthood. This chamber was the recipient of the Career Connections award in 2002 from Fairfax County Public Schools.

Angela’s Happy Stamper offers free Learn at Lunch programs every Tuesday from 12–2 p.m., free make and take opportunities and many new classes. Currently, Happy Stamper customers are creating and donating all kinds of stationery for the charity, Support Our Troops. In Iraq, stationery is in short supply for those wishing to send mail home.

Fairfax County Government is seeking a partner to design and construct a mixed-use, transit-oriented development on county-owned real property to complement the future Wiehle Avenue Metrorail Station. The county owns a 9-acre site immediately adjacent to the planned station, which in conjunction with development on adjacent parcels — now privately owned — offers an opportunity for a coordinated public-private development. Proposal information can be found by logging on to www.fairfaxcounty.gov, then clicking on doing business, doing business with county, current solicitations, PPEA opportunities.

The Incubator of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the acceptance of Veris Group and Principals Douglas Greise and David Svec into the program. The recognizable curriculum, known for high-level business mentoring and networking, excellent programming and a 90 percent graduation rate, has mentored nearly 30 companies in five years of operation. Graduates have created over 80 jobs in this region, attracted $7 million in investment capital and secured 23,000 square feet of commercial space in Fairfax County.

Started in February, 2005, Veris Group provides quality information assurance and operational continuity strategies and solutions by planning and implementing solutions to protect assets and sustain operations during an emergency, such as a security breach. Targeting government contractors, and federal and state government agencies, Greise and Svec bring security management experience to a field made necessary given recent national security events.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has achieved its seventeenth CMMI Level 5, the highest possible rating for benchmarking commercial and defense industry best practices for management and engineering.

The National Security Operations business, part of Northrop

Grumman’s Mission Systems sector, attained an organization-wide CMMI-SE/SW Level 5 maturity rating against the Software Engineering Institute Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI) standard.

The Mission Systems sector now has 12 and Northrop Grumman has 17 CMMI Level 5 ratings, the most earned by any defense or commercial company to date. The ratings assure Northrop Grumman customers that the company is providing improved quality, greater productivity and predictable program performance.

Northrop Grumman's latest rating was awarded after a

comprehensive assessment of its Landover, Md., facility. Comskil, Inc., an independent external organization, conducted the appraisal in accordance with the formal Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) methodology.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, based in Reston, is a

global integrator of complex, mission-enabling systems and services for defense, intelligence and civil government markets. The sector's technology leadership and expertise spans areas such as strategic systems, including ICBMs; missile defense; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; command and control; technical services; and training.

Greater Reston area business people have a new professional networking opportunity. A.M. Executive Connections is held the third Wednesday of each month, 8-9:30 a.m., and features a full, hot breakfast, complimentary display table for promotional literature and door prizes. Contact Barbara LaRock, 703-709-8600, e-mail at bml@barbaralarock.com or visit www.barbaralarock.com.

Owner and director, Tina Carlo, announces that "Dance With Me!" Ballroom Dance Studio is moving from Sterling Plaza Shopping Center in Sterling to the 251 Sunset Business Park at the intersection of Sunset Hills/Spring Street and Fairfax County Parkway in Herndon on April 4. New classes and activities will start during the week of March 14.

After being at its Sterling location for the past six years and at other local locations for a total of 18 years, Dance With Me! will settle in with new programs such as lunch-time, drop-in classes and after-work classes. The studio plans classes in salsa, Latin, ballroom, swing, "Nite Club Survival" and extensive wedding preparation classes. The studio's new "Club" look will lend itself to small weddings as well as great dances and social events and is available for such rentals. Call 703-444-3061 or visit www.dancewithme.net.

Dragonfly and Mayflowers are continuing the Second Friday Studio Series each month from 6–9 p.m. Gallery talks are at 7 p.m. April 8: Bulb Mania From Holland – see and hear from the growers; May 13: Living Outdoors – create a whole new room.