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Northern Virginia Community College’s (NVCC) new Arlington Center is ready for business and is seeking the community’s assistance to assess area employers’ needs.

When the Center’s build-out is completed later this year, employers and students will be able to leverage the following assets at NVCC’s new Arlington Center: nine traditional classrooms, four computer labs, medical training classrooms and lab, comprehensive electronic library and on-site college counseling and admissions.

An online survey is being offered to area businesses that will help direct the new center’s programs and services. Employers who complete the survey can request high-priority skill development offerings in 16 areas of professional study ranging from accounting to construction trade skills and forecast the types of skilled jobs most in demand.

Any manager or human resource representative with an Arlington employer is invited to complete the online survey, which can be found on NVCC’s Web site at www.nvccarlingtonsurvey.com.

Respondents will be offered immediate access to five free online “Employer Tools for Retention” as soon as they complete the survey.

Arlington-based Cannon Design has been selected to design a new university union at Texas Christian University, the firm’s second major project for the campus. Cannon Design completed a new recreation center for the university in early 2003, which has won several national design awards since its opening. The 140,000-square-foot building will house casual gathering places for students, food service facilities, retail spaces, student government offices and an auditorium. Construction will begin this summer.

Arlington-based EFX Media has announced that Brian J. Kelly, an award-winning television producer/director has joined the company as executive vice president. A 20-year veteran of corporate and original television production, Brian comes to EFX Media from Henninger Media Services where he spent the last 12 years as a writer, producer/director and senior vice president in charge of production. He recently produced and directed a four-hour mini-series for The Discovery Channel called "Blue Angels: A Year in the Life."

Arc Aspicio, a homeland security-focused management consulting company in Arlington, announced on Feb. 10 the launch of the company's Web site, www.arcaspicio.com, which provides new perspectives on homeland security issues related to integrated border management, immigration and customs and law enforcement. The site is designed to help governments and private sector organizations address the evolution of global security problems and countermeasure efforts.

Rotary Club of Rosslyn-Fort Myer meets for lunch on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn's Vantage Point Restaurant, 1900 Fort Myer Drive. All Rotarians are welcome to join in the fellowship. Rotary is a community service organization made up of business professionals dedicated to service above self. Contact Chris Zabriskie at 240-346-4237 or czabriskie@ix.netcom.com.

The South Arlington Lead Share Association (SALSA) meets for breakfast Friday mornings from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Juke Box Diner, 7039 Columbia Pike, Annandale. The first half hour is for networking. The meeting officially begins at 7:30 a.m. Only one business per profession can be represented. Visit salsanetworking.org or call Pat Cardillo at 571-331-8670.

First Edition Toastmasters meets every Friday at noon at 1700 N. Moore St., Suite 1030. The membership of this Toastmasters chapter includes small business owners and employees with a variety of government agencies and associations. Visit to find out how Toastmasters can improve skills in all areas of public speaking and help communicate more effectively. Call Barbara Hicks at 703-558-2266 or visit www.firsteditiontm.org.

The Arlington Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) meets for breakfast every Tuesday from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Arlington Holiday Inn, 4610 N. Fairfax Drive. BNI leverages the power of word-of-mouth marketing and offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and referrals as they grow their business. Only one person per professional classification or specialty may join a chapter. Contact Greg Brewer at 703-237-2705.

The Northern Virginia Business Referrals group meets every Tuesday at 7 a.m. for breakfast at the Metro 29 Diner, 4711 Lee Highway. The group facilitates networking by limiting membership to one member per profession and has been in existence since 1996. Call 703-312-7117 or visit www.nvbr.org.