VACE Professional Development

Throughout the year, VACE offers its members opportunities for professional development through activities such as Employer Drive-In Visits, Workshops, Webinars, and Conference Scholarships. The interaction among college and employer members allows for self-improvement and learning.


Webinars – During the fall and winter months, we host monthly webinars in order to reach our membership where they are. Topics are varied for both the employer members and the college members.

 Previous Webinars for 2018-2019 Academic Year

 Previous Webinars for 2017-2018 Academic Year 


Scholarships – Each year we recognize active and engaged VACE members with complimentary registration to the annual conference.  Applicants are actively solicited in the late fall to apply.  There is now a call for applicants for the 2019 Professional  Development Scholarship. Scholarship winners will receive complimentary conference registration and acknowledgment at the conference. Check out this link to learn more information and access the scholarship application!

VACE Professional Development Scholarship Guidelines  

To be eligible to receive the scholarship, VACE members:

  • Must have a paid, current membership for the fiscal year; must be a college, student or employer member; must not be at the director level or above. 

  • Cannot have been a prior professional development scholarship recipient.

  • Must attend the full conference in April 2019.

  • Must submit an application describing their contributions to VACE, how VACE has contributed to their development, and their personal vision for the future of VACE


 Professional Development Workshops – In the fall or winter, we hold a day-long workshop that is designed to align with the NACE competencies and encourage each member’s personal professional development. Topics have included: personal branding; LinkedIn tips; stress reduction; learning more about personality traits; time management and communication skills.

 Previous Drive-In Workshop Locations

January 2019

  • Henrico, VA - Henrico Training Center 

 January 2018

  •  Henrico, VA - Henrico Training Center


 Employer Drive-In Visits - VACE coordinates several Drive-Ins, or employer site visits, each summer to various employers across the state for its members.  Hosting employers have provided an information session about what they do, the typical entry-level and internship roles, and overall recruitment strategy.  Some have hosted employee and/or intern panel discussions and/or a facilitated a site tour.

Recent Drive-in Location

Summer 2018

  • Roanoke - AECOM, PowerSchool Group LLC, The Roanoke Regional Partnership 

    Thanks to those who attended this workshop. Event photos are posted below!

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Previous Drive-In Location

Summer 2017

  • Hampton Roads - Electronic Systems (ESI) and Enterprise Holdings
  • Northern Virginia- Wolf Trap and Maximus
  • Richmond- KPMG

Summer 2016

  • Fredericksburg - GEICO
  • Richmond - United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and Dominion Energy
  • Newport News - Liebherr and the Port of Virginia 

Are you an employer interested in hosting a Drive-In? Contact us at [email protected] 


For the most up-to-date information about our professional development activities, be sure to follow us on Facebook, sign up for VACE emails, and follow the announcements on our homepage. 


Event Pictures

Send your pictures to as[email protected] and they might be featured here.

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