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.

2018 Professional Development Scholarship Application is Closed.

The VACE Board of Directors is pleased to announce a call for applicants to the Professional Development Scholarship(s) for members. This Scholarship is for VACE members who plan to attend our yearly conference; are not concurrently on the board; and are contributing in some way to VACE. The scholarship winners will receive complimentary conference registration and acknowledgment at the conference. 

Applicants will be notified by mid-January 2018 of the award.  Please see below for additional instructions and criteria.

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 2018.

  • 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


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.

Upcoming Drive-Ins Registration

  • January 12, 2018: Henrico, Virginia- Henrico County Training Center

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 

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

Webinars – During the winter months, we host monthly webinars in order to reach our membership where they are.  Topics are varied for both the employer member and the college member. Topics this year have included: Millennials, Current Trends in Job Recruiting, A Strong Employer Relations Program,  How to Engage with Colleges and Trends in Career Development.

Previous Webinars

Scholarship – 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.

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. 


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