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.


VACE Member Quick Poll Results - Summer/Fall 2020

As colleges and employers prepare for the new academic year and make plans for Fall 2020 programs, advising, recruiting, and events, the VACE Professional Development Committee wanted to provide a broad picture of choices and challenges across our member institutions and organizations. The VACE Quick Poll Survey was created via Google Forms and modeled after similarly-motivated national surveys sent out this spring and summer by NACE. The survey was distributed to nearly 200 VACE members and affiliates via email on July 21, 2020 and closed on July 31, 2020. Survey results were analyzed and synthesized by Lynn Seuffert and Samara Reynolds from the VACE Professional Development Committee.



New VACE Member Resume Review Service Available! 

  • Confidential resume review service for current VACE members only
  • Submit your resume review request online via Google Form:
  • Professional Development Committee -- Resume Review Subcommittee

            - July 2020-June 2021 Resume Reviewers: Lorayah Lenore, Shelia Tria, Jenna Rowlands, Kate Bergey, Jen Spataro-Wilson, and Katie Kinniburgh

  • Reviewer will reach out via email within one week of initial submission (unless a more urgent deadline has been shared) to begin the review process
  • Email any follow-up questions to Lead Chair of VACE Member Resume Review Subcommittee, Lorayah Lenore ([email protected])
  • Interest in serving on the Resume Review Subcommittee in the future? Email Director of Professional Development, Samara Reynolds ([email protected]



Webinars – Throughout the year, 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 2020-2021 Academic Year


 Previous Webinars for 2019-2020 Academic Year


 Previous Webinars for 2018-2019 Academic Year



 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 Professional Development Workshop Locations & Content

 January 2020

  •  Henrico, VA - Henrico Training Center
  • VACE Management Leadership Institute (MLI): Training for New and Aspiring Managers



 January 2019

  •  Henrico, VA - Henrico Training Center 
  • Designing Your Career - Professional Development Workshop Presentation Slides (Julia C. Lapan, MEd)



 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 2019

  •  Richmond, VA area - Employer site visits with Carmax and Capital One


Previous Drive-in Locations

 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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Summer 2017

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

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



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.  

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.

  • 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


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 [email protected] and they might be featured here.

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