Hands-On Learning

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Learn by doing and solving real problems

We believe in experiential learning, which to us means getting out in the world and getting your hands dirty — sometimes literally. It takes practice to develop the skills that employers look for, which is why so many of our courses have field experiences and labs. Research opportunities also define your career path; they’ll help you build networks and find out what you really enjoy doing — and what you don’t. Overseas study trips offer the chance to apply what you’ve learned and see solutions at work on a global scale.

Kathy Alexander Lab

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Being successful in business requires more than just a great product. You need vision, creativity, teamwork, and hard work. Each year, students enrolled in the Wood Enterprise Institute (WEI) design, produce, and market a wood-based product to customers. Past ventures have included Virginia Tech wine racks and tables made from a 314-year-old oak tree. Students who are elected to leadership positions in the business can also receive a scholarship.    

Challenge yourself through the Leadership Institute

One of greatest opportunities that you have for learning in college is getting to know yourself. Self-awareness is one of the keys to effective leadership and the beginning of a yearlong journey for each year’s Leadership Institute participants, culminating with a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., and Richmond to network with top decision- and policy-makers.