Today’s graduates need much more than a strong academic background to land their first jobs and be successful in the workplace. Staff and faculty, including the college’s new director of employer relations, are working together and connecting with industry partners to prepare career-ready young professionals.
At the college’s Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design, students are asked to find solutions for packaging problems that companies face. The result is a collaborative effort that connects leading companies with expert professors and students eager to take on the challenges of the packaging industry.
A new immersive overseas study course focused on training undergraduate students on the many facets of wildlife work in sub-Saharan Africa, including animal husbandry and care for raptors and mammals, introduction to laboratory techniques, public health and data handling, and wildlife ecology, capture, and rescue.
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Six students from Virginia’s Louisa County High School traveled to Professor Kathleen Alexander’s research site in Botswana this past summer, where they learned about animal and public health research and were mentored by Virginia Tech undergraduate students.
When meteorologist Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel stepped into the middle of an EF5 tornado re-created in 3-D in a four-story immersive installation at Virginia Tech, his perspective was that of someone 7,000 feet tall.
Geography master’s student Catherine Howey, an intern for Blacksburg Transit and the New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (NRV-MPO), earned the first place poster award at the annual Virginia GIS Conference last fall.
Since 2012, the college’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) accelerated graduate degree program, based in the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, has sent a cohort of students on a 10-day international residency to Yunnan Province, China, to concentrate on sustainable development in the region.
Prompted by his longtime interest in birds, Congressman Morgan Griffith visited the college’s new aviary in May to learn about its research. The aviary, which opened in fall 2015, is one of few such university facilities in the region.