Customized Training

Empower your employees with professional continuing education.

Learn how the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center can help develop, train and elevate your organization's talent.

Our portfolio of non-credit professional development courses and programs provide working adults with opportunities to advance, upskill, or refocus their career. Workshops, conferences, and classes are delivered in a full day, half-day, or multi-day format.

We are your partner and educational resource: Our mission is to understand your organization’s goals and challenges, corporate style, fiscal demands, competitive arena, and any other factors that are unique to your organization.

Customized content: We customize our content to address the needs of your employees and the specific challenges within your company or organization. We will work with you to select the most qualified instructors who best fit your organization’s needs.

Flexible learning: Our flexible scheduling process will allow you to conduct the training when and where it is most convenient: on-site at your location or at the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center situated on the seventh floor of the Roanoke Higher Education Center.

Previous partnerships: We have established a proven track record with companies and organizations in the region. The City of Roanoke, Elizabeth Arden, Wells Fargo, and New Horizons Healthcare are a few of our clients.

Cost effective: We understand your need to use budgets wisely and we will help you design a program that fits within your provisions. Funding opportunities now available!

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): CEUs from Virginia Tech can be awarded upon request.

Below is a menu of customizable areas of interest, along with program topics. If there are other topics that interest you or your company that are not listed, please reach out and we can design a program specifically for you!

  • StrengthsFinder
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • DiSC
  • KAI - Kirton's Adaption-Inventory
  • True Colors Personality Assessment

Our coaches provide you with the necessary tools to solve performance problems and improve the work of your employees. Gain a fresh perspective on problem solving with their expertise.

The Art of Communication
This is a 4-hour workshop (including handouts and training) where participants will study the importance of communications and learn how their own skills can be continually refined and mastered. The meaning of dialogue is introduced and practiced to improve the participant's ability to communicate during tough conversations. Participants learn how to use active listening skills to enhance their relationships. Additional topics include the role of written, verbal and non-verbal communication and how to persuasively present your ideas.

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Coaching and Mentoring Employees
  • Conducting Performance Evaluations
  • Designing a Performance Improvement Plan

The Emerging Leaders Academy is dedicated to providing leadership training and professional development for new and rising leaders and high-potential employees across a variety of industries and focuses on preparing participants for increased leadership roles. Workshops, readings and assessments will cover leadership basics and self-reflection, communications skills, navigating corporate cultures, strategic management and design thinking. This academy is 7 half-day sessions with an optional mentorship program.

This half-day program includes what emotional intelligence is and isn’t, how emotional intelligence drives leadership and the composites of emotional intelligence. A combination of assessments, training and activities provides a powerful insight into women in leadership and tools for development.

Fundamental Management Skills


Technical skills alone do not meet real world work and business requirements; they have to be supplemented by management training. Most people find that their success depends as much on general management skills and understanding operational systems as on their technical expertise. To become complete professionals, participants need a firm foundation in these basic managerial skills.

This program is an introductory and foundational management course. It is designed for those who wish to equip themselves with key knowledge, skills, and competencies in various aspects of management. The course will encompass the core components of management which include:

  • management and leadership
  • Survey of business topics (finance, accounting, human resources, etc.)
  • planning processes and project management
  • design thinking
  • leading high-performance teams
  • communication skills
  • the art of influence
Participants will gain a fundamental knowledge and skills for management in contemporary organizations. They will also develop analytical and critical thinking skills in the context of contemporary organizations. This course consists of 7 full-day sessions that can be hosted at our facility or yours.
  • Lean and Six Sigma
  • Lean Management for Supervisors
  • Lean Management for Practitioners
  • Scaffold Competent Person
  • First Aid/CPR/AED

Life can be unpredictable, and every company needs a succession plan in case a big member of the team moves on. In this half-day training, participants will learn best practices in succession planning including, how to identify and focus on critical positions, identify competencies to inform learning and development plans and assess performance, identify succession management strategies, document and implement a succession plan, evaluate the effectiveness of succession plans, and best practices in succession planning.  

Teambuilding through Myers-Briggs (MBTI)
In this teambuilding course, participants from an organization learn together how their Individual MBTI types contribute to the overall accomplishments of the team. A focus on how to identify everyone's dominant function along with learning ways to leverage each team member's strengths to maximize the team's efforts is explored. Using the foundation of type, the topics of appreciative inquiry, conflict resolution and leadership are explored. One-on-one coaching sessions can also be provided to enhance the individual participant's personal and professional development. This course is one half-day (four hours) and includes handouts, MBTI assessment and interactive training.

Turning a Topic into a Course/Training the Adult Learner
This workshop teaches the content expert how to create an interactive, informational and impactful training session. Participants learn the philosophy of adult learning and the importance of creating a participant-centered learning environment; understanding their own learning style and how it impacts training. Additional topics include reviewing the six steps for designing a successful training session, how to use powerful visual aids, and tips for improving presentation skills. This course can be one full day (8 hours) or one half-day (4 hours), depending on your needs.