Colleges and Programs
Virginia DOE, Academic and Career Plans of Study – Students, a solid plan of study may just provide you with the best chance at a successful transition between secondary and postsecondary education. It may also include the opportunity for some of your secondary course credit hours to translate into postsecondary college credit hours. Use this website if you are interested in seeing the interconnectedness possible between your high school years and a planned experience in higher education.
Virginia Education Wizard – This is an amazing website sponsored by the Virginia Community Colleges consortium. In depth educational information, guidance and data are provided for students, veterans and anyone in the current workforce. Of special note is the Imagine tool. It helps to answer your question of “How much money do you need to make in order to afford the things you want?” Some quick and easy ‘smart tools’ are available also.
EdD Programs – If you are considering an advanced degree in education, you may want to check out this website for degree programs and doctoral funding opportunities.
College Scholarships, Virginia – The ‘Quick Navigation’ feature on this website will help you find financial aid and scholarship information.
Virginia CTE (Career and Technical Education) Resource Center, Career Planning Guide – At first glance, this tool isn’t impressive. Seems simplistic and lacking in depth of content via navigation. However, try entering a term or keyword in the empty search field and the returns will amaze you relative to industry career cluster results. Could be very insightful and helpful if you are planning or preparing your postsecondary program progression.
Virginia College Grants Database – If you are a returning to college student, many options available for funding your higher education are provided on this website. Many grants and scholarships are listed for you to research and consider.
Trailblazers – This organization brings high quality demographics and labor market data together with policy and program analysis to support continuous improvement in career and technical education in the state of Virginia. Its focus is on expanding educational and employment opportunities for all students.
Most Affordable Colleges in Virginia – If you are concerned about transfer credit to a Virginia institute of higher learning, or if you need guidance on locating a college that is affordable to you, or maybe you are just perusing the grant and scholarship options for the state…..this site is a great resource.
Teacher Certification Degrees, Virginia – If it’s your desire to become a teacher in the state of Virginia, there are many paths to certification. The various certification processes are outlined for you on this website.
Healthcare Pathways, Virginia – WOW! This is a wonderful website for information on the healthcare industry in Virginia relative to schools (long list here with offerings at each), education requirements for specific healthcare jobs, career and employer information. Definitely worth a look if you want to work in the healthcare industry or if you are currently in a career but want to maximize your potential or expand your expertise and skillset.
Job Seekers and Career
Virginia Workforce Connection – Job seekers, this is a full-service employment center to find and view most current and all job openings as well as the ability to create and post your resume and search for training. Employers, using the online tool, build a profile of the candidate you are looking to hire, with the capability to weigh how important each specification is to the position you are filling.
Virginia Government Jobs – Here’s a handy listing of government job openings by county, city, tribal sites, public utilities and other categories.
iHireConstruction, Virginia – Very simply, you want a job in construction in the state of Virginia? Look no further than this search tool.
Virginia Bio, Internships – Through the Virginia Bioscience Foundation, this organization seeks to interest students in bioSTEM careers at all levels and empower bioSTEM educators by bringing employer and educator/student together while aligning education with training to meet future talent needs in the sector.
Virginia Estimates (State Occupational Employment and Wage Information) – Estimates on employment and wages for the state of Virginia by job category are available on this webpage of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics site. A great resource to review, perhaps, before you make that commitment to embarking on your career or even before a career educational program is undertaken.
Jobs in Virginia State Government – After you search for current job opportunities within the state on this website, you will find a very efficient application process; which is a good thing as navigating to and sifting through all of the search field parameters is a bit cumbersome. You will need to establish a profile with login and password, but all of this may be worth your time as the career openings are abundant.
Leadership and Development
Virginia Career VIEW (Vital Information for Education and Work) – This organization serves school counselors, educators, workforce development professionals, students, parents and job. The efforts of Virginia Career VIEW bring together engaging activities, hands-on training, independent research and latest technology tools and techniques in workshops and outreach events. While it mainly provides career information up to grade eight, its resources may be helpful to others beyond that age range.
Virginia Rural Health Information Hub – If you want the latest information on current healthcare situations or perhaps, just update yourself on trends and articles of the profession, this webpage on the RHI Hub is a super resource.
Virginia Bio – This nonprofit organization aims to enhance and grow public awareness of the newly emerging biotechnology industry in the state of Virginia as well as the scientific, economic and other benefits provided via its dynamic industry. Virginia Bio is member-driven and creates a network of leaders generating the growth for bioscience by connecting fellow members to venture capital and other sources of funding, and by connecting academia and industry.
Virginia Health Organizations – If it’s a convenient, long list of organizations and affiliations in the healthcare industry across Virginia is what you need, look here!
Virginia Arts Centers – Here is a great list of centers and nonprofit associations specifically for the visual art educator. There are valuable resources and ideas for promoting engaged learning of the visual arts in the K-12 classroom.
Virginia Manufacturers Association – The mission of this organization is to create the best workforce environment for world-class advanced manufacturing technology business. VMA is statewide and a non-government trade association dedicated to manufacturers. In addition, relevant education and skills training for careers in advanced manufacturing tech are offered and delivered by the MFI (Manufacturing Skills Institute).
Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) – This nonprofit corporation helps entrepreneurs launch and nurture high-growth technology companies and create high-paying jobs for the future. Partnerships are between innovative technology start-ups and advanced technology consumers.
Virginia Native Plant Society – Here is a nonprofit organization comprised of individuals who share an interest in Virginia’s native plants and habitats. The aim is to seek further appreciation and conservation of this precious culture.
Entrepreneurs and Start-ups
VAStartup – Starting your own business can be based on a passion, a lifestyle choice or simply a dream for many individuals. The state of Virginia has training programs, business contests, launch aids and capital sources to connect you to entrepreneurial resources and help you be successful.
Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator – Interested in pursuing a business venture or have a company you believe may qualify for incubator space? You may want to see how this organization can assist you.
Virginia Office of SBA – This website has an abundance of good and necessary information for the small business owner. Additional helpful information on topics such as licensing, trade name registration, permits and zoning ordinances.
How to Start a Business in Virginia – WOW! This site is a super resource for instructions and guidance on your business venture startup.
Starting Your Business in Virginia – If you are a ‘step-by-step’ person, then this website on how to start your Virginia business in 7 steps will be a great resource for you. Behind each step is further information and guidance that is clear and concise without being overwhelming.
Virginia Business One-Stop – One of the primary missions of this organization is to fairly and efficiently connect private businesses to the resources they need as quickly as possible. With that being said, this website lives up to its name as it is a quick One-Stop source for information relative to making those connections in Virginia.
BusinessNameUSA – When this site says ‘One Stop Business Registration’ they mean it!! No matter what state, what type of business you are starting up or adding on to, licenses, permits, tax ID’s needed, you will be walked step-by-step through the process AND get a fee schedule so you know your due diligence start-up costs – at least from an administrative standpoint.
Virginia Small Business Grants – State funding agencies, categories and the application itself can be found here.
Virginia Employment Commission, Veterans – Veterans may access job referral, job training and job placement assistance through this state organization. Those transitioning out of the military are welcome to the services of the VEC also. As well, veterans can be assisted at any of the many locations of the Virginia Works offices across the state.
Virginia Department of Veteran Services – Many of the services needed by our country’s well-deserved veterans can be found here. Compensation claims, counsel on employment, educational programs, medical care entitlement, nursing home assistance, and other related activities and resources for veterans are available.
Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs – On this site, veterans will find an abundance of information on centers, facilities, programs, benefits, and much much more. A super resource for our nation’s heroes.
The American Legion – Virginia – Here is a comprehensive resource directory to assist veterans, service members, and their dependents with questions about healthcare, financial assistance, and more.