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.
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 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.
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 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 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).
Entrepreneurs and Start-ups
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.
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.
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.