This page contains a list of some of the major benefits, resources and "perks" available to employees of Virginia Tech. This is not intended to be an "all-inclusive" list. If you have any questions, please contact your local Human Resources Representative or you may also contact a member of the Virginia Tech Human Resources Service Center.
There are a variety of resources available to employees that can help improve skills, provide additional insight and knowledge, and allow employees to continue their workplace learning.
University Organizational and Professional Development, in the Department of Human Resources oversees the development and delivery of the professional development programs and consulting service offered to all Virginia Tech employees. The group hosts about 120 workshops each year that cover a variety of topics, such as “Collaborative Problem Solving,” “Critical Thinking Skills,” “Leading Change,” and “Project Management.” They also host several cohort programs, including the Management Academy and the Executive Development Institute.
Networked Learning Initiatives is a centralized, cross-discipline professional development program available to all faculty and graduate students.
Free foreign language conversation courses for faculty and staff are offered in the fall and spring semesters, and include Arabic, Chinese (standard Mandarin), Spanish, Italian, German, and French.
The Diversity Development Institute is designed to enhance university-wide diversity and inclusion efforts contributing to the core mission of Virginia Tech. With a focus on cultivating competencies through awareness, personal engagement, and professional development seminars, the Diversity Development Institute works to foster a more inclusive university environment.
All employees have free unlimited access to Lynda.com, a website that offers a library of nearly 70,000 instructional videos. The video tutorials include software, creative, and business skills taught by industry experts and are accessible via a desktop or laptop computer or mobile device.
Sponsored by University Libraries, Virginia Tech subscribes to a custom Safari Books Online Library of over 16,000 ebooks and online video titles in the areas of technology, digital media, and business.
Employees have access to all of the resources offered by the University Libraries.
In addition to the Newman Library, on the main campus in Blacksburg, Va., the library also has satellite locations:
Using library resources
Using a Hokie Passport card as a library card, employees (and their spouses and children with a valid photo ID) may check out any of the libraries' circulating items, which include books, journals, videos, dvds, cds, laptops, and iPads. Employees may also visit the libraries to access the internet and/or use computers.
Using support services
The libraries also provide research and instruction support. College librarians are subject experts providing faculty, staff, and students from each of Virginia Tech’s colleges with information services tailored to the needs of each field. These librarians support their colleges by:
The libraries also offer:
Service is free to all Staff & Faculty of Virginia Tech with valid University I.D. Listed as one of Metro Magazine’s top 10 transit systems in North America, Blacksburg Transit is dedicated to providing you with fast, easy, professional and inexpensive transportation all over the town of Blacksburg, across the Virginia Tech campus, and into key spots throughout the surrounding area.
Van Pool is an exciting new option for commuters which provides several benefits including: employees share the cost of commuting by sharing the ride, monthly cost of vanpooling is payroll deducted using pre-tax dollars, van pool participants have special reserved parking spaces; vans can be fueled inexpensively at Fleet Services' pump; van maintenance is included in the monthly cost; and qualified vanpool drivers ride for free.
Hokie Wellness is Virginia Tech’s onsite employee health and wellness program. The department offers work/life resources, health and wellness programs, and collaborations with many academic and community partners to help enhance the health and wellness of all Hokies. Programs covering a variety of health and wellness topics are available onsite, via live webinars, and archived online videos.
Free flu vaccination clinics are offered during the fall semester for all COVA care members, including covered family members.
As part of Virginia Tech’s health care benefit plan, employees and family members who are covered by the university’s health insurance have access to Anthem and Aetna EAP providers. The first four visits are free. A co-payment based on your health care plan will be charged for additional appointments.
A free program for employees who are a member of COVA Care, COVA HDHP and COVA HealthAware administered by MyActiveHealth. Healthy Beginnings is designed to help women during and after their pregnancy. Members must sign up before 16 weeks of pregnancy. For details, call 1-866-938-0349.
Blood pressure screenings are offered throughout the year at various Virginia Tech locations, including National Capital Region, Main Campus, Commonwealth Campus Centers, and Agricultural Research and Extension Centers. Blood Pressure screenings are available upon request and availability.
All new employees receive the opportunity to sign up for a 30-day trial membership at McComas Hall gym. Discounted memberships at McComas Hall are available to salaried employees. Group fitness classes are also available to employees for an additional fee. War Memorial Hall’s admission is free with Hokie Passport and provides students, faculty, and staff an area to pursue many different sport and recreational activities, such as racquetball, basketball, aerobics, and swimming; group fitness classes are also available at War Memorial Gym for a nominal fee.
The BreakZONE is the best place on campus to relax with your friends. Features include pool tables, bowling lanes with automatic scoring, and table tennis tables. So when you need a place to unwind: take a break in the ZONE!
Venture Out offers fun, safe, and educational outdoor services to students, faculty, and staff of Virginia Tech. Venture Out provides exciting outdoor trips, rental equipment, and serves as a resource for all outdoor adventure information.
McComas Hall and War Memorial Hall both have a pool available for lap swim and open family swim. Swim lessons are offered for adults and children.
Recreational Sports offers group fitness classes, small group training, instructional dance classes, personal training, and fitness assessments for a small fee. The fitness area also puts on special events throughout the year including, Ladies Night in the Weightroom, Men’s Only Yoga, and the University Bookstore Bench Press Competition.
Salaried employees have the opportunity to play Intramural Sports. A participant must purchase a membership for a minimal cost and can then play any sport throughout the year.
Recreational Sports offers four different programs for children from the ages of six months old to 16 years old. Through swim lessons, gymnastics lessons, yoga classes and Zumba® classes, young people have the opportunity to be active and learn a new skill.
The university realizes that conflict between two or more members of any community is inevitable. The Conflict Resolution Program offers employees the opportunity to participate in mediation and other informal conflict resolution strategies to address a dispute with another person(s) and also to provide professional development workshops and conflict coaching opportunities to nurture individual learning and growth.
Employee Relations provides a place where employees and supervisors can share personal and work-related information in order to get help or advice. The Employee Relations staff is available to advise and provide information, and make referrals to on and off campus organizations.
Virginia Tech is committed to the health and well-being of all employees and their families. The Hokie Wellness program provides ongoing programming to help employees achieve a position of work/life balance. Programming focuses on the physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being.