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Benefits of Working at Virginia Tech

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.

Continuing Education
University Organizational and Professional Development (UOPD)

University Organizational and Professional Development enables individuals and teams throughout the university to perform at peak effectiveness. The department oversees the design and delivery of professional, leadership, organizational, and diversity development programs that are available to all employees. The programs support the development of VT-shaped employees and provide the tools and skills that are the foundation of purpose-driven engagement.

Networked Learning Initiatives (NLI)

Networked Learning Initiatives is a centralized, cross-discipline professional development program available to all faculty and graduate students.

Foreign Language Courses

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.

Lynda.com

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.

Safari Books Online

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.

University Libraries

Employees have access to all of the resources offered by the University Libraries.

Locations

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:

  • purchasing materials - books, videos, serials, databases - in support of the college
  • providing subject-specific research assistance
  • helping design realistic assignments that will deepen and test discipline-specific information skills
  • teaching information skills sessions
  • leading or arranging tours of the libraries
  • assisting with distance education classes

The libraries also offer:

Convenience
Blacksburg Transit

Service is free to all employees with a valid Hokie Passport. Blacksburg Transit is dedicated to providing 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. Learn more about Blacksburg Transit.

Carpooling & vanpooling

Carpooling and vanpooling are options for commuters that provide several benefits including, cost sharing, payroll deductions for monthly fee, reserved parking spaces, access to Fleet Services' pump, and qualified vanpool drivers ride for free. Additional information is available.

Health & Wellness
HokieWellness

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.

Vaccines

Free flu vaccination clinics are offered during the fall semester for all COVA care members, including covered family members.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

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 copayment based on your health care plan will be charged for additional appointments.

CommonHealth

CommonHealth is the employee wellness program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. CommonHealth to promotes wellness in the workplace. Quarterly programs cover a variety of health and wellness subjects and are presented in a variety of formats - including onsite programs and video presentations – that make it easy to participate. Not only are the programs educational and fun, they help you stay fit and healthy.

Recreation & Entertainment
Athletic events

Most athletic events on campus are free, and discounted season tickets are available for men's basketball and football games. Employees with a faculty/staff parking permit may park in the designated lots and ride the shuttle for free.

Aquatics

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.

BreakZONE Recreation Center

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!

Dining Centers

Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the nine award-winning dining centers on campus.

Intramural Sports

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.

Moss Arts Center

Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center presents renowned artists from around the globe and from close to home, with a special focus on experiences that expand cultural awareness and deepen understanding. Uniquely partnered with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, the Moss Arts Center houses the Street and Davis Performance Hall and its Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, visual art galleries, the experimental venue the Cube, and research studios.

Recreational Sports

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.

Recreational Sports also 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.

Venture Out

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.  

War Memorial Chapel

War Memorial Chapel is available to students, faculty, staff, or visitors who need a calm, quiet place to get away from the everyday bustle of life-- to meditate, to pray, to sit quietly.

Youth Programs

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.

Work/Life Assistance
ADA and Accessibility Services

Employees who need assistance with accommodations related to the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) should contact ADA and Accessibility Services in the Office for Equity and Accessibility.

Conflict Resolution

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

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 team is available to advise and provide information, and make referrals to on and off campus organizations.

Hokie Wellness

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.

Office for Equity and Accessibility

The Office for Equity and Accessibility coordinates and supports civil rights compliance and offers resources to address workplace conflicts.


Contact Us

HR Service Center
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Telephone: 540-231-9331
Fax: 540-231-3830
Email: HRServiceCenter@vt.edu