The scholarship provides financial support to employees' children or spouses who enroll at Virginia Tech as a first-semester freshman or transfer student. It is the flagship program of the university’s annual Faculty/Staff Campaign and is supported by the Presidential Dependent Scholarship Endowment.
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.
Networked Learning Initiatives is a centralized, cross-discipline professional development program available to all faculty and graduate students.
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.
Salaried employees who have been with the university for at least 90 days are eligible to apply for tuition assistance. The Tuition Waiver Program applies to full-time and part-time salaried employees who wish to take credit courses at Virginia Tech or other accredited institutions.
Sponsored by University Libraries, Virginia Tech subscribes to a custom Safari Books Online Library of more than 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, Virginia, the library also has satellite locations:
- Art + Architecture Library, Cowgill Hall, Blacksburg, Virginia
- Northern Virginia Center Resource Center, Falls Church, Virginia
- Veterinary Medicine Library, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, Virginia
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.
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.
- Instructional services
- Assistance selecting a journal to publish in
- Support with open access publishing
- Help preparing for promotion and tenure
- An institutional repository to host research and scholarship
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.