Director of Business Engagement, James Cabler, recently spoke at the Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development Local Employer Summit. As part of the local employment community panel, James had the opportunity to share with over 26 companies and organizations how Onward NRV is committed to bringing and retaining talent in the community. He shared Onward NRV’s response to the GO Virginia Talent Study in addition to plans that have been laid out to address those issues such as a summer internship program.
VT Career and Professional Development provided information on how to structure a meaningful internship that will benefit both student and employer as well as insight into how to engage with VT regarding internships. The summit also provided the opportunity for employers to learn best practices and speak directly with individual Colleges, including the College of Engineering, College of Science, College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences, and the College of Business, to understand how to match the degree to type of internships that are available. The program wrapped up by covering speed topics on student readiness, Handshake, offer polices, and more.
Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”
Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.