Continuing and Professional Education is a unit of Virginia Tech's Outreach and International Affairs, which offers a wide array of resources to meet community and business needs.
Other areas of Outreach and International Affairs include the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement, Technical Assistance Program, Office of Economic Development, Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute, and VT-Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative.
Since its creation in 1994, the center has been connecting university knowledge and research to the needs of Virginia's business, governmental, academic, and community leaders. COTA plays a vital role by providing innovative educational services and programs at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center that build the capacity of professionals from around Virginia and beyond.
The Technical Assistance Program was created to match university expertise with the business or technical problems faced by companies and non-profit organizations. TAP services are generally performed on a short-term basis and do not exceed $25,000. The scope of the work is defined by the faculty member and the contracting company/organization. Continuing and Professional Education provides budgeting, contracting, and program management support.
The Office of Economic Development can serve as a liaison with state and federal economic development agencies, planning district commissions, local governments and businesses, and community leaders. The office helps all groups involved identify their goals and fine-tune a plan to achieve those goals. This can include feasibility and economic impact studies, sustainable development, community entrepreneurship, industry cluster analysis, and specific industry-based research projects. Specialized training for economic development and planning professionals is also available.
The Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute provides language-related programs and services for academic and professional development. Through its work, the institute contributes to the university's diversity and intellectual capacity by helping attract the best and brightest international students, scholars and professionals to our community.
Established in 2008, VT-Engage enhances experiential learning for students and connects both students and faculty with community service. VT Engage service-learning programs include Virginia Tech's various Seasons of Service, AmeriCorps VISTA, the Remember Serve Learn Initiative, the President's Interfaith Campus Challenge, and weekly service excursions to assist organizations such as Feeding America and the Coalition for Refugee Resettlement.