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5th Annual Virginia Trades Expo

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

5th Annual Virginia Trades Expo

Students go on to Success Because of Programs at VTI

Monday, May 2, 2016

With Virginia Technical Institute's 95% placement rating in the job field, it is no wonder that students who attend our school see tangible results for their efforts and hard work. Our students come from all different backgrounds and paths of life, some are just starting in a career field and some are coming back to school to try their hands at something different, but, no matter where you are at in life, investing in yourself by getting an education with VTI lays the foundation for a successful future. Below are just a few stories of some of our students here at VTI:

Ryan, newly married and working at a local retail store, responded to a VTI television Ad and filled the last welding training position.  After one year at VTI he is starting a new career in welding at Banker Steel.

Jeremy, who after his first semester at VTI, was hired by his VTI HVAC instructor to work at Moore’s.  He continued to attend classes at VTI as part of the company’s "Continuing Education" program and after two years of training, is now a service technician.

Ryan, who found his two semesters of carpentry education very useful on the mission field in Guatemala, he is now forming concrete foundations for walls to protect the villagers from thieves.

Kelson, after working in manufacturing for a number of years, decided to specify in welding.  He applied for a more rewarding welding position with an architectural design and welding company near his home in New York.  The NCCER credentials he earned at VTI got him a quick interview and hire.

Cheyenne, a Liberty University student majoring in Mechanical Engineering, enrolled in a welding class at VTI. Because of her engineering background and welding skills, she already has an offer from Banker Steel as a designer after graduation.

Virginia Technical Institute Impacts Student's Lives

Monday, October 19, 2015

At our institute, it is our goal to educate and influence all lives, even those who don't necessarily come here to earn a trade. While some students attend our school to harness their skills for labor force jobs, some come to learn about using their hands and understand basic skills of using tools. Below is just one example of how Virginia Technical Institute is changing lives and giving people real-world skills to use for their future.

              "The reason I took CRFT 101 was because I had a mild interest in working with my hands. I knew I didn’t want to be a professional tradesman but I still wanted to be handy. I wanted to be able to look at a tool and be able to talk about what it is and how it works. I wanted to have a basic knowledge of electrical, carpentry, and plumbing.

              I learned quite a bit. I learned how to properly use power tools and what to use them for. I now know how to work safely and how important safety is to the job field. Mr. McClure taught us the importance of communication on a worksite and how to properly present you to a potential employer. I also learned more practical things like how to use a skill saw and how to properly hammer a nail. Working with the instructors at VTI was a great experience because they are all experts in their respective fields and if you take the time to listen you can learn something new every time one of them speaks.

              I plan to work for a theater company as a set builder and designer. I plan to take electrical 101 and carpentry 101 so I can have a good grasp on those skills. Set building and designing will be my day job and take care of my living expenses while I audition for shows in hopes of getting cast in a national tour. If I never get cast in a big show like a national tour I will be content working in and around a theater and working with my hands. I bet I’m the only person in my class who would love to be on Broadway. I think that this class will definitely give me a leg up in the theater world and will help me achieve my dreams. "


Virginia Technical Institute Featured in "Work it, Lynchburg"

Monday, April 29, 2013

Virginia Technial Institute was featured in a story titled "A 'weld' of opportunity" that ran in "Work It, Lynchburg."

Sparks are flying at Virginia Technical Institute, where Central Virginia Community College’s Fast Track Technical Training welding class is underway. Ten students meet six hours a day, four days a week at the Altavista trade school, learning the skills they’ll need to be entry-level professional welders.

Read the full article here

The Future of Technical Education

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

In the fall of 2011, Virginia Technical Institute (VTI) entered into a one-of-a-kind relationship with Liberty University (LU).  Recognizing the value of technical education, LU officials engaged with VTI to provide trade training to their four-year degree-seeking students.  Utilizing VTI’s state-of-the-art facilities and an internationally recognized curriculum from the National Center of Construction Education and Research (NCCER), LU began offering elective credit in the areas of Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, Welding, and Carpentry.

The first cohort of 16 students ranged from art majors to industrial engineering majors.  This initial group of 16 grew to 127 students in just one semester.  Since the program inception, VTI has trained over 400 LU students using the NCCER curriculum.  Current classes include a unique blend of traditional VTI students, Liberty University students and craft professionals seeking a credential.

Liberty University’s respect for those professionals holding NCCER credentials is such that they now offer transfer credit for NCCER credentials.  Craft professionals who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree using LU’s convenient on-line delivery system may be given credit for NCCER credentials up to 31 credit hours.  Thanks to LU’s world-class online curriculum, those same professionals can earn their degree without ever leaving the jobsite.

Students participating in the program are in high demand from local industry.  VTI and LU placed several students in paid summer internships during the summer of 2012.  Each of these students was offered some level of continuing employment opportunity.  Participating companies included Georgia Pacific, Fleetwood-Goldco-Wyard, Southern-Air, and Moore’s Electric.

Four traits make the VTI program distinct. First, instructors emphasize a hands-on learning atmosphere where testing is treated as a learning opportunity and not simply an assessment procedure.  Second, by utilizing the curriculum developed by NCCER, students receive internationally recognized credentials ensuring their competiveness for craft jobs all over the globe.  Third, this all takes place in a state-of-the-art, 75,000 square foot facility.  Finally, students intensively train only in their intended craft.  There are no other educational distractions or demands.  Students have the ability to concentrate on training for their future career.   With plenty of space, real-world training equipment, and classroom emphasis on his/her area of training, most students are work-ready in less than a year.

Virginia Technical Institute’s mission is to meet the growing need of workforce training in Central and Southside Virginia.  VTI provides hands-on training in a variety of fields including Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Welding, Carpentry, and Industrial Maintenance.  VTI also offers contract training in the areas of Industrial Safety/OSHA Certification, and Leadership Development.