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Professional Development

From the VCCS Professional Development Office

The Virginia Community College System Office of Professional Development (OPD) provides a cutting edge professional development program for faculty, staff and administrative leaders who lead and support student success efforts across Virginia's 23 colleges, with 40 campus locations throughout the state of Virginia.

OPD aims to achieve the highest system-wide standards for excellence in professional development, providing a strategic, long-term vision and pedagogically advanced, culturally inspired, and academically rigorous programming that drives faculty and institutional excellence in Virginia’s Community Colleges.

OPD programs serve more than 2,000 full-time faculty, 9,000 adjunct faculty, and 3,000 classified staff, providing a robust, multi-faceted professional development program that supports outstanding teaching and learning; addresses the diverse needs and expectations of educators; explores the intersection of innovative technologies with classroom and student success; and resolves pressing workforce development, business and community demands. Categories of professional development offerings are listed on the VCCS Professional Development site and include:

The mission of the VCCS Professional Development Office is to work in partnership with our colleges to provide sustainable opportunities that enrich personal and professional growth and development in the categories of:

  • Career: to improve essential alignments and transitions in the evolution of meaningful work, compelling service, and professional success
  • Instructional: to increase student success through the intentional innovation and enhancement of effective teaching, learning, and assessment techniques and strategies
  • Disciplinary: To increase currency, relevancy, and engagement through the expansion of knowledge and skills within the academic discipline or professional specialty
  • Organizational: Advance the mission of Virginia's community colleges by cultivating the talent and momentum of instructional and administrative leaders
  • Workforce: Build foundations to compete and contribute to the global economy through career, instructional, discipline and organizational capacity building and development