Custom Training

Custom training

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Ready to partner on a tailor-made training solution for your organization? Contact us today to get started.

(804) 828-1322
ocpe@vcu.edu

Let’s design a solution together.

Training shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. That’s why we treat every organization as unique, working with you to tweak, enhance or design from scratch the ideal program to suit your needs.

Through the combined expertise of our Office of Continuing and Professional Education staff and our extensive list of outside partners, we customize training opportunities to advance the knowledge and skills of your employees. Virginia Commonwealth University claims more than 3,200 instructional faculty and adjunct instructors, an academic medical center, long-standing community relationships and a central location in Virginia’s capital, which provide our office with ample resources to draw from. We serve all sectors and industries, including K-12, corporate, nonprofit, state and federal agencies and military.

Working with you, we will:

Our areas of expertise

While we can craft any program from scratch, we also have some areas in which we specialize. Here are a few:

Addiction studies

Interested in bringing Clinical Supervisory Training in Addiction Studies to your location? Ask about custom training in partnership with faculty from the nationally recognized VCU Department of Rehabilitation Counseling.

Craft beer

Having a knowledgeable staff is great for any business. Let us help train your staff in the types and styles of craft beer, regional history and more! 

Hospitality courses 

Offer your employees the opportunity to take a noncredit wedding and event planning or corporate event planning training and certification program through VCU, in partnership with the industry leader, Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute. Choose from on-campus, or convenient online programs.

Language classes for community groups and organizations

We can customize language and cultural competency classes for industry-based needs including health care, emergency services, education, nonprofit sector, government and business. Classes are offered to community groups and agencies with at least 10 students and can be arranged on or off campus. Classes are competitively priced and can be offered as for-credit or noncredit options. We tailor all languages and cultural competency classes to the organization being served and the students in the class.

Mediation and negotiation skills training

Through the Virginia Center for Consensus Building, we strive to provide public and private stakeholders with the tools to create quicker, better and cheaper solutions to public policy disputes. Training in negotiation and mediation skills is focused on how to function productively in the public policy arena. We employ role-playing exercises based on actual legislative and regulatory issues to demonstrate key points and give participants practical hands-on experience in negotiation and mediation.

This training would benefit local and regional elected officials and government employees, as well as anyone negotiating in the public arena. Please contact executive director Mark E. Rubin, J.D., at (804) 828-1235 or merubin@vcu.edu for more information.

Noncredit art classes

Provide an avenue for teachers in your school division to experiment with artistic styles, such as bookmaking, as an interdisciplinary connection to the core SOL tests and as a way to earn re-certification points.

Online learning 

Online learning can be a very productive and cost-effective way for your employees to learn new skills. Noncredit courses are available in business communication, career skills, workplace topics, and new media marketing.

Play therapy  

Reserve seats for your group in an upcoming workshop. Your staff will learn how to apply the therapeutic power of play to communicate with, and treat clients.

Test Prep  

VCU Test Prep offers customized prep programs for schools, nonprofit organizations, and community groups. Prepare for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, ACT, and SAT with VCU's top quality instructors.

A tradition of partnerships

Our practice of developing successful training programs extends to partners across the commonwealth. These past and current partners include:

  • AHEAD: Consulted on curriculum for faculty to support persons with disabilites. 
  • Chesapeake Bay Academy: Ongoing support for life sciences program for K-12 science teachers.
  • Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board: Partner for clinical supervision training for Addiction Studies.
  • LERN: Partner for a variety of online learning classes.
  • Prince William County Public Schools: Partner in community education for creative bookmaking.
  • Regency: Partner for 3rd Wednesdays Community Series.
  • Smithsonian Natural History Museum and the American Art Museum: Ongoing support of teacher enrichment programs.
  • VDOE Educator Workshops and Institues: Including Vocal Music Institute and Studio Art Workshops.
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality: Mediation skills training.
  • Virginia Geriatric Education Center’s Faculty Development Program: Provided logistical support.
  • Virginia Municipal Clerks Association: Development of institutes, academies and annual conferences approved by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.
  • Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE): EdTechRVA 2018
  • Virginia Surveyors Association: Credit and noncredit training opportunities for VSA members.
  • VCUarts Department of Music: Partnering for the presentation of the World Drumming Workshop.
  • VCU Department of Rehabilitation Counseling: Partnering for the delivery of Addiction Studies Continuing Education.
  • VCU Division for Academic Success: Education for faculty to assist students with disabilities.
  • VCU Human Resources: Mediation skills training.
  • Ongoing delivery of cultural competency and language programs to the VCU, VCU Medical Center and Richmond communities.

Want to find out more? Get in touch.