Trainings & Webinars

Learn Anytime! Be sure to take advantage of the many professional development resources available at your fingertips.

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ALICE Workshops

Engaging our Under-Resourced Students: Serving under-resourced students will be a key to creating the future, skilled workforce required by the Commonwealth. By building equity we can help change outcomes for students most at risk at our colleges. Are you ready to meet this challenge on your campus? Join this interactive workshop series. Get to know this population and discover strategies that help assist them on their educational and training journeys. No registration required. Simply come as you are able.

More workshop dates to be announced. Stay tuned.

Career Coach Certification Courses

Virginia Career Certification Course (VCCC): Based on the 12 competency areas outlined in the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Facilitating Career Development curriculum, the Virginia Career Coach Certification (VCCC) program, available through the VCCS Student Success Center, provides coaches at Virginia’s community colleges with the frameworks and tools needed for effective career coaching. VCCC requires 40 hours of training consisting of 10 hours of face-to-face Zoom training, split into six, 2-hour parts (breaks included), and up to 30 hours of online learning modules. Hours earned through VCCC count toward the requirements of the Facilitating Career Development (FCD) course.

More training dates to be announced. Stay tuned.

Facilitating Career Development (FCD) Course: The Student Success Center is pleased to offer the Facilitating Career Development (FCD) certification course to coaches and staff who have completed the Virginia Career Coach Certification (VCCC). The FCD certification course provides coaches at Virginia’s Community Colleges with the framework and tools needed for effective career coaching. The FCD course builds on completion of the Virginia Career Coach Certification course, adding 80 additional hours of training comprised of seven, two-hour synchronous Zoom webinar sessions, reading, assignments, research, and project-based learning.

More training dates to be announced. Stay tuned.

Participants who successfully complete the VCCC and the FCD courses are eligible to apply for the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential through the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) and the Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) credential through the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Credentialing Commission. More information on how to apply for the credentials will be provided throughout the FCD course.



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The Student Success Center is pleased to offer all VCCS faculty and staff free, unlimited live webinars and on-demand trainings through Go2Knowledge. Here are just a few of the hundreds of relevant training topics available at your convenience, at no cost to you:

  • Academic Advising for At-Risk Students: How to Recognize & Address “Red Flags”
  • Navigating Retention from Pandemic Innovation to Post-Pandemic Success
  • Using Online Videos to Help learners Recover from Pandemic Learning Habits
  • 10 Lessons from the Pandemic: Reimaging the Future of Student Success
  • Create a Culture of Caring: Supporting Students with Mental Health Challenges
  • How to Navigate Difficult Conversations with Students

Getting started is easy! Launch via or from your dashboard by clicking the Go2Knowledge tile. Login with your MyVCCS credentials.

Myers-Briggs (MBTI) to Guide Student Success

Have you ever wondered why some students achieve academic and career success and others don’t? One of the main reasons rests in our wheelhouse as faculty and student success professionals: erroneously using a one-size-fits-all approach to understanding our students. A diverse student population’s success is influenced by the diversity of learning style preferences, and these differences impact the attitudes and educational success students will have. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an effective tool faculty and student success professionals can use to design curriculum and interventions that address the differences in our diverse student body. After completing this virtual training, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Recognize the 16 personality types as presented through the Myers-Briggs framework
  • Identify their self-reported type
  • List at least three ways to use personality differences constructively to coach, advise, and improve learning outcomes for students


All VCCS faculty and student success professionals.


Celeste Hall has been with the VCCS System Office since 2012 and serves as the Coordinator for Career Coaching Certification. Mrs. Hall holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned National Board Certification for K-12 School Counseling in 2006. Celeste is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and Instructor, as well as a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Specialist. She currently serves as the Trustee for K-12 School Career Counselors and Specialists on the Board of the National Career Development Association. Mrs. Hall has served as a high school teacher, K-12 school counselor, career counselor and university adjunct instructor. She sees her mission as providing training in career development to professionals who provide career services in many different work roles and settings.

Training Dates

This 1.5 hour training is being offered multiple times virtually via Zoom to accommodate busy schedules. No registration required.

More training dates to be announced. Stay tuned.

Contact the VCCS Student Success Center team at

Technology Tools

Feeling overwhelmed by technology? Help is here! The VCCS eLearning and Educational Technology (eLET) committee organizes and conducts webinars on various technology and pedagogical topics, such as the use of different tools in Canvas, Zoom and Google. These webinars are Live and recorded.

Learn more about eLET webinars.

Systemwide Opportunities

SYNCH 2023 Symposium: Call for Proposals

Theme: Building Bridges to Understanding

This year’s SYNCH symposium seeks to explore topics that bridge culture and DEIA* with pedagogy in the higher ed classroom. NOTE: DEIA represents Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.

SYNCH 2023 will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2023. Hosted by Brightpoint Community College, the symposium offers face-to-face sessions for all Brightpoint faculty and staff as well as virtual sessions for our colleagues across Virginia. The SYNCH symposium is free of charge to all Virginia higher education professionals.

Learn More About SYNCH 2023. You may also submit your proposal here. Proposal submissions are due September 19, 2022.

For questions, please reach out to Dr. Shauna Mayo, Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning, at

Want to Share a Professional Development Opportunity?

The VCCS Student Success Center is pleased to announce upcoming professional development trainings/conferences/workshops at any of the Virginia’s Community Colleges so long as they are open to all VCCS faculty and staff.

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Trauma Informed Certification Courses

An estimated four in ten children in the U.S. face a traumatic event in childhood, but trauma can happen at any time in our lifespan. Many individuals struggle with the impact of this trauma and it often shows up in our offices as difficulties with connections or behavior concerns. Research has shown that building resilience can help a person overcome these traumas from the past and help us all build communities that are better able to manage the impact of stress and thrive.

All VCCS employees working with students are invited to participate in the course presented by Virginia’s Community Colleges Student Success Center. Come learn the science behind trauma and resilience strategies when working with individuals whose trauma history may not be known. This training is mission critical as we operate in and through the pandemic environment.

The cost for the courses is covered by the Student Success Center for all VCCS employees.

Course 1 – Trauma Informed Campus and Classroom: A 6-hour trauma-informed certification course to help us learn how to deal with the impact of trauma and build resilience, and open another vital path to creating equity for our students.

One summer cohort is being offered:
Summer Cohort Date: August 4, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
Learn more and register here.


Course 2 – Creating a Trauma Supportive Campus and Classroom: This dynamic, 2-part, 6-hour course will help to transform your classroom, office, department, or family through resilience-based strategies. Using trauma-informed principles, the course teaches individuals to create the positive environment that is essential to lasting success systematically. Dozens of strategies and promising approaches utilized by some of the nation’s finest trauma-informed practitioners will be shared.

NOTE: Attendees must first take, complete, and be certified as Trauma Informed through Course 1 before taking Course 2. All those eligible to take Course 2 will be sent an invitation email when new training dates become available.

Statewide Opportunities

The VCCS Student Success Center is pleased to announce upcoming professional development trainings/conferences/workshops hosted by organizations outside the VCCS so long as they are open to all VCCS faculty and staff.

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