Leading Off Campus

Success is more than just your GPA, it’s skills plus connections. Leading Off Campus is aimed at bridging the gap between collegiate students and local industry to increase retention of collegiate talent to the region, while equipping them with the core competencies they need to excel in their first professional roles. Leading Off Campus is a semester-long program consisting of unique, skill-building sessions during the summer.

For Employers: This program helps to bridge the gap that is highlighted by many employers that say the students they hire do not have the core competencies for career readiness required for entry level positions. Leading Off Campus can also be a pipeline to help employers find the qualified candidates they are looking for when recruiting within the region.

For Students: This program helps to give students the necessary soft skills and career readiness opportunities that employers are looking for when recruiting. This program also provides networking opportunities and the ability to explore parts of Lynchburg region and businesses in the area.

What You’ll Learn

Participants will learn NACE competencies, including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Oral and written communication
  • Work Ethic
  • Career Management
  • Intercultural Fluency
  • Leadership and soft skills
  • Personal development and professional growth.
  • How to bridge the gap between collegiate boundaries and regional employers
  • Community Pride and Ownership
  • Awareness of the Lynchburg region
  • Leadership Lynchburg’s core values of personal growth, influence, and impact

Students are eligible for the Leading Off Campus program if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • The Student is an enrolled college undergraduate student (Sophomore and above).
  • The Student is a graduate student with no real relevant work history.

Students must also have a minimum 2.75 GPA and have demonstrated leadership experience on campus or in the community.

Leading Off Campus Kick-Off
11 a.m.-3 p.m., June 7, 2023 at Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

Get equipped with the knowledge you need to succeed in Leading Off Campus and get to know your classmates, instructors, and local professionals.

Plus, take either a Strengths Quest or Enneagram Assessment to take a deep dive into your personality, strengths, and how to look for roles that leverage these.

Brand Matters
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., June 14, 2023 at Blackwater Branding

Learn about the importance of building a personal brand and how to communicate it effectively.

  • Creating your professional brand and presence online and in-person
  • Learn about the importance of networking and how to succeed at networking events
  • Learn about professional communication (written and verbal)
  • Initial work on resumes & creating your LinkedIn profile
  • Students gets a professional headshot


Mentors Matter
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., June 21, 2023 at Framatome
Sponsored by Central Virginia Community College
  • Hear success stories from a mentor/mentee relationship
  • How to find a mentor
  • Why mentors are important to have as a young professional


Culture Matters
3 p.m.-6 p.m., June 28, 2023 at Cloudfit
  • Personal Core Values Assessment
  • DEIB in the workplace
  • How to successfully work with diverse groups of people
  • How to be successful when your team is not very diverse but you recognize it is needed
  • How do you interview a company and learn about their culture and if it fits with your values


You Matter
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., July 12, 2023 at Wiley | Wilson

Tak part in a panel discussion on advice for advocating for yourself in the workplace.

  • Salary negotiation
  • Getting placed on projects and committees that will help you move up
  • How you can start your first job on the right foot and not stall
  • Optional 1:1 resume workshop before and after the sessions


Community Matters
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., July 19, 2023 at Lynchburg City Museum

Understand the definition of servant leadership & how to be an effective community steward as well as booard and volunteer best practices.

  • Why being plugged into social causes, nonprofits and volunteering as a young professional is important both professionally and personally
  • How to be an effective volunteer
  • Investment into community
  • Work opportunities with local nonprofits


The Future Matters
3-6 p.m., July 26, 2023 at the Academy Center of the Arts

Get an adulting crash course and how to make a place your home.

  • Why LYH is a good place to live, work and play
  • Housing 101- apartments, mortgages, etc.
  • Managing personal finances and cost of living attraction of LYH
  • Take Part in an Ideal Community Exercise
  • Learn time management and critical thinking as an adult


5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., August 9, 2023
Sponsored by Centra
Ask Your Employer Or School To Cover Tuition

We encourage interested applicants to reach out to your employer, manager, or school to see if they will cover your costs under training and development! Nowhere else can you get this level of months of leadership training at this low of a cost. Plus, you’ll bring skills back to your job or class that will help your teams improve.

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