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.

Program Overview

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:


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

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 5, 2024 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, you’ll take an 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 12, 2024 

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

Mentors Matter
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., June 19, 2024 
Culture Matters
3 p.m.-6 p.m., July 2, 2024 
You Matter
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., July 17, 2024 

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

Community Matters
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., July 24, 2024 

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

The Future Matters
3-6 p.m., July 31, 2024 

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

5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., August 1, 2024
Sponsored by Centra

Program Tuition

Ask Your Employer or School about Tuition Support

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 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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