Professional and Enrichment Programs

Custom programming to drive your organization forward, support retention, and facilitate employee advancement

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The School of Continuing & Professional Studies develops custom programming that meets client needs and encourages growth in their organizations. Programming may be offered online, in person, or a blend of the two. Some programs may be one week, while others meet once a month for six months – the possibilities are limitless. 

Using the deep resources of the University and coordinating all planning with you – the customer – the Professional and Enrichment Programs team provides tailor-made educational services designed specifically for each client organization. 

Each program is interactive, offering extensive hands-on and cutting-edge training that is uniquely client focused. Our education services prepare individuals and leadership teams throughout all levels of the organization to meet identified challenges today as well as engage identified skills and competencies, tools, and learning toward the enhancement of a higher performing organization.   

Custom Programs for Organizations

Below are some sample program areas we have developed and presented in collaboration with federal government agencies, local governments, and UVA Human Resources. These are just a small sampling of the kinds of programs we can develop for your organization. 


Emerging Leaders Program: UVA SCPS partners with the federal government to deliver exceptional training for emerging leaders. Topics include leadership fundamentals, conflict management, motivation, team building and communication, leading productive groups, the power of listening, situational leadership, self-care and stress management. 

County Government Leadership Institute: UVA SCPS partners with a local county government for this Leadership Institute that to develops emerging leaders. Topics include team dynamics, managing conflict, practicing self-care, motivating employees, emotional intelligence, generational differences, influence without authority, and change management. 

Leadership at Every Level: UVA SCPS partners with the federal government to deliver high-quality, online, leadership programming. Topics include foundations of leadership, communication, team building, and decision making in the digital age. 

Communication & Team Building

Employees at all levels of the organization can benefit from developing communication and teambuilding strategies. Drive your organization forward through high performing teams that communicate effectively and create spaces for innovation, creativity, and strategy.  

Project Management Fundamentals

All employees can benefit from project management skill development. This program provides more than the 23 contact hours needed for the Project Management Institute (PMI) Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification. While the program will not cover all parts of the Project Management Body of Knowledge necessary for the CAPM exam, it does address key topics and core competencies of project management. Key topics include roles and responsibilities, risk analysis and management, project management tools, agile framework, predictive methodologies, process improvement and iteration, and business analysis frameworks. 

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is critical for all organizations. This program is ideal for both team retreats or mid to upper-level managers. Topics may include creative problem solving, strategic planning session, change management, and data analytics to drive decision-making.

Skills for Executive Assistants

The Higher Education Program for Executive Level Assistants (HEPELA) was developed for executive assistants at the University of Virginia and can be tailored to your organization. Topics include leading at every level, emotional intelligence, influence without authority, communication, collaboration, breakthrough listening, and professionalism.  

Additional Topics

  • Leadership at all Levels of the Organization  
  • Building and Empowering High-Performing Teams  
  • Effective Communication and Collaboration  
  • Project Management Essentials  
  • Strategic Planning for Success  
  • Developing 21st Century Workplace Skills 
  • Creativity, Innovation, and Brainstorming  
  • Managing Organizational Change  
  • Conflict Management and Managing Difficult Situations  
  • Inspiring Employee Motivation 
  • Stress Management and Self-Care  
  • Leading Different Generations in the Workplace 
  • Leading Self (MBTI) 
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQi)  
  • Customer Service for Excellence  

Learn More

Contact us to learn more about custom programming from UVA SCPS.  

Alexa Jeffress

Alexa Jeffress

Director of Professional Programs
Lesa Hanlin

Lesa Hanlin

Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Relations