Virginia Tech students interested in learning technology and communication skills for the workplace are invited to apply for this year’s NetApp Transitions program, organized by Pamplin College of Business students and sponsored by NetApp.

NetApp is a Fortune 500 company that provides software, systems, and services to manage and store data to organizations worldwide.

The program, which is limited to 30 students, will be accepting applications during the first two weeks of classes. Students may apply to the program here. Registration closes Sept. 4.

Participants in the program, now in its fourth year, will meet once a week for an hour over 10 weeks: four weeks in the fall semester and six weeks in the spring semester.

Three business information technology students who have gone through the program, including Olivia Thomas, of Bristow, Virginia, a junior, will serve as the program’s instructors. Thomas said the program is designed to “enhance soft skills as well as provide an in-depth exposure to technology outside the classroom.”

The fall modules will focus on resumé building, interview preparation, presentation skills, and sales fundamentals. Spring modules will focus on learning about NetApp technologies and business acumen while also providing the opportunity to complete the NetApp Certified Storage Associate qualification.

“NetApp is excited to partner with Virginia Tech and provide an enriching experience for the students,” said Stephanie Chalk, NetApp’s campus manager. “We know how valuable it is for students to have an opportunity to enhance their skill sets by collaborating with industry professionals.”

Chalk said she and other NetApp employees will help answer questions in both the soft skill and technical sessions throughout the 10-week program.

Team-building activities allow participants to use the knowledge learned during the program, said Taylor Jones, of Blacksburg, Virginia, who graduated in May with a degree in a business information technology. “We have done bowling, and even an IMAX movie.”

Last year, 21 students completed the program, which was initiated by business information technology professor Alan Abrahams, who teaches courses in business analytics.

For more information, email Olivia Thomas.



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