How?

By connecting everyone. Virginia TOP gives the right tools to Virginia businesses, students, and higher ed. The end goal is to connect businesses with students who want to learn by doing.
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INCREASING OPPORTUNITY
& VISIBILITY

We help businesses, students, and higher ed share work-based learning opportunities much more efficiently.
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KEEPING
GRADS
IN-STATE

We encourage graduates to live and work in Virginia by creating more high-quality opportunities.
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MAKING VIRGINIA #1
FOR BUSINESS

We help fuel Virginia’s talent pipeline, an important aspect in keeping our state at the top of business rankings.

What does the data say?

Simply, it says we’re not doing enough to encourage students to live and work in Virginia after they graduate. That’s where Virginia TOP helps: to give students deep roots in Virginia’s business community prior to graduation.
20%
of students entering higher education have never been employed
Source: Washington Post, 2015
10%
of students take advantage of work-based learning opportunities
Source: NACE
70%
of employers want new graduate hires to have relevant work experience
Source: NACE
THE
The
TOP
concern of Virginia businesses surveyed is access to necessary talent
Source: Blueprint Virginia 2025, Virginia Chamber of Commerce

What is everyone saying?