ABINGDON, Va., Aug. 2, 2011 – Angie Eller, an eighth-grade teacher at Northwood Middle School in Rich Valley, Va., confers with teammates during an exercise designed to teach kids the differences between the North and South Poles. She is a regular attendee at the three-day summer training conference, now in its fifth year, at the Virginia Tech Southwest Center in Abingdon.
Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to student engagement, language, policy, and governance.