Greetings from JMU’s Professional & Continuing Education!

Melissa LubinWelcome to Spring and all the new learning experiences we are bringing our students - from kids camps to workforce development to lifelong learning - opportunities for transformation abound! Your generous support on Giving Day will make a positive impact in the lives of those we serve making these transformative experiences possible and we THANK YOU!

Our newsletter this month focuses on the meaningful work of PCE's sponsored programs: Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, and Virginia Education Strategies. Each of their missions help to extend JMU's mission throughout our region, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and beyond.

Enjoy reading about how their work is making a difference and engaging our diverse communities in new and impactful ways.

Onward with a smile,

Melissa M. Lubin, Ph.D. - Dean, Professional & Continuing Education and Chief Economic Engagement Officer

  • VaEdStrategies_April_Newsletter_Thumb.png Virginia Ed Strategies

    We love our newest partner, Virginia Ed Strategies, and all they are doing around the state for children and teachers! Here is a conversation with Executive Director, Jennifer Stevens. 

  • YP_April_Newsletter_Thumb.png Smiles...even through their masks

    To realize that something that we took almost for granted, had regained a new appreciation for us all.

  • SVP_April_Newsletter_Thumb.png Shenandoah Valley Partnership

    Get to know our affiliate organization, Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP), with Executive Director Jay Langston. An "old friend" doing phenomenal work in the Valley!

  • SVTC_April_Newsletter_Thumb.png Shenandoah Valley Technology Council

    We recently spent some time chatting with the Executive Director, Nicky Swayne, about our partnership. 

  • CYBER_April_Newsletter_Thumb.png On the Offense: The Strategic Approach to Cyber Intelligence

    In differentiating cybersecurity and cyber intelligence, it is helpful to imagine both disciplines as a part of a football game.

  • LLI_Dec_news_Thumb.png Simple Acts of Kindness: A Remedy for Loneliness

    Since the onset of the pandemic seniors have taken special precautions to stay healthy, including limiting visits with loved ones and avoiding social activities that contribute to viral spread.

  • GA_Burnout_Nov_Thumb.png Avoiding the "Always On" Pressure - Preventing Burnout

    Nearly all professionals experience job-related stress at some point in their careers.  Most people feel overwhelmed or overcommitted at work from time to time. For many professionals, workplace stress may build

  • GA_Gender_Equality_Nov_Thumb.png Gender Inclusivity: He / She / They

    Gender equity in the workplace has been a central focus for employers over the last few decades. Although more people have come to understand the need for gender diversity, organizations have struggled to find attainable

  • GA_Virtual_Communication_Nov_Thumb.png You're On Mute! - Mastering Virtual Communication

    This year has taught us many lessons, perhaps none more than to value our connections. Many working professionals have increased the amount of time spent working from home, with estimates ranging between 30 and 60 percen

  • EPG_Nov_Thumb.png Our Role in Advancing Diversity & Democracy

    Last month, we announced an upcoming podcast between Dr. Mildred García, President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and Jonathan Alger, President of James Madison University. In this

  • quad-fall-drone-1000x600.jpg Applications open for first “cohort hire” in university history

    Six new faculty members will join the college as a cohort and work broadly across areas of racial and social justice, minority cultures and critical race studies. 

  • VaEd_Strategies_Nov_Thumb.png Adapting to Meet Your Needs

    Virginia Ed Strategies is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on partnerships and programs that help ensure a strong K-12 educational system, a prepared future workforce, and a thriving global economy for Virginia.

  • ProfDev_Jan_Thumb.png Training Leaders vs Developing Leadership

    Leadership development is a common training objective for many companies, but it can be difficult to know where to begin. Do we train a few select leaders or entire teams?

  • Tiveeda_Nov_Thumb.png The Best is Yet to Come

    Since 2016 James Madison University, and specifically PCE, has been home to the state office for Campus Compact for Virginia, a location-based branch of the national organization Campus Compact ( based in

  • Teacher_Nov_Thumb.png Teacher Leadership: Classroom, School, and Community

    In schools, the opportunity to be a leader is not limited to those in school administrator or principal positions. The newly launched Teacher Leadership program at James Madison University, through the work

  • ProjectTHRIVE_Thumbs.png From Surviving to THRIVE-ing

    Project THRIVE: a facilitated curriculum created directly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and designed to help cohorts of local businesses and nonprofits move from surviving to thriving.

  • OE_Dec_Thumb.png JMU - Community Engaged Anchor Institution

    In our university’s strategic plan, President Alger has outlined 11 key goals to focus on for the next six years, and one of those goals is that JMU serves the region as an Anchor Institution. Due to their longevity in

  • LLI_Dec_Thumb.png Each One Teach One: A primary step to bridging digital divides

    During the first quarter of 2020, businesses and universities quickly adopted online tools as a way to support remote work and learning.

  • College_for_Kids_Nov_Thumb.png Keep Growing - Keep Learning

    One of the fantastic advantages that this year has brought and taught us, is how to, “Keep on, Keepin On”, no matter what life may throw our way. This outlook and experience

  • ConnorMcKinnis_Nov_Thumb.png The Gray Area of Knowledge

    Connor McKinnis, our Marketing and SalesForce Graduate Assistant in Professional and Continuing Education, will graduate on December 18th with his Masters Public Administration.

  • noyce Supporting New Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    College of Education Students react to online versus in-person classes during the 2020 Pandemic

  • ADP_Intern_Nov_Thumb.png Intern - In Turn

    For the past two years, the Adult Degree Program (ADP) and the Psychology Department have collaborated to provide internship opportunities for senior students in the psychology major at JMU. Student interns spend

  • Gilliam Center Monthly Meet-up Speaker Series - Virtual - Fall 2020 Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship hosts speaker series

    The Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship’s  Monthly Meet-Up speaker series for September addressed the topic of entrepreneurship in the time of Covid-19.

  • JMU-return-to-campus-lead Return to in-person learning

    With all of these enhancements, we must emphasize how critically important it will be for everyone to follow public health guidance.

  • diversity-avp-lewis-1000 JMU welcomes new associate vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion

    After an extensive search, JMU welcomes Brent Lewis as the inaugural associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • GAProgram_Oct_newsletter_thumb.png Graduate Assistantships Provide Unique Professional Experiences

    The Professional & Continuing Education Graduate Assistant program is designed to provide students quality learning experiences. PCE Graduate Assistantships require 20 hours of work per week and must carry a course load

  • Dr. Nick Swartz, Madison Center for Community Development Director A Special Call to Action

    Economic and Community Development is a major function of our mission and vision. We respond to individual, business and community needs through transformative educational programs and experiences. As an anchor

  • ProfDev_Students_Studying_in_Rose_Library-1018.jpg Work from Home - - Train from Home

    Even in normal times, training and development is a critical need for working professionals and businesses. New skills can secure promotions or assist career switches – or help organizations adapt to changes in markets,

  • Autonomous vehicle JMU students develop autonomous vehicle for the elderly

    Students from a variety of majors and minors join forces to build an autonomous vehicle for the elderly.

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