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Alexis Ward, M.A.
Academic and Career Advisor

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339 Goodwin Hall
Blacksburg, Va 24061


M.A. Counseling Education (Concentration in School Counseling), Virginia Tech, 2014

B.S. Marketing Management, Virginia Tech, 2010


Office Hours: Appointment Only
Mondays 8:30 - 11:00 & 1:30 - 4:30
Tuesdays 10:30 - 12:00 & 1:30 - 4:30
Wednesdays 8:30 - 11:00 & 1:30 - 4:30
Thursdays 8:30 - 12:00 & 1:30 - 4:30
Fridays 8:30 - 12:00 & 1:30 - 4:30


Research Interests: Alexis is responsible for collaborating with Virginia Tech College of Engineering students to help them learn and cultivate into dynamic Hokie engineers. As an academic and career advisor, Alexis guides and supports students on their paths to be successful engineers through encouraging students to set realistic action plans to achieve academic goals and objectives, determining and respecting students strengths and interests, brainstorming parallels between educational and career goals, and connecting students with the most accurate resources within the campus community. In addition to advising students on the decision-making process of selecting a major and/or career path within the College of Engineering, Alexis is an advisor who advocates for getting involved and creating support networks while being a Hokie either through campus organizations, volunteering, or studying abroad, which includes making appropriate referrals to enable students to achieve these goals.

Specifically, Alexis focuses on advising first-year general engineering students to develop sound academic and career goals as they transition to the new academic and social communities within Virginia Tech. Alexis strives to strengthen the importance, dignity, potential, and unique nature of each individual within the Virginia Tech academic setting.

Biography

After completing her bachelor's degree in Marketing Management at Virginia Tech in 2010, Alexis worked as a technical recruiter for two years supporting several large government integrators and their hiring needs in the National Capital Region. Following that, she earned a master's degree in Counselor Education at Virginia Tech in 2014, while working as a Graduate Assistant for Career Services, where she gained two years of experience supporting and advising college students in their pursuit of academic and career goals. Alexis began as an Academic and Career Advisor for the Engineering Education Department at Virginia Tech in 2014 where she strives to develop, encourage, and advocate for first year engineering students.

Alexis is the primary advisor and liaison for first engineering students within the Hypatia and Galileo Living and Learning Communities. She also regularly collaborates with Virginia Tech's Career Services to facilitate students' career goals and major exploration.

Career Highlights:

  • Employing a person-centered counseling approach with a recruiter's industry prospective
  • Building lasting rapport with students, colleagues, and professionals
  • Creating fun and engaging presentations for career and academic development
  • Developing professional student peer advisors and ambassadors


 
Engineering Education at Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech
Engineering Education (MC 0218)
345 Goodwin Hall
635 Prices Fork Rd
Blacksburg, Va 24061
(540) 231-6555
Fax (540) 231-6903