Professional program draws students of varied expertise


Devin Wallace Delvin Wallace is an industrial engineer at Advance Auto Parts in Roanoke, Va., and is earning his MBA through the professional program at the Pamplin College of Business.

Delvin Wallace said he has always believed in continuing his education, stretching himself, and not being content with the status quo. “I’m excited at how much Virginia Tech’s MBA program is helping me reach my true potential.”

A Chicago native, Wallace received a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in 2006. He worked in the corporate headquarters of Gillette and Dollar Tree Stores before joining Advance Auto Parts.

He picked the Pamplin College of Business because he wanted a top, two-year program where he could earn his degree while working full-time and where he could build new relationships with other students. “It was difficult to find another program that met all my needs.” 

Being in the program has strengthened his network of engineers and other professionals in the region, he said. “I tend to focus on the technical aspects of projects, but the MBA education is improving my understanding of all aspects that impact projects.”

He said he enjoys his classmates most— a diverse mix of individuals who bring different perspectives to group discussions. “The ability to learn from individuals who are experts in their field is invaluable.”

The degree, he said, can help him advance to the next level within a few years. “I made a great decision to continue my education at Virginia Tech.”

Learn more about Pamplin’s professional MBA program, offered in Roanoke, Va., and Richmond, Va.

  • For more information on this topic, contact Sookhan Ho at (540) 231-5071.

About the professional MBA program

This program is a new format designed to appeal to working professionals with at least two to five years of business experience.

  • Location: Alternating between Richmond and Roanoke
  • Program starts: August
  • Classes meet: One weekend a month
  • Time to complete: Two years
  • Students' background: Mid-level managers, professionals and entrepreneurs with potential for significant advancement or a need for additional management training

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