Virginia Tech tackles increase in staffing

Added 800 jobs this semester.

Sept. 12—Ted Faulkner, director of Dining Service at Virginia Tech University, in Blacksburg, didn't blink twice when he spoke of the 800 new workers his program hired over the last three months.

"We've got it under wraps," he said. "Traditionally we struggle getting staff on board these first few weeks of school. This is just like any other year."

That's not to say the department was not preparing for a storm. The opening of Turner Place at Lavery Hall this fall created well over 400 new jobs for dining services to fill.