Special Initiatives

Community Self-Sufficiency Programs

PVCC’s Division of Community Self-Sufficiency (CSS) Programs focuses on connecting local employers with quality job seekers by recruiting, training, and supporting individuals throughout the community who have the interest and ability to excel in available jobs.

PVCC's CSS Division houses Network2Work, a Charlottesville Works Initiative program in partnership with the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as Virginia’s eleVAte program, which provides skills and support for no- and low-wage workers striving to climb the economic ladder.

Great Expectations Program for Foster Youth

PVCC's Great Expectations program is part of a statewide initiative that helps current and former foster care youth in Virginia to gain access to a community college education and transition successfully to living independently. Using PVCC resources and working with community agencies and individuals, Great Expectations serves 40 to 50 students annually with a full menu of academic, career and support services. A priority of the Great Expectations program is to help PVCC foster youth succeed.

Kathy Hudson Student Emergency Fund

The Kathy Hudson Student Emergency Grant Fund provides quick-response emergency grants to currently enrolled students in good academic standing who are facing a short-term financial emergency that may hinder successful academic progression or cause withdrawal from the college. The goal of the fund is to help students remain enrolled in classes. Emergency funding is not intended to provide ongoing assistance for routine expenses or as a supplement for educational expenses.