TJACE@PVCC Helps Virginians Earn a GED® for Free

Charlottesville, Va. – March 1, 2021 – The Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) Thomas Jefferson Adult Career Education (TJACE) division is helping Virginians earn a GED® for free. Through a Virginia state initiative, GED® costs are covered in each subject when students enroll in an adult education program.

TJACE @PVCC offers instruction for area adults to help enhance core academic skills and earn a high school diploma or GED®, improve English Language Skills for speakers of other languages, and prepare for next career steps through integrated education and training programs.  

“The GED® credential opens a pathway of possibilities to better jobs, career training and college. GED® graduates have been successful at getting good jobs with local employers, including UVA,  which often require a high school diploma. Many continue career training in areas such as healthcare, IT, and logistics while others have completed college degrees in engineering, business and nursing,” shared TJACE @PVCC Director Carol Coffey.

“At this time, when the economy continues to shift due to the pandemic and high-demand industries are seeking employees for now and the future, having a high school diploma or GED® is even more essential. With many of our neighbors out of work or financially challenged, the opportunity to complete a GED® free of charge will allow more people to get the credentials they need to get a good job,” Coffey stated.

TJACE currently serves over 400 adults in Central Virginia. To learn more about earning a GED® for free, visit

About Piedmont Virginia Community College
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential, and excellence in all programs and services. Visit


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