Thomas Jefferson Adult Career Education at PVCC to Honor GED® Graduates

Charlottesville, Va. – October 28, 2021 – Piedmont Virginia Community College is excited to honor its Thomas Jefferson Adult Career Education (TJACE) division General Education Development (GED®) graduates, Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m., with a graduation ceremony. The ceremony will feature adult learners who have earned their GED® or Adult High School Diploma in the last year and celebrate their accomplishments. The graduation will be held on the PVCC main campus, at 501 College Drive in Charlottesville, VA. Twenty-nine students have earned their diplomas in the last two years.

“TJACE @PVCC is committed to helping adults achieve their high school credential through free testing opportunities and in-person and remote classes. We are especially proud of our 2021 graduates who persevered during the pandemic and opened doors to their futures. Thousands of area adults have passed the GED® and gone on to college and better jobs where they can earn, on average, $9,000 more a year,” shared Director of TJACE @PVCC Carol Coffey.

Featured student speakers for the GED® graduation include Dareen Aloudeh, who successfully completed all levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and then began her GED® classes. Aloudeh has also earned her Certified Nursing Aide license and works at the University of Virginia Medical Center. She is a current PVCC student taking prerequisite classes for transfer to a university and plans to become a doctor.

Hadya Faqirzai and Hannah Brown will also speak during the ceremony. Faqirzai earned her GED® and is continuing her education at PVCC. She has also completed a dental assisting class with Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center. Brown is a PVCC student and has goals to obtain a four-year degree.

Currently, the state of Virginia is covering the cost of the GED® in each subject area when students enroll in an adult education program and meet eligibility requirements. To learn more about the registration process and all TJACE @PVCC programs, call 434-961-5461.

For more information on the graduation ceremony contact Rebecca Payton at 434.961.5467 or

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 (ESL), and prepare for next career steps through integrated education and training programs. TJACE @PVCC serves approximately 700 adult learners in the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Louisa.  

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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