TJACE Fall classes begin on September 14 with over 25 FREE morning and evening options in ESL, High School Flex (GED or NEDP), basic computer, and employability skills. Most classes are virtual (Zoom) and self-study distance learning.  ESL1 is face to face and self-study distance learning.    

Registration begins on August 17.  New students must schedule an assessment.  Contact Judy Robinson (same link) or call 434-961-5461 for more information.  

4Work LogoWe are excited to announce a new career pathways class designed to help adult learners gain skills and experience sought by employers.  The free 4Work class is for adults who are seeking employment and need to develop the following 4 skills required for work: customer service, work communications, core academic skills (reading, writing, math), and basic computer skills.  Students can also earn the industry-recognized Retail Fundamentals certification from the National Retail Federation. English language learners and those seeking a GED are encouraged to enroll. For more information and enrollment requirements for 4Work, contact Rebecca "Becky" Payton, Adult Career Coach, at

Thomas Jefferson Adult Career Education


TJACE @PVCC strives to offer the best instruction to area adults by helping them enhance their core skills to get their high school diploma or GED® and to help improve reading, writing, and speaking skills for both non-native English speakers and speakers of other languages. 

TJACE @PVCC focuses on these core skills in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, computer, and workplace skills to help students take their next career step. TJACE  @PVCC’s college and career readiness core skills help students prepare for the GED®, the National External Diploma Program, the Virginia Placement Test for college, and other workplace certifications. TJACE @PVCC’s goal is to provide quality services and convenient access to these adult education services.

TJACE @PVCC serves more than 800 adults in Central Virginia, which includes the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and the City of Charlottesville.

How do I get started? 

Sign up for an Assessment Session to Register for Classes

TJACE Front DeskTJACE @PVCC wants to get you into the class that best meets your needs. Your first step to get into the right class is to come to TJACE @PVCC for an assessment. All new students must take an assessment prior to starting class. 

During your assessment, you’ll meet with a TJACE @PVCC advisor and register for classes. Please note that any tuition or fees must be paid before you can begin your classes. 


How Much Do Classes Cost?

Class fees vary by class type. Fees are listed next to class offerings in this schedule. Students can pay by credit card, or by providing the exact amount in cash, check, or money order. City residents receive a $25 discount on most classes. Course fees do not include the cost of books, which must be purchased separately.

Financial Assistance for Students

If you receive support services from organizations such as Social Services, Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (CRHA), Virginia Workforce Center (WIOA), Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services, or Virginia Employment Commission, you may be able to receive financial assistance from these organizations. Call 434.961.5461 or email to learn more.


Reduced tuition scholarships are available and are awarded based on financial need. There are a limited number of scholarships. A scholarship reduces tuition to $35 per person. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a maximum of three scholarships allowed per student.

Refund Policy: Tuition refunds are available if requested prior to the end of the first week of class. Refunds ar sin the form of an electronic voucher, which may be applied to your next class enrollment at TJACE @PVCC.

Career-Focused Training

PIVA 4work logoIf You Are...

  • Interested in beginning a career in customer service?
  • Wanting a job but need skills to put on a job application?
  • Wanting to earn an industry-recognized certificate to share with employers?
  • Wanting to improve your academic and computer skills for the workplace?

For more information and to register.

24th Annual Voices of Adult Learners (2020)Voice 2020 front cover

The VOICES event was canceled due to the pandemic, however, you can still read the amazing stories by purchasing the books.

Hosted by: TJACE @PVCC and Literacy Volunteers Charlottesville/Albemarle

Voices of Adult Learners is a celebration bringing together adults from literacy, GED, and ESL education programs to share their compelling stories. Students enrolled in literacy and adult education programs have composed a variety of writings about family, work, education, and life changes. This is a yearly Virginia Festival of the Book event, free and open to the public. 

Buy the Books

Charlottesville Festival of Cultures

Canceled due to the pandemic. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.
Festival of Cultures dance
Dancers at the Charlottesville Festival of Cultures May Event


Celebrating the cultural and linguistic diversity of the local community, the Festival of Cultures is a day of free family-friendly fun with all-day entertainment, including music, dance, song, and storytelling. Enjoy hands-on cultural craft activities, cultural exhibits, food, and artisan vendors. The Festival is a gathering place where all can meet, share in, and learn about each others' cultures. Here you can take a passport and "travel the world in Washington Park." The Festival is organized by TJACE with the involvement and support of many other individuals and organizations and provides an opportunity for building bridges of communication between new Americans and established residents. The Festival is held in Washington Park on Preston Avenue in downtown Charlottesville. This event is free and open to the public.


Volunteers Needed

ESL class annual scarf sale
Students in the evening ESL class participate in an annual scarf sale to practice English

Attention community members and students: We need you! Do you have some spare time? ALC needs volunteers to assist in the classrooms, with special projects and events. Day and evening times are available. For more information, call Cherry at 434.961.5465 or email

“I always walk away with the feeling that I just helped someone achieve something she could not have achieved on his or her own.” —Volunteer