GED Open House - November 16, 2019,  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Ongoing Assessments Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., and daily starting September 3, 2019


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.

Welcome from TJACE @PVCC Director

Director, Carol Coffey
Director, Carol Coffey

Welcome, adult learner! Are you ready to take that important next step?

You can count on us to offer the best core skills instruction leading to a high school credential (GED® or NEDP) and to build English language proficiency for speakers of other languages (ESOL). TJACE @PVCC will help you build core skills in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies, as well as computer and workplace skills needed for your next career step. With our new preparation training for health care careers, you can build your core skills while also earning health care certificates. Check out our new CNA program for language learners.

As a TJACE @PVCC student, you can benefit from additional academic and support services through the college. Examples include tutoring and academic coaching, career services support, library access, and more.

You can also join the Network2Work @PVCC program, which connects job seekers to skills training and resources needed to become valued employees in our community. You can learn more about Network2Work @PVCC at Network2Work@PVCC.

We offer easy access to learning near your home and workplace. You can choose from over 30 classes in locations throughout the region, three self-study online learning programs, including our new ESOL to Go!, and free drop-in programs.

Start here and go anywhere: learn English, get your high school diploma or equivalent, earn workplace certificates, college degrees, and find good jobs with career pathways. Come join our TJACE @PVCC family and you will find a welcoming and supportive learning community focused on your success!

Let the learning begin,


How do I get started? 

Sign up for an Assessment Session to Register for Classes

School EntranceTJACE @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. 

Fall 2019 Assessment Dates and Times

Please call to make an appointment for your assessment. Fall session assessments are available on the following days:

  • Tuesdays, Sept. 3 and 10 at 10 a.m and 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, Sept. 4 and 11 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays, Sept. 5 and 12 at 10 a.m and 6 p.m. 
  • Friday Sept. 6 at 10 a.m and 6 p.m.

Other Assessment Options

Drop-in assessments are also available on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. throughout the Fall session, which runs from Monday,  September 16 to Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. No appointment is required for drop-in assessments.

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.

Did you know that you can save money on your TJACE @PVCC classes? Attend most (90%) of your classes during the Fall 2018 Session and you will receive a discount for the next class session, which starts on Monday, September 16th, 2019. 

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: The amount of tuition minus a $10 processing fee will be refunded if requested prior to the end of the first week of class. A full refund will be given for any class that is canceled. No other refunds are available.

Career Focused Training

fruits and vegetables

If you like to cook and are thinking of a career in the culinary profession, this is a great class to get you started.The PIVA Cook class contains several components that will prepare you for work in the culinary profession and provide you with an edge over your job market competition.

Cost: FREE!!!  (You will be provided with a knife set, cooking attire, textbooks, class materials, and excellent instructors. A savings of over $1000.00!!!)

For more information and to register.

The Voices of Adult LearnersVoices of Adult Learners book cover

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

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. Read the stories online.


Buy: Voices of Adult Learners 20th Anniversary Edition

Buy: Voices of Adult Learners 22nd Edition—2018


Charlottesville Festival of Cultures

Festival of Cultures dance
Dancers at the Charlottesville Festival of Cultures May Event

At Washington Park, Preston Ave.—Downtown Charlottesville 10a-4p Each year we celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of our local community. The 15th Annual Festival of Cultures, May 11, 2019, will be a day of free family-friendly fun with all-day entertainment: music, dance, song, and storytelling. Enjoy hands-on cultural crafts activities, visit 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 us 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 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 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