Career Focused Training

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Sign up for an Assessment session.

Fall classes run from September 13-December 16, 2021 / Winter classes run from January 10-March 31, 2022

Adult Learning Center Computer Labs 

Improve your basic computer skills and earn Northstar certifications . Learn to use the internet, create an email, write a resume, search for jobs, practice typing, study online, complete homework assignments, use GED® Academy or take a GED® Ready test. To register, contact us at or 434-961-5461.

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4Work: Career Fundamentals  

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am – 12 pm. ALC

This class focuses on preparing students for the workplace, beginning with self-reflection to direct individual learning. Learners will develop core skills ( reading, writing, speaking, and computer skills), soft skills (communication, emotional intelligence, and problem solving) and hard skills as relevant to the job search (preparing professional portfolios, resumes, and cover letters and being interviewed). Students will earn an industry recognized credential from the National Retail Federation and certificates in computer basics from NorthStar. This class is open to level 4 and 5 ESL students and native English speakers. 

NEW—Starting Your Own Business

Thursdays 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the ALC. 3 hours of self-study 

This 14-week class will introduce you to the attributes and perspectives of the entrepreneurial mindset. Through researching, planning and writing your own simple business plan, with the guidance of your instructor, you will understand the basic steps of starting your own small business. Open to level 5 ESL students and native English speakers.  

NEW—Job Center

Job Center: Are you a TJACE student looking for work? Thinking of changing jobs? Attend our drop-in job center for assistance with: 

  • organizing your job search 
  • filling out job applications 
  • creating a resume 
  • composing a cover letter 
  • practicing your interview skills

HVAC for the English Language Learner 


Intro to HVAC decorative imageThis 166-hour Integrated Education Training program includes a technical introduction to Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) with English language instruction. The curriculum teaches the entry-level competencies for job success in the HVAC industry.

The training will be delivered in a hybrid format, with classroom instruction delivered virtually and hands-on exercises done in-person, in accordance with Virginia Social Distancing regulations. Masks are required at all times. In addition to earning NCCER credentials for core curriculum and HVAC, students will also earn CPR/First Aid and OSHA 10 training and credentials.

Certified Nurse Aide Program for the English Language Learner 


CNA program decorative imageThe Certified Nurse Aide Program is designed to meet the growing need for those who are committed to the care of the elderly and support the region’s need for certified nurse aides. TJACE@PVCC is committed to educating entry-level nursing assistants by helping them achieve the level of knowledge, skills and abilities required to provide the basic care required by residents of long-term care facility.

The full program covers a range of important skills including residents’ rights, communication, observation, reporting, and assisting residents by helping them maintain basic comfort and safety.

Prepare for the CNA exam while improving your English language skills. For more information, contact Debbie Tuler at 434.961.5464.



Thomas Jefferson Adult & Career Education @ PVCC
935-A Second St., SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902 (map)

PVCC Jefferson School Center
233 Fourth Street NW Charlottesville, VA 22903 (Across from the Staples office supply store downtown)(map)