Career Focused Training

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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  

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. 

Starting Your Own Business for English Language Learners

This 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 imageIn partnership with PVCC Workforce Services, this Integrated Education Training program includes a technical introduction to Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) with English language instruction. The curriculum focuses on entry-level competencies for job success in the HVAC industry.

In addition to being qualified to earn industry credentials in HVAC, students will also have the opportunity earn CPR/First Aid certification and the OSHA 10 credential. For more information, contact Becky Payton at 434.961.5464.

Nurse Aide Program for the English Language Learner 

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In partnership with PVCC Workforce Services, this Integrated Education Training program includes the approved Nurse Aide curriculum combined with English language instruction.

The 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 nurse aides. TJACE@PVCC is committed to partnered training for entry-level nurse aides. For more information about the Nurse Aide program, visit

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)