Apr 19, 2024  
PVCC 2021-2022 College Catalog 
PVCC 2021-2022 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instructional Programs

Piedmont Virginia Community College is a comprehensive institution of higher education, offering programs of instruction generally extending not more than two years beyond the high school level.

College Transfer

Piedmont Virginia Community College offers diverse transfer degree programs, providing the first two years of baccalaureate study and a solid foundation for successful transfer. PVCC and a number of public and private Virginia colleges and universities have Guaranteed Admissions Agreements (GAA) that allow our students to transfer with ease. Current colleges and universities with whom we have GAAs include:

Public Institutions

  • Christopher Newport University
  • College of William and Mary
  • George Mason University
  • James Madison University
  • Longwood University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Radford University
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia College at Wise
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Tech University

Private Institutions

  • Bluefield College
  • ECPI College of Technology
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Ferrum College
  • George Washington University
  • Hollins University
  • Jefferson College of Health Science
  • Liberty University
  • Lynchburg College
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Randolph College
  • Regent University
  • Regis University
  • Shenandoah University
  • St. Leo University
  • Strayer University
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Troy University
  • University of Phoenix
  • Virginia Union University
  • Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Western Governors University

Interested students are encouraged to read the actual GAAs for their college of interest. Copies of each agreement can be found on the college Website at http://www.pvcc.edu/admissions/transfer.

Although more than 500 PVCC students transfer each year to leading colleges and universities in Virginia and across the country, many of our students express an interest in transferring to the University of Virginia. Since the college opened, more than 2,500 PVCC students have transferred to the University of Virginia, where they have established an academic record equaling that of native University of Virginia students.

Career and Technical Education

The career and technical education programs are designed to prepare students with the skills needed to increase their career opportunities with area employers. These programs, which normally require two years or less of education beyond high school, may include preparation for business, engineering, health and medical, industrial, and other technical and occupational fields. The curricula are planned primarily to meet the needs for workers in the region being served by the college.

Developmental Studies

Developmental courses are offered to prepare students for college transfer and career and technical programs. These English and mathematics courses are designed to develop the basic skills and understanding needed for success in other courses and curricula.

Workforce Services

PVCC’s Division of Workforce Services provides state-of-the-art workforce training and services to businesses, industry, and government agencies. As an active member of the community, Workforce Services collaborates with regional employers on an ongoing basis to maintain a competitive workforce in today’s global economy. To support the goals of business and industry, the division provides customized job training offered at PVCC or the client’s site, as well as open enrollment courses for professional and personal development.

In 2016, the Governor approved the Workforce Credentials Grant (WCG) which provides funding for noncredit training in high-demand occupations that do not require a post-secondary degree. Students who enroll in an approved program pay 1/3 of the tuition upon enrollment. The state pays the second 1/3 of the tuition upon completion by the student, and the final third when the credential is earned. For students who meet income residency and income requirements, there is Financial Assistance for Noncredit Training that leads to Industry Credentials (FANTIC), which covers up to 90% of the student’s portion of the tuition. Programs offered by PVCC Workforce Services that have been approved for WGC funding include Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Clinical Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, 2-and 4-Stroke Engine Repair, Electrical Systems, Driveline/Hydraulics, Electrical, HVAC, Welding, Soldering, Project Management, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), and Remote Pilot Airman. Additional credentials are added as required by the business community.

Classes currently available through Workforce Services include: Microsoft Office applications, leadership and supervisory development, CompTIA certifications, customer service, workplace preparation skills, strategic planning, basic contractor licensing, construction trades, OSHA, CPR/AED, first aid, healthcare careers, nurse aide, culinary and hospitality, craft brewing and viticulture and enology. The college awards Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon completion of professional development courses. Learn more at www.pvcc.edu/workforce.