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PVCC 2023-2024 College Catalog 
PVCC 2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Workforce Services

The Division of Workforce Services carries out the college’s commitment to lifelong learning for the residents of the region. These opportunities include programs and classes that are available to area business and industry, government agencies, and community residents.

The division provides a broad range of quality, cost-effective training and career development programs to meet the ever-changing needs of the workforce in the Charlottesville region. For information call 434.961.5354, or e-mail us at workforce@pvcc.edu.


In 2016, the Virginia General Assembly approved funding for training that leads to an industry-recognized credential in high-demand occupations. Under FastForward, the student pays 1/3 of the tuition at the time of registration. The Commonwealth of Virginia pays 1/3 when the student completes the class and receives a passing grade. The final 1/3 of the tuition is paid by the Commonwealth of Virginia when the student earns the credential and submits documentation to PVCC. Tuition includes instruction, textbooks, materials and equipment, and may include the credential exam cost and/or any pre-admission fees.

To be eligible for FastFoward, you must have been a resident of Virginia for the past twelve (12) months.

NOTE: As a condition of receiving the grant, all students are required to sign the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program (WCG) Release Form. This form specifies that if a student does not successfully complete the course, he or she is responsible for paying an additional 1/3 of the total course cost to PVCC.

Sample Release: I am enrolling in this class as part of the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program (WCG). As a condition of receiving the grant, I agree to the following terms and conditions as specified on this site: http://bit.ly/2g1B5N3.

As of publication, PVCC is approved for training for the following credentials:


CompTIA A+
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Security+

Health Care

Certified Nurse Aide
Certified Clinical Medical Aide
EKG Technician
Medication Aide
Pharmacy Technician
Phlebotomy Technician

Industry & Skilled Trades

2-Stroke Engine Repair Certification
4-Stroke Engine Repair Certification
Electrical Systems Certification
Driveline/Hydraulics Certification
NCCER Core Craft
NCCER Electrician Apprentice Levels 1-4
NCCER HVAC Apprentice Levels 1-4
EPA Section 608 Technician Certification (HVAC)
ESCO System Diagnostics & Troubleshooting (Air Conditioning)
Solar Technician Associate
Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician

Project Management

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
Project Management Professional (PMP)


Commercial Driver’s License
Remote Pilot Airman (Part 107)

Welding & Soldering

Certified Welder
Soldering Certification
Welding (GMAW)
Pipe Welding (SMAW)

More information about Fast Forward is available by calling 434.961.5354, or e-mail workforce@pvcc.edu.

Customized Job Training

Workforce Services offers customized job training programs for the region’s employers. Beginning with a needs analysis, our experts review the employer’s needs and develop a program to address those needs. PVCC’s workforce programs are flexible to meet business schedules and goals. More information and a free needs analysis are available by calling 434.961.5330, or e-mail workforce@pvcc.edu.


Workforce Services works with regional employers to offer the classroom training for apprenticeships. For information, call 434.961.5354, or e-mail us at workforce@pvcc.edu.

Open Enrollment Classes

Workforce Services offers a variety of classes for businesses as well as residents. Topics range from customer service training to computer training to personal enrichment topics. The division also offers certificate programs in CPR/AED, healthcare careers, contractor licensing, OSHA, craft brewing and viticulture and enology. For more information, call 434.961.5354, or e-mail workforce@pvcc.edu.


With the expansion of the craft brewing industry in Central Virginia, PVCC Workforce Services introduced a series of courses for start-up breweries. In 2018, Workforce Services was approved to offer the General Certificate in Brewing awarded by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. For information call 434.961.5354, or e-mail workforce@pvcc.edu.

Viticulture and Enology

The viticulture and enology program at PVCC has received international recognition. The viticulture certificate program includes a series of courses on growing grapes and managing the vineyard. The enology certificate program includes courses on wine making, wine tasting and marketing strategies. In 2011, PVCC partnered with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation to plant a training vineyard on Montalto, overlooking Monticello. For information call 434.961.5354, or e-mail workforce@pvcc.edu.

Online Noncredit Classes

Workforce Services delivers online courses that are flexible and innovative to students who are unable to travel to the campus, who want to take a class at their office computer, or who have changing work schedules. These affordable classes include workplace training, certificate programs, and personal enrichment topics. Classes start each month. For information call 434.961.5354, or e-mail us at workforce@pvcc.edu.

Assessments: WorkKeys®, KeyTrain® and Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)

WorkKeys is a national workplace skills analysis system that helps employers hire, train, and retain a skilled workforce.

PVCC’s WorkKeys staff will consult with a business to determine needs and provide any of the following services: job profiling (job analysis) to determine the skill requirements of jobs; skill assessment to determine the current skills of individuals; customized training to address any skills gaps identified; and reporting services to provide data and documentation about workplace skills at the business.

KeyTrain is computer-based training to prepare students for the Career Readiness Certification. It offers targeted, self-paced instruction, pre- and post-assessments, a complete learning management system and an occupational job profiles database. These components can be used to help individuals learn, practice and demonstrate the skills they need to succeed in the jobs and careers they desire.

Virginia’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is an assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills. PVCC offers courses to prepare individuals for the assessments, as well as offering the assessments themselves. For information call 434.961.5354, or e-mail workforce@pvcc.edu.


KidsCollege@PVCC offers project-based learning to youth in grades 1-12, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. KidsCollege is offered at the main campus at PVCC, and at selected sites in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, and Nelson Counties. In addition to the over 100 academies offering in the summer, KidsCollege also organizes the 7th Grade Career Days and the 10th Grade Career Fair in partnership with the University of Virginia.

The mission of KidsCollege@PVCC is to promote personal and academic success by aligning academic achievement through career exploration. Students in K-12 education throughout PVCC’s service region. The goal of the program is to involve business and industry in K-12 education to build a community of responsible and productive citizens for the 21st century.

KidsCollege@PVCC annually engages hundreds of area business professionals in career education programs for the K-12 students in PVCC’s service region. For more information visit www.pvcc.edu/KidsCollege or contact program staff at KidsCollege@pvcc.edu or 434.961.5354.