Thomas Jefferson Adult Career Education

TJACE Winter Schedule 2020

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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.

How do I get started? 

Sign up for an Assessment Session to Register for Classes

TJACE Front DeskTJACE @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. 



Winter 2020 Assessment Dates and Times

Drop-in assessments are available throughout the Winter session, which runs from Monday,  January 6 to Thursday, April 2, 2020. No appointment is required for drop-in assessments. 

  • Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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 Winter 2020 Session and you will receive a discount for the next class session, which starts on Monday, April 13th, 2020. 

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: Tuition refunds are available if requested prior to the end of the first week of class. Refunds ar sin the form of an electronic voucher, which may be applied to your next class enrollment at TJACE@PVCC.

Career Focused Training

skilled trades workerIf you like to cook and are thinking of a career in the culinary profession or if you are interested in the skilled trades, we are offering classes 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. And the  skilled trades is a good introduction to the construction and manufacturing industries.

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.

24th Annual Voices of Adult LearnersVoice 2020 front cover

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Dickenson Building, PVCC Campus

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 the Books

Read the 20th Anniversary Edition

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 17th Annual Festival of Cultures, May 9th, 2020 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