|Piedmont Virginia Community College
501 College Drive
Piedmont Virginia Community College is a comprehensive, public institution of higher education that awards associate degrees and certificates. PVCC offers accessible, affordable, high-quality educational programs that promote student success and community vitality. College transfer and workforce development are the core of the College's mission. The first two years of baccalaureate study prepare students for success at four-year colleges and universities. Workforce programs prepare students for successful careers and promote a skilled regional workforce by meeting the education and training needs of employers. The College offers 18 associate degrees and 15 certificates. As part of the Virginia Community College System, PVCC serves the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. Since the College opened in 1972, more than 108,000 students have taken classes, and the College has awarded more than 10,100 associate degrees and certificates.
PVCC has guaranteed admission agreements with all four-year public colleges and universities in Virginia and many of the private colleges. These agreements allow students to attend PVCC for two years and then complete their undergraduate education at a four-year school. There are considerable cost savings since PVCC tuition is about one-third the average cost of a four-year college. More than 500 PVCC students transfer per year to pursue their bachelor's degree, and those who do have save an average of $10,000 in tuition and fees. PVCC has close transfer ties with its neighbor, the University of Virginia. Since 1973, more than 2,400 PVCC students have transferred to the University where their academic success is comparable to that of native students.
The new Kluge-Moses Science Building has allowed PVCC to expand its health care offerings which now include nursing, practical nursing, emergency medical services, surgical technology, sonography, radiography, health information management and patient admission coordinator. PVCC continues to partner with local employers and business networks to provide training for employment in occupations that are in high demand in Central Virginia. PVCC and the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development (ATIC) have formed a partnership to provide education and training to the intelligence community. Classes include an Introduction to the Intelligence Community and a 10-week "boot camp" for prospective intelligence analysts. PVCC and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce have created the Chamber Business Academy @ PVCC to increase access to training classes and workshops for Chamber members and citizens throughout Central Virginia.
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