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PluggedIn VA Program

Get PluggedIn to your future in Hospitality!

Application 2017

Contact Information
Lisa Climer,
PluggedIn Coordinator
Thomas Jefferson Adult
and Career Education
(434) 245-2824

PluggedIn at PVCC

PluggedIn Graduation 2016

The PluggedIn Virginia Hospitality program honored 8 graduates in a ceremony and celebration at CitySpace on May 18, 2016. PluggedIn Hospitality- “PIVA”- students started on February 1 and met daily at PVCC’s Jefferson School location through mid-May. PIVA students earned 7 credits at PVCC, studying business and microsoft applications, completed a comprehensive program of work readiness and earned the Microsoft digital literacy certificate.

Students participated in informational sessions and interviews with The Boar’s Head Inn and Farmington Country Club, and took an industry certification course from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI). All 8 students passed the AHLEI examination and are now Certified Front Desk Representatives. Additionally, 4 students earned a second certification and are designated as Guest Service Professionals.

PIVA graduates are entering the Hospitality workforce in positions with our employer partners, The Boar’s Head Inn and Farmington Country Club, and other local properties, as well as planning for continued study at PVCC. Look out world!

TJACE would like to acknowledge the invaluable support of PVCC, the WIOA program, the International Rescue Committee, The Boar’s Head Inn and Farmington Country Club. Plans are underway for a second PIVA Hospitality program in 2017.

PluggedIn Hospitality is an education and training program for adults who want to start a career in the hotel and lodging industry.


  • Hotel industry training and certification
  • Relevant credit courses through PVCC
  • Digital literacy and computer application skills
  • Networking and training opportunities with local hotels
  • Career exploration and tools for workplace success
  • Intensive five-day schedule with supportive instructors
  • Virginia Career Readiness certification

PluggedIn Hospitality is a program of Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education, in partnership with PVCC, the City of Charlottesville, the Boar’s Head, and the Virginia Workforce Center.


The certifications and training make you a more qualified job applicant. PVCC courses allow you to explore college in a job relevant context. Past graduates have moved into better jobs, enrolled in degree programs, or both.
WHO CAN ATTEND? If you are 18 or older and have a high school diploma or a GED (or are near completion), you may be eligible for PluggedIn. WIOA participants are encouraged to apply.
WHY CHOOSE HOSPITALITY? Hotel and lodging is a growing industry in Charlottesville, with new hotels opening and established properties looking for qualified, career path employees.
WHAT MAKES PLUGGED IN UNIQUE? From January through May, students take all classes and training together, forming a cooperative learning community. PluggedIn students meet local employers, learn about job opportunities and actively prepare to enter the workforce.

WHEN ARE CLASSES HELD? Applicants must be able to commit to a five month program, January - May 2016. PluggedIn students will have classes five days a week from 9 AM to 2 PM at PVCC, Jefferson City Center in downtown Charlottesville.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?    PluggedIn students will receive free adult education courses and will be assisted in applying for financial aid and 
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds to cover up to 100% of PVCC courses. 
Get PluggedIn to your future!

NEXT STEPS:  Following general information sessions, candidates will go through an interview and assessment (testing) process. Then, prospective students will receive help with applications for financial aid and Workforce Investment Act services.  

Information for sharing:

Students Graduate from ALC's PluggedIn Program - May 2014 story on Channel 29

"PluggedInVA Gets Students Ready for Work" - March 2014 story in the Daily Progress

"PluggedInVA Starts" - story on Channel 29