Piedmont Virginia Community College

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Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is a two-year higher education facility located near Monticello in Albemarle County. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in the Virginia Community College System and opened its doors in 1972. Upon receiving an associates degree, many of its students transfer to other colleges and universities throughout the Commonwealth.

PVCC's workforce development programs prepare students for a specific job, career change or skills upgrade. PVCC offers customized employee training programs and courses for businesses, industries, organizations and government in Central Virginia.

Locations

PVCC's main campus is located at 501 College Drive in Albemarle County. Structures include the Main Building, the V. Earl Dickinson Building for Humanities and Social Sciences, the Kluge-Moses Science Building and the Stultz Center for Business and Career Development.

In 2010, PVCC opened the Stultz Center for Business and Career Development, a facility designed to provide classroom space, specifically for workforce development. [1]

PVCC opened a center in Stanardsville in Greene County in August 2012. The PVCC Eugene Giuseppe Center occupies the second floor of the Green County Library building and holds classrooms, labs, a community meeting room and other facilities. The College began offering classes there in fall 2012. [citation needed]

PVCC also opened a center in downtown Charlottesville in January 2013. PVCC is housed on the ground floor in the historic Jefferson School City Center. The College offers day and evening classes at this facility and is developing a new associate degree program in culinary arts to offer there, starting in fall 2013 and pending approval.

Future development?

In November 2019, the Board voted to ask the state to sell about 17 acres of land off of Avon Street Extended. [2]

Student Body

PVCC consists of a total of 5,684 undergraduates, 79% of which are part time students. [citation needed]

A PVCC student has been named the top community college student in Virginia in 2013, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2004 and 2001. [citation needed]

Growth

Since the College opened in 1972, more than 200,000 students have taken credit and noncredit classes, and PVCC has awarded more than 10,700 associate degrees and certificates.

The school has 39 academic programs and almost 900 credit classes, with more than 230 classes (both credit and non-credit) offered online. The first online class from PVCC was offered in 2000. http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/article_233bc68f-2160-599b-b4c6-227cdd76b153.html

Workforce development

PVCC's Workforce Services Division educates over 3,000 students a year, and places half that number in positions at over 50 employers in the region[3]. PVCC has partnered with Dayton, Ohio-based Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development to launch a 10-week program to train would-be intelligence analysts. The school is making a concerted effort to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics. [4]

In March 2016, it was announced that the Charlottesville Works Initiative would move to PVCC and Ridge Schuyler was named as dean of self-sufficiency.

PVCC also offers an advanced manufacturing career certificate. [5]

Awards and honors

  • In 2019, the group Military Friendly Schools listed PVCC as the number one small community college for veterans. [6]

University of Virginia Partnership

On March 5, 2021, University of Virginia President Jim Ryan announced a $10 million endowment intended to strengthen partnerships with PVCC. The funding would help pay for scholarships for PVCC graduates who seek to transfer to UVA. $5 million came from an anonymous gift and the rest was matched by UVA. The idea is to pay for 25 students a year. [7]


Board of Directors[8]

Educational Foundation

Donations to PVCC are received by the Piedmont Virginia Community College Educational Foundation. [9]

Presidents

  • Frank Friedman, appointed November 3, 1998 (retiring at end of 2021/2022 academic year [10]

Department Heads


References

  1. Web. PVCC opens career center, Brian McNeill, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, retrieved August 28, 2021.
  2. Web. PVCC to ask state to sell land along Avon Street Extended, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 7, 2019, retrieved November 7, 2019. Print. November 7, 2019 page A1.
  3. "Workforce Center Open for Business at Community College | Charlottesville Daily Progress." Charlottesville News, Sports, Business, Events and Jobs | Charlottesville Daily Progress. 28 Apr. 2010. Web. 29 Apr. 2010. <http://www2.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/article/workforce_center_open_for_business_at_community_college/55513/>.
  4. Web. PVCC wants more women, minorities in science and math programs, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, retrieved December 5, 2011.
  5. Web. PVCC invests in advanced manufacturing, but Central Virginia is still looking for jobs, Derek Quizon, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, April 2, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  6. Web. PVCC named top small community college for veterans in U.S., Staff report, News Article, CBS19 News, January 30, 2019, retrieved February 8, 2019.
  7. Web. Nearly $10 Million Committed To Establish New Uva-Pvcc Partnership, William Cocke, News Article, University of Virginia, March 5, 2021, retrieved March 27, 2021.
  8. Web. About PVCC, Piedmont Virginia Community College, September 14, 2010, retrieved August 23, 2013.
  9. Web. August 19, 2021: Charlottesville Council agrees to pursue collective bargaining for city employees; Albemarle gets $530K for two electric school buses, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Community Engagement, Town Crier Productions, August 19, 2021, retrieved August 28, 2021.
  10. Web. August 19, 2021: Charlottesville Council agrees to pursue collective bargaining for city employees; Albemarle gets $530K for two electric school buses, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Community Engagement, Town Crier Productions, August 19, 2021, retrieved August 28, 2021.
  11. Web. Presidents, Piedmont Virginia Community College, retrieved September 23, 2016.

External links

PVCC Website