Automotive technology instructor David Waynright, left, helps student Chuck Shifflett clean engine parts during an adult education class at the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center. Automotive technology classes, among other programs, would be free for qualified adults as part of a new state program, if offered through Piedmont Virginia Community College.
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Virginia’s new unregistered program to help qualified adults develop jobs in high-demand fields such as health care and manufacturing does not currently apply to Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center programs.
However, a partnership with Piedmont Virginia Community College could change that. If PVCC became the operator of CATEC’s adult programs that belong to the G3 state initiative, enrolled students could pay tuition, fees, and books.
“I think we can do something fantastic for the community,” PVCC President Frank Friedman told CATEC board members at a meeting this past week. “… This is an opportunity to really do something for people who want to get into these programs but can’t afford it.”
The CATEC board began discussing the possibility of partnering with Piedmont at the meeting and officials from both schools will examine whether it is feasible. The boards of both schools should sign any agreement. Classes will still be held at the CATEC facilities.
“Nothing will happen unless we are all satisfied with the partnership and the agreement,” Friedman said.
G3 means Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back. The program was created during the most recent session of the General Assembly to cover the cost of select programs related to demand industries: health care, information technology, manufacturing and skilled trades, early childhood education, and public safety. They qualify students enrolled in a community college in Virginia who have a family income less than or equal to 400% of the federal poverty level.