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Retail Job Training Program Launched in Charlottesville Area

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Charlottesville City Schools Press Release

PluggedInVA is a new education and workforce training program for adults ready to begin a career in retail customer service. A partnership with the City of Charlottesville, Piedmont Virginia Community College, and area businesses, the Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education program PluggedIn combines workforce training, community college coursework, and industry credentialing in a six-month program for highly motivated adults.

The program is currently seeking applicants to form its first cohort of students, who will begin the program in December. Two information meetings will be held on October 22, first at 10am at the Westhaven Community Center at 801 Hardy Drive, and then at 3:30pm at Jefferson City Center at 233 Fourth Street, NW; a third session will be held October 23 at 6pm at the Adult Learning Center at 935A Second Street SE.

Applicants must have their GED or high school diploma and be eligible to apply for financial aid; for qualifying students, the program will be free of charge. Accepted students will commit to a full-time schedule from December through June 2014.

The cohort will meet daily with adult education teachers for job training and classes at PVCC. Students who complete the program will earn the National Retail Federation's Professional Certification in Customer Service as well as 9 college credits.

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