CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - People in central Virginia are discussing ways they can put an end to poverty in Charlottesville.

Leaders at Piedmont Virginia Community College gave a demonstration of the school's Network2Work app at Common House Wednesday, April 10. The app connects job-seekers to employers.

PVCC created the program to move families to income independence and break the cycle of multi-generational poverty.

Megan Healy, an adviser to Governor Ralph Northam, came to Wednesday’s talk to see how the app could be applied statewide.

"The way that all of the partners have come together - the nonprofits, the state agencies, the community college - and how they work together to solve poverty issues is something we'd love to replicate," Healy said.

"One out of every five families can't afford to live here, and we think that a majority of them can earn their way out if they can find a pathway," said Ridge Schuyler, Dean of Community Self Sufficiency Programs.

The talk was part of the Tom Tom Summit & Festival.

Piedmont Virginia Community College is working to expand the Network2Work program to serve 500 families in the next year.