About PAVE

The only one of its kind in the state of Virginia, the Program for Adults in Vocational Education (PAVE) is a two-year vocational training program which:

Serves students with intellectual, physical and learning disabilities and mental health disorders.

  • PAVE accommodates the unique learning needs of students with differing ability levels and upholds the learning environment principles of the entire community college.

Provides students with tools to become independent support professionals in their field

  • Industry certifications are offered within our Food Service (ServSafe®), Health Care (First Aid/CPR) and Child Care (First Aid/CPR) programs.
  • All PAVE programs are designed to allow students to work independently within their field through an unpaid, coordinated internship after completing professional and social skills training in the classroom.

Enriches academic abilities through tailored curriculum and comprehensive support.

  • Small class sizes and focused curriculum promotes academic success for students with specialized learning needs.
  • Dedicated faculty, staff, and tutors work to help students achieve their professional goals.
  • PAVE works in coordination with other community resource agencies to ensure student success.

Fosters a unique community college experience and employment opportunities.

  • Students are encouraged to engage in the full college experience through participation in the PAVE club and other student life organizations and activities throughout 91做厙.
  • A dedicated internship specialist will place students throughout the community and coach them through the internship in order to increase student chances of employment after graduation.

PAVE Program Options

Career Studies Certificates (CSC) are available in:

Clerical Assistant

The Clerical Assistant Career Studies Certificate program teaches students basic skills in keyboarding, filing, office machines and equipment, telephone etiquette, mail processing and general office procedures. Students may seek employment in small businesses, schools, and offices as office clerks, receptionists, clerical assistants, or data entry operators.

Food Service Assistant

The Food Service Assistant Career Studies Certificate program is designed to provide basic vocational, academic, and social skill development for students seeking a career in food preparation and food service. This program is designed to train students to assist in food preparation and service, including banquet and ala carte; shipping and receiving; and purchasing and storage. Students may also seek employment in the following: kitchens or cafeterias in nursing homes, hospitals, and schools; restaurants; and as caterer's assistants. Servsafe certification is available.

Apply to PAVE

High school graduates with a verifiable standard or modified standard diploma are eligible for PAVE admission. Students who receive an Applied Studies, Special Diploma or Certificate of Completion from their high school are required to pass an ATB test to be eligible for admission and federal financial aid. Students who pass this test may be admitted to 91做厙 as either non-curricular or curricular students, provided they also have satisfied other admission requirements. For more detailed information, contact the Office of Admissions at (804) 523-5029 or any campus Advising Services office. See Advising for more information.

The Virginia Placement Test measures students' reading, writing, and numerical skills. All students admitted to the college under a curricular program must take a placement test in these areas.

Download and complete the PAVE application