PALMYRA — Piedmont Virginia Community College is looking to expand course offerings into Fluvanna.
The idea is PVCC will offer classes in Fluvanna utilizing classrooms. Fluvanna will not charge for use of the buildings while PVCC will not charge the district for the offerings.
PVCC will charge participants tuition for the courses. The college will handle all administration and hiring of personnel to accomplish the courses. FCPS faculty might be hired to teach the classes.
“There’s a lot of opportunity with this type of partnership,” said Gena Keller, superintendent.
The courses have not been selected but early suggestions are business technology classes (i.e. Microsoft Office), social media, career readiness and culinary, all for adults at Fluvanna County High School. Some courses would be non-credit.
The real interesting aspect is college courses at Central Elementary School for primary students. The courses could be building new smartphone apps, jewelry and video games. The courses could be after-school or as a summer academy.
“I’m very excited about this, not only for the children, but also for the adults,” said chairwoman Camilla Washington (Columbia District).
PVCC will give preference to Fluvanna participants and would do all advertising for the programs.
The partnership will be discussed with hopes of launching second semester next year.