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Program for Adults in Vocational Education

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, emotional, and learning disabilities.

  • 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 Reynolds.
  • 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 are available in:

Child Care Assistant 

The Child Care Assistant Career Studies Certificate program is designed to provide basic vocational, academic, and social skills development for students seeking a career related to the care of young children. Students may seek employment as child care aides or assistants in day care centers, nursery schools, and Head Start programs, or as instructional aides in the public schools.

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. 

Health Care Assistant

The Health Care Assistant Career Studies Certificate program prepares students for work in home health and/or personal care. Specific studies deal with nursing terminology and documentation, first aid, nutrition and diet therapy, and clinical practice. Students may seek employment as companions, personal assistants, or nursing assistants in home care, nursing homes, or assisted living centers; as instructional aides in the public school setting; or as activities assistants in nursing homes or assisted living centers.

Courses are offered Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

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 Reynolds 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.

Virginia Placement Test for English and Math (VPT)

The VPT is designed to assess new students in the academic areas of English and math. This assessment determines which developmental courses, if any, students must take in order to prepare for credit-level courses. It is very important that you take this test seriously as the placement test determines the English and Math courses that you will take at Reynolds. Students may take the test only once in a four month period.

All applications for admissions to Reynolds must be submitted and processed and a Reynolds student number assigned prior to taking placement tests.

The test is not timed. The entire test – Math and English – could take approximately two to five hours to complete.


  • Because of the time required for best performance, we strongly recommend that students not attempt to take the Math and English portions on the same day.
  • VPT scores are valid for two calendar years.
  • Students can re-take the VPT once within a year of the first attempt but must wait 4 months before testing again. 
  • Once a student enrolls in a developmental course, no retests shall be allowed. 
  • Students should review math, reading, and writing skills before taking the placement test.  Utilize the VPT-English Study Guide and the VPT-Math Study Guide.  


Students may receive any of the following accommodations during testing:  


  • Extended time
  • Calculators 
  • Computer adaptation

Read the Ability to benefit Polices & Procedures

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Contact us for more information

Phone: (804)523-5572
Fax: (804) 786-4955

General Information

Reynolds Community College

PAVE-DTC Room 444

P.O. Box 85622

Richmond, VA 23285-5622

Greta Tucker 
PAVE Program Coordinator 

Georgette Harris 
PAVE Internship Specialist 

Cheyenne Brumfield 
PAVE Office Support Specialist 

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.