Adult Continuing Education

Adult Programs offers opportunities for Chesterfield County residents to continue to learn and grow. We offer Work Force Training and Certifications, Enrichment Classes and the Super Senior Passport. We also work with adults who are interested in completing their GED. Adult students who want to improve their English Language Skills can also take classes with us.

Workforce Information

Contact: 804-768-6140
Dawn Wells:

Ged Information

There are two ways to work toward a GED.

  • In-person, teacher-led classes are held in the fall and spring semesters.

  • A self-paced online program can be started at any time

In-person class registration opens in August and January. Please note that students younger than 18 years old who are interested in the GED program should contact Carver College and Career Academy at 804-768-6156. Click here to view the Adult Continuing Education Program course catalog and to register. Use the contact information below to begin the online program.

Classes available for GED Preparation

Critical thinking

Prepare for the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies Exams. Explore themes in history and science and discuss their application to current events. Learn to evaluate arguments, practice the rules of written English and learn how to write in a formal, organized style.


Prepare for the GED Math Exam. Solve everyday problems using numbers, graphs and charts, basic operations, central tendency, decimals, fractions, percents and ratios. Use measurement, probability, equations, expressions, algebra, geometry, functions and patterns to represent data and relationships.

Visit the official testing site for more information about the GED program.

More information 
Hilary Parr

Practical Nursing Program

Practical nursing is a 24-month program designed to prepare students to enter the health field as a beginning practitioner of practical nursing. Standards of performance for progression and graduation are based on national standards for entry-level competency. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. The program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing but is not accredited by a nursing education accrediting body such as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school or GED diploma and be licensed as a certified medical assistant, certified nurse aide or personal care aide.

  • Applicants must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills, a standardized test designed to assess preparedness for entering health science fields. Study materials are available at


  • Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2024, for practical nursing classes that will begin Aug. 5. For the application packet and a handbook, click the “apply now” button on this webpage. Please read the handbook before applying.

  • Applicants for this cohort must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills at 6 p.m. June 13. 

  • Applicants will find out in July if they have been accepted to Practical Nursing 1.


The practical nursing program is broken into two parts: Practical Nursing 1 and Practical Nursing 2. Practical Nursing 1 costs $4,000, which is due before the course begins. Payment plans may be available, and Virginia Career Works grants to help with tuition may be available. Students who successfully complete Practical Nursing 1 qualify to take Practical Nursing 2, which costs a total of $4,000 (due before the start of Practical Nursing 2).

Class details

Classes are held 6-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays in Room 106 at CTC@Courthouse (10101 Courthouse Road; enter at door 3). Practical Nursing 1 also requires 40 hours of clinicals, which may occur on weekdays or weekends. Practical Nursing 2 requires 372 hours of clinicals, which may occur on weekdays or weekends.


ESL Information

Come join our learning community! In our English classes, students will improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities.  Students will learn about American culture, workforce and educational systems while improving their computer literacy skills. Levels include: Early literacy through high advanced. There are three methods of instruction offered: in-personvirtual classes (100% on the computer, teacher led) and distance learning only (100% on the computer, self-paced).  Students receive a textbook and opportunities to access online learning and educational enrichment. 

Contact – 804-768-6140

Joyce Clements – 

Melinda Dart –

Call or email us and speak with one of our staff members. 804-768-6140

Pearson Vue testing Center

  • Test appointments are available for the Pearson Vue testing Center.

  • Location:  Chesterfield Technical Center, 10101 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832

  • Day: Every Wednesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Night: Every Monday and Wednesday 5 – 9 p.m.

Adult Continuing Education Staff

Specialist Workforce: Dawn Wells, 804-768-6140, ext. 1920 

Specialist English Language Support: Joyce Clement, 804-768-6140, ext. 1914

Specialist English Language Support: Melinda Dart, 804-768-6140, ext. 1923

Specialist GED: Hilary Parr, 804-768-6140, ext. 1917

Fiscal Technician:  Lisa Moore, 804-768-6140, ext. 1918

Secretary: Maria Jara, 804-768-6140, ext. 1921