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Job Skills Training Program

Providing job skills for those with barriers to employment

The Job Skills Training Program (JSTP) is a comprehensive approach to job skills training and placement for those wanting to enhance their employability, change careers, unemployed or underemployed.

JSTP works with social services, community agencies, the business community and industry sectors to provide hands-on support, resources and job internships.

EARN MULTIPLE CREDENTIALS, continuing education units, and COLLEGE CREDIT

All successful JSTP participants will have the opportunity to earn multiple nationally recognized (occupational specific) credentials as well as a state and national Career Readiness Certificate, a portable credential that signifies workplace readiness skills.

JSTP currently offers three pathways to earn credentials:

  • 10-12 Week Programs of Study
    • Students earn credentials
    • Students are placed in employment
    • No cost for student, 3rd party funding available
    • Age requirement 18+
  • 1-Day Certification Programs
    • Students earn credentials
    • Cost varies depending on program
    • No age requirement
  • Customized Programs designed for city jails and juvenile detention centers
    • Students earn credentials
    • No cost for student, 3rd party funding available
    • No age requirement


JSTP’s 8-12 week programs of study include:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Commercial Driver License (CDL Class B)
  • Culinary Arts
  • Trade (basic construction, carpentry, coatings, pipefitting, plumbing welding)
  • Customer Service

These 8-12 week programs are offered at no cost for the student. Tuition is paid by third-party entities based on qualifications.

CNA and CDL programs require a clean background check. 

Each program of study is 8-12 weeks, Monday thru Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (times are subject to change). All programs include occupational specific skill classes, workplace essential/soft skill classes, counseling, unpaid internship, job placement assistance, and employment follow-up.

JSTP’s method of instruction follows the hybrid model wherein select days of the week classes will meet virtually and select days of the week classes will meet (depending on the program of study) on TCC’s Norfolk campus, the Skilled Trades Academy in Portsmouth or at a designated employer work-site.

All programs provide continuing education units and college credit that can be used toward an associate degree in the corresponding field of study.

Use the following link to begin the enrollment process to enroll in one of these 8-12 week programs:

JSTP Enrollment/Assessment (click here) For assistance, call 757-822-1333 or email

1-DAY certIFICATION programs

JSTP currently offers 1-day certification programs in the following areas:

  • Virginia Beach Restaurant Association – Food Handler Certificate (ServSafe)
  • Virginia Beach Restaurant Association – Certified Professional Food Manager Certificate (CPFM)
  • National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)

Call 757-822-1333 or email for enrollment information about these 1-day certification programs.

Customized certIFICATION programs

JSTP currently offers the following customized training for individuals who are incarcerated:

  • Carpentry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Hospitality
  • Fatherhood
  • Work-Life Balance

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