Olivia Dillon

Director of Programs

Phone (434) 977-6981 Ext. 272


Additional Education Staff:

Ms. Thomas, SPED Teacher

Wissinger, Teacher


Career Readiness Certificate Program (CRC)

The Career Readiness Certificate is a nationally recognized work readiness certificate. It is comprised of three tests- Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy. Students may enroll in CRC after they have completed a GED or HSD. CRC certificates are awarded based on test scores. There are four levels of certificates- Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Certificates are awarded after the student has successfully completed all three tests. CRC classes are not mandatory.

ACRJ inmates that have achieved Platinum Level Certificates have achieved a great accomplishment. Platinum Certificate earners have missed no more than two questions on each of the three tests- Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program

ABE classes are organized into low, medium, and high levels. Low level ABE students score between 0.0 and 2.9 Grade Equivalent (GE) on Total Battery of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).  Medium level ABE students score between 3.0 and 5.9 GE. High level ABE students score between 6.0-8.9 GE. 

General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Program 

GED is available for students who do not have a high school diploma or GED, and who have attained a 9.0 GE on an A Level TABE test in Reading, Writing, Total Math, and Total Battery. The GED consists of four tests- Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. After a student has qualified for the GED class, they will be administered the GED Ready test in order to determine their likelihood of passing the GED. GED Ready has the same sections as GED, but with a reduced number of questions. Students earn a GED after passing all four sections on the GED.  

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

The ESL program serves non-native English language learners. Students learn English, as well as math, social studies, reading, and language.  

Special Education (SPED) Program

These classes serve students age 22 and under who have been identified as eligible for special education services prior to incarceration. These classes teach reading, writing, math, and life skills.  

Community Partnerships

ACRJ also serves as an institution for practical learning. Students from UVA and Piedmont Virginia Community College receive practical experience working directly with our inmates as tutors and mentors while also teaching inmates information such reading, writing and mathematical skills.  The students that take part in these opportunities can develop competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and motivation) needed for a career in Corrections through daily interaction with staff and offenders. We also work with the Madison House, librarians our local school systems in Albemarle and Charlottesville among others.