The one tool proven to alleviate poverty is education.
We offer a variety of free classes, described below, to help people develop practical skills for living, including how to get and keep a job, use a computer, eat smarter, and keep a healthy home environment.
These classes are made possible by partnerships with the City of Lynchburg, Adult Career Education, Virginia Career Works, First National Bank, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Unless otherwise noted, all classes meet at LSI, located on the lower level of the Plaza, next to Food for Thought. Certain information may be subject to change. Everyone is welcome!
To learn more about any class:
or call 434-845-8468,ext. 800.
To complete an interest form, please click below.
"Education and quality of life are directly related. Lacking a good education means lacking, among other things, access to the very doorway that leads to a wholesome lifestyle." -John Perkins
Three levels of computer classes are available. depending on current skill, knowledge and experience. Classes meet Mondays at 9am, 10:30am or noon.
All classes conform with health guidelines, with a maximum of six students per class.
Home Essentials is a series of eight classes that focus on the importance of home care, laundry procedures, cooking techniques, first aid in the home, handling money, and the world of work. Guest speakers are featured along with hands-on training. Childcare and transportation are available.
This is a foundational course in a series of basic skills classes. Registration is now open.
We gratefully acknowledge funding for this
course is made possible by the City of Lynchburg.
Getting Ahead is an eight week class that meets twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday. Participants learn how to manage their resources, become financially stable, and break away from a pattern of poverty. Classes are on Zoom, so internet access by phone or PC is required. All of the course materials,are provided and compensation is available. Meets at Park View main building, Room 203. MUST COMPLETE AN APPLICATION.
Funded by and presented in partnership with the City of Lynchburg.
Go Beyond Education Program
Funded by and presented in partnership with First National Bank
The Go Beyond Education Program is comprised of six available courses: Computer Skills, Interviewing Skills, Personal Finance, Time Management, Reading/Critical Thinking Skills, and Basic Math Skills. Learning comes from provided materials and the discussions that happen in the group. Students will become the problem solver in their own life.
Family Nutrition Program
The goal of the Family Nutrition Program is to help individuals discover how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health. The four weekly sessions cover basic nutrition, physical activity, and thrifty food shopping.
Presented in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension
This course teaches those "soft" skills everyone needs to become employable and to excel in, no matter what the job... qualities like having a good work ethic, integrity, professional behavior, and being a team player. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10:30am-1:30pm for six weeks and may be applied toward CVCC credit. Transportation and child care are available.
Presented in partnership with Virginia Career Works
Basic Sewing & Open Sewing Lab
Basic Sewing - Learn the basics of machine sewing and hand sewing. Maximum six participants in this class.
Open Sewing Lab - Available by request, every Thursday from 9am - 12 noon. Come use Park View sewing machines and practice sewing skills with a skilled seamstress on hand to help. Open to everyone. Bring your own machine if you have one!