Community Education

  • Community Education Center Location

    1228 South West Street
    Petersburg, VA 23804
    (804) 732-8449

    In an effort to meet the expanding and ever-changing needs of the Tri-Cities community, The Salvation Army began operating a Community Education Center (CEC) in Petersburg.

    The CEC is located at The Salvation Army’s Tri-Cities Service Center in Petersburg, as well as a satellite unit at The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Transitional Shelter, also in Petersburg.

    This program aims to provide individuals with the necessary skills to succeed and enrich their lives with the goal of gaining independence and self-sufficiency.

    The CEC provides free computer training and life-education classes such as; GED preparation, budgeting skills, reading comprehension and improvement, Microsoft Office, keyboarding as well as basic computer and internet skills.

    The students enrolled at the CEC range in age from 19 to 78, and classes are offered both during the day and evenings Monday-Friday.

    For more information, please contact Kenneth Samuel at (804) 732-8449 x204.


    Reading Literacy – Mon & Thurs 1pm-3pm
    Focus on improving your reading skills

    Basic Computer** – Tuesday 9:30am-12pm
    Learn the skills you need to be able to use and enjoy computers in today’s world

    Keyboarding – Tues & Thurs 1pm-3pm

    Job Search – Wednesday 1pm-3pm

    Resume Writing – Tues & Thurs 1pm-3pm
    Prepare yourself for the interview to land the job of your dreams

    GED Preparation – Mon, Tues & Thurs 6pm-8pm

    Morning GED – Mon & Thurs 10am-12pm

    Financial Wellness – Tues 6pm-8pm

    Free Money Coupons – Thurs 6pm-8pm

    MS Excel** – Thurs 6pm-8pm
    Learn how to use this spreadsheet application

    MS Word – Monday 6pm-8pm
    Learn your way around this word processing program

    Powerpoint** – Friday 9am-12pm
    Use your creative side to develop slide shows using PowerPoint

    **Fee is $50 for five week course