Grow Your Financial Skills at Home using LifeCents!  

HR= Hampton Roads, NOR = Norfolk, PTWN = Portsmouth, VB = Virginia Beach

For greatest income opportunity, growing knowledge and skills through education and work experience are crucial.

Higher levels of education are associated with greater income.  The amount of education and career training you have directly increases your ability to obtain higher income opportunities.

Locally, there are several partners positioned to help you complete the challenge of obtaining full-time employment with health benefits and advancement opportunities.

Even if you are currently employed, having a solid resume and skills that are in demand can help you accelerate career opportunities and grow your income.  This will also provide a “Plan B” should unexpected cuts affect your employment.

Educational Opportunity Center (HR):

Call 757-683-2312 or visit: 861 Glenrock Road, Suite 135, Norfolk, VA 23501

The Educational Opportunity Center assists you in identifying your job interests and skill levels as well as offers education and career planning.  Services are free to the public.  We can help you gain the skills needed for success in today’s workplace.

Goodwill Industries (HR): 

Call 757-215-1791 or visit: 313 High St., Portsmouth, VA 23704
Goodwill believes everyone should have the opportunity to live independently, earn wages and achieve their dreams. They are committed to helping you achieve your goals, whether it’s earning a credential or degree, planning for your next career, polishing your job search and interview skills, getting your finances in order or overcoming a challenge specific to your experience or background.

Norfolk Public Schools Adult Learning (NOR): 

Norfolk Workforce Development Center (NOR):

Visit: 201 E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk, VA 23505 

Norfolk Technical Center (NOR):

Adult Evening and Apprenticeship:  Call: 757-892-3000 The evening school classes and adult training programs provide adults with an opportunity to expand their knowledge in various areas to include health and pharmacy technician, clinical medical assisting, medical terminology, welding, computer technology and literacy, and the Microsoft Office Suite.   The classes are open to anyone who wishes to pursue additional fields of learning or for those who would like to try their hands at something new.   Adult students have the opportunity to sit for various state board exams in addition to receiving credentials for classes. 

Opportunity Inc. (HR):

Visit: 861 Glenrock Road, Suite 100, Norfolk, VA 23502 or call: 757-461-7537,

Opportunity Inc. One-Stop Workforce Center offers job search, job related training and professional certifications for individuals. Unemployed individuals should work with both Opportunity Inc. One-Stop Workforce Center and Virginia Employment Commission to improve their marketability for gaining employment. 

Portsmouth Public Schools Adult Education (PTWN):  

Call: (757) 393-8822

Dedicated to helping you build the skills you need to increase your quality of life and build income opportunity.  Whether you are interested in completing your GED, learning computer skills, creating a resume or learning how to make the most out of the web and electronic gadgets, PPS Adult Learning has a course for you. 

Tidewater Community College (HR): 

Call: (757) 822-1122 Email: or visit

"From here, go anywhere." And it is true. TCC provides open-access higher education and training to people of all ages and backgrounds, helping them to achieve both their individual goals and contribute as citizens and workers to the vitality of our region and an increasingly global community. TCC is Hampton Roads' largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services. 

Virginia Beach Public Library – Share Network Access Point (SNAP) (VB)

Call: (757) 385-4321 or email:
Library staff can get you help performing skills assessments, writing resumes, preparing you for job interviews, providing free computer training and connecting you to funding opportunities to attend school.

Virginia Beach Public Library – Career Coach (VB)

Call: 757-385-0150
Career Coaching is available at Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library by appointment.  This coaching provides personalized assistance to help you get noticed in the job market and expose yourself to jobs that may not be listed in ads. 

Virginia Beach Adult Learning Center (VB)

Call: (757) 648-6050
The Adult Learning Center equips adults with skills that are in demand by providing learning opportunities which enable you to compete in any economic environment.  Expand your career opportunities through certificate programs available at the Adult Learning Center.

The Adult Learning Center provides Adult Basic Education/GED® classes and community education classes to enhance our students’ quality of life.

Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) (HR)

Norfolk call: (757) 455-3960/3911 or Portsmouth call: (757) 558-4455

Location Norfolk: 5145 East Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, 23502  or  Location Portsmouth: 4824 George Washington Highway, Portsmouth, VA

Job search assistance is available to all (employed or unemployed) individuals, and recruiting and referral services are accessible to employers. The VEC Workforce Center hosts seminars and workshops to help job seekers with skills such as resume writing, interviewing, developing job search strategies and networking.  Services available to job seekers include job referral and placement, referral to training, and job search skill building activities.

The VEC’s Unemployment Insurance Service helps alleviate hardship for the unemployed by providing income support to those workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and promoting re-employment and economic stability.

Virginia Individual Development Account (VIDA)

Fast track your success with VIDA.  VIDA offers matched savings of $8 for every $1 saved toward education, home ownership and small business development.  Income limits apply and you must be actively employed and saving regularly.  Currently the program is waiting to receive confirmation of future funding and is not taking new participants.  Willard Pretlow of STOP Organization (757) 858-1371.

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