SCALE UP Program

SCALE UP (which stands for Successful Credentialing Assistance Leading to Employment to Upend Poverty) is a new, grant-funded program to help Danville and Pittsylvania County residents train for employment in high-demand fields. It is a partnership between Danville Community College, the Danville City division of the Department of Social Services, and the Virginia Employment Commission.

The program serves adults who are unemployed or underemployed. Participants may begin the free program with a six-week job preparation course, or immediately enroll in a career studies certificate program at DCC. The program is open to currently enrolled DCC students.

Services Offered

The SCALE UP team will work with participants to explore career options, assess their level of job and educational readiness, and match them with a short-term career studies program that meets their interests and goals.
  Services include:
  • Job preparedness training and job search assistance, résumé preparation
  • Academic support services
  • Financial assistance for tuition and textbooks, and access to additional resources if eligible
  • Interpersonal skills preparation 
  • Guidance in addressing barriers to finding and keeping a job
  • The opportunity to earn valuable industry credentials that increase employability

Career Training

Students may build their skills by taking a 4-month (1 semester) or 10-month (2 semesters) Career Studies Certificate at DCC. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Welding
  • Networking/IT
  • Website Design
  • Nurse Aide
  • Automotive Repair
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Office Administration
  • Dimensional Inspection (Quality Control)
  • Manufacturing Technician

      *Availability of programs may vary.


Participants must reside in Danville or Pittsylvania County and have income within 200% of federal poverty guidelines.


Paul Farrar

Paul Farrar

Program Manager/Director TARE, CAPE, SCALE-UP Programs