Training to Work

Average Time to Complete 3-6 months

About the Program

TAP | On-site – Training to Work is a program which assists work-release participants with gaining industry-recognized credentials and securing employment. Participants receive case management, mentoring, job-readiness training, academic remediation and GED preparation, career pathway training resulting in industry-recognized certification(s) and follow-up services.

Career Paths

  • Restaurant manager
  • Welder
  • Customer service manager


There are no costs to approved clientele for this program.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

TAP’s programs are designed to offer career and educational opportunities with low-income people and their families in mind. While programs can vary, the strategies and resources TAP programs collectively offer cover a wide range of needs:

  • Classes and workshops to prepare students for tests and certifications (incl. GED)
  • Coaches and advisors
  • Job placement partnerships with local employers

How to Apply

Potential clients must be 18 years of age or older and have a minimum of one adult criminal conviction and have been imprisoned under federal or state law but never been convicted of a sexual offense other than prostitution and be currently enrolled in a work release program with a release date scheduled within nine months of enrollment in the program.

Training to Work is located at 302 2nd Street in downtown Roanoke. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Heather Leftwich at (540) 283-4480 or Kathie King at (540) 283-4486.

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