Mar 12, 2019
Charles Ridgeway “Ridge” Schuyler III

Charles Ridgeway “Ridge” Schuyler III, community leader and founding director of the Charlottesville Works Initiative, recently joined Piedmont Virginia Community College as the dean of community self-sufficiency programs.

A new position at PVCC, the dean of self-sufficiency programs is responsible for creating new programs focused on self-sufficiency for low-skilled and low-income individuals in the college’s service region and serving as the program coordinator of PVCC’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) Program, a federal job training program offered through the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service.

With more than 25 years of experience in economic development and government relations, Schuyler is well-known throughout the Charlottesville region for his work in matching low-income individuals with job opportunities. In 2013, Schuyler, along with Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce President Timothy Hulbert, founded the Charlottesville Works Initiative, which helps low-income families secure jobs by creating and identifying jobs within their reach and providing support and access to services that will help individuals excel in these positions.

Schuyler also founded and directed The Orange Dot Project, an innovative study that exposed the importance of creating sustainable sources of jobs for low-income residents after research revealed that 29 percent of Charlottesville families did not earn enough income to be self-sufficient.