Pittsylvania Co., VA - High school students in Pittsylvania County are getting a jumpstart on college. Pittsylvania County schools have partnered with Danville Community College to allow students to work towards a Precision Machining Technology degree.Tuesday they held a ribbon cutting for the high school level program.
The DCC program has had a lot of success getting students jobs in the area, but now they will bring students in at a younger age getting them job ready even sooner.
With the cutting of a ribbon and a lot of applause, the Precision Machining Technology program officially expanded.
"We think that is a phenomenal circumstance for students to be able to take advantage of," said Superintendent James McDaniel.
Pittsylvania County schools now partner with Danville Community College to offer high school juniors and seniors a head start in their Advanced Manufacturing programs.
"You need a pathway, you need a feeder system. And of course we think the school system is uniquely qualified to provide that feeder system," said McDaniel.
Some 21 students, including Tunstall High School junior Joshua Yeatts, were the first in the program when it started in August.
"Now I'm in it, I know it's definitely what I want to do," said Yeatts.
Students can earn up to 48 credits, saving them a year of DCC classes and potentially $6,000.
"So convenient. I can just get straight to work and start planning for the future," said Yeatts.
DCC boasts a 95% job placement rate for students in their Machining program. They continue to expand and hope this will keep even more local students in the area.
"I think the students want to stay in our county and want to be able to provide and to get our economy back on track," said Angela Rigney, Director of Career and Technical Education with Pittsylvania County Schools.
For students like Yeatts, it allows them to get a head start on deciding a career.
"I want to get out there and work on some machines," said Yeatts.
They hope to have 40 Pittsylvania County students in the program next year. DCC is also working on partnering with Danville and Halifax County schools to also get them involved as well.