Regional companies have employee shortages in these fIelds. Students gain hands-on skills needed for in-demand jobs. Average starting salaries are attractive, and students can leave the program with little or no debt. In addition, students can start their own businesses in Campbell County or use their earned college credits toward further degrees.
The Foundation’s current focus is to seek financial support from the community for the Central Virginia Community College and Campbell County Schools’ Dual Enrollment Program. The program provides high school seniors the opportunity to pursue highly technical careers.
Students take required high school courses at their home schools and college courses at the community college. Courses at the community college count for both college credit and high school elective credit. This year, 97 students participated in the program. Last year 78 students participated, and there was a waiting list because student demand could not be met because of lack of funding.
A major reason the Foundation supports this educational path is because it is possible for these students to finish high school with a diploma, the first step toward a trade certificate and often a job offer.