Record number of students earn professional credentials at Danville schools

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Students at one local school district have earned a record number of credentials to help them find employment after graduation.

Danville Public Schools said its students had earned a record 910 career and technical education (CTE) credentials this year, an increase of 32% from the previous school year. Students with credentials in career and technical fields are able to directly enter certain employment fields or get a jump start on credits for technical education, community colleges, and four-year university programs. Danville Schools began requiring students to earn an industry credential to secure a standard high school diploma during the 2017 school year.

“For some, the four-year college track is the perfect path for those students seeking a bachelor’s degree, but this path is not for everyone,” said Stanley B. Jones, Superintendent. “More so than ever, today’s students have alternatives that include an associate’s degree, apprenticeship, or a certificate from a trade or vocational school. We are extremely excited that we are preparing Danville’s future workforce within the halls of DPS.”

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