Center 1 holds graduation for first class to complete all three years at the center
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Monday marked a special day for Albemarle County Public Schools with the graduation of the first class to complete all three years at Center 1.
The ceremony took place at noon, with 76 kids receiving their diplomas, making it the largest class to graduate from Center 1.
This was also the first time in the five years of Center 1's history that the students started in the 10th grade. These graduates completed the three-year program.
"Year one was a pilot group of just seniors. Year two, just seniors. It was year three where we started allowing 10th graders to come to Center 1. So, recognizing these are students who have been here for three years is part of today's celebration,” said Jeff Prillaman, the principal and director of Center 1.
Center 1 is the site of the Information and Communication Technology Career Learning Community. Students, who take some of their classes at their "base school" and some of their classes there, can explore career pathways like cybersecurity, game design and media communications. Starting next fall, it will also offer practical law classes.
All four high schools in Albemarle County were there, wearing their respective colors: Monticello and Community Labs in black, Western Albemarle in royal blue, and Albemarle in navy blue.
One graduate shared that Center 1 helped him realize what he wants to do after high school.
"I think going to Center 1 really helped me figure out what I'm passionate about and be confident that that is what I want to do as a career. I've always done like coding and programming since I was a kid. Both of my parents were programmers, so it's kind of just something I was always exposed to. So, I always wanted to get into it, but never really had a door until I started with Center 1. And that's when I really found out that I really enjoyed doing it,” said Joshua Sime, a graduate of Center 1 and Western Albemarle.
He goes on to say that, had he just gone to Western Albemarle, he might have not known what career he wanted to pursue.
Sime will be attending George Mason University this fall, where he will major in computer game design.
For more information, you can visit the Center 1 website here.