Governor McAuliffe recognizes Danville Public Schools' precision machining program

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) Virginia's Governor is recognizing one hometown school. Terry McAuliffe highlighted Danville Public Schools' Precision Machining Program.

The new precision machining program started last month.

It allows students to get experience, so they can enter the workforce right after high school.

"Woah, look at all this action!" Governor McAuliffe exclaimed.

Governor Terry McAuliffe was amazed by the precision machining lab that sits inside of George Washington High School.

He says more schools around the commonwealth need to learn from what Danville is doing to educate its young people.

"No other high school has anything like it and I've travelled every city, town and county in this beautiful Commonwealth. This is very unique," he says.

Danville Public Schools Superintendent Stanley Jones says the instructor of the program is the top of the line.

These students will graduate with an associate's degree and be able to start making a living as soon as they get their diploma.

"It marries those things that are knowledge based to opportunities to really apply that knowledge to real problems and in a 21st century that's what our classroom should look like and feel like," says Dr. Stanley Jones.

Students are getting real-life experience with all of this machinery.

Governor McAuliffe says the facility is unmatched.

"Danville is the leader in the state taking this to the next level. Congratulations to you and everybody involved," says Governor McAuliffe.

Right now, the program has nine students, one senior and the rest are juniors.

All of the students say they are grateful this opportunity exists here in Danville.