At first glance the big industrial sized room looks like a factory and that's exactly where instructors hope students end up.

"These kids can go into the job market as early as 19, 20 years old, and come out making anywhere from 25 to 60 thousand dollars a year," said Justin Owen, an instructor with Danville Community College.

Big machines sitting in the classroom at the are used to cut metal into detailed pieces. School leaders say people who know how to use them are in high demand and make good money.
That's why Pittsylvania County schools are offering dual enrollment courses from Danville Community College.
Today the school district officially opened the new Precision Machining Technology department.

"They are right now getting credits at DCC and that's how they're able to go from here to DCC, seamless," Owen said.

Students start in the program as a high school junior, continue as a senior and go directly into the program at DCC leaving them only one year to complete in college that normally takes two years to finish.

That means students like Chandler Cox can have his degree and start a career all before he turns 20.

"I wasn't real sure what I was going to get into before this program came into the vo-tech, but after it came into the vo-tech I felt that it was a good opportunity and I just couldn't miss out on it," Cox said.

Students can earn up to 48 credits in the two year program.

DCC is expanding it's program as well. Instructors say nearly all of their students are guaranteed a job after graduation.