A new program in Southwest Virginia is encouraging career-driven students to peruse college, instead of immediately starting work after high school.
It's one of just 10 Governor's Academy's in the state.
The program will add academic-intensive course work to a typically career-oriented class.
"These are your middle 50% students," said Carroll County Public School's secondary education director Mark Burnette. "These are the students that are enrolled in career technical education."
"What we're looking at doing is improving academic achievement and making them press themselves a little more," he said. "Rather than just leaving high school and just going to work, they have the opportunity to go to a community college or transfer to a four year university. And they would have the basic academic skills that would be needed to do that," said Burnette.
Teachers will begin enrolling the students in the Governor's Academy this week.