May 21, 2014
Students from CATEC took the stage Wednesday evening as they graduated from the trade school.
The Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center held its Completer Ceremony at Charlottesville High School. Students from both the high school and adult level received their degrees in cosmetology, culinary arts, and beyond.
Friends and family cheered them on. Students recommended CATEC and hope their programs continue now that they've finished.
"I love it. We had a great teacher, people to help us. I don't want them to get rid of the barbering program, I want them to keep it," said Juwan Smith, who completed CATEC's Barbering program, standing with fellow Barbering graduate Nick Rider.
"I didn't think I'd be doing it this late in life," said John Eggleston, a Plumbing graduate. "I definitely recommend it. If you need a trade it's the only way to go. And it's never too late."
"If you guys need a career, come to CATEC, it's the best way to go I think," said Smith.
More than 150 students received their degrees Wednesday.