SMITHFIELD, Va. — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for a new career center at Smithfield High School on Wednesday.

The facility gives students access to five state-of-the-art programs for a wide-range of careers, such as welding, culinary arts, and nursing.

According to the school, about 34 percent of students don't enroll in higher education. That's where Isle of Wight school superintendent Dr. James Thornton saw an opportunity.

"They don't all want to go to college, and so we wanted to develop programs -- hands-on -- where they could go straight from high school, straight to a job and receive certifications along the way," Thornton said.

Smithfield Foods donated $3 million to make the project possible. Windsor High School students will also use the 21,000 square-foot facility.