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An innovative educational program hosted by Durham College celebated five years of success Monday with a ceremony for its recent graduates.

More than 130 secondary school students celebrated their completion of the Centre for Success program at the college's Oshawa campus on Monday, January 24th. The program, operated by Durham College, helps decrease secondary school dropout rates by engaging students in a college environment and demonstrating the many pathways to post-secondary education.

Students were joined by their families, representatives from Durham College and teachers and principals from the Durham District, Durham Catholic District, Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District and Kawartha Pine Ridge District school boards.

Beginning as a pilot project at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax, Ont. in 2006, the program has more than quintupled its original enrolment and gained ongoing support and partnerships from numerous school boards, colleges and universities in just five years. By completing the program, most of this year's students will have also fulfilled their Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirements while successfully completing one college-level course.

Supported by the Ministry of Education's Student Success/Learning to 18 program and the joint Ministry of Education and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities' School College Work Initiative, Centre for Success offers students an opportunity to study outside of a high school environment and consider their post-secondary options. While completing their high school diploma, students have access to support systems and state-of-the-art amenities while experiencing small classes and hands-on teaching.