ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Education Transformation Centre has been five years in the making for Director Dolores Carr, who calls the center a passion project. This alternative education center located in the Yancey School Community Center is looking to help students who may be at risk of academic failure, dropping out of school or in lieu of detention for first-time offenders.

It operates on a threefold system life: skills, passion identification and targeted counseling.

Carr says when a student finds their purpose on earth they are less likely to cause trouble in the classroom and even in society. "No one was born without a dream and even currently have a dream but sometimes we just don't know how to reach that. We might not be in an environment that will allow us to learn how to do that so if that's your child or if that's a situation you may be in then let us help you.”

The program will make a big impact in a short amount of time, lasting just six weeks. Students will spend half the day focusing on soft skills and the other half on completing their school work.

Carr funded the center with her own money. She has staff on standby waiting for the first group of students to help.